To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate: St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been very careful about what I teach our children from the beginning. In some things I’ve altered course as they have grown and I have matured as a mother. Spoiler alert: I’m still new at this mother thing… this stage of it that is. I’ve never before had 6 children in these specific stages and I’m making this up as I go. It may seem silly to you, but St. Patrick’s Day is something I have in limbo right now.

Christian St. Patrick's Day Cards bundle.

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My kids have never been exposed to St. Patrick’s Day like I was growing up. As a homeschool family the only way they would have been is if I introduced it… and I didn’t. Just kinda skipped it. I have always taught the kids that there is no luck. So why would I focus on a holiday that highlights it.

Then when my forth was born March 18th, I figured it was perfect… why try to squeeze another “holiday” in such close quarters. Therefore, we’ve never done the whole green thing. I don’t decorate for it, we don’t wear special shirts or pinch if there isn’t green. As I mentioned, we strongly discourage the idea of luck!

Now I must admit to you that we have discussed the day over the years. I don’t think there is anything wrong with St. Patrick’s Day in general. And nothing wrong for those who choose to enjoy the fun of celebrating it. We’ve done our share of reading about who the actual man was (it comes up on world history after all). We learned about Ireland and even some about what leprechauns are.

In recent years I’ve started reconsidering St. Patrick’s Day and have been less of a stickler about luck in general. Don’t get me wrong, the children have all heard me ask them, “Is luck real?” They know that the idea of luck started with people who didn’t know God. Now that my youngest is 7 and can answer all the questions, I didn’t worry so much about showing them the movie Luck (super cute by the way! We used the free trial on AppleTV to see it.) So as Valentine’s Day was getting near, I started looking forward to what was next and I couldn’t help myself. I designed some cute cards for handing out on St. Patrick’s Day.

Christian St. Patrick's Day Cards bundle.

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We still won’t do much, but how can I resist printing out these cute bookmarks and setting a cute green themed table for their breakfast??? I can’t!

My message hasn’t changed (much)… I’m just taking this opportunity to spread it even further! 🙂 And to bless my kids with bookmarks… something they are way into right now by the way! Now the only question I have to ask myself is what color background am I going to use??? I like them both!

Pop over to my shop for 30% off in the next 7 days if you want some! Use coupon code STPATTYS or click here.

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Chicken Clipart – New in the Shop

Chicken Clipart Set in color or black and white | mamasbrush

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I’m super excited about my latest addition to my Etsy shop. I’ve been toying with the idea of designing some clipart for a while now, but something else keeps taking it’s place in line. Finally, I pulled together some of my favorite designs from the chicken egg counting sheets and other designs I had on hand. To those I added this brand new chicken coop design and wala! Chicken clipart for you to use in your diy projects.

Do you want to create a sign? Perfect!

Do you want to make your own forms or recording sheets? These are for you!

School worksheets or your class or homeschool? Yes!

Bullet Journals, coloring books and more? Of course! Available in color and black and white!

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These have a personal license, but you can use them for anything you want (distribution of papers created for your classroom or church is fine, but please don’t take credit for yourself and don’t share files with others.)

Best of all, if you already have my Egg Counting Sheets and you want to add other forms to use in your homestead binder, this clipart pack matches!

Discount alert!
I’m giving you all a coupon code to use for the next week (just for my readers!) For 30% off through February 9th (2023), click here or go to my shop and enter coupon code CLUCK at checkout.

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New Chicken Coop Signs

I know I have a wide range of people who are readers here. Raise your hand if you are a chicken person (okay… leave a comment?). If you aren’t sure, you probably aren’t. A chicken person doesn’t necessarily have chickens themselves, but they want to. And not all people who have chickens are chicken people. (Am I right?)

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And of course, among chicken people there is a wide variety as well. Some just love the birds and others make fancy coops and decorate them seasonally. (Someday I want that to be me.)

We have chickens in a quarter of our garden with a somewhat ugly but functional coop. I made it myself with the help of 3-12 year olds (6 of them). I guess you could say that I’m a kid person at this phase of my life. 🙂 Anyway, I digress.

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While I dream of what I would do if homeschooling and gardening, laundry and occasional house cleaning didn’t take up all my time, I made some really cute (sorry, I’m biased) chicken coop signs for you to decorate your chicken spaces with!

They are in my Etsy shop now. Head over to grab the bundle for yourself for 30% off this week. Coupon code COOPSIGNS30 or click here.

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Frame them and and hang them under shelter if you have it. I think they would be cute mounted to wood and sealed from the elements and hung on the outside. Your call. What would you do with them? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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2023 Mini Illustrated Old Truck Calendar

Did you see my Mini Chicken Calendar and love it, but not care so much about the chickens? I hear you. Chickens aren’t for everybody. And while trucks aren’t for everybody, I know that a bunch of you do love old trucks! I hope you love this little calendar with all their whimsical illustrations just as much!

2023 Mini illustrated Old Truck Calendar | Farmhouse calendar | Seasonal illustrated Calendar | mamasbrush designs

I love to tie these little cuties (mini size) onto a package or plate of cookies for a Christmas gift. It’s what I’m doing for our pastors’ wives again this year. The first year I included a mini easel from Hobby Lobby. They make a great stocking stuffer too and fit perfectly. If you prefer the larger sizes, place them in a frame and switch them out, clip them to the fridge, or slide them in the front of your school binder! So many options!

Whether they are for you or for gift giving (both?), you can find them in my Etsy shop right now!

What do you think? Do you like them? Which month is your favorite. Tell me in the comments!

2023 Mini illustrated Old Truck Calendar | Farmhouse calendar | Seasonal illustrated Calendar | mamasbrush designs

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Welcome to our Little Lot – Custom Christmas Sign

This is one of my favorite designs to date! (And with 2 colorways!)

Whimsical Christmas trees with hearts and snowflakes. Wording reads, "Welcome to our little lot".  Great Christmas decor for your large, small or growing family! | mamasbrush designs

Happy Advent Season, and Merry Christmas to you all! Things have been busy at my house of late, which means they’ve been slow here! I have some posts I hope to get up in the next couple weeks, so we’ll see what happens! 🙂

This is the latest version of my custom tree lots. I love my old version (one like it here), and it’s ironic claim that my family of 8 is a “little” tree lot. Sorry… I find those sorts of things fun. 🙂

This latest version was originally designed for my pastor’s wife to replace the one I hand painted for her several years ago. Almost right after I gifted it, their family decided to adopt again… a set of 4 siblings! Then their oldest married! And a baby! It was clear that I needed something that would be easy to adapt for a growing family! This is what I came up with.

These are great for large families, but you can also get them for small families. You can see several other family groupings and the second colorway at my Etsy shop.

While you are there, use coupon code TREELOT30, to get it at 30% off through Decmeber 8, 2022. I like to give my readers this exclusive discount whenever I list something new. (In fact, if you ever see something new that I haven’t talked about here yet, message me about it and I’ll give you a special discount code to save you even more! –Hint Hint). You can also click here to have the discount automatically added.

Whimsical Christmas trees with hearts and snowflakes. Wording reads, "Welcome to our little lot".  Great Christmas decor for your large, small or growing family! | mamasbrush designs

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God Honoring Pumpkin Wreath Printable

I know it’s already the end of October, but I just have to sneak this fall printable in before it’s too late. This is an updated version of something I painted with watercolor years ago (if you look close, you can see it in this post). I’ve always loved it and wanted a way to share it, so here it is!]

Thanksgiving and Fall Decor | mamasbrush 

Pumpkin Wreath with phrases: gather together, give thanks, and glorify God.

I have plans to print this at various sizes and mount it to a block of wood or a little wood house for the Christmas Market coming up (I often sell a handful of fall decor items since it’s right before Thanksgiving!). I may also do some larger scale on plywood and add a frame myself. It will take a bit of time, but keep my costs low for resale since I’m able to use scrap.

Thanksgiving and Fall Decor | mamasbrush 

Pumpkin Wreath with phrases: gather together, give thanks, and glorify God.

I just love love love it framed up simple. Download, print, and place it in a frame. It’s quick decor or a great last minute gift (as many gifts as you want for one price!) Offered in vertical, horizontal or square formats.

Want to add this to your fall decor this year? I’ve set up a coupon code for my blog readers. Enter PUMPKINS30 or click here for 30% off this item through November 1st!

Thanksgiving and Fall Decor | mamasbrush 

Pumpkin Wreath with phrases: gather together, give thanks, and glorify God.

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Christmas Decor – Seek Him Wall Art

Seek Him Christmas Wall Art Print.

Matthew 2:2: "We have seen his star in the east and are come to worship Him."

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Pictured here as a 10×30 print.

As we come to the end of our Christmas in July, I have discovered that there are a couple items in my shops that I haven’t highlighted here. One of them is this “Seek Him” wall art. I love this one for a mantle or hung over the couch. It’s a little moodier than what I usually do… I love that too!

This is based on something I did years ago on wood (a lot of my stuff started hand painted on wood!) I also turned it into a vinyl project for our Christmas market a couple years ago (you can find it in the middle of the white cube shelves in this post. Not sure why it didn’t get highlighted that year.)

The focus of this piece is Matthew 2:2, the words of the wisemen: “We have seen his star in the east and are come to worship Him.” I hope it reminds all who see it that Christmas is ultimately about seeking and worshiping the King of Kings!

It is now available in large (or small) format for your digital download pleasure in my decor shop! Available for 50% off till the end of the month. It’s also available in a 1×2 format.

Seek Him Christmas Wall Art Print.

Matthew 2:2: "We have seen his star in the east and are come to worship Him."

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Star, wisemen, baby Jesus, Seek Him

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Printable Christmas Card – Let Your Lights Shine!

Printable Christmas Card - Let Your Lights Shine! 

Matthew 5:16 reference.  Christian humor and whimsical Christmas lights make this fun and light hearted Christmas card choice.

When I shared my personalize-able “Family: Shining our lights together” wall art last week, I told you that I had Christmas cards in the works. Here they are with just a few days left in the Christmas in July sale. (Grab now, print later!)

Seriously, I do love when you guys hop over and purchase something I’ve created, but I also really appreciate when you guys share your encouragement and support right here on the blog, whether that is through a “like” or a comment! Thanks so much for being along for this creative adventure I find myself on!

Printable Christmas Card - Let Your Lights Shine! 

Matthew 5:16 reference.  Christian humor and whimsical Christmas lights make this fun and light hearted Christmas card choice.

I really love this card! It’s a cross between minimalist simplicity and colorful fun! It references again Matthew 5:16 and encourages us to live our lives for Jesus as brightly as possible.

Printable Christmas Card - Let Your Lights Shine! 

Matthew 5:16 reference.  Christian humor and whimsical Christmas lights make this fun and light hearted Christmas card choice.

You’ll find the verse on the back of the card, but as you can see here, I’ve made two versions, so the verse is optional.

Our Christmas in July sale runs through the 31st, so if there is something you were thinking about getting, grab it now at 50% off. (Also on sale in my decor shop!)

Printable Christmas Card - Let Your Lights Shine! 

Matthew 5:16 reference.  Christian humor and whimsical Christmas lights make this fun and light hearted Christmas card choice.
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