Monday, July 18, 2016

~ How To Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish ~ Urn & Succulents Gardening

How to Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish

using an inexpensive plastic - resin urn. 

Update: May 2016
The urn was painted 4 years ago. It has been on a covered step/porch area
 out of the direct elements of sun, wind, etc., but it has also been outside with my other pots for   months at a time. It looks exactly like it did when it was first done. The only changes have been keeping the plants to a nice size. Even succulents can get quite large. The aloe grew a lot and was cut back and some put in the ground or in other pots. The other succulents have been clipped as need, but all did very well. It is now about time to replant the whole thing, but it lasted for a few years with very little attention. The urn itself is doing a bit more aging with the rain and humidity, but the paint has held up very nicely.

After going without rain for some time and spending so much time watering to keep all the pretties alive, we had a few days of non-stop rain. Another downpour early this morning, before the plants could dry out even a little from the last few days. Mother Nature teaches us patience or why it's good to buy plants where there is a one year guarantee.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

~ 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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