1.27.2009

I Broke My Angel

Unless you've never visited me before, most of you know that I have a boutique/website where I sell vintage and antiques, mostly in the cottage style, and one page where I sell my "creations" incorporating vintage items. I have been asked more than once how can I part with the wonderful old treasures I find and put in the shop. Well..... I have been treasure hunting since I was a little thing and would even bury a treasure or two in the backyard. Now, I won't go into that but my dear brother John, if you are reading this, you will remember what I mean. But anyhoo, I started going to auctions when I first began housekeeping and over the years filled my home with the old and the new. That's what led me to first sell in a brick and mortar store and now on the world wide web. I JUST can't keep it all yet I have an insatiable appetite to hunt and hunt. The thrill just can't be beat. I love it. And the best part is uncovering a treasure you didn't even know you were looking for. I was supposed to go treasure hunting today with my friend of 35 years, Patty P., but it snowed, iced, sleeted and rained so we had to postpone. So instead I worked on some treasures I had still sitting around in their shrouded covers of unprinted newsprint and designer plastic grocery store bags. :) I found this fabulous worn old gold angel in a laying down position some time ago. Now a lot of times I leave my new found treasures in "as found" condition but some of them need a little tender loving care, as did this precious angel before putting her up for a new owner to love. I "thought" she was ceramic but as I settled her down into the sudsy water to gently and tenderly wash her, pieces of her started floating in the water. I was horrified. I quickly pulled her out of the water and investigated. As it turns out she wasn't pottery at all but papier mache and I had ruined her. But like the pieces of fallen statues of ancient history, once she dried out I saw her in a different light. Minus the lower half of her body she now has history and character and charm and shabbyiness and she is so Frenchified. She now rest on a stack of books on my ottoman under the window and loves her new resting spot.


These pink and blue winged angels are in no danger of melting away as they are an old wall piece made from chalkware. I love their sweet faces and how they rest on their wings. Unlike the lovely old gold papier mache angel these sweeties did make it into the boutique.


May an angel rest on your shoulder. :) Until later......



24 comments :

Lisa said...

Oh no, poor angel! But I gotta admit it gives her a bit of character and mystery this way. Stay warm and safe.

bfs ~ "Mimi" said...

And may angels surround you.

You're right about the character ~ and the story it now has.

I have a thing about angels, too. I have a few that my mother had, and have been given some. Something comforting about them ~ and a nice reminder that we all have guardian angels.

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Lynn!
What a discovery, but I'm glad you saw your angel in a different light and found a new home for her (who could toss out an angel)! I will visit your shop soon!

Also want to say I like your background of the bubbling brook and bird chirping. I could fall asleep peacefully listening to that! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Dana and Daisy said...

I think I like the angel better now!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I am so happy that you have found a place for your fallen angel...I know you will love her because of her mishap!

cityfarmer said...

aaaahhhhh honey, I'm so sad, cuz you know by now that I love angels.


Must be the week for breaking things....better stop over...you'll be more sad

Lucy said...

Oh Lynn, I totally identify with your love of the "hunt". I especially love stores with distressed, primitive and rusty goods - things that have survived the passage of time.
I love paper mache, but I have the most challenging time sometimes identifying paper mache from resin. Sometimes, a drop on the floor provides a disappointment in 2 ways.

Judy said...

Oh how sad but she has a lovely new place in your heart and I'm sure she loves it.

Claudie said...

Hi Lynn
I was reading fast and thought you broke your ankle!!! Gee whiz I best slow down.
Your angel still looks very angelic. I love her and your little duo. MY guardian Angel is always looking out for me.
Hugs from Canada
Claudie
P.S. Did you get any cool presents?
xoxo

trash talk said...

I would have never guessed papier mache either. Poor baby! But she looks beautiful where she is, so that makes you her guardian angel. Debbie

cottageviolet-Theresa said...

Lynn,
Only an angel could find such lovely angels. They flock to your sheltering arms. Just stopped by to say Hi, but stayed to listen to the babbling brook,and birds, and Fur Elise.(One of the only songs I can play on the piano, and that rather shabbily, lol.)
What a blessing your blog is,
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

mrsjones6 said...

I am sorry that the angel broke, but I do agree that she has a certain charm that just draws you to her. I think so is so pretty and now one can imagine a story to go with her. I also love th duo you have. Hunting treasures is so much fun.
Hope your week is going well.
Jen

Ballerina Girl said...

you silly, your paper mache angel has not fallen...she just wanted to stay close to you to keep an out with you on all of your wonderful finds!
she is just resting but not fallen!
:) BG

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

So, angels not only fly...they float too! She's still beautiful!

Broken China Treasures said...

Oh how we love to "repurpose" things!! I'm seeing a unique tree ornament but just punching two holes in the top and string some ribbon through it, or, she could be used in the middle of a grapevine or pine wreath surround by beautiful greenery and ribbons. I'm thankful you had the foresight not to throw her out with the bathwater!!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

did not see the pink and blue angels on your site???? Did they sell?

Lying in bed last night..i finlized the details..though not as exactly as planned..I am hoping it will work...can't wait to show You :)

Peggy. said...

I think your angel still looks nice. I really like the pink and blue angels. Your posts are always so fun. I have an award for you on my blog.
Peggy
http://pegslifeinthebuttonjar.blogspot.com/

The Muse said...

i am so very glad you kept her!

The White Bench said...

Your little broken angel is a cutie, even in this condition!
Love her dreaming over the pile of books!
Warmest wishes,
Monica.

Margie said...

Lynn, what a wonderful post, you rescued those angels, I think you and they are fantastic. keep up the good work. hugs Margie.

Tamara Jansen said...

I'm so glad that you can see her in a new light, faults and all :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, you must have felt terrible. I am glad that you kept her, broken and all. She looks very interesting sitting on those books.
Karen

Back Through Time said...

Leave it to you to look on the bright side:-) I love how you made it all turn around and she looks sweet in her new home.
Have a wonderful weekend
Hugs,
Michelle

countrygirl3031 said...

Oh Lynn ~ I love your angels. I too, have a difficult time parting with the things I find...but I'm going to try this weekend to take pictures of things and post them on my shoppe.

Hugz,
Michele

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