First Friday Link-up and Giveaway Winners!

Today is the First Friday of the month, and you know what that means- it’s linky time! If you have any questions about link-ups here on Catholic Icing, check out my Catholic Linky information page.

Also, I’d like to announce the winners from our giveaway this week! (I have already emailed the winners before publishing this post. Some of these names are generic, but if you did not receive an email, you are not the winner.)

Immaculata Designs Winner (Bracelet) : Nicky M.

Arma Dei Winner (Assortment): Kerri K.

Christ Music Kids Winner (Choice of CD): Jennifer A.

Memento Moose Winner (Lego Rosary): Laura Z.

Catholic Child Winner (St. Francis Fun Pack): Monica F.

Trendy Traditions Winner (Rosary): Susan

Congratulations to the winners! If you are a winner, you have an email with directions for claiming your prize. :-)

Now, onto the Link-up! I thought it would be fun this month to have a St. Valentine’s Day themed linky! (Of course, you’re always welcome to share un-themed Catholic posts here as well).

You can find all of my St. Valentine’s Day posts here.


Read the link-up rules here, then share your link below!

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Epiphany House Blessing and a Linky

Today is the First Friday of the month, which means I’m hosting a Catholic linky- it’s your turn to share! What have you been up to? Add your links at the end of this post. :-)

As these 12 days of Christmas come to a close, I wanted to share some pictures of our Epiphany door blessing from last year.

It’s very easy to bless your house for the Epiphany, and you don’t need a priest- you can do it yourself! Click here for the blessing of the chalk, and click here for directions on how to bless your home.

Here’s what the chalked markings on the door mean: The “20″ is for the first 2 numbers of the year, the 3 letters are the first Initial of each of the kings (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar) and the last 2 numbers are the last half of the year. The “C, M, B also stands for the Latin blessing Christius Mansionem Benedicat which means “May Christ Bless this House”.

For 2012 this is what you will write on your door in chalk:

20 + C + M + B + 12

By the way, for those of you who don’t already know, I’m totally obsessed with purple. Hence the color of our front door. :-)

You can see all my posts on the Epiphany by clicking here!

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Alright, now share your links! Feel free to share anything Catholic you’ve been doing, or anything you’re planning on doing soon. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Just be sure to link back here so everyone can join in on the fun!

First Friday Link Up

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Catholic Link Up {First Friday Every Month!}

On the First Friday of every month, I have a linky open where all of you can share your own Catholic Icing right here!

Basically, you can share any Catholic blog post you want. ;-) Sometimes I have a suggested “theme” for the month, but you are always welcome to share something outside of that theme as well.

~Link-Up Rules~
  • Be sure to share a link back to Catholic Icing in your post so others know where to join in on the fun! Feel free to share the First Friday Link-up button (below) in your post or sidebar. Using the button is not required, but linking back is.
  • Please link directly to your post (not your generic blog address) when sharing your link.
  • If you have more than one post to share, please feel free to do so! Just make sure you are sharing something new (not a post that you’ve shared in a previous Link-up here).
  • By linking up to Catholic Icing, you approve to your post being highlighted on Catholic Icing’s facebook page, and/or your post being featured on Catholic Icing’s blog.

*I reserve the right to remove any link left at my link-ups. If your link has been removed, it might be for one of the following reasons:

  • Pirated Material. If you’re sharing a printable or other download from your site that is using copyrighted materials, I will remove your link from being promoted on this site. If you’re going to use images etc. on your blog or downloadable materials, they either need to be images that you own, things you have created yourself, things you have permission from the owner to use, or things that are available in the public domain. You can’t just use anything you “find” on google.
  • Material not in line with the mission of my blog. Don’t share anything hateful, anti-Catholic teaching, etc here, or it will be promptly removed.
  • Not following the Link-up rules.

Why on First Friday?

I thought it would be cool to have the link ups on First Friday in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. You can find a kid-friendly printable version of the promises of the Sacred Heart Devotion here.
~Past Catholic Link-Ups~

Upcoming Scheduled Link-ups!

Feb 15, 2012- Lenten Link-up (Share your Lenten Plans)

March 2, 2012- First Friday Link-up (St. Patrick’s day themed)

Feel free to suggest a linky theme in the comments! :-)


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Saint Patrick Puppet Craft {And a Linky!}

Ya’ll know I’ve been obsessed with making paper bag saint puppets, so today I bring you Saint Patrick! :-)

The one above is made with just a lunch sized paper bag, paper, glue, and googly eyes. I drew on the crosses with a marker. Here’s a picture of the pieces before they went together:
His beard is shaped like a heart. 
I folded the paper in half and cut it out like this:

I also folded my paper to cut out my shamrock:
Then I assembled him like so with school glue:

Before I glued my pieces together, I let my daughter use the pieces I cut out to trace her own pieces so she could draw and cut them out herself. She just turned 5 last month, and she made this whole puppet by herself! I am so proud! 
I love how she glued the staff way up on his hand like he’s balancing it! For her shamrock, she traced our shamrock shaped cookie cutter and cut it out. I tried to get her to use cotton balls for his beard, but Vee from Paper Dali has a St. Patrick coloring sheet where his beard is black, and well…. Vee is a lot smarter than Mommy. Lol! ;-)
Here’s mine with a cotton ball beard:

The one above has a pipe cleaner staff, and the doily shamrocks I got at Michael’s. I love them! :-) Wa also used some gold glitter glue to put the crosses on our shamrocks. Remember while you’re doing this to explain to the kids how St. Patrick taught about the trinity using a shamrock.

I decided they were so cute that I wanted to display them on the mantle in our dining room! So I just opened up the paper bags and slipped them onto liquor bottles.
The cute banner came from the Dollar Tree.
I hope you enjoy this Catholic St. Patrick’s Day craft- I know we did! These puppets are just too much fun to make with kids! Now I want to see what you’ve been doing to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick! If you have a post to share about St. Patrick’s Day, please link it below! :-)

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