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May Crowning of Our Lady 2017

May being the month of Mary I wanted to do something special for our Marian oratory.  Particularly with it being the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.  My first thought was of buying an arch frame to surround our statue and of weaving flowers into it, with lots of vases of flowers at the base... But an internet search didn't turn up any suitable arches.  Only 2 meter high garden ones!  And in any case, even had I found an arch that was the right size and price, lots of flowers was just fanciful thinking.  It is autumn and even were it spring our garden has very limited options for flowers which means buying them, and where we live flowers are not cheap. 
Then I noticed a gold picture frame that I had repurposed as a pin-up board a few years back, after the frames glass had broken.  It was stored behind a cupboard.  At first I had the idea to decoupage the backing board with flower pictures, so that Our Lady would appear to be surrounded with flowers... bu…

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