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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...


I will be joining Cuisine Kathleen for her third annual Saint Patrick's Day Blog Crawl. Thanks for hosting, Kathleen.


There is no Irish blood in my body, but my favorite color is green...can that possibly count as being part Irish? If not, I will have to be like the many others and just be Irish for one day out of three hundred sixty five!


While at Savers a couple weeks ago I spotted something that looked hand crocheted...I hurriedly pulled it off the hanger...oh my goodness it was a good sized tablecloth in excellent condition. It is made of heavy cotton thread...who in the world would send a potential family heirloom to the thrift store? Mind you, I am not complaining, just having a hard time understanding why something that took countless hours to make wasn't wanted by a family member or at least a dear friend. The price was only $6.99. It will be considered my Irish lace for this post. I believe the pattern is called pineapple...if this is incorrect, could someone identify it for me?


One square of the tablecloth. There are 7 squares on the short side 8 squares on the long side; each square is a about 9"x9"...you can see how much work was put into making this.






I have used dark green metal charger plates topped with a creamy white dinner and salad plate. The colors in the soup bowls have always reminded me of a Beleek piece I had seen a long time ago...the pattern is Myott's Colleen, so that officially makes them Irish, right!



The shamrock napkins underneath the soup bowl were made from cotton fabric I had bought long ago. I used some of the fabric to jazz up the dark green linen napkins. The flatware is Oneida's Afterglow, circa 1958.


The glassware is Anchor Hocking Wexford, it may not be Waterford, but Wexford is a county in Ireland!


The placesetting.


Pretty plate edges.



The entire table.


We all need a little Irish coffee once in awhile!

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth!

I will also be joining Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday. Thank you both for hosting these fun memes.

Thank you for the visit today, I know you have a busy schedule...hope you make it back here again.

Happy Saint Paddy's Day to you!

68 comments:

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

A gorgeous table and that tablecloth is truely a treasure :)

Blessings!
Gail

Annie said...

I really LOVE your table! The new crocheted cloth is drop dead gorgeous - I would kill for one like that at any price. You were fortunate to find it!

You may not think you're Irish but you will be on Thursday, everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day :)

Anonymous said...

How I love this tablescape being that my great grandma was from County Kerry Dingle Bay Island in Ireland so I have a big touch of Irish. love, bbb

Pat said...

What an amazing find! Your table is beautiful!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Babs said...

Your Irish tablescape is lovely with the crocheted tablecloth. I especially like the "Colleen" pattern plates and your Anchor Hocking "Wexford" glassware. Very pretty.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hey, Marigene! You're right...who in their right mind gave that gorgeous tablecloth to a thrift store??!?!!! It obviously took a long time to make it and is very well made. Lucky you, though! You had the luck of the Irish on your side! Gorgeous table with so many pretty elements, especially those top plates with the intricate rims. Have a happy and fun St. Patrick's Day!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
WoW! I'd say you did this tablesetting in true Irish form! Lovely tablecloth! One never knows the treasures that lie in waiting. . .sometimes a rare gem of a find, like this, sets our spirits soaring!I'm a "wee" bit Irish...and I thank you for this lovely Irish tablescape. . .and that's no blarney, my dear.
Fondly,
Pat

Anonymous said...

Love the St. Patty's Day theme. Those dishes are great. Matt is our little leprechaun, born on March 17th. Love, Amy

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Beautiful find, Marigene, the tablecloth is just beautiful! Very pretty table, very festive!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Kathleen said...

Oh my! That is so pretty! The tablecloth is wonderful, and I agree, who would give that away! The trim on those dishes is exquisite. And you are right about Wexford.
Thanks so much for joining in with such a beautiful entry!
I used 2 of things you have so generously sent me, and tomorrow I am using the soup cups in my post, and for my guests on the 17th!

My Cozy Casita said...

Beautiful St.Patrick's tablescape
I love you plate and crocheted tablecloth.
Blessing
XO
Isora

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a lovely tablecloth! I always wonder about who gave away such treasures. Love the place settings...the Colleen plate is very pretty. Happy St Patrick's Day! hugs, Linda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your table and OMG what a great tablecloth! Lucky you! Thanks for mentioning Wexford, I have to remember that name, I just found the cutest footed bowl last weekend at Sal Army in this pattern. Happy St. Pat's Day:@)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

The tablecloth is beautiful. I will tell you how things in up in a thrift store as I'm watching my sister-in-law get rid of so many things at my in-laws house. She isn't sentimental and there were trashbags everywhere. Some people just don't care about family history. My husband is trying to bring home the things that mean the most to his parents.

The decanter is beautiful and so are the dishes. You created such a pretty tablescape.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Marigene, how beautiful your table is, as always! I love your Stafordshire, Eng. dishes, stunning! Your tabcloth is superb!, I just adore crocheted tbcloths, they really are a beautiful background for dishes, it brings up plain dishes and the beautiful look stunning!...and what a bargain, my GOD!!! The napkins are perfect! Hope you visit me too, I'm at Kathleen's now, it'll be great having you.
FABBY

Magic_AZ said...

Wow!

That tablecloth is truly stunning.

I have a wee bit of Irish in me and green is my favorite color so I love this table.

Magic

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

How pretty! I love those Colleen dishes, gorgeous!! The tablecloth is wonderful, can't believe someone passed that one on.

Happy St. Pat's Day!

Katherine

Debbie said...

The crocheted cloth is gorgeous, and I am glad you have given it a good home. I love the beautiful edge on your plates. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I don't understand why people give away such treasures! I love your Myott bowls -- they are also a treasure. What a cute trick to put some matching fabric. Joni

Foley said...

Love, love, love the tablecloth! What a find..is your middle name Kathleen? lol
Your table turned out beautiful, the edges of your plates add such an elegance!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Marigene, thank you for your lovely visit and for your generous comments, I so appreciate it when you come by.
My husband sold the ceramic factory 3 yrs. ago...we used to send it to the USA, Europe, Latin Ame. and sold it localy too. Now they're collectors items because no one makes them anymore, it used to take a long time as the sets were made by hand (wheel) and hand decorated as well. Thank you for your interest, I would have sent them to you for sure!
XO
FABBY

Marlis said...

Thank you so very much for dropping in with your kind comments. I too am amazed that someone got rid of that tablecloth.. omg.. that is insane. Lucky for you though. The Colleen plates are perfect. I love your shamrock napkin rings! Lovely lovely table. Happy St. Patrick's. Sláinte!

Phyllis said...

Your table is "fit for the Leprechauns".......just perfect in every way. I adore your English Staffordshire soup bowls. The pattern is just fantastic.

the passionate hairdresser said...

Your tablecloth is the pineapple pattern...my other gram always crochetted that one, although not in the design you have...ours are all circular in design. I've got a table topper she made...the last one before she lost her eyesight...

Pretty table! Happy St. Patrick's day!
B:)

Deb S. said...

What beautiful dinnerware and linens. I just love that green decanter. Thank you ofr stopping by my blog. I live in central MO about 90 miles east of KC, near Marshall.

Diann said...

This is such a wonderful St. Patrick's Day tablescape! Love your dishes and that tablecloth is gorgeous! Perfect table!

Anonymous said...

I really like this one. Just enough St. Patrick's stuff. RC (Boston)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Marigene! What a beautiful tablescape...so festive! And that tablecloth...gorgeous! I can't believe someone gave it away! And yes, I'll take you up on that coffee with Irish creme! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Marigene!

Loved the Irish table setting. I was looking forward to seeing what you would do for "St. Paddys". As you know "we" are Irish!!!!

Happy Day!!!

Sue
Phx

Dreamgoddess said...

Love, love your table! Everything is so pretty and festive. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sarah said...

Marigene, glad you found the tablecloth. I also think the pattern is pineapple. It's truly lovely! You entire table is lovely with the various touches of green. Love the "Colleen" pattern. Great job! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
~ Sarah

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your table is beautiful. That tablecloth is gorgeous, and I'm like you, how does anyone give something like that to a re-sale store? Those bowls are stunning! I love your leprechan in the pot of gold! laurie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful tablesetting. Love that tablecloth! Glad it went home with you so we can all appreciate it!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my gosh, that tablecloth is beautiful! I think that if it didn't stay in the family it came from, it found a perfect home ;)

Linda said...

Lovin those bowls. Have never seen the clovers with green/black and I like it better than the typical white/green. You have a lovely table and were Lucky to have found that pretty tablecloth.

Linda

Scribbler said...

This is great! What a find, that tablecloth. I love things like that. Maybe the family line ended? Sometimes why you find things cannot be explained.

Suzy said...

What a wonderful find for you Marigene. I am sure it was happy to find a happy home where it will be loved and cherished. I declare you "Irish". Its official!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Beautiful table ... love the Myott ... and love learning that Wexford is a County in Ireland. My daughter has all my mother's Wexford ... and all of mine! She uses it often.

Entertaining Women said...

Each element of your beautiful tablescape is wonderful! I am especially taken by your gorgeous green decanter. Wow! The Collen is perfect on your beautiful tablecloth. Thank you for sharing your lovely design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Aledia said...

Thank you for your recent visit to my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment! (and yes, you can go shopping with me anytime!! :)

This is a beautiful tablescape!!
Nicely done!

Have a wonderful weekend and God Bless~

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your table! The tablecloth is amazing..I agree, how could people get rid of such a beautiful tablecloth! I do realize that someone's trash is anothers treasure! You are blessed with their treasure...lucky you!
Have a great St. Patty's Day.
Blessings My Friend,

Donnie said...

Everything you chose is really beautiful. Happy St Patrick's Day.

LadyV said...

Beautiful! The tablecloth is stunning and your setting is just gorgeous!

Mary said...

Lovely table! I'm amazed at your buy on your tablecloth~ what a find! I love the pattern of your soup bowls~ Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Tim Gronek said...

I love your green colors. The leprechaun is great! I am only half Irish. I guess that means I can only celebrate half a day on ST Pat's Day! lol

Meredith said...

ooh..I love it...that tablecloth is beautiful!!! what a find...glad it's in good hands now:)
I love your glasses...and those bowls..stunning!!!

Connie said...

I am SO loving this one Marigene!
I love all of them, but this one especially!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Your table is wonderful and so festive! That tablecloth is an amazing find!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a lovely table. Hit me! I can't believe you have so much unbeatable treasures.

Hmmm... I guess I invade US soon §;-)

Happy TS, lady and hope everybody enjoy SPD.

Hugs,
/chie

Life with L said...

Beautiful table. The tablecloth is gorgeous! I love the St. Patrick's man in the pot. The green decanter is also wonderful. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comment. So, you are looking for a grey cabbage plate?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a cute table! So festive with the leprechaun. He's a doll, and I love and adore that green decanter. How lovely! And your llinens and the dishes... perfect! Hope your St. Patrick's Day was, too. :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Beverly said...

What a gorgeous table... I love the fine china, the edges are so dainty. Your silverware is so pretty.. but that tablecloth!! My Mom can crochet.. she used to make doilies all the time similar to that same pattern. She has tried to teach me several times.. forget it.. .I can sew drapes, make clothing, or anything else but cannot crochet or knit. Thanks for stopping by.. your comments were so nice.

salmagundi said...

That is a very pretty tablecloth - it just makes that Irish tablescape! What a shame it was given away, but at least it landed in a good home where it will be cherished. Sally

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I'm so glad you saved the tablecloth -- and that you consider a new family treasure! Your table is really nice, and for a non-Irish(wo)man, you do St. Patty's Day very well!

The Tablescaper said...

Such gorgeous plates. Love the layering.

It would be wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Cindy said...

What a lovely tablescape! I'm so glad you brought home the tablecloth. A lot of work went into it and someone needs to own it who appreciates it. Thanks for visiting me. I'll be back to see you soon!

Donna at The Scarlet Petticoat said...

hi marigene, thank you for visiting our blog. my mom especially loved the irish saying about the blade of grass you used!!! the pineapple table is unique to me as i have only seen that pattern used circularly, not in a block like yours. your table is just darling. i like the band of fabric on the plain napkins, i will steal that idea!
all the best, donna

susan said...

Pretty, but also such a fun tablesetting- love the fabric used for the napkins and the very Irish dinner plates.

Jane said...

I love your Irish tablescape! Green is one of my favorite colors too.
I'm always amazed at the family heirlooms at the thrift store too. I'm glad you rescued that crocheted tablecloth. It belongs with someone like you who will appreciate it.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Jane

Anonymous said...

and what did we have to eat at the wonderful setting?

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Audra said...

I love, love, love this tablescape! My family is Irish so I had to send the link to my sister so she could see the setting. She said that our Grandmother had the same set of Colleen dishes and it now resides with our Auntie. We may have to flip a coin to see who she passes it to!

That crocheted table cloth is a find! Isn't it amazing what some people will cast aside? What a blessing you were there to find it and give it a good home.

Thank you for the nice comment...I am feeling much better!

Hugs~

xinex said...

Very cute table, Marigene. I love your centerpiece and your wine decanter....Christine

Elisabeth said...

That tablecloth is lovely and at a super price. I don't know why but I think your coffee mug that says Irish Coffee is really cute. Your centerpiece is a nice touch for St. Patrick's day, too.

Elisabeth

Designs on 47th Street said...

Very, very pretty. I truly enjoyed seeing the pictures of your St. Paddy's Day tablescape. :)

Donna

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh that green decanter is just gorgeous! A truly lovely table too.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the soup bowls! I can't believe all the dishes you have!
Lynne

Tess said...

Gorgeous patterned dishes!! The whole table is beautiful. Love the napkins! Sorry I am getting around so late!