November 21, 2010

Le Ange - Angel From Toulon, France

Recently my travels took me to Toulon, France and my fascination with Angels was thrown into overload when we stumbled upon an old cemetery filled with statues of Angels and mausoleums.  We spent hours touring the cemetery, admiring the craftsmanship, the abundance of angels, porcelain flowers, crucifixes, and the loving care the living of those attending their loved ones graves.

My husband and I have such a deep connection with old statuary and masonry as our day jobs with Pishny Restoration Services take us often to ancient cemeteries.  We are currently restoring three mausoleums in Topeka, Kansas in the historic Topeka Cemetery involving the recreation of pillar tops that have been worn smooth with age, recreation of family names, stone wall restoration and the restoration of the iron doors.

We love the work and feel a strong sense of pride in knowing that we have restored a precious bit of history that would otherwise be lost forever.  Something that you see in Europe as the restoration of their countries treasures is neverending and something that is just beginning in the United States.  The treasures are here scattered about and in dire need of restoration work.  We are so happy to be a part of the process of restoring our national treasures for future generations.

I'll post some additional photos later in more detail, the mausoleums are really beautiful.

I have been busy at the bench creating custom orders for the upcoming Holiday season like this black leather wide cuff bracelet with sterling silver plate for the lady rider with a bit of Cowgirl Wisdom:  Always saddle your own horse or be self sufficient that was sent to Utah.

A silver spoon handle ring, my first attempt at the request of a mother for her daughter.

I have added loads of new jewelry pieces in my Etsy shop - GardenologyKC  Pop over and browse my work, maybe you will find something that you would love to give someone special for the Holidays.

I will also be at the Liberty Belle show the first weekend in December if you would like to stop by and see my work in person.  Remember to bring cash or check as the venue does not accept credit cards.  If you would like to purchase any of my jewelry with a credit card you can do so through my Etsy shop.

Well, that's a bit of what I have been up to...ending with a spoon bracelet that I made just for me because after all - That's Just How I Roll!

Blessings - Julie


Alice said...

Was your trip to France for business or pleaseure? Either way it sounds lovley.

Our family enjoys visitng cemeteries, which might sound odd to others, but there is so much history there to be told.

I love your newest creations, especially the leather cuff.

Riki Schumacher said...

Wow Julie, I didn't know you went to France!! How wonderful. I would have given you a shopping list, ha ha! Hope the trip was all you wanted it to be. Take care my friend. Beautiful pieces, as always. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Riki

La Dolce Vita said...

beautiful, just love statuary too, and this angel is exceptional, love you jewelry pieces too!!

Lee said...

Sounds like you have been busy!! I was wondering where you were. I can't wait to see more pictures. Love the cuff, BTW.