Monday, December 12, 2011

Candlelight Dessert


Every other year my church hosts a women's Candlelight Dessert.  The event is offered Thursday and Friday.  It is an outreach event to our community.  I volunteered to chair the event this year.  Over 500 women attended this past week.


The planning meetings begin in September.  In October we begin sign-ups for hostesses.  The ladies at church have an opportunity to hostess a table and can have a co-hostess.  Guest sign-ups begin in November.


Each hostess decorates a table and prepares a dessert for eight women.  The men in our church serve coffee, water and hot water for tea.  Our program begins with our bell choir and a punch bowl reception in the lobby of the church.


The doors to the Fellowship Center are opened a half hour later and women view the tables for another half hour.  This year we had a wonderful young man play the cello while the women were viewing the tables.  The room is dark except for the candlelight and the soft white lights throughout the room.

I.want.this.china.

After another half hour, the women are seated and after brief introductions, the desserts are served.  Then our program begins and we have special music provided this year by a young women who is a dear friend of my daughter and then a presentation of the gospel message is heard.  Our speaker this year is a dynamic woman, who spoke of "A Journey to Surrender".

I love how the napkin looks like whipped cream in the teacup!

We conclude with more music and prayer and an opportunity to fill out a card in response to all that the ladies have heard and experienced throughout the evening.

The stand for the apples came from colonial Williamsburg

Thirty-five ladies responded to God's offer of forgiveness and salvation.  Many prayers were answered these two evenings.  


It was such a privilege to be a part of the dessert.  I was blessed with an amazing group of women who devoted themselves to fulfilling all of the details required to put on such a large event.  I now know what the mother-of-the-bride must feel when the wedding she's been planning for months is over.  I know that I would do it all again just to witness those thirty-five ladies make the best decision of their lifetime!

Oh come let us adore Him...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Scripture



"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts
appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on
whom his favor rests."

Luke 2:13&14
Joyfully,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Tour Part III


The tour continues today in the room that my family and friends have named the "Pretty Room".  This summer I painted it a lovely shade of blue and paired down all of the items I keep in here.  This tree is a flocked tree and shows off the pastel decorations wonderfully.


Years ago my Mom made the ladies and gentlemen dancing garlands from a Martha Stewart pattern.


These garlands make the whole tree.  They're made out of scrapbooking paper and embellishments.


The vintage fan got dressed up with some Christmas cards.


The pink ceramic deer goes nicely with the flocked one from yesterday.


My favorite vintage puzzle in my favorite color pink!

Smiles,

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tour Part II


I have added a new tree this year.   A cupcake themed kitchen tree!  I sat last night and made row after row of garlands out of mini cupcake liners.  This tree makes me happy every time I look at it.


There are little tiny kitchen utensils, candy canes, and ice cream cones mixed in with the cupcakes.  Pastel tiny Christmas lights makes it all sparkle!


Little desserts peek out from within the branches as do tiny striped balls that remind me of candy.


During my picture snapping, my friend Char stopped by.  She brought me this wonderful pink flocked, glitter coated deer she found at the resale shop she works at.


My happy shout turned into tears of joy as she gave me with this vintage Zondervan box of scripture cards.  I have always wanted one of these.  Do you see the title? "Daily Manna Promise Box"  I just love it!  Thank you Char!

Joyfully,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control."

Galatians 5:22&23
Joyfully,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Tour Part I


It has been a slow process for me this year in decorating for Christmas.  I am chairing a very large women's event at our church next week which will bring in nearly 600 women.  My husband leans more towards Scrooge when it comes to the holidays so I thought I might let some of it go this year.


Imagine my surprise this week when he asked me if I was going to "put up" Christmas this year?  After 30 plus years of being together, maybe he does enjoy them after all!  So I started in the dining room with my white tree decorated with red and black.  There are tiny hats, vintage gloves, little dolls and much more.


This year I added the silver icicles, just like we always had on our tree when I was growing up.  Without animals in the house now, or little children, I know it will stay on the tree!


In front of one of the windows I have a little tree decorated with my grandmother's novelty jewelry and ornaments I made by hand.  The trimming is a tiny garland made out of sheet music and a felted star.


There is always my favorite doll with my favorite book from my childhood, "The Doll's Christmas".  Next week I will take you on a tour of the other trees.  Blessings today!

Hugs,

Friday, December 2, 2011

Winner of the Giveaway!


What a fun week I've had reading all of your comments and finding out what your favorite Christmas carols are!  The winner, selected by Random Generator is:
Missy
of
Graceful Little Honey Bee!

Missy's blog can be found here.  Yesterday she took us on a tour of her home decorated for Christmas.  Stop on over for a visit!  The two songs that were the most popular are "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night".  Including my vote for "O Holy Night" the two songs were tied for first place.  Missy chose "O Holy Night" as well.  In her honor I'm sharing with you today this song sung by Celine Dion.  It makes me cry every time!

With joy,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sewing Christmas Giveaway!


I decided to combine this month's "Sewing Christmas" and my 600th post celebration into a giveaway!  Thank you to all of you who have joined me in the monthly sewing for Christmas and have linked your wonderful creations to my blog.  So what's the giveaway you ask?

31 - 8x8 squares of novelty Christmas fabric (all with a retro feel)
5 - 20ish" x 45" pieces of additional novelty Christmas fabric (yes, with a retro feel)
1 - "Get red, red, ready for Christmas" book by Natalie Ross
and some additional surprise goodies from me!

To enter, leave me a comment on this post by midnight December 1.  Tell me your favorite Christmas carol.  My international readers are included as well!  To see what I have created with this fabric, click on my flickr photos.  I used it to make a throw size quilt using a snowball block.  For additional inspiration, see this quilt below...




Next month, on the third Monday, we will have our final "Sewing Christmas".  Thank you for joining me through 600 posts and being such a wonderful part of my day!

Many blessings,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Simple Joy


All it took was an old mason jar,
some leftover batting,


and a $4.99 little tree to make
a pretty Christmas decoration!

Smiles,

Thursday, November 24, 2011

With Gratitude

photo from twocrazycrafters

Wishing all of you a most blessed Thanksgiving
with family and friends!

Thank you for inspiring me to do better, be
better, create and explore possibilities.

Many of you have become more than blogging
friends, you are sisters in this journey.

Asking God to touch your lives in a special
way today.  To God be the glory!

Love,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pondering Thanksgiving

photo by Emily Barney

"It is therefore recommended...to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the services of their divine benefactor."


~ Samuel Adams, First Official Thanksgiving Proclamation        

Words to ponder as we prepare,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Almost Here




Today I'm finishing the grocery list,
baking bread,
chasing dust bunnies,
thawing the turkey
and thinking of you doing the same!

Sending love your way!
Smiles,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"Therefore, since we have a high priest who has
gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For
we do not have a high priest who is unable to
sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have
one who has been tempted in every way, just as we
are-yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the
throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Hebrews 4:14-16

With joy,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Field of Violets

photo found on flickr

"Forgiveness is the fragrance
the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it."

Mark Twain

Blessings,
Renee