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!!!! 🙂 ). 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! 🙂
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.
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?
I've got plenty of pinks, of course – don't you love those darling 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. 🙂
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!