gallamore west: St. Patrick's Day
Showing posts with label St. Patrick's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Patrick's Day. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shamrock Burlap Treat Bags

Good Morning, Friends!  Today is a super exciting day for me because I'm sharing my first post as a blog contributor at my favorite blog, Tatertots & Jello.   Tatertots & Jello has long been my favorite blog and Jen is so incredibly talented.  As much as I'm trying not to geek out over it, clearly I kind of am.   It's a huge blog dream of mine come true.  And if you're stopping by from Tatertots & Jello... welcome!  I am so, so glad that you are here.  

Today I'm sharing my Shamrock Burlap Treat Bags with you here- perfect for wrapping up one of my Double Mint Layered Brownies that I'm sharing the recipe for over at Tatertots & Jello today!

They are so easy to decorate, with or without a fancy cutter machine.  I used my Silhouette to cut a shamrock onto freezer paper but if you don't have a cutting machine you could just trace a shamrock cookie cutter onto freezer paper then cut it out making sure that you need the outline of the shape not the actual shamrock shape itself.  

Then I ironed on the outline of the shamrock onto the middle of each burlap bag.  I always slip a scrap of cardstock paper into the bag before painting because burlap is so porous and I don't want the paint to soak through to the backside of the bag.  {Bags are from Pick Your Plum

Then I just painted in the middle part of the shamrock, let it dry a bit, and pulled out the scrap of card stock paper.  It's a quick 10 minute project and you've got yourself an adorable little Shamrock Burlap Treat Bag to fill with my Double Mint Layered Brownies.  

Head over to Tatertots & Jello today for the recipe! 

Looking for more St. Patrick's Day ideas?

And here's a really old post, 
but I still love these Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats:

Clearly I have a thing for sweets and burlap.  Oh, and I also have a thing for Instagram & I'd love to be friends with you there!


Friday, March 7, 2014

No-Sew Burlap Garden Flag

I'm addicted to making these No-Sew Burlap Garden Flags because they are SO easy to make and they're a quick, affordable way to give our home a cute little finishing touch to greet visitors as they walk up to our porch.  Here's our Shamrock No-Sew Burlap Garden Flag that I recently made.  It took about 10 minutes total, and the supplies are minimal too.

  • Piece of burlap (11 inches wide x 15 inches long)
  • Piece of ribbon to embellish
  • Paint/foam brush
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Hot glue gun

Here's how to make your own:

1) Cut your burlap.  My garden flag hanger looks best with an 11x13" flag, so I cut my piece of burlap to 11 x 15 inches so I have room to make a pocket to hang it.

 2) Fold 2 inches of your flag back to make a little pocket to hang it from.  Use hot glue to glue down the 2 inch pocket flap.

3) Cut your stencil that you want to put on your flag.  I used my Silhouette, but if you don't have a cutting machine, you can just print out the image on your computer, trace it onto freezer paper, then cut out the freezer paper.  You'll want the outline of the image, not the actual image... like this below.

4) Iron on your freezer paper.

5) Paint your design and allow it to dry.

6) Embellish your flag with ribbon.

Hang it and enjoy!  Have a great weekend friends.  I'm linking up to Tatertots & Jello.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lucky Pot of Gold St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Whoosh!  Another month in the books.  February has flown by here, and we are SO ready to welcome in March.    I don't know about you, but we sure could use some good luck around here, so I'm going all out with the bling, glitter, and gold for St. Patrick's Day this year!   In fact, my mind feels like an explosion of crating ideas right now, so I'm excited to share a bunch of fun and easy St. Patrick's Day crafting ideas with you within the next few weeks, starting with my Lucky Pot of Gold wreath today.

I found this burlap at Jo Ann's.  It's so pretty up close in person because it's a shimmery gold.

I didn't really take step by step pictures of this project because honestly, it's been a while since I've had a chance to sit down and craft.  I have missed it so much, so I just crafted without getting caught up in snapping pictures.  Plus, it was SO easy... I just cut the burlap into long strips, wrapped them tightly, pinning them with sewing pins on the backside, then I glued on the shamrocks and the pot of gold, painted and stamped the pennants, strung them on twine and tied a ribbon on top to hang it.  Super simple and I think it came out so fun and blingy.  I don't usually go for anything blingy so this was a fun, different project for me. 

Here's a supply list though in case you'd like to make your own Lucky Pot of Gold Wreath too.

Gold shimmery burlap: Jo Ann's 
 straw wreath: Jo Ann's 
 shamrocks: Jo Ann's 
 plastic cauldron: Jo Ann's
 shamrock ribbon: Michael's 
 green & white twine: Michael's
alphabet letter stamps: Michael's 
wooden triangle pennants: Pick Your Plum
gold coins: Party City 
paint: various from my stash

Hope the luck of the Irish is with you in March! xoxo

I'm sharing my Lucky Pot of Gold Wreath at Tatertots & Jello

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day from O'Gallamore West!

We LOVE St. Patrick's Day around here, so we always pack in a ton of fun!

The boys and I made these fun little Rice Krispy Shamrock Pops to send to school {with cute free printable tags from the always adorable Jessica at Modern Moment Designs- I met her in real life last summer and she is soooo sweet and fun!}

That sneaky little leprechaun always comes to our house during the night and he does all kinds of crazy stuff!  {Click here for last year's fun stuff.}  He always puts our shoes on top of the fridge, but we don't mind because he fills them with gold coins {the chocolate kind, of course!}

This year he also turned our milk green, sprinkled glitter in our beds and on our heads, turned pictures on the walls upside down, turned our bar stools upside down and put oranges on all of the stools, and left our toilets with green pee and gold glitter.  He also covered every bare surface of our home with confetti and sparkles... fun stuff!

Sam was determined to catch the leprechaun this year and made the cutest little trap all by himself.  He decorated the table with some of his St. Patrick's Day projects from school
 {I didn't get a picture with the top on the trap... it was covered with gold coins, shiny pennies, and a little black pot to entice the leprechaun to climb up, then FALL in!}
 He even wrote this little note {since leprechauns are so naughty, he knew that leaving this note would encourage the leprechaun to climb the ladder}.

Which, of course, the leprechaun did climb...
see those little foot prints?

And we were sooo close to catching him... 
here's a little poem that Lucky O'Leprechaun left :)

We also celebrated with a St. Patrick's Day Top O' the Mornin' Breakfast {thank you to My Sister's Suitcase for the adorable idea and free printables from their guest post on}

I decorated the table with some adorable free printables from Love the Day... the boys loved the silly mustaches!

{whoops... sorry that my finger's in this blurry picture.  It was a crazy morning here!}

Now the Corned Beef and Cabbage is in the crock pot, the Pistachio Cake is cooling on the counter, and this Mama Leprechaun is off for a quick little leprechaun nap!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mama Guilt and a look back at St. Patrick's Day '11

Ohhh, the guilt...

the guilt I feel as a Mama when I feel like I'm not doing enough...
enough laundry, enough fun stuff, enough cuddling, enough cleaning, enough vegetables at the dinner table...

the guilt I feel as a Blogger when I run out of fun stuff to talk about, or like recently, when I've been overwhelmed with life and haven't wanted to be Debbie Downer {this is supposed to be a FUN blog after all, right?} or feeling like it's all about growing numbers for some bloggers and letting them pass me by because I crave a REAL connection with the bloggers that I follow, and hopefully with those that choose to follow me too...

the guilt I feel as a wife when all I want to do is curl up with my pillow and go to bed early...

It's all normal, right?  
My word for 2012 is BALANCE.  
And yet sometimes that is the hardest thing 
in the world to maintain. 

 I definitely haven't figured out a way to balance it all, but I have figured out one part of it all- life is flying by and I won't remember all the time spent on Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, email, catching up on TV shows, etc...  I could spend a million hours doing mindless things that will all blend into the past, 

spending real quality time curled up with a good book,
or in the company of a true friend, 
or tickling my boys and hearing their genuine laughter,
or watching a magic show performed by our kids in the family room,
or peeking in my baby boy's room while he's napping and just marveling at his beauty
or even something as simple as slowing down and saying yes when my 4 year old wants to crack the eggs for the cookies we're baking...

THOSE are the things that I treasure.  

And these three boys are my Lucky Charms.

Here's a look back at St. Patrick's Day with the boys last year... I have all kinds of fun planned for them this year!  Check out my "at the end of the rainbow" board on Pinterest for some great ideas- there are SO many talented people with amazing ideas out there!   

I'm off to make some memories with my boys now :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rainbow Krispies for St. Patrick's Day!

I love, love, love this time of year 
because it's packed full of so many fun little celebrations, 
and St. Patrick's Day is one of our favorites! 

Last year I really wanted to make something fun for my boys to bring to school on St. Patrick's Day, but I wanted something different than just something green. Here's what I came up with... Rainbow Krispie treats using Fruity Pebbles! They were such a hit that I think I'll make them again this year. I think it would be super cute to put a few gold coins in the bag with the rainbow too :)

Here's the original blog post from last year 
with a tutorial for you.

I'm a big fan of Rice Krispy treats and guess what's even better? Rainbow krispies for St. Patty's Day made with Fruity Pebbles!

Here's the recipe:
6 cups Fruity Pebbles
4 cups mini marshmallows
3/4 cube butter

Made the same way as Rice Krispie treats... melt butter and marshmallows. Have your cereal measured out and your glass pan sprayed with nonstick spray ahead of time. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in cereal until thoroughly coated. Press down in pan. Let it sit for a while, then use cookie cutter to make the rainbows. I used a big round circle and cut a little circle in the middle. Eat the middle from the little circle! Then cut the big circle with the hole in half and you'll have two little rainbows. Not sure if that made sense, but you get the idea, right?

I made a quick batch of royal icing to "glue" on the marshmallow clouds. I can't wait to bring them to the boys' classrooms for St. Patrick's Day! I'll put them in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon and one of those adorable free printables out there. There are soooo many cute ones on!

Update:  I ended up not finding "the perfect" printable for these cuties so I made my own... here's what they looked like when the boys brought them to school:

My entry into 504 Main’s Tickled Pink party, sponsored by Appliances Online and Bosch Washing Machines

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