Thursday, March 31, 2011

Feeling Lucky!

LUCK, as defined by Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, is a force that brings good fortune or adversity. If this be true...I be a lucky person.

Just ask Bob Barker from the Price is Right. Me and him was smoochin' it up on stage (okay more me fanatically kissing him-on the cheek...c'mon people I have boundaries) before-and after-I won my SIX prizes just over 7 years ago. The Force was bringing me all sorts of good fortune that day. My mom, my sister, myself, and a couple hundred people showed up to the Price is Right studio at 4 am on a bright dec. morning for Alisa's 18th bday. After some loooong hours of waiting in lines, interviews where I was more bubbly, perky and energetic than a cheerleader on steroids, more looooong waiting, getting to know the people in line next to us better than I know myself, and being placed in our seats the show finally began! The music started in, all 80 years of Mr. Barker himself walked out on stage, and someone called my name from the loudspeaker. Twice as a matter of fact because it was so loud in the studio I couldn't hear them.

I got up on stage after the second round (bidding on the fireplace you see in all my holiday decoration pictures)-thank you Force- And won my game- thank you Force-(don't remember the name of the game, but it was about having a credit limit and having to buy a certain number of prizes within that limit). Totally failed miserably at spinning the wheel so lets not even talk about how I was basically booed of the stage -this would be the force that brings adversity-but either way...the Force of luck was with me.

Call it it Awesomeness...either way, I'm kinda a celebrity.

Unfortunately over the last 7 years my luck has gone somewhat south and although I wouldn't say The Force is bringing me adversity; I could use a little-bitty extra dose of the GOOD kind of luck so it was totally necessary that we take advantage of this lucky little holiday we call St. Patrick's day!

These are the backside of the wood blocks that spelled LOVE for Vday.

I am LOVING wreaths right now. I think if you do nothing else for a holiday, a wreath is the perfect simple thing that brings in some fun without being overwhelming.

I got the idea for this rag wreath HERE. I started with 2 different colored green fabrics (less than $2.50 at Hobby Lobby), some green tulle I had leftover from Kylee's Halloween costume, a green wreath, scissors and hot glue. I cut the fabric into about 1x9 inch strips and just started tying it around the wreath.

I alternated 2 dark green, 1 light green, and then after the whole wreath was done went back and added in the tulle randomly where I thought it looked good.

This is the back.

I just did this about 2 weeks ago so JoAnns had all their decor 50% off so I got this to hang in the center for $1...

...and these cute little picks (I broke off the pick part) for the same price.

Hang it with some pretty st patty's ribbon and it's done!

I love this subway art from eighteen25 (they totally have the best subway art!). I picked up the frame at DI for a dollar and spray painted with green paint I already had left over from a project I did back in Sept. (that I'm just realizing I never posted about!)

About a week ago we noticed these hats popping up all over our house-a new one everyday! We know those tricky leprechauns have been leaving them here and we've been trying to catch them ever since!

I didn't have any St. Patricks decorations to start out with this year so was just trying to start with stuff I already had or could find for cheap at DI and whatnot. This is what I came up with:

Starting on the right side is another cute subwary art I found Here. When I found this little wood plaque at DI for a $1 I thought it might be a fun, different way to display the art.

The print was only available in an 8x10 so I just trimmed the edges down with a paper cutter (and had to cut off a word-but I don't think you can tell), sprayed some spray adhesive to the plaque, and glued the picture straight on. pretty simple.

I already had that little easel to rest it on as well as the black candlesticks. The green ball is one I made for my kitchen awhile ago (story/pictures to come) using beans, and the candle is one I had and wrapped scrapbook paper around (the paper was given to me and is the same paper I used to do the lucky blocks). I tied on some gold ribbon that I had and stuck on a little foam sticker ribbon thingy. :)

And what would St. Patrick's day be without a pot of gold?! Jar I stocked up on from the dollar store back in Oct., Leprechaun is a foam sticker (you'll see these on few things and I got all the stickers in one package for $1), and the "ribbon" around the top is actually a shoelace I got for a $1 at JoAnns-it was cheaper than buying ribbon!

I found this LUCKY printable here and thougth it would be fun to display some different pictures of us from awhile ago. (these pics are usually up in each of the kids bedrooms)

With all those hats lying around we knew we needed to make a leprechaun trap, and fast! I got the idea from the Family Fun magazine.

Hopefully the gold at the top will entice those tricky little men!

And lastly a banner! These are pretty much all over blogland for all the different holidays and since I had a little extra time this month I thought I'd try my hand at one. This is the tutorial I followed. I'm not crazy about it, but it was quick, easy and cheap to make so I'm glad I did it.

For the center I cut up a shamrock from cereal boxes. I cut about 1 inch strips from the fabric I had leftover from my wreath and just started wrapping it around the shape, hot gluing it in place whenever the strip would end.

I glued each piece together and it looked like this:

Then I added a 4 inch lollie in the middle and glued a green bow in the center (I promise it's not really this ugly grey color in real really is green-not sure what's going on with the camera)

A couple 3 inch lollie's on either side with foam stickers in the middle...

And yep, that sure is the same shoelace holding it up as was on our pot of gold!

And that's a wrap! Hopefully all this green and gold will bring some Irish luck our way!

I'll just leave you by saying...may the force be with you. (gosh my husband would be proud-someone tell him to read this)


Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

I love your wreath and decorations! So fun!!

I featured your wreath on my blog today, feel free to stop by & check it out:

4you-withlove said...

I linked this post to my blog post today. Check it out!

Thanks for sharing your creativity. Have a great day!


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