Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick's Day From Krystal Kat's

I know it's a wee bit early for Saint Patrick's day but it shall be here soon enough.

Follow the ways of your ancestors.

~Old Irish Proverb

Here is something I would like to share with you, take a listen to this Irish Blessing.    
My mom shared this with me today.

Along with the sweet suncatcher for Saint Patrick's day or all year through in my last post I made a matching bracelet yesterday for it.

Find an array for green celtic Saint Patrick's Day Jewelry at my website.

I know I already shared this in my last post the shamrock Swarovski Crystal Suncatcher but I am going to post it again here with the matching bracelet.

  What a cute idea I found today... with little pieces of felt you can make some really cute shamrock coasters, here is the link with pattern to print out.

So you print out this pattern and then using felt, which does not fray when cut, you can make a whole set of coasters, best advice is to trace over the felt then cut. I personally like the idea a lot but would add some flair because that's just me, when I say flair I mean bling.
I don't have a photo so share yet, but perhaps later.

Another really cool craft to try is Iris folding, I have not tried this yet but plan on it, it sounds really fun and artistic.
Here is the how to page link,

Link for the Iris folding butterfly and then the Iris folding Shamrock/Clover.

"Iris folding is done by arranging and layering strips of paper or even fabric in a spiraled pattern. That spiral pattern resembles the iris of a camera lens and that is how this craft got it's name. Many people use this craft technique to create cards and embellishments for scrapbook pages, but I think the finished iris folded project could simply be framed and hung." quoted from

I found the idea of the shamrock coasters from The Party Goddess, Marley Majcher, you can find her at, she has created parties for famous people like Katherine Heigl, Pierce Brosnand and Jennifer Love Hewitt.  

Irish Soda Bread Recipe
4 cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 F. Sift dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center. Add sour milk and stir together with a wooden spoon. The dough should be thick but not too wet. Turn dough onto a floured surface and form with hands into a round loaf. Place the loaf into a casserole dish that has been greased with butter. Score the top in the form of a cross with a knife. Bake for 40 minutes. Bread should cool for an hour before serving. 
NOTE: Soda bread is a daily fare in Ireland, made fresh for breakfast and with tea.
If the loaf is made with whole meal wheat flour, it is known as brown bread: if made with unbleached white flour, it's Irish Soda Bread. Authentic Irish Soda bread is made with sour milk soured by adding vinegar or lemon juice. To sour milk do the following, add one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk (minus 1 tablespoon milk) or you can alternately leave it out overnight. I have not tried to leave it out overnight, I just add the tablespoon of vinegar to the milk (minus 1 tablespoon milk) and it curdles right away.

Until next time! Be Happy!

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Have a wonderful day! ~Kat