Sunday, November 16, 2014

Messengers ... in our Row-home

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The word Angel is from the Greek word "Angelos" which means "messenger".
In this photo in Slovenia a Putto sits on a building. Often seen in Art and Architecture Putto's are usually a naked chubby male, sometimes appearing with wings.
The word Cherubs or Cherubim comes from a term "to guard". Cherubs are always winged, attending to God.

For our Christmas and Winter decorated home we stay away from the Holly Jolly full of Folly Christmas decor, but I will admit to buying the Jingle pillow from Pottery Barn for this year. Suddenly I've fallen in love with the word Jingle, I even purchased a towel for the kitchen with the happy word - Jingle! Oh yeah and gold jingle bells on top of food picks. OK, I've been kind of jingled! 

For years now our Holiday decorations are geared more towards a spiritual peaceful wintertime theme. White and creams, faux snow and ice, (handmade crystal icicles) sparkle from silver and Mercury glass and reflective of our winters spent in snowy cold Philadelphia. But as of this post I am only starting to deck our Christmas home. I will have a winter theme represented in every room of our row-home hopefully completed after Thanksgivings day.

In this post through my photos I will show you pictures taken during daytime and at nighttime, you choose what you enjoy more. I felt this post lent itself to both. Since I'm a Virgo and an artistic moody and dramatic type of theatrical girl (just ask John!) you know what I enjoy more. To me evenings take on a magical glow in our row-home, lighting brings out nuances and imagination abounds.

In our upstairs a sweet Cherub is engaged in a little wintertime mischief and play. Our Cherub found an old vintage canvas bank bag and filled it with snowballs he had just made. The beautiful book leaning against the exposed brick wall was a Christmas gift years ago from my brother and sis-in-law. It is Cherubs Angels of Love by Alexander Nagel. The door leads to the guest room the doors French style artwork was painted by me.

Our Cherub wears a twisted wire crown I purchased on etsy from Doré's shop Burlap Luxe. The Cherub I purchased and it just seems I couldn't leave it alone. I repainted him a faux finish to look like antique garden statuary. He was purchased from Anita Spero Design on etsy. In the summer he wears his original designed crown he came with that is a Sea Horse faux rusted crown. He was purchased after I wrote my poem Wondrous Sam because the crown reminded me of the boy in my fable. That post appeared on my blog May 7th.

I sprinkled him with faux snow as you can see in this closeup. 

"It is not known precisely where Angels dwell. Whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode."~Voltaire~

Under the steel table on the floor is a very old vintage seltzer bottle wooden crate. I believe it is from the 1930's, I've owned it for 2 decades. Inside it holds 4 of my favorite seltzer bottles. I tried to google S&S for additional information on the crate but S&S Baltimore is no longer in business.

I have always gravitated toward messengers as in cherubs, Angels and Fairies. Many (as in nearly 18 years ago) on a Black Friday John and I headed up to Rices Flea Market in Solebury Township in New Hope, PA. It is a very large Antiques and collectibles outdoor market on a 30 acre farm founded in 1860. In the 1950's It grew from Tuesday's livestock auctions to over a 400 vendor's outside flea market. Walking around on Black Friday I spotted a big wooden bin with damaged items offered at 1,3 and 5 dollars. From a distance I spotted a cherub with clipped wings, a small white porcelain piece. Drawn to her I gently picked her up, wiping off the dirt and grime on my scarf as I turned her around noticing her broken wings and announced to John I'm going to restore her, I love her.

I noticed as the woman in the booth said to me "3 bucks" on the bottom she was marked Friedel handgemalt, Bavaria. Afterwards frozen and finding ourselves at the "Cock and Bull" restaurant in Peddlers Village trying to warm up with soup, John asked me  "do you know how to restore her." My response was well no, but I have patience, I love her and no one will keep her from flying by clipping her wings.  I did restore her and she year round is displayed in a built in bookshelf in our sitting/reading room with other whites. But at Christmas time she is proudly displayed in our wintertime decor.

Years ago curious I took her to be appraised, apparently I did a good restoration because I was offered $150.00 for her, not bad for a 3 dollar broken bin purchase, but to me she is and will always remain priceless.

In our sitting/reading room. The lovely star banner on the mantle was handmade by my blogger friend Carol from the very fun blog "Art and Sand". I can't even express how meaningful this banner that says STAR on it is. Carol gifted it to me for my holiday display. You may remember last Christmas I purchased in memory of my son Chris who passed in November of 2013 a bright star in the Big Dipper ... meaningful banner oh my yes! I love the black tassels on it. Carol sewed a white fabric bag with a cool initial V on it. 

I love the color of the banner, in our home I have decorated in a neutral tone on tone palate with adding the color of our exposed brick as a rustic accent color. When I took out the banner from the little precious cloth bag I noticed it had creased a little. I was thinking hmmmm take the steamer to it - but after admiring it awhile I realized the little creases added depth and were reflective of the light on it's dusted lavender grey silken fabric. 
Serendipity often is magical I find.

On our mantel sits a recent etsy purchase from Rosemary at Villabarnes. Such a beautiful angel shelf sitter and in our case, mantel sitter.

"Music is well said to be the speech of angels"~Thomas Carlyle~

The Angel altar I purchased from Doré at Burlap Luxe. For this holiday season it has a small rustic star Garland with miniature bells on it. Stars will be appear in our home this Christmas. Other than the Angel Altar and the musical angel all faux painting and decaying on the mantel, candlesticks and Harlequin wall were aged and faux painted by me. 

Angel altar simply adorned for Christmas.

A close up.

I purchased a paper handmade Fairy from Sea Angels on etsy for the season. I photographed her on our settee but she will be placed in a birch iced wreath soon.

Magical don't you think? The fabrics on her are all vintage.

source of photo is from - Angels in the sky

Personally I believe not all Angels are winged and some walk Earth amongst us. For you see, I believe I have been blessed in my life to have experienced a couple who have protected and graced me. 

source is from artwork by Javier Charro

Warring Angels are the Princes of Heaven sent down to Earth to help in extreme and dangerous situations. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel are "God's hero's". The name Michael means who is like God, and Gabriel means God is my strength.

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This is a drawing of Gabriel. During this Holiday season of magic and wonder give time to reflect and believe...

"In this Theatre of man's life, it is reserved only for God and Angels to be lookers on."~Pythagoras~

I hope you have enjoyed this post which was meant as an ethereal start of the Holiday season. I leave you with my poetry ... See you on Dec. 5th with a very special Holiday presentation.

"Peace is the first thing the Angels sang."~John Keble~

If by chance, you believe like me, in the spiritually divine and in mystical beings,
you too are a whimsical soul looking for answers from the heavens in the evenings.

We all have life questions, many remain unanswered as we're always looking to discover the truth. 
Searching deep within me, trying to understand the spiritual divine and always seeking proof.

Angels, Cherubs and Fairies ...

Mystical beings sent down as messengers with magical powers and unwavering virtue.
When we accept beyond the physical body, it is then inspiring messengers imbue.

Our spiritual soul is the divinity, the voice of truth inside of genuine faith we all have dwelling within.
Always changing from birth to death, open up your imagination and allow the answers to begin.

Have you ever heard your name whispered gently, gently as you go forth in your average normal day?
It's the voice of a Fairy messenger to guide you with reassurance and help you along your chosen pathway.

Angels, Cherubs and Fairies ...

Messengers delivering love and protection, our struggles and burdens released,
Warring angels who fight our spiritual battles and help us achieve inner peace.

Angels can be our own personal guardians, delivering prayers to the divine and guidance back to us.

Nurturing, counseling and healing our spiritual needs while gossamer winged Fairies sprinkle magical glittery dust.

© Vera

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dream a little dream ...

Seems funny now, trying to explain the inspiration for this post about dreams.  Ironically it came to me very poetically on a restless and sleepless night only a couple of weeks ago. First poetry arrived, filling my thoughts and suddenly I knew what my direction and writing would include in this entry about dreams. 

"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing".

~Marsha Norman~

I grew up with parents nightly announcing it's bedtime Vera... Mr. Sandman will soon arrive".  Mr. Sandman is a fairytale, a mythical character in European folklore associated with sleep and dreaming. Mr. Sandman has magical power just by sprinkling sand into children's eyes to lure them into sleep. Sure... Seriously sand ... Oh the land of make believe. Although in the book Mr. Sandman it is also referred to as sprinkling a sleep dust into children's eyes.

But what you don't know about me is as a child bedtime was an enjoyable end of a perfect day, actually still is. Creativity bursts forth in my dreams, the simple fact is our brains are more active while asleep than during the day. 

Mr. Sandman first appeared in 1941 in the fairytale "Ole Lukoje" by Hans Christian Anderson. Photo is an illustration of Mr. Sandman from the book. 

Dad was a true crooner and he loved to sing. My Dad worked shift work and having him home to tuck me into bed every third week as a child was always a fun awaited event. I would hear my Dad walking down the hallway -

Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
bung, bung, bung, bung, bung,
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung,
bung, bung, bung, bung, bung
Bung, bung, bung, bung, bung

Turning the corner and appearing in my doorway now in full verse...
"Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream (bung,bung,bung.bung)
Make him the cutest thing that I've ever seen ...
Give him two lips like roses and clover (bung, bung, bung, bung, bung)
Then tell him that his lonesome nights are over.
Sandman, I'm so alone
Don't have nobody to call my own... 
Please turn on your magic beam
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream."

I loved that song sung by the Chordettes, still do! Want to hear all the lyrics?  Click on the You Tube video below, live from 1958. But here's the disclaimer, I can not guarantee it won't lock in your brain! If it does, remember to make it exit with singing a loud and big finish. Although I'll admit it's still in my head!

It is said that we dream between 1,460 to 2,190 dreams a year. Our brains are more active while asleep than during the day. For the simple act of sleeping recharges our creativity.

Photo In our bedroom at the end of our day just about to dive into a freshly made bed... 

A little inspiration to inspire Parisian dreams tonight. Our bed is a modern redesign of a 1940's French sleigh bed, it sits in the corner. I have always enjoyed an angled bed, to me it's dramatic and welcoming.

"Sleep is the best Meditation."

~Dalai Lama~

90% of a dream vanishes during the first minute awake. As a child and even into my 20's I kept a dream journal. 

"Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy."

~Signund Freud~

Bizarre dreams still have meaning. According to Harvard Medical School dreaming can help you learn. When the brain dreams it helps you learn and solve problems. Which accounts for the saying "Sleep on it."

Plus reoccurring dreams are your brains way of telling you something. 

You can actually control your dreams. An awareness that you are dreaming, is called "lucid dreaming". With training lucid dreams can last upwards of 30 minutes. 

Guess what? Have a fantasy dream - you don't need to be asleep to dream! Recall a dream you had and bring it back into your waking awareness, surely it will play out.

"Dreams digest the meals that are our days."

~Terri Guillemels~

Surrealism ... Using dream like images
Salvador Dali would wake himself up the moment sleep came to him to capture in his paintings his surreal dream images.

"Give me two hours a day of activity and I'll take the other twenty two in dreams"

~Salvador Dali~

"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision."

~Salvador Dali~

We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night. Which equals to more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime and we sleep 1/3 of our lives away. 

Nightmares occur more in children. My belief is that children are just learning to expand their understanding and acceptance of their imaginations.

"Dreams are answers to questions we haven't figured out how to ask."

~X files~

Dreaming recharges our creativity and guess what - our pets dream very similar dreams to ours. 

Now to explain this photo ... After an enjoyable weekend meal and a bottle of wine while we were in the kitchen loading the dishwasher and making cappuccino and serving up dessert Max >^..^< jumped up on the dining room table. Yeah, OK tables are for glasses and not cat asses! But he seemed deep in a dream and was snoring while we sat down and enjoyed coffee and dessert as his whiskers flicked in la la land.

Best ever dream fact? Our bodies burn more calories sleeping than awake! 
Very worst fact - Avoid sleep for more than 10 days and you will die!  Also just for your information the colder your house is the worst your dreams are. Plus thankfully only 12% of us dream in Black and White. My dreams are full vivid color!!! I strive for 8-9 solid hours of restorative sleep nightly, but still need to count calories!

So until my next post, dream sweet dreams. 

Dreams can be magical, allowing our creativity to freely take flight in the middle of night...
Empowering our abilities and then - pouf - dreams disappear in the mornings bright light.

Chasing our memory and trying to recapture dreams with a fantasy gossamer butterfly net.
As you process remaining fleeting glimpses of your technicolor dream trying hard not to forget.              

Some nights we dream of an illusional fantasy we think makes everything crystal clear,
but oftentimes when we awaken our beliefs and desires just seem crippled by ones own fear.

A kaleidoscope of wondrous colors flash by in REM sleep with closed eyes, but with an open mind.
Answers we seek while sleeping, perhaps because of a mentally relaxed state is always what we hope to find.

Why is it in dreams our heart can sing a joyful song, a rhythm of our soul that knows no bounds?
Realization that eminent dreams can accomplish unlimited possibilities in achievement  just truly astounds!        

Harnessing the power of the subconscious during dreams to guide our thoughts throughout a normal hectic day...
A destined potential that our awakened minds retain illusive dreams in memory that can linger and stay.

It is the ultimate uncharted territory of our mind scape that we all want to stake claim.
Remembering and learning from our answers in our dreams is what we all hope will remain.

© Vera

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