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. Kathleen G. says:

    this runner is awesome. I use purple fabric throughout the house during lent. We cover our crucifixes with is as well as a piece of cloth for the middle of the table. Your table runner is beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful gift.

  2. If I am selected for this prize, I will give it to the young family of four children who are godchildren to us. Two of the children have chronic illness. This would delight the family!
    Thank you.

  3. What a wonderful idea for celebrating Lent! And I particularly love that it can be used again and again. Sure hope to win! 🙂

  4. Oh, I’ve been admiring Sue’s beautiful work for years! Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. This runner is so neat! I love the idea that the Lenten season could be “present” at the dinner table not only in the prayer corner. I would be very grateful to have it for me and my family.

  6. I absolutely love everything Sue does. She is an extraordinary artist!!! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!😊

  7. Gretta Owen says:

    Would love to use one of these in our home. Thanks!

  8. I love this!

  9. Thank you for the giveaway! This is beautiful!

  10. Thank you for a great give away! The runner is a perfect Lent tradition.

  11. Wonderful idea! With Lent coming this would be a grace-filled addition/tradition to our dining room table. All your products are beautiful. Thank you.

  12. What a beautiful way to pray and remember… it is helpful to have these things right in front of a busy family!

  13. WOW! I would love to win this for my family. Thank you for the opportunity.



  14. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. So gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  16. This looks so neat! Thank you for the opportunity!

  17. What a perfect visual reminder of the Lenten season!

  18. I love your work. It is charming and approachable. The sacredness of it is visible but still It is meant to be used by small hands, as part of family worship.

  19. What a beautiful tradition! Would love to add this to our table this year

  20. Thank you for a chance to win this very generous giveaway. The table runner is beautiful!

  21. this is a beautiful accompaniment to Lent – we would love to have one on our table!

  22. What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!

  23. What a wonderful idea! And the Atrium figures are delightful. We founded the Atrium at our churches 10!ters ago – so many nights sanding little figures….

  24. What a great idea! I love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Oh I would love to win this beautiful set! Thank you so much for the chance and the discount!

  26. What a beautiful giveaway!

  27. Oh, so beautiful. A perfect addition to living out the liturgy. I have been wanting the St. Patrick figure for a long time. I think I might finally get it with this discount.

  28. How nice it would be to have this runner.

  29. What a beautiful idea! Perfect for a family.

  30. This is so great! I would love this in our home!

  31. What a wonderful gift to win for Lent. Your work is beautiful.

  32. The runner is beautiful. Thank you for a chance to win it.

  33. This is a beautiful giveaway for Lent. The runner is perfect for the season.

  34. Debbie Sambrano says:

    Such a beautiful way to celebrate Lent and to keep Christ’s sacrifices and suffering, because He loves us so very much, at the forefront of our lives. What a beautiful idea and you executed it perfectly. Thank you for your generous opportunity. May God continue to bless you.

  35. This lenten table runner is a work of art! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!!

  36. Gorgeous and spiritually significant!

    Please add me to the give-away candidates. Thank you!

  37. I love this runner! I find most of our Lent devotions need to hinge on our family meals or they don’t always happen, so this is perfect. Your work is so beautiful — I can’t wait for my Mary to arrive!

  38. Your work is so beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. What a wonderful tradition!

  40. Hannah Carlson says:

    I would love to mark the days of lent with my family this way! Beautiful and hands on. Perfect.

  41. Such a wonderful tradition to share with my little guys! So beautiful!!

  42. Jen Towers says:

    So beautiful!

  43. I love Sue’s work and have been looking for more Lenten & Easter themed decor ❤

  44. Beautiful! Pick me! 😉

  45. Elizabeth Mary says:

    Oh, aren’t these Lenten items simply beautiful! Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway!

    Joy and blessings to you!

  46. Holly Olszewski says:

    So beautiful! Such amazing work!

  47. Sarah Johnson says:

    This is lovely. I hope my name is chosen!

  48. As a Protestant, I’ve never really paid much attention to the liturgical calendar. We did Advent, but that’s about all. Then a few years ago, I added special Bible reading (the whole thing the first year) to Lent. It was fabulous. This year, I’m trying to explore how I can follow this calendar a bit closely, including my family. So, we blessed our home on Epiphany and lit all the candles (and read the account of Jesus being dedicated) on Candlemas. I’ve been thinking about what to do for Lent. I love this idea.

  49. Carrie Redmann says:

    Those are really beautiful. My kids would love to have a runner like that on our table at home.

  50. This runner is beautiful! I would love to have this for our dinner table. 😊