Irish (& Celtic) Music to Get You in the Mood for St. Patrick’s Day!

My top Irish & Celtic music picks to get you (and your guests!) in the mood for St. Patrick's Day

Céad Mile Fáilte – One hundred thousand welcomes to you – and thanks for stopping by Flourish & Knot today! Today is a departure from my usual DIY topics: I’m writing about my other great passion, Celtic & Irish music. In honour of Ireland’s BIG DAY on March 17th, I’ve rounded up my favourite traditional Irish & Celtic bands for St. Patrick’s Day.

My top Irish & Celtic music picks to get you (and your guests!) in the mood for St. Patrick's Day | Irish music for St Patrick's Day

I don’t often write about music here on Flourish & Knot. My day job (when I’m not on maternity leave, that is), is as a musician and music teacher, so I like my blog to be a completely separate escape. I wrote a bit about my experiences teaching choral music in India, and I blogged about why singing in a choir is THE BEST, but I really tend to keep things to the DIY realm here. I thought long and hard about what to do in the way of a St. Patrick’s Day post, and I just felt like I wasn’t being true to my Celtic heritage: I needed to write about Irish music.

Irish music is a staple – obviously – of St. Patrick’s Day, and I used to play SO MANY GIGS at this time of year; but it always made me a little sad that people were more interested in hearing the same old same old “St. Paddy’s Day” tunes and songs (‘Black Velvet Band’, I’m looking at you!) and not the actually traditional music! Traditional Irish music is SO wonderful and emotive, and I really hope that I can give you some alternatives to the usual pub-fare tunes. Bodhrans, tin whistles, and dancing shoes at the ready… Here we go!

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Craft & Sewing Room Makeover Plans & Progress | $100 Room Challenge | Week 2

Craft & Sewing Room Makeover Plans | Navy, Fuschia, Goldenrod Palette | $100 Room Challenge | Week 2 | Budget Decor

Lists have been written and re-written. Mounds and mounds of paper and ribbon and fabric and paint have been sorted. Bins have been emptied and re-filled. Pinterest has been surfed. Plans have been made! My craft & sewing room makeover has begun in earnest as part of the $100 Room Challenge, and I am so excited to share my progress with you.

When we left off last week, I had shared the gory “BEFORE” details with you and filled you in on my general inspiration (Mexican folk art; bright colours; navy, fuschia, goldenrod palette; lots and lots of storage). I also introduced you to the $100 Room Challenge itself: a month-long decorating challenge hosted by Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry

Craft & Sewing Room Makeover Plans | Navy, Fuschia, Goldenrod Palette | $100 Room Challenge | Week 2 | Budget Decor

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As you no doubt gathered from the title of this post, I have $100 to work with for this space, so a lot of what I’m doing involves shopping my supplies (or my parents’ supplies!), rather than buying new. The paint is left over from our Harry Potter nursery, the furniture is all stuff we already own, and I am shopping our house for art.

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Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | The Scary “Before”

Craft & Sewing Room Inspiration | $100 Room Challenge | Flourish & Knot

So here’s the thing: bloggers generally only photograph the prettied-up versions of their homes. We spend hours and hours making sure that everything is just so before snapping our pics. We then run those perfectly posed pics through a rigorous regime of re-sizing, editing, watermarking, collaging, and so on.

Not today.

Today I am laying bare the very worst spot in my home. Ironically, I use it on an almost daily basis. And by “use”, I mean that I retrieve supplies from its gaping maw and then proceed to make a giant mess elsewhere in the house. My husband finds this endearing. (Obviously.)

Well, he will just have to find some other character flaw cute quirk to love, because my craft and sewing space is getting a MAKEOVER! As part of the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry, I will give it not only a thorough cleaning but a whole new look… on a $100 budget!

$100 Room Challenge hosted by Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry

For what you are about to witness, I am truly and deeply sorry. This is the raw, uncensored, un-Pinterest-worthy “Before” of my craft and sewing room. Things are getting VERY real here on Flourish & Knot today.

Really, I am so sorry.

Ok, here goes…

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