I've never done a mantel in honor of St. Patty's Day before, but with Easter and spring both still so far, far away it felt like a good time. I was ready to bring in some green, but going for a full-on spring theme just seemed like false advertising. Especially when we set a record cold temp this morning: -20… on March 3rd.
Our pipes froze yesterday (that's never happened before in the 8 years we've lived here). Not just one faucet either- the entire house. The city service line that runs into the house actually froze because the frost is so deep. Now we have to keep a faucet running 24/7 till the frost goes out to prevent more freeze-ups. I guess I'm hoping a bit of the "luck o' the Irish" will help spring come sooner!
I stuck to the same basic formula that I used on my pumpkin and Valentine mantels. The burlap wreath is very accommodating to seasonal changes; just change out the ribbon, and Bob's your uncle. Then I searched the house for anything in one of Irelands forty shades of green. I painted the little "slainte" sign, but had everything else lying around.
One of my go-to mantel tricks is to take the dust jackets off a few hardcover books and use them on the mantel. They make great risers to add height to other elements, and they add a great pop of color. The titles don't matter to me, just the color. I think there's a few Magic Treehouse books up there now, mixed in with some C.S. Lewis and Garrison Keillor. Think color, not content!
Speaking of color, I love these stripe-y paper straws that are so popular now. For looks they are great, but not so much for drinking. The get a bit soggy after a while!
I bought the little Belleek ornament in Ireland while on a trip with my Grandma many years ago. We had so much fun, and it makes me smile whenever I think of our trip so I like having this little memento on display.
We attempted to erase our chalk-art fire and replace it with a pot of gold, but that fire did not want to be extinguished. I've had this issue before when using chalk markers~ they are impossible to get rid of! But from far away, it's not too noticeable.
Caitlin and I collaborated on this little drawing. She added the leprechaun creeper… he kind of gives me the heebie-jeebies. I feel the same way about the Elf on the Shelf at Christmas time… his eyes follow you wherever you go!
Do you decorate for St. Patty's day or go straight into spring decor?
I'll leave you with a wee Irish blessing:
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.