Sunday, December 11, 2011

Buon Natale!

A while back, I showed you a nativity I found at a really good garage sale in my neighborhood! I found lots of things I loved that day, but today's post is all about the nativity. 

It's stamped on the back - "MADE IN ITALY." It's pretty big - about 10" tall and 18" wide. The figures are fine, as you might expect of an Italian nativity. And it was only $5!

On the down side, it has some pretty strangely-colored painted accents on it. They almost look like they'd glow in the dark! When I saw it, I decided I'd cover them in browns and whites, so that's what I'm doing today. Here are some before shots:

Here it is again with touch-ups in neutral colors:

Once again, PAINT to the rescue! The distracting bright orange and yellow "highlights" are gone. This allows the emphasis to be on the figures in the nativity, just as it should be. 

Word for the day:

Luke 2:1-7

 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

May you find many opportunities during this very busy time, as you make preparations to celebrate with loved ones, to reflect on the true reason for the season!


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di@cottage-wishes said...

Beautiful nativity, I have my Nana's but it is in storage. Thank you for sharing...and thanks for visiting me at Cottage-Wishes. I am following you as well. I look forward to your words of wisdom. di

farmhouse-story said...

just beautiful, revi:) i really like the toned down version much better--paint was the way to go!


I love your nativity. That was some great find. I am now following you please visit me at Hibiscus House.

Sharon said...

You did a great job...What would we do without paint!

Gypsy Heart said...

It is beautiful!!! I've long wanted a Nativity Set similar to this but haven't found it...I'm so glad you did. I love that you toned down the brighter colors and yes, the focus is much more on the purpose of the nativity. It looks very peaceful now.


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That's wonderful! I'm on the lookout for a nativity. I love how yours is with the stable to make one pretty scene. This is what Christmas is all about!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great job with the touch up. The look is much more natural now.

Pam Kessler said...

Beautiful nativity set. Wonder if a child got a hold of it at some point and decided to spice it up a bit. You did a great job toning it down with your paint.

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

What a wonderful find and at such a great price. Your touch-up really softened it up nicely. I bought my Nativity set at an estate sale many years ago - from Italy also. I love it and it's exactly like my mom's. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

What a beautiful nativity set, and what a great find for so little. Like how you touched them up, a really nice job. Very pretty pieces. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best. Now following you.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh, it looks so much better without that strange paint job. Just lovely!

Town and Country Gals said...

That was an amazing find and fabulous price! Once you "fixed" it, gorgeous! I'm sure it looks wonderful in your home and will be a special treasure for years to come! Navtivities do remind us the true meaning of the celebration!
Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my kitchen (it was a long process to get there)! LOL! I adore your sweet nativity and only $ kind of find!
Have a blessed and merry Christmas

Janet said...

I just love your Nativity and such a great find, too! Good job on the redo!

Elegant Economies said...

I love the change...looks much better. You find some of the best deals.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

What a difference paint makes! Great yard sale find. I can't believe you only paid 5 bucks!