|A Christmas card that I love attached to old shutters that I also love and usually attach Christmas cards to|
|Also are grandchildren favorites!|
Stay tuned for more Christmas decorations next week. (Hopefully!)
|Lonnie, me, and Morrison grand kids, Eli, Abby, Eden|
|Hearn Family |
Kevin, Rebecca, Anna, Olivia, Cas, Lonnie R.
|Hannah and Jason Wheeler|
|The flowers in the water are from a blooming cherry tree in the back yard.|
The branches running along the table also from back yard.
|White lights were used instead of candles. You can see we just laid them down the center of the table then laid the white branches on top of them. It was so pretty!|
|Another item from the back yard was these tree branches. My husband cut them and also spray painted them white. His idea was to leave a few of the dead flowery things on them, and it worked great! The best part? Yep, it was FREE! (except for spray paint)|
|This was the "backdrop" for the pictures. It is two old shutters that have been in so many places in my house. Yes, I borrow from my house to decorate for church functions! I love these....you can do so much with them. They have a "crackled" finish and add just the right amount of rustic to an other wise fancy setting. |
See the "bunting" or banner?
This is something we made to add a little teenage flair to the decorations. These are so popular right now, and soooo simple to make. Lots of people are making them from fabric, of course, but since we were going for free, we just used white paper!
You can't see it, but the letters say, "Purity Banquet".
We also made individual buntings with their names, and "Purity Banquet 2012" on them for the teens to take home as a keepsake. You can see a little of this in the next two pictures. They were used on the table at the place where they and their parents sat.
|Cherry tree branches and blossoms|
|Taken in the rain|
|Some of the beautiful flowering bushes Lonnie planted with his own two hands. Read more about that here.http://gleaningsfromgail.blogspot.com/2012/02/flowers-flowers-and-more-flowers-for.html|
|Check out the rain drops....awww......so refreshing.|
|Notice the bird feeders? Lonnie loves to feed the birds.|
|We have so many of these in our backyard.|
|Wonder if it's because the Cardinal is the Kentucky state bird?|
I would like to say that I posted this last picture of this red bird in honor of my Aunt Sophia Webb who passed away this week. Her funeral will be in two days from now.
The reason I want to post it in honor of her is because she absolutely loved the Cardinal.
She collected them and they were all over her house in the form of pictures and collectibles.
You see, Aunt Sophia lived in Florida all her adult life pretty much; from the time she was married until she passed away at 85 years of age. She loved it there, but she never forgot her roots.....Kentucky, and she never forgot her red Cardinals.
I loved Aunt Sophia (my only aunt except for those by marriage), and I also love Kentucky and the Cardinal!
|Sorry, this is only a small portion of the picture. Trust me, you are not missing much my not seeing the entire picture. I mainly took this to show the name of the artist. If someone recognizes this as a famous artist whose art is very valuable, please just don't tell me, because this "lovely" picture is now painted over with chalkboard paint!|