I feel like I've been running a marathon since the Candlelight Dessert last week. Not only am I playing catch up, I'm playing catch in the moment and catch forward. Know what I mean? This week I hosted my annual Bible Study Christmas Brunch, attended the annual Girlfriends Christmas Party and did way too much internet shopping because I don't have time to physically go to the store.
A bit of porch decorating
Today new windows are being installed in my house. I have a wedding to go to tonight, three quilts to bind before Sunday, an empty refrigerator and my son is on his way home from college. All these things are good in an of themselves (except for the empty refrigerator), it's just when it's all happening at the same time I start to feel like I'm standing in one spot twirling.
These two are torturing me to read them
I'm sorry for complaining. I just knew that you would understand. As Mom's, wives and friends, our plate is full and it is good, but I need to work on that balance thingy again. Above all, I need to be thankful. Thankful to the Lord for the gift of His one and only Son. In a Martha world, I need to be more like Mary today (Luke 10:38).
If you are in need of a quick Christmas gift to sew, this runner is the one for you! It's made with half of one charm pack and a smidge of fabric for the border. It comes together quickly and easily and looks much more complicated than it is. The fabric is "Jovial" by Basic Grey.
I can see myself making this runner over and over again. It's great to use with scraps. I love that it's titled "Cinnamon Sticks". So perfect for this time of year.
I had a little visitor perched on my tulip tree. There are lots of squirrels in our neighborhood. The black ones pop out against the snow. This one appeared to be warming it's paws. After 50 degree temps and rain, our snow is gone. I'll enjoy it while I can because here in Michigan, there is more snow on the horizon!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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...