Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shamrockin'


Happy St.Patrick's Day to ya'! I have been busy making a few things to create a festive mood in our wee family home. You know what? I craft all the time, but it occurred to me that I rarely share the little Holiday projects that I make just for me.  Which is {kind of} crazy since I always try to make an effort to decorate {even if its just a little}  I think I have been working for the Magazines so long that I forget to also show you the everyday projects and pretties. Like this cute paper garland that I draped along a hallway mirror.


  I stitched up this fast shamrock and "gold coin" garland by cutting the shapes with my Silhouette and running a straight stitch along the center of each shape. I must repeat this is a super quick and easy project. If you NEED to make one you totally still have time to whip one up! Use your die cut machine, punches, or hand cut them and your'e half the way there! I liked this shamrock, but there are lots of others too!


 I love modest door decor, and I fell in love with this wreath  I wanted to make my own version with paper flowers and a bigger banner.  I picked up the burlap pennants at Hobby Lobby and cut the letters on the Silhouette. I added a "shadow" effect by cutting a set of letters at 1.5" and another set at 1.75" and placed the green letters to the right and slightly higher. I love using this trick for an alternative to actual shadow layered cuts.


Paper flowers make my heart swoon, I admit it! I love those sweet velvety petals, and curled leaves...ahhhh so gorgeous. Paper is one of the things that I adore the most , we are so lucky to have access to paper in seemingly limitless abundance, and I cherish all we can do with it. I love taking flat pieces of yummy paper and sculpting it into something new and dimensional.


 For a crumpled effect I spritzed all the flower layers with rubbing alcohol infused with a tiny bit of gold all purpose ink. That adds shimmer as well as breaks down the paper fibers a little. They were scrunched  up and left to dry. I then stacked them , and inserted a brad through the centers and used hot glue to adhere them to the wreath. The pennant banner was added with floral pins, and is ready to hang.


I hope all who open this door feel lucky, I love them all more than a pot of gold! Even more than dessert! {that's a lot of love people}


My daughter Chelsea baked layers and layers of green cake each layer darker than the previous, we chose to make the pale layers vanilla, and the darker layers from a carrot cake mix. Oh man is it good! I made a batch of Irish cream butter frosting, and rocked out to some Scottish tunes {bagpipes and drums! oh yeah} while eating a slice O' green ombre perfection!

Frosting Ingredients:  
2 sticks of butter softened
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
3 cups confectioners sugar
4 tbs of Irish cream liqueur {I used Baileys}  

Mix butter and cream cheese with a paddle {stand mixer} or beaters of a hand mixer.
add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, mix on med speed.
Switch to balloon whisk and add the Irish cream one Tbs at at time, {scrape sides of bowl between each addition} Mix on med high speed.
*modified from this recipe 

I hope ya' all will be havin' a lovely day I do! {said with my best leprechaun accent!} 
now go make something pretty! XOXO

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