The Good Shepherd Vintage Book Vignette


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...


Good Shepherd vintage book vignette


...to this little shepherd. Then just like that, I was immediately taken back and the beautiful picture from my childhood book came to mind.


Good Shepherd vintage book vignette


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: 


Good Shepherd vintage book vignette


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. 


Good Shepherd vintage book vignette


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.


Good Shepherd vintage book vignette




Good Shepherd vintage book vignette


Here are a few more charming selections from other treasures I've collected...


Good Shepherd vintage book vignette



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Good Shepherd vintage book vignette


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15 comments:

  1. I just love your vignette! The shepherd and sheep figurines bring back childhood memories of Easter time. It is so comforting that no matter how far away we stray, our Lord will come to find us, as the poem so sweetly describes.

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  2. Beautiful. So special and sweet thank you for sharing

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  3. The Lord is there for us always and loves us. Sometimes we become weak and forget to lean on him, but like the shepherd he is there for us.

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  4. Beautiful post Cecilia. We are going through a hard time right now and seems that this message was meant for us. I know that God is watching over us. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  5. Cecilia, this is wonderful. Glad you still have that book. The illustration is so touching. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Cecilia, the parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18: 12-24) has always been one of my favorites! It's very comforting to me and it was nice to be reminded of it right before Easter. Thank you! (I would certainly treasure the book as well.) xo Katleen

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  7. What a great way to display a childhood memory.

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  8. So beautiful, Cecilia! Love your new shepherd and how he fits so perfectly with your precious heirlooms. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Your vignette is such a beautiful and touching display!

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  10. I have never seen anything like this before; thank you for sharing!

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  11. I love chalkware and that good shepherd is precious! Love that you still had the book and the family ties that both it and your sheep have. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. I like your pretty vignette. Thanks for sharing it at C&C with J&J.
    Wishing you a Happy Easter.
    Julie

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  13. What a beautiful vignette! I love how you've combined something cherished from your childhood! Thank you for sharing this post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  14. Cecilia, What a great memory of your time as a child. The vignette is really lovely. I have been in clean out mode as well and a couple of times I've gone to find something and it was gone. It happens. I'm glad you found the book. Sylvia D.

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  15. Simply beautiful vignette and memory. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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