She lives with more than 230 "Lady Liberties," her name for a burgeoning collection of representations of the Statue of Liberty.
The fun begins at the entrance of the
Lifting her torch at their adobe gate, and decked with a red, white and blue floral spray for the
"I got that in
There are photographs, a collage formed of hundreds of tiny images, framed magazine covers, needlepoint tapestries and paintings and drawings by famed artists, all depicting our national symbol of freedom.
"This is one of my favorites," she said, showing an original framed piece done entirely in colored pencils by artist
Some of the most sublime pieces are positioned in close proximity to the downright whimsical: three Barbie dolls, Betty Boop,
Some combine diverse functions with their iconic forms.
"This one is a lawn sprinkler. That's a nutcracker. This one is a lighter. I have Lady Liberties that play music, light up, have sparks and fireworks, and here's an Avon bottle that still has perfume in it. There are radios and clocks, a night light, and a bell that is probably over 100 years old, the oldest thing in the collection. This one was for jewelry display that my sister
There's a pretty little Limoges Lady Liberty box from
It all started with a little souvenir she received in the mid-1970s.
"Friends of mine,
Nearby is another gift from the same couple, a bronze statue that she thinks is the largest item in her collection.
Floyd, an interior designer with her own business, Habitats, manages to tastefully and artistically display about 100 items at a time, all confined to a small area that includes a nicho, shelves and a wall of framed pieces.
She said she would be willing to loan her collection for exhibition if there is interest. And she has given some thought to bequeathing her Lady Liberties, but has made no final decisions.
"I've offered to give it to the first of my sons and daughters-in-law who name a child 'Liberty,' but so far, no one has taken me up on it," said Floyd, who has two sons and five grandchildren.
For now, she's still building her collection.
Almost all of her most cherished
One side depicts an homage to the traditional icon, collaged with a tape featuring the world-famous message: "Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
The other side features an image of Our Lady of
"It's a commentary on the border situation and immigration. This collection is a lot of fun and I enjoy sharing it with people. They get a kick out of it, but it also make you think about what
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