Friday, February 16, 2018

New Pascha Basket Cover Design and Printable Cards

This is pretty similar to my old one, but I freshened up the flowers and added Serbian. I've uploaded the design to spoonflower if anyone else wants to make a cover. There are two options - the first version is embedded below is for a single cover printed on a fat quarter. Or, if you'd like to make a bunch as gifts, use this one to get 4 printed on a yard with the basic repeat.

new pascha basket cover for fat quarter

And here's the design for regular printing to make cards at home. We like to print the 4 to a page on cardstock, and the kids give them to their friends on Pascha.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Lenten Memory Verse Garden

I asked my kids what kind of Memory Verse project they wanted to do this year, and they chose the flower garden from years ago. But we decided that each child would make their own small garden this year instead of one big one, and I'm hoping that will mean less cutting that our window garden. If you want the bigger garden, follow the link above.

I shrunk the original pdf to fit on one page. It can be colored first, cut out as you go, and glued onto a clean sheet of paper to make a garden. There are notes on the paper to tell you what color to color each shape and what flower they make. The memory verses are the stems. Use the guide below to know which flower to use each week. The photo above might also be helpful. You can print a second page if you want extra flowers or leaves.

1. Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: 1 red Poppy (color triangles yellow): “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” – Luke 18:13 
2. Sunday of the Prodigal Son: 2 yellow Blackeyed Susans: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.” – Luke 15:18 
3. Sunday of the Last Judgment: 2 purple Crocus with 2 yellow centers: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”- Matthew 25:40 
4. Forgiveness Sunday: 1 Phlox (purple oval with 12 small blue flowers glued on top) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
1. Sunday of Orthodoxy: 1 yellow Marigold : “Come and see.” – John 1:46 
2. Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas: 3 purple Asters with yellow centers: “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’” – Mark 2:5 
3. Sunday of the Cross: 2 Carnations (use green for bottom section of flower, pink for top): “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Mark 8:34 
4. St. John of the Ladder: 3 blue Morning Glories with white star centers and 1 bud (assemble along one stem to make it look like a vine): “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” – Mark 9:23 
5. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: 1 Rose (draw green tiny triangles for thorns): "Whoever would be first among you must be servant of all.” – Mark 10:44 
1. Palm Sunday: 3 Ferns: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” – John 12:12 
1. Great and Holy Pascha: 3 EASTER LILIES: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1: 4,5

I realize this guide started with the Triodion and so now we're behind, but we'll catch up, and, hey, its ready for the future.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Getting Ready for Lent

Lent begins on February 18 for Eastern Christians, and we are entering the three weeks of preparation for Lent. (Western Easter is April 1, while Eastern Pascha is April 8 this year.) Once again, I'm feeling a little daunted by the task ahead but anticipating the good things, too. Here's a quick round up of my Lenten printables if you need help getting organized.
  • A look at the Christian origins of Lent and Pascha If you're still thinking early Christians kept this feast because they secretly didn't want to give up their pagan traditions, you may want to check out that post. They had the greatest reason of all to celebrate this day with joy, and so do we - even with eggs and baskets!
  • Printable calendars - we keep one of these on our fridge and color in the days as we go to mark our progress. Just grab and print on regular paper. The second page has extra stamps (for Akathists, Presanctified Liturgies, Canon of St. Andrew, Annunciation, Confession, and Soul Saturdays) that you can cut and paste onto your calendar to mark your parish's services. You can grab these jpgs, or find a pdf version hereI also have resources for the Great Canon during Clean Week, and St. Mary of Egypt, and Lazarus Saturday.

  • Lenten Passport/JournalThis simple blank book can be used like a passport or journal to keep track of your lenten goals. It includes a memory verse from each of the Sunday's Gospels, and blank space to put in stamps or write almsgiving plans (I encourage the children to come up with one act of service per week). Print the pages front and back, and take out the page of stamps before stapling into a book. (The last page is blank because its the back of the stamps.) The pdf is embedded below, or use this link

  • Lenten Centerpiece -  I don't think we'll have any gardens or trees this year, so I think we might make Lenten Centerpiece again with things to remind us to pray (candles/icons), fast (beans), and give alms (coin jar/flowers). I'll collect things and let the kids assemble it how they want, and we'll talk about what it reminds us of during meals. 

  • Printable Pascha Cards - I've made a few different Pascha cards over the years. My favorite is below, but you can find more herehere, here, here, and here. They're fun to print and give to friends at the feast or mail to loved ones. I'm planning to make some new ones that the kids can color themselves before Pascha. 

Wishing you a good fast!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Nativity Play Mat

This is desperate holiday attempt #2 to keep the toddler quiet-ish and in one place during services. This play mat went together pretty quickly, just cutting, gluing and hand-stitching. It doesn't have as many moving parts, but lots of pockets and several small toys that can move from place to place. 

based on the nativity icon

a baby sheep hide behinds a bush. The other sheep is tucked into a a pocket, but can be moved around.

The donkey is also a loose piece tucked into the large cave. My daughter likes these little plastic babies,
so there are a few extra babies in the cave!

The wise men's gifts are just shapes cut out of a cardboard box that already was yellow. They can sit in their arm's or in Mary's arms. A toy plastic camel is tucked behind a bush near the wise men.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christ is Born Printables

Just playing around with some new printables today. Above is just a full page saying, "Christ is born." Below, the design is shrunk for gift labels or Christmas cards that would be nice on card stock.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Creed Zine

I made a little on page zine to help kids learn the Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed. Grab the pic above and print to fill a page. Instructions for folding and cutting below.