Hello friends, I’ve been a little quiet these past few weeks because a small bomb has gone of in our world! It’s all good and I will fill you in as I show you an easy tablescape idea you can do with a sugar mold. I have a number of sugar molds, with different count holes and I love how versatile they are. My sugar molds are not vintage, they are Round Top finds that come out of Mexico, but they are still treasures to me!
Here is our family update with a side of tablescape tips. Just a few weeks ago my husband took a new job. This was an answer to a prayer we have had for a while and there is even more back story that I will tell later! The thing about this job is…it requires us to move. A few hours away from where we live now. I’ve barely had time to tell everyone, the ball has rolled very quickly on this one, but we ARE SO EXCITED.
Todd started his job the Monday of our spring break and I traveled to Dallas with him so I could look for a new place to call home. He went to work and I drove around the metroplex crying from the overwhelming task of finding home in this giant city. Mind you at this point we haven’t told any of our family, including our kids. I drove past the high schools and cried at the Mega size of them. Our kids kind of knew change was coming but we had talked as a family of moving to a small town, with small schools and this hardly felt like we were delivering on what we had put in their heads. Day two I drove around more with a realtor and cried in her car, poor thing. Then we drove into the last town I hadn’t seen yet and I felt peace come. We could totally bloom here.
It looks like Burleson, Texas will be our new home, although we don’t have a house picked out just yet. Having a city narrowed down feels good and gives us focus. We are excited to explore and learn our new town soon. We came home and told the kids, after a few tears they are really excited. The promise of a season pass to Six Flags (a huge amusement park that will be close by) has helped. Back on the home front we have been busy getting our home ready to put on the market, which we did last week. On top of cleaning and organizing I was working on catching a feral cat that we regularly feed. We call him Black Jack, he (or she, we don’t really know!?) is a gorgeous cat that stands his distance. Recently he got beat up pretty good and was looking like he lost a TON of weight. I was going to cage him and feed him a few weeks so he could fatten up and rest, so I set my handy trap to get him. Monday afternoon I had the photographer coming to take listing pictures and some people coming for a showing. About an hour before the activities began my husband told me I caught something in my trap! Yay – anxious to go save my little pet project I suddenly saw it wasn’t a cat in my trap. Nope – it was a skunk. We have never seen a skunk anywhere around our house in 5 years! Now I have one 15 feet from our house. Awesome.
Comedy ensued. No one would come take him, so I ended up gently talking to this skunk as I snuck up on his cage with a towel. He sprayed. I walked up with another towel, he kept spraying. After two tries, I’m leaning over the top of the cage, completely freaking out, the not so little guy runs free, spraying as he goes. I mean, I could see him squirting liquid. OMG, y’all. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!!! It smelled like a skunk died everywhere around my house. Needless to say, those people didn’t buy my house and I almost lost a favorite pair of pants.
Skunk and all, I can hardly tell you how gracious God has been to us. Every step of the way He confirms this change for us. The stench aired out, my pants washed clean (my shoes are a different story and the towels got thrown away immediately) and we have already signed a contract on our home. We will be going through inspections, etc in the coming week. We genuinely are overflowing with gratitude and unbelief as we watch this story unfold. Glory be to God alone.
I’m certain the coming months will have their ups and downs, fears and victories and I look forward to having you all along for the ride. This has been a huge journey of faith for my family and I promise to share the good and the bad with you. Prayers would be appreciated. Prayers that my children will find fast friends, prayers that we find the perfect home, neighborhood church and schools, prayers that my husband would flourish in his job, prayers that I would be able to take care of my family, keep us on track and not feel overwhelmed. Thank you in advance. 🙂
As I was getting the house ready to show, I hadn’t set the table after clearing it from the last holiday and my husband asked if I was going to leave it bare. I always love when one of my people notice the table isn’t “decorated”. In the midst of a million things to do I threw this table together and it’s proof that it doesn’t take much time or money to warm your table. I wrapped the middle of the table with wrapping paper from the dollar bins at Michael’s. I always look at their cute wrapping papers for uses outside of gifts. This black and white silverware theme was begging to be used as a table runner. Next I layered on the sugar mold. In a few of the holes I added greenery snipped (here are tips on how to do this easily) from the yard…boxwood and Viburnum branches. The sweet yellow flowers are broccoli flowers and let me tell you – that’s the only broccoli this table has seen in a while, lol! We grew a little broccoli in the garden this year and this is the most we have used it. I just love how sweet it is though. I bought these great looking faux oranges last year, so I placed them in some holes of the sugar mold and layered in a few tea cups for extra height and interest. One of my favorite things to use as a plate chargers are large silver plate trays. You can easily find these at thrift stores for $1. I pick them up every time I seen them. I love that they are all different, yet the same. The napkins are just some chambray material I cut into 19″X19″ squares and tied.
I’ve been asked if I will be sad to leave this house and my answer is…no. Home is where my people are and I can set a table anywhere as long as they are around it. There are many people and things I will miss as we move, this house has definitely been a blessing to us, but we feel so strongly this is what God has called us to it’s hard to be sad. I hope you’ll stay tuned as we move forward on this journey! Let me know if you have any tips on the Burleson/Ft. Worth area please.
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