Happy Easter and Deep Thoughts

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Where have I been for 17 days…perhaps the longest that my blog has been silent? Well, life happens…traveling, working, volunteering…but none of those have ever stopped me from blogging for this long. I wish I had a pat answer for you (and myself), but I don’t. Busy-ness, ennui, melancholy…all have a part in my very long silence.


One of the reasons for my blogging procrastination is being stuck, not an uncommon thing to happen with creativity. However, my Pioneer Woman linens came in this week, so I finally felt a little inspiration coming on. Have you figured out that I love Pioneer Woman yet? This tablecloth is so bright and cheery that I can’t help but be cheered up when I look at it.


I picked up these bright placemats at Family Dollar with this tablescape in mind. I love the color on top of the tablecloth!


Of course, my Pioneer Woman dinner plates in the Country Garden pattern came next.


I also got some of the napkins…I love the way they mix and match. I plan to get some in the other color family as well, but these will do for now. I thought that my vintage floral napkin rings would be perfect on these napkins.


I really like how they look!


I turned over several choices of flatware in my mind.


Silver? Black? Aqua? None of those choices seemed right.


Then I remembered my clear blue Dollar General flatware from a few summers back. Perfect, right?


The best choice of stemware for Pioneer Woman plates and tablecloth? Pioneer Woman goblets, of course! I love these and we use them a lot.


Thinking about the centerpiece, I had a hard time deciding what to do. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, I really did not feel like doing that theme. Easter, however,  is not far away, so why not do that? I gathered some of my china rabbits and placed them on the table.


I thought that their cheerful colors would be great on this happy tablecloth. By the way, do you fellow Mississippians remember when you could get Gail Pittman rabbits fairly inexpensively on eBay? I bought this one with the blue flowers and the pink one in the previous photo back then. Believe me, that doesn’t happen any more!


Oh well, maybe some day I will luck up on another one. The two on the right front are from another Mississippi artist, Vicki Carroll. The front one on the left is unmarked; the milk glass bunny on a nest is a Martha Stewart reproduction, and the one in the rear is a vintage one that I inherited from my great aunt.


I’m crazy about my Pioneer Woman Easter table, and I think Ree would like it also! I purchased a couple of other PW items and will showcase them in future tablescapes.


Speaking of Easter, one of the reasons that I have been so busy is that our church is getting ready for our annual Passion Play. My husband and I have pivotal roles in preparing for this huge event.

Eli and Matthew Cade dig holes for the crosses.

Eli and Matthew Cade dig holes for the crosses.

We began our set up Sunday afternoon. I was given the assignment of photo taking for the work day. Everyone loves this pic of little Eli helping his dad dig the holes!

Youth and adults unload crosses to place on the Cavalry set.

Youth and adults unload crosses to place on the Cavalry set.

A number of youth showed up to help, and we really appreciated their young, strong muscles.

William Fielder and Will Cook place set pieces in the Upper Room.

William Fielder and Will Cook place set pieces in the Upper Room.

Some of the youth were given the assignment of putting the table and benches in the Upper Room. As you can see, this job isn’t fun; putting benches and a table up that high is a perfect job for teenagers.

William Fiedler, Will Cook, and Ben Brunt prepare the Upper Room set.

William Fiedler, Will Cook, and Ben Brunt prepare the Upper Room set.

Then they had to cover the windows. They did a really good job.

Roy Oliver, Vic Gresset, Eli Cade, and Tom Wasson construct the tomb.

Roy Oliver, Vic Gresset, Eli Cade, and Tom Wasson construct the tomb.

Little Eli appeared to be studying intently how to build the tomb from the “old guys.” It looks like he will be ready when it’s his turn to build the ramp!

Ben Cayson and Wes Nelson secure the lift for the ascension scene.

Ben Cayson and Wes Nelson secure the lift for the ascension scene.

I know I’m letting you in on one of our secrets, but it took several of the young men a few tries to secure the lift for the ascension and get it level and exactly like they wanted it.

Max Cook, Wade Fiedler, Gary Cheek, and Lane Outlaw construct the praetorium wall.

Max Cook, Wade Fiedler, Gary Cheek, and Lane Outlaw construct the praetorium wall.

With all of the help that we had, the Praetorium went up quickly.

Denise Wright hangs pulleys for the backdrop.

Denise Wright hangs pulleys for the backdrop.

Our pastor’s wife even went up the ladder to hang the pulleys which anchor the backdrop for the crucifixion.

Ben Brunt hangs a pulley for a backdrop.

Ben Brunt hangs a pulley for a backdrop.

Later, she turned the rest of that job over to the youth!

Art Cook, Thomas Brunt, and Ed Brunt steady the sign as David Casteel dismantles it.

Art Cook, Thomas Brunt, and Ed Brunt steady the sign as David Casteel dismantled it.

If you’re anywhere near central Mississippi at Easter time, I hope you will visit us. The FREE performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights before Easter at 8:00 p.m. We would love to see you there. Our church website has a map at the bottom of the info page.

Lofton Price and Thomas Brunt construct the well set piece.

Lofton Price and Thomas Brunt construct the well set piece.

A few more of my photos are also on our church Facebook page.



Since my post has already been lengthy, I will save our visit with our son and his wife for another post…should I decide to do another one, that is. I have a lot on my mind and heart these days and continuing the blog (or not) is one of them.

Happy  Easter to everyone! He is risen indeed!


I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style , Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home



About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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9 Responses to Happy Easter and Deep Thoughts

  1. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Bev. Love your Easter table! It is so colorful and cheerful. Your tablecloth has so many colors, you can pair it with many different pieces!! Your bunnies are darling, and are sure to put smiles on anyone who sits at your table. You sound like you’re really busy, but it must be a fulfilling task when you’re done. I know all your work will be appreciated by those who see the Passion Play. I hope you continue with your blog. I always enjoy seeing your posts. I think we started blogging around the same time and I remember wanting to style my blog like yours, where it is actually a tutorial on how a table gets created. So that’s what I did. I’m grateful for your model. You’d be missed if you did not continue posting. How about just doing one post per month? Anyway, good luck with your decision. Have a Blessed Easter. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. Hello,Bev! I love this charming setting! It is just perfect for the Springtime as well as Easter, so cheerful and bright! You certainly do so much good in your community! It’s always a good feeling to help out. Sorry you’ve been in an funk, but so glad to see this post!

  3. M. says:

    Bev, I haven’t commented before, but have visited a good bit. This tablescape is lovely; you may have outdone yourself. I’d miss you if you stopped blogging, but would understand. However, as Rosie (above) suggested, maybe a post a month. Your blog is one of the truly beautiful ones “out there” and I look forward to popping in. Take care, God bless, and Happy and Blessed Easter!

  4. Zenda says:

    Bev, this table is darling! I love your new cloth. It will go with so many settings for spring and summer. Ree’s dishes and the aqua napkins are perfect with it!

    I’ve slowed down the blogging a bit as I’ve become involved with other activities since retiring. I do enjoy being creative and blogging helps keep me connected with others who enjoy and encourage my efforts. It’s also a good way for me to record our life. I find it easier and cheaper than scrap booking. Do what you can, when you can. Your readers are here!

  5. Sherry says:

    Beautiful table Bev! I wish you guys well with your production! It looks awesome! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  6. Cynthia says:

    OH, I think your table is beautiful! I love the tablecloth, the colors you chose, and the bunny collection. Your church must put on quite the Passion Play! So nice to see everyone pitching in to get it ready, every generation. That’s what it’s all about!

  7. Sherry says:

    I have missed you. Just checking in to see if you are having a good spring!

  8. Loving this post! I thought I had commented before because when I saw those gorgeous dishes I went out and bought me the same ones. I love the line of dishes, etc.. You napkin rings are charming, I have never seen them before and I love them as well. I enjoyed your complete post and the worship of Easter. I have been missing your blog posts. I enjoy seeing them even if I haven’t made comments. Hope to see some new posts soon. Thanks. Have a wonderful summer.

  9. Zenda says:

    Hope you’re having a good summer.

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