I’ve had a long-neglected Etsy shop just sitting around the internet for a while, and I thought it was time to put it to some good use.
In the new shop are two categories of prints. The first is prints for the home. These are prints I have made as gifts for friends or family and have now made them available for purchase. Some are fully customizable and are super fun! My favorite is the Quiver Family Print:
^^ The fun thing about the Quiver Family print is that the name of each family member is hidden in the arrows – so it is extra special. This makes a great gift for just about any occasion, and is even available in a Chalkboard Effect print.
^^ Earth and Stars print. I have always loved this quote and I made this print for Henry’s room. It turned out so well that I just had to share!
Another section of the shop is especially for faith formation for kids. Teaching children the Word of God is something I am passionate about, and I have loved creating these items that are intended for use in the home or church nursery / Sunday School. All children can learn about their faith in language that is accessible and understandable to them, and building a foundation of faith from an early age is invaluable. I also want to enable parents and teachers to communicate with their children and students about their faith, even when they may not know exactly how to explain something to them. Children are sometimes overlooked in the church as being “too young to understand,” and that is simply not true! They can understand a lot if we take the time to sit with them and share our hearts with them on their level.
I have a degree in Elementary Education and have worked in many Sunday School programs and wanted to combine that experience with design. I began by creating these things in collaboration with my friend, Betsy, who started the Early Childhood Faith Formation program at her church. It has been a delight to work with her on creating these things and I would love to be able to share them with you!
Two highlights from this section:
I hope this is the beginning of a series explaining important Bible passages in ways kids can understand. If you have ideas, comment below and let me know!
Betsy and I collaborated on this idea and I love it! When she approached me about this, she said she wanted to do something to acknowledge Christ-like behavior in her coworkers. We started by making a version or adults (available soon), but this kid one is so great! Each virtue or fruit of the Spirit is described in a way children will be able to wrap their heads around. It is a digital file, you print it off yourself as often as you want and can give the cards to your children or students. And they can give them to each other! The other side of the card is blank so you can write what it is you saw the person doing to display this virtue, or kids can draw pictures if they aren’t writing yet.
My girls really love it when they see me writing on one of these cards and can’t wait to see what I noticed them doing. They’ll also point things out to me, “Mom, wasn’t I so kind to give Olivia some of my water?” (Humility won’t be one of the cards she’s getting a lot of…)
As a mom it can feel sometimes like I’m spending a lot of time correcting, and it’s pretty nice to make a conscious effort to encourage the good that I see them doing.
Everything in this part of the shop is a digital file you can print yourself! This makes these items available for use over and over again.
Hope you enjoy!