Category Archives: holidays

Irish Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day

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Leave the table hungry.
Leave the bed sleepy.
Leave the tavern thirsty.
 
An Irish Blessing:
May you live as long as you want,
and never want as long as you live.
 
An Irish Blessing:
‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet,
and give to your friend this very day,
than a bushel of roses white and red,
to lay on his coffin after he’s dead.
 
shamrocks  2An Irish Blessing:
Grandchildren are gifts of God.
It is God’s Way…
of compensating us for growing old.
 
Murphy’s Law:
Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong
it will at the worst possible moment.
 
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Do not resent growing old.
Many are denied…
the privilege.
 
An Irish Blessing:
As you slide down the Bannister of Life,
may the Splinters never point the wrong way.
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Happy Mardi Gras

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Pretty paper fans for Valentine’s Day

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Pretty paper fans to send messages, to decorate, or to embellish a package, box of candy or flowers, or use on or as a Valentine’s card. 

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Write a personalized, sentimental, or funny message, a line of poetry or a lyric.

The night before Valentine’s Day place fans with messages around the house to surprise the family during their morning wake-up various 005routine, tape to a bathroom or dresser mirror, prop beside the alarm clock, stash in an underwear drawer, prop in a shoe, prop next to someone’s coffee cup on the kitchen counter or juice glass at the table…

 

Add a touch of Valentine color to your home by scattering various 006fans around the house in unexpected places, beside the tea pot, nestled in a plant, propped on a bookcase, kitchen shelf, table, or a stack of books, hanging on bulletin boards, message or jewelry boards.

 

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Create a centerpiece by filling a basket with fans, or prop one in a basket of silk or dried flowers

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Use them at place settings as name cards at a tea, lunch, or dinner.

Write a message on to the fan and tuck it into a child’s school lunch or backpack,

 Materials:
    Any stiff paper, (I used crafting paper with Valentine designs)
    Glue stick (white glue is wet and will wrinkle the paper)
Optional:
    -Pen or fine-tip marker
    -Needle and thread, floss, or fine cord for hanging
     Leave plain or embellish with:
    -1 inch wide lace or small paper doilies, (cut into the doily and then 1               inch around the outside edge creating a strip
   -Narrow silk ribbon
     -Small silk ribbon roses or small silk flowers
     -Strand of small crafting pearls
     -stickers or decals
 Instructions:
1) cut a strip of paper 12 inches long x 4 inches wide 
2) write a message (optional–markers will bleed through the paper so use marker on the front of fan, regular ink pen if you want the message on the back)
3) add stickers or decals to front of paper strip (optional)
4) pleat paper strip into ½ inch folds like an accordion
5) glue lace or paper doily strip along the back of a long edge of the paper strip, if using real lace use a glue gun (sparingly), if using paper doily use a glue stick
6) using a glue stick, place glue along both sides of the bottom of the fan, press the pleats together, wrap with ribbon and glue
7) use a needle to attach thread or cord to top of fan (optional)
8) embellish with small silk roses, ribbon, ribbon bows (optional)

Victorian charm:

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rosesIf you love the charm of old-fashioned Victorian design,then you’ll want to
visit
 the 
vintageholidaycrafts site featuring images appropriate for cards, crafts, scrapbooking, certificates, and small wall art. The site features designs for all the major holidays including birthdays. Contemporary designs are also included. Check out the Valentine Day designs and create unique Valentine cards for your family and friends. These designs are just too cute and too much fun!