Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It Starts with A Pillow



She has six sons, which means, six future daughter-in-laws.  She invest her time and talents into a piece of art, which she cross stitches with her prayerful hands.  For years she has raised her boys by home schooling and teaching them the Word of God.  The time comes when she hands over her sons to the new woman in their life.  Each daughter-in-law unique.  Each personality adds a new dimension to her growing family.  Each daughter-in-law becomes the daughter she never had.  This is the point I get to share in her story.

She trust me to take her piece of art and surround it in a pillow.  Each time...I have now done three...I pray over the piece and how it is to look.  I pray for the daughter-in-law that will receive this precious gift from her mother-in-law.  Each time I want to get it right. 

This is the gift she presents to her future daughter-in-law at the Rehearsal Dinner.  The pillows caused her to ask, when she found out the rehearsal dinner would be in my city, instead of hers, if I would do the rehearsal dinner.  What a privilege to use my Rachel business.

Yes, my Leah is producing much needed income, but like the Leah of the Bible with all her producing there was hard work.  My Rachael business just brings much needed energy. So when asked to use my Rachael business...decorating- well you can just guess I jump to the occasion   In the summer I started to collect items to bring about the dinner that would my friend would give her son.
Carnations would be the popcorn!


The only guides I received was they like "popcorn" movies...still not sure what that meant...comics, superheros and were gamers. The creative juices and fun began. The parents came down to my state for a shopping and brain storming day.   Here is the results.  

 Red chargers to dress up the tables.  We would serve the dinner on nice clear plastic that could be tossed in the trash.  She had ironed and folded the black napkins I had suggested, that would stand on each plate, giving a comfortable, practical and yet elegant place setting.

Excuse the pictures...what can I say?  I was busy getting it ready and only had my phone, which died on me!
See how the carnations became popcorn?
The head table held the Bride and Groom, surrounded by their loving and supportive parents.
Prayers and words of blessings were given during the dinner.




The hit of the evening...the POPCORN BAR!!

Invitations were custom printed movie tickets to the Rehearsal Dinner....custom stickers were bought for the popcorn holders...meal was catered by a local restaurant.   Fun was had by all.   My Rachel business was blessed by this precious family.  It was a blast for me!
          End results....SUCCESS AND JOY!!!


46 Joining in with more words:

Farm Girl said...

How fun!!! I love the flowers. That looks incredible. I love the whole thing. You did such a nice job.

Debbie said...

Good morning! Not even sure where to start! First of all, I love the pillow What a wonderful way to bless her new DIL. And I know first hand what a beautiful job you do on pillows! love mine! Though like you I would have been scared to work with such a treasure. And then the dinner party and decorations ~ what a GOOD job you did! I love them all Soo clever, unique and fun they were! I bet she was just thrilled with it all. Glad you enjoyed doing this! hope all else is well...those babies are getting closer!

Sharon said...

How do you spell Janette???

T A L E N T.

What an adorable table, and what a very special gift from that mother to her daughter-in-law. I love the pillow idea, and you did it proud.

Thanks for sharing these precious (and oh so creative) photos!

GOD BLESS!

Nancy said...

Like Sharon said...girl you have the talent....You did a beautiful job on the treasure that the mother in law had created for her future daughter in love...

And wow the party....You certainly nailed the subject and I know they loved it...So original....

Sandy said...

I agree with Sharon...TALENT! That's your middle name, girl! I love everything about this. So clever, unique, fun. Your pillow is so beautiful! You need to be selling those on Etsy. I just opened my shop and I have my first sell! Yea!
Blessings & Love~

Angel said...

Wow! I love your creativity Janette. And that popcorn bar looks amazing!

Vee said...

Very clever! So glad that you had this wonderful client. She sounds like a sweetheart.

Pom Pom said...

You're clever! You're a Jill of all trades, Janette!

Sue said...

One of the joys of blogging for me is ... I get to visit multi talented women who have been gifted by God, and Dear One you have been blessed with talent beyond words. God knew ions ago, that these talents would come into fruition many times over and 'For such a time as this".
Love you and Benjamin, bunches and bunches. I just haven't been online to much lately, way busy, fall is a busy time here at the farm.
Love,
Sue

camp and cottage living said...

Janette
It looks like one of the most fun rehearsal dinners I've seen!
I can see why she ask you to do it.
The pillow is so...pretty too!

Maryann said...

You are so creative Jeanette. This rehearsal dinner looks like fun. I love the whole thing, I bet they were thrilled

Debbie said...

I love this! The carnations do end up looking like popcorn, and they are perfect. I have said recently that I wish I had at least ONE son so that I could do a rehearsal dinner. A wedding is so stressful, but a rehearsal dinner is where your real creativity can shine.

Yours definitely shines!
I'm so glad that your Rachel got a chance to get out and play!

Debbie Petras said...

Wow you are truly becoming the Proverbs 31 woman. How talented and creative. I love the photos. What great ideas!

Love,
Debbie

Christine said...

What a good friend you are!
I would be so nervous to even handle those piece of "love art", but you did just the perfect frame for all that Love.

Now, let's talk about the Rehearsal Dinner... creative, unique, perfect and fun!
What a good friend you are!!

Christine said...

What a good friend you are!
I would be so nervous to even handle those piece of "love art", but you did just the perfect frame for all that Love.

Now, let's talk about the Rehearsal Dinner... creative, unique, perfect and fun!
What a good friend you are!!

Lea said...

What a gorgeous pillow and the thoughtfulness behind it. And, what a cleaver idea for the Rehearsal Dinner. That should be put on Pinterest for sure!

Happy rest of the week!

Lisa said...

I love the idea of the pillow! The scene is so perfect and heartfelt.And you did a fabulous job on the dinner. Such a fun theme! I know everyone had a blast .;)

Sonja Goodson said...

I know she was thrilled with what you did Janette. Isn't it fun to just 'go for it' and let the creative stuff go crazy... you did such a beautiful job!

Susan Nowell said...

What fun, Janette! You did a great NON-"cheesy" interpretation of the theme, and I'm so thankful you had this outlet to feed your Rachael spirit.

What a whirlwind of emotions you've been riding on... I'm so happy for the encouragement you've received lately.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

What a wonderful idea! As always, you came up with a novel idea, and turned it into pure charm. You have an amazing imagination, Janette, not to mention talent to put it all together.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Oh Janette, I love it all!
xoxo
Leslie

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