Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Decorating Emergency

I'm a little late getting this post done today. My excuse? There was a decorating emergency I had to attend to. Really. I was working in the library at my son's school on Tuesday and happened to see a couple of the administrative staff decorating the school for Christmas. They were wrapping a railing in the entry with artificial garlands and lights and didn't look like they were all that sure of themselves. I watched for a bit and then when I couldn't stand it any more I had a brilliant idea. SO I walked over, said I used to be a professional florist and could I help? That I was "doing a series of blog posts this week about decorating for Christmas and thought I could do some decorating for them and use it as a post?" I don't think they heard anything past the "professional floral designer part". They looked so relieved. They had been given several boxes of artificial wreaths, garlands, swags, as well as a couple of boxes of Christmas ribbon by a parent the year before and had no idea how to use them. Super cool!

The "before's"
So God had not only provided me with an opportunity to use my floral design skills, but he had given them the supplies and the designer to put it all together. I love how God surprises us like that sometimes. So yesterday and today I had the happy pleasure of decorating my son's school for Christmas.  The ribbon they had was primarily bright shiny red so that was the basis for our color scheme. I picked up the 101 piece set of shatter proof ornaments at Home Depot and wired them to anything I could. I did wreaths for two entries, a garland over the gym doors, tweaked a couple of large display cases and the Christmas tree, put swags at the bottom of the stairs, and did four wreaths to attach to the garland they wrapped around the stair railing.

They were SO sweet  and appreciative, it really humbled me. I think sometimes that my skills and talents aren't that big of deal in the grand scheme of things. I'm not a teacher or pastor, or doctor. I make pretty things- that's what I do. But God made pretty things too and he saw value in that. So I should too. It was a great reminder. :)

I'll snap a few better pics tomorrow but thought I should clue you all in on what I'd been up to. Tomorrow I'll also have a fabulous tutorial. A Christmas Star garland that I think you'll really like. So see you back here tomorrow!!!


Cre8tiveQueen said...

You're such a great person. Thank you for the reminder about God appreciating artistic talent! Love you!

Anna said...

You're so awesome!