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Friday, October 24, 2008

Travel Souvenir Collections 3 - Shelias Houses

Show and Tell

Show and Tell Friday is hosted by Kelli at There is No Place Like Home

This post features a set from the Nativity Scenes Collection. As I considered various travel souvenirs I realized that another collection based on where I have traveled is part of my Shelia’s nativity display.

Shelias is a company which produces wood cutouts of historic America. As a nativity collector I was happy to find the "Town Square Nativity" from Shelia's Collectibles "Old Fashioned Christmas" series. It is a 1997 Limited Edition, signed and numbered, and Made in U.S.A.

I really enjoy the beautiful hand painted design of the main piece called "Just Born"
It is a one-piece wood cutout, Victorian gingerbread style gazebo with Joseph, Baby Jesus, Mary and two trumpeting angels & star above.
This is the town's living nativity with various members of the community forming the nativity tableau.

I also purchased the three related pieces to make up the living nativity scene:
Heartsville’s Lil Angels [children as angels]
Michael Keeping Watch [shepherd]
Borrowed Eli [camel]


Two more town pieces and a Christmas tree came next:
Heartsville Town Square
Heartsville Carolers
Evergreen Christmas Tree

Then, to personalize the set even more, I added Shelias historic houses of New England to provide a range of additional buildings as a backdrop.

I chose only New England sites that I have visited personally. Here are the historic houses and buildings:
The Old Manse, Concord, MA
Orchard House, Concord, MA


Old State House, Boston, MA
Old North Church II, Boston, MA
Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA

Paul Revere House, Boston,MA
Munroe Tavern, Lexington, MA
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s House, Cambridge, MA

The Kingscote mansion in Newport, RI completes my travel souvenir additions.

The added Shelias accessories are wood cutouts of Snow Covered Evergreen, Evergreen Trees and one Oak Tree (for Oak Rise Cottage!)

Thank you for reading about this special set in my nativity scenes collection. For more about the nativity scenes collection please check out my new blog Carola Nativity Gallery.

To see more personal treasures, visit Kelli for a list of participating posts.

14 comments:

salmagundi said...

This is a wonderful collection!! I don't think I have ever seen anything like it. I love that it has a personal connection to you. Sally

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I love this! I never knew such things existed.

Lady Katherine said...

Your collection is very unique. Thanks for sharing

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good evening Carrie, I love all of your collection..I have some of Shelia's houses from around Savannah, Ga. and love them..My husband built me a wonderful wooden shelve over a window to display mine...I also collect nativity sets and wish I could find the one you own..too many years since that one was made..thank you for sharing such great stuff..I will come back to visit you again..Hugs, Baba

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Oh, Carrie, I love these! I want one of those Victorian Gazebo Nativities!!

Katherine

Ivory Spring said...

Lovely nativity - I like all the accessories too!

Mrs. Miles said...

Thanks for sharing - very very cool.

Did they use to cut these sorts of things out by hand in the olden days?

Your home must look fabulous with all these displayed. I'll think of you now when I see these sorts of things.

~ Barb (Mrs. Miles)

Linda C said...

what a great collection. This is really unique! Thanks for sharing it!
Linda C

Susie Homemaker said...

I really like your collection...I think I have a good spot for something like that...hmmm...oh, oh!

Thanks for sharing...
Susie

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

That's neat! I almost think I like that better than the regular Christmas villages. It looks like it doesn't take up as much room on the shelf, but yet you get the same effect.

Kelli said...

What a wonderful collection of wooden houses and stores, Carrie! I love the nativity scene.
~Kelli

Kathy said...

Your villiage is so, so pretty!
Kathy

ivoryspring said...

Hi Carrie,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for visiting me this morning... I had a crazy day, and the craziness hasn't wound down either. But I was determined to take a break for blogging! :)

I am going to have to check out the Sheilia's collection. I think they are prettier than the Cats Meow stuff...

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Carrie,
I LOVE these cutouts! You've been to some great historical homes. I really like that you have focused on those you've actually visited. What a perfect way to remember those trips. My favorite type vacation is going to Williamsburg and touring old, historic buildings or homes...so I think your collection is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Susan