Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Annual Decorating Class

Last night was my annual Decorating Class that I teach for ladies in our church. I always have a little pumpkin for them to take home, as well as many pages of notes.

The little piece of paper says:

Being a Chrisitian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes
you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and
scoops out the yucky stuff--including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. The He
carves you anew smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for the whole world to see.

We used pretty Fall paper goods.

I made mint tea with mint from my garden.

Hot cider is a must at this time of year. Flavored with the Wassail pkg. seen on the left. Sooo good!

I make Pumpkin Cobbler every year and it's always a big hit! I'll have to share the recipe sometime. It's soooo easy!

Everything in the kitchen...set for the event. The Keurig turned on with a variety of drinks to choose from.

Then it was time to teach. I use a slide presentation for part of the lesson.

Chairs are everywhere. It just started to rain and became a bit dark. I should have used a flash.

And, of course, the lovely ladies and their mentors.

After a large crowd, it's always nice to clean up and have things back to normal again.

There..... Much better!

It will be nice & tidy for a few days, at least. Then Ceekay, my sister, two nieces, and my two daughters will be flying in next week. What a fun week that will be. All seven of us together! Can't wait for you to get here, girls! Party time for us ! lol Lots of shopping, eating, laughing and Ceekay will do the crying, I'm sure. She is soooo sentimental! We love her though!

What have you been up to this week?

Thanks for stopping by...tilll next time!


xinex said...

You are just the perfect hostess! Everything looks so nice and the script on the pumpkins that are so nicely decorated, is beautiful. The food looks sodelish awith all the perfect gift for a cool weather....Christine

Blondie's Journal said...

I wish I could have been least for the Pumpkin Cobbler!! You HAVE to share that recipe...I love cobblers!

It looks like it was a fun evening, but I know how you feel getting everything back to normal. I enjoyed seeing pictures of your pretty home!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Yep...I can feel the tear ducts getting ready as we speak!! Glad your class went well...those sweet little pumpkins!!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Looks like a great time! Love the pumpkin dish! And yes, please share the recipe. I love most anything pumpkin. As I've said before, would LOVE to be a part of your class!!! Enjoy your time with your friend and family!

Jennifer said...

That looks like such wonderful time...would have loved to have been there! Which craft did you teach?? Maybe pumpkin/fall trees:) No, I have not made mine week. Goodness if I wait long enough maybe the things I need will be on sale - or gone!!

I sure would like to have that pumpkin recipe - I'm craving any and everything pumpkin!!

Hope you have the best time with your sister and friends!! Sounds wonderful - take lots of good pictures (to share with us)!!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love that pumpkin message! I'm going to have to steal (I mean borrow) that idea! Super take home gift with a real meaning!
Next your home is lovely. I love a big white kitchen. And when can I get that pumpkin cobbler recipe? It looks divine!
Great post!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Now I know who your sister is! You are the perfect hostess. Everything looked wonderful, and yes, I'd like that recipe for the pumpkin cobbler. I've never seen that saying on the little pumpkins but it is so appropriate for the season.

Happy@Home said...

I can't think of a better teacher for that class. You have the gift of hospitality and interior decorating and it is so nice that you share it with others.
Your upcoming girl time sounds like so much fun. Enjoy!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I remember your "pumpkin parties" and love that verse! You are the perfect person to teach those young ladies! I'm sure they learned a lot and love it all!

Enjoy all that company!


Suzy said...

I found your blog through a comment that you left on mine. You have a lovely home! Could you elaborate on what kind of a class you host? I'm wondering if it would be a good fit for some of the ladies at my church. Take care.

CAS said...

What a perfect evening! So what did you teach? Inquiring minds want to know! Your kitchen is so charming and inviting, & your foyer is beautiful. Didn't realize Ceekay is your sister. She & I are bloggy friends & hope to actually "meet face-to-face" some time soon. I'm an Arizonan, too! Have a wonderful visit! Tell Ceekay I said "HI!"
:) CAS

Debbie Kay said...

Oh you are just a blessing to so many.......especially through this beautiful blog. Wish I could have been at your class.



Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh how beautiful! I adore your home and your decorating is superb! No wonder they chose you to teach decorating classes, what fun!
And I love Ceekay, you will have a blast together I am sure of that!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

How awesome that you had the ladies over. What fun! Your pumpkin cobbler looks delicious! You are going to have so much fun when all you girls get together!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

That would have been a fun gathering I'm sure. Everything looked very pretty and delicious. I really enjoyed the verse on the pumpkins. Pumpkin is one of my favorite things and am always looking for new recipes so I hope you give the pumpkin cobbler recipe.------Shannon

Shelia said...

I wish I could have been there! What a lovely time I'm sure all of the ladies have! Those little pumpkins are darling. I may have to borrow that idea with the saying for my November church ladies meeting. Would love to know what you teach and how you work in the decorating with it. I'm the women's leader at my church and need all the ideas I can get! :)
Your home is always so beautiful and your kitchen is one of my favorites. The food looks so good and I would love the recipe for pumpkin cobbler. I've never heard of it before!
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me,
Shelia ;)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow looks like everyone had a great time. You have everything decorated so beautifully!!