Simple Wine or Vinyard Theme Birthday Party or Event

Chalkboard art - Wine Theme Birthday Party for Daddy

We plan parties in our family. Events. Each of the children gets a detailed theme for their birthday each year and each year is special, though some are simpler than others. Even my mom and my sister get a full theme for their days. Daddy, however, rarely gets a full thematic party. Frankly, he doesn’t care, so often I let the busyness of the impending Women’s Retreat (check out our Cozy Mountain Lodge and Sweet Life Cafe Retreats) and two approaching kid birthdays take my energy away from him. This year, however, we had a Wine Theme Birthday for Daddy.

It was simple. Super simple! But the important thing was that the kids and I set aside some time to honor Daddy by making him a party.

I decorated the chalkboard. Note the spelling of “Whinery”. A detail not lost on Daddy, I assure you. We should probably rename our property from Claystone Family Farm to “Whiney Vinyards” or something. But I digress.

I served one of his favorite dinners and the kids drank juice out of stemmed glasses.

The touches were so simple and took very little extra time, but it was fun to dress up Daddy’s birthday a little.

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Be Transformed – Pink Chick in a Polka Dot Egg

Be Transformed (Romans 12:2) - Pink Chick in a Polka Dot Egg - Watercolor Illustration by mamasbrush

This little pink chick in the polka-dot egg was inspired by the April prompt list from Awesome Alice. Back in February, I created something from her list for every day of them month. Check out those posts here: Bunny love plus other prompts, What to do when you mess up (prompts), Chocolate and more, and Tweet Hearts and other Prompts. This month, I’m just using her list for inspiration and trying a handful. Whatever inspires me. This is one of them.

This illustration is inspired by prompt number 7: one cute chick and prompt 8: egg hunt.

Be Transformed (Romans 12:2) - Pink Chick in a Polka Dot Egg - Watercolor Illustration by mamasbrush

My Creative Process

I had this idea in my head of the pink chick and a colored egg in the grass. First I drew the chick, then I started playing with the placement of the broken egg. Once I got the idea to put the chick part way in the egg, I decided to put the other half next to him. The yellow chick was an afterthought. I illustrated him looking down at the shell, as if he were wondering what happened to it. I ended up omitting the grass altogether.

As I looked at this cute little illustration alone in the bottom corner of my journal page, Romans 12:2 jumped into my head:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

I love the idea that this cute pink chick has not conformed to the world, but has been transformed. A cute little reminder that God does transform us completely through the renewing of our mind!

**Another plug for Bible Memory… a great way to use God’s Word to renew our minds! (I get nothing for plugging them!)

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Ladybug Birthday Party Theme

Chalkboard Art - Ladybug Birthday Party Theme
I try to use my chalkboard for each event I do (my sweet husband built it for me!)… It’s something I am still working on, but it’s a fun touch for our birthdays. πŸ™‚

My youngest daughter loves ladybugs (she’s 7). I am glad for her sake that they always seem to be in the house. She get so excited, carries them around, and then, begrudgingly, lets them go free when it is time.

It wasn’t hard to pick a theme for her birthday. A ladybug birthday for my little ladybug!

Tea Party Lunch - Ladybug Birthday Party Theme

She wanted a tea party like her sister (and her brother for that matter), so we made lunch into a tea party complete with flower shaped pb&j. We had pink juice int he tea cups.

The children loved getting to make the paper flower and ladybugs on the table. (pinspiration here) It may not be as cute to us moms as the pin, but the kids had so much fun and the birthday girl loved that they made them for her.

Other foods were ladybug apples, ladybug bruschetta, and ladybug cheese and crackers.

I made the cake with red “dots” inside as a surprise. There are several ways to do them. I just made mini-muffin cupcakes and shaped them with a knife. They also make sphere pans for making them, but we couldn’t find one last minute.

Ladybug Cake - Ladybug Birthday Party Theme

I followed this tutorial for making the little frosting ladybugs. I did it all with frosting instead of edible pen, but it worked too.

Ladybugs on grass Hand lettered Psalm 150:6

And I made this for her also. (I told you in that post that I’d share this party, but never did. Sorry you had to wait so long! πŸ™‚

I try to illustrate and or paint something for the kids birthdays when I have the time and inspiration. She loves this one and put it in her school binder to see everyday. Makes my mama heart smile.

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Tulip Showers Design for Fabric, Wallpaper, and Gift Wrap

Tulip Showers Fabric Design from mamasbrush

One of the reasons I enjoy participating in the Spoonflower Design Challenges, is that it pushes me to try something new. Something I might not have thought to do on my own. They give me a theme for each week. Sometimes I decide I don’t like the theme or don’t have time to participate, but when I can (and want to), I enjoy rising to the challenge.

Tulip Showers Fabric Design from mamasbrush

This week the theme is April Showers. I was already working on this concept for an up and coming bridal shower I’m working on, so it was easy to turn it into a repeating pattern for fabric, wall paper and gift wrap. It was inspired by this pin. I saw those tulips in the umbrella and I really wanted to paint them!

From there, I imagined the look of tulips “showering” down from above and the concept was born.

Voting for this design is from Thursday, April 11 – Tuesday, April 16.

Stay tuned for a bridal shower invitation along the same theme, coming up!

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My Creative Process: Hand Lettered Daffodil with 2 Corinthians 5:17

Hand Lettered Daffodil with 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation."

The other night, I had what I thought was just 15 minutes available to paint while my husband stayed back to get the kids to sleep. Usually with that much time available, I wouldn’t bother to take everything out, but I really wanted to paint! It had been a couple days since I’d had time, so I decided to see how much I could get done in 15 minutes. Could I create something worth while in that much time?

Hand Lettered Daffodil with 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation."

As it turns out, I had more like 30 minutes, so it was definitely worth it. I was able to get all the paint laid down for this daffodil! I started it without a sketch. When all you have is 15-30 minutes and no projects in the works, there isn’t time to sketch (okay, there could be, but I didn’t take the time).

It was fun! I started by laying down a light yellow in a daffodil shape. I messed it up, so I made it bigger. πŸ™‚ Problem solved. Now the top petal was cut off, so in the end, when trimming it to size, I decided to trim the side petal too. I like the way it turned out.

Hand Lettered Daffodil with 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation."

Next I dabbed some orange on to the wet paint (that is called a wet on wet technique) and it crawled around wherever it wanted to go. I picked up the paper and tilted it here and there to encourage it to go where I wanted, but it doesn’t have to play by my rules.

Once it was dry I added the green stem and leaves (so the color wouldn’t bleed where they touch).

The next day, I added all the pen work and lettering.

Hand Lettered Daffodil with 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation."

My favorite part is the lettering. From the beginning I pictured the words of the verse following the shape of the flower and I really like the way it turned out.

I choose 2 Corinthians 5:17 from my list of memorized verses on Bible Memory (our family’s favorite way to memorize and meditate on Scripture! Free for the first 50 verses and well worth the trial. It makes learning and practicing Bible verses easy and fun!) (That was not a paid plug… we just really love them!)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

I thought it was a beautiful verse for spring, with all the new life around us. Truly, the old of the world died back over winter, and now the new creation is springing up all around us! And just the same way, when we choose to repent of our sins and follow Jesus, we are new creations in Him, our old selves dead and left behind us! Thank you Father for making me new!

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Tweet Hearts | Art Journal Prompts from February

Tweet Hearts | Art Journal Prompts from February

I never did finish my February Art Journal Prompts from February. I joined in with Awesome Alice during the month and had a lot of fun. But, as is the case most years, things get busy around here from the last week of February through the third week of March with several family birthdays. I decided to finish them up though, so here they are .

I have to admit, they aren’t my favorite work. A couple are cute, but I think my first few weeks turned out better. Still, I’m not here to make myself look like a great artist, but to share what I do as I grow. πŸ™‚ I hope you will give it a try knowing perfection is not the goal.

Tweet Hearts | Art Journal Prompts from February

The Tweet Hearts (promot: “sweet hearts”) were my favorite this time around.

Tweet Hearts | Art Journal Prompts from February

Followed by the “XOXO” prompt…

Tweet Hearts | Art Journal Prompts from February

And then the “chocolate” prompt”.

I think I’ll do another month sometime. For April, if I have time, I think I’ll just pick a few of my favorite ideas to do. Thanks Awesome Alice for making those lists!

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Spring Bunnies with Carrots and Tulips – Watercolor Art

“Paint bunnies mommy,” suggested one of my little guys at bedtime the other evening.

Spring Bunnies with Carrots and Tulips - Watercolor Art - by mamasbrush

“With flowers!” Added one of my girls…

Spring Bunnies with Carrots and Tulips - Watercolor Art - by mamasbrush

“With Carrots!” Corrected another of my boys…

Spring Bunnies with Carrots and Tulips - Watercolor Art - by mamasbrush

And so mommy painted bunnies with carrots and flowers.

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