Recently, several nationally published magazines featured big antique trends for 2012 and featured religious items! I wanted to share some of my collection I recently changed around in my dining room! If you didn't know I collect mercury glass hearts, pressed tin ex voto hearts, and other religious items including hymnals, altar furniture and fixtures, stained glass, and crucifixes. I've even got some organ pipes!
I have found religious items at estate sales, yardsales, thrift stores, and even modern reproduction things from major retailers and catalogs!
As for an update on the state of the room, You can see I haven't painted the teal chairs white yet. . .shame on me! I also finally hung the new chandelier that's been in a closet for almost two years! I tried to sell it at a yardsale or two, but there were no buyers. Go figure! I also want to paint the inside of the china hutch.
I'm not complaining--it is beautiful!
Because of the religious significance of these items, I always try to display them in a reverend manner.
Here I created a vignette of items on an antique mirrored plateaus and covered them with rather large cloches or glass domes. The hymnal above is a favorite of mine because it has an image of a crown in the C of Coronation.
I snapped these photos yesterday morning when the sun was streaming in the dining room. I love morning light!
Here is my collection of mercury glass and metal ex voto hearts.
The small mercury glass heart in the foreground is a french antique that was given to me by Tracie at My Petite Maison.
The grape and flower candelabras are Nordic French antiques. They are from a chapel somewhere in France. They would have been used in the last half of the 1800s.
Beautiful nativity scenes needn't be reserved solely for Christmas.
I'll be back with more, including some really nifty guest posts I'm getting lined up!