Thursday, March 31, 2011

Found Heart


My littlest likes to paint, and I've been trying to teach him the pattern: water, paint, paper...water, paint, paper. He getting it down, and the water colors are surviving longer without turning to brown.  But every two year old forgets now and then, and one such moment resulted in the tiny green heart in the yellow paint above, which I caught for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day!

I hope you all are having a blessed St. Patricks Day!

I have some St. Patricks Day Presents for You!

  •  25% Off at My CafePress Shop
    Get 25% off and reduced shipping on any item in my CafePress shop. You can't order from there thoguh...you have to order by contacting me at ecarian at yahoo dot com. I will add this to my own order and then ship it to you once I get it, so shipping will take longer than usual.
Plus I hope you'll join me for the St. Patricks Day Blessings Party I'm holding celebrating the Christian heritage of St. Patricks Day!  Just click the button below to join in!  And thank you to all who have participated!










Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sold My First Stationery!

Took a look at my Zazzle stats and discovered I sold my first set of stationery...the pink lady stationery below! How cool!

Friday, March 11, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Blessings - A Blog Journey (with linky)

 
While St. Patrick's Day has become largely secularized over the years, it began as a religious holiday celebrating the life of St. Patrick.  Until a few years ago, I didn't know ANYTHING about St. Patrick, except that there was a holiday named after him.  In the last few years I've learned more about his story, and it's both fascinating and inspiring.   St. Patrick was kidnapped as a teen by marauders and sold in Ireland as a slave, then escaped, become a monk, and returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel.   You can learn more about him on a great post I found here.

Learning about his life had me wonder how St. Patrick's Day was and still is celebrated AS a religious holiday.  So, I'm inviting those who celebrate St. Patricks Day as a Holy Day, not just a holiday, to share their ideas, traditions, crafts and reflections on St. Patricks Day. For those of you who have only known this as a secular holiday, but would like to learn more about its religious roots, I'd like to invite you to join me on my journey as I learn more about the Christian roots of this holiday!


I'd love to see posts about...
  • St. Patrick or the History of St. Patrick's Day
  • Christian St. Patrick's Day Tradions
  • Relevant St. Patricks Day crafts or activities
  • Relevant religious art
  • Reviews of films or books about St. Patrick or St. Patrick's Day.
  • St. Patricks Day Devotionals
  • Irish Blessings
  • Discussions of anything about this holiday from a Christian perspective.
What isn't appropriate...

Though posts don't have to be specifically religious in nature (St. Patrick's Day Clover crafts, for instance, are fine)...for this linky I'd prefer not to have posts focused on beer, luck, and leprechans, unless they are discussed from a Christian perspective.  Examples:

  • NOT APPROPRIATE: A recipe for green beer, just by itself.
  • OK:  A post which discusses how drinking has been part of Christian celebrations including St. Patricks day, which also happens to have a recipe for Green Beer. 
If you have more than one post that you'ld like to include, feel free to post as many as you'ld like.  Old posts are fine too!  A link back is appreciated but not required. Or just grab the button code below:




Another great place to find religious St. Patricks Day Crafts and activities is the current Liturgical Link Up over at Catholic Icing.  You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy these great activities.  I'm not!  But I enjoy what I can learn from various denominations of our faith.

(Sorry the linky was down earlier today...it's fixed now)







    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    March CafePress and Zazzle Giveaways

    Hello everybody!  Found some more CafePress e giveaways for you!  See, it's almost like being able to give away something from my shop since if you win, you COULD get something of mine.  :-)  You can find my stuff at CafePress by searching under scribbleprints or galesgiggles there.

    Ends March 9
    $50 Zazzle Gift Card at Our Crazy Boys

    Ends March 10
    $60 at CafePress at 80 MPH Mom


    Ends March 12
    $30 at Cafepress at The King's Court IV
    $30 at CafePress at Christian Clippers*

    Ends March 15
    $50 at CafePress at Twinners*

    Ends March 18
    $30 at CafePress at Tiffs Pixie Dust
    $60 CafePress Gift Card at The Practical Mom*

    Ends March 30
    $30 at CafePress at Pink Dandy Chatter*

    *I  earned extra entries for posting about ones marked with a star.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    50% Off 2-Day Shipping - T-shirts Only!

    The Bad News:  It's too late to get items from my shops by St. Patrick's Day using standard shipping.  You have to use 2-day or Express.

    The Good News:  You can get 50% off 2 day shipping any t-shirt order at my Zazzle shop with coupon code IRISHLUCKY50 through  March 14, 2011 at 2:59PM PT!  So you can still get St. Patrick's Day t-shirts by the 17th without breaking the bank!

    Scribbleprint Shamrock shirt
    Scribbleprint Shamrock by scribbleprints
    Browse other t-shirt designs made on zazzle.com

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    St. Patricks Day Coloring Page

    Since St. Patricks Day is coming up, I just wanted to remind everyone about the free Clover coloring pages I have on my site! I also have several other designs to choose from.

    Click on the picture below for the printer size version.

    (Non commercial use only - not for redistribution)


    If you or your little one color one of my coloring pages and would like to share what you made, please e-mail me at ecarian at yahoo dot com and show me it! Let me know if I can use it as an example on my site, and if you post it up on your blog send me the link so I can link to it. :-)

    By the way, did you know that St. Patrick is said to have explained the Trinity to the Irish people using a three leafed clover?  Just as the three separate leaves of the clover were part of one leaf, so the three persons of the Trinity, The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, were separate, yet one. 

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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