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Dragons, Gargoyles, and Fairies

Creatures of myth and legend represent the fruits of the imagination, and hearken back to ancient tales told at hearths that kept the wild, unknown fears of the night at bay. Some of those creatures were good, but most were dangerous and best avoided at all costs. They took the form of fierce, scaled beasts, devilish creatures, and other concoctions of frightened minds. Most seem to have been inspired by actual fears of snakes, big cats, and other potentially dangerous animals but a few of the most famous creatures seem to have little relation with known wildlife.

One such creature is the dragon. While serpents do come to mind when speaking of dragons, most depictions of these magical creatures look more like dinosaurs or massive, winged lizards. However, they are much bigger than any lizard, some look rather like a combination of a lizard and a snake, and, in more than a few legends, dragons are highly intelligent, conniving creatures with magical powers. Most are also equipped with their own, personal flamethrower, and, like an evil tyrant, demand tribute from the lands over which they rule.

However, despite tales of dragons and dragon-like beasts in cultures across the globe, those same tales spoke of dragons in the past tense. They were said to be creatures that used to exist but haven’t been seen in a long time. No one knew if they still occurred but they were suspected to persist in remote, wild mountains, vast deserts, and the “wastelands” where few people dared to roam. As such places were explored, no one ever came across a single dragon, and none have ever been found outside the realm of fantasy. That said, the allure of these magical, powerful beasts lingers to this day and we see them in novels, films, and as mesmerizing garden decor like Sword, the Arthurian Dragon Statue.

The gargoyle is another intriguing, magical creature. Like the dragon, this beast is equipped with an array of personal weapons. It has long, sharp claws, a set of fangs, and a fierce, muscled appearance meant to intimidate any who oppose it. Also like the dragon, no one has ever laid eyes on an actual gargoyle other than the ones made of stone that line the ramparts of Gothic cathedrals. Compared to dragons, fewer tales of gargoyles exist, and most would agree that the modern depiction of these strange beasts were invented during the Middle Ages to guard churches against evil spirits while also trying to remind church-goers of the perils that can come from giving way to sin.

Similar to the dragon, nowadays, we see gargoyles in a lot more places than old, French cathedrals. Wickedly fun statues like the Boden Gargoyle Sentinel Statue can be seen accompanying sculptures of angels and other garden statuary in many a backyard, and some gargoyle sculptures also work well as interior Gothic decor. They can also be seen sharing garden space with what might be the most perilous of fantasy-themed creatures, fairies.

Garden fairies like the beautiful Fiona, the Flower Fairy Sculpture are representative of the modern, commonly held, elegant view of these magical creatures. However, before the Victorian era, fairies were never regarded as graceful, cheerful creatures. The old tales that speak of the fairy folk invariably refer to them as either mischievous, easily crossed creatures that should be avoided at all costs, or absolutely dangerous, evil beings that want to harm people. Since far more people swear to have seen and had negative experiences with gnomes and fairies than with dragons or gargoyles, fairies might actually be the most frightening of these three famous legendary creatures.

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New Decor Ideas for the Spring Season

For some of us, spring is here! For others, well, it’s going to be a few more weeks before we see fresh green grass. Nevertheless, in terms of making plans for the garden, the spring season is definitely here because when we think about how we want to decorate the backyard, snow and ice won’t be part of the picture.

If the planning involves nothing more than taking the old garden statuary items out of storage and putting them back in the same spots they occupied last year, then planning isn’t really needed. However, if we want a fresh, new look for the backyard, we need to invest some time and effort into the process. This can be as little as a few hours, or, if we want to give the backyard a serious make-over, a few days. No matter how much or little we want to make changes to the garden, though, we are going to need a few new items. If we want to get really creative, we are also going to have to consider some novel ideas for the decor we display, as well as how and where we show it.

This spring season, try these suggestions to surprise and entertain garden guests:

Unique animal garden sculptures: Instead of sticking with the same angel statues and other garden sculptures as previous years, shake up the backyard scenery with an animal statue or two. Sculptures of animals are an easy way to give the garden a touch of humor, a bit of natural beauty, or to just give it a brand new look. Fun decor like the At a Snail’s Pace Garden Gastropod Statues: Large Snail lend a creative, easy-going look, and fit right in with just about any decorating theme. If we would rather go the cute route, we can’t go wrong with adorable decor like the Prized Pup Statues and other detailed sculptures of cats, dogs, and baby animals.

Flower planters: The garden is an ideal place to showcase natural decor, the most common of which are flowering bushes and plants, and floral arrangements. Although it’s too early to see them come out of the ground, we can still envision where we want them to grow, as well as where we would like to show flower cuttings. In addition to making plans for flowerbeds, we can also purchase new sculptural planters. The Art Nouveau Mystic Maiden Wall Pocket Planter Sculpture and similar detailed decor lend a classic touch of elegance to any garden, and can give an equally fine touch to the interior of the home.

Consider gargoyle statues: The good thing about gargoyles is that they can be displayed in a lot more situations than we realize. Although they often act as essential decor for Gothic and medieval-themed gardens, ironically, gargoyle sculptures also work well with angel statues, other types of classic decor, and a backyard decorated with nothing more than garden gnomes and a water fountain. They can take the form of wicked statues that entertain the imagination, sculptures that welcome guests with Gothic flair, and can also act as backyard wall decor. One such example of classic wall decor is Gnash The Grotesque Gargoyle Wall Sculpture. This intriguing wall decor item looks just as classy on the walls of spring and summer gardens as it does inside the home.

New Asian-themed decor: An Asian garden statue or two can also act as a novel addition to the backyard. Make an impression with beautiful, quality sculptures like the Praying Baby Buddha Asian Garden Statue and the Shenzhan Buddha Garden Statue.

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Gargoyle Gifts for the Winter Holiday Season

As we approach Christmas, many of us are still looking for last minute gifts. We may have already crossed off every name on our list but wouldn’t mind buying a few more accents, stocking stuffers and other things for the special people in our lives. Or, we might just be getting a late start on the holiday gift-giving season. Whatever the reason, there’s still time to pick up a few more presents, big and small.

There are plenty of options but one of the more interesting possibilities is a type of decor that was commonly used on European cathedrals and churches during the medieval era. While statues of angels fall into that category (and do make excellent gifts), the type of statue we are talking about doesn’t quite look as heavenly as an angel sculpture. It has a much more fearsome and intimidating appearance, and, although it was commonly incorporated on castle walls and churches during feudal times, the gargoyle continues to act as popular decor in the modern-day era.

Although we no longer see them perched on the walls of places of worship, we do find them in many gardens and households. After a hiatus of a several centuries, gargoyles have once again become popular decor. Instead of keeping evil-doers and spirits with bad intentions from coming inside, these days, people put gargoyles on display because they love the mysterious look of Gothic decor, might want to showcase their taste for the fantasy genre, or relish the appearance of quality, classic garden statuary. Whatever the reason may be, a lot of folks are using gargoyle statues as decor inside the home as well as in the garden, and this is also why statues of these formidable creatures can act as excellent, easy gifts for a lot of people.

Try these gargoyle gift ideas when looking for stocking stuffers and for the folks still on our holiday shopping lists:

Gargoyle accents for writers: If those special people keep a journal, make notes with a pen, or happen to be full-fledged authors, they might enjoy the Gargoyles & Dragons: Alaric Sculptural Pen. Whether this exquisite writing instrument is used or not, its fine details and greystone appearance are certain to be an inspiration. This and other gargoyle and dragon pens make excellent stocking stuffers and fine gifts for anyone who enjoys the mystery, imagination, and intrigue of the fantasy genre.

Gargoyle garden statues: Does he or she have a garden? Does it already feature some garden sculptures? If the answer is “yes” for either of these questions, a gargoyle statue is an excellent choice for a gift. There are several high quality statues of gargoyles to choose from and they can take the form of sentinel statues meant to flank the entrance to a garden, sculptures that work well with other classic statuary, and even small, cute gargoyles well suited for sharing green space with garden gnomes and other adorable statues. Babble, The Gothic Gargoyle Statue and ©Ashes, the Gothic Gargoyle Statue are two of the more adorable gargoyle statues available.

Very Gothic gargoyles: Although any detailed, high quality gargoyle will be appreciated by someone with a penchant for all things Gothic, some gargoyles have a decidedly more Gothic appearance than others. Clutch, Keeper of the Mystic Orb Gargoyle Sitter Statue is one such creature and shows it with a fearsome, classic winged appearance, and long, muscled arms that cradle a “magical” orb. Other Gothic gargoyle gifts also come in the form of the Medieval Marauder Gargoyle Statue, and the Hemlock’s Gargoyle Throne Statue.

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Three Ways to Welcome Guests with Unique Decor

Tomorrow is the official date for Halloween and we have other holidays happening during the next two months. With that in mind, we are reminded that this is the time of year when we welcome more guests into our homes. Folks who happen to be hosting a Halloween party today or tomorrow will greet a fair number of guests with their favorite spooky decor, and most of us can plan on visits from family and friends for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. We want all of our guests to feel special when coming over for a party, dinner, or other activities, and there are various things we can do to make that happen.

We can start by greeting them with certain types of high quality decor as soon as they approach the front door. A unique greeting will make a lasting impression and set the stage for a fun, memorable night. This holiday season, try these three ways to welcome guests and make an impression that lasts all year long:

Unique door knockers: The doorbell is an easy, modern convenience but it just can’t compare to the classic appeal of a beautiful, artistic door knocker. These functional accents are always a fun, easy way to entertain guests as soon as they arrive. The only possible problem is the door knocker becoming so popular with kids of all ages, they they feel compelled to use it over and over, even after they have arrived. However, we can easily solve any such potential issues by telling guests that folks who use the door knocker after walking through the front door have to recite a poem, tell a story, or do a dance. Actually, depending on the guests, that might actually be an incentive for spontaneous entertainment. Either way, it will work out because we will either not hear the door knocker over and over, or hear it and be treated to a fun, and more lively party than we ever imagined. To make guests feel like they have arrived at a castle, try the Vecchio Greenman Authentic Foundry Iron Door Knocker.

The gargoyle treatment: Yes, gargoyles are meant to be intimidating, medieval creatures with a ferocious appearance but no, we don’t want to frighten guests into leaving. By the “gargoyles treatment”, we mean greeting them at the front door with a gargoyle sculpture. There are three main types of gargoyles, one that perches on top of castle or cathedral walls, another that actually climbs the walls, and one that crouches next to an entrance way. All are meant to act as guards of some sort, especially the one that sits next to the front door. Put the Boden Gargoyle Sentinel Statue just after the entrance to the home and guests will either be thrilled to have entered into an abode where Gothic decor is taken seriously, or wonder if they have come to the right place. Reassure them of either possibility by introducing them to the gargoyle sculpture in question. Keep in mind that the other two types of gargoyles also work just as well for greeting guests, including cute little Emmett the Gargoyle.

Angel sculptures and holiday decor: Angel statues aren’t just limited to churches, cemeteries, or beautiful gardens. Some sculptures can also be used as fine decor to greet guests in elegant, classic fashion, and these work especially well during the holiday season. We can also lend the angel some holiday cheer by topping the statue with an elf hat and decorating it with garland. If we would rather go with some other type of holiday decor, we can also give guests an entertaining greeting with a statue of an elf or nutcracker.

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