Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m so excited to go to one of my favorite spots this week with my sister! I’ll share the details later, but for now, I’ll share with you a few of my favorite pieces of concrete statuary!
For many years, probably as long as I have been gardening, I’ve loved garden statuary. Anything from concrete urns, planters, and bird baths, to decorative elements like finials and figurines.(or statuary) These objects can give a yard a sense of established elegance, or in some cases a bit of whimsy. And you can bring many of them inside for fun, too! These jewels can be easily found at antique stores and consignment stores, but thanks to my sister, I’ve found a great place to buy all of these things at incredibly affordable prices!
About 15 years ago I bought two of these large concrete finials while out shopping with my sister. Can you believe they were only $25 each back then? What a steal! So, I purchased them and hauled them home to Pennsylvania. I put one on each of the columns my husband built at our last house by the pool. When it came time to move (since they weren’t attached) I took them with me!
Now they grace the tops of the two stone columns on the new terrance! I think they look like they belong here, don’t you?
This sweet little statue stood at the base of the windmill in our former back yard. She took quite a beating with the severe winters in Pennsylvania. By the time we moved to North Carolina, her wrist and base were broken, and she had a hairline fracture around her neck.
So, in order to save her, I brought her inside and gave her a little emergency medical attention.
I squeezed some clear E6000 in her lower breaks and cracks. Hopefully this will slow down the crumbling and decay. Using hot glue, I attached a little faux diamond bracelet around the crack on her wrist. I had an old locket and worn pearls I put around her neck to hide the cracks. I used a dab of hot glue to secure the necklaces in place. If I decide to change them out later, it’s not a permanent solution. Meanwhile, she looks perfectly content in her new spot and loving her new bling! Her name is Bonnie, after my late Grandmother.
This angel is another of my favorites. She moves from place to place in the house, but she’s never without her pearls and crown.
She is currently on a table beside the front door. I like to think she is saying a little prayer to all who enter and depart.
Usually I like to leave my concrete statuary in its original state and unpainted. However, when I bought him, this little frog was the darkest shade of green and the paint was chipping off and not in a good patina kind of way. So, I gave him a fresh coat of gold paint and now he sits outside our front door in the garden amongst the flowers.
This little cutie sits in the planting bed in front of our lake house. She greets visitors as they walk to the front door. It almost looks like she is curtsying or maybe about to wade in the lake? You can tell by her pristine condition, she has lived in the South most of her life.
Concrete statuary can bring a unique charm to your home inside and out. Wherever they may be, remember they are quite heavy so make sure they are in a safe spot away from little ones and curious pets. I think I’ll bring home a few new friends for Bonnie and company later this week. Maybe a golfer for my husband? Stay tuned!
Thank you for stopping by! I’ll be traveling a bit this week, so please keep me in your travel prayers! Have a great day! xoxo Dell