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Chelsea from It’s Good for the Heart:: St. Patrick’s Day Projects!

Hey everyone!! I am so excited for this chance to be a guest blogger- I am probably as new as they come at doing these kinda things but will give it my best shot!!!

 First I wanted to introduce myself- My name is Chelsea and I started my “crafty” blog-(http://www.itsgoodfortheheart.blogspot.com/) a couple months ago. I have always loved crafts but really haven’t gotten crazy into them until recently. I attribute this to these three things that have happened in the past 6 months:

-My little family moving across the country (far far away from family)
-Husband starting medical school
-Starting to work  graveyard shifts in the ER.

Yes -all three of these things have given me a lot of extra time on my hands. I found that by working on projects, I didn’t miss my family far away or my husband upstairs studying his brains out and really made my long and tiring nights in the ER go by pretty quick. Yes I do craft in my scrubs!!
So, what you can expect from my blog: a whole lot of random crafts and ideas- I love trying everything and am truly learning as I go!

So here I am and today I wanted to share some fun ways to get in the the “Irish Spirit” and celebrate St Patricks Day– Do you celebrate St Patricks Day?? It’s one of my favorite holidays. I really don’t know why- maybe cause it means spring is here (or trying to be) or because of my Irish blood, or because it’s just another excuse to eat treats and decorate!!  Whatever the reason, I love it. My mom always went all out for every holiday and it was so fun, so now I am trying to do the same with my family.

So first, lets start with decorating. Here are a couple ways to get your house ready for St. Patricks Day!!

Warning: You will notice that I use a lot of what I like to call “poor man’s fabric” or felt. (Remember my husband is a medical student, can’t beat 29 cent felt!!) Love the stuff!!

Shamrock Garland– This was a lot of fun to make and really you can go so many ways with this project- even use the idea for other holidays (easter eggs, stars, leaves etc..)

I cut out my pieces and sewed them in a strip all together. Can’t get any easier than that!!!
Oh and want to know that best part of this… the thread I used was called Leprechaun, love it
St. Patrick’s Wreath- This again was a lot of fun to make. Similar to the felt heart wreath. You can check out additional instructions over at my blog (http://itsgoodfortheheart.blogspot.com/2010/02/st-pattys-wreath.html)

Now some stuff for the kiddos
Personal Pot o Gold- So every year, when I was little, the “leprechaun” left little green treats for us and just loved it. I want to continue the tradition with my kids but my problem was that I didn’t have anything to put the goodies in like my mom did. So I decided to try making one myself…..
So here is his pot of gold that the leprechaun can fill- I may emroider his name in gold sometime

and it just may serve as a leprechaun hat as well

St Patrick’s T shirts-
For these I went all out and used regular fabric!!! I just took plain shirts and did the whole iron on fusible webbing zigzag stitch thing…similar process as these- (link) I just loved using all the different fabrics for these shirts.

Don’t worry, you can make yourself one too, not just for the kids!!

Well there are some of my ideas to help you get into the St Patricks Day spirit!!! Hope you liked them. Thank you so much for reading and letting me post on here, I feel LUCKY to have had the chance!!

{Check out my other traditions I have for celebrating the holiday here (www.itsgoodfortheheart.blogpot.com) such as recipes, movies, fun things for the kids, music etc….}

Chelsea

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Thanks so much for guest posting Chelsea! I appreciate it so much. If you guys get a chance, go over and see her cute blog!

Have a fantastic day!
XOXO

Comments

  1. Three under Three says:

    Great ideas! I made my daughter the St. Paddy day shirt today after seeing this post!

  2. My blog is private, but send me your email address and I can add you to my list.
    fivegreatkiddos@yahoo.com

  3. I so love your creative ideas and your blog. I tried the subway art thing. I didn't do so well, but it was still fun. I'm adding your blog to my list okay?

  4. Wills and Tessa says:

    Love the Pot of Gold idea! Thanks!

  5. They all look like so much fun to make. Can't wait to give them a try!

  6. I will definitely check out your blog. This was a great post, lots of cute ideas.
    Having moved clear across the country myself for hubby's med school, I totally know how you feel. Keep your head up and eventually it will all be worth it!

  7. SO cute! I love love love the t-shirts! Great post Chelsea!

  8. ♥Amber Filkins♥ says:

    Super cute!! I love all of the projects, but the clothes are my favorite!

    ♥♥♥

  9. Love that st. pattys day is a way to add some extra green into the decor! :)

  10. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    So nice to "meet" you! Your little one is precious and your life sounds very hectic. I'm glad you have found blogging and crafting, it is hard moving away from family. I've moved many times over the years.

    Sue

  11. You did a great job here today! You did Jen proud! I'm heading over to check you our right now.

  12. Thanks again Jen for letting me post on your cute cute blog!!! Such a fun experience for me- hope you are having a blast on your trip

  13. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    So many cute St. Patty's day ideas! I love the shirts! And the wreath is SUPER cute!

  14. Hi Chelsea…
    You sure have had a lot to deal with in the past several months…WOW! I love all of your cute ideas. I'm on my way to say 'hello' on your blog!

  15. Thanks for the guest post. I will go visit right now!