A few of you noticed the wings on my Santo's Cage doll in my Christmas Tree post earlier this week.
Did you know that originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were
needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when
it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war.
Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700's and 1800's,
primarily due to these wars. (source)
I found a cross to add to my doll this year.
I used two candle rings to decorate the bottom and a flameless candle.
The little wings came from the same on-line source called Mothology as the cross. The table topper came from my Mother's. She's always had a good eye for picking out nice things.
The doves were gifted to me from Betty at BettyMarie's several years ago and they've become an integral part of my mantels.
Please click the link to Betty's blog and pay her a visit. She's the primary caretaker of her spouse and finds herself unable to get out and do much anymore. She can use some cheering up and I know we bloggers are good for that!
I spotted this large urn at a store and I liked the red sticks popping out of the evergreen branches and this was the inspiration for how I decorated the two mercury glass vases this year. I used the same vases as seen "here in 2013"
These red sticks were about 5 ft. tall. I figured out how tall I wanted them and cut them shorter then placed the evergreen branches around them. My version has a tighter straighter look because of the narrowness of my vases compared to my inspiration piece. Pat over at Crooked Creektt did a version of the vase too as seen "here" She was inspired by the picture that I had posted on Facebook.
A variety of glass and real pine cones were scattered throughout. I wanted an elegant look this year but I also wanted the grounding of some organic touches.
I came across the beaded garland at a little boutique store and added the glittery gold tassel to give it a finished look.