Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A little shamrock love!

Ok, I told myself I wouldn't post any St. Patty's Day Ideas until my Valentines Day Roses had wilted. But honestly I just can't wait. To me, every holiday is worth celebrating in style, after all, if I have an excuse to eat treats, decorate and spoil my kids a little why not take it. Ok I really do all that every day but if it is a holiday at least I have a reason! So here is my first St. Patty's offering -

This really is a EASY project, if you have some of these -
leftover hearts from V-Day, please tell me I am not the only one who didn't get all their projects done!


and one of these -
a dollar store frame, or a frame you just about threw away because you broke the glass.

And some of this............

I didn't have any black spraypaint so I had to use craft paint on the frame, sad right?

and I painted my hearts green, with a darker green shading around the outside


I ended up distressing the frame, it was red painted wood originally, I painted it black, and then sanded it in spots, and then I swiped some green paint on in spots with a wet paper towel. I love how this turned out, I love it so much I might sleep with it under my pillow tonight! LOL! It looks like something my Irish ancestors had!

I also added some ruffled up fabric to the top and bottom of the frame backing, and used matching fabric to hang the frame on, I just hotglued it on the back. Then I glued a painted wooden circle to the middle of my Shamrock to hide where the corners didn't come together perfectly.  I still thought it needed a little something more so I added some "stitching" around the edges with a black pen.
And a little something more, some black pen "veins" in the Shamrock leaves.

What do you do for St. Patricks Day? I make green pancakes and green milk  for the kids at breakfast, hide golden coins, and the leprechaun usually leaves them a little something if their rooms are clean. Ya know just one more "magic person" to motivate those kids to clean their rooms.

22 comments:

  1. That is awesome looking, very original, you must have got all the talent that mom and dad had to give.

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  2. I tried to post 3 times and couldn't I love it. With the Irish name you have you need to celebrate the day.They would make a nice gift I have a birthday before saint pats day!

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  3. What a cute idea! And I use craft paint for EVERYTHING. Seriously!

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  4. This is great; what a cute way to repurpose Valentine's Day hearts!! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello today!

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  5. I love that!! I always skip decorating for St Patty's day, This makes me want to do this year!!

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  6. Two words... BATON ROUGE, that is where you can find our family every St. Pats. Huge parade (note Louisiana) and my sister lives on the parade route! Bucket list people, really!

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  7. Super cute! I have some hearts that I wanted to make into a shamrock. Thanks for the cute idea!

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  8. This turned out awesome - I love how you framed it and used the ruffle fabric...

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  9. I love the feel of this. It's so cute. Great job!

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  10. How cute! What a great way to put Valentine's hearts to a good use! Thanks for linking to Creative Cats this week!

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  11. Way cute St. Patrick's Day ideas. I don't have many decorations. I'm going to have to make some. Thanks for some great ideas to get me started.

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  12. I love it, it's so cute! I really like that you used hearts to make shamrocks!

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  13. What a lovely idea, and you are right life is short, use any opportunity to celebrate.

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  14. Love the shamrock! I don't normally do much for St. Patty's Day (and I'm Irish, shame on me!) but I do love what you made here!

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  15. I'm SO glad that the leprechaun visits someone's house besides ours!
    Cute project...I'm busily trying to finish my St. Pat's wreath.
    Kathleen
    http://www.firefliesandfamily.blogspot.com

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  16. I love this idea! It was so cute I had to feature you! Come over and grab a feature button! http://1craftymommy.blogspot.com/2010/02/shamrock-love.html

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  17. Kelly,
    That's super cute!! How fun.
    happy crafting,
    Linda

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