Restore During Lent {giveaway}

This weekend’s giveaway is from my friend, Elizabeth Foss.  She is offering one reader a spot in her Restore workshop.  In Elizabeth’s words:

“This year, for Lent, live Mercy. And start with yourself. This year, take your disillusioned and discouraged self and instead of flogging it, nurture it.

Somehow, women have learned that nurturing ourselves must come last. We equate holiness with sucking the life out of ourselves to give it to someone else. Newsflash: it doesn’t work that way. When we deplete ourselves–which happens over time if we aren’t careful–there is no cycle of giving and receiving. A depleted woman cannot give. She has nothing left. She hits rock bottom, exhausted and disappointed.

Let Lent be a time of transformation. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s vital. It’s life-giving. Can you commit to spending Lent taking care of yourself, changing some habits and learning some new ones, in order to fill your own cup? Could you do that if I promise you that once your cup is full you’ll be a much better wife, mother, friend, and neighbor?”


Restore has been updated this year to include two downloadable ebooks.  Included with the registration fee you receive:

  • Exclusive access to the daily workshop community to guide you through every day of Lent and access to the author for encouragement, allowing you ample opportunity to discuss the content of the essays in a private space with other participants and Elizabeth. Each day is a retreat-like experience.
  • The beautiful full-color 180 page ebook Talking Together About Restoration: A full-length guidebook for wholehearted healing of mind, body and soul. (attached)
  • Another beautiful ebook, Quiet Time for Lent: One-page daily devotions from Ash Wednesday through Easter Saturday to incline your days towards Him who restore. (attached)
  • Downloadable podcasts with: Sarah Mackenzie, Danielle Bean, Colleen Mitchell, Ginny Sheller, Aimee Kollmansberger, Anne Bogel, and Ann Voskamp and printable transcripts of all the podcasts
  • Full color tutorials for these ways to connect your heart with your hands: Healing Salve and Bath Salts, Flannel Cozies,
  • Sweatproof headbands to sew (and a no sew version), Knitted washcloths and crocheted washcloths, Beautiful (really!) reusable kitchen cloths, Embellished hand towels (and a quick version for mamas with babies), Pretty vases for your Easter table (and beyond) and Fabric-covered prayer journals
  • Printables with quotes and prayers, organizing templates for your home and your life, and lockscreen reminders for your phone.
  • Continuing community after the workshop ends in a private Facebook group.


Elizabeth is also offering a bargain bundle this year if you are interested in an abbreviated form of Restore.  If you would like to learn more about Elizabeth’s Restore workshop, or are interested in signing up, click here.  If you would like a chance to win a spot in the full workshop, simply leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed and the winner is Daniela who commented, “Oh, what a wonderful gift this would be. Thank you for such a thoughtful give away. -♡-”

Thanks, Elizabeth!

In the Loft {Preparing for Lent giveaway!}


Today’s giveaway is from Sue, of In the Loft.  Sue paints the most beautifully detailed figures, perfect for your home or Atrium.  She has wonderful tools and ideas for celebrating Lent, and her figures are perfect in an Easter basket or for First Holy Communion gifts!

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Hello, my name is Sue, owner, designer and artist of In The Loft, a home business and Etsy Shop.  I am wife to Glenn, Mom to 6, and Meme to 4, living in southern New Hampshire up a dirt road at the top of a hill in a house with a view…and space to breath. Three of our children are grown and on their own and three are teenagers.  I am grateful to be able to use my gifts to offer beautiful materials to little ones from around the world.

Lent is fast approaching (Ash Wednesday is February 10th) 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.


+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.

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Easter Sunday falls on March 27th and my saint figures are perfect for tucking into Easter Baskets.  The Annunciation is April 4th this year, and The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is May 31.


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 for on all orders placed through February 5th.  Use code gsheller10 at checkout to receive the discount.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  Comments are closed.

Thanks, Sue!

hand painted wood figures