Sunday, March 10, 2013

Taking time to turn the pages

Okay I admit it - here we are a week before St. Patrick's Day and I've just now gotten 'round to decorating Grandma's table. That's because I absolutely fell in love with the Valentines version, and I didn't want to put away the little tic-tac-toe set! 

But I finally decided to change it up, and here is the new arrangement:

The book is a little over-whelming, perhaps, but it completely deserves center stage because it's absolutely stunning. More on that in a moment. 

I don't have (and didn't want) a lot of the traditional St. Paddy's decorations... I'll be honest, Leprechauns kind of give me the creeps ;)  Shamrocks are pretty but I felt like a vintage version would be better suited for the look I wanted. So I decided to just go for a green-and-white theme. 

Here is the little grouping just behind the book to the upper left in the picture: 

I've used my two green fluted vases found on a recent thrifting adventure, along with some Dollar Store silk carnations: 

And a tiny print courtesy of The Graphics Fairy in a diminutive silver-toned frame: 

Under the whole setting is this pretty white crocheted table runner - yes, I kept the romantic pink tablecloth (I couldn't bear to put it away!) but decided to try to mask it for my green-and-white tribute to the Emerald Isle. The pretty hanky also picks up the green-and-white theme, while lending a touch of pink. 

Around the other side of the table, we have the omni-present Mr. Duck...

In front of another pretty print from The Graphics Fairy. I thought this Irish girl was lovely! 

The book I'm using for this display is a real treasure - I picked it up in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble recently: Castles of Britain and Ireland, by Rodney Castleden (no pun intended, I'm sure!). 

It's hard to get a good shot of an open page because of the lighting, but it features beautiful photography and a bit of informational text about the centuries-old castles of England, Scotland, Wales, & Ireland. This spread shows Cashel Castle, a.k.a. The Rock of Cashel or The Rock of St. Patrick. 

The book is a little more in proportion to the table when it's closed, but having it open encourages one to flip through the pages - which I otherwise might forget to do! 

I'll be linking this happy little table to Marty's Tabletop Tuesday party over at A Stroll Thru Life! 

More soon, 

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  1. So pretty, Janet! Those little green vases caught my eye immediately -- what a great find they were! I would love to page through that book and enjoy all the gorgeous photos, too.

  2. This is such a lovely vignette. Love the book, I think they are always fabulous to decorate with, and this one looks like it is really interesting. The duck is fantastic. Very pretty display. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  3. Thank you both! Marty you must be a very busy gal, you had a HUGE party this week! Tricia - yes the photos are really beautiful in this book, I find myself flipping through it every couple of days!


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