Do you ever doubt yourself? Or have a great idea, but then think the time just isn’t right? Or even worse, been scared to share the idea with others because you were worried about the reaction you’d get? I’m sure I’m not the only one. I have been an artist for years, selling mostly secular nursery art. I was born and raised Catholic, went to Catholic school, and continued going to Mass as an adult. Then, a couple years ago, I had an inspiration for some Catholic art. I wrote down a few of my ideas, but it didn’t fit in with my other art so I kept plugging along doing what I was already doing.
Every now and then, the Catholic art idea would tug at me again. Finally I couldn’t stop thinking about it anymore. Then I started looking online and realized that there weren’t other people doing exactly what I had in mind. So I decided it was finally time to take action – if I was looking for something to buy and not finding it, then maybe other people were as well. Once I started designing, I couldn’t stop. The ideas just kept coming and it was fun. I didn’t really feel “ready,” but I decided to take the leap anyway and I launched www.CatholicArtStore.com.
I’m still unsure where this new venture will lead, but I’m working on having faith and just seeing what happens.
CATHOLIC ART STORE INSPIRATION:
I find joy and inspiration in practical, everyday art – a beautiful tote bag I can use for groceries, a framed quote on my bedside table or as a magnet on my fridge, a cute mug or notebook with an inspiring message. I like everything I use to mean something to me. So that’s what I wanted to create – Catholic tote bags, wall art, mugs, unique gifts, notebooks, magnets, and more.
The products that started it all were my prayer and patron saint mugs. I use mugs everyday and I like my mugs to reflect me or something I love. I love patron saints, like Saint Jude and Saint Francis, wanted a patron saint mug that I could use everyday to feel connected and inspired. I also have a guardian angel prayer mug that I just love. There’s a vintage angel image on one side and the Guardian Angel Prayer on the other side. You can never pray to your guardian angel enough, right?
I also believe that God wants us to leave the Earth better than we found it. That inspired my tote bag line. If we can eliminate as many one-use bags as possible, the world will be a happier, healthier place. To encourage that, I’m giving away a tote bag!
TWO FREEBIES FOR EVERYONE:
I have freebies for everyone who visits my shop as a thank you for stopping by. I also want to make sure that everyone can have something beautiful, even if they cannot afford to make a purchase. I’m currently giving away a “blessed” and an “amen” printable that anyone can download. I think they look especially cute as part of a gallery wall or framed and given to a friend. I hope you download both and have fun decorating with them.
STAY IN TOUCH!
The stories I hear from customers about how they used my art or who they shared it with are amazing and keep me inspired. Please share them with me! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
I decided it would be fun to do a giveaway and share some of my art with www.CatholicMom.com readers. As the grand prize, I’m giving away one of my canvas tote bags (a $25 value). The winner can select any tote bag from my shop. Choose your favorite – one of the patron saint bags, the Hail Mary tote, or the IHS or “faith” tote – whichever you like best. Three second prize winners will get a 3-pack of my printable prayers (the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be) (a $12 value). Printables are great – you can print them at home or take them to your local print shop for inexpensive printing. They make decorating quick and easy and are also perfect for meaningful, last-minute gifts.
- Grand prize = 1 tote bag of the winner’s choice [$25 value]; USA and Canada winners only. To enter, visit CatholicArtStore.com and then leave a comment here to tell us which tote bag you’d choose if you’re the winner!
- Second prize = 3 winners will receive my printable prayer 3-pack (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be) [$12 value for each winner]; open to winners worldwide! To enter, leave a comment telling us how you would display your printable prayers.
You may enter one or both of these giveaways, but you can only win one prize. Giveaways are open from 10 AM Eastern 9/12/2017 through 11:59 PM Eastern 9/19/2017. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours from the time the email is sent to claim their prizes. Unclaimed prizes will be awarded to alternate winners.
Copyright 2017 Amanda Elizabeth Barden
About the author: Amanda Elizabeth Barden is a lifelong Catholic. She’s the author of Baby Names Made Easy and has had an online business making custom art for nurseries since 2010. She launched www.CatholicArtStore.com in 2017 to share her inspirations and connect with others who want meaningful, everyday art. She loves hearing from customers. Email her at [email protected].