St Patrick’s Day

free st. paddy’s day printable

by jani on March 7, 2013

I’m so happy to be a part of this fun Printable Party from Aly Brooks’s, Entirely Eventful blog. Aly supplied this darling St. Patrick’s Day printable and invited other bloggers to be creative in how we would use it.

I knew I wanted to frame it… however, I was not certain when I walked into the craft store,  just how I would be doing this. I’m not a crafter… I haven’t crafted since the mid-70s! Do you know that there is a complete wall filled with just glue?! I was overwhelmed! I think glue inventors sit around all day trying to come up with the next great glue idea so they can add it to the glue wall!

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I ended up using good old fashion Elmer’s glue… it still works just fine!

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I had an 11 x 14 black frame that I spray painted sparkly gold. I then covered the matting with a square piece of fabric that only cost a couple of dollars. Except for the part where HB accidentally sat on the glass as I was outside spray painting the frame, it all went rather smoothly. Thankfully, we didn’t have a repeat of Sabrina and I didn’t need to take my sweetie to the hospital to remove any broken glass from his buttocks. So all in all, it was a rather exciting crafting day!

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 I’m loving how this turned out and it looks perfect on my mantel!

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The  talent behind the DYI (by the way, I had to look that acronym up when I first started following Pinterest way back when!) bloggers sometimes is mind boggling! I have some of the most talented friends. This project took me way out of my comfort zone! But, I had a lot of fun… and frustration… and happy moments… and really crazy moments… and I’m breathing a quasi-sigh of relief that I actually completed this project!

You can download the printable from Aly’s site and also check out all the other bloggers’ projects with the same image below.

Wishing all of you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!


st patrick’s day healthy snack

by jani on March 4, 2013

In just one day shy of two weeks, we’ll all be wearin’ the green! Ever since our trip to Ireland many years ago, we have a special place in our hearts for St Paddy’s Day. HB and I clearly  remember sitting at the Rock of Cashel, where St Patrick is purported to have administered. What an awe-inspiring moment that was!

In celebration of everything Irish… here’s a fun and healthy treat for your kids or grandkids to share on their lucky Shamrock Day!

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It’s so quick to fix – simply, clean and slice celery stick into narrow strips. Fill your favorite shamrock cookie cutters with peanut butter. That’s all there is to it! I said, easy – didn’t I?

shamrock snack 2Use the celery spears as your dip stick – dig in and enjoy this healthy treat!

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How about putting on a couple of ki- friendly, Irish-themed movies while enjoying your healthy treats? Might I suggest Darby O’Gill and the Little People or Finian’s Rainbow… both available on Netflix.

Do you have any special family traditions in your home to celebrate St Paddy’s Day? I’d love to hear!