Matthew 2 recounts the story of the Wise Men on their
journey to follow the star and visit Jesus.
Their travels led them to Jesus’ feet, where they presented him with
three very special gifts. As Matthew 2:11
says, “And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his
mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures,
they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”1
Like the Wise Men, we also celebrate Jesus’ birth by giving
gifts to each other. Of course, the
greatest gift of Christmas is the one Jesus Himself gave us by coming to earth
to live, die and be resurrected for our sins.
But we honor Him when we share with others the blessings He’s given to us. This can take the form of a physical present
or can even be the gift of time to loved ones.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift this Christmas, check out my shop page for beautiful handmade clay Nativity scenes. Each Nativity is hand-crafted with love and is available in several skin tones. I also have ornaments for sale to hang on your Christmas tree.
These DIY ornament kits are perfect for sharing the Christmas story with your children or grandchildren. As you work with the children to form the clay pieces, tell them about how Jesus came from heaven to earth to save us from our sins. Then, place the swaddled “baby” on the clay straw and manger and explain how Jesus is the King, but He chose to live a humble life and was placed in a manger (where animals feed from) after he was born. Taking the time to create a special ornament together will mean so much to them…and will be something for them to treasure later when they hang it on their tree each year.
I hope you enjoy these kits and take a few moments to look
around my site! Check out my video below
to see how to make the ornament after purchasing it.
It is almost Christmas! And while I have not been active on the website, I have been extremely busy preparing for two Fall 2019 shows: The Church of the Magdalen Bazaar on November 2nd and the Fall Artisan Festival on November 9th.
If you haven’t heard about my Christmas clay nativity scenes and other artwork yet, you’ll just have to check it out at one of the craft shows or on my website’s Shop page! Each Christmas nativity is handmade with love and features Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus clay figurines. I have large nativity scenes as well as a mini manger set or even a cute nativity ornament for your Christmas tree! When ordering, you can choose a custom skin tone or order my Southwestern Nativity scene complete with “terra cotta pot,” clay rocks & cactus / other plant material.
Along with my hand crafted clay manger line up, I have added some new original items including a polymer clay kit where your child can make their own baby Jesus in a manger ornament. We made these at my granddaughter’s school last year and it was really fun. If you like doing craft projects with your kids or grandkids and want something unique for the perfect Christmas gift, you’ll want to order one of these kits! I hope to add a video demonstrating just how to make it soon!
If you are on Facebook, here’s a heads up! I will be running a contest between both craft shows on Facebook at ShariLynn Art so be sure to check it out. Details for the contest will be posted on Facebook sometime closer to the first show on November 2 – be watching for more details! (And if you are not a Facebook user, you can still enter the contest while attending either show above.)
I hope you can drop by and visit – see you at the shows!
Church of the Magdalen Bazaar Saturday, November 2 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 12626 E. 21st St. North Wichita, KS 67206 Link to Map
Fall Artisan Festival Saturday, November 9 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM University United Methodist Church 2220 N. Yale Wichita, KS 67220 Link to Map
Please join me next Saturday, November 10, for the Fall Artisan Festival at the University Methodist Church, located just north of WSU at 2220 N. Yale (Click for map). I’ll be selling my beautiful handcrafted Christmas clay nativities…you don’t want to miss this special event!
The show includes talented artists and crafters who specialize in handcrafted items – a great way to get a jump on your Christmas list if you enjoy gifting unique hand crafted items. They will also be serving lunch and selling home baked goods.
If you are on Facebook, you can preview some of the featured artist vendors on the Fall Artisan Festival page or learn more about the event here.
This is the first time for me to be in this show. I’m excited to see how it goes and to celebrate will be running a very unique special on my Christmas clay nativity ornaments. You will have to stop by to see what it is, I guarantee it will be worth your time if you are interested in gifting several ornaments.
The challenging aspect of doing a show is that I try to have lots of inventory available which means I’ve been working diligently – each ornament or one of the Christmas clay nativities is made individually. The colors are mixed carefully one at a time to create one of a kind ornaments. They do take a lot of time to make but that is because I try to pay special attention to detail. You might not realize how much time they take when you see many displayed at once. Please pick one up and look at the detail so you can see for yourself what I mean.
I love Christmas because we celebrate the greatest Gift ever given to man, the gift when God became man to save us from our sins. I also love nativities because they remind me of the why we celebrate Christmas which is why I created this design and hope to develop others in the near future.
Please do stop by next Saturday and check out my ornament special. I’d also appreciate your feedback about my artwork, including the Christmas clay nativities – feel free to send ideas that might help me create new designs. You can reach me via my contact form.