Lucky Leprechaun Bell

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here!  I’ve been playing with Terra-cotta pots & put together a Leprechaun that is also a dinner bell.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Lucky Leprechaun Bell

Here’s how I did it:

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St. Patrick’s Day Sharpie Plates

I’ve been wanting to make Sharpie plates ever since I saw them on YouTube a couple of years ago.  And when a very special girl gave me a set of new Sharpies for Christmas, I had to do this.  (Thank you, Amanda)  Making special plates for St. Patrick’s Day seemed to be the right time to try this craft.  It was a little time consuming, but very relaxing.  It reminded me of when I was little & spent hours upon hours coloring in my coloring books.  I’m so happy with the results.  Here’s how I did it.

St. Patrick's Day Sharpie Plates

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St. Patrick’s Day Wall Hanging

This is a quick & easy tutorial to make a St. Patrick’s Day Wall hanging.  It could easily be turned into a St. Patrick’s Day banner depending on how wide you make it.  Customizing it is easy & there are very little supplies needed.  It’s a very simple way to add to your St. Patrick’s Day decorating, and the little ones can help, too!

St. Patrick's Day Wall Hanging

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St. Patrick’s Day Candle

This is a very easy tutorial for turning a glass Christmas candle into a St. Patrick’s Day decoration.  You need very little supplies to make this, it’s inexpensive & will brighten any area that you place it.

St. Patrick's Day Candle

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St. Paddy’s Day Tablescape

St. Patrick’s Day is drawing near.  The wearing of the green is everywhere, including our table.  I’ve been wanting to do a tablescape using some very special pieces for a while now.  Unfortunately, one of the dessert plates have been lost along they way.  I wasn’t about to let that stop me, so I’ve done a tablescape for three.

I hope you enjoy it.

St. Paddy's Day Tablescape

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St. Pat’s Tablescape

Mardi Gras has come and gone, and it’s time to set my sites on one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day seems to trigger a lot of things for me.  It tells me that Spring is just around the corner, and soon we’ll be seeing green outside instead of so much white.

Luckily, this year, St. Pat’s Day is on a Monday & I’ll be able to serve the traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage.  So I’ve been playing around with different tablescape ideas for that special meal.  Here’s the first idea:

St. Pat's Tablescape

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St. Patrick’s Day Candle

In the St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape you may have noticed a small candle in the background.

I used my Grandmother’s ‘depression’ bowl with a plain white pillar candle & some shamrock ‘scatter’.   It brought a pop of color into an empty corner.  And it worked for the tablescape with the patterned placemats. It was simple enough that it didn’t compete with the busyness of the placemats.

But, I just can’t leave well enough alone.  It just disappeared when I used the plain/solid sided placemats.  Plain white just wouldn’t do for me.  I had to add ‘more’. I used some wire edged shamrock ribbon and some glitter stickers to add color.

I measured the ribbon around the candle. Added about an inch to it.  I cut the ribbon and folded the end under, over lapping the raw edge.  Using two straight pins, I anchored the ribbon to the candle.  But that still wasn’t enough.  So I added some glitter shamrock stickers above and below the ribbon.  That was all it needed.  Now it really adds a pop of color to the plain, boring corner of the room.

It’s now strong enough that it doesn’t disappear anymore.

I love an easy project!  This could be used for any decor, as an accent piece or a centerpiece.  You can use this idea anytime.  Whether it’s for everyday or a holiday.  Just change up the ribbon to go with what ever you’re decorating for!  You can have so much fun with this one! Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Reversible Placemats

I don’t know of a better way to add color to a tablescape than by using placemats.  I usually make my own because I can customize them to my tastes and they are almost always less expensive than store bought.  Another reason that I like making reversible placemats is because it takes less room to store them. (store 4 instead of 8)  It’s hard enough to organize your home as it is, especially when you don’t have that much room to begin with.

St. Patrick's Day Reversible Placemat

For this one I used the Oval Placemat Pattern from a previous post.

What you’ll need:

1 yard of patterned fabric

1 yard of solid fabric (I used costume satin.  It’s easily washed & has intense color)

Matching thread

Sewing machine

Straight pins 

Ribbon (optional) (I used 1 roll of 9′ long)

Pin the pattern to your fabric & cut 4 of the placemats from the patterned fabric & 4 from the solid fabric.

               

To mark the placement for the ribbon, I folded the pattern piece in half. Then I laid the pattern on the cut placemat piece & used the bottom of the fold as a guide.  (I chose this because the ribbon was printed with words. I wanted to be able to read it through the plates)  Pin the ribbon in place.

Sew the ribbon to the solid placemat fabric, stitching close to the edges.

Sew the ribbon to all of the solid placemat pieces.

Place 1 solid placemat piece on top of 1 patterned piece, right sides together.  Pin in place, leaving an opening for turning.  Repeat for all 4.

A little trick that I learned a long time ago, is to use 2 pins to mark the place where I want to begin sewing & where to end sewing.  You need to leave a space opened to be able to fit your hand inside to turn the placemats to the right side.  There’s nothing more frustrating than to sew an item, only to realize that you’ve forgotten to leave an open space to turn it. It’s such a waste of time to have to rip out stitches.

Sew all the way around the placemats, starting at one ‘different colored pin’ & finishing at the other pin.   (to leave the opening)  I usually sew about 1/4″ from the edge.  Turn the placemat, right side out.  Pin the opening closed.  Top stitch around the placemat, using matching color thread.  Top stitching the placemat closes the opening & keeps the edges of the placemat crisp.  Press lightly.

Finished St. Patrick's Day Placemats

Use the fabrics that speak to you.  These are for your home.  Customizing your placemats is easy.  Make them your own & have fun with this.