Recently, my childhood priest, Father Cahill, asked if I had any statues to donate to the elderly. I became a woman on a mission. Though it's hard to come by old religious statues and icons, this past weekend I hit the jack-pot.
I found this Madonna statue at our local thrift. She was selling for $20, along with an Infant of Prague for $10. I said my prayers. "God, I want to help Father Cahill, but $30 is really too much money for our one income family." After a good argument with my mind vs spirit, I brought the statues up to the counter and an amazing thing happened. The woman working there asked, "Are you donating these?" Surprised by her questions, I fumbled over my own words explaining my plan for them. "How about $10 for both?" she said. My jaw dropped and I practically bounced all the way home.
Next, I decided to give freecycle a try, hoping if I mentioned Father Cahill, people would remember him. Well, I was contacted by a man named Frank, who didn't know Father Cahill, but did have a father who once worked in a church that closed.
Frank gave me boxes of little plastic statues, old rosaries, prayer cards, pictures, all kinds of stuff. Then he asked me a favor. Could I restore this statue for him of St. Anthony? It was his father's. I'm happy to be able to help someone who was so generous with me!
Another Infant of Prague.
I can't help it, but when I look at this statue, all I think is, "Got Milk?" She needs a little TLC. This is St. Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness. Hmmm....I think I may need to keep this one!
This chalkware Mary was made in Italy and donated by another woman I've gotten to know through freecycle. She had a box of religious items she was hoping to find a good home. She was very happy to find out they'll bring comfort to some women in the assisted living community.
Some pieces are broken beyond repair. That's the beauty of altered art!
Vintage papers of all kinds can be used to journal, scrapbook, mixed media art, etc.
And lots of little knicky-knacks. Perfect for shadowboxes and mini pieces of artwork.
To me, you don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty of some of these little nuggets.
So many ideas, so little time!
For the past 2 weeks, I found myself sinking into a pit of depression. Seeing the generosity of others and watching God work through them gave me a calming sense of comfort.
Mom always says, when you're feeling depressed, do something for someone else. It'll take your mind off yourself and your own troubles.
Now instead of my mind filled with worries, it's filling with visions and inspiration.
I've always loved miniatures.
This is neat. It's got the Stations of the Cross on either side of the Crucifix.
Old metals, ex-votos, pins and rosaries.
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." Proverbs 16:3