Friday, March 15, 2013

A St. Patrick’s Day/Spring Banner

I have never considered myself to be all that crafty.  Well, not that good at being crafty.  But I see so many super cute things around blogland, that I just want to try to make them myself.  I keep seeing so many adorable banners, or garland, or bunting, or I guess whatever you want to call them.  And I decided to try my hand at making one.

I did not want to go out and buy anything, so I just used what I had around here.  I do not have a ginormous supply of crafting materials lying around my house like some bloggers do.  I am new at this!  So I made a St. Patrick's Day banner that reverses to turn into a spring banner.  Nifty idea, right?  Well, in the spirit of keeping it real here, I am not all that thrilled with it.  But guess what, I worked on it for quite a while, so I am going to show it to you anyway!  It really is cute, but the colors are just not bright enough I guess.  It does not POP like I wish it did, that is the problem with it.  It looks better in person than it does in photographs, actually.  And I am not the best photographer in the world either, although I am working on that.  And these pictures are kinid of shoddy because I left my good camera at work for a week or so.

How do you like my fireplace mantel?  Fabulous, right?  You know you wish you had one just like it!  In case this is your first time reading my blog, I hate my fireplace.  I have plans to build a mantle and totally change this little corner, someday...  If you would like to see the rest of my living room, click here.


I used a $1 roll of wrapping paper to make this banner.  I folded the paper in half and traced a triangle on it, and then cut it out.  then I folded the halves together to make two sides.  I used a glue stick to hold the sides closed.  On one side I spelled the word lucky, and on the other side I spelled the word spring.  I got the letters from some craft paper that had the alphabet on it, and just cut out the letters I needed.  


I cut circles from craft paper and glued on first, then I just kind of tilted the letters in different diraections.  The flower ribbon is also from the $1 bins at Target.  So is the silver string I used to string it up.  I just left an opening right across the top and threaded it through.  then I just used a paper clip to hold it in place.  Here are a couple of close up shots.  




Here is a close up shot of it hanging there.  I totally forgot to take a picture of the spring side of the banner, but I guess I can do that in another post after St. Patrick's Day.





Well, that is my spring banner.  Not in love with it, but not an epic fail either.  Just so so.  But hey, can't I have an A for effort here?  Come on!

I want to take a minute before I end this post to wish my son Coleton a happy 13th birthday today!  This is a picture of him doing what he does best, running.  This is his passion, and I am so glad he figured it out.  I could not be more proud to be his mother and could not love him more.  He has had a rough life with having an absent father (you can read more about that here), and all I want for him is happiness.  Of my three children, he challenges me the most, but I am so thankful for him because he makes me a better mother and a better human being.  Happy birthday Coleton!  You are finally a teenager!  I hope you have an awesome birthday weekend with your friends!

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countdown to spring