Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nativity Visiting Teaching Gift

Back in July before my dad got too sick to travel, my parents came to our house for a visit. My mom and I went to Michaels to look for some paper for our family's Christmas cards and we came across a scrapbook paper with the most darling Nativity scene across the bottom. I know y'alls must think I'm nuts, but I bought a bunch then and squirreled it away to do something with for Christmas gifts for our visiting teaching sisters. This past week, I bought a board at the wood shop here on base that was about 6 inches wide and an inch thick. The nicest man in our ward manages the wood shop and he cut the board down to 12 1/2" pieces and then routed the edges for me. I painted, sanded and stained each board and then cut down the scrapbook paper to size. A little Mod Podge and a little patience and this is how they turned out.

I was just at Michaels last night and they still had this paper available in the store. I also found it online here. If this is something you'd like to do (and you don't have access to a fabulous wood shop manager like I do) Home Depot and Lowe's will often cut wood for you for $1 a cut as long as it is over 12 inches long. So you still have time to whip a few of these together for your sisters.

But because I've gotten such wonderful support for my visiting teaching ideas on my silly little blog this year, I am going to do a little giveaway to say thank you. Leave a comment between now and December 15th telling me what your favorite Christmas song is and you can win one of these nativities for your Christmas decoration collection. You probably won't get it until after Christmas, but it will be all ready for next year. If you don't have a blog or your blog is private, please include an email address.

Have a wonderful December!!

34 comments:

Heather said...

Oh Amber you are so talented!! My favorite traditional Christmas song is "Joy to the World" and my favorite non-traditional Christmas song is "Mary's Boy Child" by Harry Belafonte.

Merry Christmas!!

Montay said...

Amber
As always beautiful !!! My favorite is "Christmas shoes" or O holy Night.

Loralee and the gang... said...

I think my favorite Christmas song has to be Silent Night. I have heard it and sung it in so many diffent arrangements, and I love them all! Love those Nativities! With holiday decorations featuring the Nativity in such short supply (makes me so sad) I am always on the lookout for cute manger scenes.

The Clayburn Family said...

I love this cute idea. My favorite Christmas song is "Joy to the World" with "O, Holy Night" as a close 2nd.

Thanks again for the chance to win!

Amy C.
Kentucky

L.A.L. said...

Super cute, I love this. My favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night." It has great signifigance to me and is very sentimental. I don't think I've listened to it once without getting chills and also tears in my eyes. ☺

Albanie said...

SOOOO cute! I think I'll try doing that! Glad you guys had a great Thanksgiving and yes, heaven is where you can spend time with your hubby alone....no offense, children!

PS...Do you hear what I hear? is one of my childhood favs

mooreinterest said...

Those are too cute! How do you come up with it? My favorite is Mary Did you Know? I hope you have a wonderful Holiday! (But most of all...I hope you come to visit Utah!!!) ;)

Stephanie Roberts said...

I love all your wonderful ideas. i wish I had an ounce of your creativity! My favorite Christmas songs are "Joy to the World" and "Mary did you Know".

Army Wife Quilter said...

that is so cute amber my favorite christmas song jingle bell rock I hope I win.

Madeleine said...

I love it!! My favorite song is Little Drummer Boy, followed closely by Bing Cosby's White Christmas. This would look good with my nativity collection.
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Walkers said...

Definitely, O Holy Night

Bonnie B. said...

So cute. I love all your VT ideas.
My favorite Christmas songs are...
Picture A Christmas
Mary's Lullaby
Mary Did You Know

Nicole said...

I wish you were my visiting teacher!! =)

My favorite Christmas song is "Where you there on that Christmas Night". It's not sung on the radio, just in church choir, but it's so beautiful!

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

Too cute! My fave is The Holly and The Ivy.

Theresa Cooley said...

My favorite Christmas song is "O Holy Night"...but, I really do love all of them! It's such a wonderful time of year! Thank you so much for doing these amazing Visiting Teaching ideas! I love them. I found your blog a couple months ago because of them!

Jessica said...

My favorite Christmas song is Harry Connick Jr's 'It Must Have Been Old Santa Claus"...being from the South, I just LOVE that song.
Church song? Um, probably "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

Anonymous said...

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" LOVE, LOVE LOVE Christmas and your adorable nativity block!

Chery

Green Eyed Girl said...

What a great idea! My favorite song would be Carol of the Bells...

Lynn said...

Beautiful!!!

I LOVE your ideas. And thanks for the opportunity.

My favorite Christmas Song is Silent Night. I could listen to that all day long. ; D

crapo(at)shaw(dot)ca

Jami Rugg said...

There are 2 songs I have been favoring lately. O, hush thee, my baby & Picturing Christmas. The fist has always been a favorite of mine, but recently I have been singing the second to Anabelle to teach her about the Savior's birth. Both such sweet songs to me.

Jessica said...

Silent Night--hands down. I sing it to myself after the boys are asleep all through December.

You are an incredible paper crafter. And I LOVE your cards this year.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

My favorite christmas song is a song called merry christmas mary. It basically tells the story from Joseph point of view. hilary_blackwood@yahoo.com

The Toronto Family said...

sooo cute! I think I will have to go get me some of that cute paper!

becky said...

I want it, I want it! I still don't comprehend how you find the time to do all these fun crafty things. I'm a tad jealous of your time management skills(and artistic skills!)

becky said...

oops, almost forgot my favorite song: "I wanna hippopotomus for Christmas"

Melissa said...

My favorite has to be Silent Night -- it reminds me of Christmas Eve Nights spent in my Grandparent's home... both who have passed away now. :( My choir is singing it in Church on the 19th and I'm sure I'll be a bawling mess through the whole thing!

KarenOjai said...

What a cute idea! For a light and silly mood I'm lik'en "Santa Baby". I'd LOVE to have one of these to add to my Nativity collection.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Favorite Christmas Song? Still, Still, Still.

♥The Three Bears♥ said...

I love the song "New Kid In Town" Sung by Billy Gilman.

Kathleen said...

i love this craft! very cute. my favorite christmas song is "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby (i like anything by Bing!).

The Bennett Bunch said...

You always come up with the most amazing things!! My favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night"

Marisa said...

Oh Holy Night-hands down. Have a great Christmas!!

Saundra said...

I have so many favorites -- it's hard to pick just one. But there are three that are really close -- "O Holy Night", "Away in a Manger", and "Mary's Lullaby".

Amber M. said...

Giveaway closed!