Christmas in July

Of all the seasons and themes I get excited about, Christmas is one of the top. I love to illustrate and paint Christmas-y things. It’s true. Those of you who have been around a while (or, yikes, dug in to some of the archives!) know that there is a lot of Christmas on this site.

Christmas in July Sale from mamasbrush Christmas cut files, Christmas crafts, Christmas signs, Christmas decor, old red truck, Christmas tree lot

Now, fast forward to March of this year when I finally decided to open an Etsy shop. My first concern was that I had no idea what to make… Christmas was really far away! I summoned all my creative juices and prayed a lot and I did come up with some things to list that make me smile. I hope they make you smile too, at least to see them pass through your feed.

While I’ve been creating all that non-Christmas stuff, I’ve been holding a hope in the back of my mind… Christmas in July! Could I continue filling my shops with products and artwork while still preparing some Christmas for July?

I’ll have to admit it was hard. I had bigger plans than a large family and garden would allow, but I have managed to get a few things listed to kick off Christmas in July. I’ll be adding more throughout the month as I have time and I’ll be highlighting each item here beginning next week.

Don’t want to wait??? Visit my shops now to see what’s there!

Mamasbrush Designs has some crafty and practical Christmas items.

Mamasbrush Decor has Christmas home decor.

…with more in the works! Subscribe to find out when new items are listed!

The big announcement??? SALE, SALE, SALE!

Both shops are running a 50% off Christmas listings during the month of July! This is my biggest sale yet and is probably the steepest discount I’ll offer on Christmas this year! Don’t miss it!

Christmas in July Sale from mamasbrush

Christmas cut files, Christmas crafts, Christmas signs, Christmas decor, old red truck, Christmas tree lot

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In Response to Feedback: Customer Information Forms

Customer Information Sheet | mamasbrush

Keep track of customer information for your small business or homestead side hustle.  Selling Eggs or milk or jewelry, cleaning houses or any other service based business can use these forms.

It’s been a while since I mentioned it here, but I love feedback! I often tell people that I thrive on it… it really pushes me to keep going, keep creating, and keep sharing. A “like” or a “favorite” makes me smile… but when someone takes the time to leave a comment here on the blog or a written review over at my shop, that is truly encouraging!

I have been underestimating the power and encouragement of true feedback though… the kind that offers a critique or suggestion. I love that! Someone to rub elbows with (virtually, that is) and give me suggestions to make what I have even better! So when Amy left a review after purchasing my 12 Monthly Egg Counting Sheets and said she wished there would have been a spot to write down customers, I was thrilled with the idea!

I decided right then that I would do it! It just took me a month or so to figure out how I would do it and what it would look like. When the inspiration hit, though, things began to speed up and I’m thrilled with the end result! I hope you all are too!

Customer Information Sheet | mamasbrush

Keep track of customer information for your small business or homestead side hustle.  Selling Eggs or milk or jewelry, cleaning houses or any other service based business can use these forms.

I designed both vertical and horizontal layouts for the pages and added them to the listing for the 12 Monthly Egg Counting Sheets. Anyone purchasing the Monthly Egg Counting Sheets will get the customer information sheets automatically.

Then I proceeded to message a copy of the Customer Information sheets to everyone who has purchased the Monthly Egg Counting Sheets (if you purchased one and haven’t received yours, check your Etsy account for a message from me and reach out to me if you don’t see it!)

My last step (before blogging about it anyway) was to list the Customer Information Sheets separately in my shop. You’ll notice that, while there is super cute chicken artwork on the forms, they don’t say anything about chickens or eggs anywhere! That makes these forms perfect for any kind of business. Add a touch of chicken and old truck whimsy to your business’s customer list with these Customer Information forms.

Oh, and grab them for 33% off for the next week for reading about them on the blog! Use coupon code CUSTOMERS33 or click this link to get it automatically.

Customer Information Sheet | mamasbrush

Keep track of customer information for your small business or homestead side hustle.  Selling Eggs or milk or jewelry, cleaning houses or any other service based business can use these forms.

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Gluten Free Bridal Shower in Purple

A lavender party needs a purple dessert table, am I right?

Purple stacked cake with piped rosettes on top and smooth buttercream frosting were perfect at this purple bridal shower!  Beautiful for any party or wedding.

Now… this bridal shower wasn’t actually mine. I usually do all the bridal showers in our church (frankly, everyone is thrilled that they don’t have to), but every once and a while I have to do the gracious thing and relinquish my beloved duty to a loving family member or friend of the bride.

Purple stacked cake with piped rosettes on top and smooth buttercream frosting were perfect at this purple bridal shower!  Beautiful for any party or wedding.

This shower was one of those. The matron of honor so wanted to throw this shower, but she was traveling in from out of state (and has 7 little ones of her own), so, while she had a lot of things taken care of, she was thrilled when I offered help with the local stuff… and with the catering.

Purple macarons and meringue cookies were perfect at this purple bridal shower!  Beautiful for any party or wedding.

This was super exciting because the food is the part of parties I enjoy the most and this allowed me the time to play and do some fun things. The macarons, for instance, while not hard to do in themselves, are hard to get right. I had to make several batches before one worked out. The meringues, on the other hand are super simple and beautiful! A must for any party!

Purple stacked cake with piped rosettes on top and smooth buttercream frosting were perfect at this purple bridal shower!  Beautiful for any party or wedding.

And no one would have known that this cake was gluten free if I hadn’t told them (Wegman’s has an amazing gluten free cake mix, by the way… just don’t overcook it!) In fact, all these treats were gluten free so the bride and her guests could all enjoy!

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Techy Nerd Decor – Network Home Sweet Home

Network Home Sweet Home PNG File for printing or cutting machines like Cricut.  Decorate your office at home or work.

Network Home Sweet Home, Nerd PNG,  Techy Décor, IT Office Décor,  IS Office Décor,  Computer Theme Office Décor,  Techy Nerd Decor

We all know the “home sweet home” signs all over Pinterest and Etsy, even adorning many of our homes. This is a “home sweet home” sign with a twist.

When my husband and I married, I had no idea that those numbers meant anything. Many of you may not either (or maybe it’s just me?) But apparently they mean home.

All you techy, computer people knew that. Forgive my ignorance. These are for you! They were my husband’s idea, years ago. I finally got to designing them earlier this year and now I’ve got them in my store. The above design is what I had in my head, but my husband had something else in mind. That’s usually the way it goes for us. So as per usual, I have both available.

Network Home Sweet Home PNG File for printing or cutting machines like Cricut.  Decorate your office at home or work.

Network Home Sweet Home, Nerd PNG,  Techy Décor, IT Office Décor,  IS Office Décor,  Computer Theme Office Décor,  Techy Nerd Decor

This is the design my husband likes best. I do like it too. Things are more like they used to be, all pixelated. Even the door knob is a square. 🙂

You can find them in my shop here. Enter coupon code HOME33 for 33% off through June 28th or click here to have it taken off automatically. I love to offer this discount you, my readers when I add something new to my shop. Sign up for notifications in the sidebar so you don’t miss a sale! 🙂

So which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Network Home Sweet Home PNG File for printing or cutting machines like Cricut.  Decorate your office at home or work.

Network Home Sweet Home, Nerd PNG,  Techy Décor, IT Office Décor,  IS Office Décor,  Computer Theme Office Décor,  Techy Nerd Decor

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Reading Logs / Book List for Homeschool (or any school, really!)

I took my boring old books lists (reading logs) and I kicked them up a notch… mamasbrush style! If you are new here, that means changing things up seasonally… sometimes even monthly (as is the case here)!

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

If you’ve been around here long, you know that before I’m a blogger, designer, artist, or small business owner (check out my shops in the sidebar), I’m a mom… and a homeschool mom at that… to 6 kids. Any homeschool moms reading? Leave me a quick comment and tell me how many kiddos you have! 🙂

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

Where was I? Ah yes, homeschooling! Always homeschooling! (I know for most of you, school just ended, but we homeschool all year, so we are getting ready to kick off a new school year at the beginning of July.) As such, I have a number of tools I’ve developed over the years. With my younger set, the ones learning to read and practicing to be more fluent, I started using book lists several years ago. I make a list of the books I want my littles to read through in order to practice what they know and to push them just a bit out of their comfort zone. When they finish a book, they put a sticker or a check mark or a smiley face in one of the boxes after the title. I encourage them to read the shorter books (not the chapter books) multiple times for fluency, so there are several columns for stickers. When they finish a list, I pick books from the next level up and start a new book list.

All this said, while fully functional, they aren’t especially cute. That is to say they weren’t especially cute. Well, one of the reasons it’s been a little quiet around here lately (other than all the gardening and asparagus… oh, the asparagus!) is that I’ve been overhauling my book lists. They are now, officially, cute. — At least I think they are cute! 🙂

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

There is a different page for each month with unique artwork that fits the theme (northern hemisphere only, sorry if your seasons don’t match!), plus a few extras for holidays and good measure!

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

I also created a chart for older kids/ adults who would rather have a place to put the date finished instead of stickers.

These charts are great for summer reading logs, assigned or free reading records for school or homework, or homeschool families. I love how it helps me record what the kids were reading for our portolios and evaluations at the end of the school year.

Some of my kids use them in their binders, others on a clipboard or taped to the wall. Keep them handy for best use!

I’ve finally got these digital downloads in my etsy shop. You can print them as many times as you want for as many kids as you have. Click here to get 33% off through 6/19/22 for being a blog reader! Or you can enter coupon code BOOKLIST33 at checkout!

Pop over and take a look, then come back here and let me know which month’s design is your favorite!

Printable Illustrated Book Log | mamasbrush

AKA book list, reading log, reading list, reading record, book record.  Great for evaluations or independant reading trackers.

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Fresh Salsa – Updated Artwork

Fresh Salsa Watercolor Print |
mamasbrush

Fresh salsa veggies kitchen wall art decor.

I’ve shared these watercolor veggies before. It was an illustration I made for my dad one year for Father’s Day. I was super happy with how it turned out then, so I wanted to digitize it to add to my new Etsy shop.

It’s my newest listing and everything in that shop is currently 30% off through the 8th to celebrate it’s opening.

Fresh Salsa Watercolor Print |
mamasbrush

Fresh salsa veggies kitchen wall art decor.

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A Separate Niche? And how specific?

First I drink the coffee, then I do the things wall art with blue mug of steamy coffee and coffee beans.

I’m new in this Etsy world, and as such, I’m still learning with each passing week. One of the ideas I’m trying to grasp is this idea of niche-ing down. I guess it’s supposed to help me with my SEO (another learning curve to be sure!) All that to say, “everyone” seems to encourage separate shops for separate types of product (since I wrote that, I did find one person who says it isn’t necessary, which is good since it’s super hard to do it all the way). I’ll be playing with this some in coming months (I’m a slow learner and, as I said in my last post, this is my busy season.) I suppose I’ll move some of the things I already listed in my shop to another shop that is more “niche-d down”, but in the mean time, I have indeed started a new shop.

I’ll be honest with you all. I’m figuring all this out as I go… or not. (Probably not!) I’m not one of those “made $2000 my first month on Etsy” types. (Wouldn’t that have been cool?!?) I’m excited that I’ve sold anything! Really, that some of you actually like some of what I do is very exciting to me! So in this first step of choosing a niche and sticking with it, I’m doing something “they” say not to do at the same time. I’m trying to sell wall art on Etsy.

Let's meet over Coffee Print

minimal, black and white line art, Bible and Coffee, word art, wall art

Apparently it’s very competitive. I understand this concept. If there are thousands of other artists trying to share what they make on Etsy, how will I ever stand out? That’s the trick, though, isn’t it? Finding my niche in the wall art world. This new shop will focus on the decorating side of what I do. My first shop is off to a good start in the functional and practical side of my illustrating — like my Egg Counting Sheets, Bible Journal, and Bullet Journal Pages (more to come). This second shop will be the online presence of the decor side of mamasbrush. (As relavent listings in my first first shop expire, I’ll move them to this new shop.)

Do Hard things like Esther Wall Print

Crown, pink, word art, minimal

I have a small handful of items already listed with plans for many more. This is also the shop where I will sell my seasonal and holiday decor. (Christmas in July anyone?) If only there were more hours in the day. 🙂 But as it is, I’ll just keep picking away at them and add what I can when I can.

To celebrate the opening of my new shop, I’m having a sale through June 8th. Come on over and check it out!

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Cute Garden Harvest Journal Pages

This new Harvest Journal Bundle is just one of a few items I have listed recently in my shop. I love to keep track of how many pounds of this vegetable I bring in or how many pints of that fruit.

Garden Harvest Journal Pages | mamasbrush

Keep track of your harvest this spring, summer, and fall with cute seasonal record pages.  Illustrated journal pages.  Space for garden notes, columns for recording harvest amounts and dates.

Though I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks, I have been working when I can and have some new things in my shop. With the arrival of spring comes a lot more time working outside in the yard and garden. We’ve been digging, planting, raking, and even harvesting already! Asparagus is the plant that keeps giving year after year!!! (anyone with me?)

With the addition of outside projects, there is not much time left over for blogging… especially with my new Etsy shop. So it isn’t hard to understand that I’ve gotten behind in the blogging department. I do want to share with you, though, some of the new things in my shop.

From the beginning, this blog has been about sharing the things I am creating, putting myself out there for you all to see. I want to keep doing that, and if you should want to purchase something… well, I won’t complain about that either. 🙂 (wink, wink) So I’m going to try get some posts written up to share what I’ve been doing, all while continuing to create some more. 🙂 Thank you all for your support on this creative journey! (Coupon codes to come!)

Garden Harvest Journal Pages | mamasbrush

Keep track of your harvest this spring, summer, and fall with cute seasonal record pages.  Illustrated journal pages.  Space for garden notes, columns for recording harvest amounts and dates.

I designed most of these pages to coordinate with my Chicken Egg Counting Sheets. They will fit nicely in the same journal or binder. The artwork on some of the pages are specific to one crop (like this strawberry page), but really, you could use any page for any crop.

Others have room for several crops on one page (as seen at the top).

Pop over to my Etsy shop to see the rest of the pages. Use coupon code HARVEST33 for 30% off for the next 7 days, or use this link to have it taken automatically!

Garden Harvest Journal Pages | mamasbrush

Keep track of your harvest this spring, summer, and fall with cute seasonal record pages.  Illustrated journal pages.  Space for garden notes, columns for recording harvest amounts and dates.

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Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything

Coffee Lover Gift, Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything Wood Sign, Canvas, Cards, Stickers, Tags, Vinyl for Cricut or Silhouette | mamasbrush

A few months ago I saw one of those “coffee pairs nicely with silence” signs that are out there. Have you seen them? There are tons. I thought of my father-in-law. He likes silence! 🙂 Then I started thinking about my mom… she thinks coffee pairs nicely with EVERYTHING! So I did a search… and another. And another. It wasn’t out there! I was shocked. Surely more people love coffee THIS much!

Coffee Lover Gift, Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything Wood Sign, Canvas, Cards, Stickers, Tags, Vinyl for Cricut or Silhouette | mamasbrush

So I set out to making one… but I wasn’t sure if what I came up with was THE one.

Coffee Lover Gift, Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything Wood Sign, Canvas, Cards, Stickers, Tags, Vinyl for Cricut or Silhouette | mamasbrush

So I designed another… and another… and another.

Coffee Lover Gift, Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything Wood Sign, Canvas, Cards, Stickers, Tags, Vinyl for Cricut or Silhouette | mamasbrush

Until I had 7 designs. Some are just slight variations of another, but I couldn’t decide which I liked better. I asked Husband… and Mom… and sister. Wouldn’t you know it, they all liked different ones.

So in the end, I decided to use them all, in one bundle of coffee goodness. Because, sometimes, silence doesn’t happen! There are 7 designs in black and white for cutting on your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines. I picture these designs on canvas or wood in your coffee bar. I’m planning to make some of those signs to sell at Christmas market later this year!

I’ve also made those 7 designs with a touch of color for printing! Print and frame them, make them into stickers, or cards, or tags. Possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Coffee Lover Gift, Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything Wood Sign, Canvas, Cards, Stickers, Tags, Vinyl for Cricut or Silhouette | mamasbrush

You can find these in my Etsy shop now. And, as always, I want to offer my readers a 33% discount this week to celebrate their addition to my shop. Click here to get that discount automatically, or enter coupon code COFFEEPAIRS33 at checkout. (Follow my blog in the sidebar to hear about future sales!)

How are you going to use it? Pop over to my pin to share a pic of what you make with it! 🙂 I’d love to see it!

Coffee Lover Gift, Coffee Pairs Nicely with Everything Wood Sign, Canvas, Cards, Stickers, Tags, Vinyl for Cricut or Silhouette | mamasbrush

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How We Do Birthdays: An Owl Theme

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

In our home we do parties in a big way… and simple at the same time. What do I mean by that? Basically, we have some big impact things that go a long way toward making the day special, but we don’t go overboard, or expensive, or worry about perfection.

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

I always start with my chalkboard. Sometimes it’s elaborate, other times it’s not. It depends on my inspiration and abilities. I wasn’t feeling super inspired this time, but don’t tell my 7 year old… he thought it was great. You can build or buy one like this (husband made mine) or get a similar effect with Dollar Tree foam board (not an affiliate link) and some chalkboard paint.

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

Lately the kids have been asking for donuts for birthday breakfasts. We have a donut shop right down the road, so it works out. Husband takes the birthday kid with him to pick out donuts the morning of. I never know what will come home. 🙂 When they got home I had the kids pick their donuts out and I added Oreo eyes and candy corn beaks (this birthday was the day after Thanksgiving, so there is also a turkey donut in there.) Incorporating the theme in this way made something simple into something extra special!

Even simpler and more budget friendly: You could grab donuts from Walmart or the grocery store instead of getting them from a donut shop.?

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

Decorations were super simple. Crepe paper and ribbon with balloons around the room and some paper cut with my Cricut. An owl and “Whoooo’s turning 7?” on the wall.

Simple tip: Hand cut these if you don’t have a cutting machine.

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

I found this idea on Pinterest. Kids are always asking for fruit salad, and this looked like a way to make that “fruit salad” extra special! You’ll notice that the Pinterest version looks way better than mine, but perfection isn’t my goal. The birthday boy loved it and that’s enough for me! (Sometimes I have to tell the kids what something is… but I still get credit!)

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

The cake was the hardest part of the day, but it wasn’t that bad either. You can pick something else from my pinterest board that might be simplier… or more difficult.

For the cake, I started with a 2 layer cake with brown frosting all over. For the feathers I made dots of brown frosting from a pastry bag (the cut off corner of a ziplock bag would work too) in a line. After the bottom line of dots is there, I used the flat of a butter knife to squish and drag the dot up into a “feather”. Then make another row and do the same. I looked for a video to show this, but I can’t find the one I learned from forever ago. (Update: this pin shows what I’m talking about… and then you can try it on a Christmas tree cookie like they do! 🙂

A dinner he loves, gifts (including some that match the theme like an owl clock and a couple owl coloring books) and time together top off the day. Simple, but special! You can pull that off in so many ways… even with store bought cake and a purchased birthday banner. What matters most is that you take some extra steps to make the day special for your kid… it will be something remembered forever!

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

You can find me gathering here.