Posts Tagged ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

Throwback Thursday: 4 Spring DIY Decor Ideas

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Peony BouquetsWe are excited for spring to begin (02/23), so today we are featuring four of our favorite past DIY posts that all have something to do with spring. Take a look below, and tell us about the DIY projects you’ll be taking on once the snow melts and the days get longer!

DIY Flower Arrangements

No matter the occasion, spring flower arrangements are some of our favorites because here in Maine, that typically means we can create them with fresh flowers straight from our own gardens. For arrangements and bouquets that last all spring without any maintenance, however, we are big advocates for using faux florals. Last year we did a three part series on how to create decorative and expressive flower arrangements in your home using some of our containers and flower stems, which you can read by clicking here.

DIY Fairy Garden

We introduced some fairy garden characters and accessories last summer, and for inspiration we compiled a short list of fairy garden DIY projects requiring a range of materials and space. Check out that post here, and make a fairy garden part of your spring landscaping.

St. Patrick’s Day and Easter

We know you’ll be bringing out the shamrocks for March 17th and dyeing Easter eggs for April 1st (no joke), so why not complement your centerpieces, wreaths and collectibles with a shamrock banner, and go all-natural with DIY dyes?

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

We hope you’re just as excited for spring as we are, and if you’re not, hopefully these DIY ideas spark your enthusiasm! Be sure to follow us here on the blog (and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) for more decor ideas throughout the spring.

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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

A classic Irish Soda Bread Recipe for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, your Irish heritage or if you are looking to try something new to go along with dinner tonight. For added touches, incorporate raisins, sesame seeds, oats or sprinkle granulated sugar on top during baking. Do you have a traditional take on this bread? Share with us how you make yours!

Four Leaf Clovers

Irish Soda Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened butter. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and the egg.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead slightly and form into a rounded shape. Place on baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix melted butter and the remaining buttermilk and brush loaf with up to half of the mixture. Use a knife and make two shallow line cuts in the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes, removing loaf at about 25 minutes to quickly brush with remaining butter and buttermilk mixture. Use the toothpick test to test for doneness; serve.

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Weekly Spotlight: Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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“A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you”

A protective sentiment as warm as the soup or hot meal inside this Irish Blessing Soup Bowl.

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Entertain with scrumptious shortbread cookies that express the four leaf clover charm on each individual cookie with this Shortbread Pan. Four leaf clovers also look joyful on jute, especially when the jute is braided into stair treads for protective as well as decorative appeal.

Irish Lace Shortbread PanSheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Stair Tread

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Continue the braided jute at the bottom of your stairs, in an entryway or in the kitchen with the coordinating Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Rug. A spring sheep accompanies the shamrocks for a truly charming floor accent.

Sheep & Shamrock Braided Jute Rug

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Finally, since spring and St. Patrick’s Day always come with the risk of being a little chilly, our Irish Shamrock Throw is just what you need.

Place it at the end of a bed, on the sofa or keep it on a shelf for convenience. Your home will be ready for St. Patrick’s Day and for spring with all of these accents from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop!

How are you decorating for the upcoming holiday? We would love to hear your suggestions and see your displays!

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