“Tis a Wee Bit O’ Irish” Vignette
Top O’ the Mornin’ to ya, Lassies and Laddies !!
Tis a Wee Bit Irish that we are celebrating for St. Patty’s Day at my home this year. So, sit down and relax while I go “wet the tea.”
I just LOVE Ireland, don’t you? It’s beautiful green, flower filled countryside, the ancient castles and the Blarney Stone, it’s lovely Irish ballads, lively jigs, in addition to it’s Celtic music and dance, and its ancient rich history, makes this country a magical place to visit! I especially LOVE their adorable Irish accents!
This year, I decided not to set out the traditional store-bought, Irish trinkets we find in all the stores. Instead, I gathered and set out just a few of my vintage Irish collectables from my stash that remind me of the beauty and the rich culture of Ireland.
Laying down the basics:
Because I wanted the vignette to be more earthy and floral, I decided to use a lot of wood, canvas and floral.
First, I laid down a burlap runner that I had on hand as a base.
When I found this pip berry/shamrock garland at Hobby Lobby I knew it would be perfect placed along the top of my picture frame to soften that area.
Next, I hung this burlap banner (found at Michaels) and thought it looked nice draped across the front of the picture (it also helps hide the picture). Because of the green shamrocks stamped on the front of each pennant, this sweet little bunting immediately sets an Irish flavor to this vignette.
Adding the Focal Point:
Last summer I had found this fabulous, vintage wooden box at a garage sale! I wanted to use it as part of the focal point in this vignette, so I decided to fill it with pink and lavender colored wildflowers and let them spill out over the sides. To me, these flowers give this setting a pop of color, which I love and think it needs! Ireland is filled with beautiful flowers so I wanted to included them too! I also placed, in front of the box, a vintage-style violet bouquet, tied with faded crinkle ribbon.
Next, I added these adorable, vintage Irish postcards I found online! I love how they look leaning against the wooden box, under all the flowers.
I placed this potted violet on this stack of vintage books to the right of my centerpiece to bring in a little more color. I also tucked a sweet little bird on the ledge of a book.
My mom has played the harp as long as I can remember. I recall hearing her play many Irish ballads and jigs, and Danny Boy was one of my favorites. I’m sure my intense love for Irish music developed because my mom played so often in our home when I was growing up. This Irish Belleek harp with its hand painted shamrocks is just one of her many harp collectables, so I placed it in front of my little violet.
Two of my very favorite antique books that I have collected are these Irish books I found several years ago. My favorite is “The Irish Fairy Book.” The elaborate illustration on the front cover of the book shows a lovely fairy holding her wind blown scarf and the Gaelic-style text makes it…oh, so Irish! I hung a beaded, vintage crown over the edge that I could imagine a fairy would wear. <3
I just adore these tiny, soft ghillies that are so often used in the Highland Dances and had to include them!! After stuffing them with moss, I set them on a stack of vintage books, topped with a vintage, green floral handkerchief. I finished them off by surrounding them with silk shamrocks. <3
I hope you enjoyed my vintage-styled Irish vignette. Let me know what you think of it! I always LOVE to hear from you!
Wishing you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
An Irish Prayer
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of your hand.
“Tis a Wee Bit of Irish” Vignette
“Tis a Wee Bit of Irish” Vignette
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