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    Creative Minds...I need you!!!!

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Size:  437.7 KBOkay all..I have a challenge for you!!!! Each year my church has a two day ladies retreat. To help with the decorations, ladies have an opportunity to decorate a banquet length table (seats 8) in conjunction with the theme of the retreat. The tables are judged by the ladies and prizes are given. It is also asked that a “take away” be given. I am just stumped this year. The theme is “Count It All Joy”. The flyer does have a boarder of quilt blocks surrounding it..so I thought about making a square placemat with 8 different quilt blocks (as the take away) but I don’t know what to put in the middle. Or I thought of another idea of: When life gives you lemons make lemonade thought by placing two bowls of lemons on the table with a clear glass pitcher in the middle with a cup of sugar and a lemon squeezer next to it, but what would I use as “take aways”? Or..hey…I’m just plain stuck!!! So what are your ideas? I have attached a picture of one that I have done and and other ideas done in the past.
    Sewing right along........Martha

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    For your lemon takeaway ... fabric with lemons, made into a placemat? or finished up as a set of napkins? another thought would be to make lemon curd? lemon tea? ......... or send them home with the lemons!

    For the quilt block theme, why not just have some fresh flowers in the centre of the table?
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    mug rugs? There is fabric with lemons all over it (Farmers Market, I think) that would look cute in any block pattern. I love your pitcher idea!
    May your blessings be many, your troubles few and your fabric stash endless!

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    I like the lemon idea, as well. But you could just combine the 2 ideas and use lemon themed and yellow fabric for the placemats. Sounds like a fun time!! I am going to file this idea away in the back of my head, maybe I ccan figure a way to incorporate it into our retreat. hmmmm
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    "There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."

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    How about the tissue holders made from lemon fabric? How about a lemon fabric potholder wrapped around the utensil bundle?

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    I would like to help but I don't really understand the theme, “Count It All Joy”.

    Can you elaborate on what that means.
    "Be brave enough to be who you really are.”

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    There is a very old church song, Let the Joy Bells Ring...that might be an idea as well. Flip through the hymnal and see what other "Joy" songs you can find to see if any more things come to mind.

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    A lemon scented votive candle?

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    Elise1~ It's a church ladies group so the theme is taken from the bible verse "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." :-)
    Sewing right along........Martha

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    Our church here does a similar idea. Each year we have round tables to decorate with a theme and then a nice luncheon. We follow with entertainment, silent auction, gifts and fun. Its a good way to raise awareness to cancer as well as money for research. Each woman or team may choose their own theme and in the past we've had everything from tropical islands to Basset hounds, funny hats to everything blue, military to old days on the farm. So as you can tell, anything goes. We also give "take-aways"; little bags at each chair and they follow the theme. Last year my travel theme bag contained English tea bag, German chocolate, Brazil nuts, and Japanese rice.
    I like the lemon idea and many have given good suggestions. You could add, if you can find them, old fashioned lemon drop candies - like Grandma always had. Or maybe as a funny part those little plastic lemons of juice, a tiny wipe of lemon disinfectant, another packet of lemon oil for furniture, children's stickers of lemons, lemon scented air fresheners, and whatever you can find in the dollar store. Please send a photo of the tables.

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    JOY quilt block

    Girls JOY Quilt block...placemat & a Bible shape pin cushion as a take away..have no pattern for pin cushion, but sure you can whip one up!!(made in colors to match placemats??)
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    Lots of idea regarding the lemons...someone posted tea wallets on this forum..what about an applique of a lemon or make them out of lemon fabric, fill with lemon tea bags.
    Lemon cake mix in a glass ball jar, all kinds of recipes on line for those.,or cookie mix in glass jar (now there's some joy) I think the lemon decor you suggested sounds lovely, especially this time of year, everything is so drab.

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    Coasters of lemon fabric, and you could also make a center runner of the same fabric and applique "When life gives you lemons --------"

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    How about a lemon pin cushion?


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    Quote Originally Posted by linda faye View Post
    How about a lemon pin cushion?
    You have probably seen J esus but I think that says it all. Christmas ornaments take homes with this on them.
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    Joy dish soap - maybe make some bubbles, too
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    Maybe nine patch placemats that have appliqued or embroidered on them, The joy of the Lord is my strength. As the takeaway. Then different temptations like, books (ex:20 shades of gray= soft porn). lust,(fireman calendar) covetousness, (new house,car etc.... You get the idea.Church ladies are tempted to all the vices men are. The idea is to take heed lest you think you stand, you fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Joy dish soap - maybe make some bubbles, too
    How about LEMON JOY dish soap? That fits the theme!
    Remember the teakettle...it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!

    A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. ~ Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    How about LEMON JOY dish soap? That fits the theme!
    about nails it.
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    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Joy dish soap - maybe make some bubbles, too
    How about making an 'apron' for that dish soap?

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    Definitely a plaque or runner with "When life gives you lemons..." Daffodils are lemony. What about small bottles of lemonade to take? Like mug rugs and bubbles, too. Or small packets of mix.
    every cloud has a silver lining but sometimes it is hard to get to the mint

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    for the centerpiece you could find a large jar and fill it with lemons and put a flower arrange on the top of the jar.

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    Your lemons/lemonade idea is nice. A placemat with lemons would work too with a lemon napkin.
    However, What brings ME joy is faith, family, home, hearth and music. I live in the mountains. When I go outside, I see my neighbor's lovely llamas, nearby hills and more distant mountains, all joy bringers. "I lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh even from the Lord who has made heaven and Earth."

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    Joy is not the absence of pain and suffering - it is the presence of God.
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