Nothing in the Christian calendar is worth celebrating more than
Christ's Resurrection...I love Easter!
I thought it was a perfect time to decorate my mantle with vintage prayer books and European eggs.
If you've viewed my mantle decor in my other posts, you'll remember that I didn't have curtains on my living room windows. I finally made these simple curtains from several yards of textured sheer fabric. What do you think?
On the left side of the mantle I put a box that belonged to my grandfather. He kept bills and receipts in it. I chose the angel because I thought she expressed Easter joy and new life.
This hand-painted wooden egg is over 30 years old...I'll explain more about it when I describe the right side of the mantle. Note the book tilted on the far right...
I bought this book in a Catholic second-hand shop in Budapest.
The title pages
Note the date--1799--The U.S. was only 23 years old when this German prayer book was printed.
This small soft leather-covered book on the left (near the orange egg) is Foxes Book of Martyrs. I'm not sure of the date, but it's part of Cassel's Penny Library.
This tiny Psalter was printed in 1843 and it's the tiniest of my collection. My daughter bought it for me from a library sale.
I found this "Church Services" Anglican prayer book is a small bookstore in Norwich, Great Britain. It's the nicest quality of any of my prayer books.
This is the aspect of my mantle that is most meaningful to me. The little frame says: "Our Lord was sold for thirty pieces of silver--the price of a slave. He purchased us with His precious blood." The three rough nails are the approximate size used for crucifixions. The little leather bag is one I used as a child for my marbles, but I filled it with 30 silver-colored coins. The book I used for the display has special meaning because Christ's death was "For Sinners Only" which means all of us. And finally the little red heart...red for His blood, heart for His love.
Another grouping of books and a bright red Polish egg
The Bible on the left was my father's in World War II. Issued by the American Bible Society, it has a metal cover with the hope it might protect the soldier who put in his pocket over his heart.
The prayer book on the right is Hungarian. It was inscribed in 1893.
My sister's husband searched online for this precious little Methodist hymnal dated 1844. I love it!
This German prayer book with the sweet closure is in great condition for an 1870 date.
I love this beautiful leather covered copy of The Imitation of Christ in French and from the 1800's.
I bought this Hungarian prayer book in a Budapest antique shop.
It's a Jewish prayer book for women.
Now for the eggs. These are wooden, hand-painted, mostly Polish with a few Russian. I bought these eggs in 1980 from our neighbor's Polish nanny. My husband was stationed in Mainz, Germany, and our neighbor hired a Polish nanny to watch her children. Remember that during that period, Poland was under Russian Communist rule, but this young woman had secured a work visa as my neighbor's nanny. Occasionally her mother sent her boxes of Polish and Russian handicrafts to sell, and I was blessed to buy some of the items.
I also used this red hymnal for a purpose--It's what Christ calls us to do at Easter time...Make Him King of our lives!
The black book is a German prayer book, 1896. I got it at a flea market in Berlin.
At the bottom on the mantle, I put two of my favorite suitcases that you've seen in other mantle displays and I added this peach colored scarf that has a soft, nubby texture. Inside the suitcase are more prayer books and hymnals.
On my table, I put a Hungarian prayer book that has a little case with a handle. The white cross is made of Croatian limestone, and I bought it in Dubrovnik--the most beautiful city in the world--where the streets and buildings are limestone.
These are real eggs, hand-painted. I bought them in a flower market in Budapest and broke a few getting them back to the States. They're inside an old Hungarian flour sifter.
This is the inside of the little prayer book that has its own "purse."
I wanted to show you a couple of other areas of my living room this month. This framed print has been a part of my living room decor since my husband bought it for me for Valentine's Day about 15 years ago.
I love the message of the painting because I am like the man in the picture. He holds a nail and mallet representing his responsibility for Christ's death. Yet Christ comforts and forgives him. I am like that man because I'm a sinner who repented of her sin and now rests in the arms of Christ. That's the most incredible thing about my life and the reason I write Bible Love Notes.
The other area of my living room I'd like to share is above my antique library table where I've hung two copies of pages from the 1455 Gutenberg Bible. We lived in Mainz, Germany when my husband was in the Army, the same city where Gutenberg invented his printing press. The Bible was the first book Gutenberg printed, and the pages were hand-embellished afterward. These are copies they sell in the museum. I've written a one-minute devotion about it HERE.
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