Showing posts with label St. Patrick's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Patrick's Day. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Celtic Inspired Multi-Strand Necklace

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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up , I thought make something I could wear to celebrate but that would also fit in my wardrobe overall. I’ve always love Celtic jewelry  so the combination of a filigree multi-strand clasp, antique gold and silver chains and moss and cream flat backed beads is my attempt at capturing the feel. All supplies in this project are from Blue Moon Beads. You will need:
  • Multi strand clasps
  • Gold and Silver chain
  • Flat back pearlescent acrylic beads
  • Jump rings
Blue Moon Flat Back Pearl

I joined the flat backed beads back to back with jump rings. I wanted a bolder bead and this way if they flip around there’s no bad side. I added short lengths of chain in between alternating cream and green beads with jump rings. Cut lengths of chain equal to the beaded pieces . Join all to two of the clasps.
Celtic Chain Necklace

I added a couple more of my back to back bead sets to the ends of the clasps and then equal lengths of chain to complete the necklace.

Celtic Multi Strand Necklace

Celtic Inspired Necklace


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Double Layer Chocolate St. Patrick's Day Bark

Double Layer St. Patrick's Day Bark

Top o the mornin’ to you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’re just celebrating quietly at home. Since College Boy’s home for Spring Break, I’m making a big dinner including “drunken” pot roast, slow cooked all day in Guinness.

For dessert, I decided to make some “Leprechaun Bark”. I loved the one that Leigh Anne from Your Home Based Mom shared at a previous link party and have seen variations around the web. Here’s my version. For this you will need:
  • White chocolate candy melts and/or white chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate candy melts and/or white chocolate chips
  • Almonds ( I roughly chopped whole unsalted almonds)
  • Green M&Ms
  • Wilton Edible Gold Stars ( cake decorating section of craft store)
  • Wilton Color Mist, gold ( cake decorating section of craft store)
  • Green Gel / paste food coloring. I used Wilton

St Patricks Bark Ingredients

Melt your white chocolate. You can do this using a double boiler method or in the microwave. You’ll notice I didn’t include amounts…I just kind of eyeballed my measurements.

Tinted White Chocolate

Once your white chocolate is melted, tint with food coloring. You could also add some mint flavoring here if you want. Spread on parchment lined cookie sheet; sprinkle with some of the chopped almonds. Stick sheet in freezer. Press almonds down with the back of a spoon.

While this is setting up, melt your dark chocolate, add in remaining almonds, remove sheet from freezer, spread dark chocolate layer.

Dark Chocolate Layer

Just try to get it to cover your green layer. Then sprinkle with green M&Ms ( I bought mine at The Sweet Factory store at the mall so I would get only the amount I’d need).  Sprinkle on gold stars, put back in freezer for about 30 min until set.

St Patrick's Bark Gold Stars

Lightly spray the color mist…just enough to get a light coat and shimmer. Let dry then cut or break to size.

Gold Star St Patricks Day Bark

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Buckets O Luck

I didn’t post these earlier because I didn’t want Mr. You Know Who to see them ( and I never know when he reads my blog but I think I’m pretty safe now). I found these plain buckets in Target’s $1 Section and thought they’d be fun for St. Patrick’s Day. I cut the letters on my Cricut using white vinyl, and since waste not want not…punched the shamrocks from the scraps.
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I lined the buckets with white polka dot cellophane I had leftover, and filled with Mr. Chocolate and Chocolate Chip’s favorite candies…at least those that were wrapped in gold foil!  Wrapped one big treat in coordinating green wrapping paper:
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Then topped the bigger candy with one of my printables, scaled down, trimmed with decorative edge scissors and mounted to black card stock.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patrick’s Desserts…Chocolate of Course!

Trying to decide what to have for dessert for St. Patrick’s Day. The fam doesn’t love corned beef and cabbage so it’s usually a long simmering pot roast cooked with some Guinness . My non-red-meat eating son has been eating some again lately, so that may be back on the menu this year. Or, I’ll roast a chicken basted in Guinness.  Thankfully he has no problem with chocolate and dessert's the most important part of the meal right? 

Hershey’s has this mint chocolate dessert:
Chocolate Mint Dessert
I could see some Thin Mints added to this or maybe one on top of each piece? 

Epicurious.com has this Guinness infused pudding made to look like its special ingredient:
Chocolate Guinness Goodness
Family Fun has this yummy looking toffee shortbread recipe:
Toffee Shortbread
As much as I love chocolate, there's something about shortbread so with chocolate? Mmmmmmm.

bhg.com has this amazing looking Irish cream chocolate cheesecake:
Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake
Or, you can’t go wrong with a cupcake!
St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes!
These are from cakecentral.com. Guinness chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing and chocolate coins.
So, what are you making? I need to go for a walk after writing this!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

C is for Celtic

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It’s also the middle letter of the word LUCKY.

I wasn’t going to make a banner for St. Patrick’s Day. I really, really wasn’t. Until I did. I may have a slight problem with banners. Mr. Chocolate will tell you there’s nothing slight about it.

I love, love, love and did I mention love, Celtic knot work. I bought a book once to learn how to do it. FAIL! But who needs that when you have the whole internet and a bajillion free fonts at your fingertips? I found this font called Celtic Eels and downloaded it and used it to create the letters LUCKY in my graphics program. Being greedy, I also downloaded this “dings” font ( these are images that correspond to letters) called Deco Dings and kept typing letters until images I liked came up. Scientific huh?!


After I printed the letters on white cardstock, I trimmed them and mounted them to black and green papers and then added some embellishments from my pot of gold rhinestone stash.
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Finished off with clothespins covered in paper scraps and more rhinestones.
If I did this right,  you can click here and get the .PDF file with the letters and “ding” images I used. If that doesn’t work, email me (email link in sidebar). If you download, appreciate a follow.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LUCK o The Printable

It’s not supposed to be snowing in Seattle in February! Just had to get that out of the way. I was playing around with some digital downloads I found at this really cool FREE site: Eden Scrapbooks and decided to make one more St. Patrick’s Day printable. I’ve been playing with layering and stuff!
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

St. Patrick’s Printables

A couple of printables for St. Patrick’s day…takes on the “Keep Calm” trend .


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Keep Calm Lepechaun
Keep Calm Shamrock
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