The Irish Blessing is one of my favorite quotes. It’s a classic blessing from Old Ireland, and today I have a printable for you in three different styles.
Blessings and Proverbs were often recited daily to children. Life was difficult in Old Ireland, by hiding a practical message inside of a blessing, the Irish were able to layer their sayings with deeper meaning and a bit of humor.
There are 3 different styles to choose from; Chalkboard Print, Scroll Print and Banner Print.
It’s that time again, I’ve looked at the bare, ugly front porch long enough! I will have to say, I love decorating the outside of our home just as much as the inside. We live on a rather busy street, although there isn’t a lot of car traffic, we have many people that walk and ride their bikes on our street. Growing up in this town, I absolutely loved this street, it’s full of old homes that have a ton of character.
One of my very best friends lived in the house that is across the street from ours, her Mother still lives there. And I dreamed about one day living in a home on this street. Now that I do, I want to share the beauty of the home and yard with everyone.
My Spring Front Porch…
After decorating the Spring Mantel, there were a few silk flowers left, along with some fresh pansies, we pulled everything together to add some whimsy and brightness to the Front Porch.
A few weeks back, we came across this beautiful wall container at Michael’s. I think it is perfect hanging on the side of the house, filled with silk flowers.
The white wicker chair, a roadside find, a couple years ago was added first with a bright orange pillow. An antique small ladder holds one of the birdhouses that my Dad built years ago.
A pair of my rain boots were filled with silk tulips and pussywillows.
More character was added with an antique picnic basket and one of my galvanized watering cans filled with purple Violas.
The other galvanized watering can was filled with yellow Violas.
Then it was time to fill the window boxes with Pansies. Because of the cold weather, and the frost we had recently, it was difficult to find plants that looked good. So we made a trip over to our nearest Home Depot and found some beautiful plants. And they were marked half off, which was even better.
Pansies are one of my favorite flowers! I love there little face like features on the inside.
Well here we are already, Day 5 of our St. Patrick’s Day Food and Fun. This week is all about Rainbows! It’s not too often that I see a rainbow in the sky, but when I do, it always brings a smile to my face. How about you?
We are kicking off this fun Rainbow Week with a little present for you! Charlotte, from The Paper Cupcake created the cutest Rainbow Printable Banner for you…and it’s FREE! Hang tight…keep reading…and I’ll share the printable at the end!
Last year, I shared several recipes with rainbow colors, the Rainbow Cupcakes and Rainbow Jello were definitely the most popular. And still are, so I thought it would be fun to put together a few more ideas with Rainbows, but this year kick it up a notch.
Do you remember the chalkboard on our Winter Mantel? Well, it’s proven once again to be such a fun decorating tool with the St. Patrick’s Day Mantel.
The Rainbow on the Mantel, really started with a vision from Doug this time, and then kind of evolved. We originally started the plan with a metal rod and some balloons, but after chatting a bit about how it would look and checking out the price of balloons, we changed our minds a bit and went with the Tissue Paper Flowers.
We kept the metal rod idea, but after trying to get the flowers to look right for quite awhile, we got rid of the rod and simply attached the flowers to the chalkboard.
Then came the writing on the chalkboard. Since the look of the St. Patrick’s Day Mantel was fun and whimsical, we decided to just randomly write words that are related to St. Patrick’s Day. I used the brilliant tip that Gina taught me when using chalk…wet the chalkboard and use wet chalk…simple!
What do you find at the end of a Rainbow? A Pot of Gold…of course…
We found the Pot filled with beads and gold at Walmart and the Leprechaun was left over from last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Mantel. Here is what I used to decorate with…
St. Patrick’s Day Mantel Supplies:
So here’s the deal with the Rainbow Printable Banner…
First…head on over to The Paper Cupcake Facebook page and tell Charlotte how much you love her! And thank her for the printable!
Then..come back and click HERE, save and print the banner for your St. Patrick’s Day decorating!
Follow along as we share 17 days of St. Patrick’s Day Food and Fun…
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for Spring! At this time last year, most of the flowers and bushes were blooming and we had already been blessed with many warm, sunny days. This year though, has been a different story. It’s still very chilly and none of the trees and bushes are showing signs they will be blooming soon. There are a few flowers popping up through the cold dirt and the birds are singing, so that’s a good sign…right?
This year’s Spring Mantel brightens the house with flowers and the fun Washi Tape Wooden Birds that I shared on Monday. The addition of an antique watering can, rain boots, gardening tools and a bird’s nest reminds us that even though the temperatures aren’t warm, Spring is here!
While I typically like to shop the house for items to decorate with, this season I just needed a few new items. So the Spring Mantel is a mixture of some old items and a few new, along with a couple hand crafted items.
The rustic garland is a combination of burlap ribbon and grapevine garland, both from Michael’s Craft Store. Both of them come rolled up, I unrolled them and tied the burlap ribbon randomly onto the grapevine garland with twine. Then we attached it to the Mantel with fishing line.
Last year, I saved the popular Pinterest photo of the umbrella and kept the idea in the back of my head for this year. Although finding the perfect umbrella to use was a bit of a treasure hunt, we did finally find one at Hobby Lobby. The silk flowers are from Michael’s Craft Store.
The antique watering can is my favorite in my collection. The green bunny is from Pier 1, they are having an Easter sale right now.
We tried my floral rain boots, but the colors were just a little too much. So we happened across these paper mache` boots at Michael’s and spray painted them with Krylon Pistachio Satin.
A couple terra cotta pots from the garage, one of the Washi Tape Birds and some gardening tools that we found at Marshall’s were added.
Down at the other end of the Mantel, is a new bird cage that we found at Marshall’s filled with a bird’s nest and some plastic eggs left from the Spring Mantel a couple years ago. The birdhouse is one that my Dad made years ago, another green bunny sitting in an aqua mason jar and the other Washi Tape Bird.
Then sitting next to the bird is a green wooden letter “L” for our last name…or well, my first name too!
Even though the Spring Mantel took a little treasuring hunting this year, I’m pleased with how it turned out.
Cupid is getting his arrows ready for the big day! Love will be in the air soon, so why not get ready with this fun free Printable Valentine’s Day Subway Art!
There are two sizes to choose from! The Subway Art make a fun Valentine’s Day Decoration or even give it as a gift!
A VERY special Thank You to Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake for designing the Valentine’s Day Subway Art! If you haven’t been over to her Etsy Shop lately, you MUST go! She has the best party printables ever!
You will also find information for THREE different sets of Printable Valentine’s Day Cupcake Toppers!