Saturday, April 6, 2013

Happy Tartan Day!

~ Tartan Day ~ 

April 6, 2013

~ Tartan and Bluebonnets ~

 We are having a beautiful spring in Texas.

A bit more tartan 

 recently found its way into my life.

Sharing some sister time out and about 

in a few Texas antique shops, 

this happy bit of tartan caught my eye.

Then I saw the 

lovely brass details.

I knew immediately this 

little gem was going home with me.

Price $15 

All because of this French plug!

Easily fitted with an American plug, 

the petite French beauty with its tartan shade 

was a perfect fit for my office book shelf.

Now focus in on these.

~ iPhone Case ~ 

~ Wooly Scarf ~ Spectacles ~

Oh, and a touch of 

Courtly Check for good measure!

Click here to revisit 

last year's Tartan Parade.

Happy Tartan Day!


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  1. What a fun post! I love tartan, but have NOTHING at all in tartan. I have to say though, that I was most wowed by that figurine. It reminds me of Staffordshire Spill Vases that I lust after, but can never afford.

  2. I love it all Sarah! The glasses are so cool:@)

  3. Sarah~ I'm mad about your plaid iPhone case and I love your recent lamp find! The bluebonnets are beautiful blooming under your plaid umbrella~ I could have used it this week, it was cold & rainy but we had sunny blue skies yesterday! Happy National Tartan Day!

  4. Love the plaids - I have Clan Cameron ancestry, so I love all things tartan! That lamp is very special!

  5. I love plaid. Especially with some red. Beautiful lamp. I love your figurine too. Figurines are under appreciated these days.

  6. I love all your plaid, the umbrella is just too happy. Had to giggle when I saw the scotties on parade.
    fondly ~lynne~

  7. Cute lamp, beautiful tartan shade and love the dog too. Thanks for sopping by, Sarah. I plan to switch the quilts every so often cause I like both looks too....Christine

  8. You have the Tartan Fever and you have it badly! (Me too!)
    This was such a fun post - love that lamp!

  9. Sarah, you find the most amazing things, I'd love to 'antique' shop with you.

  10. Sarah, you find the most amazing things, I'd love to 'antique' shop with you.

  11. I want those eye glasses!!!!! they are fabulous!!

  12. Oh I love your tartan post Sarah and did you score with this lamp, what a beauty! Love the photo of the tartan umbrella and bluebonnets, beautiful! You have such a nice collection of tartan. I can’t believe I forgot about Tartan Day! I may do a late Tartan Day post! I have plates I found on sale I want to use.
    I know you and your sister had fun shopping!

    The French Hutch

  13. Hi Sarah!
    Your posts are beautiful. I love anything plaid and that lamp was a great buy. When I was in third grade I had a plaid lunch box. Wish I had it now...

  14. Neat job. One of these years I'll remember Tartan Day. Love all of your tartans.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Love your tartan touches Sarah! That is the pretties vignette...your lamp, figurine, and that gorgeous box!!!
    Hope you'll come share at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  16. so many fun images! I look forward to hyacinths blooming here soon:-)

  17. Cute post and great pics! And of course I love those MC eye glasses! Weather is warming up a bit here - sunny and 55' and most importantly, the snow is gone!

  18. I never heard of Tartan's Day until a few days ago! What a fun thing to celebrate, and I can see why you fell for that lamp, adorable. LOVE the sunglasses and iPhone case too! Happy Tartan's Day!

  19. Sarah,
    What a neat little lamp and love how you've switched out the plug!!!
    Your array of Tartan accessories is amazing, dear friend!!!

  20. I always love your tartan posts Sarah! Love that umbrella!

  21. There is just something about tartans I just love. It has nothing to do with my heritage, but it always looks so warm to me! Enjoyed your post of all things tartan!!

  22. Well tartan and blue bells do go together!!I'm in love with blue bells, they are so lovely.

  23. My mom's dad was born in Scotland, so I've always appreciated tartans. Thanks for sharing these beautiful blues. That lamp is precious.

    Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  24. Sarah, you have some great Tartan. What a delightful lamp! I have a similar umbrella and now I just need to remember where I put it. Have a great week! Your new blog post doesn't show up on my side bar for some reason.

  25. Great post, love that first photo!
    Have a wonderful week :)

  26. Sarah, your lamp and shade are so pretty. I am in love with the first picture of the tartan umbrella with the bluebonnets. laurie

  27. Bluebonnets and tartan...who would have thought? What a great combo! I have some bluebonnets in a vase on my kitchen island. I know it's sacrilege to pick them, but I guess you could say I needed, "Bluebonnets for the Soul."

    I have to ask about the urn filled with scissors. What is the story? I love scissors and find that urn filled with scissors intriguing.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my blog.

    I see that we both are blogging from Texas, so I just had to become your latest follower.


  28. Oh fun! Those glasses are awesome and your decor beautiful! Thanks so much for saying hi and the support.
    Have a super day! I have my link party on Monday if you would like to link up. It is the same party all months so you get more traffic and I feature too. Come check it out.

  29. Oh Sarah, I love that lamp and shade; I would have jumped on that in a heartbeat! :) Like you said, that plug is easily replaced and you've got a perfectly good lamp. I love all your tartan, especially the Scotties. :)

    I had intended to do a post this year for Tartan Day, but just couldn't get to it. We have Scottish ancestry and also own a Scottish Terrier (Terrorist) for a pet. He's such a rascal. :)

    Have a great week; I enjoyed your post!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  30. Wonderful post! I am a fairly new convert to tartan, but an avid one! Love the little lamp especially and the puppies in the last picture. Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. I have always wanted to participate in Tartan Day, but I never do! Next year, I'll do it!

    Lovely collection of tartan here.....I love the iPhone case! :D That little lamp was a steal! I think it's adorable, and it's so easy to rewire a lamp.

    Love the Scotty cookies, and I spy with my little eye some MacKenzie-Childs MacLachlan....I love that pattern so much, and yet I don't own any *sadface* Maybe one day! ;P

    Thanks for linking-up to My Happy List!

  32. Beautiful post dear Sarah! I love tartan, but have none..I love the dog figurines and those cookies are totally adorable! Pretty lamp and the vignette you created is just as lovely! I need to start something in tartan..I love it!! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit. Big hugs,

  33. Your lamp is so darling looks like a Ralph Lauren creation! I also love your pretty and fun reading glasses!

  34. Sarah, I LOVE your little tartan shade lamp and your collection of pretties, especially the wooden box and checked eyeglasses. Thanks for keeping the tartan love going.

  35. i am swooning over that first pic still! but the doggies are darn cute too :-)what a fun post!

  36. Love tartan plain! Your iphone case is great, thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week Sarah, hope to see you again tomorrow night :)

    xo, Tanya

  37. I love this post!

    Last year was my first year blogging and I found and participated (kinda) in Tartan Day - but this year it came and went and I didn't even realize I had missed it. Darn.

    Well life has me upside down right now and all I can get done is the basics.

    Hopefully next year I will remember.

    YOU sure did Tartan proud, I love all your stuff - especially that lamp, it is AWESOME!!!!

  38. Happy Late Tartan day! How fun!! I love that lamp!! SO smart to switch up the plugs! Those Scottie dog cookies are so cute! :)

  39. Love that lamp, Sarah! So smart of you to just use an adapter! Looks like the bluebonnets are in full bloom!...hugs...Debbie


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