Fall Line 2023

Brick House in the City Catholic t-shirts - all new designs and artwork for autumn!

Introducing our new line of shirts that's been carefully crafted with love and prayer. 🙏🎨 

There are moments in the creative process when you can almost feel God's presence beside you, whispering ideas and nudging your heart toward a particular path. This line is a testament to those moments. It's a reflection of the joy that comes from allowing the Creator to guide your creativity.

While some lines may be a bit trickier to piece together, this one flowed together harmoniously, and I'm absolutely giddy to share it with all of you. Each design holds a piece of my heart, infused with the colors of joy, hope, and faith.

'Hurry ruins saints as well as artists.' – Thomas Merton // In the midst of our fast-paced lives, it's easy to overlook the beauty and depth that lie in the moments we rush through. Just as an artist needs time to craft a masterpiece, our lives require the same care and attention. Like artists, we can't rush the process of growth and transformation. Whether it's in our relationships, our faith journey, or our pursuit of inner peace, taking the time to embrace each moment with intention can lead to beautiful revelations. This shirt design invites us to pause, to reflect, and to remember that both saints and artists understand the value of allowing things to unfold in their own time. With its unique gallery wall illustration, it serves as a tangible reminder to let go of the rush and discover the hidden treasures that emerge when we approach life with a patient and open heart. // This design comes printed on our soft and comfortable unisex cut tees. It is available in a classic off-white crew neck tee.
If the church isn't crying, it's dying // *Steps on soapbox* As a mom who's been through the joyful chaos of taking little ones to mass, I've experienced firsthand the beautiful symphony of baby coos, toddler giggles, and yes, even the occasional cries. It's a reminder that the church is a family, a place where everyone is welcome, from the tiniest members to the oldest. The words 'If the church isn't crying, it's dying' are a gentle nudge to embrace the beautiful mess that comes with a thriving and growing community. Just as Mary tenderly wipes away tears from baby Jesus's eyes in the image on this shirt, we're called to create a space where every member, young and old, can find solace and belonging.

Our children are the future of the church, and their presence enriches our gatherings with their innocence, curiosity, and unfiltered joy. The sounds of their laughter and, yes, their cries, are a testament to the vibrancy of our faith community.

My hope is that wearing this shirt is a celebration of the importance of a welcoming church, one that values the unique contributions of every member, no matter their age. It's a reminder that Mary's tender gesture reminds us to approach one another with love, compassion, and a willingness to embrace the beautiful messiness of life.
Dry Bones, Come to Life // These words echo the promise of renewal and transformation found in Ezekiel 37:4-6. Just as the prophet spoke life into the dry bones, we too can speak hope and revival into areas of our lives that may seem lifeless. Life's challenges can make us feel like those dry bones – stuck, stagnant, and void of vitality. But just as the Spirit breathed life into those bones, we can seek God's presence and His transformative power to infuse us with renewed purpose and joy. Our dry bones can indeed come to life. My hope is that wearing this shirt serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of God's love to breathe life into even the most desolate situations and that it's a reminder that there's always hope, and that transformation is possible, even when we're at our lowest.
Our Life, Our Sweetness, & Our Hope // Few prayers hold a more cherished place than the 'Hail Holy Queen,' especially the words 'our life, our sweetness, and our hope.' These words are more than just phrases; they embody the profound role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in my life. Mary is not only a symbol of motherly love but a source of life-giving sweetness and unwavering hope that has guided me through every twist and turn. The image on this shirt is a visual representation of the profound impact Mary has had on my spiritual path. A rosary intertwined with a bouquet of flowers speaks to the beautiful way she interweaves my prayers and aspirations, leading me closer to Christ. Her presence is like a sweet fragrance that fills my life with hope, especially in moments of doubt and darkness. Wearing this shirt is my personal way of acknowledging Mary's significance in my journey. It's a declaration of my belief that she is a bridge between Heaven and Earth, always pointing us toward the love and mercy of her Son.
The words of Philippians 4:8 serve as a timeless guide for nurturing our minds and hearts. 'Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, whatever is excellent, whatever is worthy of praise – think about these things.' This verse invites us to align our thoughts with qualities that uplift and inspire. Imagine a bookshelf adorned with spines bearing these transformative words. Each word, a precious gem in the library of our minds, can shape our perspective and guide our decisions. Just as we choose books that enrich our understanding, we are called to choose thoughts that enrich our souls. This shirt design is a visual representation of this intentional mindset. The words spread across the book spines remind us that we have the power to choose our thoughts, and by doing so, we can nurture a heart that is aligned with God's truth and goodness.
Corpus Christi – a celebration that echoes the profound truth of the Eucharist: the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament. This design, with its letters adorned with stars, captures the essence of this sacred mystery, where Christ's light shines amidst the darkness. The Eucharist is a wellspring of nourishment and sustenance for our souls. Just as stars light up the night sky, the Eucharist illuminates our hearts with the grace, love, and strength of Jesus. This shirt is a beautiful reminder of the spiritual nourishment we receive through Christ's presence. Wearing this shirt is a way to carry the light of Christ's love with us throughout our day. It's a declaration of our faith in the Eucharistic mystery and a tangible reminder that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine, sustaining us spiritually and drawing us into deeper communion with Him.
Amidst the barren landscapes of life, the words of Isaiah 43:19 echo with a promise of hope and renewal: 'I will make a way in the wilderness.' Just as the stark desert landscapes reveal unexpected beauty and life, this phrase reminds us that even in the midst of our challenges, God's grace can bring forth new paths and possibilities. Imagine standing amidst the breathtaking desert vistas of Joshua Tree Park, where the sun-kissed earth and rugged terrain reveal a raw beauty that's both awe-inspiring and humbling. It's a testament to the fact that God's hand can create beauty and purpose even in the most unlikely places. This shirt design, with this powerful scripture and serene desert imagery, serves as a visual reminder that God's promises are unwavering. Just as the desert blooms with life after a rain, our lives can flourish when we trust in God's guidance and providence. I hope when you wear this shirt you believe that even in the wilderness moments of life, God's grace will pave a way forward. I hope it encourages you to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and transformation, knowing that God is always working for our good.
I hope you find something you love in this line. Something that speaks to your heart and makes you feel encouraged, hopeful, valued, and brave. It is a joy and an honor to create these things with you incredible women in mind. As always, thank you, from me and my family. Thank you for supporting our small business and in doing so, allowing me to live out the dream God put on my heart all those years ago.
Pax et Bonum,
Lauren & the Winter Fam

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