It's way too early to think about Christmas, but
I took advantage of the nice fall weather to refurbish the
Creche to one of the nativity sets. It's really looking natty.
Last year after Christmas, I came across this beautiful book
written by Keith Christopher & illustrated by Christine
Kernacki. It gave me the idea that I would give one of the
nativity sets to my great niece Ava for Christmas this year.
Okay, she's only two, but I know my niece Emily would love to
have one for her family (she's very traditional & loves anything
that's been in the family), besides, little Ava will get oodles of
toys and someday, I think she will appreciate having it.
This book is very simply written. It's short
and will hold a little one's attention.
The creche is structurally sound for it's age, around
50 years old, but it's lookin' rather shabby.
I brushed all the old moss and straw away.
I had some sphagnum moss from a prior project, glue
and a small bale of straw from the fall decorations.
This glue is very sticky and extra thick stuff.
I used it to adhere the moss, covering all of the
old glue spots.
I used Tacky glue diluted with water
and brushed it on to attach the straw.
After it was thoroughly dry,
I took it to the hubs shop and blew off
everything that was loose with the air hose.
This nativity set is made out of some sort of
composition clay. Weighty, sturdy and in near mint
condition. One good thing about nativity sets, they
aren't really toys and are only displayed once a year.
I actually went to E-bay this morning and was
amazed at how many beautiful "vintage" nativity sets I
saw. Many in wonderful condition and not too expensive.
I love the word vintage, it makes something "used"
sound so special!
The little sheep to this set are plastic.
I don't think chickens were at the first nativity,
but Ava loves chickens, so I bought these plastic
German ones by Schleick. I think I'll look for some
baby chicks and a baby goat too. I love goats.
I also bought a storage container to wrap it all
in. I think it turned out very nicely & ought to
be good for another half century!
I'm working on a doll too. Just got her wool
plaited hair done & starting some clothing.