Why? Because I guess my remodeling diva saw potential.
I wanted to do an Extreme Makeover, Manger style.
To Recycle it?
Maybe because I just hated the thought of baby Jesus being tossed away.
Yep. Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, all Three Wisemen, Shepherd and Six stray sheep, one contented cattle and a burned out, has been cord with Christmas light attached.
All of it in the trash just begging, pleading for me to pick it out. So I did. I even told the lady I would give her $5.00 for it. She declined. I rejoiced.
I wasn't kidding. This place is a hot mess, dilapidated broke down roof, in fact the manger came in two pieces. All that was missing was the condemned sign.
Some well meaning soul tried to fix it....with staples. Sixteen staples to be exact.
Don't ask...I can't begin to tell you what they were thinking.
The figurines are hand painted, made in Japan, probably early 60's, made of chalk ware or plaster.\
I really just wanted the figurines. I took the manger because I felt funny leaving it in the trash.
I know, I get funny like that at times.
Besides, there is really a "flock" of sheep. Seven if you count the one on the shepherds shoulders.
Entire manger and figurines...See what I mean, could you have left this in the TRASH???
The pole by Mary is a real tree limb. (Who does that these days? Uh, no one.)
I am hoping with some hot glue, an angel, camel or three and some lighting we might have a manger. Or maybe not, but I am going to give it my best DIY makeover possible. Linking up with Reinvented Trash To Treasure Tuesday and Kimba at A Soft Place To Land DIY Blog Party
To be continued....