Monthly Archives: July 2013

Christian Paintings For Less Than a Latte

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The Mystical Supper

How can you fill your home or office with Christian paintings for less than a latte? Try using the beautiful and faith-filled artwork you find on Christian greeting cards as a source of inspiration.

Pinterest and other social media platforms are great sources for ideas for how you can incorporate Christian cards into your home on the walls. This is especially true when the cards feature hand-designed artwork, and in many cases, you can find designs that model great Christian paintings and religious icons. In fact, for years, monks have designed Christian and Catholic artwork or icons that help use their talents to support the work of the monastery.

Need ideas for how to incorporate Christian paintings you find on greeting cards?

1. Place a group of them in a collage frame to take up the wall space as a full-sized painting would do.

2. Place Christian greetings cards that depict religious scenes like the birth of Jesus, the resurrection or other pivotal moments behind glass frames and set candles around them for your own custom display.

3. For a child’s room, choose Christian paintings on cards and laminate them for a fun mobile project that the child can help create. Put a verse of scripture on the back of each one.

4. Use a series of images found on Christian greeting cards for telling a story in wallpaper border-style. Adhere them along the top of a room in a repeated pattern for a true conversation piece that talks about your faith.

The Printery House still makes greeting cards in-house with artistic lettering and design work by monks who live at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri. The cards have been designed and printed on the grounds of The Printery House for 60 years, so there’s something truly special about these pieces of Christian artwork. They truly are works of art that you can treasure for years to come.

To start your own home collection, try the Keepsake Prayer Cards, featuring intricate and beautiful designs. You may also want to experiment with the artistic styles on the Mass Cards, which range from contemporary to traditional images. The Icon Greeting Cards collection features bright and highly-detailed designs, including the Trinity, angels and the Last Supper. Selecting these unique, locally-made designs is a meaningful way to incorporate the concept of Christian paintings into your home without a large investment.

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Religious Gifts for Women

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Tree of Life Wall Cross

What do women want when it comes to religious gifts? Many are looking for something that’s unique, personal and also helps them share their faith.

Religious gifts for women can be interesting, memorable and fun. A book of devotions may sit on a shelf, and she may love the bible she’s already using and the notes she’s written herself in it, so it may be time to think outside the box. Instead, think of a decorative and inspiring wall plaque.

Maybe a candle set with a hint of scripture … or even a set of homemade soaps that smell terrific. All of these are options to help a woman celebrate a birthday, religious service anniversary, a wedding shower or as a “just because” gift that lets her know you value her faith and the way she lives it.

Another great idea for religious gifts for women is a wall cross or decorative cross, which have quickly come back into trends all across Christian and Catholic gift stores. New designs include the “Tree of Life” Wall Cross, the Dove of Peace Wall Cross or crosses with a new look of the ancient Celtic cross image. Each of these looks amazing in a home or office and convey in an artistic way that she’s a woman of faith.

If she likes to garden, consider a wall plaque that can be placed indoors or outdoors. Messages with inspiring words have become incredibly popular in flower beds along sidewalks, decks or gardens. This is something she can share and talk about when friends and family visit.

Is she a woman of faith who likes to send notes and letters? Stationary and note cards make great religious gifts for women. Simple designs with a cross or message of faith can suit so many occasions, and she will love having a great set of quality note cards and stationary handy.

Christmas in July: Everyone loves the Christmas and Advent season, so surprise her with a gift she’ll be thrilled to set out at the holidays. Candles and candle holders make a great choice. This is especially fun to give as a wedding shower gift for the couple to enjoy during the first Christmas together.

Who doesn’t love jewelry? A little bit of bling inspired with a faith message is an ideal gift. Try a three-piece bracelet set with a cross charm or a new take on a cross necklace. She’ll think of you each time she wears it.

One additional idea – try giving her a magazine subscription, such as Today’s Christian Woman or others that are inspiring to read and will be something she can look forward to getting. This can be a great complement and a surprise to accompany a candle or wall plaque.

Find great religious gifts for women at The Printery House, now in its 60th year of creating beautiful greeting cards and offering unique gifts to share your faith. Many cards are made with the help of monks who live at the adjoining Conception Abbey, so you’re sending more than just a card with your gift.

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Catholic Religious Jewelry: Beautiful and Encouraging

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The Father and Son Cross

Jewelry is an easy way to add a special touch to an outfit, but it is also a way to express a little bit of who you are. Whether you choose chunky jewelry or delicate and understated pieces, jewelry reflects something about the wearer. Catholic religious jewelry can also be a reminder to yourself and others that you are a person of faith.

Wearing a piece of jewelry connected to your faith can be a constant reminder that you are more than just another person walking through life. You are a child of the Most High God. Like a signet ring on a king, a piece of Catholic religious jewelry can help you remember that you belong to the One who has all authority. On some days it can be hard to remember that you are not walking through life on your own. How welcome on those days is a small piece of jewelry that helps you keep life’s challenges in proper perspective!

But faith-related jewelry isn’t a reminder to you alone. You may put on a necklace, tie pin or bracelet and then forget you are wearing it. Not so for all the people you encounter through the day. They will notice your chosen article and make note that you are a person with faith in God and love for the Son. They may even comment or ask you about it. What a great opportunity then to tell someone else about the triune
God whom you serve! All because you chose to put on a piece of jewelry that has meaning.

Women often choose to wear cross necklaces and bracelets. Thankfully, there are as many styles of cross jewelry as there are personalities. There are simple stainless crosses on silver chains.  There are ornate crosses. Crosses can be large or small. Sometimes they are elegant and set pendant-style on a bright-colored background. There is a cross necklace to match every fashion taste.

Women aren’t the only ones who need encouragement in their faith through the day, there are masculine cross necklaces for men too. The Father and Son cross necklace is one example of this. This silver-toned necklace has a cut out cross superimposed upon an outer cross representing Jesus and the Father together in the work of Calvary. The Shield of Faith is another example of a masculine piece of Catholic religious jewelry. This silver necklace boasts a small shield pendant with a cross on one side and the
words of Joshua 1:9 on the back “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Catholic religious jewelry makes an ideal gift for any occasion or no occasion at all. Necklaces, bracelets and tie pins with symbols of Christian faith are great for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, anniversaries, or graduations. But they are also good to give ‘just because’. Why not send one to a college student to let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them as they are trying out their faith on their own for the first
time? A friend who lives far away might be blessed to receive a gift that speaks about the faith you share.

Catholic religious jewelry can be purchased at Christian bookstores and gift shops as well as online at vendors such as The Printery House. You don’t need a reason. Life gives us a million reasons to surround ourselves with what is beautiful and encouraging.

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Want to Inspire? Send Religious Greeting Cards Made by Monks

 

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Order monastery-made cards now from The Printery House, and you’ll be ready when you want to send a quick note to encourage someone.

Regardless of instant texts and emails, there’s nothing like the feeling of dropping a handwritten card into the mailbox knowing it’s going to brighten someone’s day soon… or finding a card underneath your typical bills or junk mail pieces. It instantly brings a little joy to your day.

In this fast-paced life many of us live, there’s something that’s extra special and inspiring about sending religious greeting cards that are monastery-made, with artistic input from monks who are living their faith daily. One source, The Printery House, is still creating cards with the ideas and talent of the monks of Conception Abbey.

For 60 years, The Printery House has been creating cards at the shop in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, which supports the monastic work of the Abbey. Monks have incorporated lettering, artwork, writing and production tasks into their daily routines for decades and the messages are more like works of art than just mere religious greeting cards. The concept of monks working to help support missions and causes is far from new; it’s an ancient practice and can have very modern twists, such as a monastery in France that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to area charities from serving guests at an upscale restaurant.

Unlike basic cards you might find at a grocery store checkout, somehow these cards seem inspired, and it’s certainly fun to ponder about the monks or artists who design them. No doubt silent prayers of hope, peace and encouragement have been completed as a monk or staff member puts the finishing touches on a design or a message. This produces not only a beautiful card but also brings with it extra care and prayers.

The desire for quality and faith-based messages remains strong today, as it was in the creation of The Printery House, with team members continuing to share their talents to lift people up while helping spread the Gospel. Take a minute today and check out the assortments and collections for religious greeting cards, Holy cards, prayer cards and other unique gift items offered by The Printery House – it’s truly a way to “send something you believe in” that will stand out to friends and loved ones.

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