I know I said I wasn't ready for Advent, but that doesn't mean I am totally and completely unprepared. We are participating in a Jesse Tree Craft Swap that this amazing mama offered to organize. It was such a fun idea. You get 28 people to agree to play and everyone is assigned an ornament from the list. Then you make 28 of your ornament, send them off the Washington, DC (well they don't have to go to Washington, but that's where mine are going) and voila... you get a complete Jesse Tree in return. You can download more information from the National Catholic Register.
We were assigned the fiery furnace and if you don't know the Bible story, just think Rack, Shack and Benny. I tossed around some ideas and looked at different materials, but I kept coming back to the one pictured in the magazine. I really liked the look of it so I attempted a replica. I scored craft foam to look like bricks, cut out the shape I wanted and glued a piece of vellum printed with flames on the back. Then I glued some mulch on the front for a little decoration. They are pretty light weight and really cool when you hold them up the light. They might be on the big side (3 1/2 inches) but the materials are very light and well, I just couldn't make a smaller fiery furnace without the fire looking mottled. These will get mailed off today as soon as I get the rest of the ribbon hangers tied and then box them up. I can't wait to see what the other moms make especially after getting a sneak peak from Mary G..
We have done a felt Jesse Tree for many years now and I was telling Husband last year that I should make some new symbols just to shake it up a little. This is even better! Thanks Lorri!