Crafty Cathys

Crafting with my girls is something that has become more and more difficult along the way. At one point, Sassafras and I were painting footstools and canvases and making special creations for every season. Now, bless our hearts, if we could just finish a sticker book I call it a craftastic victory.

Thanks to the sense of renewal that always comes with Spring, I'm hoping and planning to do better with getting our craft on. Pinterest is my go-to, of course, but also Pinterest can be chock full of lies.

Here are a few solid-seeming resources for crafting with your kiddos. If you have some tried and true spring/summer crafts, please send them to me.

So long as they do not contain glitter.

No Time for Flashcards

The Crafty Crow


Leapin' Leprechauns

Lawdyhammercy, I do love the spring.
We're all defrosting and starting to crack open the sun roofs and finally getting to use our sunglasses again. The first few rods of chartreuse are just easing through the canopy of our straw-covered lawns.

St. Patrick's Day has always been one of my favorite minor holidays because it always carries flip flop weather with it. Can I get an amen? It's also a great time to get all craftastic with your kiddos. I'm doing some of these with mine. 

For the first year, my girls are asking me what St. Patrick's Day is about. All I had to offer them was some vague something about a dude in Ireland and maybe something about some snakes and wear green or get pinched? Best I had. Shameful, I know.

So I've done a little digging. Hopefully now St. Patrick's Day will mean a little more than just signaling the arrival of spring and cute t-shirts at Old Navy. tells us that Saint Patrick's Day was initiated a millenium ago and permitted Irish Catholics to break the Lenten fast of meat and drink. And also that the snake thing is a hoax, but that Saint Patrick is recognized for introducing Christianity to Ireland. explains why the shamrock is a symbol of the holiday: Saint Patrick used the three-piece leaf to explain the Holy Trinity. And also that Saint Patrick's Day as a holiday, though it is about Ireland, is really an American invention. What can we say...we're party animals.  tells that the ritual wearing of the green might be about the shamrock, it might be about the green landscape, and it might refer to the Irish Celtic tradition of wearing green during the spring equinox.

Gayle Gibbons book- Ancient copyright (mid 90s, I think) but comprehensive. Actually, I'd give pretty much any Gayle Gibbons books that same review. Nothing flashy, which makes them great for kids who would just like the facts, ma'am.
*Amazon affiliate link. explains the whole pinching thing. Apparently the mischievous leprechauns pinch on St. Patrick's Day unless you wear green to ward them off. Naughty little leprechauns.
*ehow would not normally make my cut on a source if you even care.

Do you do Saint Patrick's Day with your wee bairns?