Happy Wednesday, peeps! It is never easy to lose a loved one, but to lose one on Christmas is especially difficult. My dear friend lost her aunt on Christmas day, and since I already had my Floral Boutique papers out on my desk, I used the Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch for a sympathy card. Here's the sketch:
And here is my card:
I used a white card base with a Night of Navy banner; a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases, and diecuts from Flourish thinlets; I diecut two small leaves from vellum to tuck behind the sentiment.
I thought I would show you some photos from our church, decorated for Christmas. But first, two of my little helpers from Christmas eve! We have a candlelight service, so I usually recruit some children to pass out the candles (battery-operated for the wee ones!) and the programs. Here is Cassidy with her friend Joel (who is quite a character, I might add, as well as one very smart young man!). He was in charge of the candles, she the programs!:
We have two poinsettia trees on either side of the stage/pulpit as well as a Nativity:
Window wreaths and candles:
We have a large sanctuary that is actually the upstairs of our building; to the left, you see part of the balcony. It was said that in the olden days (the building is from the 1800s), the elders would sit in the balcony and keep watch out the windows in case of an Indian attack!!! Not sure if that's true, but it makes for a fun story to tell our children! There are four large windows with shutters on each side of the sanctuary; on the pews, we put up candlesticks decorated with burlap and greenery and more wreaths between the windows. Guess who puts up those wreaths? My dear hubby, with a great big long pole!!! It's quite a sight!
Thanks for indulging me a wee bit!