Tuesday, July 4, 2017

~ Liberty Enlightening the World - The Statue of Liberty ~ Happy July 4th!

Liberty Enlightening the World - The Statue of Liberty at The Decorated House

Celebrating Independence Day, I am thinking of all those who made such a huge sacrifice in the revolution to make the United States a country unto its own, separate from England. My ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, and those of many of you, believed they could be a nation of states united and free to make their own way as a new country.  A remarkable idea at the time. United is what they fought for as well as independence.

Americans seem to forget that without France, our destiny may have been quite different. The French people also sacrificed greatly for our independence, even if they had little say about the help that came to us. The gift of the Statue of Liberty is a special reminder to us of so much more than just waving a flag.

Americans turned their back on this incredible gift of the statue as many proclaimed it was just plain ugly. It took the insight and incredible hard work of just a few people to build this stunning sculpture in her home where she is greatly loved today by us. She still stands as a symbol of what most Americans want for our country.

The words engraved on the bottom read:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!  (The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.)

Enjoy the vintage pictures and story of Liberty Enlightening the World!

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. She is a colossal size neoclassical scuplture of a robed woman who represents Libertas the Roman Goddess of freedom. She holds a torch in one hand, and a tabula ansata, or a tablet evoking the law, in the other on which is inscribed the date July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet which Bartholdi decided not to have her holding . This beautiful piece of art was named and designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France as a symbol of our countries' friendship.

The Statue of Liberty Paris 1886 - The Decorated House July 2014 
1886 The statue being created in Paris.


The Statue of Liberty in Paris 1886 before being gifted to the US - The Decorated House July 2015
1886, the top of the statue in Paris

The Statue of Liberty - The Decorated House July 2014
The original copper finish. 

  Statue of Liberty - The Decorated House July 2014

Here you can see patina and oxidation of the copper as we see it today. This is after a long and painstakingly difficult job of cleaning years of dirt and grime. It took many, many years for this statue to be truly appreciated, but today it certainly is.  And it is still a  stunning piece of sculpture, with fabulous patina!

It was, and is, an incredible gift from the French people.
Thank You! We owe you greatly for your help in our Revolution for Independence!
And to our ancestors who gave so much,
we remember you, and thank you every day. 

Happy Independence Day ~ the 4th of July

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

~ Potting Bench ~ Garden Shed ~ Create & Recycle

A little revisit to the Potting Bench area:

I love updates to see how things are progressing in the garden. In this case, there are no new pictures. Since my Sweet Hubby is home now, he seems to think that a potting area should be used for messy outdoor garden stuff! So while I am off in another part of the yard, this area has gone to pot. But I am keeping an eye on it all, hoping to have enough energy to get back to this side again, soon. Bet it happens to you as well. Get one thing done, and you turn around and whatever you finished a few months ago needs tending again. Enjoy this little revisit to the Potting Shed.
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Outdoor furniture! That's what wood shelves and other building elements are when they become a space to pot your plants and other gardening activities as well as areas to sit and relax. After all you have shelves and pots and spoons inside, these are just outside. Whatever you would like to call it, a potting

Friday, April 14, 2017

~ Happy Easter to You!


Happy Easter to All
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

Monday, April 3, 2017

~ Easter Decorating



The Decorated House. Vintage Style Bunny for Easter


Since Easter is getting so close, it must be time to let out the Bunnies.
This vintage style cutie is one of my favorites.
It is especially sweet paired with a Mushroom House from the early 1980's
that is completely handmade by a ceramic clay artist. 
She created such whimsical fantasy pieces of art. 
Perfect for welcoming the magic of Spring!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easter Decorations ~ Pretty Decorated Peat Pots


Altered, decorated peat pots! Looking for a simple and inexpensive Easter decorating idea? You can paint these, and decorate them anyway that pleases you and goes with your decor.  They can be dressed up or left more rustic, whichever way appeals to you. I love the combination of rustic with a touch of elegant. 

No matter what you choose, they can be very inexpensive to make and you will find so many ways to use them from setting the table, to making little gift baskets or using them to display some of your other decorations like the painted and embellished eggs.


The first one was left rustic and lovely
just the way it came without any paint. 
I added some vintage laces and trim
and a vintage rhinestone pin.

Items Used Above:
  • Peat Pot - Unpainted
  • Vintage Lace & Trim
  • Vintage Rhinestone Pin
  • White Ribbon
  • White Coffee Filter Ruffle
  • Craft Sphagnum Moss
  • Burlap Twine
  • White Ribbon
  • Painted Egg, Paris Grey

 For the one above, I painted it with Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint. 
You can use any paint that you like. 


Items Used Above:
  • Peat Pot - Painted Paris Grey
  • Vintage Lace & Trim
  • Paper Leaping Bunny - Grey/Gray
  • White Coffee Filter Ruffle
  • Craft Sphagnum Moss
  • Burlap Twine
  • Gray Ribbon
  • Painted Egg, Old White
I used this paint because the color was exactly what I wanted.
You can mix up any color you like with bottled or tube acrylics.


You could paint and decorate a batch of these in an afternoon, 
and they would be so pretty for your Easter decorating. 
Perfect for a little cookie or  treat, or a gift certificate. 
Or a chocolate bunny of course!


Two of the ones I made are on the entry table this year. The things I used for this display are:
  • Paper Flower & Leaves Wreath with Burlap Bow
  • Bunny Weathervane 
  • Decorated Peat Pots
  • Painted Plastic Eggs. Old White and Paris Grey
  • Ceramic Bunny Painted ASCP Old White
  • Bunny Nest of Vines & Moss
  • Pink Paper Flower
  • Antique Vellum Book
There are so many great ideas for you to try with these little peat pots. These also can be made into the sweetest little baskets if you just punch a hole in each side and add some wire for a handle. I hope you think of many more uses, too!

See Y'All Soon~




The Decorated House ~ Etsy

Monday, January 30, 2017

201 Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas. DIY. Decor

The Decorated House :: 101 Valentine's Day Ideas. Decorating. DIY. Decor
  
Click Picture Above To View Lots of Valentine's Day Ideas
These are some of my favorites. I try to link to
the correct and original source so you can find directions.
Some fun ideas for for Valentine's Day! 
Here are some links to light a spark 
to your imagination.
You'll find about a couple hundred ideas!


This one has lots of DIY ideas for you to try.


The Decorated House :: 101 Valentine's Day Ideas

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