Going “Vintage” for St. Patty’s Day decor, without breaking the bank

 

I’ve been going “vintage” with my holiday decor for a few years now. First, I was just starting a vintage looking tree in our living room, but I’ve been starting to collect some vintage looking decor for Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s, Easter and Halloween. Its really hard to find “vintage” looking St. Patrick’s Day items at stores. I always see the same stuff year after year. It’s always gaudy “bar wear”. Light up shamrocks, “Kiss me I’m Irish” shirts, paper cut out shamrocks and those plastic green hats. I purchased some paper shamrock doilies from Amazon.com. I couldn’t find any in the stores.

I’ve found some really cute “vintage” looking items at Hobby Lobby, on Ebay.com and Etsy.com

St. Patrick’s Day Printables were purchased on Etsy.com.  Store owner “LoveCreationalGal”

St. Patrick’s Day Candy Cones were purchased on Etsy.com. Store owner “RuralManhattan”

St. Patrick’s Day Green Plaque was purchased on Etsy.com. Store owner “Erinjt”

Both St. Patrick’s Day PostCards were purchased on Ebay.com. Store owner “Evergreenfarmantique

Shamrock “Shannon” plate was purchased on Ebay.com. Store owner “Ladybugborro2004”

Check out my finds!

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March is almost here, time to go GREEN!

Turning a St. Valentine's Day bouquet into a St. Patty's Day arrangement

So the Arctic blasts are over…so we hope. Here in SE Texas, it feels like Spring. Valentine’s Day is over and the decor is packed away. The grass is an ugly shade of green, but clover is emerging everywhere. You can brighten up the inside of your home with touches of green. Who cares if you’re not Irish! Have some fun with it! St. Patrick’s Day is a light hearted holiday that can be as fun as you want it to be. For some it’s a day you feel more in touch with you Irish heritage,  a religious connection or its just a social event.  Whatever the reason may be, put a little green in your home!

I don’t have a lot of surfaces to decorate, so I recently purchased a small buffet for my breakfast area. It works perfectly for holiday decor. So I purchased cute fabric shamrock doilies from http://www.Terrysvillage.com.

http://www.terrysvillage.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=96/1891&prodCatId=90000&mode=Browsing&erec=6&sp=true&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&tabId=4&sd=Shamrock+Doilies#RL6


You don’t have to go nuts with it. Its hard to find St. Patrick’s Day decor that isn’t “party related”. I spotted a reversible table runner on http://www.Terrysvillage.com.  One side has shamrocks and the other side has hearts for Valentine’s Day.

http://www.terrysvillage.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=96/1191&prodCatId=90000&mode=Browsing&erec=4&sp=true&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&tabId=4&sd=Reversible+Shamrock+%26amp%3B+Heart+Runner#RL4

I found some cute St. Patrick’s Day salt and pepper shakers and another shamrock table runner, but its different shades of shamrocks sewn together on http://www.lillianvernon.com.

http://www.lillianvernon.com/catalog/product_display.jsp?pdId=15499&name=Leprechaun+Salt+and+Pepper+Shakers&parentCatId=1&catId=60

http://www.lillianvernon.com/catalog/product_display.jsp?pdId=9602&name=Shamrocks+Table+Runner&parentCatId=1&catId=60

Try Etsy.com for unique handmade and vintage St. Patrick’s Day decor. They have some really neat stuff you will not find in chain stores.

I do send St. Patrick’s Day cards to my friends. I buy a pack of them and use shamrock stickers to seal the envelopes. Not that all of my friends celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but its communication. Lets them know “Hey, I’m thinking of ya, let’s get together soon!”.  March can be a boring month, with the exception of Spring Break. Sometimes we have Easter in March, but this year its in April again. If anything, it stimulates the creativity in all of us.

Most people use Easter as a benchmark for the beginning of Spring, but I like to kick it off with St. Patrick’s Day.

I’ve turned my Valentine’s Day flowers into a St. Patty’s Day centerpiece. I just switched out the lavender ribbon it came with to a shamrock ribbon I had already. I added the doilies, a mug and a dish. I’ll be adding more!

Bring in some fresh flowers to brighten up the house. Mix it in with some St. Patrick’s Day decor. You’ll get the sense of  Spring being around the corner!

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