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Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Last week (yes, I just posted my mantel last week, and I’m doing it again!), Mary at Mary’s Meanderings left a comment saying she was sure that next week I would have St. Patrick’s Day décor on my mantel.  Mary, you know me better than I know myself!!  The French had taken up residence on my mantel last week, and this week the Irish have moved in!  I’m thinking of putting a Statute of Liberty on the mantel, because my mantel does welcome people of every nationality!  So, just in case you didn’t notice that bright green header on my blog, here’s a photo of my current mantel.
full mantel
I bought this decanter at a yard sale years ago.  I think I paid $1.00 for it.stein mos
A vintage bridge tally from my mother’s collection.
My friend, Charlie Ann, found this cute, tall leprechaun at a thrift store, and she knew it would make a perfect gift for me.
tall lep
Top row: all vintage.  Vintage candy jar} in a box of items I purchased at an auction; my Mother’s toothpick holder; vintage whiskey decanter} same box of auction items; Camark Pottery child’s cup and saucer}from my childhood (unfortunately vintage), vintage perfume atomizer purchased at a flea market.  This month, if it’s green, it’s Irish!
misc mos 2
Okay, you caught me.  This was a French shepherdess last week, but I tied that shamrock bow to the top of her cloche and she magically became an Irish shepherdess!  (In a couple of weeks, she’ll probably renounce her Irish citizenship and re-apply for French citizenship!)
Once again, I’m linking to WOW Us Wednesday at Savvy  Southern Style for all the wrong reasons.  I don’t think my mantel will “wow” anybody, but it might “wow” you when you learn that yet another nationality is residing on my mantel this week!
I’m also linking to Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home, Junkin Finds Friday at A La Carte and Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground, and to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.  Thanks to all of our hostesses!
***Don’t forget the “real life” party at my house and at That Bookstore in Blytheville with Michael Lee West on April 12th.  Click here to read all about it.***
And don’t forget the Spring Cloche Party at A Stroll Thru Life on March 11th and the Irish Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen’s on March 15th!
I’m so glad you came to see my mantel AGAIN!  I hope you’ll come back Friday evening to link up for Favorite Things Saturday. laurie



Anonymous said...

Laurie didn't I just say something about knowing your mantel would change next week!! Looks great. I feel bad that I don't really have any St Patty's decorations especially since I am 1/2 Irish. My dad was a full blooded Irish man and so very proud of the fact!

Bee blessed

Mellodee said...

Laurie, I just figured it out. You missed your calling! You should have become a freelance window decorator at antique and vintage stores!! Your displays would surely entice buyers into the stores to purchase large amounts of wonderful items!! Don't you think there would be a career in that???? Well, maybe not, but wouldn't it be fun? And the best part, you could spend time with all kinds of wonderful treasures that you didn't have to BUY!!

Sweet European Dreams said...

I love that you're constantly changing things up, and every time your mantel is a new masterpiece! -diane

Vintage Gal said...

Lovly mantel ~ it looks like leprechaun valley ~ soo cute ;-)

Anonymous said...

Cute Cute Cute, Laurie!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wonderful Irish mantle. Instead of a "wee" bit of've got a "WOW!" bit!

Anonymous said...

I'm wowed, Laurie! I really am. Love your green mantle!! :) So many pretties!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

squawmama said...

As always you did it up right!!! Beautiful... Have a great day.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

My St Patty's decorations are sad, sad, sad. I am trying to put something together...but it is a struggle. You could have multi country flags flying over your roof with all the coming and going happening by you!!!

Sonny G said...

wow, just lookie at all those adorable St. Patty items.. you always have the bestest stuff~!
it looks great and so festive..


Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh my goodness glory girl, I'm sure feelin' the luck of the Irish clear down in these Ozark hills!!!

Magnificent job sweetie!!!

God bless and have an amazin' day! place! :o)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

It looks fabulous Laurie! After all, it is a woman's perogative to change things around, right?

Lou Cinda

Sue said...

Tis a lovely day for the Irish on your mantel, my good lass! Love seeing all of the green and your wee leprechauns. *grin* You're ready for Kathleen's party. xo Sue

lvroftiques said...

Well you "WOWED" me twice! Once with how gorgeous your new Irish mantel looks and also how much darn energy you have!! Sheesh Laurie are you sure you're not really 22? Cuz you'd be giving their energy a run for the money! As always you ROCKED it!! Vanna

Debbie said...

I just like you so much! You made me laugh out loud literally so many times while reading this. When you got to the end and said you were joining WOW Wednesdays "for all the wrong reasons", that did me in.

Such a great mantel, giggles and all, though. I love your winking Leprechaun the best.

Sure wish I lived closer.

xinex said...

Your mantel must be so happy cause she is always so well dressed. I love it, Laurie. Love all your St. Patrick's day accessories...Christine said...

Laurie - Larissa told me about your blog. I had no clue how talented you are. The blog is great and the mantel is over-the-top. WOW!

Unknown said...

Dear Laurie,
It's a good thing that every week is not a special celebration as I think you would be totaly worn out redecorating! I'm still trying to get Christmas put away along with Valentine's Day, which will be out a long time..
Love your new mantle look.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Oh how cute! Spring fever is definitely flying all over the blog universe and St Patricks Day fun is strong and I'm loving it. :) Such cute green plates shamrock ribbon, and figurines! I have a fun St Patricks Day round up of party blog posts, decoration ideas, cute clipart and more and I'm definitely adding this to the list. :) Have a green and spring-like day :)

Kifus said...

What a great mantel arrangement! If you don't get lucky with all that Irishness (?), I don't know what will!

A lovely day to you, Laurie!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the mention, Laurie! You know I love your mantel. Mine just has my 4 Irish gkids pics on it! :)
I so want to come to that dinner!

Sarah said...

Well, you wowed me! Not much of anything Irish around here. I'm having to get creative in order to participate in Kathleen's Party. I know you'll have even more fun to share. You probably have a wonderful tablescape all planned out.
I so wish I could join the dinner party in April. ~ sarah

La said...

I love it, Lassie. It looks so fun and festive. Happy St. Patrick's Day! La

Savannah Granny said...

I love the fact that you have such an international mantel. The little shepherdess can be Mexican in May, Geman in October, a pilgrim in November and dare we say Mrs. Clause in December. I think she has a permanent home. LOL
You mantel is awesome as usual. Thanks for your efforts, talent and expecially for sharing. Ginger

vignette design said...

Hi Laurie!
Your Irish Mantel is adorable. I am Wowed by the little figurines under the cloche! Love them!
Oh how I wish I lived closer. I would love to come to the real life party launching Michael's new book! How wonderful that is going to be! I can't wait to read about it! ~Delores

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie I love to change things up! I like the visual to be exciting and changing things often does that. Love your Shamrock fun! Thanks for joining JFF this week. Hugs, Linda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
You always find the cutest stuff!
And such great deals too!
I love your Irish Mantel!
That mug is just the cutest!
I am always inspired, thank-you!

The Tablescaper said...

Man, Laurie, I wish I had your energy!!!! Not only do you change your mantel often it NEVER has a less is more theme. You do such a fabulous job.

- The Tablescaper

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Love your Irish mantle. I especially love the Ivy topiary in the silver. Just gorgeous. ~~Sherry~~

The Charm of Home said...

I have to come over and visit you to find out where all the parties are happening. I just wrote down Marty's Spring Cloche Party! So nice of you to host the Michael Lee West book signing party! What a neat thing to happen right in your on hometown! Thanks. And, thanks for linking up! I love your mantel and that lovely little shepherdess! She is a beauty!

Marlis said...

What wonderful treasures you have there. I love all of them. Your mantel is looking quite spiffy while wearin' the green!

Becky said...

"If it's green it's Irish." I like that! I love your row of vintage greens. So pretty.


Lynn said...

Lovin' your Bit O'Green Irish mantle Laurie! It's fun to change things out for the holidays/seasons-enjoy:@)

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a great St. Patrick's Day mantel! That is quite a collection!

~ Tracy

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your amazing!!! Love the new look on the mantel.