Broken pieces…

My mom loved Lladdro figurines and she had several. I kept two, one of which I gave her a long time ago. Today, it got broken. I made a loud noise at just the wrong time and Belle (the cat) jumped too close to it and down it went. Boom, crash, done.

I could glue the pieces together but it’s just not the same. I thought about replacing it but decided that that’s not the same either. Plus, I couldn’t find another one just like this online.

So, I did a mom-like thing and stuck her in a flower pot. Her one remaining leg is keeping her in place.

The cactus is from one that was in mom’s kitchen window most of my life. It got big, I ended up with it and nearly killed it. Mom got these bits growing in that pot (that she insisted on painting green) in her last year of life. I am doing my best to not to kill this cactus.

The pot sits on the window sill above my Bernina. I actually like the figure better in the pot than I did where it was, next to my bed. That’s good because this is where she’s going to stay.

42 thoughts on “Broken pieces…

  1. I think that is a great use of the pieces or big piece. I am starting to accept it is ok to let go of special things…… I still have the memories……

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  2. She looks beautiful on the pot. I,too, love her better there. I’m sure you will see her in your mom’s pot and laugh every time. What found memories of your mom.
    Enjoy the new from old!!

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  3. Nothing escapes the process of aging, whether it’s a person, animal, quilt or another inanimate object. Aging equals history. History becomes life’s stories, sometimes an accurate record, more often a bit of folklore. The figurine was an object that triggered your memories of your mom. Now the little porcelain girl has a blemish, a bit of history. She has a story, and she’s far more interesting in that pot of cactus than on a table. She commands attention. Now she will be the starter of conversations so you can share your memories and create some smiles. Mama would love that.

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  4. What a sweet memory, planting her in a pot your mom painted, with cacti also from her, was such a good idea. Perhaps it was meant to be.

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  5. Oh Becky, I’m so sorry this happened. These things always remind how fragile life can be. She does look adorable in the cactus pot, I just bet your mother would approve! Debbie

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  6. I am sorry to hear about your smashed figurine, but I am glad you found a new home for her. It is a perfect spot for her. Life gave you a mini challenge and you accepted & succeeded.

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  7. Don’t water it very often like most is with a spray bottle once a week like 1 squeeze of the handle. 1 squeeze very very little .

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  8. I think on the windowsill above the Bernina is a place of honor. I love Lladros too. My Mom and Dad went to Europe in 1990 and stopped by the Lladro factory and bought me a beautiful grey and white cat smelling some flowers. Your Lladro looks lovely in the pot. Good idea!

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  9. I do clairvoyant reading with animals that need healing. Belle was meant to jump and break your sweet figurine I know its broke but Belle thinks you will now think of the figurine , cactus, painted pot and your mother everytime you see the beautiful arrangement you have created. Curious is there anything special about the day this happened ? It was meant to be. Its beautiful . Gayle

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    • Nope, this is just a regular day. But it was a nice regular day. I suppose what’s good is that I didn’t let this weigh me down where I might have in the past. Older, possibly maybe a little wiser? One can only hope…

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  10. I’ve had those moment. Heart sick, then “Oh well”, and finally “make do.” Thank you for sharing. Just know I feel a little of your pain and relief of moving you girl and kitten. 😎

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  11. What a lovely way to display it, I am sure your mom is looking down and thinking there is my daughter thinking of away.

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  12. Great idea! I have a favorite cup with a broken handle which I use anyway, but your idea makes the little piece look so much better. 🙂

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  13. What a clever and sweet way to reuse your mom’s figurine! Am sure you think of her every time you look at it, and know she would love having that beautiful girl watching over her cactus plant.

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  14. I think that’s the perfect spot for her … adorable! and sitting near your sewing machine to admire often is the icing on the cake!

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  15. I think that’s really a perfect spot for her – where you can see her and be reminded of your mom’s inspiration and love every day!

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  16. So very sorry this special piece got broken. I wasn’t familiar with Lladro. Looked them up; I think I’m going to have to have one.

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  17. Love how you re-purposed your figurine! Also continues to serve the purpose of restoring memories of your mother. Think your mom would approve.

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