The First Nativity in my Collection

Nativity in Niche - 2018

This Nativity was my first one, the one that started my 
Nativity collection:
I've had it since the late 60s.
It was given to me by my Aunt Catherine,
a favorite aunt.
The figurines are ceramic, I don't know
who actually made them.
Joseph is 10 inches tall
Mary is 9 inches tall
Baby Jesus' manger is 6 inches long

Every year I display the Nativity set in this niche 
between the dining room and family room
The decor of it is different each year.

Below is this year's display:
 I used an old piece of lace to go with
the cream colored theme this year.

I bought the capiz shell "flowers" at Pier 1 last spring.

I had planned to show all of the different ways I have decorated it each year, but ran into difficulty because I couldn't find a picture of each year. I know I took pictures, but lost or misplaced a lot of pictures when we switched over to a new computer. I will show the pictures I found, but have forgotten which year goes with each picture.

I have decorated it differently for 18 years now.

Below is last year's display, using white poinsettias:


Nativity display - 2016
I used  maroon velvet fabric with red poinsettias.
A few of Joe's childhood animals from his Nativity
are also used with this one.

2018 has the old lace

I really like this one using faux roses:
The old family bible is over 100 years old.

Another display with roses used differently:

 This one has holly:

 The niche has an overhead light:

 This one has a green velvet cloth:
With white and gold poinsettias

Another year with green and gold:

A different green cloth:

 This one I used a crocheted tablecloth:
 The long shot view:

The angel that hangs above:

 This was one of my first displays:
The wall (above) looks pink, but it's a berry color 

Which is your favorite?

Merry Christmas!

If you would like to see all of my Nativity Collection click here:
I posted this collection December 2012 I have a few new ones since then,
I will post those soon.

They are displayed differently each year as well.

Click on her name for lots of inspiration.


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365 Day Verse Journal

Today I'm sharing my daughter, Alyson's newest creation - a daily journal/planner. It can be used for appointments, birthdays, prayers, etc., but for those of us who journal a daily bible verse it is perfect for that as well, and it is beautiful, hand painted! Check out the colorful pages inside this journal!

 Soon she will have a site where all of us who journal daily bible verses can be together to share our weekly verses!   Click here:

Your can order your custom designed handpainted in watercolors Journal here:

Be sure to click on PREVIEW, below the book picture, then click on the scroll space bar below it to see the inside pages of the journal. You will also see some extra pages of Alyson's hand-penned bible verse designs that she has given to members of her (free) Write Them On My Heart Blog: If you would like to join (free) to receive (free!) weekly hand-penned/designed Bible verses click here:

To read this week's WTOMH Blog post, click here:

Alyson also has an Etsy shop where she sells her hand-penned Bible Verses, mugs with verses, tee-shirts with bible verses, Calendars, ETC! Click here to find the perfect gift for your loved ones:

I hope this has been helpful to you. 
Please join me and others to write daily bible verses and receive a blessing in doing so!
If you have any questions, please contact me!



Cornucopias and Turkeys!

How cute is this!

 How's this for a tablescape?
I couldn't resist!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Before I put up my Christmas decorations I'll show you my November decorations.

The beginning of November I put away my Halloween decorations and scarecrows and put out my November decorations, which is mostly cornucopias, turkeys and pumpkins I hope you enjoy seeing them. I've had these ceramic cornucopias since the 80s. I change the florals inside them sometimes.

 The small ceramic Pilgrim figurines were from a dollar store back in the 70s.

Couldn't decide if I liked the lace tablecloth on the dining room table, or just have it on the plain wood. Which do you prefer?


 I just had to do one of the pumpkins with the succulents!

 This cornucopia is brown:
 Displayed on the low curio cabinet in the dining room:

I filled my white wicker turkey with white faux hydrangea and white magnolia

 Displayed in the breakfast nook

My other white wicker turkey:
These wicker turkeys are from the 70s or 80s! I spray painted them white.

Beaded pumpkins on bottom of hall tree in foyer:

I still love my velvet pumpkins and faux leaves!

I'm also sharing on Susan's Tablescape Thursday, click on her name for lots of inspiration.

 I painted the large pumpkin a few years ago:

May you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!