St. Patricks day is coming up fast! Oh what a fun holiday St. Patricks day is. What I like about this holiday is you can go as crazy as you want, and the kids will love it. Or you can do absolutely nothing, and they will still be all right…As was the case last year.

The one thing that is tradition, is wearing GREEN or else you will be pinched. My dad would trick us every year by wearing any color but green except for his thumb nail he had colored with marker green. We would run to find him in the morning and pinch him, and then remembered the green thumb, and we would start running:) That is the kind of house I grew up in, we did not go crazy with the holidays but we did just enough to make it special.

I would like to add a new element to this jewelry tutorial, they are BEADS!!!!!!


My ideal plan was to make a four leaf clover pendant, and let me tell you I have beginners luck. While attempting my first four leaf clover it turned out awesome, and then I was struggling to repeat what I had just done! That is why there was not a post last week, because I was hoping to make this illusive four leaf clover that has yet to transform into something not hideous! Even Bennett is trying to run over it with his car!


So I turned to my old faithful, the Hoop Earring, these I can make in my sleep! Maybe that is why we called our Etsy shop and Blog Hoops by Hand, it takes us back to our happy place, when we are struggling with other jewelry designs…

So without further ado here are the Rainbow Hoop Earrings.


The supplies you will need are:


All of these pictured above:

Rolling Pin

Wire Cutters


Round nose pliers


Polishing Cloth

Begin with making a hoop:


Here is an amazing tutorial on how to make a Hoop Earring, the music credit goes out to my amazing sister Lisa.

Then you arrange the earrings to represent the correct order of the rainbow, which is not this:


Here is a link to help you remember the colors of the rainbow:

Here is the right way:)


Before you make the entire Hoop Earring, you first need to slide on the beads:


Or you can be fancy and make the eye of the hoop:


Then you can finish it up by turning up the wire:


And there you have it!


Have a Happy St. Patricks DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You can even take this up a notch, by switching the beads according to the upcoming holiday…just a thought!

Tales of the Shop:

Jamesy Boy turned ONE!!!!!! To me one is a celebration for the mom and the baby, by surviving the first year together. So I naturally got myself birthday presents for myself as well as my sweet little angel:)

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The cake was made by the same lady you who made these amazing cookies, we just refer to her as Angel on earth.

How I love my Jamesy Boy, these past year has seemed slow/fast. I guess the way to describe it is the days and nights are long, but the weeks fly by…or something like that. All I know is that every day I love this little lamb more and more and I cannot imagine my life without him. He is the perfect fit to our family, and we are grateful for him!DSC_0522 DSC_0526 DSC_0527 DSC_0531




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