Way back at Christmastime, I decided we should do a gingerbread house. And I decided that the best way to do that would be to purchase a gingerbread house kit. And I decided the best time to do that would be after Christmas. So, frugal mother I am, I went out the day after Christmas and bought a kit at 50% off. I thought it would be the perfect activity for the week between Christmas and New Years.
And then that week went by, with no gingerbread house constructed. I had even thought it could be fun to do on New Years Day, but it didn't happen that day either.
So then I had this brilliant idea to make it a Love Shack instead and do it for Valentines Day. It's got red candy in it. And red frosting. Really, it lends itself well to this holiday. The idea was genius!
And then Valentines Day passed us by. And I forgot to make the gingerbread house.
But luckily (see what I did there?), St Patrick's Day was the next holiday, and it uses the other color found in Christmas creations: green. And so the idea of a Leprechaun Lair was born.
After all that, I FINALLY remembered to put the thing together, and I am rather proud of the outcome. Not because it's particularly beautiful or well done, but because a) we finally did it, and b) I think it's creative, whatever its faults may be.
So, here you have it, our Leprechaun Lair:
Let's take a closer look, shall we? Notice the "Leprechaun" snowman? (We were trying to give him a belt [and by "we" I mean "I," I take full responsibility], but there was only white, green, and red frosting, so it looks a little. . . strange.) And see the pot of gold? I thought that was a particularly nice touch.
And most importantly? We had fun. Julia was delighted with the craftiness of it all, Ella loved eating all the hard candy, Clark didn't have a heart attack trying to stop Ella from choking on the hard candy, and I was just glad to have followed through on something for once.
(P.S. Doesn't Ella look adorable in this last picture? The dishcloth for an apron, the sweet curls of hair, and oh, that face. I love her.)