You can create fun, whimsical, home decor for St. Patrick's Day for pennies.  And it's quick and easy, too! I've been having the most fun transforming this wall and cast-off table for the different seasons and holidays.  All on a super small budget. You're going to love all these super easy ideas that you can duplicate, too.     Let's start with the items on the table top. Books are a great way to frame objects that would otherwise seem to be floating in space.  They serve two purposes.  One... to give some additional height and two... to give substance or weight to the … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Today I was bitten by the St. Patrick's Day bug. In just a short time I had cut paper, covered books, moved a few things around and created a brand new St. Patrick's Day vignette to take the place of my Peaceful Winter Vignette.  To say I had fun is an understatement. All that fun inspired me to find an Irish Blessing to turn into a St. Patrick's Day Quote and Printable for you. I hope you like this one... May your troubles be less,  And your blessing be more.  And nothing but happiness,  Come through your door. I created a FREE 8x10 … [Read more...]

  Are you Irish?  I'm not.  Good thing we don't need our veins to flow with Irish blood to enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day... especially when it comes to some delicious sweet treats.  I'm a huge fan of peppermint desserts and a delicious minty treat is definitely my pot of gold. This week's features from Project Inspire{d}  actually have a "pot of gold" recipe that will be a huge hit for sure.  And the Minty Shamrock Cheese Ball has captured my interest and I think I just might need to make that for small group the week of St. Paddy's Day.  There are a dozen treats and drinks here that you'll want … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner I wanted to inspire you to create some mason jar happiness to dress up your little corner of the world.  And throw in a few riddles... just for fun!     What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.   Last year I received some lovely green Ball mason jars for a Mother's Day blog hop.  I also received blue, and purple, and clear jars, and never got around to doing anything with the green jars.  I knew I wanted to use them for St. Patrick's Day. My plan wasn't to do anything … [Read more...]

    Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I know you'll want to at least decorate a corner of your space with this Easy to Make St. Patrick's Day Basket.   With Swedish and Dutch roots, I had never gotten into the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  In fact it was hardly on my radar... until I moved to Buffalo.  A large Irish community resides there. Many of my non-Irish friends became Irish for a day or weekend enjoying corned beef and cabbage, the big St. Patrick's Day parade, and of course the wearing of green. For some, it's a time to party and enjoy good food and drink. For … [Read more...]

  Have you noticed?  The days are getting longer!   The sun won't set tonight until 6:30!  That means I can go for an after-dinner walk in twilight and not pitch darkness.  I LOVE twilight... it's such a beautiful and peaceful time of the day.  And as the days get warmer... it will be even better.  Though I think we're in for a roller coaster of weather these days.  Snow and school closings and then three days later... 50 degrees!  Whatever!  Spring is around the corner and for some of you... she's already arrived in all her beautiful finery.  I can't wait to greet her. I'm working on some … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links* As the seasons change, I like to feather my nest in small but big ways.  Creating little vignettes in the areas where we live, or major traffic areas in the house go a long way to making our homes and their inhabitants feel loved.  Today I have 5 easy steps to help you make a spring vignette. How to Put Together a Simple Spring Vignette.     First... Choose a theme for your vignette. Because we're so anxious for spring after a long cold winter and because we also want to give a nod to St. Patrick's Day, today we've chosen a green and white theme for … [Read more...]

Download this 5x7 Photo Art Printable for Personal Use.   Last week I had a great time hanging out with a few dear friends.  It was nice to take a blogging break and get refreshed.  My days were very full.  One afternoon we went to Meijer Gardens to see the butterfly exhibit.  There's nothing like being in a tropical garden for a few hours trying to capture butterflies with the camera for a wonderful break from the cold weather.  Though, I must say each day the temps were in the forties with my last day hitting 50 degrees! (Today it's supposed to hit 64 degrees!!  I'm ridiculously excited!) While there I … [Read more...]

Back when I lived in the Buffalo area, this would be the weekend for lots of St. Patrick's Day celebrating.  And of course, noshing on good eats as well.  Just in case, you want to get your green on, or at least put something special on the menu for St. Patrick's Day, or even this weekend, check out these scrumptious St. Patrick's Day recipes. Are you hungry?  My mouth is watering for these.... Scrumptious St. Patrick's Day Recipes   Pin this image.  And stop by the featured blogs and pin their creations, too!    {Links clockwise from upper left … [Read more...]

  Wow!  So much St. Paddy's Day inspiration at last week's Project Inspire{d}. Here is just a wee sampling of the magical St. Patrick's ideas you shared with us! 17 Magical St. Patrick's Ideas   Shamrock Cookies from Christianity Cove Rainbow Jello Snack from Christianity Cove St.Patrick's Day Thread Spools from Kaleidoscope of Colors Dollar Store Decor to St. Patrick's Day Pillow from Virginia Sweet Pea Cupcake Liner St. Patrick's Day Trees from Little Miss Celebration Mason Jar Tea Lights from Upstate Ramblings Shamrock Shake from 3 Kids and a Fish Lucky Charms Popcorn Balls from 3 … [Read more...]

Do you have a best friend? Since selling our "forever" home, we've made five moves to addresses in four states.  At each new town, I've been blessed to make wonderful friends.  Each friendship is a special treasure... but there's something special about long-time relationships, regardless of the miles. Because I treasure my friendships, when I came across this wonderful Irish friendship quote, I immediately wanted to create an art print for you. It's early for St. Patrick's Day, but I decided you should have it in plenty of time to print and frame, so you could enjoy it for more than a few … [Read more...]

 May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long. Irish Blessing  This year I used book pages to help decorate the mantel for St. Patrick's Day. If you missed the post, check it out here.   And now, on to our Extraordinary Link Party....   I am so excited to join with Mary Beth from Cupcake and Crinoline, Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday, and Stephanie from The Silly Pearl, my co-hosts here at Project Inspire{d} to see what you've been working on this week!  Your … [Read more...]

  St. Patrick's Day. It's all about the green....and this saint that seems to have spoken out against slavery, valued women, and influenced Ireland with Christianity.   All good things, wouldn't you say? So why not splash a few shamrocks around the house. Flash some green. And listen to some toe-tappin' music.     When it comes to seasonal  home decor,  I'm all about simple and using what you have on hand. And...because I love all things book page, I decided to use book pages and hand-cut shamrocks in decorating the mantel for St. Patrick's Day. This little project was … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day coming soon... I put together this old Irish Blessing Printable for you.    Download this FREE 8x10 St. Patrick's Day PRINTABLE for personal use ONLY   I love using graphics and pictures in vignettes.  Maybe you would like to frame this FREE Irish Blessing printable and use it in a St. Patrick's Day vignette.     And now, on to our Extraordinary Link Party....   Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your extraordinary creativity and ideas and tips each week.  I truly appreciate you!  And...I can't wait to see what you've … [Read more...]

  An Irish Blessing May you and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now, And bless you evermore. Peace & Joy to YOU! Diane To receive bits of inspiration like this in your inbox or reader, subscribe now. Please take a moment to “Like” An Extraordinary Day ~ A Place of Joy & Inspiration on Facebook! … [Read more...]

  How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?     When I lived in the Buffalo area I could have attended a parade and enjoyed lots of Irish food, music, dance, and drink.   Here in my new neighborhood, I haven't even noticed any shiny shamrocks popping up on front doors.  Not yet, anyway.     Is there any Irish in your blood? Do you wear green, decorate your home, or enjoy some Irish festivities? Do you celebrate with any special foods or beverages?     There's no Irish in my blood, but I thought it would be fun to bring out this vintage cocoa set … [Read more...]