Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Spring

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Dear Friends! 

I do love to decorate for the holidays and I have also baked some delicious Shamrock Cookies 

to celebrate this Irish Holiday. 

Yes, I am half Irish and so is my Mr. 

Both of our Grandfather's families came from
County Cork, Ireland

I am Scots-Irish, and the Mr. is Swiss-Irish. 

I've added a 'bit o' green' to my Kitchen Queen cupboard to commemorate the occasion, 

and also to celebrate the first day of spring,
which is coming this week. 

Can you believe it? Finally! I know many of you are not experiencing spring weather yet, but it is coming! 

I've gathered together my collection of green glass. 

Some of it is Depression Glass and some is new. 

The embroidered linen napkins were found recently on an antiquing foray with my daughter,

 and the crocheted shamrocks were made by me. 

I adapted the pattern from this book. 

It is a lovely book with many inspiring designs. 
(I receive no compensation for mentioning this book,
I simply love it)

I fell in love with these pretty vintage napkins. 

There were 4 of them in the set. 

I knew they would be perfect with my collection of green glass. 

I did have fun gathering everything 'green' together. 

The green cake plate under the cookies is Depression Glass

and I even had some green enamel refrigerator dishes hiding upstairs in my sewing room filled with buttons. 

I've set the table in green, too! 

The tablecloth was found in the same shop as the napkins. 

The print has tiny shamrocks!

The green pot holds living shamrocks (which decided to close up just for the photos!) and scotch moss. 

Green tinted ginger-ale waits in the crystal carafe. 

And what would St. Patrick's Day be without a leprechaun guarding his pot of gold! 

I even found some cookie cutters with green handles in the back of the drawer, just for fun. 

It was like a little treasure hunt searching the house for anything green. 

The Recycled Candles are 'green' in more ways than one!

Thank you for coming inside to see my Irish Spring decorating.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you!


Thank you, Dear Friends for your kind comments on my last post.

It goes without saying, you are the reason why.....

An Irish Blessing for you -

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your window pane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow the rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.


And here is one just for fun -

May those who love us, love us;
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if he doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles so we'll know them by their limping.



  1. Your table decorations looks awesome! Love your green color plates and bowls. Your cookies attracts be lot.
    Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day !

  2. Wow your decorations are always top-notch! Amazing. Love all the green here. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

  3. Wow, this post is so cheery. The linen napkins were quite a find. Your decorations are so beautiful. Happy St Patricks Day.

  4. I love this period of the year and I love Ireland!!!
    Happy St Patrick's day

  5. love your little leprechaun! and the embroidery is beautiful. those cookies look delicious. :)

  6. I still hope to visit Ireland one day -- I love green and I think A trip to Ireland would fill me up with green=ness for a life time or maybe not but for a long while any way - wink!.. Happy Irish to you too.. Fun and beautiful post -- love the blessing..

  7. So much green! It's really pretty. I like all the green glass - lovely! And those shamrock cookies look delicious and so cute as well. Happy St. Pat's Day!

  8. Happy Saint Pat's, Karen. Oh, the last "blessing" made me laugh out loud! My paternal grandmother was from Ireland. Who knows? We might be related! I'm Irish-Hungarian, and Husband is Irish-Dutch. And now for your St. Pat's gross out. Son-in-Law puts green coloring in the, um, commode before the kids get up. He says a leprechaun, well, you know... LOL!!

  9. Oh I love your pretty crocheted garland, Karen! I made crocheted hearts for Valentine's Day, bu I must try the shamrocks. I love all your green and I especially love the vintage napkins. Your table looks so pretty and the cookies look wonderful. I love checking out your kitchen cabinet all decked out for the season. Happy St. Patrick's Day, sweet friend. xo

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  11. Green is such a happy colour, isn't it. Have a wonderful day!

  12. Happy St Patrick's day Karen, I adore all your fabulous greens & the fun poem is fantastic... Love it...Hugs May x x

  13. A lot of 'wearin' of the green' going on at your house.
    So happy St. Paddy's Day to ye.

  14. Ooh I love your decorations and the cookies look yummy. Happy St. Pat's Day!

  15. Hi Karen, this was such a nice post and Happy St. Patricks Day! I love all of your decorations and the cookies are really cute! I too am Irish and hubby is the Italian! Have a wonder night and week!

  16. Karen I just love your decorating for the holiday, and how fascinating to have family from county cork. Have you ever gotten to visit there. Bet that would be fun. HOpe you had a wonderful St Patricks day! Yes I do think that spring will eventually be here! Waiting patiently!

  17. You sure did come up with the prettiest green treasures. I have quite a bit of green depression glass to, but never thought of bringing it out. Love the poems:-)

  18. Your green glass is so gorgeous displayed all together! Your little shamrock garland is darling and so clever. I have less Irish than you, but love the connection. I just read your lovely heartfelt post. I'm glad you have had a way to work through your sadness. Congrats on three years!

  19. Your home looks so festive, the green...and I have cookie envy!

  20. Dearest Karen,
    You had me laugh out loud when I read the line about your husband being Swiss-Irish! You know why? I said: Aha as the saying goes that a good Swiss is having wood stacked in front of his home! So true, your husband is the epitome of being 100% Swiss in his lifestyle. Hope he will manage to do it for many decades to come!
    You have such a fresh and lovely green setting! Doen't make that color us all happy?
    So glad that a dear Rotarian/friend came to the rescue last night and my PC problems are solved. It did give me a mega headache though that lasted till noon... No over the counter medication since I have chronic kidney disease but I managed with some rest and drinking lots of water. Made us chicken soup for supper with quinoa and celery and Matzo balls. A good meal of comfort food for a rainy day!

  21. Lovely Karen, everything is beautiful! I simply love the green dishes and the way they are lit up in your cupboard - so pretty!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, sweet friend. I hope your day was lovely. Hugs!

  22. I love green depression glass...that was the first thing I started collecting when I was first married.I still have it. Oh to be so Irish. I have just a wee bit.
    Great pix...lovely post.

  23. Dear Beatrice,
    back again with a big hug and a huge THANK YOU!!!
    All the best

  24. Hope your St. Paddy's Day was as lovely as your home!!


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