Shamrock Ornaments

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I made a wreath for St. Patrick’s Day and had some left over wooden shamrocks from that project.  Since I have been decoration the little tree I have in my dining room for every holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day) I decided to use the shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Materials:

-wooden shamrocks

-scrapbook paper

-acrylic paint

-string

-hot glue gun

-hot glue sticks

1. First, paint the wooden shamrocks using green acrylic paint.

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2. Trace the shamrocks on the scrapbook paper.

3. Once the paint is dry, use to Mod Podge to attach the paper to the wooden shamrocks.

4. I then used the paint to outline the shamrock.

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5. Next, use the hot glue gun to glue the string in a loop on the back of the shamrock for hanging.

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Simple project especially since I already had them done from the wreath.

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Luck & blessings,

Geralyn

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

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I love the way this wreath turned out!

Materials:

-wooden shamrocks (3 different sizes)

craft ring

Mod Podge 

-scrapbook paper

-paint

-hot glue gun

-hot glue sticks

-ribbon

-staple gun

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1. First I painted the craft ring and the wooden shamrocks using different shades of green acrylic paint.

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2 . While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I traced the shamrocks on different pieces of green scrapbook paper.

3. After the paint was dry, I used the Mod Podge to put the scrapbook paper on the shamrocks.  I coated the wood and then after I placed the scrapbook paper on I put another coat on top of the scrapbook paper.  This will create a protective coat over the paper.

4. After the Mod Podge was dry, I outlined the shamrocks with green acrylic paint.

5. Next,  I used the hot glue gun to glue all the wooden shamrocks on the craft ring.

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6. I then used ribbon I found at my local craft store to make a loop for hanging.  I used my staple gun to attach it to the back of the craft ring.

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And that’s it! It’s a simple wreath that looks great on our garage door.

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Luck & Blessings,

Geralyn

St. Patrick’s Day Bunting

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I’ve been on a crafting spree.  When Collin is napping I use that time for some me time…so I craft.  This project was really easy to make.

Materials:

-burlap

no sew fabric glue 

painters tape

-paint

-twine

First I just cut 5 burlap triangles.  Make sure to leave a little extra room on top to fold over the twine.  Once you have your flags cut, decide on a pattern you want to paint on the burlap.  I kept it simple and decided on green stripes and gold dots but a chevron pattern would be cute too.  For the stripes I used painters tape to mark the stripes.

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Once you have the tape on the burlap just paint the burlap that is showing green.  Do not paint the part above the first tape line because you will be folding that over later.  This is the paint I used for the project but you could use any thing you have.

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Let the paint dry completely before removing the painters tape.

I freehanded the polka dots using the Liquid Metal first.  After that was dry, I went over it with the glitter paint.

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After the paint is completely dry, use the no sew fabric glue to attach the flags to the twine.  Squeeze a line of the glue along the top of the flag and fold around the twine.  Press down to make sure it is secure.

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I hung the bunting from the shelf in my dining room.

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Luck & blessings,

Geralyn

Gender Reveal Party

It’s a……

Ok so I know I have seriously been neglecting this blog and this post is way late…like 4 months late. I will do better. We have tons of exciting projects going on right now and I promise I will share them all.

So back in May we invited our family over for a gender reveal party. I was 15 weeks pregnant and lucky for me my sister is a soon tech so I was able to get a bunch of sonograms to get a peek at our little one. My sister was able to tell whether Baby B was a he or she at 15 weeks. She did the soon on Wed. and we had to wait until Sat. for the party to find out. It was the slowest 3 days!

My sister called the bakery by our house and ordered a cake with the appropriate color as the filling.

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The morning of the party I decorated with pink and blue and made a chart where everyone could write their guesses.

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I guessed boy and Steve guessed girl.

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Everyone held champagne the color of their guess when we were cutting the cake.

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Finally it was cake cutting time! It was so exciting.

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BLUE! Baby B is a boy!!! I had a gut feeling for weeks that it was a boy and I was right.

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The next day was Mother’s Day and Steve and i were wearing blue for our boy.

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A New Addition

I’ve been MIA for the last couple of months and for good reason.  We’re having a BABY!!!! Yup, it’s true.  Baby B will be joining us in October 2014.  We found out we were expecting in February and all of my projects pretty much completely stopped.  I was exhausted…unlike any kind of exhausted I had ever felt before.  I would wake up in the morning and be tired.  I would wake up from a nap and be tired.  I would nap some more and yup…still tired!  And add on top of that nausea.  I had zero energy or motivation for projects around the house.  But now that I’m in the second trimester, I’m feeling much better and can finally start getting things done around here.  We’re super excited for this new life adventure.  He’s a video I made of how we shared the news with out family.

XOXO,

Geralyn

Chocolate Covered Cream Cheese Heart Cookies

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We got over a foot of snow yesterday.  This winter has been brutal!  We’ve had storms every week for the last month and a half.  Although I am ready for spring, I do love a good snow day.  The kind where there’s no place you have to be…you spend the day cooking and sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and the remote…love those days.  I spent yesterday making some yummy Valentine treats.  These are one of my favorite cookies!  I love this cookie because it tastes delicious and it holds its shape.  You know how you make sugar cookies and they turn out like a big blob and look nothing like the shape of the cookie cutter you used??  You will not have that problem with this cookie…you don’t even have to space them out on the cookie sheet.  I make these for every holiday, not only Valentine’s Day and sometimes I add food coloring depending on the holiday.  I’ve made pink hearts in the past and have even done white chocolate  but decided to go with the black and white look this time.

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 cups flour

1 cup semisweet chocolate

2 tablespoons shortening

Directions:

1. Combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, vanilla in a large bowl.

2. Beat at medium speed using electric mixer.

3. Add flour and mix well.

4.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.  (I usually make my dough the night before and leave it over night but you don’t have to)

5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

6. Roll out dough to 1 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.  It also helps to flour your rolling-pin.

7. Cut out using lightly floured cookie cutter and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

8. Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.

9. Let cookies cool completely.

10. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in double boiler over a low heat.  The shortening is important, it thins the chocolate and prevents lumps.  Dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate.

11.  Refrigerate on cookie sheets until chocolate is firm.

Enjoy!!

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xoxo,

Geralyn

Diningroom Wainscoting Reveal

The wainscoting is finally finished and I’m loving it! I thought I’d show you the progression of the dining room so far since it’s one of the rooms that we’ve done a lot to.
Here’s where it started:

Dining Room Before

This was right after we bought the house.  We didn’t move in for two weeks because we painted and had the floors stained and refinished.

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The paint color is Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue.  The floors were stained a dark walnut.  We were debating on going dark with the floors and I’m so glad we decided to do it because I love how they came out.

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In December, our friend, who is a carpenter, and his wife did the wood work for the wainscoting for us.

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After this was complete, I started filling in all the nail holes using wood putty that I got at Ace Hardware.  You just spread some over the nail hole using your finger and then use a metal scraper to get the excess off.

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The sunroom is not original to the house, so this door going from the dining room to the sunroom was still there.  I wanted it gone and hubby was able to make that happen.

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After all the nail holes were filled in, I taped all the edges using ScotchBlue Painters Tape.  Next, it was time to caulk.

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When cutting the tip of the caulk, cut at a 45 degree angle.  The caulk comes out much neater this way.  I caulked along all the edges, being sure to wipe off any excess as I went along.

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There was already an existing chair rail in the room and what we found after taking it down was that it was not level all around the room.  In fact, it was far from level in some areas.  That left parts of the wall exposed that had old wallpaper that had never been taken off and some damaged sheet rock.  Nothing a little spackle can’t fix.  After the spackle was dry, I sanded all the areas that were spackled and where the nail holes were filled to ensure a smooth surface for painting.

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I needed two coats of Benjamin Moore Paint and Primer in One to cover the blue paint.

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I’m not gonna lie…the prep work and painting took a long time…mostly because I would get bored and stop after and hour or so.  My attention span for this sort of stuff is…Oh look, a squirrel!  This is why I always have more than one project going on at a time.  It was all worth it though…I love how it looks! This room is coming along.  We’ve painted, refinished the floors, changed the lighting, added wainscoting, removed the door, hung shelves, and I refinished the buffet. We’re still waiting for our table that we’re having made out of old barn wood.  We went to see the progress this weekend and it look amazing.  Now I’m on the hunt for chairs.  I want something similar to this.  I also have some ideas for art for the empty wall but need to wait until the spring to do it.

xoxo,

Geralyn