Sunday, February 28, 2010

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I have been battling some mysterious illness but I finally kicked it- I hope. :) For today's St. Patrick's Day fix I thought I would share our go to recipe for St. Patrick's Day dinner.

I found this recipe in Taste of Home, but have made some changes to the original recipe- it called for cloves- we are not fans of cloves. AND- the original only called for the cabbage to be cooked for 20 minutes- which left us and our guests waiting for 1.5 hours for the cabbage to cook- EMBARRASSING!
My friend Becca, makes amazing recipe cards for her recipes, so I thought I would try my hand at it for all of you!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Centerpiece etc....

This next St. Patrick's Day craft is very kid friendly- I know for a fact since I did it with a very excited 2 yr this morning. And it's FREE- using just supplies I already had on hand.

We got our quarterly candle shipment yesterday- a gift from my mother in law that I LOVE- every three months new candles arrive on my doorstep packed in Styrofoam that gives me all sorts of ideas. This time around we took the two large cake like pieces out for our base.

Then we painted our bases- I was not patient enough to find my spray paint- we used acrylic and it worked fine.

While that was drying we traced shamrock outlines on the back of our scrapbook paper- just one of each. Once we cut out the first set we flipped them over and traced them to get our backing shamrocks.
Here you see our two sets of shamrocks laid on top of each other.

Then we spray painted some skewers from our junk drawer white.

The cover the shamrock in modge podge and sandwich your skewer between your two shamrocks.

Stick shamrocks in Styrofoam at varying heights, and voila!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pinch Proof?

I wanted to make little A a St. Patrick's Day tee, but I had a hard time coming up with something to say that wasn't kiss me or some other widely used saying. I came across a hat in a clearance section with this saying on it and knew it was perfect. There's no tutorial for this one, I just cut the letters, ironed them on, then stitched around the edges. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Etsy Gems

(As always all of these items are for sale, just click on the link.)
Bridesmaid Clutches
Wow, I don't know what else to say about these clutches, these are gorgeous- where were these when I got married?
Pink Clutches
Cute, fun, perfect for spring!
Custom Pretty Pleats Clutch
I had a really hard time picking which clutch to feature from this shop- they were all gorgeous!
Beige Clutch
Whimsical and practical- love it.
Love the feather and jewel detail!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

O the Irish!

If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough- Irish Saying And if you're not, just buy this!
I know it's not my etsy day but this so hilarious and awesome I just had to share! You can get one here!

Lucky Frame Tutorial

I ran across this little gem from 320 Sycamore before Valentine's and loved it but never made it. Now that I am full scale St. Patrick's Day ( I even rented Darby O'Gill and the Little People at the library today- is there some kind of support group for people like me?!) I knew this would be a perfect accent!

It's so easy it took less than 5 minutes and it was FREE!
I had an old frame that I love but never had a picture for just laying around, I grabbed a scrap of green fabric, scissors and some scrapbook adhesives.Cut your fabric to fit your frame, I just used the insert to measure.Place your fabric in the frame.Use your adhesives to attach your tiles to the glass- I have a travel scrabble set- that's why my tiles are so small.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Luck of the Irish Tutorial

Okay, I REALLY love St. Patrick's Day which doesn't make a ton of sense, I'm not Irish and I don't drink, my only claim is that I love green! So with that said here is another super quick, cheap and cute tutorial.
Start with a canvas, I used an 8x10, I bought a two pack from Hobby Lobby for $3.99 but they were 30% off this week! Measure the tallest letter from the stamp set you want to use- mine was 2.5". Then start with the line that "irish" we be on, and decide where you want that to be on your canvas and then space all your lines from there. Trace lines very faintly with a pencil (we'll erase it later).

Stamp "irish" first. I used green ink, but you can use any color. I used clear foam stamps- these are my favorite stamps- they are pretty much fool proof.

Finished "irish".

Next, fill all your lines with random letters. (You could also just stamp kiss me i'm..over and over). Make sure you have a pretty good mix of tall and short. Also have some stamps overlap the edge.
Tip- Since there is nothing hard in the middle of your canvas, I slid a closed stamp pad under my canvas so it was easy to stamp- worked like a charm.

Then, erase your pencil lines.

Enjoy! You could also add a green ribbon on the back to hang it on the wall.

Look for more St. Patrick's Day Projects coming up- like the little frame in the back.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Seeing Green

Well now that it's February 16th and Valentines in officially past- time to start thinking green (St. Patty's green) without spending much green. I LOVE St. Patrick's day! To kick start St. Patty's I thought I would make some projects that would add some cute green to our house without spending a lot of money. Today's tutorial is covering a jar candle that I already had.

Measure your jar and cut your paper to fit the flat part of the jar. I then distressed the edges of the paper with a green ink pad.

If you've never distressed paper before, just rub your ink pad along the edges of the paper. Remember it doesn't have to be perfect in fact the less perfect the better. (Don't you wish that was always the case?!)

Then I stamped the word lucky on some white card stock and added some green shamrocks.

Cut our your word strip, and distress the edges in black to set it apart from the green background.

Modge podge your word strip onto your background paper.

Since I'm only using the cover for a month, I just taped it onto the back of the jar.

Viola instant St. Patrick's day cheer.

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