Thursday, December 3, 2009

Beautiful Nativity Sets...Vintage, Paper...and Living!

Good evening, everyone! I'm freezing tonight, and I'm in California! How's everyone else doing? I've got my flannel Nick & Nora vintage print jammies on (my favorites!), some thick socks, and I'm still cold!

I love Nativity sets! Whether they're vintage or modern, reproduction or made of Play-Do, they always touch my heart...


...and I just have to have them! I love them so much, that I leave one of mine out year round...

...a couple of years ago, when putting all my Christmas decorations away, I thought...this isn't Santa Claus, it's commemorating the birth of Christ--why not leave it out all year to help us remember? So, I do...and I love it!

This nativity is by Nicole Sayre--I love her work! Kind of a mix of vintage and folk art--just beautiful! Lovely pastel colors...just a little sparkle...perfect!

Here's another of the sets I love...this one is by another favorite artist of mine...Teena Flanner. She does these beautiful papier mache' figures using antique chocolate molds--so they really are vintage pieces in a way--I love that!

If you're at all interested in the history of nativity sets, as I am, I found this great site that has tons of information...

Since I was thinking of nativities today, that's what I used as the subject for my card...

This beautiful image is from Crafty Secrets' "Christmas" Images & Journal Notes--you know I love using this booklet!

Isn't the image just gorgeous? I love the calligraphic font used underneath--beautiful! I remembered I had a pack of brads that I've never used that were perfect for this--can't remember who made them, though--got them at Michael's...

...perfect, aren't they?! The flourishes around the letters are so similar to those in the image!

Finished things off with my new favorite Martha Stewart "White Gold" fine glitter...I'm telling you--this stuff shines like you wouldn't believe!

Did some hand drawn flourishes along the border...added some ribbon and lace, and that's about it!

Once a year here in our town, a local church puts on a HUGE nativity--live! They work on it all year long--have even altered the church itself and the surrounding area to accommodate the show and all the people who come every year.

I took a lot of pictures of the Bethlehem street scenes, Joseph and Mary being turned away at the different inns--on a real donkey, mind you! Angels singing over the hills of Bethlehem--using cranes--they're really up there! But I thought I'd limit my picture for the evening to this...
...what can I say? Just perfect--peaceful and beautiful--the reason for the season...

Sweet dreams!