Christmas Market 2020

Christmas Market Crafts #ourhomebelieves #Christmas #sign #manger #reverse canvas

Hello there! I feel like I need to introduce myself. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. While many of you may have found yourself with extra time this spring and summer during the quarentine, my homeschooling life didn’t change much. While many people blogged about spending their extra time learning new skills or being crafty, I was wrapping up one school year and starting another (why we homeschool year round), and this time, I’m homeschooling all six kids! Yes, six kids, 9th grade down to kindergarten. And only one of them works independently! That’s another story for another blog… someday.

At any rate, I did warn you that blogging is something I do in my spare time… and there hasn’t been much of late. Or I filled it with something else. 🙂 I have been saving things to share though, whenever I do have time.

Today I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few pictures of the Christmas Market the kids and I participate in at our church. It was a great year, maybe the best we’ve had. 47 vendors and more than 600 people came out this year… it was a moment for them to get out and enjoy some Christmas cheer!

Christmas Market Display Table #displaytable #craftfair #ChristmasMarket #Christmas #crafts #vinyl #decor #Christmasdecor

I was happier with the set up this year than I thought I was going to be. We were supposed to have 2 tables, but I just wasn’t happy with it, so we moved the shelves onto a piano bench and put it behind the table. I also propped up my chalkboard behind the table so I could lean the signs on it. This opened up a lot of room on the table and everything came together nicely!

We had so many new things this year too! I got a Cricut Explore Air 2 for Christmas last year and finally got to play with it a bunch this fall in preparation for the market. Many of our new items were done with vinyl. Most of those were done with my own designs. It was so much fun!

Christms Market | mamasbrush #black #house #wood #home #decor #welcome #workinprogress

This is one of my favorite new products. Sorry the pic isn’t great. And yes, that is my 12 year old weeding vinyl (for those of you who are savy in Cricut speak) in the background. This idea was born from my own groanings and prayers earlier this year. I was struggling with being content with our unfinished home. It happens sometimes. My husband has a lot of demands on his time and progress is sometimes slower than I like (since I was unrealistically hoping to be doe a couple years ago.) At any rate, while I was praying, God placed this idea in my head and heart… that our home is like our hearts, a work in progress.

Christmas Market Crafts #mug #coffee #God #Christian #devotions #quiettime

Mugs were one of the things I was really excited about. I had two designs: “Let’s meet over coffee. -God” and “You are not enough – I AM”. Sadly, I don’t have any close up pics of the other one, but you can see them a little in the pic of the table.

I was really excited about the wood bead garlands. I’ve been dreaming of my own for a long time now, gushing all over Pinterest looking at everyone else’s. I wasn’t sure if I’d sell any, but I wanted them for me anyway, so I bought a big bag of beads and made 5 or 6 garlands. I figured if I sold a couple, I could buy a new bag of beads to make more for other seasons. Well, I get to. Several sold, I gifted one to my sister for her birthday and I have these two for me. 🙂

Christmas Market Crafts #ornament #chalkboard #joy #woodbeads #Christmas

I used the extra beads to make these cute wood slice ornaments!

Christmas Market Crafts #yoyo #ornament #tree #Christmas

Speaking of ornaments, my girls (12 and 8) made these yoyo ornaments with my mom over the summer to sell at market. I think they did a great job! They were our most popular item!

I’ve also been wanting to make these reverse canvases. The coffee one I designed for my mom’s birthday this summer. I’ve seen similar things online, but they said “fresh brewed and served daily”, and that wasn’t going to do. Mom doesn’t care if it’s fresh, she just wants to drink it all the time. I had to make my own. Hers is applied right onto her coffee pot, but I love the way they turned out on the canvas as well! The other canvas was something I’ve been working on over the last couple years. I like how it turned out.

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Christmas Market | mamasbrush #Christmasmarket #craftfairdisplay #crafting #Christmas

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Snowman Valentines

With February upon us at last, I’d like to share some of my fun Valentine-y goodness. Last year I shared these little cuties with you. I still just love them!

That cute cuddling couple! Something about cold, icy, snow people cuddling makes me smile still.

And that snow-mama with her little snow-baby. Melts my heart! (pun intended!)

I hope you like them as much as I do… and (Updated 12/2023), just in case you do, I’m making them available in my shop! You can find the “snow mama” card and a new snow mama design now.

And, surprise!!! They are now customizable with Canva! Click through to find out how that works, but you can change the text to suit you and your family!

I’m hoping to have the “Snow Couple” cards done before the end of the year! I’ll update this post when they are done, but if you want to keep an eye out, click over to my shop and hit the “follow shop” button at the top. You’ll see in your “updates” section when they are listed!

If you aren’t ready for it now, pin it for later… and while you are at it, follow me on Pinterest to find all sorts of great inspiration!

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Hand Lettered and Illustrated Olive Oil Labels

In October, my husband and I enjoyed our first weekend away in eight and a half years. For the first time in that long, the baby was old enough that my mom thought she could do it alone. (Remember, I have 6 children 12 years and younger. We’ve had a baby in the house for 12 years!) He turned three in September, as a joint birthday present for my husband and I (turning 40), she gifted us an all expense trip away and child care. It was amazing!

Long story short, there was this little olive oil and vinegar shop and tasting room almost right beside our inn. It was so yummy! So yummy, in fact, that we, who weren’t going to buy anything, ended up spending $50 on some to take home. Then we decided that we just had to try it ourselves.

Now we don’t exchange gifts with too many people outside our immediate family, but there are some people at my husband’s office and at church that we want to gift to each Christmas.

To some, we gift a platter of cookies and candies we make. Pastors, family friends, neighbors.

To others, including some of the family, we decided to gift some infused olive oils.

My husband found and ordered the bottles (complete with heat shrinking tops and a pack of labels). We infused the oils together using a bunch of recipes we found online. And I designed the labels. If you look closely at the pictures, you’ll notice a blocked out area under “olive oil”. That is where our last name was. The illustration and large hand lettered parts were done by me and scanned into the computer. The other fonts were straight out of Photoshop. It was a fun gift to put together because it used both of us to put together. And while it did take some work (3 evenings after the kids were in bed), it really wasn’t hard.

Have you ever infused olive oil? Do you have any recipes you could share with us? We’re still on the hunt for the perfect ones. 🙂

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A Special Touch to Gifts

One of my favorite things to do with hand lettering and illustration is to add a special touch with gift tags… especially when the gift was homemade in the first place. These are some scrubs we gifted to the pastor’s wives in our church last Christmas.  I think it made them extra special.

 

Original artwork and hand lettering with Ultra Thin Sharpie Markers on card stock.