Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Decorating Tips from Nina Part II: Angel Wings

In this immaculate doll of heaven has been conceived,
            as though
No hands had shaped her, an uninvented innocence be-
            queathing grace
Ring upon ring in haloes all around her, and not remote
            nor kind
But only there, dispensing of all the brought light a total
            larger light.

Even now her wings have assumed such shields of glory
            and the pool beneath
Wheels with such wreaths of shining, the room is gath-
            ered and filled
By her tall and burning stillness and, an actual angel,
            her suspension wars
For a whole minute against all the dark, as if I were a

from Swedish Angel by Winfield Townley Scott

As promised, I’m writing a series of posts on Nina Hartmann and how her style has influenced my decorating.

Angel wings are the first item on Nina’s list.  She buys vintage wings made by mothers or nuns for children in Christmas pageants in European flea markets.  Tough to find, but easy to make yourself.  I merely bent bailing wire into a wing shapes, sewed scrap cotton net, painted stars with glue, then sprinkled German glass glitter on.

I can’t help feeling a little spiritual with angel wings in the house.  They symbolize freedom and protection. 

They impart intangible ‘heart’ in the home far more than any tchotchkes.

Avoid the $7 12" dollar store wings.  I’ve seen them in magazines but the effect is perfume on a pig (they’re just toys for kids).

Check out handmade wings at:

Until next time, stay shabby!

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NanaDiana said...

Aren't those gorgeous? I wondered how good those cheap ones could be! These are beautiful! xo Diana

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Sandy your wings are lovely and I think they are a lot more difficult than you say~but given that you are a talent and so for you are easy! I think the shape of the wire is perfect, and that had to be hard to do..I have wings in my shop that are 4 feet long and made of wood...repro wings and sometimes I paint them Old White Chalk Paint ™ and then give some random gilding...I love them too! I might try a gossamer pair for myself...

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your wings are heavenly. Love the stars.

chateau chic said...

Sooo lovely!!
Mary Alice

Amber said...

Gorgeous! I love your little studio. Your blog is so peaceful... I love visiting!

weisser traum said...

morgen liebe nina
geb dir so recht.
habe selber engelsflügel geschweisst. einfach himmlisch.
deine fotos sind wie immer ein traum für alle vintage verrückten.
wünsche dir eine schöne woche.
herzlichst daniela

Faded Charm said...

I'm loving the angel wings also and was lucky enough to find a pair of large vintage ones at a garage sale last Fall that I had on my mannequin for Christmas. Yours are so beautiful:-)


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Karena said...

Sandy these are so lovely and ethereal!

Art by Karena
2012 Artists Series

Debby said...

My book arrrived the other day. Wonderful and beautiful are the words I would use to describe every page. Thank you so much. I will enjoy reading more of how Nina has influenced you.

Linda @ Two Succulent Sisters said...

Beautiful to look at. Your whole blog is beautiful!Best wishes, Linda

Rhonda said...

Now your wings look amazing, Sandy. I'm going to give it a try, otherwise, I can stop at those shops you mentioned. xo Rhonda

Karen said...

Beautiful wings, they are so soothing. I need to try making these.

andrea@townandprairie said...

They are so sweet... espceially if you know it was worn in a play. A bit of holiday magic.

Heaven's Walk said...

Freedom and protection. I love the thought of angel wings representing that, Sandy. :) How very comforting... Your wings are so beautiful. Thank you for telling us how to make them. ♥

xoxo laurie

A Cottage Muse said...

So lovely!
Happy Weekend Sandy!

Candylei said...

So elegant. I love netting! How is your cottage in the treetops? I hope your summer is wonderful this year!!!!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the wings! I'll be trying my hand at a pair for sure. We love Nina's style (and yours) thanks so much for sharing with us!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Creative Things Thursday!

Anonymous said...

Your wings turned out beautifully Sandy! I also sell them on Etsy.
I always love visiting you Sandy, you're such an inspiration!

Zane Wooder said...

It's to bad people don't wear more dresses with angel wings. It seems to only be worn for Halloween. At least around here. Real shame because I think angel wings can be a dress to life.

-Zane of ontario honey


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