Monday, August 27, 2012

Making St. Elisabeth of Portugal

My latest saint story from The Complete Guide to Godly Play: Volume 7  by Jerome Berryman is about St. Elisabeth of Portugal. She is also the first female saint that I've worked on. (Thomas Aquinas and St.Patrick are the other saint stories I've made materials for.)

For Elisabeth I chose a  slender peg doll that I thought looked a bit more feminine. And drawing inspiration from internet pictures, I made her painted her green and then made her coat from blue felt and her crown from gold pipe cleaner. 

In my other sets, I have always included a wooden cut-out of the saint's home country borrowed from a wooden puzzle of Europe that we own. Wouldn't you know that the Portugal piece is missing?

What to do? If you have been reading this blog for a while, I'm sure you saw this coming. I think that all Godly Play storytellers eventually become woodworkers at some level. While I still can't claim to be a woodworker, I did pull out the fret saw and cut a simple square out of plywood to paint Portugal on. 

I then painted a map of Portugal and outlined it with a Sharpie.

More on the actual story later!

In the next few months, I hope to make Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. Teresa of Avila as well. We'll see how far I get!

Linked to Keep Calm Craft On at  Frontier Dreams


  1. I look forward to hearing more about this story, your doll and map piece turned out great. As a Baptist I don't know much about the various Saints, it is really interesting learning the history of them. I always enjoy your posts!

    1. Thanks, April! I also grew up in a Baptist church and never heard much about the saints until I took church history classes in college. It has been fun for me to delve deeper into their stories with my kids.