Make Your Own Sanding Sugar!

Warm wishes from our family to yours this St. Patrick's Day.

We're having some luck of the Irish cake to start of our morning...
{not too shabby for gluten free vanilla}
but to spice it up and make it a bit more festive,
I added a sugar shamrock to each piece.

If you are ever in need of a bit of sanding sugar 
but don't have the color you'd like on hand,
save yourself a trip to the grocery store 
{and the $2.59 for a small container of single color}.
It's SO easy!

All you need is some turbinado sugar
(always on hand in our pantry in the individual packets)
and some food coloring.
Open a few packets of sugar and place them into a bowl. 
Add a drop of the food coloring and mix well with a fork. 
When all your liquid is absorbed, add another drop at a time until 
you have the amount of sugar you need and the exact color you're looking for. 
It's Easy Peasy. 
 Enjoy this little tip for year round sugar,
just the way you like it.



Shamrocks Adorn Us

These clips were so much fun to make, 
thanks to a fantastic tutorial by Christina Williams.
I purchased the smallest set of covered buttons for this project, using
some Judie Rothermel 30's prints {shamrocky, of course!!} 
so we can be festive tomorrow. 
The first set of small covered buttons
I purchased had teeth on the top's underside,
hoping the newer set looks a little smoother around the edges.
Oh, the possibilities!

Happy Crafting
& a Very Happy St. Patrick's Day,



The {Usually} Windy City

Michigan Avenue will never be the same, Marilyn.
They don't call it the Windy City for nothing
We've never experienced the city on a more beautiful day.
The weather was sunny and clear with just the softest breeze.

Warm, mild weather continues
and I think it's safe to say it's here to stay.

{knocking on wood & crossing my fingers}
With temperatures in the 70s, 
our first daffodils of 2012 arrived last night...
more to open later today, I'm sure.
For now, we're living it up in flip flops, 
outside every day basking in the sunshine.
Thanks for taking the virtual tour of Chicago 
with us this week.
Have a wonderful day,