Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Nativities

One of the things that killed my arm, was a lot of sanding. I do have a small sander, but you can only do so much with those without taking off too much, so most of my sanding is done by hand.

Years ago, I made a few nativity sets and kept one for me, now I am trying to recreate them. I had to use my set to work from, since I have no idea where I got the pattern, I thought it was from an old BHG Christmas issue. If you happen to have this magazine or book it came from, please let me know which one it was, so I can see if I can get a used copy.

This is the set I made. I love it's simplicity.



This is the first, new set that I attempted. I made it smaller and use brighter colors. It was not what I wanted, and I got carried away with the black. It does look better in person, the flash makes everything stand out more. Now I am working on 4 sets at a time, still in the painting stage. I have to do a coat and then go over again with a second coat. I guess trying something over again, is not smart when you are making a few at a time and rushing to get them done. They will not be exactly like the first set, but hopefully the recipients will like them.

9 comments:

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Debbie, they are wonderful! the recipient will be thrilled for sure.

Joanne said...

Wow Debbie - What don't you do! They are great! Oh man I wish I knew you had these - I saw a little "stable" or "barn" for a manager scene at a thrift and didn't pick it up - now to remember where that was - It would have been perfect for you!

Carrie P. said...

Very nice nativity.
I like the simplicity too. Someone will really like them. Very nice gifts

soggibottom said...

So different!
Beautifully different. Hard working lady, and you have mogs....oh...

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Mary Lou Weidman said...

Wow, what a special nativity! I love anything that is handmade and has meaning and this fits the bill for sure....keep up the lovely work!

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Woow Debbie, they looks awesome. Do you sell them? Thanks for visit my blog.

Kimara@weefolkart said...

Not a shocker... I love these! As a combination gift for Christmas, my DH and I are buying an oscillating sander. (What most women want for Christmas, right?) I love the wood working I've been doing. Over the next year I plan to design many different sets. Fun, fun, fun! Your gift recipients are going to be thrilled! Oh yeah... gonna FaceBook link!

Caths Pennies Designs said...

The nativity is a wonderful gift idea. Who wouldn't love a handcrafted set as lovely as that. Take care of that sore arm!
Cathy

Kim Klassen said...

hi debbie
omgoodness, years ago i bought a set very much like this from a craft sale. i had forgotten all about it..and totally forgot how much i adored that little set. the only difference was that mine had a little open manger with a star on top....very simple and primitive.

i love yours... wonderful!