Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Mantle

We're in a season full of what I think of as "the lesser holidays."  No gifts are exchanged, there isn't really a special meal, cards aren't expected.  Lesser holidays don't get much pomp and circumstance in regards to the 'ol mantle decor.

St. Patrick's Day is one of those lesser holidays for me.  I mean, I did make corned beef that one year, but it's not really a tradition.  This mantle is going to be up for probably 3 weeks tops.  I don't want to put tons of money or effort into it.  I do think it's lacking a bit.  I keep my eye out in stores for one more thing to pull it all together a bit better, but haven't found anything yet.

I *really* wanted that hat to fit on the moose head, but I would have had to cut it to do so and it just wouldn't have worked right.  Now he just looks like a fancy hat rack.  The jar is full of split peas ($1 for a pound bag at Meijer).  The framed picture is a combination of two different printables I found on Pinterest.  I can't find my source for the dots, but here's where you can get the subway art.  Can you guess what's in the spilled bucket in the middle?

 It's a combination of a beaded Christmas garland (for height/bulk) and CHOCOLATE COINS!  Decorating with food like this is usually pretty cheap and easy to find.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!