Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Luck of the Irish

We're not Irish, but I've set a festive table  

in honor of St. Patrick's Day next Sunday.

I pulled out some shamrock linens.

Set our places with a stack of green and white.

Alternated Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf 

with Wedgwood Nantucket Basket

Added my favorite vintage flatware.

~ Silver and French Ivory ~

Topped each stack with  

these cute ceramic cup cakes.

I found them at 

TJ Max a few years ago.

They are the work 

of Heather Goldminc.

I scattered in a few sparkly 

shamrocks in among my bowl of hearts.

Picked up one of those lucky shamrock plants 

at the grocery today and planted it in 

a vintage ironstone sugar bowl.

This is the mark on the sugar bowl.  

I bought it in the fields at 

Round Top Antique Week several years ago.

Can anyone help me date this piece?

Diane @ Confessions of the Obsessed and
Marigene @ In the Middle of Nowhere
did a little research and found that the sugar bowl is dated
January 14, 1853.
Thanks, friends!

The Shamrock Plant is actually an Oxalyis.  

I'll keep this one as a house plant.

I treat the pink Oxalyis that 

grows wild in my garden as a weed.

It's a nuisance!

Cuisine Kathleen's 
5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl 
~ March 13th ~

I'm ready with some shamrock 

shortbread and a cup of Irish tea

while I sit on the sofa and visit 

all the lovely posts that celebrate the green.

You can see a glimpse of 

above on my computer screen.

Just look at all that pretty green glass.

No, we are not Irish here, 

but luck has come our way.

We found a "Pot of Gold" last March 

when this sweetheart came to live with us.

I made a tray of 

shamrock cookies just for you!

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way ~
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and everyday.
~ Author Unknown ~



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Oh I just adore all your St. Pat's things - how festive and cute!

    Those cookies made my mouth water just looking at them!

  2. bonjour
    j' ai un frère qui s' appel Patrick
    votre déco basé sur le vert
    est très belle
    un porte bonheur que ce gentil
    trèfle , et un beau symbole
    pour l' Irlande
    un beau pays , rempli d' écrivains
    que j' aime
    comme SWIFT , Shéridan ,
    bonne journée

  3. Cookies always sound good and the plant is very pretty! Looks like you're all set for St. Patrick's Day Sarah! Sadie too-enjoy:@)

  4. Love your pot of gold with her sparkly green bow that now resides with you Sarah! I'm green with envy over your cabbage leaf plates adorable ceramic! Your vintage ironstone bowl is a beauty with your Oxalyis, sorry I am no help dating!

  5. Oh, thank you for the mention in your post, Sarah! Your table is lovely -- I really find the textures of the plates you used SO appealing. And what a find those cupcakes were! Adorable!

  6. Love your dog! I am a dog lover. The green and ivory combination on the table is a great choice. Love the cupcake too.

  7. Cute setting, Sarah. That sweet baby's face is the cutest.

  8. Love the setting, Sarah! I also love the shamrock plant. I may need to find one for my decor:)

  9. Lovely, Sarah. I especially like the silverware - beautiful! Linda

  10. You've done the Irish proud here Sarah dear - such lovely tableware and unexpected pretties, such as the ceramic cupcakes which are so adorable.

    Love everything - sending St. Patrick's Day good luck, even though I'm English but Bob's Irish!!

    Hope the sun shines there and the four leafed clovers spout.

    Happy week - Mary X

  11. Sarah..I have a very similar tea towel..well worn now..straight from Ireland from my friend when she went:)
    Big fan of doesn't survive in my garden of course..
    have you seen the movies Darling Companion? And Hatchi(sp?) you would love both i am sure..

  12. Hi Sarah:

    I love all of your greeness!

    Your little fluffy baby is adorable and I completely understand how much love they can bring (as one of mine is curled up in a ball by my shoulder and the other right next to me).

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  13. Hi Sarah, Love the hydrangea and what's the new precious ones name? Adorable! Chance is missing all the shop ladies, what a change for him. We're very well though, we both have a good life here.
    Back to my morning cuppa, hugs, k

  14. That's so cute that you have your 4-legged baby all decked out for St. Patrick's Day!!! How cute is that??!? Look at those soulful eyes!!!!! I love it that you added the gorgeous hydrangea to your table. I don't know why, but it always reminds me of St. Patrick's Day! Fun ceramic cupcakes!

  15. Just gorgeous vignettes for St. Paddy's Day Sarah!
    Love all your dishes and details and your shamrock plant in the vintage ironstone is so pretty! Hope your weekend is fantastic!! We are suppose to get great weather here and I bet it is already nice down your way!
    Miss Bloomers

  16. Sarah this is such a pretty ST Pat's table! Love the little ceramic cupcakes...perfect topper! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Hugs, Linda

  17. Sarah,
    Adore your Saint Patrick's day tablescape, dear friend!!!
    Of course, my favorite are your Bordallo Pinhiero Cabbage dinnerware!
    The trayscape is stunning!!!
    Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


  18. What a beautiful pretty white flowers.your arrangements are always beautiful and you have great collections.Happy Pat's Day to you...:):)

  19. Very pretty Sarah! Your little pooch is such a cutie pie!

  20. Your vignette is a sweet tribute for "The Luck of the Irish"! I love how you mixed all the greens. Love the ceramic cupcakes and of course I see a favorite roo heart mixed with the hearts and the sweet Oxalis! I have to get one every St. Patricks Day. Love the sweet little face looking back at me with the very proper green bow to celebrate the occasion.
    Happy St. Patricks' Day Sarah.........

    The French Hutch

  21. Sarah, Wonderful St.Pat's post! Your "Pot of Gold" is a treasure in her green bow. The oxalis plant looks perfect in the ironstone pot and so cute on the tray. Well, I'm loving everything about your St. Patrick's Day post..especially the shamrock cookies. Yum..thanks for making them. :)

  22. Happy St Paddy's Day, Sarah. Your post is wonderful!

  23. Very cute! I like your shamrocks in the vintage ironstone. And your Pot of Gold is truly *priceless* Now that made me smile today!


  24. I love your cabbage leaf plates and that wonderful ironstone bowl. Would enjoy the antique show in Round Top. Maybe some day.

    You have the sweetest pot of gold ;o)

  25. Love the dog Sarah....a real cutie...I'm sure you'll be making corned beef and cabbage next know it comes the best cooked in a crock pot...I stocked up the other day and bought five to put in the freezer.....
    Your dishes are lovely.....the green cabbage plates are a favorite....I have a few hanging in my kitchen....
    a table well done! Sue.

  26. Your puppy is adorable! I like all your "greens!" Wish I had one of those cookies! I have never seen shamrock shortbread cookies, nice! Love that beautiful shamrock plant too!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  27. Ooh save a cookie, or three for me Sarah! I love your dishes!! And your shamrock looks perfect in the sugar bowl. I planted an African violet in one I picked up thrifting. And your pot of gold is the sweetest pup ever :-)

  28. Hi Sarah, all things are really beautiful! Especially love the Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf dinnerware! These lovely ceramic is from my country and it's great to celebrate the green.Thanks for sharing this.Visiting from Faith, Grace and Crafts party.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  29. Oh Sarah, this is such a cute post! Those ceramic cupcakes are the perfect addition to your table. I wish I had one of your sparkly shamrock cookies right now! I love your tray all set up, too. Happy St. Paddy's Day!!

  30. Sarah, this is gorgeous. I am swooning over the flatware. Omg what pretty pieces. Your shamrock is so pretty, I couldn't find one around here! drats. the dishes look so wonderful. Darlng cupcakes, but your sweet friend steals the show!! Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's day and sending all the good Irish blessings your way.. xo marlis

  31. Your plates are beautiful, I love your bowl of hearts, with the shamrocks added in. Going to check out the King's Lane link, thanks for sharing that. Your doggie is adorable, and your shamrock plant is blooming beautifully! I bought one Monday, it is very droopy today, couldn't photograph it. xo

  32. What a cute table, Sarah! I love what you did with it, and those cupcakes are so, so cute.

    But the cutest thing is that dog! What a sweetie. Is she a Coton? My BFF from high school and another close friend from here each have one. Precious dogs. My sister had a Maltese which looks similar. What is your baby? Darling Dog.



  33. Have a very happy St. Patrick's Day, Sarah! TI love the festive ceramin cupcakes and that sugar bowl is very unique and pretty. It looks nice holding the Oxyalis shamrock look alike plant.

    Your Sadie dog is adorable -- what a sweet face!

    Thanks for the alert about One Kings lane. I ahve become quite adicted to Zulily lately as it offers so many cute children's clothes.

  34. Sarah, I love all of your Irish pieces. Those ceramic cupcakes are adorable. I am a crazy-obsessed research person and I looked up your mark on the Wedgwood sugar bowl. According to the English registry mark on the bowl, I believe it was made on January 14, 1853. Hope this helps! You can find the information in either of the Kovel's books on marks. Happy St. Pat's!!

  35. Good morning, Sarah! I visited you yesterday but I cannot find my comment. I love this! Those ceramic cupcakes are just the cutest and love the sugar container used as a planter for your centerpiece. Sorry can't help you on info about it.Going to OneKingsLane now! Thanks for the heads up....Christine

  36. That was fun! I am drooling over your flatware, and the plant is adorable, but the pooch is the best!

  37. Good Morning!!
    What a gorgeous table! The white Oxalyis is so pretty! But I have a confession....I love my PINK!! I try to cultivate it because it has been such a huge part of my every house I've ever lived, I taken some of the pinks with me and transplanted them. Therefore, I still have plants from the original way back from when my sons were little boys!
    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely greens with us for my party this week!!!

  38. Your ceramic cupcakes are so cute!! And that cute little face of your "one year old" is so sweet!

  39. Sarah,

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!!

    I am so happy to hear that your niece was thrilled to have some of your Mom's treasures passed on to her...

    What a lovely post in honor of St. Patrick's Day!! I especially love those ceramic cupcakes. I can usually find various ones for different holidays at the Christmas Tree Shop and I love to use them to decorate my Kitchen Hutch for the various Holidays!!


  40. I love your ironstone sugar bowl! What a perfect place for the shamrock plant.

    Your pooch's face is so adorable. Is looks like it could be a Wheaten Terrier. Love them!

  41. Gorgeous! I love the shamrock plant in your ironstone! I hate the pink oxalyis in my yard also!

  42. I love your napkins and those adorable cupcakes. I have looked for pretty St. Patrick's Day linens, but haven't found any, but maybe one day I'll come up with some as pretty as yours. What I really liked was your adorable furbaby! I can see why you are smitten. Thank you for dropping by my blog this week and have a great afternoon.

  43. Sarah, I really enjoyed your post. Love everything! the linens, flowers, dishes, little ceramic cupcakes. What a wonderful table!

  44. What a great vessel for the shamrock...your Pot of Gold is adorable.

    If I am reading English Pottery & Porcelain Marks correctly your sugar bowl was made on January 14, 1853.

    14=day of month

  45. Such a pretty table & tray! I love the cupcakes...they are so cute!

  46. Love your shamrock plant and shamrock shortbread. I haven't seen any shamrock shortbread in my area. Your cabbage plates are great. Wish I had some.

    I like my purple oxylis plant in my garden. It adds a pop of color and I enjoy it popping up in another location as a surprise. I guess when it gets aggressive I may feel differently but so far it is a slow grower.

  47. Your St Patrick's day table setting is so pretty! I love the shamrock in the sugar bowl! And shortbread and tea sound perfect to me!

  48. What a darling table for a "non Irish" - you did a lovely job! Thanks for linking to Open House.

  49. There's a little bit of Irish in all of us at this time of year, I think. Like you, I like to find a little shamrock plant as a centrepiece to go with the daffodils that are so plentiful at this time of year.

  50. Greetings from Down Under Sarah! How are you??? I just had to pop by and say hello as I'm back from my extended bloggy break! I hope you have been well-you have obviously been busy with new sweet friend-what a cutie!

    Hope you have a great St Patrick's Day and a very happy weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  51. Oh, I do not even have one drop of Irish blood in me, but HOW I LOVE their culture, music, FOOD, company (my uncle was Irish-Mexican!) and this happy celebration!

    Thank you Sarah for coming to comment on my post. It is always a delight to see you! Anita

  52. I love this post. So festive! You have a beautiful blog, and I love the title!

  53. How pretty your St. Pat's décor is. Not near as cute as that precious puppy! He's ready to party.


  54. Sarah,
    I would say you are all decked out for St. Patrick's day!! Love how you are displaying your green. The green shamrock plant looks so pretty in the white ironstone, love that!!!
    Happy St. Patty's Day to YOU!!♣

  55. I love your shamrocks in the pretty ironstone pitcher! Lovely. So cute to see Trish at your house!! :)

  56. What a fun post! I love your shamrock napkins! Your goodies look wonderful. I thought the shortbread was cute in shamrock shapes, then saw the green sprinkled shamrock cookies. Got me inspired to make some tomorrow! Lovely post for St. Patrick's Day. Thanks Patty!

  57. HI Sarah! OH, your table is so lovely. I love the mix of your dishes and the flatware is gorgeous! Your little fuzzy face is just adorable!Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  58. Hi Sarah, I visited you a few days ago, then got lost at the OKL link so I'm back now to tell you what a beautiful table you have set. I always love seeing some of your hearts! Your precious pot of gold has the sweetest little face---she must bring you so much joy. Don't you just love the Nantucket Basket? I think it is the best set of white dishes ever. We use ours for everyday dishes and I never tire of them. Your sugar bowl was an amazing find! And it looks wonderful with the shamrocks. I don't plant any in my yard because to me they look beautiful as house plants but like weeds in the garden! Enjoy your weekend! Linda

  59. You may not be Irish, Sarah, but you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in great style. Your table is beautiful with all its touches of green. Love your little ceramic cup cakes.

  60. Lovely! ty Sarah, for visiting me at FHC and inviting me for cookies!
    May your weekend be filled with banter and craic ...:)
    HaPpy St Paddy's Day!

  61. Love your beautiful St.Patrick's Day fun and inspiring! I'm your newest follower!

  62. Lovely and Happy St. Patrick's Day from this Irish born blogger!!

  63. Happy St. Pat's day to you. I love that vintage siverware, it's so pretty!!

  64. Awww, I knew you'd have a lovely setting of green things for St. Patrick's Day, Sarah! You have so many wonderful treasures with such interesting stories to go along with them.
    I'm no help on dating the Ironstone but I sure like the way it looks with the Oxalis in it. Mine died a few years ago & I never replaced it. I think I need to!!

    Have a wonderfully Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.

  65. That is a sweetie that came to live with you last year! What a precious expression! Loving your St Patrick's Day cupcakes!

  66. You found what is better than a pot of gold. Just look at that sweet face. A dog's love is priceless!!

    Big Hugs and Lots of Love,
    Susan and Bentley

  67. Oh that flatware is gorgeous!
    Love all the green!

    I do hope you have entered the springtime giveaway I am currently hosting.

    May you and yours enjoy a lovely St. Patrick's Day!

  68. Hi Sarah! This is just a lovely table! I especially love that gorgeous flatware and those cute ceramic cupcakes!!! Thanks so much for linking this up to the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA Link Party!!! Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

  69. Ahhh, that is such a precious little dog.
    What a lovely table with green and ivory. Love the plant, too.

  70. How Gorgeous!

    Happy St Patrick's Day Sarah.

    Enjoy the new week.


  71. Everything looks so festive! Love the pot your shamrock is planted in. I'm with you though, that Oxalyis is much more beautiful than the stuff that tries to kill our lawn!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  72. Delightful!

    Hopping by from Pink Saturday. Hope you'd come and see my PINK
    Your comment is always appreciated.

  73. Sarah, thanks for showing your green and taking part in the annual Crawl.
    Your cookies look delicious, and what a pretty table you have set. Loved seeing Tricia's pretty greens on your screen, too cute!

  74. Sarah, Those ceramic cupcakes are so cute! Everything looks festive at your house. What a great find that sugar bowl was, and I love the Shamrock planted in it. laurie

  75. Love your pretty table! I never found one of the shamrock plants at our stores this year.....I usually get one too. How pretty yours looks and your sweet face with the bow....adorable!

  76. Oh My Gosh! That silverware is amazing. I Hope you had a great St. Paddy's day! :)

    Have a great week!

  77. Sarah what a lovely bunch of green decor. Love the pot of clover. Hugs

  78. Ah, but the brilliant thing is everyone can be Irish if they choose for St Patrick's Day!!

  79. I wish I had some of the pink Oxalis. I love it and would keep it as a house plant. We don't get it up least not that I have ever seen. What a sweet little dog you have. I borrow my mother's chocolate lab Sally when I am feeling the need for being with a dog..I keep her for a few days and then I bring her back. She loves it here with us but my mum would miss her terrible if we kept her too long.

  80. Hi sweet Sarah! Thank you for popping in to see me and I'm sure you'll have those bunnies hopping soon.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  81. Hello Sarah, LOVE this! I'm Irish and on St. Patrick's Day - everyone is honorary Irish! You always do a fantastic job in your tablescapes - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  82. Beautiful photos! Your dishes are so, so pretty. Loving those cookies too!


  83. Beautiful photos! Your dishes are so, so pretty. Loving those cookies too!


  84. Love your tray Sarah! Very pretty!

  85. Well a few readers already beat me to dating that for you, Sarah! Glad you got the info you wanted.

  86. Hi Sarah~

    Just getting back from a week in AZ.

    What a pretty table you set!
    Love those green plates.

    I don't recognize the marking on your ironstone sugar bowl unfortunately.
    Maybe describe it on Google...sometimes you can find it through "images".

    Give your baby Sadie a smooch from me!


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