In the Loft {giveaway}

lenten runner in use

Sue, from In the Loft, has introduced herself here before, telling a bit about herself and the story of how her shop came to be.  She creates gorgeous hand painted figures, perfect for your home or Atrium.  This weekend Sue is here sharing her gorgeous Lenten runners (and a few other things as well)!

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In Sue’s words:

I love this season. Snow and cold abound…but spring is on it’s way.
Lent is fast approaching and I am happy to be in the loft working on items that will help families celebrate the church year.
The Lenten Table Runner is a favorite. My family had used a paper Lenten path to mark the days of Lent since the kids were little. I created a beautiful canvas runner that we could use every year. Now, I am pleased to offer this item to others.
Here is a lovely way to mark the days of your Lenten walk and teach your children about the beauty of this season. This double-sided runner is durable and beautiful, sure to be used year after year.
+As you celebrate Fat Tuesday(Mardi Gras), place runner with the “Alleluia, Alleluia” side showing. As you end your celebration, turn over the runner to hide the Alleluia, showing your children that the Alleluia is hidden (not sung) during Lent, revealing the image of the stone path leading through the Lenten desert to the Tomb of the Resurrection.

+A grapevine wreath with thorns (toothpicks provided) is set in the center of the runner. You may wish to have your child/children remove a thorn each time a sacrifice, prayer or act of charity is offered.
+Each day during lent you will move the small wooden cross or mini wreath (your choice) one stone forward on the path to mark your progress toward Easter.
+ On Holy Saturday, remove any remaining thorns from “crown” and decorate with ivy and colorful, spring flowers, symbolic of the Resurrection and new life.

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+At the Easter celebration, the table runner is once again turned to the Alleluia side to grace the table with a beautiful and festive reminder of the Easter season. Place your decorated wreath in the center space provided.

My saint figures are perfect for tucking into Easter Baskets. Don’t forget Saint Patrick‘s feast day is March 17!

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Also available are mini altar sets,
good shepherd

the Good Shepherd and His sheep,

the last supper

and Jesus and His apostles for The Last Supper.

I am happy to create custom figures, and can work from photos if you wish.  Please contact me through my Etsy shop if you would like to explore this option.

I am excited to offer one Small Things reader a Lenten Table Runner (This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only as shipping costs would be prohibitive.)  Included are: Table Runner (approx. 12″ x 45″), 8″ grapevine wreath, wood cross, mini wreath, and 1 pkg toothpicks, muslin bag for small items and large muslin storage bag for all items.
***In addition, I would like to give a 10% discount on all orders.  Use code SMALLTHINGS10 at checkout to receive the discount. Discount is good through Friday, February 17.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed and the winner is Kim D.!

hand painted wood figures



  1. What a great idea and beautiful visual for children of all ages and parents!

  2. What beautiful items to incorporate into our observation of lent. I’d love to win. Thank you!

  3. Sarah Waterman says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kristin O. says:

    Beautiful! What a great way to celebrate Lent!

  5. I would love to share this with my godchildren!

    Jen in OK

  6. Beautiful! My daughter and family would love this!

  7. I would love this for my homeschool! Love Lent liturgical activities!!

  8. Beautiful! My children are 5, 5, and 2 and I’m sure the runner would help them learn about lent.

  9. Thank you all for your encouraging, sweet comments💓

  10. This is so unique and beautiful. I would love to win this, as my family and I are returning to the church after several years of having fallen away. Thank you for this opportunity.

  11. Kathleen Benitez says:

    That looks like a beautiful Lenten tradition!

  12. What a wonderful way to celebrate Lent! We would love to use this Lenten set as a family to celebrate Lent in a purposeful way.

  13. I have wanted one of these for years and would love the chance to win! Thank you both for offering!

  14. Karen Brouillette says:

    A great help for the spiritual journey of Lent. Lovely!!

  15. Katie Bogner says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to use this in my classroom!

  16. Colleen Lunt says:

    Beautiful lenten table runner!!

  17. Looks beautiful!!!great way to begin this lenten season!

  18. I absolutely love ALL of you’re creations.

    Prayers for a fruitful Lenten journey. As Jesum per Mariam

  19. This would be great to have in our home to help us live out the liturgical year.

  20. I would love to celebrate this tradition with my family. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

  21. What a wonderful way to mark the season in a way that children that children can so easily visualize. I would love to have this as a teaching tool and as a beautiful decoration for our family’s table.

  22. Michelle Bingnear says:

    Oh, Lovely! The stone path runner is wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. That table runner is inspired! I’d love to have one!

  24. Wow, our family would so love this! We have used a similar paper (laminated) Lenten path for years and years (my oldest is 25 and married). Thank you for the chance! God bless you.

  25. Such a beautiful and unique runner! Thank you for introducing this shop. 🙂

  26. What a unique give away! Some one is going to be very blessed with these. Simple and lovely.

  27. This is really beautiful! Thank you for the chance.

  28. I have never seen anything like this! So beautiful!

  29. Rachel Stolpe says:

    How precious! This is such a beautiful giveaway. I’d love to embrace Lent with my family using your gifts.

  30. Beautiful!! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  31. Beautiful! That looks perfect for Lent. Thanks for sharing!