Monday, February 15, 2010

Shrove Tuesday, the Flea Market, and Metallic Pipe Cleaners

IMGP1219         I have the pleasure of decorating our parish hall for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper this week.  Sunday afternoon, while at the flea market, I found these.


        There sitting on a table were packages and packages of Mardi Gras decorations.  This fit my plan perfectly.

        I am going to doll it up with glitter and beads and sparkle and fun.


        I fell in love with these metallic pipe cleaners.

        And then- as often happens in unexpected places (the flea market)- God stirs the pot.

        The vendor’s wife asked what I planned to do with all of these decorations.

        After I told her, she said-

       “You can have all of these free of charge.”


        As I paid for my other decorations, thanking her for her generosity, her husband said-

You’re Catholic aren’t you?”

(Time Out: I wondered,  is this a trick question???)

        I smiled and said, “ No, I’m Episcopalian.”

        He said, “Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…”

And then we both died laughing.  His parting words were, “Have fun!”

        I already was!

Side Note:  Now that I have been formally re-introduced to pipe cleaners, I am amazed at their  twisting abilities. I was able to twist them around my finger and make martian looking accessories.

        I found these bright yellow flowers at Dollar Tree and the green vases were a purchase years ago at the flea market.  I bought a giant box of floral vases in green, milk glass, and clear glass.

        Again I ask-Is anyone having a state dinner anytime soon? I have vases and silver plate.


        Everyday is a new day at my house.


Debra@CommonGround said...

These are great Laura, love your sense of fun with this. Now I just need you to explain to me about Shrove Tuesday.

Julie Harward said...

Well, that was a good bit of luck and they turned out really cute, way to go! Have fun :D

Rebecca Nelson said...

This looks sooo fun!

When I was little I thought ePIScopalian was a very bad word! hahahahah

Couldn't resist sharing!

Love your decorations girly. Pipe Cleaners RULE!


Barbara said...

Laura, I miss the Strove or Fat Tuesday celebrations. The Church here is very small. I am Catholic and had always celebrated Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday and of course Lent. Here, they don't do much for Mardi Gras....think next year, Roy and I will plan our own Pancake supper.


Theresa said...

Oh what a fun day! I just love looking and finding good, weird things to use. Great idea on using the pipe cleaners. I keep some in my craft supplies. They come in handy:) Have a blessed day and can't wait to see your creations.

Jeanette said...

Your centerpieces look great. I know they will be appreciated.

Unknown said...

G'morn ~ Episcopalian's just flunked Latin ... otherwise not much difference, chuckle.

We celebrated Fat Tuesday with Chinese ...

Have a beautiful day ~

Blue Creek Home said...

I used to decorate for different events at our church (before we moved) It was always so much fun!!

I hope you take a photograph of parish hall with all of your pretty things.

I love the metallic pipe cleaners!


Anonymous said...

You bring the silver and centerpieces. We can all bring something and it will be a pot luck decorating party.

Carole and Chewy said...

Of all the things I miss about NOLA, Mardi Gras is what I miss the most!

C. Earl Mahan said...


Julie said...

Awesome! Wish I could be there!!! what fun you are having and I'm sure will have. How nice to get the decor for free. I like that (God Stirred the Pot) :-) :-)
Every church needs ladies like YOU!!!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Hi Laura,
Great finds and great decorating!!


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