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Crafting On :: For Advent

I've been working on some Advent and Christmas things lately.  I still have so much to make, but these items were worth the time and energy.  First is a marionette of Mary.  I thought about the colors and construction for some time.  Instead of dyeing silk handkerchiefs, I asked my grandmother for some scarves from her collection.  I had originally envisioned a blue and white figure, but shifted toward red when I consider Roan's forthcoming Nativity figures.

Mary Marionette

This photo above shows the colors more truly, though I forgot that I should have taken one of her full length.  I took the one below this morning.  She's got a presence, being slightly larger than the other marionettes.  Her red garment is easiy removed, being sewn in place with just a couple stitches.  Working with many layers of scarves, it was fairly easy to conceal much of the sewing.

Mary Marionette Full

And here's the new Advent backdrop for the nature table, taken from The Nature Corner.  I'll admit that this project was oddly difficult.  The original instructions call for a stiff wire made into an arch shape, but I had nothing heavy enough.  I tried multiple strands of clothesline, but it was to floppy and wouldn't hold the shape.  I went out in the yard and picked up a maple stick and that worked well, I think, without being fiddly.  Yes, it's asymmetrical, but I think it holds the fabric well and it's very frugal.

Nature Table

The mood set by this backdrop is certainly quite different, but I think it is fitting.  We are coming into the time of the longest night, after all.  I am planning to add stars to it for each night of Advent, and I'm trying to figure out how I want to do it.  This project cost around $2.  I must say that it is interesting to me that people complain about the cost of various natural toys, when many can be had fairly inexpensively with few special skills.  I may have a bit of reputation among the neighborhood children as the one who makes all the toys. ;-)

Light of Stones

Here are Roan's additions to the table, his treasures.

For more crafting, visit Frontier Dreams.  I'm going to enjoy looking outside and seeing rain!


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Nov. 29th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
Oh I love everything about this! Your Mary looks so soft and humble. And the idea with the stick from the garden is perfect. I like the organic look of it very much. So sweet of your son to add his treasures - I love the little 'candel' stick so much :-)
We have a similar backdrop for our nature table and a long row of round pebbles and stones. Under each there is hiding a simple star cut from golden paper. Each morning the girls take turns to move Mary and Joseph a step forward and to turn one pebble and attach the star to the backdrop. That is our only daily ritual (no presents, no sweets etc.) and they really love it very much.
Lena xxx
Nov. 29th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
Love the branch for the back drop. It's perfect that it's asymmetrical.
Nov. 30th, 2016 10:42 am (UTC)
Your Mary is so beautiful. I have always wanted to make marionettes but still haven't got round to it. I also love the way you have done your nature table background. Mine is cloth over our TV ( we only watch it for the occasional film so it is covered most of the time but is a handy backdrop! These things don't have to cost much - just a bit of imagination and creativity which you clearly have lots of :-) Lovely. All the best Anna
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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