Monday, December 08, 2008

Nativity Tin

If it's Monday, it's time to share some BLUE! Happy Blue Monday, hosted by Smiling Sally. It's amazing how I've started to notice the blue around me all the time since I've begun participating in this fun day. I hope you'll visit Sally and the other participants and think about joining us in the future. My dad brought me this tin box a few months ago. It has sat on his work bench in the infamous basement ever since I can remember. I always assumed it held nails or something, and I never really looked at the pictures on it. Instead, it had little bits of WWI paraphernalia, a watch fob, a cigarette lighter and some other small things. I also noticed it had lovely artwork of the nativity on it. I thought I would use it to store my Christmas jewelry, but it is very funky and greasy inside and I can't get it clean, so I'll just use it as a display item.

38 comments:

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I have never seen a tin like that. How beautiful! I know you will find a good place to keep it. xxoo

Coloradolady said...

This is a very pretty box. I love the nativity art work. Very nice addition to Blue Monday.

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Blue Monday! What a pretty little tin. Did you try to clean it out with ammonia. I swear that works on everything! Although on second thought I would be careful - it may ruin the painting, and you wouldn't want to do that. ~ Robyn

Anne Fannie said...

What a cute Blue Tin! Perfect for Blue Monday!
~Ann

Neabear said...

What a lovely tin! It is so pretty! I have a collection of tins, but nothing like that pretty one you have.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I've never seen a tin like that. How about trying to clean it with some "simple green". It's an biodegradable/non toxic cleaner. I wouldn't know if it would react with the metal of the tin though. It's a thought to try and cut through some of that grease.

CC said...

It;s a really pretty tin.. Happy Blue Monday and have a lovelt week.

The Muse said...

Makes me dream of Christmases long long ago....

Greyscale Territory said...

The artwork on the tin is magically beautiful! Like a time travel capsule to other worlds!

Chris said...

What a treasure to own, imagine that just sitting in a workshop. It looks like it is in excellent condition too.

Hugs,
Chris

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a unique tin, and it is very special to have! Very pretty illustration and such a special one since it's the nativity! This is something to treasure, and I think it can easily sit on a shelf and be admired for its beauty.

Happy Blue Monday!

XO,

Sheila

Mildred said...

I love the artwork on the tin. Reminds me of illustrations from a childhood book.

Eleanor said...

What a lovely blue Christmas tin. I love the illustration of Joseph wearily but determinedly leaning forward on his staff, leading his wife leading his precious little family! Have a happy day!

Smilingsal said...

I've never seen anything like this. It's quite lovely. I'm glad that you use it, if only for display; however, maybe you'll be able to degrease it. (I have a bottle of Goo Gone that promises to remove grease.) Happy Blue Monday!

squawmama said...

Wow what a beautiful tin... I am surprised that it is in such good shape from being down in the workshop... and it has wonderful drawings on it... LOVED your tin this morning... Have a wonderful Monday Elizabeth...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Carrie said...

Ohh, that tin is so beautiful! the borders of the pictures add a special touch. The nativity theme is of course what I like best!

Shelia said...

This is lovely, Elizabeth! I've never seen anything like it before. Happy Blueness, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Knitty said...

That would be a great place to store your holiday jewelry. Would you consider gluing felt to the inside to cover what cannot be cleaned?

Connie said...

It's still beautiful no matter what you do with it, sweet chick! You're fortunate to have it simply to feast your eyes on its beauty....
Smooches,
Connie

ellen b said...

Hi elizabeth! What a great treasure from your dad. I love the scenes on the box!! Have a wonderful week :0)

char72 said...

What a beautiful tin and an interesting story behind it. Thanks for sharing.
Happy Blue Monday.
Charlotte

Sweetie said...

Your tin is beautiful and, of course, it's special since your Father gave it to you. Happy Blue Monday.
Sweetie

Bridget said...

The saying "They don't make them like that anymore" comes to mind! That is so pretty.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

What a beautiful tin, and great treasure of your dad's to have! :) ~Rhonda

claudie said...

I have a similar one that cookies came in a very long time ago. Your tin has meaning and that's what counts.
Claudie from Canada

bj said...

I love your pretty tin. And, of course, it has the special meaning of belonging to your daddy.
Thanks for sharing...

Charli and me said...

Very pretty. I haven't seen one like that either. I t5hink you have a treasure there. Happy Blue Monday.

splummer said...

Hi!
That's a very pretty tin. I collect tins! Have you tried Dawn dish soap? It is really good about getting grease off things. Thanks for sharing.

Sherrie

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Really quite lovely and what a lovely story as well!

Manuela

jeanne said...

Your sweet blue box is a sweet nativity scene. I love that it was full of interesting objects. A real treasure for sure.

Christmas hugs...Jeanne

The Rambler said...

Congrats on being the Featured Blogger today at SITS!! Yipee!

White Iris Designs said...

What a lovely tin. Definitely one to hang on to.
Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Langhans said...

Merry SITSmas! I am so jealous! That tin is priceless! What a great gift! Did you try cleaning it out with goo gone?

Michele said...

Gorgeous. I dig it!

bloggingexperiments said...

love the nativity tin! is that a longaberger basket of ornaments? beautiful. :)

Abi SITS

Amy Fichtner said...

I love the nativity scene!! But yet, I do not have one. I guess I am waiting until I can find the perfect one;)

Mikki Black said...

What a beautiful tin! Congrats on your SITS feature. I'd love to see you around: have fun with the return visits!
- Mikki

www.hereswhatletsdo.blogspot.com

bloggingexperiments said...

L.O.V.E. the tin! What a treasure.