Hi there, Friends! With today being Palm Sunday and Easter just a week away, I am sharing something very close to my heart. When I was a little girl, there was an old Bible story book at my grandparents' house that captured my heart. Though it originally belonged to my uncle, it was eventually passed down to me to take home. This was my favorite of the many beautiful illustrations. Now to be honest, I haven't thought of that book in ages, that is until a recent thrifting adventure brought me...
...to this little shepherd. Then just like that, I was immediately taken back and the beautiful picture from my childhood book came to mind.
I wasn't positive that I still had the book in my possession as I have the habit of giving some of my favorites to my kids, but I brought the little shepherd home with me, just the same. I am happy to say, that though I have more than a few places where I have cherished books squirreled away, I found it the first place I looked. The imagery of the beautiful illustration was fresh in my mind and I remembered there was a poem about the Good Shepherd, but not the details. The page is stained and yellowed with age, but here it is:
There is something so comforting in the picture of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, I was inspired to create a vignette pairing the vintage book and the new-to-me chalkware shepherd.
As I thought, the shepherd is very similar to the figures in my heirloom nativity, as you can see by the sheep that came from it. Interestingly, the book was from my paternal grandparents and the nativity was passed down from my maternal grandmother to my mother and on to me. Now that I think about it, that may be when my affection for old books began. I've always been drawn to vintage books and illustrations.
My display is arranged on the sweet little kiddie chair I repurposed as a wall shelf.
Here are a few more charming selections from other treasures I've collected...