Back in July 2001, I celebrated my quarter-life achievement by taking myself to Ireland. I saved my pennies, researched and planned, and enjoyed a wondrous week abroad, visiting Dublin, Galway, and the Ring of Kerry.
One of my very favorite moments, though, was driving through the Burren- a rolling landscape of green and stone, dotted with farmhouses, churches, and livestock. The patches of green are seemingly stitched in place by lines of dry stone wall- for a girl from the Chicago suburbs, this was exotic in its pastoral simplicity.
Fast forward a few years and here I am, neither 25 nor in Ireland. BUT- I have the pictures cemented in my memory and a desire to capture holidays and seasons in vintage mason jars. I did it for summer– so why not recreate Ireland in a jar for St. Patrick’s Day?
For years I’ve had this old green mason jar, and finally it will have its crafting moment in the spotlight! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
A Miniature Ireland How-to
Because I learned all about the “peat layer” while on that aforementioned Ireland excursion, I decided to recreate it in the form of reindeer moss. Besides, who doesn’t love reindeer moss??
To replicate the rolling hills, I acquired a few of those faux moss “stones”.
But then the moment came when I decided I wanted to add a stone wall to my hills- maybe overkill, but it’s such an important aspect of the Burren! So I needed to come up with something. I headed to a local mulch/landscaping shop and after explaining my silly need for a wee bit of gravel, they graciously gave me a couple of handfuls and I was on my way! (Local shops are slowly learning that I am harmlessly crazy in my crafty endeavors!)
And then…the Pièces de Résistance…
Miniature felted Kerry sheep from Little Elf’s Toy Shop!!!
I carefully layered everything in the green jar (using kitchen tongs!) and ta-da: Ireland in a jar!
I mean, COME ON. How adorable is this?? I can’t handle the cuteness…
Happy St. Patrick’s Day…and Craft on!