Monday, March 12, 2012

A Few Irish Things


Like most everyone else I'm thinking of things Irish this week. In Ireland we learned that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated differently than in America. Correct me if I'm wrong!

I like to get out and hear a bit of Irish music and sip a Harp or Guinness for fun, but these days that is VERY optional. But I do like to remember my Irish roots, and for me that is more about literature and Irish lace.

My mother was a Kelley, and I heard my uncle call her that most of my life. Never by her first name. The other side of the equation is that Mr. Cottage and I met at the university the semester we both took a class on James Joyce, the reknown Irish writer. The Dubliners brought us together.

So Happy St. Patrick's Day people! I've gathered up a few of my favorite Irish things to share, starting with this linen cloth with shamrocks embroidered on it.

It seems a good time to gather up a few vintage Irish linen damask napkins, still in mint condition.

Nothing like that soft linen sheen!

Just beautiful when the light catches the pattern.

A wee bit of handmade Irish Lace.

Finally a lovely piece of all white Belleek porcelain. Its mark in the traditional green.

I hope you're having as much fun finding your Irish this week!


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Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Lovely lovely lovely!!!

Each item is just beautiful, Jacqueline!

Marina said...

So beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jacqueline! Ooooh, love those cups and sweet spoons :) My husband and I both have fairly strong Irish roots too, so we would love to visit there some day....
Have a great day!
Cas x

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

An absolutely gorgeous post, Jacqueline! Those cups and spoons are scrumptious, and the linens as well. The Belleek piece is lovely too.
My hubby's half Irish and I have a wee bit in me too. Happy St. Patricks Day!


Pamela said...

Lovely Irish linens and china! I have a few pieces myself from my families Irish friends!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, Irish linens and china, how perfect is that. Beautiful vignette and pictures. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: I'm in awe. You have so many beautiful things. My grandmother was a Kelly also but I don't have anything Irish. It looks lovely...Judy

Shelia said...

Oh, Jacqueline, how beautiful. Love your pretty dishes and I do love those linens too. I have a wee touch of the Irish in me! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Betty Sneeringer said...

Now, I could get excited over this Irish look!!


Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

I only recently learned I have a wee bit of Irish in me from one of my Aunts! I always enjoyed the celebration but always felt left out! Now I'm a wee bit of an insider!
I love your cloche presentation! All your beautiful Irish linens and lace are lovely! Truly a classy presentation!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your Irish post. Have been to Ireland and it is a beautiful country, I'd love to go back. Thanks for sharing, Laura

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Beautifully done. I married into an irish family.

Jo's This and That said...

Just Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Joann

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

LOVE your beautiful linens, Jacqueline, especially the shamrocks piece!

Tricia said...

What a pretty collection! I love the shamrock linen.

Phyllis@Around the House said...

Love the prety pretty those crisp and so clean and fresh looking....

Gail Peterson said...

So Pretty.. Love that you get all your Irish prettiess out and use them for St. Pats.
Thanks for sharing !

bj said...

It is all just beautiful, Jacqueline.
The mugs are just breathtaking and I love them beneath your cloche.
xo bj

val's alentejo said...

Dear Jacqueline,
What a charmingly Irish post.
Beauiful irish Linen and ceramics.

My mother was Irish..from County Cork.. Collins family.
I was there as a child.. but would love to visit again.

St. Patricks day is the 17th of March..and is very much celebrated in England as in America..
on Sunday the 18th of March..London ,manchester, Birmingham, liverpool, glasgow and of course Eire..will be celebrating that day..
Parades and floats ,bands and performers, both children and adults in Irish costumes and colours.. Its a great day for the Irish..
I think we possibly could find an Irishman in all parts of the globe..
Happy st. Pats day for Saturday..
Thank you for sharing such lovely photos and memories.
have a good day

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

My grandfather six or seven generations back came from Ireland in the 1700s. My Irish roots are pretty faint by now, but the Irish make everyone feel at home when you visit Ireland. And I always cook a corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day.

Your things are lovely!

Marlis said...

this is most lovely. I love that topper with the beautiful hand appliqued stitched edges on the shamrocks. Goodness. And the silver with the almost celtic knot and the lovely motif is certainly my favorite piece. Beautiful composition. Nice to know how you and Mr. Cottage met.
xo marlis

Haworth said...

Such a beautiful arrangement of lovely things, Jacqueline! The lace color is so pretty, and I can almost feel the soft sheen of that damask. My Irish grandmother used to brew tea for me as a child that she'd say was "strong enough to trot a mouse across the top".

Pamela Gordon said...

Your Irish linens are so pretty. Love the cups under the cloche and the Beleek pottery vase. I have an ask tray that I now use with a tea light. :) Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Hugs, Pamela

luci wallis said...

Those speckled eggs are so your vignette.

Bella said...

Hi J,
Irish eyes are smiling:-) Love your lovelies, my favorite is the wee lace collar! Your photos always inspire!

Roselle said...

LOVE the teacups under the cloche!
Lovely post :)

Bonnie said...

I know you aren't going to believe me but... I got chill bumps when I saw the beautiful embroidered shamrocks and as I continued to scroll it just got more beautiful. So elegant and lovely.

Your story that bought your husband and you together is so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh SWOON!!!!! I love the delicate and intricate detailing on your Irish linen.... and so so beautiful with your cloche vignette.
Gorgeous, Jacqueline!

Faded Charm said...

Such beautiful Irish touches in our favorite color..."white"!


Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Truly lovely! The linen piece with the shamrocks is so beautiful and I love the stacked cups under the cloche. Such eye candy!

Babs said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely Irish things. I really love the linen pieces and silver. The Belleek piece is gorgeous. I only have one piece, a small vase with shamrocks which I always bring out for the holiday. I hope you have a Happy St.Patrick's Day,

blhitchcock901 said...

Love the texture, the different colors of white and cream, the lace, the stacked cups! Simply beautiful!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous cups!

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Just LoVeLy *Clover-Edged* Linen - AND extra fab with the Orig. Tag!*!*! Just perfect in your vignette...
Jeanine Burkhardt

Nook and Cranny said...

Love, love you entire post and everything in it. I specially love your Irish linens, beautiful!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Jody and Stan said...

You have the most beautiful linens and all your stunning white dishes. Great post!


Cindy said...

How pretty... I love the little lace with the clover leaf edges, it's so so charming.


wendy said...

LOVED!! The shamrock linene. so pretty.
I have no Irish anything in my heritage.
Some Scottish however (on my dad's side)....aren't they rivals??

I enjoy the Green Beer, but that is the extent of it for me. When I was working as a Judges' clerk in Utah before moving here...On St. Patrick's day I always wore a badge that said "Kiss me, I'm Canadian"

jeanetteann said...

it's all just beautiful. To be sure,to be sure
x jeanetteann

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

How pretty Jacqueline! I love the cups in the glass cloche! Sending warm wishes from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi! I'm visiitng from Potpourri Friday. I enjoyed seeing your gorgeous Irish linen and lace! I am also half Irish and have a special post up from a trip to Ireland where I saw St. Patrick's grave.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your teacups and Irish lace and linens are all beautiful, Jacqueline! I admire your lovely way of displaying all of your pretty treasures.

Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday. You participation is always appreciated! Happy St Patrick's Day!

Tobi Britton* said...

Oh so pretty!!!
Happy SPD and a very Happy Pink Saturday!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

An absolutely DELICIOUS posting.

Love it all,


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