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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A is for Appreciation

I'm still here,

just not very visible these days.

I wish I could say I've

been busy in my garden.

Recent heavy rains have been delightful,

and have left the garden lush and green.

 Knockout roses

have bloomed and bloomed.

The day lilies, my "sure bet" perennial

are bright and cheerful.

What have I been doing?

Sorting  ~ Organizing ~ Donating ~ Packing

That's what my focus has been in recent weeks.

A move is in our future!

Thank you to all my blogging buddies 

who have written to check in on me.

This community is the best!

I much appreciate each and every friendship!

A is for Appreciation!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hopping Down the Tartan Trail

Used with permission ~ The Ribboned Crown

Donna @ The Ribboned Crown

 has the most charming Tartan Hare,

so last year I asked if perhaps

he had some tartan eggs to spare.

Used with permission ~ The Ribboned Crown

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Yes, please ~

Tartan eggs in my basket!

A fruitful year of

hopping down the Tartan Trail,

and now I, too, have a basket of beautiful tartan eggs.

Victorian ladies skilled with needle and thread

spent many an hour engaged in the art of needlework,

so it's no surprise that many items were marketed

with the art of needlework in mind.

Both a collector and a stitcher since childhood,

one can only imagine my delight with a few tartan eggs,

little sewing treasures from the Victorian era.

They open to hold a spool of thread,

a thimble, and a needle.

One of the eggs also has a little surprise ~

a coin tucked up in the point of the egg.

It's definitely nestled in as if

it were original to the egg.

I polished the coin to see if I could make out

the inscription, but it remains a mystery.

I hope a reader will have some information to share.

Is this a real coin or perhaps a commemorative piece?

One of the eggs is 

in the Mc Donald tartan.

The other two eggs look very similar.

One is marked Mc Lean, but the other has no mark.

The gold zigzag lines that segment

each egg, are hand painted.


A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Yes, I'm very pleased with Tartan eggs in my basket!

Wishing all a spring fresh 

with good health and happiness!

National Tartan Day ~ April 6, 2015

Click the links below to visit previous Tartan Day posts.

Tartan Day 2011 ~ Tartan Day 2012 ~ Tartan Day 2013

Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Countdown to Easter

Redbuds are in full bloom around town

and our days are warming up with

bright sunshine and blue skies.

Spring has definitely arrived!

I recently found this chippy rabbit 

at an antique show.

 Antique cast iron Hubley garden rabbit 

circa late1800 to early 1900.

I cut some redbud branches and brought them in

to fill a large vintage ironstone pitcher.

A nest of hand-painted eggs painted

in the 80s and 90s by my friend, Nancy R.

An early Easter present!

Porcelain Plates and Mugs

BIA Cordon Bleu

From the aisles of Home Goods

Packaged in these

adorable storage boxes.

All became my creative muse 

as inspiration for

Easter Brunch ~ 2015.

I thought the bunny plates would pair perfectly with

 MacKenzie-Childs Taylor ceramics and

chargers in Ambiance Vintage Garden.

I'm not a matchy-matchy kind of girl.

When I first started buying these plates in the 1980s, 

I'd buy a single plate in a different pattern.

The whimsy of it all fits the MacKenzie-Childs esthetic.  

Click here to see another spring table 

with Taylor ceramics and

to read about the different patterns.

One thing I liked about the box of plates

was that each plate is a different spring color.

Don't they play well with the Taylor patterns?

Cute matching mugs

are perfect for tea or coffee

or soup or dessert.

Several years ago, MacKenzie-Childs

sold mini compotes in the various Taylor designs.

I'm certainly happy I added some to my cupboard

because now they've been discontinued.

They are perfect for ice cream and individual desserts.

Or as a nest for special 

Easter cookies.

 With all the colors going on at each place setting,

I decided my soft pink linen placemats

were a good choice along with our Sir Christopher Silver.

The ceramic bunny napkin rings were

from Sur La Table years ago,

but these cute gingham napkins can be

found at Pier I this season.

Nice quality woven gingham in pastels and

edged with a sweet little crocheted detail.

Springtime calls for 

bees and bunnies, don't you think?

Here you are ~

A springtime table ready for

Easter brunch right after the egg hunt.

Easter will be here in

eleven days!

Are you ready?


Spring Blog Hop @ Northern Nesting

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It's All About the Shamrocks

"Céad mile failte"

A hundred thousand welcomes!

It's time for Kathleen's 

Annual St. Patrick's Day 

Blog Crawl

May good luck be with you 
wherever you go and your blessings 
outnumber the shamrocks that grow.

I was the lucky one to receive the traveling Irish topper!

If you don't know the history of this vintage cloth full of 
shamrocks and Celtic knots, Marigene @ In the Middle of Nowhere 
first sent it to Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen with the stipulation 
that it be passed on to another blogger for the following year.  
Kathleen passed it along to Rett@ The Gazebo House , 
who then sent it on to Mary @ Home is Where The Boat Is.  

Only the leprechauns know 

where it goes next year!

To continue my good luck I bought a shamrock

plant to fill a favorite vintage ironstone sugar bowl.

I had a bit of good luck when I found this piece while

shopping the fields at the Round Top Antique Shows.

It was missing its lid, but I didn't mind.

Just look at the details on this beauty!

I fixed a special 

tray to help us celebrate.

Used a favorite Lucky Four Leaf Clover napkin

with vintage mother of pearl and silver flatware and . . .

Shamrock linens to join the

traveling vintage Irish topper.

A stack of green!

says, "Stack, stack, stack!"

A stack of beautiful plates makes 

for an interesting placesetting.

Clockwise above, 

~ Ambiance Vintage Garden Charger ~

~ Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf Charger ~

~ Bordallo Pinheiro Dinner ~

~ Wedgwood Napoleon Ivy Salad ~

How about a mug of Irish coffee 

made with Bushmills' Irish Whiskey?

I topped it with sweet whipped cream

and green sugar crystals.

What have we here?

I think the leprechauns 

have made us a special treat.

A cake of rich, dark chocolate 

with a cherry on top!

Our Sadie girl wants to tell you 

about our new Courtly Check tote.

We call her Miss CC.  We will join 

Pattie @ Pandora's Box along with a group of others

who have their own Courtly Check tote.

You can read about The Traveling Totes here.

Unlike the Traveling Irish Topper, Miss CC won't be traveling 

to other blogs, but you can follow along as 

Sadie and I take Miss CC on adventures.

Long live the Irish, 

Long live our cheer, 

Long live our friendship year after year.

It's all about the shamrocks, 

so put on some green and join in the fun.

Cuisine Kathleen's 

St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl

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