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PRODUCT REVIEW: “Versailles Maidens” Sculptural Mantel Clock

Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.

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I echo what the other reviewers have said. This piece is beautiful and looks like it belongs in a museum. It took me a minute to figure out where to put the battery 😉 (the clock face on the front pops out) and so far I love it. I’m not sure how long the battery will last, as I’ve only had the item a few weeks, so I’m not sure about ease of maintenance yet. I do like that it runs on a standard AA battery, I just hope the battery lasts a long while.

I love this product as an add-on for Sculpted walls.

PRODUCT REVIEW: “Demure Pose” Male Torso Wall Sculptures: Head Left

Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.

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I knew the height of the piece before I purchased it, but I thought it would look good on a short corner wall in my bedroom. It now hangs with 5 more sculptures on my main entrance wall, my poor bedroom walls, once more left bare. For a person who loves to paint and the price, one could work wonders. Anyone who buys this item, especially on sale should not feel disappointed.

Leprechaun: Fairy or Garden Gnome?

Stories of fairies and the “wee folk” or “little people” are found in just about every culture throughout the world. In regions with tropical forests, they take the form of small forest spirits that play pranks, especially on poachers. In other places, fairy-like beings are believed to inhabit everything from trees to large rocks, and quiet corners of the backyard. Although the little people are regarded as mythical in most parts of the world, in Iceland, a fair percentage of the populace still has a strong belief in fairies and will even detour roads around strange rocks and other places where they are said to live.

Celtic cultures also have a long history of tales that involve all sorts of fairies, gnomes, and elementals, and in some places with strong Celtic traditions, the local belief in fairies rivals that of Iceland. In Nova Scotia and rural Ireland, more than a few people talk about their experiences with the little folk, and also tell tales of fairies that have been passed down for several generations. These can take the form of stories where the wee folk help people, where unfortunate folks who witness a fairy dance go missing for several years but feel as if just a few days have passed, and where people who fail to pay proper respects to fairies are cursed with misfortune and sickness.

In Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom, as with Iceland, some people are very hesitant to cut down certain trees, especially old Hawthorns, because they are known to be traditional homes of fairies. Harm the tree and misfortune will fall to people who take the road that was built in that area. Such “fairy trees” in the Irish countryside can be recognized by their lone, craggy appearance in a green field, and some are even surrounded by a small fence to keep people from accidentally causing them harm.

Nevertheless, these “fairy trees” are not thought to be the home of the best known type of fairy-like being in western culture, the Leprechaun. Unlike some other fairies, these creatures are said to be solitary and keep to themselves. In general, they would rather not go out of their way to bother or harm people, and prefer to live in caves and on lonely, Irish moors. Despite the lonely nature of the Leprechaun, this three foot high fairy being has become part of popular culture because the Irish people have been telling tales about it for centuries.

Most of those tales probably stem from oral stories that have been passed down for a thousand or more years. One such story is known from a medieval work known as “The Adventures of Fergus, Son of Leti”, a tale about the king of Ulster. In one of the chapters, Fergus is set upon by Leprechauns but captures them before they can drag him into the sea. In return for their freedom, the Leprechauns grant him three wishes.

Another aspect of Leprechaun lore that has kept people talking about them is the supposed pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. This refers to the Leprechaun’s penchant for digging up and hoarding old treasures, but since the fairy is a loner, he would rather not share that gold with anyone. Although we refer to him as a fairy, other aspects of the Leprechaun are more akin to that of a gnome. Like gnomes, the Leprechaun is described as an old little man with a beard and a top hat. Unlike modern depictions of Leprechauns (that are actually 19th century stereotypes of Irish immigrants), similar to a gnome, the original Leprechaun also wears a bright red coat. Whether he is a gnome or a fairy, we would all love to have that pot of gold!

Find exquisite statues of garden fairies and gnomes at Design Toscano.

Wonderful!!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Renenutet, the Cobra Goddess Altar Candlestick and Candle: Set of two

Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.

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In the photo of the candle holders the color looks like a brighter gold but actually it is a darker golden color.It really is lovely.The only disappointment I have is the Egyptian candles that came with it.In the picture the Egyptian candles themselves had a bright gold in the middle which I was expecting.The Egyptian candles I received were faded.I have however gotten over that & feel they do bring a charm in giving it a aged look which do work quite well with the vintage style statues I have.All in all I am very happy with my purchase.I enjoy seeing them in my bedroom everyday.

Great Item

PRODUCT REVIEW: Cat Memorial Angel Pet Statue: Stone

Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.

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When my cat passed away after 16 years, I went through weeks of sadness. We buried him in our yard by our garden and planted a small tree near his grave. I ordered this cat angel to place under the new tree to honor my furry angel. It’s a very nice statue, I just wish it were bigger. But I’m happy with it either way.