Blog Parties

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easter Sneak Peek

I am just now starting to feel the need to decorate for Easter.

I have a confession to make, I've been lazy lately. Haven't felt like doing a thing around my house. Hence, nothing to blog about.

I just needed some motivation.

And I found some.

So I thought I would give you a little sneak peek as to what or who is coming for Easter.

My newest bunny found at TJ Maxx the other day.

An old friend found out on the back patio.

And a new friend I rescued from the thrift store. Looks like he could use some fattening up.

So stay tuned as I put together my Easter decor.

You never know how it will turn out.

And at this point, neither do I.

So let's be surprised, together.

So y'all come back now, you hear?

Does being from Southern California make me a southerner?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Top of the morning to you. And a Happy St Paddy's day one and all.

How is your St Paddy's Day going so far? Are you feeling lucky?

I am. Maybe that's a sign that I'll win the Mega Millions Jackpot on Friday. Wouldn't that be nice? What would you do if you won millions of dollars?

I would take a trip around the world for about a year. One of the places I would love to visit is Ireland.

Maybe I could find me a leprechaun.

Or two or three.

And find some real shamrocks. And maybe a pot of gold.

Well a girl can dream. Can't I? At least I know I won't be pinched today.

As I am wearing green. And so is my family room.

Lot's of green going on there. If you missed any of it. Well then, you missed it. Just kidding. You can find it here, here, here & here.

Happy St Patrick's Day! And wish me luck in finding a pot of gold. I could use one.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kiss Me I'm Irish

Well I'm a wee bit Irish. So I have to decorate for St Paddy's Day. Here is what I did with the shelf in my family room.

It's pretty much set up the same way I had it for Valentine's Day. I just switched out the Valentine's stuff for St Patrick's Day stuff.

I traded out the "Be Mine Cutie Pie" picture for this leprechaun one. I found this leprechaun print on the Internet a few years ago before I started blogging. So I don't have a link.

I made all these book page & sheet music medallions or lollies for Valentine's Day. I just pulled off the Valentine center & printed out St Patrick's Day ones. Easy makeover.

Did the same thing to the ones on the bottles. Except I am missing one. Oops! That's because the third bottle actually had Valentine paper for the medallion. I was too lazy to make another book page or sheet music one for St Pat's day.

All my St Pat's centers came from Anna and Blue Paperie.

They are actually a free printable for cupcake toppers.

I love when I can decorate reusing stuff I already have and not having to spend any money. And it's the perfect holiday for being green.

My son asked me today why I change things up so much. It's times like this that I wish I had a daughter. If I did, I wouldn't be asked such silly questions.

I just smiled at him & said "Because I can".

I hope that you have a Happy St Patrick's Day later this week. It looks like next weekend I will be decorating for Spring and/or Easter. And why? Because I can.

Linking to:

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring & St Patrick's Day Cloches

It's Party time!!! And a cloche party at that. You know how I love my cloches.

It is so hard trying to think up different ways to decorate them. I went pretty simple this time. But then, don't I always? I'm continuing with my green theme.

So here are my spring and St Patrick's Day cloches.....

We will start off with the table that sits behind my sofa. I have placed two of my cloches here.

I placed a leaf decor ball I made on top of a candle stick. And then placed a candle ring at the base.

Under this cloche I placed a thrift store urn with a green decor ball on top.

To the left of my couch sits an antique trunk, a freebie from my sister in law. You know, one of those, "Oh, are you going to get rid of that? I'll take it". On top of the trunk I have this antique tray I picked up at the thrift store. The tray makes placing things on the trunk much easier. On the tray I have three, yes you heard me right, three cloches.

Another thrift store urn (a small one) with a small decor ball I picked up from Dollar Tree a few years back. The two birds came from Target last year. They were Christmas ornaments. I placed them on a bed of split peas.

This is my newest cloche. It's not really a cloche as it doesn't have a handle or knob on top. I think it is actually part of a light fixture. In fact, I was going to make a light out of it. But for now, I'm using it as a cloche. I have this glass dome covering another flower ball I made that is resting on top of another candlestick. The green birdies came from Micheal's last year. The black base is some sort of kitchen tin I picked up at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago. I liked the texture & that it was painted black. I think it is a tart tin, but I turned it upside down to use as a base.

I made this cloche out of a glass dome I found at a thrift store. I glued a glass knob to the top. I've made a couple of these. I placed a vintage bottle inside with a shamrock pick I've had.

I tied this charm to the bottle with twine. The charm was an eBay find from a few years back. Love the shamrocks.

Last year I grabbed a few rocks from outside & wrote "Kiss me I'm Irish" on them with a black Sharpie pen. They are my blarney stones. Placed everything on a bed of split peas.

For some reason, I have a hankering for soup. How about you?

Now we will move on to my hutch. I've already shared these when I did my hutch post earlier in the week. But let's look at them again.

This is Liam. I just caught him last week, from eBay. He is such a charmer.

On the base of my hutch I have a couple of glass cheese dome cloches and some apothecary jars.

Under this cheese dome I placed this crown from Michael's. I love how the heart shapes on the crown make shamrocks.

The inside of the crown is filled with fake gold coins with a leprechaun hat on top.

Did you think I'd keep real ones in there? Gold coins that is. I wish. But then I wouldn't be that dumb. Gold is expensive now.

How I wish my coins were real. If they were, do you think I would be here? Heck no! I'd be in Ireland trying to find a real leprechaun and a real pot of gold. And why Ireland & not Paris? Don't you worry, I'd be going to Paris as well. But I've already been there once. So I'd go to Ireland first, as I haven't been there. But I would definitely stay a week or so in Paris before coming home.

I added a touch of green to my apothecary jars.

Here is the right side.

This is another cloche I made by gluing a glass knob to the top of a thrift store glass dome. I placed some moss balls I had on hand. They came from Michael's, last year. And added a skeleton key I had laying around.

Under this cheese dome I added some moss rocks that came from Dollar Tree, last year. I hung this Irish blessing plaque from the knob.

And finally we have the little cabinet that sits at the end of my kitchen cabinets.

I did nothing different to the large apothecary jar. Still holds my letter balls. Which by the way, I still love.

But I did manage to capture a couple of more leprechauns. I've had these two for a couple of years now. They came from eBay as well. Their names are Siobhan ("shiv + awn", the Irish version of Joan) and Seamus ("shay + muss", the Irish version of James).

So there you have this years spring & St Patrick's Day cloches. I had great plans on adding some cute tags. But you know me, I decided I'd rather watch American Idol then to make tags. The lazy me always seems to win out.

Now be sure to stop by A Stroll Thru Life to visit all the other party goers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It's Good to be Green aka: My St Patrick's Day Mantel

Today we are having spring like weather here in southern California. It is suppose to be in the high 70's to low 80's today. Sorry to rub it in for all of you who are still having snow. But our weather is freaking fabulous right now!!!

I really like decorating for Spring. I'm not into using pastel colors. I save that for Easter. I really like using green for spring. And since March is the month for St Patrick's Day, green is even better.

So here is my St Patrick's Day mantel.

I love it! The only "new" purchase is the light green flower ball on the right hand side. I got it at Michael's a few weeks back at 40% off. Everything else I already had or made myself with stuff I already had.

The empty frames are ones I picked up at a thrift store. I painted them Heirloom White, then used watered down burnt umber paint to antique them. I don't have any glaze, so I used what I had.

The "skinned" books came from a thrift store for 10 cents each. No, they did not come already "skinned". I had to do that myself, but I didn't feel too bad "skinning" them.

The topiary I found on clearance a few years back at Ross for $2.99.

The milk glass urn was another thrift store find. I made the green leaf ball last year. I had made some flower balls with Dollar Tree flowers. Then I used the leaves from the flowers to make a couple of leaf balls. Super easy. Just hot glue leaves into a Styrofoam ball.

Can you believe that I made this split pea ball? Of course you can believe it. Just look at it. You can see all kinds of hot glue strings. This was a super easy project too. I used a Styrofoam ball I had lying around (I picked up a bunch last year from the thrift store), squirted hot glue on it (in small sections) and rolled it in split peas I had laying on a paper plate. Fast and easy.

I wanted to make one after I saw one Alison on House of Hepworths made last month. She used a whiffle ball wrapped in paper instead of a Styrofoam one like I used. We both just used what we had.

But this wasn't my first foray into using split peas to decorate with. Remember when I made a split pea wreath last year for spring? And then I painted it black and made a Halloween wreath? I threw it in the trash after Halloween. I may just have to make me another spring one this year.

The St Patty's Day lolly is a recycled project. See I am truly being green. Last month I made Valentine's Day ones. I just peeled off the Valentine Day center & printed out a St Patrick's Day free printable I found online at Anna and Blue Paperie & hot glued it to the center of the book page lolly.

I'm still not tired of the layered look of the empty frame in front of the mirror. I've had it that way for about a year now.

This shamrock wreath came from Michael's a few years back. But they still had them this year. I just used some St Patrick's Day ribbon I already had on hand to tie it to the frame.

Nothing screams St Patty's Day like shamrocks.

On the right hand side of the mantel I placed this milk glass urn. It is another thrift store find. Placed a boxwood decor ball in the urn. It and the larger green ball both came from Tai Pan Trading last year. The small green flower ball is the one "new" item this year from Michael's. You know, the one I mentioned in the beginning of this post. It would be super easy to recreate. But sometimes it's just easier to buy one all ready made.

Another recycled lolly that I morphed from Valentine's Day to St Patty's Day.

And that is why it is good to be green. I only spent $2.39 for the Michael's flower ball for this mantel. Everything else, I already had. It helps when you are a closet hoarder.

Now I think I will go outside and enjoy this beautiful spring weather we are having. Oops! I forgot, I have to work today. Drats! I guess I will just have to enjoy looking out the window at the beautiful spring weather while I slave away working at my desk.

Linking to:

Hookin Up with HOH @ House of Hepworths

Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage