Friday, December 21, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Baby Jesus

I found this great vintage baby Jesus at an antique shop. I created a nativity scene with it by putting the baby in a birds nest and placing a beautiful angel next to it. I think it's my favorite nativity so far.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mary Did you Know?

A little sketch I did and then digitally colorized for an Art in the Word weekly inspirational prompt. " Mary pondered these things in her heart" Luke 2

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What I LOVE about MY Holiday HOME!

snow, white feather trees, white bottle brush trees, handcrafted ornaments made by friends, my Dept. 56 Dickens village, my overloaded trees with sentimental ornaments, Christmas music, peppermint coffee, nativities, family...

Thank you Karla's Cottage for hosting this blog party!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Happy Birthday Jesus! Bloggers Party

The above photos are of the handcrafted nativity scene that has graced the homes of my parents since 1960. I remember cars slowing down to view the scene and the year we won the city Christmas lights contest. I wonder if a Nativity scene would win today? This is what my mom wrote when I asked her to write the history of their nativity.

"Originally, in about 1960 we cut out the characters from masonite, painted the features and clothes. We also made one set for the church. This was in Marshall, OK while Garry was in seminary. Then we added bales of hay for the background in Clearwater, KS until we made a wooden stable. Also used the stable in Beatrice and North Platte. I think I dressed them in real clothes when we moved to North Platte. Added the jewels for the crowns and gifts at that time. The clothes have changed through the years as they faded and wore out. Added furs, brocades, satins, cordoroy, woolen fabrics, beads and more jewels. The hands were made from plastic milk cartons and painted. The hair and mustaches are real human hair.
The characters were stolen once in North Platte and twice in Lincoln, with some of the characters returned by a dad in Lincoln from his back porch. All of the characters stolen in North Platte were returned to the back alley. One time, most of the characters were broken in half or decapitated. My nephew came down to help Garry repair them. He refused to let the vandals win!. "

The photos do not do the nativity justice. The detail and artistry are amazing. I'm pretty sure my mom was the first Martha Stewart!

Take time to drive around this Christmas and notice the different nativities. Plastic, wood, elaborate or simple- they remind us of the Reason for the Season!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

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You're invited to a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for bloggers from Dec.13th-Dec.20th!

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Let's keep Christ in Christmas !

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Outside my studio door

We have SNOW! I LOVE SNOW! This is the view out my studio door ( well, maybe just a wee bit embellished)!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Deck the Halls

A couple more pics. My 15 year old son is now almost as tall as our 6 foot tree. I guess he's the official treetopper!