Wednesday, November 11, 2009


So, remember when I mentioned in an earlier post the St. James Court Art Show? It' I save $ all year long to be able to buy some Christmas gifts and some treats for myself as well. This year has been very trying. Healthwise and financially. Not to go into the long sad sordid details, but in a nutshell, my job of 17 years ended recently when my place of business ceased to exist. I'm still unemployed and trying not to panic! Anyway, this art show is one of the best in the country and takes place the first weekend in October in "Old Louisville" which is near downtown and claims to be the largest Victorian neighborhood in the country. My "girls" - my mom and 23 yr. old daughter - have had a tradition of attending together for years. We pray for good weather and this year we got it! I only allowed myself two purchases this year, but I'm sooooo pleased with what I found.
The photographer exhibiting this work, only had images of cemetary statuary - all black and white - and it literally stopped me in my tracks. I was overwhelmed. They were all so stunning - so serene - so beautiful - so peaceful. After what must have seemed like an eternity to this patient artist/vendor, I finally settled on this one called "Wings". The story he passed onto me was that he took the photo in a cemetary located on the Austrian border and that according to local legend, the 24 year old bride grieved herself to death after the loss of her husband 100+ years ago. Oh so romantically tragic yet I gather inspiration from it as well as a sense of calm. I'm probably one weird chick.
Needing a frame that did her justice (I wanted something old/ornate) I dug out one that I scored for a mere $5.00 at an estate sale - painted it matte black and highlighted some detail with silver. She didn't fit perfectly - my hands literally shook as I carefully trimmed the sides about an inch. But, voila - done. I love the way it turned out - and how she looks in our livingroom.
A side note - I thought hubby would be completely creeped out but was totally onboard with this one. Though not as overcome with emotion as I, he did remark "cool". I think living with me all these years is starting to rub off on him!


simplyiowa said...

Hi Tammy!
If you would have read a little more, I was corrected, about the Saint. She sold to a dear friend, and is now being restored!
Thanks for hookin' up, and it looks like your blog is pretty cool!
I love "God" things...They bring me peace... and truly help me keep things in perspective...
Take Care,
Barb C.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tammy, I think that is so beautiful... and though sad, it is a beautiful story as well...I don't think it is weird or creepy at all... it shows how deep your feelings run and how caring you are... sorry about losing your job, but things happen for a reason I do believe, and something good will come from this... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

pollyanns said...

I love your cottage picture on your blog title... I have a collection of them. The most recent one I bought from Barb at simplyiowa. She's a fantastic gal.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Beautiful!!! I love photos of old cemetery statuary. And the story that goes with your print is fabulous but tragic. Thanks for sharing. And I'm sorry about losing your job. I hope that you find a new one soon. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

Blue Creek Home said...

You are not a weird chick!!!
I love it. I have always been drawn to old cemeteries and all of the beauty there.
Thanks for stopping by.
Come back by on Monday...having my grand opening for the boutique and a give-away!
I'm following ya now.

Donna said...

Tammy, thank you for the sweet comment you left on my recent post about losing Spotty. Your kindness means so much... All my best, Donna

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Suzie Button said...

That is achingly beautiful! Suzie