Welcome back to Etsy Saturday. You thought I was done with rainbows right? Nope. It's been rainy and overcast here and I could use a little rainbow about now. This time I searched them out on Etsy.
Since I have been in party mode the last couple of weeks let's start with this super cool rainbow balloon wreath from TheGutsy Goose. I have seen tutorials to make these online but it's far to complicated for me. I would rather just buy this adorableness to use for future parties or even if there is no party, as a way to show my kids that their birthdays are special.
Now that my daughter's birthday is over, I am ready for Fall. It is definitely my favorite season and while I love all the colors associated with fall, a few bright colors thrown in are nice too. I totally want these felted rainbow acorns from Green Baboon Designs. I just need to get one of those nature tables in the front entrance to display them, but first I'll have to get a house with a bigger entry way to fit the nature table upon which my darling little acorns will rest.
It's hard for me to deal with the fact that my youngest is growing up quickly and that I no longer have any babies in the house. So while I can I want to make her preschool -early elementary years as magical as possible. This tooth fairy pillow from Sprinkly Baby is one of the sweetest I've ever seen and I would so love to slip it under L's pillow when she loses her very fist tooth.
I have a sort of fascination with all things Asian. The Japanese art of Origami blows my mind because I can't even fold a paper airplane. When I saw these teeny tiny rainbow cranes in this necklace from Paper Peaches, I put it on my "Gotta Have It!" list. How cute would this be with jeans and brightly colored sweater this Fall?
As you can tell from the top of my blog, I am Catholic and proud of it. It saddens me that so many people today are offended by others' expression of their faith. It's one of the reasons we sacrifice so much to send out kids to Catholic school where God is a part of everything they do. That being said, I would be proud to wear this lovely rainbow rosary bracelet from Unbreakable Rosaries.
To end this post, I will leave you with an Irish Blessing:
“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”
My middle child is going to have his First Holy Communion this year and I am so excited! I think it is extra special for me because it has been only 4 years since I joined the Catholic Church and took part in these Blessed Sacraments. And I so want my excitement to spill over onto my children.
I have already started scouting out some unique gifts on Etsy.
I have reviewed this Etsy seller before. Saintly Silver has the most wonderful little felt softie dolls and what makes these extra special is that you can personalize the hair color and cut, and the skin and eye color.
Two years ago for my oldest son's First Reconciliation I bought him this cool stamped copper necklace from Bracelets By Linda. He still loves to wear it and it has held up excellently.
On the day of First Communion we gave our son a nice rosary in this beautiful Walnut box from Forever Etchings. You can also have it personalized with the date. It's such a special keepsake.
Not having been raised as a Catholic, I had no idea what a big to-do First Communion was. You need to have a party and a cake and invite anyone with the word "parent" in their names, grandparent, great grandparent, God parent... I really like the look of these invites from Delightfully Noted. They can be used for Baptism or First Communion. I am not a fan of flowery frilly stuff, so these are perfect.
While it would be simpler, I really don't want to get my second son the exact same things we bought for our first son. I think this hand stamped necklace from K Cannucciari has some similarities to the first but still unique and masculine.
My husband and I had a heck of a time picking out a rosary. I thought most of them looked really girly. Both of my boys really enjoy going to rosary club so I want them to have a rosary to take with them each week that they really like and feel a connection to. I recently came across these two which I think most boys would appreciate. (Apparently, I really like the word "really")
The first is from Personalized Rosary and done in a baseball theme which can also include the child's name.
This second rosary is one I know my J would go crazy for. It's made by Memento Moose and has my son's favorite colors and made with one of his favorite toys, LEGOS!
Thanks for visiting Fakin It. May God Bless you always.
I love bookmarks! I can't have enough! I don't know how I am always losing them but I am and I always need more. Like with the knotted scarves, I have a habit of buying things just to take them apart and see how I can make them myself. I paid $6 on Etsy for one beaded ribbon bookmark just like the ones I am going to show you how to make.
The cost of the pins, jump rings and ribbon clamps is mere pennies per piece. Beads can vary in cost. I am going to guess that I used 50 cents worth of beads per bookmark plus 15 cents for the ribbon. Total cost = < $1.
The tools that I used included needle nose pliers, scissors and a lighter. There are jewelry pliers but these are just from my husband's tool box. The lighter is for sealing the ends of the ribbon. Two quick swipes through the flame is all it needs.
Cut a piece of ribbon about 10 inches long. After you have heat sealed the end of the ribbon to prevent fraying, fold over about 1/8th of an inch and insert into clamp with teeth facing back side of ribbon. Use pliers to squeeze clamp tightly closed.
Place beads onto pin. With pliers, open jump ring and attach to loop at end of ribbon clamp. Squeeze back into closed circle. You can also used the jump ring to attach charms.
I thought this ABC ribbon would be perfect for a teacher. I think the details on the ends are what really make these bookmarks special.
Unless it's a stocking stuffer, I tend to give books along with the handcrafted bookmarks.
32 Third Graders and One Class bunny is a hysterical book where teacher Phillip Done recounts classroom stories. It is perfect for a teacher and also for any mom who wonders what goes on in the classroom when she's not around.
The Saints Guide to Happiness is a wonderful book for Catholic friends, family, teachers, etc... There are short life lessons that identify with a specific Saint. This is the kind of book you pick up when you need a little uplifting and doesn't require hours of reading on end.
Moloka'i is based on a true story taking place in a Leper colony on the Hawaiian Island of Moloka'i. This book is well written and intriguing. Every one I know of that has read this has really enjoyed it but it is not super well known. So it is a pretty safe bet that the recipient of your gift doesn't own it yet.
There you go, bookmarks for less than $1 and plenty of time to find these books or others on sale will get you a head start on the Christmas rush.
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Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I know for some of you Easter is over, but we are still celebrating His Resurrection.
This is the lunch we had on Good Friday.
Resurrection Roll (dessert)
Oil used to treat Jesus' body for burial (syrup)
Leather straps used to whip Jesus 39 times (turkey bacon)
Crown of thorns (Mandarin oranges and pretzels)
Blood Money given to Judas (red pancakes)
Nails for the cross (blue pancake)
We made the Resurrection rolls together which was a great way to introduce the lunch and discuss the Easter story. You can find out how to make them here at Catholic Icing's blog. They were super yummy. My middle child was literally freaking out when the marshmallow inside (Jesus' body) disappeared, just as Jesus was missing from the tomb on the 3rd day.
Rather than read a book, I took the boys to the Living Stations of the Cross at our Church. It was actually the first time for all 3 of us and very moving.
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