Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Favorites (and Give-Away)

This month's favorites are all about St. Patty's Day, with greens, golds, and rainbows.

1. favorite easy way to avoid getting pinched on the big day:  DIY felt shamrock barrettes (or lapel pins) from Paper & Ink
Proving that, in the right hands, the words "elegant" and "understated" can actually be applied to St. Patty's Day accessories. {photo used with permission, from Paper & Ink}

2. favorite movies about leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, banshees, and all things Irish:  Finian's Rainbow, The Quiet Man, Laws of Attraction, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and Leap Year (if you didn't already watch it on Leap Day last week!)
If there's one thing my family loves to build traditions around, it is food.  But if there are two things my family loves to build traditions around, they are food and movies. We just love watching the same movies at the same time of year, year after year after year. We basically have a movie for every holiday, even St. Patty's Day. My kids were addicted to Darby O'Gill and the Little People last year AND the year before, and I pretty much watch Laws of Attraction any time I stumble across it on TV and it is always hilarious. And if your menfolk want in on the holiday movie action, have them watch The Quiet Man, a funny (according to my husband) John Wayne classic. {photos from}

3. favorite gold at the end of the rainbow: my very own tiny gold charms from max & ellie
I love making these sweet little gold charms. I think they're the perfect everyday accessory, and the perfect gift. And at only $8 a pop, they will score you major thoughtfulness points without breaking the bank.

4. favorite rainbow accessories: Neon Aztec Faux Leather Feather Earrings from Love Sexton
I don't usually wear huge, fabulous earrings, but when my little sis pinned these a few days ago, I couldn't resist buying a pair. They're pretty much gorgeous AND they're on sale with free shipping to boot. And yes, I asked my sister's permission first. She was very generous and allowed me to buy them even though she technically had dibs. Sisters are like that. {photo from Love Sexton on Etsy}

5. favorite office supply:  Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Color-Coding Labels from Staples
Whew.  That name is a friggin' mouthful. But the labels are so cute; they come in a rainbow of colors and a sweet tear-drop shape. I have no plans whatsoever to label things in my office with them, but they'll look pretty darn cute on envelopes and packages. {photo from}

The give-away is now closed, and the winner is Leslie! Congrats Leslie, and thanks to everyone (all 18 of you) for entering.

And now for the give-away part: this month, I'm giving away a pack of the cute Martha Stewart rainbow labels pictured above and a tiny gold charm stamped with the letter (or design) of your choice. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Don't forget to include your email address if it isn't easily found on your profile or blog. I'll draw a winner next Wednesday. Good Luck!!

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  1. Being organized is one of my favorite things and those Martha Stewart labels are adorable! The necklace is so pretty too :)

  2. oh boy!
    what a fun giveaway!
    and i LOVE those charms!

  3. How fun! I love those tags and all the other great ideas!

  4. What a great giveaway! I just discovered your blog and love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. these are so fun!! i love those tags! martha does it right! thanks for the chance at the giveaway...


  6. Going to Staples (or ANY office supply store) for me is what a kid experiences when they go into a candy store! I cannot get enough and I want to leave with every fun post-it, colored staple and writing instrument. I drool over such silly thing and I probably sweat as I enter the store! haha.
    And every day I wear a Dogeared "best mom" necklace and think a charm with my kiddos initials on it would be the perfect compliment.
    Yay me!!

  7. Wow, and I thought you were only food! New to lulu........and loving it!
    Jill /

  8. Love the labels, love that darling charm, love your blog first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. Such a nice way to start my day.

  9. The feather earrings are so pretty and colorful! I also adore the charms-so delicate. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love all of your posts! And I would love to win this giveaway! : )

  11. I love Martha Stewart crafts! I did not realize she had office supplies too! The colored labels would come in handy! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

  12. Hi! I just discovered your blog, and have enjoyed it so much!! I love all of the items you featured, and appreciate the chance to win some of them!
    Thank you! So glad I found you!! :)

  13. I have a baby due next month and it would be so sweet to get a charm with his/her??? initial.

  14. oops - my email is

  15. The recipes . . . the craft ideas. . . the stories - how great they all are!! I'm hooked!!
    The rainbow labels sure could come in handy for my daughter-in-law's upcoming baby shower!!!

  16. Hi. Just found your blog on a Cape Breton Recipes page on facebook. Love the blog, double love the recipes.

  17. oh how adorable ! I loved these stuff esp. the charms! I want to win !

  18. Cute favorites!

  19. i am so excited...thank you so much.


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