Monday, October 13, 2008

Vintage Mary Garden Statue


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This is the first time I've participated in Blue Monday...


...and it didn't take me long to decide what to share.


I think this is just about the most beautiful vintage Mary garden statue I've ever seen. The details are amazing, especially if you enlarge the photos...


I was so fortunate to find her at an antique mall this past spring during a 50% off sale. I first posted about her here, back in May.


She currently resides under our cherry tree, watching over our backyard garden and all the little birds and furry creatures who visit us.


I recently fashioned an "autumn leaves" wreath for her head and, as you can see, the sun was creating the most luminous glow when I photographed her.

Be sure to stop by Sally's blog, Smiling Sally, to find a list of all the other Blue Monday postings!

Donna

33 comments:

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Blue Monday! What a great statue of Mary. You are right it is the neatest statue of her I have ever seen. She looks just perfect in your garden. Great choice of music, too. ~ Robyn

Stephanie said...

She is so perfect in every way. Watching over your garden and your family! Lovely, thanks for sharing!

Stephanie

Leena said...

Absolutely beautiful post!
You have photographed this lovely statue so well with those leaves and light.
Happy to you!
Greetings from the eastern part of Finland! Our trees are already naked.

Greyscale Territory said...

What an enchanting blue on the statue of Mary! She must look so lovely in your garden! And your wreath on her head is a delightful extra touch!

Smilingsal said...

Welcome to your 1st Blue Monday; I hope you come often. I can see why you would choose to share this statue to share. The fall wreath is a clever idea too. Enjoy visiting the other Blue Monday folks today.

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

I love The Beatles, the perfect song to go with Mary. I love the crackled paint! Happy Blue Monday!

Heidi Jo the Artist
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Shabby Kim said...

Hi Donna,

Welcome to Blue Monday. So glad you decided to participate. Your statue of Mary is absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful piece of artwork to have on display in your lovely garden.

Have a lovely day!!

Dirk said...

Beautiful pictures and really like this statue. Nice done with these autumn leaves.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

She really is so chippy beautiful blue..... and her face what a serene expression.... I am sure the animals feel so much happier having her to watch over them...... her halo is glorious...
HUgs
Linda

Charli and me said...

Your statue is so, so beautiful! I can see why you love her so much. What a great idea to make her a wreath of leaves for her head. I am going to pass this along to my daughter Anne. She has a statue similar to yours. Peace to you on this lovely Blue Monday morning!

Sweetie said...

Your statue of the Blessed Mother is so very special. It looks like one that we had in church many years ago.
Sweetie

Coloradolady said...

Welcome to Blue Monday. This is a great statue of Mary. Perfect choice for your first Blue Monday Post.

judicreations said...

Your statue is very beautiful. I have never seen one like that either. Her autumn wreath is perfect too. It was so appropriate to have Let It Be playing as I looked at your pictures.
Thank you for a sharing.
Judi

judicreations said...

Your statue is very beautiful. I have never seen one like that either. Her autumn wreath is perfect too. It was so appropriate to have Let It Be playing as I looked at your pictures.
Thank you for a sharing.
Judi

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

she is beautiful Donna.

Roses and Lilacs said...

That is a nice statue. Love her face, so sad yet serene.

I hadn't heard of blue monday. Thanks for letting us know.
Marnie

Nola @ Alamo North said...

What a beautiful photo; she's just perfect with her autumn halo of leaves!

Beverly said...

Hi Donna. This is my first time participating, too.

She is just beautiful, and evokes a feeling of calm and comfort. I can see why you love her.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

She is a beauty. I remember when you got her.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh she is lovely. I love the music in the background. :)

Please stop by and enter my giveaway.

MaryEllen said...

I love your "Blue Monday" choice. The pictures are beautiful. It's a beautiful statue, of Our Lady. You must smile every time you walk in your garden.
I never heard of Blue Mondays. I'm going to have a lot fun, looking at everyones' choice.

Mary Ellen

Ruthie said...

That is a beautiful work of art...and a great post for your first Blue Monday.

Smiles.

Cottage Rose said...

Happy Blue Monday; Donna love your vintage Mary she is just beautiful love the fall wreath.

Hugs;
Alaura

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Donna!
That's the most beautiful Mary statue I've ever seen, it's so tranquil and soothing. I remember when you first found her, a real treasure.
I loved what you did with the frame for your Mr B photo (he's so adorable) he looks great in it!!
Hugs, Sherry
Thanks for your sweet comments, I appreciate your visits so much Donna!

jeanne said...

Oh my gosh I missed your earlier post so this is the first time I have seen her. She is so beautiful. Her fall halo is perfect for this time of year.
Thank you for sharing her on Blue Monday.

Hugs...Jeanne

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

She's so beautiful! This is certainly a wonderful treasure! I love her!

Kady

Jean Tuthill said...

The statue of Mary is so beautiful and I love how she's watching over the garden. Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

I love the color blue so I will join in Blue Monday, too, someday soon!

This statue of the Blessed Mother is so beautful -- her face looks so serene.
Many Italian - Americans place a statue of Mary in their front gardens. My husband's Mom had a statue of St. Anthony in hers, however.

My next post will be about your wonderful give away!

Jamie Noel said...

Stumbled across your beautiful blog from a link on another...? Can't remember who, I've been surfing around quite a bit this evening. But just had to say hello and compliment your gorgeous yard! I feel very 'Fall' right now. Time for a slice of pumpkin pie...

ellen b said...

Hi Donna,
The weathered statue of Mary you purchased is wonderful. Perfect spot you found and your photographs are so great with the light streaming in.
Thanks for your prayers for my dad, everything went well.

Melissa said...

Beautiful! Happy Halloween!

Terra said...

Hi, I posted a comment today on a different post, about your porcelain Mary collection, then I became a follower and now see that you have a Mary garden too, like me. I mentioned on my earlier comment that I have a Mary garden. Your Mary is lovely.

Jennifer said...

Ah, she's a pretty one. How big is she? I have only one outside Mary, a cement statue, roughly 40", the birds sit on her head. I would like to find a painted version.

Yours looks like even just one winter outside would take off all that paint, but it would be easy to paint her again in a way that would look just as rustic...though you probably will move her indoors for the winter? I have seen some French decor blogs where they have the large religious statues, even the unpainted cement ones, IN the house. They look very cool. But I already have about 20 Blessed Mother statues in my home. Not sure I could find room for more at this time!