Before I jump into the St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I want to share some sewing projects with you. From the looks of all the comments on the last post, I would say that we have many seamstresses here! I am happy to know that sewing is indeed, NOT a lost art. 🙂 I spent the weekend sewing new pillows for the porch…a bunch of them! If you have been around here for a while, you might recognize the green plaid from the drapes that dress the kitchen window from time to time. Take a look here…
This was a major recycle project. All of the fabrics were leftovers from previous sewing projects, and I used the jute braid trim from old Pottery Barn pillows that had faded from overuse in the sunshine. For those pillows that didn’t get the jute braid, I used the cording cut off of old pillows and simply recovered it in scraps of a khaki cotton (that had been used to make the skirt on the wicker porch buffet table.) Did you follow all of that?? Double recycling!
The only things I purchased new are the misbehaving rug that will not stay in its place and a few plants to welcome spring. (Although our weather has lost its spring vibe this week. 🙁 ) I may have to try some carpet tape to remedy the problematic rug. When the room upstairs is ready, I’d like to move the lamps up there, and get new ones (maybe clear?) to go out on the porch.
All of the green worked perfectly for St. Patrick’s Day. The last scraps of fabric were made into napkins in a mix of plaids and checks – just like the pillows.
That is simply a bag of Rolos tied up with twine with a kraft paper shamrock for a touch of St. Patrick’s Day fun. The polka dot kraft paper runner is wrapping paper from Target. It was just too darn cute to resist! And don’t you love those little flowers?!
The wicker buffet table was set up as a hot beverage center …
with coffee and various Irish style creamers,
and hot tea.
The chalkboard over the table has an old Irish saying on it.
I worked on the porch over the weekend..sewing, shopping for the plants, setting it up, making the candy bags, etc., and I really wanted to have our dinner out there.
But Mother Nature did not cooperate. (She can’t seem to make up her mind whether we are in winter or early spring.) Our recent gorgeous warm sunny days turned into rainy and cold, and we had to dine indoors. But the food was good. 🙂 I planned an “Americanized” Irish inspired easy dinner. Instead of the typical cooked corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes here is what we had:
We had the Irish cabbage in the form of coleslaw, the corned beef in the form of sandwiches, and the Irish potatoes in the form of potato chips. The pinch proof salad was kiwi and green grapes cut up and topped with a sauce of sour cream sweetened with brown sugar and colored green with a few drops of food coloring. Nothing fancy for dessert (remember, Monday was a school night 🙂 ) just a choice of shortbread cookies with green sugar sprinkles from Fresh Market or chocolates from the goodie bag.
At least the dining room had some green in its cabinet in there.
And the kitchen had a chalkboard with a recipe for corned beef and cabbage.
One other spot in the house wears a bit of Irish green this month…the foyer.
And that wraps up all the Saint Patrick’s decorating around here for this year. And I think that is probably enough green for you for now anyway, right?
Did you do anything special to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?
We’d love to hear. 🙂