It’s still so snowy and drab here. I’m inspired by seeing wonderful spring projects on so many blogs, but it just seems a little too early still here. Adding a little green for St. Patrick’s day though, seems like the perfect way to add a little new life.
I scoured by house for green things, and since it is my favourite colour, it wasn’t to hard to find some great pieces. A few green candles, a vase, and a finial look great. I also found these little moss covered balls from the dollar store. Moss, and Ireland just seem to go together. I also added in these beautiful glass spheres, they echo the balls in the glass vase, and since they are a set of three, they remind me of how St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach early Christians about the Trinity, God three in one.
And the finishing touch…a pot of shamrocks. Aren’t they pretty, especially this reddish variety instead of the ordinary green.
I also wanted to add a really simple garland to the mantel. After some thought I remembered how pretty the paper leaf garland I made for my fall mantel turned out here, and decided to do something similar. I used simple brown paper for this shamrock garland. In fact, I just cut an old grocery bag into strips. Then I accordion folded the paper, like you would when making paper dolls.
Then I drew on a shamrock pattern, making sure that not to cut through the paper on each folded side.
Next, you simply cut it out. I attached several together to make it long enough.
I love the simplicity of it.
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!