Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fun St Patrick's Day Projects and Gifts!

Hi Everyone!

Just last weekend I was up on Mt Palomar, CA - at the Bailey's Palomar Resort - where I joined 8 of my favorite creative and wonderful friends on a get-away weekend of stamping, scrapbooking and all around creative fun!

I've been up there so many times - I didn't take many pics this time, but did capture this one picture as we were 'blessed' with almost a foot of snow during our stay on the mountain!  Another amazing thing about this is we are probably only about 50 miles north and east of North San Diego County!

Growing up in the Midwest - means I'm not new to snow, but this was probably the wetest and densest snow I've ever seen!  Later, I found out just before we were leaving that it was so heavy it had brought down quite a few green trees in the area, from all the weight of the snow.  There was blue sky peaking through at the time I took this photo early afternoon on Friday but I didn't get it in this photo-  still very beautiful to see all that untouched snow!

Well onto my projects!  I wanted to bring up some goodies to share so first I have these hand-sewn wool felt Shamrocks I made for everyone's door.  To personalize them, I just diecut a tag out of chalkboard paper and used my Uni-ball gel white pen to write their names.  I like to use real chalk on this paper but given the size of the tag, I was having trouble writing small and clearly enough so switched to my gel pen which worked perfectly!
This is a group of them I took just before leaving... the others were already packed in their bags! (I'm forever forgetting to take pics of my projects before giving them away!) 

And here's a closer look....
Yes! I made one for myself too... I didn't want to be left out! They looked so cute on everyone's door.

Here's a look at them hanging on a door, (lighting was not as good here...) I used the round paper clips and just wove it into the back of the felt for easy hanging.  A double circle wire paper clip is holding the tag onto the shamrock - I just wove the other end around and in between a couple of buttons to secure.  There was no glue in the making of this project- just handsewing!   I thought I had taken a pic of the backs because I used a cute houndstooth plaid wool felt in green and grey on the back but it must not have turned out... oh well it made them just  too cute! 
Next up - everyone got a goodie jar filled with white embellishments - crocheted flowers, satin roses, a White Signa Gel pen, a few metal bottle caps, ect.... and Peppermint Patti candies of course! 

As you can see these too were personalized, and the cute lids and straws holding each flag I found at a local store called Paper Tales!  I bought every lid they had, and was glad I had just enough for this group.  The straws are made of paper in green and white stripe, and could be used in the lid on a jar as I did or set directly on the table w/o.  I found the perfect Ball Jar size at Joann's so they made a perfect finish for this project.
I diecut the pennant flags with a Sizzix Bigz die made for Stampin'UP!  I added a scalloped half circle cut from Chalkboard paper, so I could personalize each of them with their name. This time I did use chalk to write their names.
Again, I forgot to get a photo of them all together and filled before I set them on the tables so I just pulled a few together and got this picture. 
I'm going to end this post with a wonderful pic of us all together!  This is compliments of Tanya Wilson, we were able to get Vandy Bailey to take this for us so she could be in this group picture too!
This was taken on Saturday afternoon- we're freezing but smiling!  I think it is a perfect reflection of our weekend together!
Back row from L to Rt - Tawnya, Gloria, Me!, Sandy and Margie
Front row from L to Rt- Chris, Jacquie, Melody, and Wanda
Thanks for stopping by - whether you're Irish or not I hope you had a great St. Patty's Weekend!


Victoria Freze said...

I loooove that hangings, Karen! and what a great weekend you had! :)

Jacquie Southas said...

They were even more fabulous in real life - great surprises Karen!

Gloria Stengel said...

Karen, great post about our weekend! I will admit, Milo got ahold of my shamrock and chewed some of the buttons off! Dumb cat! I scolded him, rest assured! ;o)

Terri Bailey said...

Thanks for the share Karen,
Lovely, your girls inspire me, whom ever left the folded 12 by 12 pocket with the chocolate bunny in it,
fyi, it was reproduced this weekend by the scrappers that were here and just loved it!
I asked them to send a photo of the table decorations they came up with.
You inspire!
Terri B
Color me gone!

scrap scha4 said...

My oh my, what a weekend of fun made even better by these wonderful treats.
Is it too early to be looking forward to next year?