Saturday, February 18, 2012


This week marks the beginning of Lent...
a time where we should prepare our soul as we remember
the death and Resurrection of Jesus.

Ash Wednesday will be February 22, 2012.

I have many, many braided palms that I have kept year after year from past Palm Sundays.

They are blessed and should never be tossed.
They are used to create the new ashes every year at church.
But mine never make it back to church because we always forget to take them.

So I save them.

Large ones and small.
Now, bleached and dry from years of existence.
All braided in a traditional Polish palm braid that I was taught once many years ago and have never forgotten.

I used to keep them all on a shelf in the china cabinet, but now I have an empty lab jar that I'll be using to house our palms.

My antique diptych of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus was just a few dollars at the local antique shop.
Instant treasure, coming home with me every time.

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Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Andrea, I really like the way you braided the palms. Very nice.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

It's wonderful that you kept them, we have a small cross made out of them that I keep on the kitchen window ledge. I'll have to ask my husband about the braiding of the palms he's polish and came to the US when he was 19 months old.


Raindrops and Daisies said...

Andrea, the braided palms are great, it is so nice that you have them all these years.

Yes, Lent starts Wednesday so am looking forward to pancake Tuesday before I start.....

Have a good Sunday

x Fiona

Anita said...

Lovely thoughts and palms. May it be a blessed one!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Beautiful images, what a lovely find. Have a blessed Lenten season, xo

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What an awesome find and I really like the jar.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Love how you braided our palms, we never learned that. Maybe you'll do a post on that? My hubs always keeps them hanging over his front inside mirror. Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

Linens and Laurel said...

So peaceful. Just love the display.

romance-of-roses said...

Love your post. The images are precious and inspiring. Lovely work on the palms. Hugs...Lu


Beautiful post and your diptych is amazing.


Susan said...

Just beautiful! Now I feel guilty that we toss our palms. I'll want to save them now.
You've made a lovely vignette. :)

Our Country Bungalow said...

The Immaculate Heart and Sacred Heart are beautiful!
I always forget to return the palms to the church but luckily my father-in-law comes around to collect ours each year.
Enjoy this Lenten season,

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

We keep our palms usually too, and have them above a sign that says "Peace be with you" in our front entry hall. We make the simple cross, but your braided version is lovely. Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey.

All Things Chic 2 said...

Hi I just found you on Feather Nest Friday...Love how you share your faith into your blog...I try to do the same...Stop by for a visit...Blessings Lori

Stephanie said...

I enjoyed your post. It reminded me of my grandmother who braided her palms and kept them all. Now many years later I try to braid them but don't quite have the knack of it.

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, it is the season of Lent. You know how you don't eat meat on Fridays? Jess gave up meat altogether until Easter. I was so pleased with her. This post made my heart sing, as I love Jesus and Mary so.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great post!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

So pretty! Thanks so much for coming by to share these and the sweet sentiments they represent.

That is the prettiest framed diptych
I have ever seen on Mary and Jesus.
You are blessed to have found it!

Sarah said...

Very pretty vignette! The diptych is gorgeous!

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