Saturday, March 31, 2012

101 Easter Basket Fillers

Think beyond the jelly beans and chocolate bunny...
  1. Sidewalk chalk
  2. Jump rope
  3. Sandals or flip flops
  4. DVD
  5. Puzzle
  6. Crayons and coloring book
  7. Stickers or stamps and stamp pads
  8. Gel pens
  9. Book
  10. Bookmark
  11. Flower seeds
  12. Sunscreen
  13. Notepad
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Erasers
  16. Tootbrush and toothpaste
  17. Nightlight
  18. Beanie Baby or Ty Beanie Boos
  19. Bubbles
  20. Trinket box
  21. Card games

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Break To-Do List...

We are officially on spring break now until April 10th!  At this moment, I am mostly looking forward to getting some extra sleep!  After I've rested a bit I'll be ready to start my spring cleaning and my spring break projects.  This is my spring break to do list...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Ideas

I thought I would share some links to some great Easter ideas that I have come across on other blogs.  Go ahead and click on the pictures to get to those blogs to read more and check out their other great ideas!

Epsom Salt Eggs from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

I love this idea!  It adds such sparkle to the eggs. I also love how they look displayed on this white platter. I am going to do this with my children next week - I know my daughter will love it! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easter Cross Decoration

Here is a simple, inexpensive Easter decoration.  In the past, I have made many at a time and we used them as centerpieces on the tables at church for our Easter sunrise service breakfast.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Crafty Chloe & a Giveaway

Last week we had the privilege of welcoming children's author, Kelly DiPucchio to our school.   In celebration of March is Reading Month, our school was decorated with proof of our love of books all over the place! 

Kelly DiPucchio has published many books and two of them, Grace for President and The Sandwich Swap, have made the New York Times Bestseller list. Grace for President was also featured on the television show, The View.

Each of the grades in our school had one of Kelly DiPucchio's books as their "special" book. They read the story and then did a writing and/or art project to go along with the book. All the children's work (and the teachers' work) was so impressive!

DiPucchio did a wonderful job speaking to our students.
She talked a lot about coming up with ideas to write about, adding details to your stories, and never giving up. She used a big sandwich to symbolize a story: bread on top (beginning), meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion (middle and details), and bottom piece of bread (end.)
The kids and adults really enjoyed her visit and she was an inspiration to our young writers.

All of our students had the opportunity to order some of Kelly DiPucchio's books. The author autographed more than 200 books that day! 

Here she is with my son, Hugh (8).

Each classroom's door was also decorated with a favorite book that was used by that class.
All the students, preschool through 4th grade, LOVED DiPucchio's newest book, Crafty Chloe, so that is what my classroom door represented.  One of our high school students made Chloe and a fourth grader and a volunteer mom (Thanks, Tara!) worked on the "Crafty Chloe" sign hanging above it.  The door design was inspired by the cover of the book.

This is Kelly DiPucchio with one of my students and dear friend, Chloee.  Chloee also LOVED this book and Chloee is very crafty herself so this was perfect!

Crafty Chloe

In the story, Chloe is searching for the perfect gift for a friend's birthday.  But when another girl gets the gift Chloe had wanted to get, she has to come up with a different idea. Using her crafty skills, she makes her friend a birthday gift.  The story and the illustrations are just wonderful!  The character, Chloe is so thoughtful and creative - you just can't help but fall in love with her!
Crafty Chloe was just released in February and has already received some great reviews!

Look who loved it...

Yes, our crafty friend, Martha featured it on The Martha Stewart Show with illustrator, Heather Ross.  Together they then demonstrated how to make a doll bed like Crafty Chloe in the story made for her friend Emma. How cool is that?

Check out the Crafty Chloe Make-Stuff Blog, The blog offers tutorials on how to make craft projects based on different parts of the story (including the doll bed that Martha shared!)  There are links with author and illustrator information and a link to check upcoming Crafty Chloe events and news. 

Author, Kelly DiPucchio was kind enough to send me a copy of the book before it was released so I had plenty of time to share it with our students before her visit to our elementary school.  As I mentioned before, the students LOVED it and so did I.  It has become one of my favorite children's books ever! I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! It is perfect for a crafty or artistic child and for crafty ladies too! I'm telling ya - you will love it! 

Click on the link below to get to to purchase a copy for yourself...


You can win an autographed copy right here!

Giveaway Guidelines

One entry per reader...

1. You must be a Sister-Dipity Follower.


2. Comment below this post and tell us about either a special handmade gift you have given someone or a special handmade gift someone has given to you.


3. Be sure to include your email address or contact information with your comment so I can let you know if you are the winner.

Giveaway ends Monday, April 9th.
*Check out Kelly DiPucchio's website:

and illustrator, Heather Ross' website:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Great Craft Books

In recognition of March being National Craft Month and National Reading Month I thought I would share with you some of my favorite craft books.  You may click on each picture to be taken to a site where you can find out more about the book or purchase the book.

Fw Publications North Light Books, How To Organize Your Scrapbook Workspace

Four years ago we finished our basement.  It provided us with 900 square feet of additional living space! Yay!  During the months that we were working on the basement, I was obsessed with this book.  I read and reread it, referring to specific sections over and over!  I now have a beautiful scrapbook/craft area and a place for all my crafty stuff!  (Someday I will share it with you!)

This book, HOMEMADE: The Heart and Science of Handcrafts, was just recently published in October of 2011.  The author, Carol Endler Sterbenz, provides crafters with an extremely thorough reference for a variety of craft projects including soap making, jewelry making, flower arranging, and paper crafts just to name a few. The back cover of the book says "Definitive illustrated encyclopedia of crafts."  It sure is!  It has everything with step-by-step instructions!

Northridge Publishing has several craft related magazines that come out monthly.  I have a subscription to the one above, Cricut Magazine.  It is filled with different projects you can do using your Cricut personal cutting machine.  I like it because it includes a variety of project ideas including scrapbooking, cardmaking, party ideas, and other paper crafts.  It provides great photographs and detailed instructions.  The magazine below, Simply Handmade, is one I would love a subscription to and may get sometime soon!  This one is about sewing but I know it has different topics each month. 

Image Detail

I LOVE this book, Layers: Inspired Collage for Paper Projects with Meaning by Shari Carroll.  My husband gave me a gift card to Barnes & Noble for my birthday a couple years ago, and I remember sitting on the floor in the craft book section of the store with several books all around me trying to decide which one to get.  I finally decided on this one and I have really enjoyed it and referred to it multiple times.  It has such unique project ideas including gifts, frames, journals, books, cards, and scrapbook pages. 

Making Cards (Art Ideas)

This book, Making Cards was made for kids but I like it too!  It has different creative ideas for making cards for different occasions.  I have used their ideas to make birthday party invitations for the kids and I have referred to this book when doing projects with my son and my students at school. Usborne publishers produce great books for children!

Unlike the other books mentioned here, Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio is a storybook rather than a craft idea book.  It was released in February and was featured on the Martha Stewart show.  It is about Chloe who wants to make something special for her best friend for her birthday.  It is a cute, clever story with adorable illustrations.   

Click HERE to enter our giveaway for your own autographed copy of Crafty Chloe!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I've Been Featured!

I got an email from Jill at Two Yellow Birds letting me know my Scrabble Wall Art from her linky party last week is being featured today as a favorite on her site!  Yay!  If you missed my Scrabble Wall Art post click HERE.

Be sure to head on over to Two Yellow Birds and check out the linky party from last week (when I had submitted my project) and check out this week's linky party for lots more recipes, crafts, and creative ideas from other bloggers!  Some of the links that got my attention this week included:  Rootbeer Cookies, Keep Calm printables, and Easter Tablescapes.  Check them out!  Thanks for featuring my project, Jill!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My McDonalds Disaster

Ryan had a meeting after work today so I thought it would be a fun surprise to take all three kiddos to McDonald's to eat and let them play in the playroom.  They frequently ask to do that and I always say "no." I thought it would be easier than trying to make dinner with everyone trying to play outside and the baby crying and pulling at my pant legs because he can't play outside without me.  I thought it would be easier because then there would be no mess to clean up - at least no more than dumping our McDonald's tray into the garbage.  I thought it would be easier because I could feed them, allow them to play and have a grand 'ol time, and let them wear themselves out.  "Easier"....he, he, he! Nothing is ever easy. Oh, when will I ever learn?

So, picture it - I pull up to McDonald's - thank the good Lord we got a wonderful parking spot right up close so I don't need to worry so much about traffic in the parking lot.  I unbuckle every one's car seats and we go barreling into McDonald's, straight to the counter to order.  Well, I go straight to the counter to order with Oliver, 19 months old, on my hip.  Claire(3) and Hugh(8) head to the display of Happy Meal toys anxiously hollering out to me what they hope to get.  Then Hugh says "we're going to play, mom!"  I say "Wait!  What do you want to eat?" as they go running into the playroom.  Hugh yells over his shoulder "chicken nuggets" and Claire says "me too!"  Okay, fine.  Oliver and I begin to order.  As I'm ordering Claire comes running back out to me with her socks in her hand asking me to help her put them on (she was wearing her sandals and we took socks with us for the playroom.)  I tell her to ask Hugh to help her.  She runs back to the playroom waving her pink polka-dot socks in the air. 

I turn back to the girl at the cash register who happens to be one of my former students.  She is giggling at my crew and says "Your kids are getting so big!"  I order Happy Meals for everyone and a large iced caramel mocha for myself.  Oh, I couldn't wait for the iced caramel mocha! When our food is set on the tray, I set Oliver down and head him in the direction of the playroom.  He runs in there super excited looking for his brother and sister.  I, too, am looking for them and as I'm saying "Hugh, Claire??" and looking around, my beloved iced caramel mocha flips completely off my tray and hits the floor, splattering all over everywhere.  Just as the pool of mocha widens and spreads throughout the whole entry way to the playroom, Claire and Hugh come running around the corner and I stop them just before they step in it.  Right on their heels are three other little girls whom I don't know and behind them is a grandma who looks at me with sympathetic eyes. 

I pick up Claire and help her over the mess as Hugh steps over it and takes Oliver's hand.  I look back toward the counter where we had ordered and my eyes meet my former student's eyes.  She then sees what has happened and I give her a "help me" look. She nods. I take the kids to the only available table and set the tray down.  Behind me I hear the grandma telling her girls that someone is coming to clean up the mess.  Hugh is stressing about the mess and I assure him I will make sure it is taken care of.  I get the kids seated and am about to turn to go back to the mess, when my former student, being the sweetheart that she is, appears with another iced caramel mocha!  Oh, I love her!  I have always loved her!  I'm sure she had no idea how much I needed that mocha. I thank her profusely and peek back toward the mess to see another McDonald's employee cleaning it up!  I breathe a sigh of relief and turn my attention back toward my babes.

We are seated at the only table that is available in the play area.  It is very close to a table where two very large women are seated.  Their little girls are playing nearby.  I try to quickly pass out all the kids' meals but I am hearing from my three munchkins "juice, juice" - "did you get me dip for my nuggets?" - "mama, will you open my apples?" - "what toy did Oliver get?" - "how do you make this work?" - "where is my straw?"  While I am passing everything out there is a knock on the window from outside.  I look up to see two of my students, sisters, a 4th grader and a 1st grader, grinning and waving to me!  Oh, gosh.  They are sweet girls but....well, I just didn't need one more thing. I smile and wave back.  Ahhh...I finally get everyone settled in and begin peacefully sipping on my mocha.   Yum!  I start to relax.  One of the ladies sitting next to us gets up to get something and then turns sideways to squeeze back into her spot at her table.  Claire, who is now standing on her chair nibbling on a nugget watches the lady and then says "Those are big mamas! Wow!  Those big, big mamas have big, big butts!"  Oh. My. Gosh.  I don't say anything to her but sort of peek over to see if the ladies have heard her.  They are visiting and I don't think they heard anything.  Hugh, however, is mortified.  He glares at his sister and says "Claire, how about you put that chicken McNugget down and we go play now?"  Claire agrees and off they go.  Of course, since they went to play, Oliver wants to play too.  I help him down, turn around with him in my arms and almost run into the two girls who are my students.

Let me explain about these two...they are very friendly, very sweet girls but they have some social issues.  One of the biggest things I have noticed is that they do not understand about personal space and the older one, especially, is quite often in my face - literally, nose to nose.  They are grinning and say "we were so surprised to see you here!"  Uh, huh.  Luckily the grown-up they are with calls them over and gets them to sit down to eat on the other side of the play area.  I continue with Oliver and he climbs up to play with his brother and sister.  I actually get a few minutes to go back and sit down while the kids play.  They wave to me and I hear "watch, mama, watch."  I watch and cheer and so on.  The big, big mamas begin chatting with me and we laugh and talk about our kids.  Whew...I don't think they heard Claire's observation. 

Soon another family with 5 kids from our school comes in and again, are excited to see me!  A teacher at McDonald's!  Imagine!  Yes, we do not live at the school.  We actually are real people too!The big, big mamas are noticing that all the kids know me and are happy to see me.  They ask if I am a teacher.  I tell them "yes" and then they ask where I teach and what I teach.  I tell them.

Soon Claire comes running and sort of dancing around, a look of panic on her face.  "I HAVE TO GO POTTY!" she squeals.  I grab Oliver's hand and take both of them into the bathroom while I ask Hugh to throw our tray of garbage away.  I get the kids in the bathroom and get Claire on the potty as Oliver tries really hard to open the door.  Then Hugh opens the door from the outside and joins us.  He has our receipt in his hand.  Claire is just finishing up on the potty and I help her.  Hugh asks "Mom, is this our receipt?"  "Yes," I say, "you can just throw it away."  I see him studying the receipt. I also notice Oliver eyeing the toilet.  I say "Hugh, please take your brother's hand and go out and throw the receipt away out there." I know he is thinking about his receipt collection he keeps in a secret compartment in the back seat of the van.  He only keeps the coolest receipts. He continues to study it and Oliver heads toward the toilet.  I repeat myself AGAIN and Hugh says "No, I'll just throw it away here."  He puts his foot on the bottom of the garbage can where the little pedal is that is supposed to open the lid.  It doesn't and he keeps tapping it with his foot.  "HUGH, TAKE YOUR BROTHER OUT BEFORE HE GETS TO THE - "  Too late!  I let go of Claire and lunge toward the toilet just as Oliver sticks his hand in it.  Ugh...I calmly say "Hugh, that is why I told you to take your brother out of here." I get everyone cleaned up and we leave the bathroom. 

Greeting us right outside the bathroom door are the two little girls who have no understanding of personal space.  They follow us and stay very close to my back as I pack up our things and try to get Oliver's shoes on him.  I sternly instruct Hugh and Claire to go get their shoes as one of the little girls says "It must be hard having three kids."  I say "no, piece of cake" and one of the big, big mamas laughs.  I have to nearly push the girls out of the way to get to our bag (they just don't get it) and I carry Oliver out of the playroom with Hugh and Claire following.  On the way by the site of the mocha spill, Oliver swings his hand down and takes ahold of the "caution, wet floor" sign and flings it out into the restaurant making a very loud clattering noise. I leave it. I don't even care. I am ready to go now. Claire is saying "mama, I don't have my shoes on!"  We are at the outside door. I set Oliver down and grab his hand while I scoop Claire up with my other arm.  Oliver then begins this new thing he does when we are in parking lots and he starts saying over and over "truck! truck! bye-bye in truck!"  He seems to think we can pick out whatever vehicle we want and just climb in.  He is always SO angry that I keep putting him in our boring old van.  As he tries to take off toward the truck parked next to us I scoop him up in my other arm and his meltdown begins.  Kicking and screaming and yelling "no, truck, truck!"  (Again, I am thankful we have a great parking spot.) I pin them against the side of the van while I get my keys out of my pocket and open the door.  Claire is still upset about not having her shoes on and at this point is begging for ice cream and Oliver is arching his back and SCREAMING at the top of his lungs.  I inform them that everyone inside and outside of McDonald's is watching us.  I get Hugh and Claire in and buckled and have to hold Oliver down to get him in his car seat.  His fit continues. 

I finally get in myself, close the door, and take a deep breath.  I could really use another iced caramel mocha or...maybe I need something stronger.  Claire says from the back "Well, that was embarrassing."  Oh, brother.  I thought about how I had chatted with the big, big mamas and how they now know that I am a teacher.  After that fiasco, what do they think of me now?  Probably glad they are from out of town.  I look at the clock - 5:13.  Ugh - two more hours until bedtime?  I think about the car wash around the corner and try to figure out how I could just run all three kids through it to get bath time over with so we can go straight to bed when we get home.  I snap out of the car wash fantasy and head for home.  Oh, well.  At least I am laughing about it now and tomorrow's another day, right?

Wordless Wednesday

Working Mom Meal - Ham & Potato Casserole

This is a recipe I got last year from Taste of Home.  It is really good and easy to make.  The best part is that this recipe makes 2 casseroles so you can have one for dinner and you can freeze one for another time. 1 mess, 1 night of cooking but 2 meals!  Perfect for a working mom! My son Hugh (8) says "this is the best dinner ever" every time I make it!


  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 packages (28 ounces each) frozen O'Brien potatoes
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham


In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, water and pepper. Stir
in the potatoes, cheese and ham. Transfer to two greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dishes.
Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 375° for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes
before serving.

To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove
from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Taste of Home tells you to bake as directed.
I have found though that it needs to bake much longer for the inside to heat up good.  I usually bake mine closer to an hour. I then uncover and bake it 15 minutes longer until it is bubbly.  Check the middle to see if it is bubbly and to make sure the Velveeta is melted. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

These are my children...

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It's Spring!

                                          "The World is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."

Hugh and Claire had so much fun playing in the mud in the backyard with our friend, Chloee.  This puddle is always a target for Hugh in the spring.  I love the looks on all of their faces.  It is pure joy!  Chloee's sister Lilly did not get wet but enjoyed watching the others make a muddy mess! And did you notice by this last picture Claire was no longer wearing her rain boots....or her pants?!?! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2011
Forecast for our area today - first day of spring - Partly cloudy and 81 degrees.

Friday, March 16, 2012

My To Do List...

Wow!  What a week!  It is Friday and I am feeling so frazzled and worn out from this hectic week. 

Last week I twisted my ankle and am still recovering. A quick trip to the ER for x-rays confirmed it was just a sprain and not a break, thank goodness. A week later though, and it is still quite sore.  So all of my running around being a busy mom has been a bit more difficult this week because every step is painful.  No time for mom to be down though!

So, even though it is Friday, I am still feeling so overwhelmed (and achy).  It always helps to write it down so here I go.  My to do list and the things that are weighing heavy on my mind today...

-pick up Hugh's homework
-make tulle St. Patty's Day wreath
-deliver wreath
-make 24 chocolate baseball cake balls
-put money in all 3 kids' lunch accounts
-finish decorating door at school for reading month
-make 3 welcome banners for visiting author next week
-clean up classroom
-finish lesson plans
-email lesson plans
-make reservations and send checks to inn we are staying at in a few weeks
-lose 30 pounds
-clean up kitchen, dining room table, kids' bedrooms, our bedroom
-scrub toilets
-sort out kids' clothes and pack away clothes that are too small
-pick up glasses and order contacts at eye doctor
-pay bills
-sign computer lab out for 3rd and 4th graders for next week
-verify sister is taking care of Oliver tomorrow
-hang Claire's dress up to dry for princess luncheon tomorrow
-order gift card for mother-in-law
-check for coupons for Carter's
-nap - no probably not
-rehang students' art that has fallen off the wall
-download photos and send to photographer for school yearbook
-refill prescription
-refill Claire's prescription
-organize 2011 pictures
-clean out van
-return crutches
-deliver 31 orders to rest of people
-schedule photo session for Claire and Oliver, Hugh too? IDK
-steam clean bedroom carpets - who borrowed the steam cleaner last?
-fold and put away clean laundry
-put time off request in computer for Claire's asthma specialist appointment coming up
-order gift for friend
-check on 31 order specials
-return Hugh's library books
-put princess luncheon tickets in my purse for tomorrow
-send Cherie's address to Tracey
-clean up deck
-get out patio furniture
-clean out front walk flower bed
-clean out and reorganize storage room and pantry
-sort out and organize stuff for mom-to-mom sale
-sign up for mom-to-mom sale
-find planner
-make pink bunny peeps vase of eggs
-email necklace lady about giveaway item

And see the random thoughts?  My thoughts are just jumping all over the place! The items in red are the ones I insist must be done today! I look at this list and feel so overwhelmed that I just think I don't want to do any of it and I should just go to bed.  Ugh...Well, TGIF!

UPDATE:  It is now Monday and I am not feeling as overwhelmed and as you can see I did get many things crossed off my list!  Being the crazy list lady that I am, I have now started another list for this week.  Like I said though, I am not as stressed!  (At least, not at the moment!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Meal - Recipes

Corned Beef Brisket with Cabbage Cream Sauce
and Apple-Onion Saute

They say the way to man's heart is through his stomach.  Well, this time of year I think my husband loves me more than ever.  This is the meal I make every St. Patrick's Day.  These pictures do not do it justice - trust me, it is DELICIOUS!

Corned Beef Brisket

2 1/2 to 31/2 pound boneless corned beef brisket
2 cups chopped onions
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons pickling spice
1 bottle Guinness beer    

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Placed corned beef brisket in large roasting pan.  Add onions and garlic to pan.  Sprinkle brisket with pickling spice.  Pour the bottle of beer over the whole thing.  Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.  Cook at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until beef is fork-tender.

2.  Remove brisket from pan; trim off any fat.  Carve diagonally across the grain.  Top with cabbage cream sauce before serving.

Several years ago, I attended an authentic Irish cooking class led by Chef Carl F. Tanner from Zehnders of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  This was one of my favorite recipes I got from that class.  It is fast and easy and really adds to the corned beef dish.

Cabbage Cream Sauce

6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk, heated slowly in a separate pan
salt and white pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onions

1. Melt butter in sauce pan over medium-high heat.
2. Add flour and stir to combine, making a roux/paste.
3. Gradually add the heated milk, stirring well.
4. Cook over medium heat until it begins to boil and thicken. Reduce heat to very low and simmer, stirring often for 5 to 10 minutes.
5.  Saute the chopped cabbage and onions together in butter in a separate pan
6. Season with salt and white pepper to taste
7. Stir in the cabbage and onion mixture and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve over corned beef.

Apple Onion Saute

3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 medium onions, cut into thin slices
2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
2 large Jonathan apples, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions;  cook and stir 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 
2. Add apples, remaining butter and brown sugar to onions.  Cook and stir an additional 5 to 8 minutes or until apples are crisp-tender. Yummy!

I feel like my photographs aren't doing a good job of showing how delicious this meal really is.  If only I could give you all a little taste.  Oh, well, you'll just have to try it yourself!  TRY IT!! You won't be sorry! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

St. Patty's Day Ribbon Topiary

As some of you may already know, I am obsessed with making wreaths - see HERE - and I love tulle and ribbon.  I have lots of both and am always excited to start a new project.
Ryan's aunt has a St. Patrick's Day party every year and I wanted to take her a little hostess gift.
 Taking a little breather from wreaths, I decided to make her a St. Patrick's Day ribbon topiary using several different green types of ribbon.

Items I used:
-15 different types of ribbon (a little of each, didn't use it all up)
-a styrofoam ball
-a 12 inch dowl (I painted it white.)
-vase with a hidden chunk of floral foam inside and surrounded by green moss
-lots of straight pins

I stuck the dowel in the floral foam and then attached the styrofoam ball to the top.

I then cut the ribbon into strips about 4 inches long.  I shaped each piece of ribbon so the ends met and used one straight pin to attach each ribbon to the styrofoam ball.

I did this over and over and over with all the different types of ribbon.
The ribbon varied in design, shades of green, texture, and widths. 
I love the variety all together.

I like to turn the pieces of ribbon in different directions so the pieces are all laying differently. 
I think you can fit more on that way and it gives it a fuller look.

In addition to the green ribbon and St. Patrick's Day ribbon, I added a couple pieces of camouflage ribbon too.  Ryan's aunt and uncle are both deer hunters and I knew they would appreciate the extra little touch of camo. (They did!)

I used one of the ribbons to make a large bow around the vase as a finishing touch.
I love how it turned out.  I think I will make one for my table too!

"Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Edible Wreath

I was so excited to find these Creme De Menthe Hershey's Kisses at Target.  Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
Of course, my mind immediately went to WREATH!!!

The shiny green foil is beautiful and these little kisses are delicious!

I bought this wooden 12 inch wreath from Michael's. It was about $2.00.

I used Mod Podge to attach paper to the wreath form and the glue spots to attach the kisses.

I used a large paint brush to cover the wooden wreath form with the Mod Podge.
I then covered the wreath with a light green scrapbook paper and cut out the middle of the circle.

I used glue spots to attach the green Hershey's Kisses all the way around the wreath.
I then used an x-acto knife to trim away the edges of the paper around the inside of the wreath.

I found this ceramic "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" plaque at Michael's for $2.00.
I hung it from the top of the wreath.

I then added green sparkly tulle and ribbon (both from Michael's.) 
I looped them around the wreath and tied them in a knot near the end.
I like this white and green ribbon.  I think the design on it looks like Celtic knots. 
I think it goes along with the knot I tied quite nicely too!

The wreath can be eaten and then recovered using more kisses and glue spots. 
And there you have edible wreath!