Sunday Sentiments ~ How "The Girls" Came to Be and a Cinderella Story

How “The Girls” came to be a
part of the gardens we have had 
over the years is actually 
nice little story…

I’ve always liked statuary since I was a little girl.
My friend Kathy had several 
angels and other lovely statuary 
in her front and backyards.
These were scattered about and you’d 
come upon them tucked into each planter bed 
while taking a tour around her 
gorgeously green gardens
checking out all the roses and 
flowering plants 
that would be in bloom.

It was a bonus when you’d sit outside 
at one of two sunny sitting areas where
you could admire a few of these
ethereal statues while
enjoying an alfresco luncheon
or while
talking over tea and dessert.

She had this same angel as mine on 
the little patio to the left of 
her front door entryway.
Every time I’d come over to tea
I’d see this beautiful cement angel
with a lit candle in her heart~shaped dish
surrounded by mini dried pink 
noisette roses.
Other times this angel held just larger
rose petal blooms in her bowl
which would waft their glorious scent
perfuming the entire front entry!

I had admired this angel for about a year
or so when I finally asked Kathy
where she had found it and 
its twin in the backyard.
She had found both at various

From then on I was on a quest…

For about a year I haunted the Temecula
HomeGoods looking for an angel
I could call my own but 
never finding one.
When one day while we were out shopping
with friends from our
Victorian Tea Society tea group at 
HomeGoods in Poway ~ turning an aisle corner 
finally found one in 
the garden area!

I could hardly believe my good fortune!
I wasn’t letting “her” out of my sight…
Somehow I wrestled this big girl 
into my cart.
{you see, these angels aren’t light little things but rather very solid
being that they ARE made of cement and weighing in 
at about 50 to 70 pounds or so}
Everything else that day became superfluous.
I didn’t need another thing.
I was happy and ready to go home and 
decorate with this angel girl!

The group was planning on going to 
two more thrift stores
looking for elusive treasures.
Didn’t matter to me ~ I’d found what
I was hoping and dreaming for already.
I had my sweet angel!
Surprisingly, I found a second angel
a few months later…
$29.00 on clearance!
Of course, she came home with me, too.

The Vineyard Girl came about
while wandering about in
Old Town Temecula, California.
There is a little garden shop situated between
two western~style buildings right on
Main Street as you come through the middle
of this antique district
which sells those perfectly swirly rusty 
wire furniture and chandelier pieces.

When this store first opened for business
the owner carried more of 
what I call
ethereal pieces for your garden
and this 
lithesome lovely lady 
who forever grows and
gathers grapes from her garden
was there waiting…
It was meant to be!

She was the first big statue I brought home
to our then new house ~ our Big House.
The Angel Girls came later.

Now a funny story! My son and daughter and I
 always carved pumpkins with crosses and 
hearts and such for Halloween night 
to share our faith
in a quiet way
as children and teens 
would come calling to trick or treat.

That year after I’d found the front yard angel
{as I’d come to call her}
I thought I’d put a nice candle in among
the fall potpourri
scenting her little heart~shaped bowl
to welcome our little dressed-up friends
as they rang our doorbell.

She looked lovely that evening!
Her candle glowing brightly
when viewed from 
out on the sidewalk.
The pumpkins glowed pleasantly, too
and gave off a faint scent of pumpkin goodness
as you walked towards our front entryway.

All was good that night ~ no tricks to be had as
children came and rang out their merry
“Trick or treat!!!”
we gave away 
many a nummy
chocolate goody that evening.

Next day though I noticed something
not so good
when we came home from school…
Our poor angel girl’s nose was 
permanently burnt!

No amount of cleaner would wash
the soot from her face
from that day forward 
her new name was…

And now you know the rest of the story!
Drop me a line and tell me your 
favorite story of 
something you found and 
how this treasure 
came to grace your home.

Looking forward to reading your stories!
xoxo Barb 🙂

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”  Psalms 91:11

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