Monday, 14 December 2009

The road to Bethlehem is long!

I realised that while the nativity has been set up here I have neglected to fill those of you in blogland in on the progress to date.

Well, the main folk, Mary and Joseph, both got hair and also shrouds/veils and then they were ready to go.

Joseph had me stumped for a while as I wanted he and Mary to look a little less 'polished' than the kings and nothing seemed quite right for a while.

Then I found some red cloth with a slightly coarse weave and secured a small ring of rafia around his crown with a few stitches.

All the kings received a gift to pass on to the small babe; a decorative silver box,

a golden chalice;

and a gold pouch.


And an angel appeared overnight, all floating fabric and whispy ethereal hair.



They are now all set up, though their surrounds are changing daily - I'll include pics of this soon.

There is a backdrop of blue crushed panne velvet with gold stars on it and a small wooden stable has been made, though it is yet to be lined with the many twigs I have collected for the purpose.

Sadly the shepherds are still bald (not enough hours in the day at the moment!) and the oversized sheep has not joined the party, but I am OK with this as it gives me more to go on with.

It really has been a most enjoyable project to work on and I am looking forward to watching it grow along with our girls in the years to come.

16 comments:

Kylie said...

They look great - looking forward to seeing them all set up. That is our job today - we have been waiting for Tim to arrive to put up the christmas tree:)

Sarah-Jo said...

wow you've done a great job!

Bek said...

These are great! You are giving me ideas for next year!

lol: the oversized sheep. Every nativity I've seen this year has one of those!

Corrie said...

oh too cute karen! you'll have to start taking orders next year!

Corrie:)

willow and moo said...

Oh Karen, they are divine!!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

They are just beautiful Karen. Your attention to detail is amazing. I want to give baby Jesus a hug. He looks so cuddly!

And I love that you are not feeling pressured to have it all done this year. Adding to the scene over years to come is a great idea. You might even have some helpers in future years.

Selina said...

Well done! They are really lovely!

cherri said...

You've been busy and it was well worth - great job!

Becky said...

You have done such a wonderful job on these, the figures are all amazing!

Kelly said...

Wow..they all look fantastic. I am sure your girls will treasure these for many years to come.

snowflakes4sam said...

Karen your nativity is looking beautiful, where did you end up finding the little gifts they are just the right size. I am sure that your girls will have as many hours of pleasure with these precious figures as you have had making them. While reading your blog the song "It's a long way to Bethlehem" by Franciscus Henry was playing in my head. Thanks and can't wait to see the giant sheep!

dearmolly said...

Absolutely devine!!!! You've done an amazing job. I love them all!!

Suz said...

These are fantastic. What a great job you've done. I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas!

becanne said...

Yay - looks fantastic.
Thanks for the update!
I really love the angel.

You've inspired me to do something similar myself starting next Christmas.

MaksiTaksi said...

I love them! Nice job!

naomi said...

oh my, just beautiful!