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Friday, October 11, 2013

My Nativity Work of Heart

It makes me almost teary eyed to present my new Nativity Ornament Set to you tonight.  I have worked so very hard for MONTHs now to get it together enough to put it up for sale.  Working and reworking the design was totally worth it though.  As I carefully strung each ornament on the line, I knew this set would become one of my most beloved Christmas decorations.  I look forward to talking with my kids, and eventually my grandkids about the story symbolized in the bulbs. 
I don't need to look into the future, though, to experience heart felt gratitude for the small and humble beginning of the most beloved family of all time.  Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, and yet, it seems to begetting further and further away from the holiday's true purpose.  I am so excited to have not Santa's and candy to hang on our tree, but ornaments that symbolize the very Reason For The Season, our dear Savior's birth.

Each of the 12 ornaments has a silhouette inside, then a short, simple phrase describing some part of the character or seen shown within.  It is a little tricky to photograph the double layer though.  Here is the outside saying...

And here is the silhouette within.  I made the letters on the outside out of black vinyl, and the inside silhouette out of silver vinyl.  I still plan to try it one more time with black inside and black outside to see if I like that better.  I like to get my ornaments from Hobby Lobby.  I prefer their Christmas ornaments over their standard glass ornaments due the the iridescent shine the Christmas version has.  It is just a lovely touch to the set.


So here are the ornaments in no particular order...
Again, remember that I chose to only focus on one layer of the ornament at a time, both layers are very clearly cut.  

Camels


Mary


Baby Jesus


Joseph


Angel.  I had to think for a long time over this one.  I have another version that is actually three angels.  I could not decide on one or three...but finally went with one.  Any ideas about which you would have chosen???


The City of Bethlehem


The Star in the Sky


Wise Men

The Savior of Men,the man that little baby became.


That horrible donkey ride to Bethlehem.  I still feel sad for the both of them having to make that trip.  Can you even imagine riding a donkey on even ground 9 months pregnant!?!

The small little Stable


You can't forget the Animals that greeted the dear Savior at His birth.

I am so excited.  Now I just need to get a tree :0}  I know we are a ways from Christmas, but it never hurts to plan.  We got rid of all of our alpine trees this last move and now we have nowhere to hang out precious ornaments.  Maybe we will have to get a real tree this year!  These ornaments would look GREAT in a fresh, real live Christmas tree.  Once again I am so excited for real snow and real winter to accompany our Christmas season.  It was so hard to really feel like it was Christmas back in Arizona, but it had it's up-side too :0}


I have finally listed this ornament set on Etsy.  It is available as a completed set, or as a vinyl and ornament insert set like the first Nativity Ornament was.  You can check out the listing on Etsy or comment here with any questions you have.  I will be sure to get back to you as quickly as I can.

I actually have a couple more sets to post so don't forget to come back again in the next couple days.  There are just so many great options!

Happy Weekend everyone.  I hope yours is a great one!!!

2 comments:

  1. Those are fantastic Vanessa. Do you have any cute ideas of something we could do for our primary kids this year (on the cheap)? I haven't been able to find an ideas(really mean steal) online this year.

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  2. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love these ornaments :) I do like the one angel vs. the three. Great Job!

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