Did your grandparents go to a pond (or possibly a river) for baptism?
HH’s grandparents did – along with many friends and relatives. We have a picture of them in the water, waiting in line for their turn. The crowd along the bank watches the special service.
Many years ago, I found this shadow box at an antique shop, so I collected some of HH’s grandfather’s personal items and arranged them. This box hangs on the wall in HH’s office. It’s very special to him, of course. (Yes, this box needs some DIY attention!)
As a youngster, HH helped his grandfather with beekeeping, so the beekeeping book had to go in. Grandaddy H played the mandolin, and these extra strings and pic were found in his things after he died, along with the cuff links, the knife he hand-made, and his eye-glass cleaner in the yellow tube.
All of these are things HH remembers as a part of Grandaddy H’s everyday life. The mandolin has a permanent home over the china cabinet, but no one plays it now.
The Piggly Wiggly china was Granny H’s. It’s the silver-rimmed dinner plate with the wavy scallop.
Since my vintage-looking set from a recent purchase at Tuesday Morning is a set for four, I supplemented with Wal-Mart cobalt blue. I can imagine mixing and matching china was a regular practice during the baptism at the pond era.
Mom 2 gave me the embroidered napkins. The flower is actually an applique with teensy (technical term meaning smaller than tiny) stitching all around them.
Isn’t it amazing? Someone had very good eyesight! Mom 2 bought these napkins during mid to late 60’s. They have held up very well!
The crepe myrtle blooms filled the room with the sweet smell of honey.
Soon after the photo shoot, I took them outside. The strong scent fills the air outside (and is divinely intoxicating), but I was getting a severe headache with the scent filling our home.
The blooms were pretty, and I especially like the fern fronds I cut from the yard. The glass stones inside the vase brought another hint of blue.
I was inspired to have a base of white tones on the table since the baptismal robes were and are traditionally white. The table-cloth texture reminds me of the robes, too.
The silverware is an old set of PAM’s – flowers again, to mimic the napkins and also from around the 60’s. The cork reverse side of my Pimpernel place mats add a natural element. Being at the river or pond speaks of natural elements all around.
The stitching on this runner forms a cross at each end – perfect for celebrations of faith in Christ.
The crochet coasters add a touch of “grandmother days” of hand work.
More blue, along with the stemware – denotes water in ponds and rivers.
I collected blooms from the yard. Ferns and Hosta blooms inside Faux Milk Glass vases rest at each end of the table.
The place settings in rows remind me of people standing in a row, waiting their turn for baptism.
Doesn’t this view of the table remind you of a Sunday afternoon lunch – the porch outside, waiting for you to come have a nap in the swing?
Can’t you just hear the slap of the screen door closing behind you?
The cutting board holds the family baptism picture and the poem for our theme.
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia by Patricia Neely-Dorsey rests beside the centerpiece.
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She also wrote My Magnolia Memories and Musings, which I featured in Magnolia Blossom – a Poem, a Tablescape. Each time I read through her poetry books, I laugh, I cry, and my heart swells with sweet memories.
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Do you have memories of Sunday lunch at grandmother’s table? Did she have a porch swing for Sunday afternoon naps?
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