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  • Coloring Paper Strips Make Shamrocks

    It is pushing spring with birds nesting, buds forming on trees and daylight lasting longer. Now that the calendar says March, it surely is time for remembering the fields of green soon to flourish all around us. It also means it is time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

    Colorful shamrock examples using coloring book pages (from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone), and scrapbook paper (on left), or construction paper (on right). Colorful shamrock examples using coloring book pages (from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone), and scrapbook paper (on left), or construction paper (on right).

    The cloverleaf is a simple design that symbolizes St. Patrick's Day better than any other. So deciding on using the shamrock as my symbol of choice was the first step. Next, I wanted an easy design with materials readily available. I turned to Pinterest to get ideas and relied heavily on this post from Sugar Bee Crafts for guidance.

    I wanted my completed project to be a little different than other shamrocks around me so I turned to my stash of coloring books. I chose two pages from Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone (Leisure Arts' item 6704) and only colored selected portions of each page. My first page had a few shamrocks along with other leaves and blooms;  the second page I chose depicted dragonflies, another example of expected blooming, warmer weather.

    Using a gel pen and colored pencils, I added some color to a page with shamrocks in its design; from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone. Using a gel pen and colored pencils, I added some color to a page with shamrocks in its design; from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone.
    Another page that reminded me of spring was that of dragonflies. I used a highlighter to color this page; from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone. Another page that reminded me of spring was that of dragonflies. I used a highlighter to color this page; from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    Looking at examples of finished paper shamrocks on various social media sites, I knew that I wanted to use either one or two solid colored paper strips when making each shamrock. I relied on construction paper and scrapbook paper for my choices of solid colors. I always try to make a prototype of a project before its final version. So construction paper and any coloring book page whose coloring was an experiment would be perfect for the draft version!

    The measurements for each paper strip were based on the size of the pages that I chose. The coloring book pages were 8.5"w X 11"h, the construction paper was 9"w X 11"h, and the scrapbook paper was a 12" square.  Now I knew that the longest strip would be from either construction or scrapbook paper. I decided to use three paper strips for each section of my cloverleaf. Each strip would be 1"h with three varying lengths of 8", 9.5" and 12".

    Since I wanted to use coloring book pages, I made the measurements for the two smaller strips fit those dimensions. The largest strip was cut from either construction or scrapbook paper. Since I wanted to use coloring book pages, I made the measurements for the two smaller strips fit those dimensions. The largest strip was cut from either construction or scrapbook paper.

    One strip from each length were gently folded over with the ends held flush and stapled together. The two shorter lengths were my coloring book pages and I turned the design side towards the stapled end which will be the center of the shamrock. I did this on purpose so more of the design would be visible.

    I decided to make a three-leaf shamrock; each of the three leaves were made in two sections of three strips. Staple two three-leaf sections together to make one shamrock leaf. See the image before all pieces are glued for better placement of each section.

    Each clover leaf has been stapled and the stems prepared. Each clover leaf has been stapled and the stems prepared.

    I decided to use my extra strips to make my stem. For extra stability, I used two strips for the stem. The shorter stem strip (inside) was glued to the middle cloverleaf, each end of the longer stem strip (outside) was glued to the underside of each respective outer cloverleaf. See the additional images and close-up to get a better idea of placement.  As you will see in the photos, now is the time to cut four circles, two each in two different sizes; these circles will be the center of the shamrock. Use your judgment as to the size of circles; these will cover the glue that will hold the shamrock leaves and stems together.

    Preparing to use a glue gun to hold all the pieces together. I cut four circles that will be placed in the center of the shamrock assisting in hiding the glue. Preparing to use a glue gun to hold all the pieces together. I cut four circles that will be placed in the center of the shamrock assisting in hiding the glue.
    The gluing has begun with a little placed on the stems onto the sides of the clover leaves. The gluing has begun with a little placed on the stems onto the sides of the clover leaves.

    I have included two close-up shots so the placement of the center circles and hot glue can be seen more clearly.

    A better contrast view showing the center before the hot glue is dispensed. A better contrast view showing the center before the hot glue is dispensed.
    This mound of hot glue helps to hold the ends of each cloverleaf, as well as, each leaf to the stems. This mound of hot glue helps to hold the ends of each cloverleaf, as well as, each leaf to the stems.
    Thank goodness the centered circles conceal the glue (two different circle sizes stacked and glued together). Thank goodness the centered circles conceal the glue (two different circle sizes stacked and glued together).
    Both sides have their center circles placed and glued. Both sides have their center circles placed and glued.

    Now that the construction paper prototype shamrock is constructed, I practice hanging it on a door. I suspended the shamrock by only one of the larger loops. It seems to sag a little, but not too badly.

    One option is to hang on a door. One option is to hang on a door.

    Moving forward, my next step is to make my second shamrock using scrapbook paper instead of construction paper for each of the longest strips. Scrapbook paper is sturdier, so I'm wondering what the differences will be in the design of the final product.

    Second shamrock being constructed. The longest strips are cut from scrapbook paper. One drawback to my choice: it wasn't colored on both sides. Second shamrock being constructed. The longest strips are cut from scrapbook paper. One drawback to my choice: it wasn't colored on both sides.

    GREAT BONUS: I took my coloring book pages from being two-dimensional pages and made them into three-dimensional projects. Now that's taking creativity to the next level -- and it was fun, not hard!

    Use 2-4 coloring book pages for your project. I made my shamrocks from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone. Use 2-4 coloring book pages for your project. I made my shamrocks from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN CHOOSING YOUR PAPER: The scrapbook paper was sturdier than the construction paper so it keeps its shape a little better when hanging by a single hook. The construction paper is colored on both sides; the scrapbook paper that I chose was not.  You can see the differences in color visibility when hanging on a wall.

    Two completed shamrocks used coloring book pages and either scrapbook paper (top left image) or construction paper (bottom right); 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone. Two completed shamrocks used coloring book pages and either scrapbook paper (top left image) or construction paper (bottom right); 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone.
    A straight-on front photo of the shamrocks hanging on a wall doesn't show all the colors well-enough. I think I want a shamrock shower and will try suspending them from the ceiling, but I'll need more shamrocks and some assistance with the hanging of each! A straight-on front photo of the shamrocks hanging on a wall doesn't show all the colors well-enough. I think I want a shamrock shower and will try suspending them from the ceiling, but I'll need more shamrocks and some assistance with the hanging of each!

    Both shamrocks are now done -- yeah; what an easy seasonal item to make! I have not tried suspending my shamrocks by string from the ceiling, or making a paper chain link from which to suspend them, so I still have some experimentation to do. I am pleased enough with this project that I would do it again -- maybe I'll make varying sizes of shamrocks using different colors of green? I have lots of future choices that will make the next round of shamrocks result in interesting variations.

    Enjoy your spring; erin go bragh!

    Martha

  • St. Patrick’s Day Bracelet

    I Just realized that tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day and I do not have anything green to wear. Hmmmmmm! What to do? What to make? I pilfered through my yarn stash looking for something green that I could whip up quickly. It’s supposed to be warm so no wool. I found a leftover ball of Lily Sugar n’ Cream. I have had it for a while so the label is gone so I can’t tell you the color. I decided to make a bracelet. I didn’t want to crochet it in the round. I wanted to us a big button. Continue reading

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Knitting A St. Patrick's Day Dishcloth!

    St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it, and I wanted to be prepared.  And by "be prepared" I mean "knit a dishcloth."  Is there even a holiday out there that doesn't have a corresponding commemorative dishcloth?, you may ask. According to Holiday Knit Dishcloths, no.

    For everything there is a season and a dishcloth, and St. Patrick's Day is no different.  I love that this pattern has letters on it.

    I think if I had knit this at a slightly tighter gauge--fine, the gauge at which this was meant to be knit--the letters would look better.  But I was knitting at a good enough gauge with #6 needles, and knitting cotton yarn with #5 needles feels like I'm pulling my fingers out of their joints.  I'll go through some discomfort like that for Christmas, or maybe Easter, but St. Patrick's Day is a holiday this American Protestant recognizes only because I think I look good in green and don't like being pinched.  I think the knitted fabric will tighten up a bit after a trip through the washer and dryer, so that may take care of everything.

    Still, this is a really cute pattern and it would be a great gift for someone who does get excited about St. Patrick's Day.  Or maybe if you wanted to wish a newlywed couple luck.  Or if you know some hardcore gamblers.  Or maybe don't do that if the gambling is a sensitive subject.

    Maybe I'm being insensitive just bringing this up.  Ah man, I'm so sorry!

    No more jokes!  Just pictures!

    Moving on!  Knit this dishcloth if you feel comfortable doing so!  It's a pretty simple project with just knit and purl stitches!  Both the instructions and the chart are clear and comprehensive!  It's fine!  Everything's FINE!

    Anyway, this takes up about an hour or so of time and 70 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn.  The pattern calls for # 7 needles, but my gauge is ridiculous so ignore what I said about # 5 needles.  I'm sure you'll be fine.  I love the four-leaf clover design and I love that I've found 2 projects to make for this year's St. Patrick's Day.

    The other project was the Shamrock Hat from Knit Hats for Babies, which I definitely recommend to anyone who still wants to make a quick St. Patrick's Day project.

    But if you don't know any babies, then you should definitely try out this dishcloth.  Who wouldn't want to try this?!  It has luck literally knitted into it!

    I'm having second thoughts about a lot of things I wrote in this post, but not that joke.  Plus, I think all knitters could use a little luck in our projects now and then and maybe actually knitting the word "luck" into your work could be perfect.  I hope this brings you lots of luck and holiday joy!
  • A Knitted Shamrock Hat!

     
     

    I knitted a cute little hat for St. Patrick's Day!  The St. Patrick's Day hat from Knit Hats for Babies is just so dang adorable and I can't wait to send it off to my little nephew.

    I've made him a Christmas hat, and a Valentine's Day hat, already.  A St. Patrick's Day hat was the next logical step!  I had downloaded Knit Hats for Babies quite a while ago, but hadn't had the chance to try of the patterns out yet.  It turns out I love the St. Patrick's Day hat. 

    I used worsted weight Red Heart in some kind of garish lime green color because I thought I would have more uses for the bright green yarn I would have left over from a hat project.

    By the way, this is how the hat looks in the book.

    I like that light green color, but the lime green seemed really fun and bright.  I enjoy St. Patrick's Day and I love the month of March.  This is such a lovely springtimey hat!

    I used Size 5 needles and I used DPNs for the whole thing because I made this in one of the smaller sizes.  There are instructions for hats in sizes 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.  You could probably fit all of your stitches onto a 16" circular needle if you were making this in one of the larger sizes.  Making this on double pointed needles wasn't very tricky at all, though.  Sometimes people complain about acrylic being squeaky and kind of sticking to the needles, but it can come in handy for some knitting projects.

    And!  Look at the top of this hat!  You finish off with an I-cord!  And then you make this amazing little shamrock!  So precious. 

     

    The clover is made by knitting 3 little pieces. 

    Yes, that's really how it's supposed to look at first.
    Then you sew them into circles and then sew the circles together and then you crochet an itty bitty stem.

    Oh!  And!  The brim!

    There's no ribbing to the hat, and so the bottom of this rolls up pretty easily on its own.  But then!  You can sew it in place with some of that dark green you use for your shamrock.  Yay for using up scraps! 

    Of course, you can skip that if you're not a big fan of stitching or if you think this looks a bit cluttered.  (It would probably look less cluttered if a better sewer had been doing this.  So there's that.)  It's adorable either way.  But don't you dare leave off that shamrock.  It's one of the cutest things I've ever seen and I want to stitch this onto to all sorts of projects now!  I'll try to exercise some restraint, but I get really excited about the holidays.

    Looking at this little creation, I'm sure you can see why.

  • Happy St. Patrick’s & National Quilt Day

    We’ve got to have a double celebration today! It’s St. Patrick’s Day and National Quilt Day! Let’s party…

    I love St. Patrick’s Day ’cause it’s all about green (my favorite color)! I can wear green…(Like this sweater on the front of Urban Edge!)…

    Set the table with my Jadite green Jane Ray-patterned dishes…

    Eat green foods and freak the kids out…(I’m craving this Chocolate-Mint Cake from The Best of Gifts of Good Taste Everyday!)…

    And pinch the Love-Of-My-Life in public cause he’s not wearing green!

    Have you got your green on?

    For those of you who are more excited about quilts than you are about the color green, I’ve got a free downloadable quilt pattern for you in honor of National Quilt Day!

    This Flower Patch Quilt pattern just feels like vintage spring to me! It’s easy to make, too, using big 13" squares and button tying.

    You can find this quilt pattern and more loveliness in Sentimental Living from the Porch. This pretty, pretty book is filled with gorgeous and gracious ideas for indoor and outdoor décor and entertaining from designer Alda Ellis—plus, it’s on sale!

    Hope you have a glorious day today! Luck of the Irish to you on this combined St. Patrick’s and National Quilt Day!

  • Cookbook Suggestions & Free Recipes for St. Patrick’s

    St. Patrick’s Day is on its way, and I’m starting to think about my supper plans for that evening! I’ve turned to some Leisure Arts cookbooks for inspiration, and I’ve even got a free main course recipe to share with you!

    My first thought with any meal is, of course, dessert! From the Celebrating Candy cookbook, I’m looking at this Creamy Mint Fudge! Isn’t it pretty—all yummy green-tinted white chocolate with semisweet chocolate on top? If you’d like to make it, too, check out the recently released downloadable version of Celebrating Candy!

    I might also need to make these Blarney Stones from Celebrating Cookies! They might not be all about the green, but I love the story of the Blarney Stone! (Celebrating Cookies is available as a download, too, so you’ve got no excuse not to bake!)

    For the actual supper itself, we’ll be having Irish Stew served in edible Bread Bowls, and both recipes are here for you free from the Best of Gifts of Good Taste Everyday!

    IRISH STEW
    1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    4 pounds boneless lamb, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 tablespoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    5 cups hot water
    10 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (about 31/2 pounds)
    2 cups peeled and cubed white turnips (about 13 ounces)
    2 cups chopped onions (about 2 large onions)
    2 cups sliced carrots (about 3 medium carrots)
    4 teaspoons dried parsley
    2 bay leaves

    In a 10-quart stockpot, melt shortening over medium-high heat. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Thoroughly coat lamb with flour. Add lamb to shortening and cook until brown. Add water and bring to a boil.

    Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaves. Cover and refrigerate until ready to present. Serve with Bread Bowls (recipe follows).

    Yield: about 8 servings

    BREAD BOWLS
    1 box (16 ounces) hot roll mix
    1 cup instant mashed potato flakes
    2 tablespoons dried minced onion
    1-1/3 cups hot water
    2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
    1 egg
    Vegetable cooking spray

    In a large bowl, combine hot roll mix (including yeast), potato flakes, and onion. Add water, butter, and egg. Knead in bowl until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 5 minutes or until dough becomes smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.

    On a large baking sheet, invert six 10-ounce oven-proof custard cups. Heavily spray outside of cups with cooking spray. Divide dough into 6 equal balls. Shape each ball of dough over outside of a custard cup. Spray dough with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place (80 to 85 degrees) 30 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. While still warm, remove bread from cups. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container until ready to present.

    Yield: 6 bread bowls

    To serve: Place stew in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through. If desired, wrap bread in aluminum foil and reheat. Spoon stew into Bread Bowls. Serve immediately.

    Need a thoughtful present for someone on St. Patrick’s Day? Cook up a double batch of these free recipes for Irish Stew and Bread Bowls and pack the finished results in a basket with green ribbons and a shamrock-shaped card. It’s sure to be appreciated!

  • Downloadable Irish-Themed Patterns

    Looking for some great low-priced downloadable Irish-themed patterns to work on while you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day? We're got some nice ones for plastic canvas, quilting, cross stitch, and knit:
  • Celebrate St. Patrick's with Pat Sloan's Tour Ireland Quilt Book

    Quilters! Don't wait for St. Patrick's Day! Add a bit of the Irish to your world everyday with Pat Sloan's Tour Ireland quilt pattern book!


    Designer Pat took a tour of Ireland a couple of years ago and came back with the 12 delightfully Irish-inspired designs that eventually came together in this book, including Blooms Of Ireland, Cobblestones Of Ireland, Irish Coffee, Lady Of The Lake, Sheep's Feet, With Needle And Thread, Luck Of The Irish Wall Hanging, Luck Of The Irish Table Runner, Dreaming Of Shamrocks, Sheep On The Mountain, Irish Chain, and Streets Of Dublin! (I personally love the wall hanging on the front cover...gotta love the sheep if you're even a little Irish!)


    And, coolest of all, Tour Ireland is on sale, so get yourself a little early St. Patrick's Day gift!

  • Downloadable St. Patrick's Day Plastic Canvas Patterns

    St. Patrick's Day is coming up soon - March 17th in fact! If you're like me, you're probably thinking about making some little St. Patrick's-themed something to give your friends. Low-priced, instant downloadable patterns are coming to my rescue yet again with some really cute plastic canvas projects!
    All four of these designs would make adorable pins (so you won't leave the house without your green), plant pokes (imagine one of them on a dowel stuck down in a pot of shamrocks), magnets (to add a touch of holiday fun to the fridge), and more!
    And best of all, they're downloadable, so you can start stitching them right now!
  • Knit Holidays

    Did you wear your green yesterday—that beautiful green crocheted vest? Did you finish the cross stitch blessing design you set out to stitch for your secret pal? Did the kid leave for school clutching a shamrock plant in a handpainted pot for the teacher? Did you make those green frosted cupcakes topped with your one-of-a-kind papercrafted pics for your quilting group? Knitters, did you get that Cup Cozy made? Me neither…

    Well, we may have missed our chance to create the perfect St. Patrick’s goodies for this year, but I’ve got the book knitters need to have to be prepared for all those gift-giving occasions to come: Holiday Knit Dishcloths by Katherine Satterfield.

    With heart, clover, bunny, duck, star, flag, bat, pumpkin, Christmas tree, Santa, and snowman designs, all of the important holidays are here: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, and Christmas. These washcloths make great holiday presents and are ideal for wedding showers and housewarming gifts. The little bunny and duckie designs would also make sweet baby shower presents. Evidently, there are lots of folks out there that swear by knit dishcloths for washing dishes, babies, and even themselves—The texture’s great, they’re washable, they’re pretty, and they last forever.

    Hope you have a happy day after St. Patrick’s Day! My kids are eating leftover green mashed potatoes—for breakfast...

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