Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jesus, Simple, Traditional, Vintage and Needle and Thread Thursday

Those 4 words are how I wanted my home to feel and what I wanted it to reflect this year during the Christmas season. Last year I had a lot of lime green, glittery stuff, and other colors. This year I wanted it to feel more authentic and real. I love Santa and other fun decorations, as you saw on my mantle here, but I wanted my manger scenes to be the focus of my decorations in my living room and den. I bought this manger set for $20 in 1993 when I was pregnant with Logan. I can remember exactly how much it cost, because I was 23 and broke! I had just started teaching and didn’t really have the money for a lot of decorations. I had to do the best I could with what I had, but I DID splurge on this Nativity scene and my first Santa.  I didn’t have the manger then. That was a find at Wal-mart when Andrew and I first married.  It’s my favorite Christmas decoration of all, and I had so much fun putting it out this year and explaining the meaning of each piece to my girls.

I decided to place it on my antique library table in my living room. It’s the first thing you see when you enter the living room from the kitchen/dining room.


This is what my family and guests are greeted with first. I put some pieces of burlap on the table to soften it up and give it a more rustic realistic feel.


Some close ups of the figurines:



I love the sweet Mary in this set.



I love the moss and all the other details on the manger.


The little logs and burlap bag…..


The cow, sheep, and piece of pottery all work together.


I wanted to use other rustic elements on the table like these moss balls wrapped in a cut piece of upholstery webbing and accented with greenery and red balls.


This sweet angel was a gift from my mother in law a few years ago.



More moss balls and “holly”….


Another view…


I also gave my lamp a Christmas update. You can see how I made the holly wrap here.


I love the way this tabletop turned out…. It feels so calm and is a favorite spot in my house. I love being greeted by this every time I enter the room.

I have more decorations to share over the next few weeks. This is such a HAPPY Christmas for our family. We are enjoying every minute and look forward to sharing more Christmas spirit with family and friends. Little children definitely bring out the Christmas joy!

I will post Needle and Thread Thursday tonight. I wanted to be able to share this vignette at Rhoda’s Christmas vignette party.  Head over there to see more Christmas gorgeousness!

I have Christmas flannel ruffle pants to share today. They’re so warm, comfy, and CUTE. I also have 3 patterns to giveaway, so check back later tonight.

love and hugs,


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a lovely display, Lou Lynn! I also found my manger {which looks similar to yours just a bit smaller} after I already had my nativity set. In fact, I don't think my nativity set came with a manger when I got it 25 1/2 years ago. You'll be glad to know that I ordered my fabric and, I not only have the winning pattern coming, but I ordered the ruffle pants, too! : )

philben5 said...

Jesus is the reason for the season!!
I have the same nativity and love it dearly. Brings so many memories rushing back.
Blessings and thanks for sharing.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

LouLou, it's beautiful! Love your nativity & yes, we do have to keep it in perspective & it really is all about Jesus. Thanks for joining the party!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful Nativity Lou Lou....and the sentiment behind it is just priceless. I love how you have the naturals on the table, I am really loving that this year!

So beautiful...

Lou Cinda

Tara Lauren said...

What a lovely display!

Deanne said...

A lovely Nativity set, I like the natural feel you have created.

Pam said...

I can't believe it--I have the same exact nativity set. I splurged on mine as well--I remember paying about $30 on it at a little gift shop and thinking that I should use that money for my children instead. But I am so glad that I bought it because every year when I get it out, I am reminded of the TRUE meaning of this season. Merry Christmas!

Julie Harward said...

It is all so pretty! I had a manger scene just like had a little music box on the side too and it survived all my 8 kids growing up too! I just gave it to one of my daughters and she was so thrilled! ;D

Leen said...

Nice job! You did a great job adding things around the nativity scene. I have tried several times and nothing looks right to me but yours looks right on!

Love the lamp too :)

mommaofonediva said...

everything looks so pretty and welcoming. you did such a nice job putting it all together!

Amy Kinser said...

Your table looks so pretty. I love your nativity set.


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