Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

A sweet Irish blessing to you as St. Patrick's Day approaches:

May the wind always be at your back
May the road rise up to meet you
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand
(author unknown)

I used this Irish blessing in a craft project, and I thought I'd share it with you too.

This is a wreath I made for a lovely lady whose heritage is Irish.  She and her daughters are involved in Traditional Irish Dance, and they love to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, of course!

Here's a tutorial on how I made the wreath.

  Cover a wooden wreath form with batting.

  Tie batting on with string.
See the red wire?  Before covering wreath with batting, attach a sturdy wire so you'll be able to hang your wreath easily.

  Then use fabric to cover your wreath.  I like to use vintage gowns with lots of fabulous beading already done!
 Pin the fabric all around the batting.

 I added white beaded fabric on the bottom of the wreath.

 Hand stitch.

 Then you have your basic beginning!

 And you end up with a mess like this!  Ha ha ha!  What's crafting without a mess?
 Maybe..... Now for the fun part!  Embellishing!  What to use, what to use....

 Maybe..... Maybe.....

Okay,  with a combination of my own stash of embellishments, and my client's own items that had sentimental value to her (items from her daughter's dance competitions, family heirlooms), I put together the final package.

 I printed an Irish blessing onto fabric, then cut each phrase into individual ribbons.

 I printed the St. Patrick's Day banner using letters from the Dover line of printables.

 An Irish crochet cross layered upon Irish crochet leaves.
 The tiara was worn by my client's daughter during an Irish dance competition.  The pins to the right also hold sentimental value.

Here are a few more random projects I'm working on....
 My daughter's birthday cake!
 I decided to learn how to embroider....making a pillow...more posts on this later....
Fun and fabulous pumpkins for fall...
So many projects....so little time!  What are you making?
Linking up with:
Minute for me Thursday at Marcia's Crafty Sewing
One Project at a Time at A Bowl Full of Lemons
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do
The Scoop Tuesdays at The Farmhouse Porch
Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Nick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time Interiors
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it at Kathe With an E
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
What We Accomplished Wednesdays at Green Willow Pond
Look What I Made Wednesday at Creations by Kara
Wow us Wednesday at Family Home and Life
 That DIY Party at DIY Showoff



  1. Enhorabuena por tus preciosos trabajos.
    besitos ascension

  2. How adorable!! I love the sweet memories that wreath holds! You have done a wonderful job on that and I'm sure it will be a much loved item for many years!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!!

  3. You have been busy! I love the Irish Wreath-it is perfect!


  4. What a fun Irish wreath! I love the Irish Blessing. Thank you for sharing this at Silver Pennies Sunday! x

  5. Your Irish wreath is lovely and I love the Irish blessing.
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm happy to be a new follower.
    Mary Alice

    1. Thanks, Mary Alice! Happy to have you follow along! Happy Creating, Catherine

  6. so nice creations !! So pleased to be your newest French follower (LE CHEMIN DU BONHEUR).
    xoxo from PARIS

  7. This wreath is such a fun idea for someone with Irish heritage. All of the adornments made it extra special! I have always loved that Irish Blessing. So happy to be following you and thanks so much for joining Share Your Cup. Hope to see you often!

    1. Thank you, Jann! And thanks for following! Catherine

  8. I bet your customer was thrilled with her wreath! Happy ST Pattys Day to you- we celebrate in our house as we are Irish,and my daughter competed in Irish Step Dance as a child too. You are learning embroidery? Wonderful! Happy creating and thx for visiting my blog :)

    1. Thank you, Shawn! I appreciate hearing from you. Yes, learning embroidery - had to watch some you tube videos - quite helpful! Thanks for visiting! Catherine

  9. How pretty is this? And I love that you show exactly how to make it. I'd love to have you share this at What to do Weekends Party. I'm following you also. Do you have Facebook or Twitter or Google+? I'd love to follow in those ways also. Take care, Linda


    1. Hi Linda, thank you for your kind words! I am on Google + and pinterest. Have followed you as well, and now I'm headed to What to do Weekends Party! Thanks for following. Happy Creating, Catherine

  10. The Irish Wreath is beautiful. Lots of memories sewn into it, that is for sure. Appreciate you stopping by my blog and the wonderful comments. I am a new follower, and look forward to seeing more of your great creations. Have a blessed week. :)

  11. Your wreath and your blog is gorgeous!! So glad I found your blog. Your newest follower. I have a linky party that I would love for you to share your gorgeous wreath!! :)


    1. Thank you, Kathy! I will visit your blog pronto!

  12. Such a beautiful wreath. I love all the sentimental items you added. I bet your friend loves it. Thank you kindly for stopping by my blog. Hope you are having a great week.

  13. You are very creative.... Beautiful wreath! Love all your embellishments representing your Irish theme! I am now following you, looking forward to many visits! xo Pam

  14. Amazing wreath fit for Queen Maeve herself!

  15. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your wreath is beautiful and so creative! Following via GFC :)


  16. Thanks for sharing at Minutes for Me Linky Party! What a beautiful wreath! Following you now too!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous wreath at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled that you shared with us. I am featuring you at Pick of the Bunch tonight!! Hope to have it posted soon. :)

  18. Very creative. I'm sure your client is very happy to have something with so much sentimental value! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!



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