These Ornaments are based on the simple Jesse Tree Advent devotional found at this link:
The devotional is great for children, and they can use these ornaments as colouring pages, and then hang them on the tree. I included text from the associated Scripture passages on each ornament as a way to reinforce ideas from the stories.
I learned so much from tackling these—like what King David’s crown might have looked like, What kinds of whales and large sea creatures might have populated the Mediterranean, when modern prayer shawls came into use, and the tools of a carpenter of Jesus’ day. Good stuff.
Print on cardstock for best results. Download the full set of ornaments here:
Nomadic Poetry Studio: FREE Jesse Tree Advent Ornaments for Coloring
Leyla, meaning “night” in arabic.
She Walks in Beauty
By Lord Byron
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
For a great teacher who loves reading! Free pdf download (watermark-free):
For a wonderful Kindergarten teacher who delights in the sweet, simple things of life, and always has a smile ready.
Working on this design was so much fun! It has been a great way to compose an ode to our lovely new city, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
“In this design, my aim has been to celebrate the vitality of Fredericton’s rolling landscape with the St. John River as its life-giving centrepeice. Flora and fauna in the work include the: Chickadee, (AMAZING!) Atlantic Sturgeon, Fiddlehead Fern, Purple Violet, Balsam Fir, and Sugar Maple. “
While working on this, I daydreamed of the many moods of the river—-peachy pink in the sunrise, shrouded in a low mist, bright and beckoning, frozen still and covered in snow. I can’t wait for spring when the water rushes down from the high places and swells it again. It is truly a gift to live in such a place as this.
Below is an earlier iteration that I loved as well:
in homage, of course, to the Princess Bride.