Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Little Flock

Attic Gal Rachelle says:

As much as I love Christmas, I really think that Easter is my favorite holiday because of the significance of what it celebrates.  It has been said that "Without Easter there would be no Christmas."  I believe that.  I really try hard to celebrate the holiday in such a way that my children can understand what Easter really celebrates.  I am also a strong believer in  teaching through the environment.  I want my children to be surrounded by things that teach them important truths, often just by looking at them.  For this reason, instead of decorating with the typical Easter bunnies (I do have a few), I prefer to decorate with lambs, because of their symbolism - the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd.  Christ was the flawless pastoral lamb who was sacrificed for all of us, after all.

I always decorate these niches in my entryway for every season, and at Easter this is where I display my flock of lambs that I have collected over the years.

Of course, the sheep congregate around the feet of the shepherd, the Christus statue, and a couple other figurines of Christ.

I borrowed my mom's Cricut machine last week and easily cut out papers to make this little sign that says "Behold the Lamb" so that when people see the sheep they might understand the significance.  I love that the "behold the" is subtle, because yo have to get a little closer to see it.  It still needed a little something, so I just snipped up a strip of green paper to make the grass.  

That was the first time I had used the Cricut.  What a cool thing that is.  ANYBODY could make some pretty fantastic stuff with that machine.  Now I've got all sorts of ideas.

Here are a few of the sweet lambs in my flock:

Found this darling blue and white lamb with a big satin ribbon at a church rummage sale last month.

I made this sheep years ago.  Gave her a collar of ric rac and vintage lace and made her "wool" out of old buttons.

I just found this sweet little lamb at a garage sale THIS weekend!  It is a milk glass Avon perfume bottle.  Since I collect both milk glass and lambs, it was my favorite find of the day at only 50 cents.

This regal looking sheep is one of my favorites. His wool is made out of hemp rope, and he wears a crown of lavander and roses, which I find very symbolic.

I just picked up his three little friends at JoAnn's.  Their wool is made out of silk flower petals.

These unique sheep have wool made from birchbark.

I picked up this glittery little planter at Marshall's.  He makes me happy.

Found these little guys in Utah.  Aren't they just precious?

Garage sale find.  Love the bell and curly horns.

I found this reproduction door stop at Homegoods.  He was just begging me to bring him home.

I added a little bird with a long curly tail to the scene, just for fun.

And then I discovered this little guy at Tai Pan.  I snatched him out of the window display because he was the last one left.  I HAD to have him.

Thanks for tending my little flock of lambs with me.  Please let me know if you find any other darling stray lambs out there that need a good home.

May you and you family remember the true and glorious meaning of Easter this year!


  1. That's quite a collection you have there! I like the way each lamb has it's own story of how it came into your posession. Having the statue of Jesus in the center certainly accomplishes what you set out to do.

  2. I love all of your lambs. What a nice collection. I especially love the lamb with the rose crown. Very nice display with a wonderful message.

  3. I love all of your littles lambs and the beautiful message that they stand for. When I was a little girl, I wanted a real lamb. I have always loved them. I could just see myself taking it to school one day with me like 'Mary had a little lamb' LOL

  4. Whoa. That looks reallly, really beautiful. Great job girl. I even looked for lambs today while I was at Wal-mart. I need to start that tradition. Love ya.