Simple Sunday

Welcome friends, I am so happy you are here.

This week I’m showing you a little St. Patrick’s Day decor in my kitchen.

I won this adorable green vintage inspired post box from Tania at Little Vintage Cottage back in December.  She had a contest on her blog sponsored by Bits of Vintage to give away a vintage inspired post box to one lucky reader who turned out to be me.  I was beyond thrilled to be the winner and this is the first chance I’ve had to use it.

Since it is almost St. Patrick’s day I decided to use the post box to create a little vignette of sorts.  I started with a little greenery.

Then I clipped a pretty green bird in the greenery.

Next, I tied on a vintage style shamrock with some twine.

What self-respecting St. Patrick’s Day vignette would be complete without a leprechaun?

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Welcome to Simple Sunday.

I’ve wanted to create a Fairy Garden for a couple of years.  So when Dollar Tree had most of the Fairy Garden supplies I needed it was a sign that the time was right.  My Dollar Tree didn’t have all the pieces I wanted including a fairy, so a trip to a larger Dollar Tree near me is in order.  Today is just a miniature preview.

A white pedestal from my stash serves as a base.  I covered it with moss.

My granddaughter picked out this house.  We actually bought two houses.

A path made of white rocks leads to the Fairy house front door.

A sweet little bench is a perfect place for a Fairy to rest.

The gnomes are on guard until the Fairy comes home.

 Gnomes are protectors

and good luck charms.

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Oh The Shamrock

I’ve struggled with whether or not to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day but I picked up a wooden shamrock at Target in the Dollar Spot.  By the way it is now named Bullseye’s Playground.  Target actually rebranded it back in November but I failed to pick up on it until recently.  So now that I have a shamrock it looks like I will decorate a little bit for St. Patrick’s Day.

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I like the way it turned out.

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I didn’t make a photo before I started, but it was a faux planked wooden cutout shamrock.  The first thing I did was remove the jute rope hanger.  I want the shamrock to have the rustic look of old wood, so I brushed on some black paint to age the wood.

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After the black paint dried I brushed on green paint making sure not to cover all the black.  I painted the sides of the shamrock green.  After the paint was dry I lightly sanded the top of the shamrock.

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What’s a shamrock without an Irish adage so I picked out scrabble letters to spell out an Irish saying.

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I hot glued the letters to the shamrock in a random pattern.  Then I fed the jute rope back through the holes near the top and tied off the ends of the rope on the front of the shamrock forming a hanger. 

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It is hanging on the basement door in the Kitchen.  As it turns out I just can’t let a holiday pass without celebrating the day with a little decor.

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Even though it is cloudy and misty today, I’m doing a couple of quick Spring vignettes to get out of the doldrums and to share with you.  Everything just looks so bare with all the Valentine decorations put away.  

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First, I went through my vintage postcards to find some for Spring and Easter.  This white, green, and silver Easter postcard inspired a whole vignette.

White VIgnette

Since I wanted to keep the same colors I put a preserved white hydrangea in an ivory colored urn and placed it on top of couple of white books.  One of the books even has a green binding.  A silver flower frog is holding the postcard so the last element I added was a white distressed bunny that was a Target Dollar Spot find.

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This pretty German postcard translates to “warm Easter greetings”.   

Jadeite Vignette

In the dining room I put together a small Jadeite and rose vignette.  

If these three vignettes haven’t inspired you, check out these posts from past years for more inspiration.

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Planting Succulents in Teacups helps prepare me to work in the garden and plant flowers outside.

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Even though I was going to skip decorating for St. Patrick’s day this year, my 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Mantel is nagging at me to decorate at least a little bit for the Irish in me.

Easter Vignette

If you are skipping St. Patrick’s day and moving on to Easter A Thrifted Easter Vignette might get your creative juices flowing.  It even includes my 2015 Easter mantel.

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You still have a few hours to join the Vintage Charm party.  It is open until 8:00 AM EST Monday, February 22nd, so come join the vintage fun.  

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015

Here are a few facts about St. Patrick’s Day

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1.  St. Patrick’s Day started out as a feast day for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

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2.  St. Patrick is an important figure in Irish Catholic history. He was British not Irish.  According to legend St. Patrick was kidnapped and taken to Ireland at a young age but escaped and returned to Britain.  He later became a priest and spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.

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3.  The shamrock or three-leaf clover became associated with St. Patrick because he used it to explain the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in his efforts to convert the Irish people to Christianity.

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4.  St. Patrick did not cast all the snakes out of Ireland.  The frigid waters surrounding Ireland made it too cold for snakes to migrate from Britain.

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5.  We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th because that is the day that St. Patrick died in 461 AD.

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6.  Eating cabbage and corned beef to celebrate St. Patrick’s day is strictly an American interpretation of the traditional Irish meal which is actually bacon or lamb.

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7.  New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest parade in the U.S.

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8.  Wearing of the green is an American tradition that comes from the idea that people thought wearing green helped ward off being pinched by leprechauns.

So I hope you wore your green today.

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Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Sharon

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St. Patrick’s Day Mantel 2015

Since Easter is only a short time after St. Patrick’s Day I wanted a simple mantel that with a few quick changes it will turn into an Easter Mantel.

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Since spring is just around the corner the color I’m concentrating on is green.

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It is very simple this year just a baguette basket, a St. Patrick’s Day bunting. boxwood balls, wreaths, and topiaries

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This bunting was a clearance item from Pottery Barn after St. Patrick’s Day last year.

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Their burlap St. Patrick’s Day banner was also on sale (it is no longer available) so I bought it too.  It is now hanging on my front door.

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 I love the simplicity of this mantel.

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The baguette basket is another great purchase I made from Cat at Sunday Brocantes.

Shamrock

This shamrock graced my St. Patrick’s Day Mantel last year.

Ivy

The ivy plant with the leprechaun was on the coffee table but my granddaughter is afraid of him so I moved him to the top of the cabinet.

Leaprechan

Yeah, he might be a little scary.

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A Wee Bit of St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

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I enjoyed being a part of the Scoop’s Mega Spring Linky party.  There was so much spring inspiration and great ideas that it boggles the mind.  As I looked at everyone’s posts I decided to do a round-up of St. Patrick’s Day themed posts.  There is a wee bit of everything in this round-up including recipes, crafts, and décor.  So enjoy and be inspired.

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Sweet Pea

Paula from Sweet Pea made this charming boxwood clover wreath for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Crafty In Crosby

Mother and daughter team of Leigh and Jeanette put together the most adorable St. Patrick’s Day Mantel complete with banner.

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Dining Delight decided to pay tribute to her Irish heritage with A Little St. Patrick’s Night Romance.

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Christina from Penny Wise shares A Taste of Ireland.

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Just Us Four’s Shannah shows us how to make a St. Patrick’s Day Striped Clover Plate.

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A Sprinkle of This and That gave us the secret to a Pot-O-Gold.

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Jennifer from Me, Myself, and Jen shows us a quick and clever St. Patrick’s Day Treat bag.

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Jodie shares her recipe for No Bake Leprechaun Nibbles.

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Of course, I am sharing my very own St. Patrick’s Day Mantel.

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Shamrock Centerpiece

Ok. I know you are getting weary of me planting things in containers, but let me do just one more.

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Kroger had these irresistible shamrock plants for St. Patrick’s Day.

Soup tureen

This beautiful soup tureen with the green decoration is a thrift  store goodie I’ve had for a while.  It even had the ironstone ladle with it.  The ironstone platter wasn’t a part of the set, I added it for display purposes.

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These two are the lovelies I choose.

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Now I’m ready to put in the shamrocks.

After removing the paper I decided to leave the shamrocks in their plastic containers.  I just popped them in the tureen and added some moss around the top.

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Now it is ready to move to the table.

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With two shamrock placemats placed end to end I put the soup tureen on a group of three platters.  Along side the soup tureen are a couple of soup bowls.

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By afternoon the shamrocks were pulling toward the sunny window but I didn’t get a photo.

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I’m glad you stopped by today to see how I made a St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece using shamrocks.  Be sure to come back soon and if you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail, so you will never miss a post.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest here and if you e-mail me your Pinterest URL, I would love to follow you.  Thanks for visiting!

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Sharon

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St. Patrick’s Day Mantel

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Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day?  Since we have Irish heritage I always decorate a bit for the holiday.  My youngest daughter is a green-eyed redhead.   I put this mantel together mostly with things I already had on hand.

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The Locke’s Irish Whisky jug was a thrift store item I just couldn’t resist.

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Don’t you love my little leprechaun that attached himself to the green beer pitcher?  He looks extremely mischievous.

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My daughter brought me the green gallon jug from a friend’s barn.   I love when my kids get me.

Shamrock Wreath

This simple wreath came together from a Hobby Lobby shamrock and a thrifted woven vine wreath.  Easy peasy.

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Isabelle is asleep in her favorite spot.  My photo shoot didn’t even disturb her.

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Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Be sure to come back soon and if you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail, so you will never miss a post.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest here and if you e-mail me your Pinterest URL, I would love to follow you.  Thanks for visiting!

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Sharon

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