Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This is Beardsley...

I finished another Santa for my Shanty Claus web site, although I haven’t uploaded him, yet. His name is Beardsley. The origin of his name is Old English and it means “bearded one” – and so he is! I have a couple more Santas ready to be dressed, so I’m hoping to get them finished soon. I had to order more lovely Cotswold wool – my favorite wool for beards.

Beardsley is holding a neat old (1899) leather-bound Catholic prayer manual that belonged to a priest named William Brody. I’m also including the souvenir card of his ordination at St. Catherine’s Church in PA on December 12, 1915. I do love these pretty little pieces of the past. And I think they lend an aura of history to the Santa dolls.

5 comments:

verobirdie said...

Conny, he has such sweet eyes. He is beautiful.
Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes, I don't have to fear cat hair with this coat :-) You should have seen the house when I was finished with the cutting. A thick layer of fake fur everywhere...

Conni said...

Thanks, Vero!

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Your Santa is just so perfect for the holidays. I love the little touches you add, he has so much character! Have a great weekend, blessings, Kathleen

Art4Sol said...

Your Father Christmas is wonderful.The religious artifacts are a nice addition to him as well. I, too, am attracted to the peaceful beauty of holy cards and try to get some inspiration from them to share in my work. Thanks again.
Darlene

JoWynn Johns said...

Are the book and the card actual size? This one's another beauty!