One Room Challenge Week 6: Big Girl Room Reveal

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It’s week 6 in the race to the finish line in One Room Challenge (ORC) , created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  That means today is the BIG REVEAL of Operation BIG GIRL ROOM along with my fellow 90+ participants!

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What’s the big prize for participating in ORC? A finished room in 6 weeks and the opportunity to participate and share the experience of completing a room with talented designers and others that enjoy interior design! Yes, that’s right no money or honorary first place.

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If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5

The moment you have all been waiting for…Sofia’s big girl room!

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This distressed vintage dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in Sofia’s room and perhaps in our home! I love the detailing and the antique mirror.

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Sofia is no longer 3 months, and it was time to replace the baby photo in the “giggle” picture frame with a current one of Sofia and her sister Charlotte. The DIY jewelry box adds the big girl and princess element to the dresser.

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The silver bird bookends and wooden Sofia plaque have been great accessories that have transitioned her room from nursery to big girl room.

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I made subtly changes to the reading nook such as adding some glam and pop of color with the floral arrangement.  I updated the photo to one from our apple picking adventure this fall.  Sofia loves looking at it and remembering the fun filled day! I love using unique storage baskets such as the pink and white polka dot tin pail for her music instruments.

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Here’s the end result of the canopy aka “castle” that Sofia requested, her updated day bed, and the beautiful shell chandelier.

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Mix and matching new and old bedding items made the transition from little girl to big girl without breaking the budget and having to make a major decision on all new bedding at this point. I hope to have a decision and more updates this spring so check back!

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Sofia wanted a castle and a princess like room and this princess castle from Amazon.com did not disappoint! The shimmery chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit!

Big Girl RoomWe moved this play kitchen by Kitchen Kraft from the family room into Sofia’s room in late August but needed to update the wall. I love how the wall art from Hobby Lobby works in her room next to the DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things!

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Last but not least is the gallery wall with the cherry blossom and bird painting that inspired the look for Sofia’s nursery, her first birthday party, and now has transitioned the look to big girl room!

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Big Girl Room Big Girl RoomBig Girl RoomThere are so many fun personal touches on this wall like my childhood books displayed with the bird cage, Sofia’s art work displayed with new bird clip hooks and an updated photo from the first day of preschool as a three year old!

I had to display her recent master piece, Starry Night, which is one of my favorite paintings by Vincent Van Gough!

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I love how my HomeGoods pink and coral baskets look in this white bookcase, which was mine as a child and repainted by my mother. Clean up at night has been a lot easier now that we have plenty of storage.

Last but not least is the transformation of a once boring closet to a fun secret hide out fit for a princess!

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The DIY pink and green tower shelf use to be displayed in Sofia’s room. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial for the fabric letters above her bed. It works great in her closet to display all her dress up accessories.

Big Girl Room ClosetThe pink and green designer hardware I found at Hobby Lobby.  They’re the perfect feminine touch to hang her princess dresses.

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I upcycled this 6 drawer whicker piece that I purchased years ago from Pier 1 Imports. Nothing a little pink and antique gold spray paint can’t fix to add some GLAM for this princess retreat! It serves as additional toy storage and displays her art work.

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The once cramped shelf now displays some of her stuffed animals and boxes with arts and craft supplies.

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The blue and green trays were a Target dollar store find, which add a pop of color. I love how the quatrefoil stencil turned out in my daughter Charlotte’s bedroom but decided to use this turquoise removable contact paper for the accent wall.

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Every princess needs a mirror at her height and a place to hang all her purses!

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Most importantly, my client loved her big girl room and closet reveal SO MUCH she wanted more surprises!

Big Girl RoomThank you for all your kind words and encouragement through this process! Make sure you come back and check out my full source list and additional behind the scene footage next week!

Please make sure you check out the 20 professional designers who revealed their stunning transformations yesterday here and the 90 + participants sharing the reveals today here.

I leave you with one last image of this gorgeous shell chandelier that ignited my inspiration for Sofia’s big girl room.

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Praise him, sun and moon; Praise him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 5: Big Girl Room

ORC logoWelcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

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This ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you can catch up by starting with Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

Sofia's Big Girl RoomThis week was all about the details and tying up loose ends.  I finally found the perfect hardware to display all the dress up clothes in Sofia’s closet.

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I’m loving the feminine touch that also is fit for a princess, according to Sofia, who helped me pick them out! I had planned to hang them, but that didn’t happen and is on my to do list starting today.

Next up was tackling the chandelier install.  If you recall from my mood board, that I was inspired by Pottery Barn Kids paper chandelier, pictured above.  This is the actual chandelier.

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I started installing this solo the other day.

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The install was going well. I had figured out how to remove this boring light fixture.

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I only had 3 more steps to go and then I hit a wall. I needed a second pair of hands to help hold the chandelier while I finished the wiring. With the daylight hours dwindling and the days numbered, I finally recruited my husband to come home from work earlier.  Of course once we finished the last few steps the wiring isn’t right and the ceiling canopy isn’t secure. We’ll have to wait to until the weekend to complete this project…UGH!

I did hang all the wall art, including Sofia’s own master pieces this week.  I also bought a new art display board with birds for her art work.

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Lastly, the decision about the bedding: To buy all new bedding or to use what we have. Since we already have a few bedding items that Sofia hasn’t grown out of yet I’ve decided to mix and match it with other bedding we already own.  This is a temporary solution until we decided to invest in a full or twin mattress and bedding for Sofia, which all depends on if our two girls end up sharing a room in the next few months.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s Big Girl Room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier – In progress
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in One Room Challenge!

Sarah

One Room Challenge Week 4: Big Girl Room

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Welcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room ChallengeThis ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

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Here we are at week 4 and it always seems to be the in between week of busy and rushing to the finish line.  While enjoyed my adventured to High Point Market, the largest furniture market in the world, it took away from my free time to work on Sofia’s room.

Here’s a sneak peek at the closet reorganization!

Closet Before

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Without revealing too much, I’ve reorganized the white shelves for Sofia’s dress up clothes and accessories and added toy storage.

Here’s my inspiration board.

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As you can see I was thinking of using the IKEA Trofast for toy storage solution.  However, I decided to repurpose this wicker 6 drawer piece that gets the job done without spending additional money.

Did you see my HomeGoods finds on Instagram? I found these beautiful rectangle storage bins in shades of pink and coral. This is an added toy storage bonus to her current bookshelf.

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Next was mounting these removable butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids onto two separate walls. You can find the DIY tutorial for the fabric letters here.

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The DIY memory box that I started working on last week is now complete and ready to be hung.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the wall art I’m planning to hang, which include Sofia’s art work!

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Obstacles this round are definitely budget and selection. I love the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, but they have incomplete sets.  I also love the bedding from Sierra & Lilly, but haven’t decided on size of mattress, twin or full.  Decisions decisions decisions.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age – In progress
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier – Need to call handyman
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding – In Progress
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in ORC here.

Sarah

One Room Challenge Week 1: Big Girl Room

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Yesterday was the first day of One Room Challenge Fall 2014 for 20 talented professional designers to redo a room in their home or clients home in six weeks. Today is the first day for all of us interior designers and DIYer at heart and professional bloggers like myself! 

One Room Challenge was created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  20 professional designers will be updating you on their rooms every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I will be joining a crew who will be updating you on our room progress on Thursdays. 

I first participated in ORC last spring and did our Master Bedroom.

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To view more details of my ORC Master Bedroom from spring 2014 click here.

I had two rooms in my home that were front-runners, and it came down to updating my three year old daughter’s bedroom.

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We moved into our house 20 months ago, right before she turned 18 months and I had my second daughter.  While she has grown and is becoming more of a little girl, her room hasn’t changed since the last update that I shared from our old home.  You can view that post and her nursery here and here, and her Cherry Blossom & Bird Themed Birthday Party inspired from her nursery here.

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When you first walk into my daughter Sofia’s room your eye immediately is drawn to this green blue dresser.  It’s by far been my favorite piece of furniture in her room, and maybe in our entire house!

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You’re eye follows the great light in the room to the window seating area and her bed.

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I found this cute table and marching chair at antique shop and repainted my old rocking chair that my grandfather had made with Sofia’s name on it.

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We recently moved the kitchen out of our family room into Sofia’s room and I like the placement.

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Then you turn around and you have this great long wall that I use to display her art work and the cherry blossom painting that has anchored her room since she was born.

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My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the overlook of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace overhead lighting with chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a real “big girl” bed (it’s currently in the converted crib stage that we call her big girl bed)
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)

Next week I will share more details with my floor plan and my inspiration behind updating my daughter’s room.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you check out all the other participates in One Room Challenge!

Sarah

 

Easter Celebrations

I love this time of year because everything is in bloom and my favorite colors are everywhere, coral, blue, pink, and green! I also like when Easter is later in the calendar, which gives me more time to really enjoy the holiday and be festive for more than a few weeks.

I always reuse decorations from years past, rearrange them and add a few more décor items.  Here’s a photo from one of my previous tablescapes.

If you missed my previous posts on tablescape, decorating eggs without dye, and other festive Easter ideas you can check them out here: http://wp.me/p1s2CI-ca   http://wp.me/p1s2CI-2b

This year I decided to decorate my front entryway, family room, and kitchen.  As you can see I like using tulips and hyacinth because they come in various colors and look great arranged together.   I love walking into my home and smelling hyacinth! This particular arrangement gives the tablescape sophistication and height by using both flowers in one vase.

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Other additions to this years tablescape  include these darling bunny rabbits that I found at antique market in Belmont, NC , Target’s sparkle Easter eggs, and this twine Easter egg wreath.

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Happy Easter y’all!

Vendor Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Floral arrangement and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Jeweled Easter eggs – Sarah Sofia Productions

Robin’s Easter eggs in mason jar with burlap – Hobby Lobby http://www.Hobbylobby.com

Shiny jeweled Easter eggs – Target http://www.target.com

Pink Easter bunny – Hobby Lobby

 

 

Sofia’s 1st Birthday Bash: Cherry Blossom & Birds

After all the fun I had planning it’s hard to believe a year has come and gone!  The inspiration for my daughter Sofia’s 1st birthday party came from this cherry blossom and bird painting that she loves and is the theme of her nursery.  The blues, pinks, and greens are feminine and the birds are so whimsical.  I incorporated the color scheme throughout the party using pink polka dots and baby birds, which was the perfect touch for a girl’s 1st birthday bash!

Details, details, details! I started collecting bird cages, birds and anything pink, blue, and green.  I designed two wooden bird houses, a ribbon wreath, the invitation and fabric letters in the color scheme. (See previous posts for DIY fabric letters).   Sofia’s blue/green dresser drawer was the perfect touch for the gift table and to display the party favors. Pink paper lanterns and green/pink butterflies added a pop of color and continued the whimsical feel throughout the space.

A birthday bash isn’t complete until the birthday girl has a party dress, right?  I found a fabulous dress designed by Lil Bit of Whimsy Couture that is aqua and pink polka dot.  I requested the baby bird appliqué and Monica’s dress design was the perfect fit for our little birthday girl!

The party was held in one of my childhood friend’s backyard in Columbus, Ohio.  The Ellis family went all out with providing a tent and a beautifully landscaped yard.  While the rain held off, it was a hot and humid day and the pink lemonade served in mason jars was a favorite by kids and adults.  Comfort Witcher of Comfort Photography did an amazing job capturing Sofia’s milestone birthday, putting everyone at ease, even my sweet Sofia who was in a lot of pain from teething.

The dessert table was the main focus with the cherry blossom and bird painting and flower arrangement with blue twigs as the centerpiece.  Your eye then immediately drew to the stunning cake by Edible Art of Charlotte, which has both the cherry blossom and baby bird design.  Keeping it simple I used farmer’s market baskets to display pastel colored M&M’s and chocolate colored almonds.  Pink and green macaroons from Pistachio Vera are always a delicious treat and the perfect impact of color.  Adding some whimsical delight and keeping with the bird theme I made M&M’s bird nest cookies.

Tweet Tweet Enjoys These Treats!  Edible Art of Charlotte did an amazing job weaving the theme into the baby bird cookies that were given as party favors.  The adorable printables were designed by Sweet Scarlet Designs.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com/

Photography – Comfort Photography http://comfortphotography.com/

Secondary Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Decorative Chocolate and Vanilla Birthday Pound Cake – Edible Art of Charlotte http://edible-art-charlotte.com/

Short Bread Bird Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Smash Cake – Kroger

Macaroon – Pistachio Vera (pistachio and pink guava yuzu) http://www.pistaciavera.com/

M&M’s Bird’s Nest Cookies – Sarah Sofia Productions                                                           http://www.pastrywiz.com/dailyrecipes/recipes/451.htm

Printables – Sweet Scarlet Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetScarletDesigns

Aqua & Pink Polka Dot Bird Party Dress – Lil Bit of Whimsy Couture                              http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilBitofWhimsyCoutur

Aqua Mason Jars – World Market

Daisy Stamped Pewter Mason Jar Lids – Glitter Daisy Shop                                               http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterDaisyShop

Fabric Letters – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pink and Aqua Bird Houses – Sarah Sofia Productions

Ribbon Wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Invitation – Sarah Sofia Productions design via Tiny Prints https://www.tinyprints.com/

Pink Polka Dot Paper Straws – DK DeleKtables                                                                                                             http://www.etsy.com/shop/DKDeleKtables

Cherry Blossom Inspired Nursery

Hard to believe it was this time last year we were celebrating Mother’s day in anticipation of our daughter Sofia’s birth in August.  Eight months later I’m celebrating my first Mother’s day with her!

The planner and interior designer in me immediately began thumbing through all my nursery inspiration boards.  While I like pink, I knew I didn’t want your typical all pink girl’s nursery.  I came across this beautiful Cherry Blossom painting, which reminded me of my days in DC, and knew right away it was the perfect piece to design Sofia Wimberley’s nursery around.  The painting has blues, pinks, and greens, which gave me a fun color palate to choose from.

Another important design element is to use colors, furniture, and accessories that will grow with your child.  Such as a dresser that fits the decor and serves as storage and an alternative changing table.  I finally found the perfect antique style dresser for Sofia at Old World New Home, that she’ll be able to use all through her childhood.

I added the finishing touches to the room by doing DIY projects for the fabric letters and wallpaper backing on the bookshelf.  Please see previous posts for How-To’s.

Remember you can simply add accents to your child’s room as they grow.  Now that Sofia is 8 months we have added additional accents such as photos and imprints of her foot and hand.  I have received such wonderful feedback that I will have another blog post on her updated nursery soon.

Photography by Jody G Photography

Photography by Jody G Photography

All photos by Sarah Sofia Productions unless otherwise noted.

St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the Irish!  While my celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has changed over the years, especially this year with a 6 month old, I still enjoy a reason to get together with family and friends.  You can get creative, especially with March Madness going on at the same time this year, with  a beer tasting and Irish food items such as corn beef.  Below are some other creative and fun recipes, party ideas, and treats that are sure to please your guests.

1. No Bake Thin Mint Cookie Truffles/Six Sisters’ Stuff  http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/no-bake-thin-mint-cookie-truffles.html

2. Rainbow Oreo Pops/The Sweet Swiper        http://thesweetswiper.blogspot.com/2012/03/rainbow-oreo-pops.html

3. Shamrock Cookies http://thirtyhandmadedays.com/2012/03/shamrock/

4. Leprechaun Cookies/Sweet Sugar Belle http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2012/02/leprechaun-cookies/

St. Patrick's Day Inspiration from Half Baked - The Cake Blog

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For details click on image and check out Tidy Mom

1.  Lucky Leprechaun Cookie Bark/Your Home Based Mom                  http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lucky-leprechaun-cookie-bark/

2. St. Patrick’s Day Free Party Printables/Living Locurto   http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/03/st-patricks-free-printables/

3. Rainbow Cookie Party Favors/Hostess With The Mostess    http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/03/rainbow-oreo-st-patricks-day-party-favors/

4. Shamrock Pops with Printable Flags/Oopsey Daisy    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/03/shamrock-pops-with-printable-flags.html