Friday, September 7, 2012

Sift my Thrift: Ladies Meeting

Psalm 51:7

Purge me with hyssop , and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Our church has a Ladies Meeting every so often and generally one lady of the church will volunteer to take on the challenge of getting a meeting together.  This means to find a location, to get a devotion together, and then to figure out a food or dessert plan.  While we are together, the ladies take care of the business matters as well.  Most of the time, women will just say to bring something - pot luck, but on a small scale.  I can't believe it, but I volunteered.  I decided to host it at my house which meant, clean, Clean, CLEAN!  I told the ladies to bring something sweet.  I went ahead and had some sweets ready as well as a few, salty this and thats.  It was a bigger chore than I expected.  Wow, what a day!  When night came and all the ladies said their farewells, I was one big heap of tired!

I wish I had the mind to have taken photos of my display, but, alas I was too busy to think.  So, I just took a few after photos.  Some of the things were dismantled so I just took separate photos and hopefully you can put it all together in your head.  My theme was Laundy.  My speaker had prepared a "laundry themed devotion" that went right along with it.  She had an online devotion prepared, but in the middle of the night while she was trying to fall asleep, the Lord gave her her very own message, or His very own message which was still "Laundry themed."  I was really glad that He did.  Devotions are so much more meaningful when the Lord steps in and teaches heart messages. 

Here are some photos:

I used my ironing board as the display 'table'.
Some old fashioned clothes pins in a candle stick glass.  Homemade laundry soap in a jar with a scoop.  This is a bar of soap that my cousin made and gave to me.  I thought it went well with the theme.
I made these mini cupcakes out of a box mix and used a cake decorating tool to ice them with tub icing.  I also ended up making box brownies, and finger sandwiches, coffee, tea, and had some dip for chips.  Others brought fruit and more sweets. 
The flower at the bottom is actually an accessory shirt pin.  The little flowers were homemade by my mother in law.  They are called yo-yos.  I was supposed to sew them onto a pillowcase dress that she made for Iggy, but I just hadn't got to it yet.  : )


This sign was hanging on the right side of the white skirt by twine.  Just some fabric with a piece of paper with "Laundry" printed on it.  I scalloped the edges with craft scissors.  I got the frame at a yard sale this summer.

These photos were hanging on the left side by some twine as well.  Iggy was the model.  I tried to make the photos appear to be 40's 50's ish by adjusting the brightness and color.  Have you ever made any of these laundry faces before? 

Everything on my display was just things we had around the house.  I just tweaked/combined them a bit.  Affordable solution to decorating, Marsha style.  Ha, ha.  Actually, I did a lot of this kind of thing for my wedding.  It was an Asian inspired wedding, so I used a lot of things from my mother's home. 
 I didn't get to hear all of what our speaker talked about (I was in the other room typing up some laundry tips and trying to listen at the same time), but I did catch one part.  She said something like this, "Isn't it amazing that we have the hardest time getting the 'red' stain out of our clothes, but Jesus can take His red blood and wash us whiter than snow."  It's truely amazing that the Lord, the God of all life would see fit to give us, a flawed people, an opportunity to live with Him, to be with Him by sacrificing His own Son and His Son willing to do that freely.  That just amazes me. 

  Thanks for sifting my thrift!

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