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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.
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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.
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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.