At one time, my silver ex-votos hung upon the boughs of a Christmas Tree. Their message of hope and faith seemed apropos. However, I wanted to be able to view them year round.
I also collect ornate gilded frames. They always make my artwork look spectacular, be it something I painted or a giclee' copy from ebay.
Since we are expecting Gracie's piano in a few weeks, I decided to begin on the Music Room. It has been the catch-all for errant furniture, paintings, etc.
With the red velvet fabric I had left over from Gracie's nursery (just enough!), gilded frames and foam board from WalMart...and tons of staples and Duct Tape, I constructed frames for my cherished ex-voto collection...
The antique jeweler's cabinet was perfect here! I almost gave it away! It is over six feet long. The ex-voto collection is over six feet high. I could not have asked for things to go any better! The interesting bench was a Craigslist purchase.
Ex-voto vignette with wings and candlesticks I purchased on Craigslist.
This large ex-voto expresses its gratitude in ornate gold letters...
The smaller ex-votos fit into this large frame. This is a bit blurry because I was vying for the same spot as McGillicuddy the Big Orange Cat. He won. McGillicuddy always wins!
This ex-voto is from Italy.
This ex-voto is from France.
This one came from Portugal.
After much contemplation I decided to paint the majority of the walls in my home white. Since I prefer to decorate with heavy ornamentation I did not want my home to look like a museum.
Come to think of it, most museums are white. Nevermind!
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! Please enjoy your many blessings and pray for those less fortunate.
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