Saturday, October 17, 2015

Nativity Quiet Book

While I have been waiting for The 12 Day Nativity to get published, I’ve been making a Nativity Quiet Book – (honestly, I have no idea why I picked this project... just saw some fun ideas on Pinterest and got a little crazy with myself)--  and I finally finished it up today!

There are so many fun quiet book ideas out there, and I admit that I have adapted those concepts to characters in the nativity story.  I’ll post some tutorials soon, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of the pages:

Ok, first of all, please don't judge my sewing skills.  But here's the front cover.  Notice the little tab that says, "press here"?

This is what it does...

(I can say that because it wasn't my idea - found a similar concept on Pinterest!)

So-so-so-fun!  pull a star and another star somewhere else on the page moves!

Somewhere in the path is a marble that you push through the maze from the donkey to the stable.

Tie up the camels for the night!  

Incidentally, the text on the little notes ironed to each page?  It's MY HANDWRITING!  ha!  Yes!  My daughter & son-in-law (Kira and Cam) gave me an app for my birthday (One of the best birthday gifts ever!) that allows me to create my own fonts.  This is the first one that I did and while it has some "issues", I love it and have downloaded it onto my computer. I printed the captions out on fabric straight out of my computer. 

Find the Nativity characters;
I have little nativity buttons, as well as letters that spell out the names.

Look!  I found the donkey!

This next one is quite possibly my favorite page:

adapted from an idea I found on another blog, you lift the hay under the baby Jesus to reveal several surprises:

a sheep
a loaf of bread
a fish
a heart
a cross

each is a symbol of a story of Jesus from the New Testament.

A fun project -- but definitely a labor of love!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The 12 Day Nativity - In the box and on the way!

So while I haven't seen my copy yet, (argh!) my sister marched down to the publisher yesterday and picked up a box of The 12-Day Nativity and sent me this picture:

Hopefully you'll be getting YOUR copy soon!  You can find it here,(Amazon) here, (Walmart) here , (Target) here  (Barnes & Noble) and here ( - book or e-book formats are available.

As soon as I get my copy I'll do a video book trailer highlighting all the good stuff inside!  In the mean-time, here's sneak preview:

In the 12-day Nativity you’ll find activities that you can use to prepare to celebrate the Nativity story -- one character at a time -- and fill your home with the spirit of Christmas as a result.

Other things you'll find in the 12-Day Nativity:
O·         A template to create your own nativity scene or advent calendar.
·         Directions for creating or performing your own nativity using family and friends to depict the key characters and events of the nativity.
·         Information and related activities on how other countries celebrate the nativity.
·         Recommendations for other nativity-related events that will help bring the true meaning of Christmas into your home.


Non-traditional Nativities - the 12 Day Nativity

One of my favorite "nativities"  is not what most would consider as a "traditional" nativity set. 

 I love all the fun subway art that is so popular right now.   Having something that isn't a set of small pieces helps "break things up" and gives a little visual relief.   

These would be great as a centerpiece over a mantle, or they can be easily hung  on any wall (and just as easily removed when using the Command Strips -- I like the velcro strips when hanging these big pictures) if you don't have countertop  or mantle space.

You can find a link to the artwork here:

This link will take you to an instant download so you get the JPEG file, which you can then have printed, or even have it printed on a canvas.

The ribbon came from Hobby Lobby - a local craft & home decor store.

Here's another, more rustic version.  You can find the artwork here:

More subway art: