Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Since my husband, Matt, is Irish, I thought it appropriate for him to share a bit about St. Patrick’s Day. Learn about St. Patrick’s Day, Irish slang, and the Irish language from a true Irishman, my husband Matt, below. Thanks Matt for contributing to my blog! 🙂

Content Below Written by Matthew Gallagher

Happy St. Paddy’s Day everybody!

If you’re American you might be surprised to see it written as ‘Paddy’ instead of ‘Patty’, but rest assured in Ireland it’s always St. Paddy’s day. The shortened version of Patrick is Paddy (almost everyone has an Uncle Paddy in their family), so the holiday celebrating our Patron saint, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the 5th Century and according to legend banished the snakes from the island, is affectionately shortened to St. Paddy’s day. In America however, Patty seems to have been adopted as the shortened form, much to the bemusement of the visiting Irish since Patty is generally regarded as a girls name.

But in truth there are many differences between how St. Patrick’s day is celebrated in Ireland compared to the US, even though the St. Patrick’s Day festival as we now know it now, owes a lot to the celebrations of Irish-Americans in their adopted cities.
For example the well known tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s day is entirely an (Irish) American tradition.  This is most likely due to the Irish emigrants living near Jewish neighborhoods when they first settled into their new cities around the 19th century. Others might have had a different experience growing up in Ireland but I remember we were likely to have peas, potatoes and carrots with a roast chicken or lamb for our St. Patrick’s day dinner, followed by  ice-cream with green and yellow jello! 🙂

Another tradition that I learned about the hard way was getting pinched for not wearing green! I remember the shock on Grace’s face when I explained that I’d never heard of this tradition before, and it certainly wasn’t Irish! Of course we do wear green on St. Patrick’s day in Ireland, as you can see from this image from Dublin City Centre from a few hours ago, but not wearing green isn’t punished with a pinch! 🙂

As you can probably tell, the St. Patrick’s day celebrations in Ireland are a big deal! While everyone gets the day off for the national holiday (it’s like our 4th of July), there is actually a week of festivities, with lots of events throughout the week like céilí dances, fireworks displays and of course the big parades! If you ever decide to visit to experience it for yourself you may need some help with the Irish slang though. Here’s a few words and phrases to help you celebrate!

Craic = Fun

‘Craic’ means good fun. The Irish are known for ‘having the craic’ and if you go out to enjoy celebrating tonight, you might say in the morning that ‘it was a bit of craic’ or that ‘the craic was mighty’.

Scoops/Jars = Pints of Beer

Having the craic doesn’t necessarily mean drinking, but you might receive an invite to ‘have a jar’, or ‘have a few scoops’ or even ‘go for a few quiet ones’  to celebrate.

Go Away Out Of That = I don’t believe you/You’re messing with me

If while celebrating you find yourself explaining the pinching tradition to an Irish person, they may tell you to ‘Go away out of that!’, meaning they don’t believe that’s a thing!

Gas = Funny
After explaining the pinching tradition they might say ‘That’s gas altogether’ meaning it’s strange and funny!

Sláinte = Cheers!
Of course you’ll need to know how to offer a toast, and the traditional way is to say ‘Sláinte’ (slawn-cha) which is the Irish word for ‘Your Health’

Many people are surprised to find that Irish is an actual language. It’s usually referred to as Gaelic in the US, but more correctly called Gaeilge (gway-el-ga) in the language itself. Although most people in Ireland speak English as their first language, Irish is still widely spoken throughout the country, with some areas known as the Gaeltacht (gway-el-tockt) where Irish is the primary language spoken still.

Here’s a few simple Irish words and phrases!

Dia Dhuit (Jee-ya gwitch) = Hello

Slán (slawn) = Goodbye

Sláinte (slawncha) = Cheers/Your Health

Céad Míle Fáilte (kayd meela fawl-cha) = One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Go Raibh Maith Agat (Guh rev moh ah-guth) = Thank you!

Finally I’d like to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s day in Irish, so enjoy the rest of your day and ‘Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Padraig oraibh go léir’ (Ban-ock-tea law ay-la Paw-drig ur-iv guh lair)

Sláinte!

Craftsman Style Door Trim DIY Update

I am so excited to share the latest update to our home. I have been wanting to update the door trims ever since we moved in. The existing door trims are outdated and are missing an inch off the bottom because the house used to have carpet. Since we are going to add new baseboards throughout the house soon, this would be the time to get in new door trims. I went with craftsman style door frames because I like the simple and clean look it gives off.

The hardest part was getting all the necessary tools for this project. I made over 5 runs to Lowe’s to get everything I needed. I had to purchase a finishing nail gun and an air pressure tank for this project. Learning how to use both of those was scary. After getting over my fear of learning how to use a new power tool, the project was actually pretty simple. 🙂

Take a look at the transformation and the steps I took to get to our lovely new craftsman style door trims. I ended up updating the door hinges and door knobs once the trim was finished. Made a big difference!

Sources I looked at before beginning this project:

1) Thrifty Decor Chick: DIY CRAFTSMAN DOOR TRIM
2) U Decor Youtube Channel: How to Install Door Casing

Materials:

Poplar Wood [Measure your door and decide length of wood you need to buy]
What I used for standard door:
    (1) 1x4x10
    (1) 1x4x8
    (1) 1x2x4
    (1) 0.25x2x4
Finishing Nail Gun
2″ Finishing Nails
Air Pressure Tank
Air Hose
NPT Couple/Plug Kit (if you need a converter in order to attach the air pressure tube to the tank and nail gun)
Wood Glue
Caulk
Utility Knife
White Paint (I bought the Valspar Ultra White. They sell this pre-made at Lowe’s)
Paint Brush
Power Sander
Hammer
Wood Filler
Clamps (recommended but may not be necessary)

Step 1:
Cut along both edges of the trim to remove the caulk. This makes sure that you do not peel paint off the wall when removing the trim.

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Step 2:
Use a flat head screwdriver (or chisel) and a hammer to remove the casing/trim. I tried both and preferred using a flathead screwdriver over the chisel.

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Step 3:
Use the backside of the hammer to pull off the existing door trim and to remove nails that are still stuck in the door frame.

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Step 4:
Sand down the door frame to make sure you have a flat surface for the new trim. This makes sure that the new trim will sit flush against the wall, with as little of a gap as possible.

Step 5:
Measure and cut the wood to match the door frame.
Measurements for the door to my home office.
    Sides:
1×4 at 81″ in length (cut 2 of these)
    Top:
1×4 at 38″ in length
1×2 at 39″ in length
0.25×2 at 39″ in length

You can sand down the surface of the wood if it is not smooth.

Step 6:
Build the top of the door trim by glueing the 1x4x38, 1x2x39, 0.25x2x39 pieces together. If the wood is a little bent when you are trying to glue the pieces together, you will need to use a clamp to make sure there is good contact between the three pieces. There should not be any gap between the pieces. You can also you a nail gun to nail the pieces in place. I prefer using the clamps so there is less to touch up.

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Step 7:
Use the nail gun to attach the side pieces to the door frame, then center and nail in the top piece.

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Step 8:
Use wood filler putty to cover up the nail holes. And sand down the surface when it is dry.

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Step 9:
Caulk the edges of the door trim.

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Step 10:
Place painter’s tape around the frame to protect your walls and put some paper on the floor to protect your floors.

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Step 11:
Brush on the paint a little at a time to prevent drips and uneven coating. I used roughly 4 coats of paint.

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All done!

After I finished the first door, I needed to do the 2 other doors next to it. It looked weird having only one door frame updated. Here’s some pictures of the final result with updated hinges and door knobs. I am super happy with the way they turned out. Will need to paint the doors and update the wall color. 🙂

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DIY Reframing a Cheap Mirror

A friend of ours was moving and gave us a door mirror from Target. It has just been sitting in our garage collecting dust for 5 months or so. I came across this DIY mirror tutorial on Shanty 2 Chic on how to reframe a cheap mirror yourself. I’ve been looking for a mirror for our entryway and thought this would be a great opportunity to upcycle the door mirror and hang it up in the entryway.

I followed the tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic and added a few extra steps like sanding down the surface and applying a mirror hanger, since I wanted to hang it up. The Shanty 2 Chic tutorial also said it would only take 1 hour but it ended taking up half a day for me. I waited 1 hour before adding two coats of polyurethane to the stained wood frame.

Here is how to upcycle a cheap door/wall mirror.

Materials:
Cheap Mirror
1×4 white wood boards (I purchased three 1x4x48″ wood boards from Lowe’s)
Wood Glue
Liquid Nails
X-acto or utility knife
Picture Hanging System
Screw Driver
Staple Gun
Sandpaper
Power Sander
Level
Pencil

How to:
1) Remove the paper on the back of the mirror.

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2) Use a blade to slice through the glue holding the mirror to the frame. I used an exacto blade, but you can also use a utility knife. Make sure you cut along the edge of the frame and cut through the glue.

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3) Pull the frame away from the mirror without bending the mirror. Remove the mirror carefully so that it does not break.

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4) Spray and clean the mirror surface with Windex.

5) Cut 45 degree angles at each end of one of the wood boards to build the frame. I used a miter saw to make the 45 degree angle cuts.
Lay the first piece you cut on top of the second 48″ wood board and use a pencil to trace the 45 degree angle edges on both sides of piece 2.
This makes sure you have 2 identical 48″ long wood boards.
Measure out 17 1/4″ on the third wood board and cut. Trace and cut the fourth piece.
You should end up with:
2 @ 48″ (long point to long point)
2 @ 17 1/4″ (long point to long point)

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6) Layout the pieces over the mirror to make sure the size of the frame is correct.

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7) Use wood glue to join the ends of the pieces together to make the frame. And staple the backside of the frame to make sure the frame stays in place while drying. I put heavy paint cans on top of the corners to ensure they stayed in place. Use clamps if you have them.

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8) Use a power sander to sand down all surfaces to prepare the wood before you stain it. Sand down the edges of the frame by hand, so they aren’t sharp. I used #100 sand paper for the edges. Note: the Rust-Oleum wood stain can provides instructions on how to sand and prep the surface before staining.

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9) Stain the frame with one coat of wood stain and add polyurethane to protect the wood.
Follow the can for instructions. I used Rust-Oleum Carrington wood stain and polyurethane.

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10) Lay the mirror in place on the backside of the frame and use a pencil to trace the edges of the mirror. **Make sure you leave enough room for the picture hanging system above the mirror.** Remove the mirror and spread out the liquid nails inside the pencil marks. I used a wooden coffee stirrer to spread out the liquid nail. Lay the mirror face down onto the back of the frame. Line it up with the pencil marks.

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11) Measure and drill holes into the backside of the frame and the wall where the mirror will be hanging. Use a level when figuring out where the holes should be on the wall. Screw Picture Hanging System in place.

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12) That’s it! Hang out your new mirror and enjoy! 🙂

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DIY Dry Erase Calendar

I have been needing a place to jot down important events and our shopping list. That is the reason for this simple DIY dry erase wall calendar. This DIY wall calendar is super easy to make, and does not require a printer. It is easily customizable to your style and space and is perfect for your command center at home or office wall.

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Materials:
Card stock paper
Ruler
Pencil
Scissors (or X-acto blade)
Double-sided tape
Fabric
Glass photo frame
Iron
Ironing Board

Instructions:

Step 1: Choose a glass photo frame. I wanted one that would give me enough space to write down events for the calendar, so I purchased a 18″x24″ frame.

Step 2: Purchase fabric that is slightly bigger than the frame to make sure that the fabric fits seamlessly in the frame.

Step 3: Place fabric inside the frame and fold over the over flowing fabric to match the edges of the glass. Pin down the fabric that is folded over.

Step 4: Iron the fabric to get rid of wrinkles and to flatten down the parts that were folded over.

Step 5: Measure and cut card stock paper to size to fit your frame. These were my measurements.
Calendar date boxes- 2.5″ x 2″
Day of the week the boxes – 2.5″ x 0.75″
Large notes box – 6.5″ x 8.5″
Small notes box – 6.5″ x 3.75″

Step 6: Layout the boxes on the fabric and place double sided tape on each square. Flip over the boxes and secure in place with the double sided tape.

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Step 7: Flip the fabric over so that the side with the boxes are against the glass, and put on the frame backing.

Step 8: Fill in the month, days, and type of notes you want for each note box.

All done! 🙂 Now all you need to do is hang it up.

Wedding Planning Checklist – Free Printable

Getting engaged is such an exciting time, but can soon be a little overwhelming begin the wedding planning process. Here is a simple checklist to get you started and help you stay on track and check off the important tasks while planning for your big day. I find that checklists always help me when tackling big projects. Hopefully, this 12 month checklist will help minimize stress and allow you to enjoy each day leading up to your wedding day.

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  > Download Wedding Planning Checklist (PDF)

Download, print out, and start checking off the to do’s of Wedding Planning!

DIY Personalized Mug With a Sharpie

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Learn how to personalize a mug with a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker and a white porcelain mug. It is super simple and a fun creative activity for groups or yourself! It can be used for so much more than just another coffee mug.

Some ideas include:

1) Succulent pots for home decor
2) Pen holder
3) Bridal shower or party activity station
4) Party favors

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Here’s how:

1) Purchase white porcelain mugs. I bought the FÄRGRIK Mug from Ikea for $0.99 each.

2) Clean the mugs. Use Lysol wipes to clean the surface you are drawing on, or just wash the entire cup with dishwashing liquid.

3) Choose an oil-based marker to draw with. I used the Sharpie oil-based paint markers. They have various color options and come in different thicknesses – extra fine, fine, and medium point.

4) Personalize your mug. Choose a pattern, quote, mustache, animal… the possibilities are endless.

5) Bake in your design onto the mug. Place your mug(s) on a baking sheet and insert onto the middle rack in the oven. Set the oven to 350°F for 30 minutes.  Make sure you turn on the oven AFTER the mugs have been placed in the oven. Leave the mugs in the oven to cool to prevent cracks.

6) Handling & Care: Make sure you hand wash the mugs. Using the dishwasher will mess up your design. My sister put hers in the dishwasher and the beautiful gold color changed to an ugly orange. YIKES!

 

The Power of Words

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
– Yehuda Berg

 

Though I’ve heard it said many times in the past, the truth is, it is only now that I am beginning to see just how powerful words are. Since starting Love & Toast Paperie, I’ve had to fight thoughts of self doubt and fear of the unknown. It was and is so easy to get lost in these crippling thoughts, but words of encouragement and support from friends and family help push me forward.

In the very early days of Love & Toast Paperie, I remember asking my friend Christy, who is also a fellow entrepreneur, if she ever thinks and worries about failing in her photography venture. I was scared and worried about quitting my full-time job to start Love & Toast Paperie. She responded with this video, The Gap by Ira Glass. For those struggling with self doubt, I encourage you to listen to and watch this video. It was truly encouraging and inspirational for me.

As I started off the new year, the topic of how impactful positive words can be really resonated with me. I heard and read many different messages on or relating to this topic. I’ve listed a couple that are worth listening to. These have inspired a new series of posters — Power of Words — showcasing powerful quotes, Bible verses, and words to help bring encouragement and positivity to your life.

1) Invisibilia Podcast: The Secret History of Thoughts

In “The Secret History of Thoughts,” co-hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller ask the question, “Are my thoughts related to my inner wishes, do they reveal who I really am?” The answer can have profound consequences for your life. Hear the story of a man gripped by violent thoughts, and explore how various psychologists make sense of his experience. Also, meet a man trapped inside his head for 13 years with thoughts as his only companion.

2) South Bay Church: Words Bring Life

Our words have power to create, shape, mold, and restore – especially when aligned with the words of God.

You might have been destroyed by words. The weapon was used against you in a negative way and now you see yourself as worthless, insignificant, or an accident. There’s real hurt and pain in you. You are a product of many evil words spoken into you. But that can change.

Try today to make one life-giving statement you speak over yourself. Read through the Psalms and speak those truths into your life. They will become your food for the day and nourish your life.

Power of Words Poster Series on Love & Toast Paperie Etsy Store

One small positive word in the morning can change the course of your day. Try putting a poster up with a positive message in your bedroom or office to motivate, encourage, and inspire you.

>> Check Out the Power of Words Poster Series

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Share The Love

Get ready for Valentine’s Day!

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I’ve created some free DIY printable Valentine’s Day cards for you to share with your loved ones. The cards are sized for your standard letter sized paper (8.5″x11″). You can print your own cards from your home printer or get them printed at a local print shop.

How To:

Step 1: Download the card of your choice.

Step 2: Print on a standard letter sized (8.5″x11″) piece of paper.
*** I recommend printing on card stock or thicker printer paper. ***

Step 3: Fold the page in half to make a 5.5″ x 8.5″ card.
*** Use a bone scoring tool to score the paper before folding to make a perfect fold. ***

Martha Stewart Bone Fold and Score Tool for under $7.00 on Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Bone-Folder/dp/B001PX893Q/ref=sr_1_3?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1422315356&sr=1-3&keywords=Bone+Fold+and+Score+Tool

Step 4: Write a personal message inside.

 

Card Designs (FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY):

Design #1: Sending Love Your Way
[PDF Download]

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Design #2: You’ve Stolen a Pizza My Heart
[PDF Download]

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Design #3: XOXO Typewriter
[PDF Download]

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