As you can see above (magnets on the front of my refrigerator), I have a little fetish about sun, moon and star collectables. This fetish is not new, but this year, I've been searching for items to decorate my favorite garden spot and/or quiet reflection places like my patio and breezeway.
On the last Crossroad Garden Club field trip, I purchased this handcrafted sun ornament at "Casa Montano" located at 81 Dodd Street, Fairburn, GA 30213. The owner Carlos Montano gave us a tour of his shop and explained the process of how he makes his cast stone garden art and gift items.
He not only takes special orders but carries a large amount of pre-made inventory to include pieces that would cater to anyone's fetish.
I've also been to thrift shops and yard sales looking for items to add to my collection. I found these sun plaques at a "Thift With A Twist" located in Newnan and paid two dollars each. Although, I intially planned to spray these terracotta, the silver would also blend with my rock walls.
I bought these mirror moons too for three dollars at the thrift shop.
I purchased this bird bath at "Casa Montano" to put at the back of my house. I can see it from a picture window where daylilies, lantana bushes and a butterfly bush is planted. The trip to Carlos' shop is well worth the time, but you can also visit online at www.casamontanogardenornaments.com.
Deberah bought this frog for the herb bed from "Casa Montano."
I bought this cast iron frog years ago, as an addition to my garden collection.
My mother and I made this large muscadine vine wreath years ago. At Christmas, I often add a festive bow for color.
Painted gourds and old birdhouses add interest to any favorite spot.
I like to mix old baskets and antique tools together on my breezeway.
Old signs also mix well with other mediums like terracotta, tin, basket weave, wood and wrought iron.
Regardless of the spot your decorating, a garden or a quiet reflection place don't be in such a hurry to put it all together at once. You will enjoy it more if you collect this and that over time adding to your collection and fetish. It will also be easier on your pocketbook! This is true whether you prefer rustic or more conventional decor.
So, until next time.............
Happy Gardening 2012!
Posted by Wilma Smith