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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Mantel

I usually don't do a "Spring" mantel. I usually just do my St Patrick's Day one and then move on to Easter.

But this year I decided to just change up my St Patrick's mantel a little bit and make it a "Spring Mantel".

I just had to remove the leprechauns, the clover and the St Paddy's day prints. I also changed out the urns.

I found 2 matching urns at the thrift store a few months ago. I spray painted them Heirloom white. I still want to glaze them. But you know how lazy I am, besides being a procrastinator. So maybe I'll finish them by next spring.

I accidentally left this urn outside and it got wet in this weekends rain. But I love the result. It made the paint all chippy. Now I need to leave the one on the other side outside next time it rains.

The spring wreath in the middle came from Michael's about 5 years ago. I still love it.

The spring banner was a free printable from at Second Street. I didn't embellish it. Again, it's that laziness/procrastination thing I have going on. Besides, I'll probably change it this weekend for Easter.

I've had the topiaries for a few years now. I got them for $5.00 each at an antique store.

The terra cota birds came from ABC Distributing. I've had them about 5 years now too. The one on the left is actually broken. The bottom half broke off from being outside 11 months of the year. But you can't really tell since it was the bottom 1/4 of him that broke off. He just sits lower.

I didn't buy anything new for my spring mantel. Just used what I had.

Only the "Spring" banner was new this year. And that was a free printable. Plus I already had the printer ink and the paper.

So this mantel cost me "not one stinking penny". And that puts a smile on my face.

I'll enjoy this mantel for probably a week. Time to start thinking about Easter.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day hutch

Happy St Patrick's Day! Even though the day is almost over. I thought I better share my St Patrick's Day hutch before the day is done.

This was a free printable from Living Locurto. I placed it in a spray painted thrift store frame.

I haven't seemed to tire of my white plates. I just added some green to make my hutch ready for St Paddy's day.

This free printable can be found at Eighteen 25. And another spray painted thrift store frame. I placed it on a black wood easel that came from Dollar Tree a few years back.

The banner was made from free printables from Living Locurto.

They are actually cupcake toppers that I cut in a flag shape to make a banner.

Used my mini clothespins to hang them on some twine.

I had these glitter shamrocks already. Just placed them under this small cloche.

And stacked some glittered leprechaun hats under this cloche.

Last year I picked up these green balls from Tai Pan Trading. I just love the texture of them.

Under this cheese dome I placed a green & white ball that came from Dollar Tree a few years ago. Threw in some gold coins, some Dollar Tree shamrock necklaces and some rocks that I wrote the words "Kiss me I'm Irish".

The lighter green ball came from Michael's last year or the year before.

I covered some mason jars with these free printables from Living Locurto. They are actually wrappers for water bottles. But I thought they would work as wrappers for the jars. I placed some battery operated votives inside.

Some more stacked leprechaun hats.

The cheese dome in the back is where I keep my collection of old caster wheels.

I didn't green up these apothecary jars. I like them the way they are. Besides, St Paddy's day is almost over.

Time to decorate for Easter now.

Happy St Paddy's Day (or night) everyone. I hope that you didn't get pinched.

Monday, March 12, 2012

My St Patrick's Day Mantel

Hello! It's me. You know, Kim. The one you thought had dropped off the face of the earth.

I'm still here. And I finally got off my lazy butt and decorated for St Patrick's Day.

My family asked, "Why bother? St Patrick's day is in less than a week. Why not go straight to decorating for Easter?"

But my sweet leprechauns were calling from the attic to be let out. Even if just for a week. So I had to oblige. And they are so happy I did.

The problem with me being a procrastinator is that by the time I get done decorating, the light in my family room isn't very good and my pictures don't turn out like I want.

But then, maybe that's because I take crappy photos. I really need a new camera. Or learn to take better shots.

Here is one of my sweet leprechauns. I found him on eBay a few years ago. I think he is so cute. Don't you agree?

I only purchased one thing for this years mantel, and it was from the thrift store. I'll show you later what I got. For now, here is the left side of the mantel.

I made the flower balls a couple of years ago when I spied some at Tai Pan Trading that I was too cheap to buy. The white urn came from Tender Heart Treasures. I loved that catalog. I wonder what ever happened to that company. Does anyone know?

I purchased a CD off eBay along time ago that has tons of vintage images for every holiday. I just printed this one and placed in this spray painted frame from the thrift store.

All my frames on the mantel came from thrift stores over the years. I had hubby add some chicken wire to 3 of them. I've been using them on my mantel in almost all my decorating for the past year. I still love them.

I found this "Happy St Patrick's Day" sign a couple of years ago at Joanns on clearance.

The "Lucky" banner was a free printable I found at Sugar Tot Designs. Oops, I guess that was something new for the mantel this year. But since it was a free printable, I didn't consider it a purchase.

And here is the right side of my mantel, with my other two leprechauns.

Can a leprechaun be a girl? I say "yes". Aren't they the cutest? This is the first year in the last three years that I didn't search eBay for new leprechauns. I guess 3 is enough for me. At least for now.

Another vintage print from my CD in another vintage thrift store frame.

And this was my only purchase for St Patrick's day this year. I found this green urn at the thrift store this weekend. My hubby thought it was ugly. But I thought it would be perfect for my St Patrick's Day mantel.

Here are some final shots of my 2012 St Patrick's Day mantel.

I hope my "Lucky" banner makes me lucky in finding my pot of gold. You never know. I just bought a mega millions lottery ticket just in case. Somebody's got to win sometime. And it might as well be me.

Who wouldn't love to win millions? Maybe then, I could purchase some more leprechauns for next years mantel. Or better yet, a new mantel.

Come back tomorrow and I'll share this years St Patty's day hutch.

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