An garden angel to watch over me…
“I am so excited about my Shutter Angel!” Jeanne Sammons says. “She’ll be out on the path to my ‘Secret Garden in the Pines.’ I spent some time working on it this weekend with my darlin’ hubby (he did the sawing) … she now has arms and wings and I gave her good coat of polyurethane so she hold up for awhile outside! He also helped me make her ‘bouquet’ of flowers, …I needed some extra hand strength with the barbed wire and her ‘halo.’
Yes, she is a ‘tall’ angel and I will be planting a nice big hosta or a small shrub at her feet or what I call her ‘flowing gown’ area. Thanks to Myra Glandon for her shutter angel ideas!”
Jeanne wonders, “She is very tall and I wondered for a bit … but didn’t want to cut off some of the horizontal ‘shutter’ boards. I just came in from planting a small shrub and hosta near her …that should ‘balance’ her out as they grow.”
How Jeanne made her angel…
“Here’s the pic I posted at the beginning of the project… the shutter and broken rocking chair were my ‘art supplies’ which I found Flea marketing…. and the ‘tin’ birdie.”
Jeanne says, “This tall shutter just called my name at a Flea Market and the price was right. The ‘arms’ are from rockers from a rocking chair. I found a piece of woodwork from my sister’s old farm house that was torn down 10+ years ago … that’s the bottom piece of her wings and old barn wood pieces for the top and middle.
I told my hubby that she is taller than me! He said there’s many people taller than you! LOL! Ok, next comes finding the perfect ‘wings.'”
“Adding fun details was a bit like making a ‘Barnwood Bloom‘ except these flowers had to be ‘free-standing’ of sorts. Hammered fence staples to attach barbed wire stems to the center board of the shutter … it worked! “She has chippy paint … I liked that so polyurethaned right over it! She’s been painted a times … I left her patina alone,” Jeanne tells us.
“I traced the round part of the head from an ice cream bucket and then just drew the shoulders on rough cut old barn wood. The barbed wire ‘halo’ (need hand strength to shape it) with a cute ceiling tin ‘birdie’ that I bought at a flea market outing a couple weeks ago.”
Jeanne says, “I added a pretty ‘bouquet’ …. especially meaningful since some of these ‘art supplies’ were from friends last summer while camping in South Dakota. The gold butterfly was a garage sale find and has Japan printed on the back…barbed wire formed the stems.”
“She is angled to ‘lean’ against the two trees here but we attached a eye hook to her in the back and used some cord to tie to a branch behind it …. that way the tree will not be hurt and hopefully stay standing in storms
Jeanne confesses,”I get so many ideas from our Facebook page, ‘Flea Market Gardening,’ and then just make it in my own style.I feel very lucky to do projects together with my hubby …. he does understand me and sometimes just shakes his head in wonder.”
More new angels from our gang:
Bobbie McLaughlin says, “My garden angel is made from old register covers, leftover deck wood, and a round chop block with handle for her head and long neck. I was so excited to find her arms on the curb for garbage pickup. My husband just kept walking, while I was scavenging. Thanks, Myra Glandon, for the inspiration.
Nancy Carter added a teapot to her shutter garden angel.