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Monday, March 7, 2011

My hutch is feeling a wee bit Irish

Look at what I was lucky enough to catch.

A leprechaun!
This is my newest eBay find. I was lucky enough to snatch him for $4.95. Isn't he cute? I didn't want him escaping, so I trapped him under this cloche. He looks quite comfy. I've named him Liam.

So to make him feel a little at home, I decided to bring a wee bit of green to my china hutch.

The easiest way to add a bit of Irish is to add reproduction vintage post cards. I happen to have a CD with a lot of these images.

But you can find lots on the Internet.

I found some free printables on the web as well. Just cut them out & tape to the plates. I found some at Lizard & Ladybug.

And some at Anna and Blue Paperie.

I found a ceramic crown at Michael's last month. It has hearts on it so I used it for Valentine's Day. But the hearts are actually in the shape of a clover, so it also works for St Patty's Day. I placed it under a glass cheese dome. Filled up the crown with gold coins (that you can not see) and placed a green leprechaun hat on top.

The bottle on the left is a seltzer bottle. Part of my bottle collection. I found it at an antique store last year for cheap. I liked it as it is quite heavy.

And the small vintage frame came from a thrift store a few years back. I printed out some more St Patty's day vintage images to place in the frame.

On the right hand side I have another cheese dome. This one is filled with moss covered rocks that I got last year from Dollar Tree. I hung a ceramic sign with an Irish blessing that came from Michael's last year or the year before.

Another thrift store vintage frame with another vintage image. The tall cloche is one I made from an old anniversary clock glass dome. I glued the glass knob on top. Filled it up with moss balls that came from Michael's last year.

I added some glitter shamrocks and a leprechaun hat to the apothecary jars.

I seem to have quite a collection of cloches and apothecary jars. I love them. But sometimes I get stumped with what to fill them with.

I still love my number balls that I've had for a couple of years now. And I love the domino pieces. Reminds me of my parents & vacation. We always play domino's when we go on vacation with them. And I found the vintage clothes pins at the thrift store a few months back.

I found these cool shamrock printables from Blooming Homestead.

I cut them out & taped them to my white plates. Easy peasy.

Behind my leprechaun I added a shamrock wreath. I have a couple of these wreaths that I've picked up over the years at Michael's.

I think my new leprechaun feels right at home on my hutch. And don't worry. I'm not going to fall for any of his shenanigans. I know Liam is going to try & trick me into letting him go. I may be blond, but I'm not dumb. But then, he did promise to show me his pot of gold if I let him out for a minute.

I hope that you liked my St Patrick's day china hutch and my new leprechaun friend. I have two more leprechauns that I've captured in another part of the room. I'll share that later. So stay tuned.

Linking to:

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage


  1. I think your leprechaun's in your header prompted me to browse eBay, and I saw that little guy. Funny that it ended up at your house. They are too cute. With I could find some without the hassle of eBay. As always, your decor is fun and festive. Love the ones in the header!

  2. Adorable! I love all of your green touches! I especially love the postcards! Where did you get the cd? They are a great find!

  3. Kim, it looks like you are ready for St. Paddy's Day. The hutch looks terrific it its green splendor. ~ sarah

  4. Kim you are so clever and crafty with your cute holiday ideas! I love those little ceramic birdies with the crowns! Did you find those at Michaels too?! They're adorable and so is your whole display!

    hugs, Sherri:)

  5. Adorable! Thanks for the links to the printables, they are the perfect thing for my St. Patrick's decorating this year. Enjoyed the store photos too, such great inspiration!

  6. Your hutch looks wonderful dressed in green...Liam is adorable.

  7. This is such a fun look. I love all the vintage inspired items, that with your great talent in arrangements as made a lovely green display.

  8. Hi Kim...

    Yeeehawww...I found it! The post for your St. Pat's decor for your hutch! Hehe! Girlfriend, you never disappoint...your hutch looks sooo pretty all dressed up for St. Patricks Day!!! Mmmm...doesn't all that beautiful white with the pops of green just look fabulous against the black? Are you still happy that you painted your hutch? I think it looks sooo perfect...I love it black!!! Love all the pretty St. Pat's decor that you added too! What a great tape all the pretty holiday decor to your plates...I love that! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE your new crown! Sooo pretty! I also just adore your little birds with crowns too! I would love to have some like them! And...little Liam the Leprachan is sooo adorable! Kim, your hutch looks awesome...thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!

    Well...I'm happy now! I just could leave your place without seeing your beautiful hutch and how you decorated it! Hehe!

    Love ya, friend!