Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Just for fun

It snowed again last night. Arrgghh.

No matter. It's March, and I am declaring winter to be over. At least inside my house.

We're a house full of redheads, so we love St. Patrick's Day. I don't do a lot of decorating for St. Pat's, but it's fun to do a little. As for other small holidays, I group my decorations on my dough cabinet:

It doesn't take a lot to make a nice little holiday vignette. I'm still using my ugly-Goodwill-plate-turned-chalkboard, as well as my Heirloom-white-painted candlesticks. I just changed the Valentine's greeting to a St. Patrick's greeting and the red candles to green candles. The other things I've picked up over the years.

If you'd like to do some St. Patrick's decorating for yourself but don't have any St. Patrick's decor, here are a few tips:

  • Pull some green candles from your Christmas stash. Or pull some green wrapping paper from your Christmas stash, and either wrap a band of paper around the candles a la Amanda or Mod Podge some onto your candles a la Manuela or Traci.
  • St. Patrick's Day is all about the wearing of the green. If nothing else, you probably have a green plant you can showcase. If not, buy a little golden pothos next time you're at the grocery store. These plants are practically foolproof, and their beautiful color will brighten any tabletop.

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  • Next year, look for wrapped candies such as Hershey's kisses on after-Christmas clearance. Divide the candies into colors. Use silver-wrapped candies for New Year's, red-wrapped candies for Valentine's Day, and green-wrapped candies for St. Patrick's Day.

  • Try to drop by TJMaxx or HomeGoods right after St. Patrick's Day. You'll likely be able to find some special little St. Patrick's goody on clearance.

Now, just for fun: can you tell me what "Erin Go Bragh" means? Leave me a comment with the answer, and I'll randomly choose a winner for a little prize!


lise said...



Lauren said...

That's cute. Even if you don't decorate the whole house, like for Christmas or Easter, it's fun to have a little area dedicated to a smaller holiday.

Dawn said...

does it really mean ireland forever? i thought it was something about a girl named erin. without a bra. i hung up my st. patty's dessert plates the other day and am feeling more alive with the green :)

and thanks for checking up on me :) i promise to continue my story soon. just rying to catch up on everything since being sick. or being sick. i think i still am. and i am ready to be better!

randee said...

Main Entry: Erin go bragh
Pronunciation: \ˌer-ən-gə-ˈbrȯ, -gō-ˈbrä\
Function: foreign term
Etymology: Irish go brách or go bráth, literally, till doomsday

: Ireland forever

my maiden name is conley, guess i should go find a wee little green for around the house.

loved yours!

Patricia said...

Love the pitcher so much!!!
Being Irish... I would use that pitcher all year long!!!

Irish Blessings

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Ireland until the end of time, Ireland forever. :)

I love the little silver 4 leaf clover sis would love that!

I need to go get my St. Patrick's Day garden flag out!

Denise said...

Very cute. I'm English, so we never did the 'Irish' thing. I like how people have fun with it over here though ;-)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Huh, how interesting. I had no idea what that meant. But Ireland Forever sounds good to me. Your St. Patrick's day vignette is just wonderful. I love it. Be sure and remember to link all your beautiful vignettes to Table Top Tuesdays. This is perfect. I need to figure out something. Hugs, Marty

Karen said...

Ireland Forever! Makes me miss my childhood friend -- her parents were from Ireland.

Erin @ Together for Good said...

I used to wear a pin that said "Erin Go Bragh" until my dad told me it meant "Erin, go put on your underwear." Which I knew wasn't true, but my 16-year-old self was so embarrassed I couldn't bring myself to wear the pin anymore. LOL

HeathahLee said...

I actually looked it up before I saw where you posed the question...I'm Irish/Welsh, and I'm ashamed to say I didn't know what it meant! Boo me! I have to admit that I usually focus on my Welsh heritage. My sister called Monday and the first thing she said was, "Happy Saint David's Day!" I said, "Huh?" She said, "He's the patron saint of Wales! Much lesser known than St. Patrick." We both cracked up.

Anyway, it means, "Ireland Forever!" : )

I don't have any decorations out, but sure as yer born I'll be wearin' o' the green March 17th. ; )

Carmen said...

If you can believe it...I don't have ANY St. Patty's day decorations. I probably won't decorate. It's already the 3rd. But your decorations are really cute.

kristi_temple said...

It is the Anglicisation of a Gaelic phrase used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as "Ireland Forever"

Kristi said...

Ireland Forever! Very cute vignette!

Cecelia said...

Ireland Forever. :)

Mearaid said...

Ireland forever!

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