Monday, February 28, 2011

Irish Blessing Printable

2012 UPDATE: I have additional Versions of The Irish Blessings HERE!

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields,
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand
~Traditional Irish Blessing

So I have been telling myself, don't get caught up in all of the cute Saint Patrick's Day crafts, you have never decorated for the holiday in the past, you will be fine.... Well, this past weekend, I heard for the first time the Traditional Irish Blessing at church. The words are so sweet they really touched me, so I decided it would be a great way for me to decorate for Saint Patrick's Day.

I decided to make my first printable. I am so excited to share it with you! I used Photoshop to create them, and I found an awesome brush set by Obsidian Down on Brusheezy, and the font at Dafont.com. I hope you enjoy them, I made them both 8x10 so you can shrink them down if you need!
I made this one more traditional, here is the link.
I was going more for a modern clean look on this one! Here is the link.
I have more of a vintage style, so for my house I choose to use the the first Printable. I bought an inexpensive frame.
I painted the frame off-white with craft paint.
I then glazed the frame with a dark brown color. If you would like to learn more about glazing, go over to Brook's blog, All Things Thrifty, she is amazing! She taught me all I know about glazing! I then sprayed a clear finish on the frame to give it a little bit of a shine, and to conceal it good.
Of course I had to add some bling, I made a simple shamrock out of ribbon, and put a rhinestone in the middle.
And here is the final product, I really love how it turned out. My Irish ancestors would be proud!
It is a great addition to the top of my piano.
I think the ribbon shamrocks turned out sweet. I might have to make my girls some shamrock hair things.
I hope you enjoy this little poem as much as I do! This is my first time sharing a printable, so if you have any trouble please let me know.

2012 UPDATE: I have additional Versions of The Irish Blessings HERE!
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Accidental Molding Masterpiece!

My hubby and I bought this house in 2005! Every girls dream house right? Okay, so maybe not every girls dream house.... but it was mine. Overlooking the peeling paint, crumbling shingles, crab grass lawn, it had some good qualities. The house sits on nearly an acre, built in 1914, this house has only had three owners including us. Unlike many homes near by, it did not suffer the 70's fever make-over of lowering ceilings, dark wood paneling, and built in planters. In fact, when we moved in the house had the original cabinets.
It appears the only thing the original owners of the house did, was slap a new coat of wallpaper on, ever couple years. After they put on at least 12 (T-W-E-L-V-E) layers of wall paper on each wall and ceiling, they painted EVERYTHING (wallpaper, ceiling, knobs, glass cabinet doors) a delightful shade of glossy hospital green, with the exception of the bedroom, which was whoopie cushion pink!
(These are my cute siblings helping me out)
After painstakingly scraping off the wall paper+paint, we found the old plaster. (Today, I slightly twitch at the sight of wall paper). The original plaster had a neat design with a horizontal stripe around the top of the wall. We liked the stripe and somehow wanted to incorporate it in our new design.

We decided to place a thin chair rail molding where the original stripe had been, with a layer of crown molding on the ceiling. The plan was to paint the chair rail, crown molding, and ceiling white, and the rest a color. Luckily we painted the white first. We were amazed that the chair rail and molding, painted white looked like one piece of thick crown molding. We loved the effect, and decided to paint everything from the chair rail up white.  Don't you love it when your plans turn out better then you envision?
When people come to our house they think we have really thick crown molding, but it really is just chair rail>wall>crown molding.  To make the crown molding stand out even more my hubby, put a piece of 1/2" x 3" cleat (shelving Material) down first, then put the crown molding on top of that, I love the effect.
We didn't have a master plan for our molding.  We bended, added and changed as we went along.  We both love the result. Didn't my hubby do a great job on the molding?
And one more before and after!
Underneath all of the wall paper, crusted paint, cottage cheese ceilings, we have found home!
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hawaiian Haystacks

I will be the FIRST to admit, I am ready for some warm weather! This is a great EASY dinner, that brings my mind back to warmer times. I am sure most of you have had Haystacks, but if not, it is a must try!

Step 1: Cook Rice
2 cups rice (uncooked)

Step 2: Make Sauce
2 cups cooked and cubed chicken
2 cans of Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup
1 cup chicken broth.

Combine cream of chicken soup and chicken broth in a saucepan. Combine thoroughly and add chicken. Let heat through.

Step 3: Toppings
Shredded Cheese
Toasted Slivered almonds
Water Chestnuts, sliced
Green Pepper
Green Onion
Tomatoes
Can of Pineapple Chunks
Shredded Coconut
Chinese Noodles

Put a scoop of rice on your plate cover with your chicken, and top it anyway you like it! I love these so much! This is a fun recipe to serve a crowd, make it easier on yourself and have everyone bring a topping!

Freezer Adaption: This makes a lot of sauce, more then we can eat if I am just feeding my family, so I freeze half of the sauce in a zip-top bag, and it is ready for next time!

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Highlighting Book Mark from a Paint Swatch!

Wow, this has been a crazy week! I have definitely been stretched this week, but in good ways! I thought I would share a simple (really simple) project today. Sometimes students with reading disabilities struggle to isolate words on the page, they get frustrated when they see a whole page full of words. When I taught school, I used to make window book marks all of the time... The purpose of a window book mark is to only allow the reader to focus on one word at a time, by looking at the words through your book mark window. Most of the time I would just simply make a window out of a piece of card stock and call it good. Sometimes I would get fancy and make it a highlighter bookmark like I am doing today.
I saw these paint swatches with a hole already in them at Walmart, and new they would be perfect for my daughter who is learning how to read.
These would be great book marks by themselves, but I thought it would be fun to make them highlight the words.
The Materials:
Two, paint swatches with holes
Cellophane
Black paper
Sharpie, in the color you would like.
I sandwiched the cellophane between two paint swatches. On one of them I put a piece of black paper in as well, so the hole would not be so big. I hot glued the two paint swatches together.
I used an orange sharpie to color the cellophane. You could also of course use, colored cellophane. And your done, easy right?
I consider this just a fun bookmark, but there is a lot of studies that suggest using color overlays can help students with reading disabilities distinguish words etc... I am in no means going to suggesting they do, but it is an easy adaption you can try if you have someone who struggles with reading. Or it can be a fun bookmark for anyone!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sassy Coin Purse with Tape Measure Snap!

My sister is in love with zebra print, when I saw these prints had the fabric store, I knew I had to make her something fun! I also have been wanting to do a tape measure project for quite a while so here we go!
This is a great project to use up your scraps, here is what you need:
Bag
  • (2) 5" x 4.5" square of fabric for main fabric
  • (2) 5" x 4.5" square of fabric for lining fabric
  • (2) 5" x 4.5" square of fusible fleece
  • Metal Tape Measure (One you don't care about too deeply)
  • Tin Snips, to cut Tape Measure
Embellishment (Borders and Ruffly)
  • (1) 5" x 3.5" piece of fabric for border
  • (1) 3" x 15" piece of fabric for ruffly
Strap
  • (1) 14" x 1.5" piece of fabric for strap
Note: I used 1/4" seam allowances on this project
Step 1: Make strap (Pic is taken from a different tutorial)
a) Press (Iron) the 14" by 1.5" piece of fabric in half lengthwise, to make a seam.
b) Open up fabric, and fold one edge of the fabric into the seam you created in the first step and press.
c) Fold the other edge of the fabric into the seam, and press.
d) Fold the fabric down the seam you made in the first step with folded edges together.
e) Sew down the sides of the straps about 1/8" in, I used my stitch in the ditch edge foot on my sewing machine because I am lucky enough to have one!
f) This is what your finished strap should look like, set aside.
Step 2: Making Bag Panels
1. Iron fusible fleece to the main outside fabric.
2. With right sides together, sew one of the 5" sides of the main fabric and the lining. This will be the top of your bag.
3. Press Down.
4. Top stitch the top layers of the bag, and from there make casing for the tape measure snap. My tape measure is 1" wide, so I made my casing just bigger, by making another strait seam about 1 1/4" from the top stitching.
You should have two panels that look like this after completing step 2!
Step 3: Embellishment
This is how I chose to embellish my Bag, but be as creative as you would like.
1. Make border, by folding your 5"x 3.5" fabric, right sides together, and sew a seam along non-folded edge.
2. Turn right side out, and press, so the seem is in the middle.
3. Top stitch the border to the front of your bag.
4. Now make the ruffle. Fold long sides of your 3" x 15" piece of fabric, right side together, and sew a strait seam on the non folded side, to make a tube.
5. Turn tube right-side out. I cheat a little and sew one of the sides closed to make it easier to turn with a dowel. When I am finished I simply cut the short sewn side, so I still have a tube.
6. Press tube, with seam in the middle.
7. Sew a gathering stitch along each side of the tube.
8. Gently pull strings to make a ruffle on each side.
9. Top stitch the ruffle on the border. I intentionally made the ruffle a little long, so you can just trim off the excess ruffle. Take out gathering seams.
Step 4: Putting it together
1. Using your tin snips, cut two 4" pieces of tape measure. Round the corners, so they don't poke through your bag and cut you. Make sure to have some duct tape or something to put over the tape measure, to stop it from sliding all the way into the hole. (Don't ask me how I know of this!)
2. Slide tape measure pieces in casing. Make sure the numbers are facing the outside of the bag, so it will snap. In the front and the back!
3. Tack your strap to the top of bag.
3. Put right side of bag panels together, and make a 1/4" seam around the edges.
4. Zig-zag around the edges to prevent excess fraying.
5. Turn right-side out! You are done!
I think it turned out so cute, I know my sister will love it... if I don't keep it for myself!

I also made one to match a purse I made a while back!
Sorry, I feel like this post is as long as the Bible! I am just learning how to make tutorials, if you have any suggestions, on how I can improve, please let me know. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, my email is ladybirdln10@gmail.com, or ask in the comment section, with a way for me to get back to you.

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