Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny Celebrates National Craft Month

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WOW! Did you know that MARCH is not only home to St Patricks Day, the time change (this Sunday – March 13, 2011), and spring starting (March 20, 2011, according to one source – WOOHOO!!!! πŸ™‚ ). It's also National Craft Month! Being a very crafty Sandwich Generation granny nanny, interspersing fun and easy crafts for grand kids while caring for the elderly seniors in my family, I thought it was quite appropriate to celebrate this! πŸ™‚ 

Fun and easy St Patricks Day March crafts for seniors boomers and grand kids supplies

I had to run an errand for someone else last week at Michael's and was greeted by gorgeous green everywhere along with big SALE signs!. I couldn't resist the combination of cute craft ideas AND 40% off signs everywhere (talk about practical AND creative ways to save money!) and walked out with their tiny bag and my big bag of March Madness fun – St Patricks Day craft goodies for the grand kids and my senior mom and myself. 

The grandkids came over the next day and I thought, "Aha! Let's make cute St Patricks Day wreaths." Just one problem. While they enjoyed making the cute Autumn wreaths just a few months ago, they just haven't been in a very crafty mood lately. At the moment, they're more into Hot Wheels, Knights in the Castle, Max and Ruby, and plenty of dodge ball tag outside.

This grandson was busy playing with a castle AND watching Cyberchase - multitasking at 7

So, they opted to sit and watch educational TV (Cyberchase and Max and Ruby), while I actually had a very delightful time working on my "Happy Holidays" St Patricks Day flowers and vases along with one mini-wreath. My senior mom didn't join in either, as she was in the midst of another project, but all of these were very easy crafts – perfect for kids, seniors, and this granny nanny baby boomer who is really all thumbs when it comes to anything complicated.

So while they aren't the fanciest crafts in the house, they are quite perky. I've got my greens. And I made sure to use the cute RED vase my granddaughter gave me – perfect for REDnesday, don't you think? 

Easy St Patricks Day and March crafts for kids seniors and boomers include lovely little green and white nosegays in a red vase my grandkids gave me

I've got plenty of pinks, of course – don't you love those darling roses? 

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves St Patricks Green Shamrock and PINK roses

And here's the cute wreath – hanging on the front of the house. It even survived the rainstorm yesterday. It was also quite easy to make. i just interwove the stalks in the wreath, though I could have used a hot glue gun as well. I prefer the interweaving, though, as I can then easily reuse it for the next Happy Holiday project. πŸ™‚

Happy Holidays wreaths are easy crafts for seniors and grand kids - my senior dad did an autumn wreath as he approached end stage Parkinsons Disease

All in all, it was a delightful day as the grandboys enjoyed learning about algebra and playing with their forts and castles and I had fun making my own crafts for a change. How about you? Have you tried any March and/or St Patricks Day crafts for yourself or your grand kids or a senior parent this month? We'd love to hear if you have.

In the meantime, do be sure to visit Pink Saturday where Bev is also celebrating St Patricks Day with lots of cute pictures and ideas in PINK and GREEN, Bargain Hunting with Laurie for her Favorite Things round up – since easy crafts for kids, boomers, and seniors are definitely some of my favorite things, and Rednesday with lots of lovely REDs to brighten our day. Whew! So much fun, so little time for the Sandwich Generation – but aren't we glad we can do it all easily at home? And don't forget to click the cute little St Patricks Day snowman clipart up in the top right column to find out about MORE fun St Patricks Day party blog posts!

Comments 33

  • I’m not too crafty but I love looking at all the pretties out there. Hubby is a very plain man when it comes to our home and I’m afraid after 44 years I’m a lot like him. Loved your wreath and lovely, quiet day.

  • I’m not too crafty but I love looking at all the pretties out there.

  • What fun with the kid-lings. Your are very crafty, I am not!, for sure. Enjoyed my visit & your talent.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

    CSN GIVEAWAY ENDS 3/17

  • Happy Pink Saturday Kaye Sweetie…
    Looks like you had fun doing your thang and they had fun doing theirs, but the nice thing is, you were all together. I love it.

    Love your little arrangement in the cup of red. That is so sweet and will fit into so many places. I love small little additions.

    Your vase turned out pretty as well and who can’t use roses about the house? It will brighten any corner for sure.

    Your wreath is darling. Love it, and what a welcome to all who come to visit. You did an excellent job. I love the carnations, and I like that you didn’t use the glue gun, and can reuse it. That is a great idea to weave them in and out of the wreath.

    Have a glorious weekend sweet friend. Happy Pink Saturday and have a Magical St. Patty’s Day. Country hugs, Sherry

  • Happy PINK Saturday! What could be better than green and pink AND a sale! I never get to our Michaels, the traffic is horrible in that are of the city but by June we are getting a new store just 10 miles from my house! I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I might have to get a job there just to pay for my addiction, lol! Have a great weekend, Nan

  • Love all of these crafty decorations!! This is a wonderful blog!

    Xo,
    Jane

  • A few weeks ago, I had my grandsons for two days after school, the first day they were antsy, it was cold and damp outside and they were full of energy. The second day, I provided lots of craft papers, valentines, markers and poster board and they made “welcome home mommy” and valentines. We took 30 minute breaks to run around outside and work off the energy. It worked out better than I planned. Much better the second day. Their mom was on a business trip. How old are you grandboys? The two I had are 8 and 5. As for me, my creative talent is my photography and getting a room painted inside.

  • Hi Kaye,
    Oh my gosh–I just got back from Michael’s–we think alike!!! Happy Pink Saturday to you and Happy Craft month too!!!
    XO

  • Hi Kaye! You sure have been busy! I love your St. Patty’s Day wreath. I didn’t know it was national craft month…I just might have to go to Michael’s this weekend to celebrate LOL. Have a wonderful weekend! Terri

  • I did not know that! Seems like a great time – we seem to have renewed energy and spirit after a long winter!
    Happy Pink Saturday,
    Kathy

  • You have me chuckling here. My grands are not into doing much with grandma theses day in the way of crafting. They do love to visit and eat grandma’s food. Your vases of green and pink are very sweet and perfect for Beverly’s Pink Sat. theme.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  • Kaye, it looks like you are all ready for the arrival of Spring. I sure hope your readiness makes the Spring temps arrive more quickly! Your St. Pat’s wreath turned out so pretty. Thanks for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  • Fun! I love your quick and cute wreaths!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Sarah

  • Hi Kaye,
    loved your sweet wreath that your made and I’m glad it survived! I am not craft at all so I loved to visit blogs and see what everyone is creating. I’m one of those “ten thumbs” ladies!

    Happy Pink Saturday

  • Ugh…I’m eating lunch and now I see my spelling errors!! That’s what happens when you type with your right hand and hold a piece of honeydew melon in your left hand…lol!

    Deanna πŸ˜€

  • Your St. Patty’s wreath turned out fantastic! I love going to Michaels, because they’ve got that 40% coupon every week, and I always manage to find something to spend it on!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

  • Hi Lynn What a fun visit! And boy, doesn’t it make a wonderful difference when we can let them play outside for a bit. Yesterday was the first time in several days I could NOT and what a DIFFERENCE! We did have fun playing Simon Says in a new way but nothing beats letting them really run a bit. And what a craft activities for grandparents and grandchildren. Thanks for sharing them! My grandkids range in age from baby up to teen – with the three boys nearby being 7 and 9. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Donnie, I’m very crafty – just not very talented AT the crafts. Much better on the computer. But, like you, I love to enjoy the skills others have been blessed with. And 44 years! That’s AWESOME!!!!! What a blessed legacy to share with your family along with so many sweet memories. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Marydon, Trust me – my craftiness is all in LIKING to do it – and not so much in the actual ABILITY to do it πŸ™‚ Some of my crafts end up looking more like a kid did it πŸ™‚ But they make wonderful and educational activities for grandparents AND grandchildren so I’m happy. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the sweet visit.

  • Hi Sherry, Thanks so much for your lovely visit and comments. We did, indeed, have a lovely time together. And would you believe, after not wanting to do any projects for a couple of weeks, the first thing they’ve greeted me with the last two times – “Grandma, do you have any projects to do this time?” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ YAY! Have a blessed and warm week (we’re freezin’ a bit today!”

  • Hi Nan, hehehehe – I can TOTALLY relate! I should get jobs there, at Lifeway, and at Panera – pay for my three loves! I’m very blessed that we are living in a small city but we do have a Michael’s quite close with lots of parking – even when it’s busy. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you’ll have one close too – and 10 miles will probably be just perfect for your pocketbook πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, Jane. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Isn’t it great, Cindy! Michael’s is just such a blessing!

  • Hi Terri, It is, indeed, National Craft Month. I think a trip to Michael’s is a PERFECT idea. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And right now it’s perfect to get some great sales on St Patricks Day goodies for next year. πŸ™‚ Have fun!

  • Hi Kathy, Isn’t that the truth. Now if spring would just stay sprung – we had gorgeous sunny skies for days, now two days of coooold and drizzle – BUT SUN IS COMING! πŸ™‚

  • Take hope, Jeanne. After a couple of weeks of, “No thank you grandma, we don’t want to do any projects,” the last two visits – “Please can we do projects, grandma!” πŸ™‚ Maybe spring fever is catching up to them. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Hi Laurie, Thanks for stopping by. I’m really enjoying your Favorite Things posts. Lots of fun ideas and encouragement – even when the spring weather goes all March and LIONy πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Sarah! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Hi Deanna, πŸ™‚ I have to confess – I have at least 9 thumbs – and often 10. My grandkids’ crafts often come out looking better than mine πŸ™‚ But we all have fun and it makes for delightful activities for grandparents and grandchildren – along with sweet family memories, so I’m happy. πŸ™‚ (You should see our sugar cookies project here – would you believe, I just this year figured out you’re supposed to bake them first THEN decorate them. : But the kids like doing it BOTH ways! πŸ™‚ )

  • PS – I can so relate! I do the SAME thing. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Hi Carol, Isn’t that coupon wonderful! And the last two times I’ve gone, they printed out an extra one. In fact, thank you for reminding me. It’s eligible to be used today. I’ll have to run over there later this afternoon. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week.

  • I am very pleased that I found this web site, which is tremendously valuable.

  • Hi Mary, Thank you πŸ™‚

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