Hello my friends! It's Friday, and I usually have a Power Poppy card to share with you, but I wanted to share something different today. I'm not normally a "put-it-all-out-there" kind of person. I don't know why. I just tend to be more private. Plus my blog is titled "STAMP TALK with Tosh". So I have pretty much kept my posts all about my projects. Well, today's project has a story behind it, and I just felt inspired to share. I hope you don't mind.
I am an introvert/extrovert and don't do well with change, so when my husband and I changed churches a couple of years ago, stepping out and getting involved was quite the challenge. I was very involved in the church we'd been members for since we got married; I'd even say to the point of being too involved. But after we left that church due to situations that we felt we couldn't support, it was hard to step out again.
But, God being God...he pushed me out of my comfortable little box and I felt
nudged encouraged to join a women's Bible Study that met Wed. mornings at our church. And what a blessing that has been. Many women from that Bible Study are blessed with gifts of encouragement, and for the past two years they have been sharing that with me, allowing me to gradually get involved and blessing me greatly in the process. I thought it was time to let them know what a blessing they have been to me, so I decided to invite them to my home for coffee/tea.
Now, being a paper crafter, of course I had to make some invitations. Which brings me to another issue. A sad one. I have been on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team since April of 2011, and it's been an absolute delight. Claire (the owner and designer) is a gem! She has a heart of gold and a style of design like no one else. Unfortunately, she is closing Waltzingmouse Stamps. My heart is beyond sad. I adore her vintage style and her eye for detail! She and her designs will be greatly missed in this stamping community!!
She has designed the most beautiful coffee/tea sets, and I wanted to use one of them for my coffee/tea invitations. So I combined a couple of them: Afternoon Tea (out of stock) and Coffee Set Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the invitations which included images from the Coffee Set (Which still happens to be in stock).
Here are a few of the invitations. They all have the same layout, just different decorative papers.
Here's a close up of one of the invites so you can see the details.
You might be wondering where my title from this post came from. Well, the whole point of the invitations, was to thank these wonderful Godly women for blessing me so abundantly. And also, I wanted to thank Claire for allowing me to be on her Design Team for almost 5 years. That too has been such a blessing!!
I also wanted to give a shout out to the companies I used for my little get-together. I can't arrange flowers, and baking...well, this was too important to me to risk messing it up. So I hired a local baking artist (she really is quite the artist) who bakes the most delicious and beautiful cookies around, to make cookies in the shapes of birds, bird cages, and nests!! And they are beautiful and delicious! She only advertises via Instagram, and believe me, this girl is in high demand. You can find her on instagram here: thebakersboxcafe
For my flowers, I called my favorite local florist: Shelley DeJonge~ owner of Sweet Memories in Visalia, CA.
I told her I would like a vintage style arrangement, and this is what she came up with!! It couldn't have been any more perfect! You can find her on Facebook here too: Sweet Memories
These were not the only flowers I received either. One of the dear ladies made a beautiful and charming arrangement of flowers she picked from her garden. And Gerberas happen to be one of my all-time favorites!
And another brought me this summery fresh smelling candle!
How totally sweet!!
And, not only was I blessed with the delightful company of my dear Bible Study friends, I was even blessed with a first time phone call from a dear stamping friend that I've never had the pleasure of meeting irl, but have shared emails for the past couple of years, as well as being a fellow Design Team member for Power Poppy: Katie Sims...and let me tell you...she is one of my stamping idols, and has one of the sweetest "Georgia Peach" accents you have ever heard!! What a delight!!!
And to end the day, I got to talk with my dear daughter who lives 2000 miles away. So, as you can see, I had a full day of Blessings!! GOD IS GOOD!! To Him be the glory!!
If you've made it this far into my post, thanks for sticking with me and allowing me to share a treasured day with you! I had a glorious time planning my little Coffee/Tea party, and getting to know the ladies from my group even better. And I'm going to miss designing for Waltzingmouse Stamps, but I wish Claire and her family all the best for their future!!
I also wish you a wonderful weekend filled with blessings of your own!!
Happy Stamping my dear, dear friends!!