Monday, March 17, 2014

Leprechaun Mischief

My kids look forward to Saint Patrick’s Day every year.

We have a few traditions that make the day (and the day before) filled with fun.

First we make treats for their classmates.

 I melt white chocolate morsels and stir in a few drops of green food coloring then we dip pretzel sticks in the chocolate and sprinkle a little green sugar on top.

Wrap them up and add a sticker and they’re ready to go.

Then we have to make our rainbow cake! I decorate the top with colored sugar to look like a rainbow with a pot at the end. We set that out to see if our Leprechaun will give us some gold coins. (He comes to visit us during the night and wreaks havoc in my house.)
Today we found that he peed green in the potty and didn’t flush. (URG!!!)
 He moved the collection of shoes from the front door to the middle of the room. He moved several of my decorations around…things from the kitchen went into the living room and vice-versa.

The worst is, he brings “Lucky Charm” cereal with him. (Mommy doesn’t buy that kind of cereal)

Of course he makes a mess with it and even added a few toys in for the fun of it. (Those are Lego houses and 3 Lego people in a canoe)

We must make him happy because he gave us gold coins (chocolate ones naturally).

The fun is not over yet…

After school the kids will go on a scavenger hunt and end finding these.

And for dinner I will make Leprechaun quesadillas. (You’ll have to wait to see those)

I hope my kids learn to add some mischief into their lives and remember how to have fun with everyday things.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Shirts

I’ve been making festive t-shirts for my kiddos for years. This time around I thought I would give the reins over to them. I have to say, I think they did a pretty good job.

What you need to make one yourself….

T-shirt (I usually pre-wash)
T-shirt form (I made my own from cardboard and covered them with plastic bags)
Paper plates
Fabric paint
Pencils and/or sponge dabber
Pattern (I copied an image from google and cut it out of cardstock)
Glue stick

My son made his on a green shirt with white paint.
My girls made theirs on white shirts with different shades of green paints.
Slide your shirt over the t-shirt form to keep your fabric smooth and flat. This will also keep any paint from go through to the back of the shirt. Print out an image the size you need, cut it out and use the glue stick to hold it in place on your shirt while you work.
Put a little bit of paint on a paper plate and you’re ready to start dabbing around the edges of your pattern. As soon as you are done painting, peel the paper pattern off and set aside to dry.
Oh the concentration.

Working hard.

Thinking, thinking, thinking.

Voila!!! Job well done.