An Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I took Hula Girl’s first nap as my opportunity to make her a St. Patty’s tutu. Since her V-Day one turned out so fabulously, I decided to make her one for every holiday. I make them with ribbon, which is long enough to be tied around her waist for many years to come. I figure a little investment- both money and time- is well worth it now- she’ll have a killer dress-up tutu collection when she turns 8 and all the girls come over for a slumber party!

Here are the directions to make a sweet little tutu for your ballerina:

Items Needed:

  • scissors
  • 3-6 yd tulle (any color/color combination- I recommend no more than 3 colors)
  • 1 yd 1″ ribbon
  • extra thin ribbon of coordinating colors (optional)


  1. Roll each length of tulle width-wise (from the selvedges to the fold-this makes it way easier to cut)
  2. Cut each roll of tulle into 3″ strips
  3. Cut each strip in half to make 18″ strips
  4. Loop each strip of tulle behind the 1″ ribbon, bringing the ends back through the loop; pull tight. This will secure the tulle to the ribbon.
  5. Cut your thin ribbon pieces into 14″ lengths.
  6. Loop each thin ribbon behind the 1″ ribbon, bringing the ends back through the loop, pull tight. This will secure the thin ribbon strips to the thick ribbon- remember to disperse!

The Result:

Super Cute, Right?


I’ve really gotten into crafting and sewing and I have a lot of ideas about what I’d like to make for Hula Girl. We just finished reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you Hear? and I really want to make her some masks and/or outfits for each of the animals listed in the book. Think about it- a purple cat costume! A blue horse outfit! A leopard mask! Too fun.

Something else I’m working on is starting a garden. I am somewhat nervous about it. I kind of have this picture in my mind of a perfect little culinary wellspring late this summer and early this fall, but I’m not so sure it will go as well as I planned. After doing a bit of research, our soil is terrible. And gardening is a lot of work. A blog I read recently included a post on gardening. That post mentions like 14 steps to creating a “good” garden. Yikes.  I think I’ll listen to that blog’s author and start small! Any gardening recommendations you could shoot my way would be appreciated!

Here’s a complaint I have today: having repair men working at the house is a loud, smelly, and filthy business. It doesn’t matter what they’re doing- they do it loudly. It doesn’t matter what they’re repairing- it could be the washing machine!- and they still leave a rank odor. And they always track in dirt. I could live in Antarctica, and they’d bring dirt in on their boots.  Complaint over.

After these awful repair men leave my house today, Hula Girl and I are going to Walgreens to buy some chocolate coins. She’s going to wear her tutu, and then we’re going to drop those coins off with some of the denizens of our little town who have made our move here seem less awful than it really was. We’re going to stop by WalMart, City Market, the library, and our neighbor’s houses. Hopefully we’ll spread a good deal of Irish luck through this drab little town.

What are you doing to spread the holiday festivity?

I leave you with an old Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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