Printable St. Gerard Note Cards

St. Gerard’s feast day is on October 16, which is this Saturday. When I was in high school, I painted a whole series of Saint pictures that were supposed to “modernize” the saints. St. Gerard is the patron saint of expectant mothers and the unborn, so I did a mixed media piece of him in an ultrasound picture. I’ve always liked this piece a lot, and I like to have it hanging in our home- especially when I’m pregnant.

I thought this piece would make really nice Catholic note cards for expectant mothers. These could be great for telling anyone that you are praying for their unborn baby! I thought that these would be especially useful to send to someone having trouble with their pregnancy. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right thing to send, but if you know a pregnant Catholic lady, you really can’t go wrong with this one ;-) So I’ve made these simple printable note card for all of you to enjoy for free!

*Printing the Cards*
I’ve been having some emails about the cards not printing, but I just printed some from my computer as a test and it worked just fine. Click the link above the cards. On the google docs page there’s a link in the top left corner that says ‘print’. When it takes you to the printing screen use the little printer icon to the left of the picture. If you’re still having problems shoot me an email and I’ll send you the jpeg image for printing. :-)

I also think this could be a neat image for an NFP only OB/GYN to use in the office. I’m hoping to have some prints of these available in the future, so be sure and let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d be interested in :-)

*If you’re looking for a card to send to someone who has lost a baby, try This Printable Miscarriage Card from Vee at Paper Dali

The St. Gerard mixed media piece was completed using colored pencils, watercolor paint, and acrylic paint on watercolor paper. It’s meant to be St. Gerard actually inside of an ultrasound picture, so that’s why all the white dots and words etc. The baby in the ultrasound is actually my little brother. He was born when I was 16.

I hope you enjoy these note cards! As soon as I have some printer ink I am going to print them and send some out myself! Here I am with the original:

*These printable note cards are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profituse by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies maynot be sold or reproduced for profit. If you’d like to post these note cards for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post andrather than my individual download. When printing or running copies,please do not remove my site name from the page. Thanks!

Food for Marian Feast Days

For any Mary feast day or occasion you’re celebrating, you can’t go wrong with blue- Our Lady’s color! :-) Flowers are also a lovely choice for honoring Mary. So here are some ideas to help you out for the remainder of May (our Lady’s month!). 

Head over to Savory Sweet Life for 

Family at the Foot of the Cross made this
blue lemonade their May crowning. So cute!

Find the recipe for these buttery sprits cookies
on The Silicone Spatula.

recipe on Boston Food & Wine.

I love the idea of this bunt cake with flowers. The cake itself is 
shaped like a crown, and then filled with flowers for Our Lady! 
I found this over on The Food Librarian.

Also, I just love these Mary cookies from Jamie Jo!
You can find them on Lord Make Me a Saint.

Here are some more blue foods to enjoy as eye candy ;-)
Click for directions on making the cupcakes, muffins, macaroons, or cake.

Spiritual Bouquets for Mother’s Day

I think spiritual bouquets would be a great idea for a religious mother’s day present for any mother you may know :-) If you’re new to the concept of spiritual bouquets, check out this post  from Our Domestic Church on Spiritual Bouquets. She explains what they are, and how to use them. She also gives multiple examples and has lots of pictures, plus she links to others that have made them as well! :-)

I love the idea of including photographs of children, handprints, and other keepsakes in a mother’s day spiritual bouquet. So here are some crafty examples that I love that could easily be made into spiritual bouquets instead!

Jennifer’s Stamp Pad. I love the idea of sticking hand prints
and photos into the bouquet- so adorable!
Love how they made these flowers spell out “Mom”.

Here are some directions for including photographs in
centerpieces from Make and Takes.

Here’s another set of directions for making a photograph bouquet.
You could have each child write out what prayers they would be
saying for mom around their own picture! :-)
I also think it would be really cute to make a family handprint bouquet
and write the prayers on each hand. This one’s from Kid’s Craft Zone.