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Shamrock Garland March 16, 2013

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One of my favorite blogs I follow is Smashed Peas and Carrots.  When Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots posted a tutorial on how to make Shamrock Garland, I knew I had to make this!  I also thought it would be a project Will and I could do together.  It was so quick and easy.  I just love how it turned out!

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This project takes very few supplies:

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I started with 8-1/2 x 11 inch pieces of green cardstock (three shades of green).  I folded each piece in half (like a hamburger bun) and had Will cut 1-inch strips the long way.  Will loves using the paper-cutter.  (he did lose interest in the project once the paper was cut, but at least there was a little bonding time)

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Each shamrock takes four strips of paper (three for each leaf and one for the stem).

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Here is how you make each leaf (heart).  Take one strip and crease it at the fold.  Pull the open ends towards the middle (see arrows) and pinch/hold with your fingers.  Staple the ends together and viola a leaf!  Repeat this for the other two leafs.

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Staple the two leave to the third.  Leave the bottom two leaves open (not stapled together) so you can attach the stem.

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Staple the stem between the bottom two leaves.  Using your fingers slightly curl the stem.

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To turn the shamrocks into garland I just stapled each shamrock to the next.  I really wanted to hang my garland from my fireplace mantel, but couldn’t figure out how to do it.  I ended up pinning with mini-clothespins to a piece of twine I have strung in my kitchen dining area window.  I love how it jazzes up the blinds for the season!  Thanks, Maggie, for the cute idea!

All this talk of shamrocks is making me hungry for a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake!  I hope I can get at least one more before they are gone for the season.


St. Patrick’s Rice Krispie Treats March 15, 2013

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St. Pats Rice Krispie Treats

These St. Patrick’s Rice Krispie treats were a hit at daycare this week.  The idea came from none other than Pintrest.

I made the regular recipe for Rice Krispie Bars.  I put them in a deep cake pan, but maybe should have made a double batch to get the thicker bars like shown in the Pintrest picture.  These turned out nice, too.

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I bought some cake pop sticks at Wal-Mart.  I punched out squares from green cardstock and stamped on them.  I punched a hole at the top and bottom middle of the square.  I then put the paper on the stick by threading the stick through the holes.  I guess this was the kids’ favorite part of the treat.

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I pushed a stick into each cut Rice Krispie square.  Then I dipped it in chocolate (light cocoa candy melts).  I just dipped the bottom and sides in the chocolate.

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I immediately shook green sprinkles over the melted chocolate.  First, I was going to dip the bar into the sprinkles, but then thought that would coat them too much.  It worked better to just shake the sprinkles on.  I set them on waxed paper in a cake pan for easy transport to daycare.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!


Valentine’s Kiss Bottles March 12, 2013

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Here is another Pintrest project come to life!  When I saw these I knew I HAD to make them for Will’s preschool teachers. There was no link on Pintrest to a tutorial, just a picture.  So not sure where the original idea came from.


First, I found Starbucks Frappuccino drinks on sale.  Well, I took one for the team and drank the Mocha Frappuccino.  It was tough, but someone had to do it all for the sake of crafting.  😉 The labels actually peel off very easily and leave very little sticky stuff behind.  Easy to wash up!



Red Felt

White Felt

Various Valentine ribbons

Hot Glue Gun


Here are the pieces I cut out.

Bottle Collage

To cut out the white felt circle, I drew around the bottle’s lid and cut it out.  I also used the bottle to measure out the length of the ribbons and red heart.


I glued the large heart with the small white heart onto the bottle.  Last, I filled the bottle with Valentine’s Hershey Hugs and Kisses.


I printed the poem within a heart shape on red cardstock.

I thought the poem was so cute:

“Teachers can’t live on apples alone,

They need hugs and kisses, too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!”


So, I do have two bottles left and just found a super cute Easter project so… stay tuned for that!  I think I finally got caught up on my Valentine’s projects to post on here.  Sorry to get so behind!  Life has been busy!


Valentine’s Day Cards March 6, 2013

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These are the Valentine’s Day treats we made for the grandparents from Will.


First, I took pictures of Will smiling, puckering up and blowing a kiss.  I used Pic Monkey to make a collage.  I then printed the collage in colored ink on white cardstock.  You have to make sure that the collage prints at the bottom of the paper so it can be folded over the bag of candy.


Fold the cardstock in half.  Fill a snack sized zipper bag with Hershey Kisses and seal it.  Staple the cardstock picture collage to the top of the bag.  That’s it — easy peasy!

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Bennett’s card was a little more involved, but it turned out so cute, I think.

hand print collage

Oh the fun of trying to get a painted hand print from an 8-month old baby!  He did pretty well, and we didn’t even get paint all over the place.  I decided to paint the red paint on his hand rather than dip his hand in a pool of paint.   It was a good call!

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I cut the card out of patterned cardstock.  I found the speech bubble image on one of my Cricut Cartridges and cut it out in white cardstock with a red shadow piece.  I used a black marker to hand write the messages on the card.  I cut around Bennett’s paint handprint leaving a white border.  I also cut a white heart out of paper and glued it on the handprint.

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Using the handprint as my measuring piece, I cut a picture of Bennett in a circle that would be covered up when the handprint laid on top of it.  I also cut a small rectangle out of white cardstock to make the handprint piece movable.

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I folded the white rectangle in half and glued one end to the back of the handprint and the other half to the back of the picture.

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Last, glue the picture to the card.  Make sure you glue it low enough so the handprint is in the correct place on the card.  I also wrote a note on the back side of the handprint.

Two fun cards from two adorable boys for two sets of wonderful grandparents!


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