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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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A very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you! We understand that having this holiday on a Monday isn’t ideal, but hopefully you were able to celebrate over the weekend.  These 2 Irish chicks were able to have some fun celebrating on Saturday AND Sunday. Here are some pics from our St. Patty’s Day outings…
Casey and Bridget Green River
Chicago green river
Eating lunch
Bridget and her dad
Today we’re doing a little round-up of our St. Patrick’s Day projects, so check ’em out and get inspired to tackle some of these for next year…
Shamrockin' Shakes
Pot O' Green Puppy Chow
Beer label tray
Irish decor shamrock
Shamrock canvas art
St. Patrick's Day shoes DIY
We hope your day is filled with lots of LUCK and even more LOVE! Cheers.
Bridget and Casey DIY Playbook
We promised, we are done with holiday decor for AWHILE & we are excited to reveal a super affordable craft tomorrow, followed by an IKEA hack reveal Wednesday! See you then…
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Pot O’ Green Puppy Chow

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Now this is the 5th day of hearing how these 2 Irish gals have a special place in our heart for St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s just one of those holidays that gets us all pumped up to celebrate our heritage and bond with our family.  We both have plans to celebrate our favorite holiday in style, and we believe that any celebration calls for some yummy snacks and cocktails.
We’ve got the drinks covered (beer, obvi…), but we wanted a nice snack that we could serve to our family and friends. This recipe is a bit more “dessert-y” than “snacky” but that’s a-okay with us.  A little chocolate is always necessary for any get together!
Pot o' green puppy chow
This mix is commonly referred to as “puppy chow” or “muddy buddies.” Don’t freak out people, you don’t actually feed your dog this (in fact…absolutely do not do that). Instead it’s just a common term for this delicious dessert!
We added a little St. Patrick’s Day flair to this traditional batch, with some green and white for a nice pop of Irish color!
Ingredients:
-9 cups Chex cereal
-1 cup milk chocolate chips
-1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
-1/4 cup butter
-1 t. vanilla
-1.5 cups powdered sugar
-Sprinkles (optional)
-m&m’s (optional)
Peanut butter chocolate puppy chow

Directions:

Measure cereal in a large bowl and set aside. Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter on high for 1 minute. Mix and microwave for another 30 seconds, or until smooth. Add vanilla and mix. Pour mixture over cereal and stir until entirely coated. Pour mixture a baggie or large tupperware and add powdered sugar. Shake well until all pieces are coated. Spread out on wax paper to cool. Add sprinkles or m&m’s to add some color!

Muddy Buddies
Choclate st. patrick's day puppy chow snack
This sweet concoction is seriously delicious and incredibly addicting. I could eat an entire bowl in a heartbeat, but lucky for my waistline I dug deep and found some restraint. However, when Finn saw this snack he immediately poured it into a bowl, added milk, and ate it as cereal. Yikes, that’s pretty intense if you ask me. But…hey he enjoyed it!
puppy chow recipe
If you’ve never made puppy chow before, I definitely recommend it as an easy snack and dessert. It will take you less than 10 minutes to whip up a big batch…but just know that your party guests may devour it in half that time!
Have a happy (and safe) weekend, cheers!
Casey DIY Playbook

 

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  1. Jessie

    Puppy chow! Yum! I swear, it must be a midwest thing though, because so many of my southern friends have no idea what I’m talking about.

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    Puppy chow! Yum! I swear, it must be a midwest thing though, because so many of my southern friends have no idea what I’m talking about.

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Simple Shamrock Canvas Art

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It would be completely inappropriate to let St. Patrick’s Day pass without doing some project that included a shamrock here on the ol’ DIY Playbook. I actually have a shamrock hanging in my house (above my front door to be exact… thanks Gram!) all year round. But this week, I significantly increased the shamrock count, thanks in part to this super SIMPLE shamrock canvas art.
easy st. patrick's day DIY
Supplies:
Any size Canvas (I used mini ones I had left over from a previous project)
Fabric (possibly an iron to de-wrinkle the fabric too)
Scissors
Shamrock outline (I traced mine by putting white paper up to my computer screen and pulling up a google image of a shamrock. If you want it to be a tad bigger than the image appears, zoom in on the screen)
Hot Glue
Ribbon/Twine
Embellishments (optional)
Alright, so you’re going to start off by ironing your fabric.
trace shamrock
I then used my shamrock template (see supply list for more details) to trace a shamrock onto the BACK of the fabric.
Cut shamrock
Cut the shamrock outline out of the shamrock…
… and hot glue it to the canvas! I added a few ribbons and pieces of baker’s twine I had laying around to the canvas for some added “greenery” and voilaaaa – – the super simple shamrock canvas is DONE-ZO!
shamrocks
The second time around, I hot glued a background fabric onto the canvas and then added the shamrock on top of that pattern.
shamrock fabric art
kitchen art for st. patrick's day
One of the shamrocks was layered into my kitchen “corner” alongside both of my Irish grandma’s staple recipes (more on that story here).
shamrock art
shamrock & twine

The other was added to my white shelving unit.

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shamrock art super simple
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shamrock canvas
I just love how the fabric choice allows you to add a little bit more personality or  even a “fun” twist on St. Patty’s Day decor. Of course, these simple canvas pieces would be adorable in traditional plaids or a Celtic knot designs, but the chevron and polka dot twist was a much welcomed change from traditional Irish decor.
simple shamrock art
You still have a little time before the weekend and even more time before the BIG DAY, here’s your chance to whip up a little art to make someone in your life extra LUCKY. ‘Tis the season….
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Chicago’s Green River – Free Printable

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Today’s St. Patrick’s Day DIY combines three of my favorite things – – Chicago + Irish + Tradition… and mixes these three things using one of my new obsessions – – the waterlogue app for iPhones & iPads.

Like I mentioned earlier in the week, Chicago is filled with lots of Irish tradition and a lot of green celebration this time of year. As I prepare for a weekend of celebrating in Chicago, I found myself scrambling for meaningful, GREEN, and creative gifts for some of the amazing Irish people in my life.

Usually our family exchanges some sort of a little Irish gift, and I wanted my contribution to be unique and meaningful… without breaking the bank of course. This is what I cooked up this year…
A personalized watercolor picture of one of my all-time favorite Chicago traditions. (For you non-Chicago readers, this pic is a snapshot of the famous Chicago river being dyed GREEN for St. Patty’s Day. The plumber’s union started this annual tradition years & years ago and still dye the river to this day. It’s truly amazing to see the river transform into a sea of neon green within minutes! Chicagoans crowd the river to watch the plumbers work their magic while listening to bagpipers. Once the river is dyed, the crowd heads a few blocks to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade roll through Grant Park).
I especially love this tradition because it has grown to be more than just a unique Chicago tradition, but more a day I look forward to spending in the city with the O’Connor clan. A picture of our staple tradition seemed like the perfect fit for this year’s Irish gift.
Not to mention this was like easiest/cheapest gift ever! (Could be the PERFECT hostess gift this weekend.. hint, hint my fellow Chicago peeps).
To make this (or one like it)
1. Plug the image of choice into the waterlogue app on your iPhone or iPad
2. Swoon at its beauty
3. Print
4. Cut
5. Frame
6. Wrap
7. Celebrate!
Because we LOVE our readers (and realize that we get a lot of reader love from the Chicagoland area), we want to share this amazing print with you… FREE. Download your own Chicago Green River Printable HERE. Slap it in a frame and use it for a festive hostess gift this weekend… or just plop it on your shelf for your guests to enjoy as they celebrate!
I love, love, love the picture itself and adore the meaning and tradition that lies within this snapshot.
I got these fun straws from the $1 section @ Target (ironically, another one of my favs) and used them as embellishments on the green packages…
Cheers to YOU finding some time to celebrate the luck of the Irish over the next week. If greens not your thing, I hope you at least have a chance to download the waterlogue app and play around. Seriously, a.m.a.z.i.n.g and dripping with framing potential…. all FREE! Irish or not, this just became your LUCKY DAY. Cheers.
Last chance to download this FREE PRINTABLE in honor of one of Chicago’s greatest holiday traditions….
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  1. Trang

    I love this idea. Chicago is one of my very favorite cities and I love visiting yearly. Although I’ve never attended the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I am in awe of the tradition. I used your photo posted from this year’s celebration and downloaded an Android app to see what creations I come up with. Such vivid colors in this year’s photo. It’s going to look fabulous! Thank you!

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      So happy you used the photo! And yes, you’ll definitely have to visit Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day one of these years. It’s always a good time!

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  1. Trang

    I love this idea. Chicago is one of my very favorite cities and I love visiting yearly. Although I’ve never attended the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I am in awe of the tradition. I used your photo posted from this year’s celebration and downloaded an Android app to see what creations I come up with. Such vivid colors in this year’s photo. It’s going to look fabulous! Thank you!

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DIY Colorful Kicks

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Guess what these two irish ladies will be celebrating ONE WEEK from today?! St. Patrick’s Day! Living in the Chicagoland area, St. Patty’s day is quite the celebration. Parades, bagpipes, a green river, soda bread, lots of shamrocks… these goodies are just the start of the irish tradition that sneak up every March. Since Casey and I both come from Irish clans with the last names that start with O’, of course we have lots of green festivities in store over the next week. To “kick off” the celebration of all things green, we introduce you to this year’s St. Patrick’s day footwear of choice.
DIY painted shoes
DIY Colorful Kicks! For under $10, these personalized gym shoes will be the perfect touch o’ green to my green ensemble and will keep me comfy all day long. Before we get into the details, let me first say this requires absolutely NO painting skills and is definitely a ROOKIE craft. With a pretty random tape job and dabbing some shades of green on these puppies, these colorful kicks are a no-brainer!
painted shoe supplies

Supplies:
Deco-paint (3-4 colors)
Sponge brushes
Painter’s Tape
A pair of white canvas shoes (I picked mine up for around four bucks at Walmart, but I know Payless Shoes, K-mart & even Target carry these as well).

taped shoes
To start off, I randomly taped one shoe in a geometric pattern that covered as much of the white as I could. Trust me when I say there really was no rhyme or reason to the taping, just random taping.
DIY shoe tutorial

One thing I do like about how these turned out is the top/front of the shoe. I taped the shoe in a way that the toe area would have a solid color, and I really did like how that turned out. You, of course, don’t have to create yours this way, it just worked for me.

shoe painted
painted canvas shoes

When I was done taping the first shoe, I tried to mirror the tape job on the second shoe. It’s definitely not perfect (actually, you don’t even really have to do both shoes the same if you don’t want to), but I tried. With so much “going on” all over the shoe, if you miss an area or if one part is completely different than the other shoe’s equal part- I really don’t think anyone would be able to notice.

painted shoes
DIY shoe tutorial
When both shoes were finished being taped, I made sure ALL of the tape was very secure along my tape lines. Having the tape secured onto the shoe is ESSENTIAL in making sure the paint doesn’t bleed onto areas that are supposed to stay white. Once you feel confident that the tape is in place, it’s time to paint!
green toes

I started off with the mini paint brush, but realized I liked using a small sponge brush instead; both are completely acceptable! I painted all of the untaped areas by switching off shades of green (trying to make sure the same shade of green was never next to itself). I followed that same color pattern on both shoes.

green shoes

Once both shoes were painted, I let the paint dry (only took about 1/2 hour…. tops).

shoes final

I peeled off the tape and realized that I loved the green but didn’t love the large strips of white that were still remaining. If you love the design more simple like this, you’re all done! But if you’re like me and want MORE color, repeat the taping & painting process once again.

green shoes
This time, it’s okay to tape on top of the previously painted, dried areas (keyword: DRY).
st. patrick's day shoes
Add some more pops of color and wait for the paint to dry.
diy painted shoes
close up shoe
st. patty's day shoes
When you remove the tape the second time, you’re left with festive green kicks that will work perfect with your St. Patty’s Day gear! 
geometric shoes

But if you’re not in the market for hot green shoes, first let me tell you- I understand and respect that. These do have a little 80’s flair to them don’t they? However, using a variety of different colors could work for these shoes and make them far more versatile than just Irish Apparel. These could be the perfect accessory for…

– Your next tailgate party (MVP Fan with your team’s colors painted on your shoes!) You’ll probably win some extra ‘cred’ from your +1 too #bonuspoints

Baseball season is right around the corner, any die hard fans out there?

– These could be perfect for kids (in their favorite colors or even in their school colors… go team, go!)

– Any fellow teachers in the crowd? I know us teachers are always in the market for something that reflects school spirit on Fridays! #helloreasontowearjeans

Teenage Craft Night– because what teenage girl doesn’t want to gossip about what the boys are up to while crafting with her BFF’s?! Plus, the girls will already have something to wear on Monday without having to try on everything in their closets Sunday Night.

–  Easter’s around the corner, this is dripping with easter basket potential if you ask me! I can see it now – – little feet running to find easter eggs in these little pastel kicks.

– The possibilities are endless really!

DIY geometric shoes

Regardless of how you make these colorful kicks work for you, all I know is…
1. I will be rocking these green kicks as I celebrate all things Irish this weekend
And 2. I will never be a shoe model

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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    So cute! I’m starting to plan my green outfit for our Saturday celebrations. These shoes also remind me of my childhood… I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of these white shoes I went through when I was younger. I love the idea of making a pair for college football season too!

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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    So cute! I’m starting to plan my green outfit for our Saturday celebrations. These shoes also remind me of my childhood… I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of these white shoes I went through when I was younger. I love the idea of making a pair for college football season too!

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I-rish you a Merry Christmas

As of tomorrow it’s official, this Irish lady is giving up her Irish last name, but let’s be real here- she’s not giving up her Irish roots. It’ll take a lot more than a wedding and a new last name to shake the Irish out of this chick.
To remind my groom-to-be how lucky he is to have this Irish bride, it only seemed fitting to add a little pop of green to our holiday decor this season. This darling Irish tree will be standing tall all the way through St. Patrick’s Day (yup, you read that right Matthew… she’s not going anywhere anytime soon).  
I have collected these Irish ornaments over the years from all of the wonderful Irish women in my life and can’t wait to add to my collection in the future.
My gram gave me this St. Bridget’s ornament this year, and I am obsessed with the new addition! Maybe I can hunt down a St. Matthew one for next year?
 
I still haven’t found the perfect Irish topper for this tree, so for now, a shamrock ribbon is just perfect.  
These darling mini “books” are homemade treasures that my future mother-in-law had made for our pre-wedding celebration! They say “Bridget & Matthew” on the front with a Claddagh ring and makes the perfect “Irish gifts” for under our tree.
As I embark on a new journey with a not-so Irish last name this weekend, you can rest assured that this blondie will always be an Irish gal at heart, Irish last name o’ not.
Tune in to our Instagram to follow the wedding festivities (#ChestnutmeetsMayfield) and check back Monday morning to see the first peek into the wedding projects! Happy Weekend fellow rookies!!

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A Wreath for St. Patrick’s Day

shamrock Wreath

Plain and Simple: I love wreaths but don’t always love the price tag that comes along with them. Even when you’re DIYing one…. they can be expensive. Not okay on a rookie salary, especially when you want to change them with the calendar. That’s when I decided to try and make a wreath using materials I found at a local dollar store (and only materials I found at this store). Hence, the Dollar Tree Challenge.

Project Stats

  • All supplies found at a local Dollar Store
  • Total Cost: $4 + Bow
  • Time:1/2 hour
  • Difficulty: Little League Skill Level
  • Additional Supplies needed: Hot Glue Gun
Dollar Store Wreath Materials
Dollar Store Wreath
Easy St. Patrick's Day Wreath
Simple St. Patrick's Day Weath
One stop shopping and $4 later…. how could you go wrong?! Thanks to the Dollar Tree for the “lucky” finds!
Bridget SignatureWant to check out more St. Patrick’s Day crafts & projects? Check out this postST

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Shamrockin’ Shakes

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Okay, so I have something to admit. My name is Casey and I’m scared of drive-thrus.
Wow, I’m happy I got that off my chest.
Here’s the thing. I’m not afraid of drive-thrus for the normal reasons. Ya know…like the fact that fast food could make me a bagillion pounds. Or that I’m wasting money on food that I could make at home.
Nope. I hardly ever visit drive-thrus because I get so darn flustered when they ask for my order. I don’t have time to peruse the menu, and I find myself stuttering into the mic as I recite my order. It’s pathetic.
But during March, I will visit the McDonald’s drive-thru at least once so I can get a SHAMROCK SHAKE!  Somehow I manage to say, “Small shamrock shake, no whipped cream!” into the microphone and it is glorious.  There’s just something about that mint green goodness that gets me in the mood for St. Patty’s day and I gotta have it!
Well this year, I’ve come up with my own recipe for this yummy dessert. No need to freak myself out with a trip to the drive-thru.
shamrock shakes recipe
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own right at home!
Disclaimer: By no means is this shake good for you. It has plenty of calories, fat, sugar…lots people! But, a treat like this once a year is a-okay in our playbook!
Shamrockin’ Shakes
Level: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Ingredients:

-2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream
-1 cup french vanilla ice cream
-1 cup milk

-6 drops green food coloring

-1/4 teaspoon mint extract

Shamrock shake recipe steps
Directions:
Combine ingredients in a blender (or milkshake machine) and blend until smooth. Pour into cute glasses and serve at your next St. Patrick’s Day party!
Shamrock mint chocolate shake with green striped straw
Shamrock shake mint shake with straw ice cream
Our scrabble tile coasters (tutorial here) could accompany these shamrockin’ shakes. We decided to write out the word “CHEERS” and used the number 03.17.13. for the scrabble numbers. Get it? It’s the date for St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick's Day coasters scrabble cheers
No sticky residue and ice cream rings on your table when you’ve got these coasters! That seems like a lucky St. Patrick’s day to me…
Scrabble coasters
So cheers to you! Try out this delicious recipe (chocolate, mint, and ice cream..um how could it not be magically delicious?) and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!
st. patrick's day shake recipe dessert
Okay, so do you think I’m officially a freak because drive-thrus give me the willies? I’m guessing that is a resounding YES!
Anyone have anything fun planned for St. Patty’s Day? It’s always a fun holiday for us Irish girls!
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Love turned Irish

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It’s your LUCKY day! If you didn’t catch my wood block tutorial over Valentine’s Day, here’s another chance to jump on board and create your own holiday blocks in honor of all things Irish! Click here for a tutorial on how to make these row o’ blocks just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
Irish Decor
Wood Block Tutorial
St. Patrick's Day Crafts
Remember what’s hiding behind the “IRISH”?
Cheap Holiday DIY
None other than our old friends- the blocks of “LOVE”. Love turned Irish… the perfect combination as far as I’m concerned.
Back to Back Wood Art Tutorial
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