Saturday, November 7, 2009

Some Holiday Table Inspiration

I attended a candlelight women's dinner at a friend's church and this is my 4th year decorating a table. Each hostess brings their own dishes, glasses, etc. and a centerpiece. It is a fun way to start the holiday season with a dynamic speaker, some laughs, music, and great conversation. But my favorite part is seeing all the tables decorated and lit up. I also enjoy getting to use my pretty dishes and take a break from those paper plates we use way too much. I thought I would take you on a tour of some of the tables....
This is the centerpiece on my table. I used a lantern in the middle of a sparkly, square, pine cone wreath on top of a pedestal and tray.

This was the first time I used my vintage sugar and creamer. I love the color and pattern on them. I am really digging blue and orange these days...

The place setting... I made the runners for a fall table at church and wanted to use them again. I used iron on fusing tape and hot glue to make them...did not feel like sewing.

My friend Kristie's table. That cathedral is an awesome centerpiece and she had huge snowflakes tied on the backs of the chairs from the dollar store. They were so sparkly and pretty!

Here is what I want to do to my Thanksgiving table.

Those are live pansies in the pumpkins and some raffia at the bottom. I have seen these pumpkins at Kirklands and Hobby Lobby I think.

I just love the little corn on the napkins!

A very classic black, white, and red. You will never believe where she got her dishes...

At the DOLLAR STORE of all places along with the mugs and black glasses! I need to shop there more often!

I just love the word "enough" amidst the sparkles.

A sweet soda shop table. She used vintage records as chargers. The ice cream is white carnations.

This tablecloth was my favorite! She used tuille and wire at the bottom.

Another classic black, red, and white. I just love that fabric!

What a cool centerpiece...a dressform with roses! Very inventive.

This centerpiece was so cool. She used a live (but half dead) branch and it looked very "Harvesty"

These chargers are my favorite.

Which table is your favorite? Does this help get you in the mood for some holiday entertaining?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Makenna's Baptism

My little girl, Makenna, who is 4 was saved on Aug. 20 2009. She came to me in the kitchen the next evening and wanted to whisper something in my ear. I knelt down and she wispered, "I asked Jesus into my heart." She said she prayed the night before that in her bed. We had talked about how to be saved, but I did not know she was ready. We talked and prayed in the bedroom afterwards so I knew she understood and I was amazed at her understanding of what Jesus did for her on the cross. We hopped on the golf cart and went to tell everyone. She was very excited and so was I! When our pastor sent out a letter that they were doing baptism, she said, "I want to do it because I am clean and a new person." I have been so inspired by her boldness and obedience to Christ. We practiced and talked about it and when the day came, she was ready to go.
Here she is a little nervous but her daddy baptized her, so that helped her nerves. She said the water was kinda hot!

Bryan shared her story and asked her to give her testimony of faith before he "dunked" her.

Both of their faces are full of joy. Such a precious picture of the childlike faith that Jesus talks about. I need to have more of this!

I had to work in the nursery that day, so she stayed and helped with the babies. It was a special day that God used in our family and extended family's lives. I know that God is going to use Makenna is a mighty way. I look forward to seeing what He has in store for her. Makenna, your bold faith inspires me and I strive to be more like you. Never take for granted what Jesus did for you. He loves you even more than I do. Live for Him; He will never let you down!