Thursday, March 10, 2016

Let's Do an Irish Jig

 Shall we sit back and listen to an Irish jig or dance along to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Vintage greetings to you! I fell in love with this card I found in an antique shop. The three most famous symbols of Ireland are the Shamrock, the harp and the Celtic Cross.
Would you believe a postcard from 1910 with a one cent stamp!!!!! I'm amazed how the back is so beautifully embossed. It is addressed to Mrs. W.W. Carmon in Huntingdon, Penn. from Ruth. It was mailed Mar.16 from Braddock, PA.
 Shamrocks ( it was blooming beautifully when I first bought it) planted in a vintage McCoy planter from the 50's.
I am guessing the sweet Irish musicians are from the 50's too.  I couldn't resist them either. They were in the same booth as the postcard.

 Since Ireland is associated with beautiful shades of green I choose to use my Bordallo Pinheiro plates for a St. Patrick's Day tablescape.
In 2014, I did my first St. Patrick's post here. I learned so much about St. Patrick's Day doing that post so I hope you will read it. It was fun for me to reread it because there are movies, songs and folklore mentioned I enjoyed thinking about again. I learned recently that many Irish family names start with"Mac" or "O", which means respectively"son of...."and "grandson of...."in Gaelic.
Forgot to mention the "pot of gold" in a sherbet depression glass dish.  Folklore  has it that a leprechaun is a type of Irish fairy. It is usually depicted as a little bearded man, wearing a coat and hat, who partakes in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom.
There are many variations of Irish folklore. In reading, I learned the leprechaun originally had a different appearance depending on where in Ireland he was found. Prior to the 20th century, it was generally held that the leprechaun wore red, not green. Isn't that interesting?

Tablescape details:  Emerald stemware-Lenox
                                 Flatware- Williams Sonoma
                                 Bordallo Pinheiro plate and charger
                                 White charger-Ikea
                                 McCoy planter

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. Living Thankfully, Bonnie
Linking to:   Inspire Me TuesdayThe Enchanting Rose, Wow Us Wednesdays, Tablescape ThursdayThoughts of Home ,Foodie Friday,Dishing It and Digging It, and Cuisine Kathleen's St.Patrick's Blog Crawl. 


  1. Hi Bonnie, St. Patrick's Day is special to me, I'm part Irish on my mom's side, an O'quinn and my husband is part Irish. Our son and his wife chose the name Connor for their son. I'm loving your little Irish leprechauns doing their jig and the post card is beautiful. Beautiful place setting, those plated are perfect! Have you been to Ireland? We've visited Dublin and on a short trip, I would love to return……...

  2. All that green has me smiling! Of course, I ♥♥♥ the cabbage dishes...and those little Irish musicians are adorable. Your shamrock plant is gorgeous.
    Enjoy the rest of the week, Bonnie.

  3. I'm loving your pretty Irish inspired tablescape, Bonnie. Can you believe the postcard? What a treasure that is! What fond memories I have of my trip to Ireland with my late beloved.

  4. So so pretty Bonnie, you've thought of all the details! That beautiful postcard is amazing, what a find! I love you little leprechauns and all the fun info, thank you! I'm off to check out your other post to learn more about the Irish folklore,

  5. I'm doing a little jig. Love the postcard and the tablescape is beautiful.

    So glad you joined us for Thoughts of Home on Thursday and it makes me smile to see our graphic on your sidebar. :)

  6. Good Morning,
    This is such a happy place to be on a rainy morning! I feel the luck of the Irish surrounding me.
    Such a pretty, pretty tablescape and oh those plates!
    Thank you ever so much for joining us on Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!

  7. Top o' the morning to you, Bonnie! Your St. Patrick's table is festive! Love the musicians and I love Celtic music! The postcard is a fabulous find! All the elements work together and I am headed over for the earlier post to learn more!

  8. Oh sweet Bonnie, what a beautiful St. Pat's Day table setting you created.
    Those little musicians are so adorable and the Celtic music just perfect.
    The plates are my fave.
    Have a great week ahead.

  9. I'm heading over to ebay to see if I can find myself some Irish musicians! This post was a joy to read and I sincerely hope you will continue to share your sunshine at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  10. Bonnie, I love your pretty Irish table and your wonderful vintage postcard! I'm pulling out my green today for Kathleen's crawl. I'll be on the look out for more BP plates and chargers, if I find them I'll pick them up for you. ♣

  11. Oh my goodness, I love those little Irish musicians! Your table looks beautiful!


  12. Hi Bonnie, love all your vintage items for this Irish holiday. My fathers ancestors came to America from Ireland, but my mother was O'talian, lol. She, however, celebrated in full fashion attire and social activity, which I loved. This is my first year interpreting the holiday with a tablescape, and it was fun. Visiting from Kathleen's party.
    Rita C at Panoply

  13. Wow I love that vintage post card- what a treasure! I didn't know the meaning behind the Mac and O regarding the typical Irish family names. I'll try to get a minute to go back to your other post to read it. Love the green cabbage plates- they're a perfect choice for St. Patrick's Day! The Irish musicians are so cute- I think you're right about the era they came from. I had a Shamrock plant for a while. It would bloom on and off and then it seemed to quit so I tossed it. Yours will be blooming again soon I'm sure! Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  14. Hi Bonnie! I love that you used the green bordallo plates for the setting, they look wonderful! I have a Bordallo platter on my kitchen shelves that I was going to put away and bring out my celtic platter but it was on the bottom of a heap of dishes so I decided my Bodallo platter was green and would do just fine. LOL! Lazy me. It is funny that the leprechaun would have worn red. I think I have seen them in black coats as well. Love your vintage postcards, they are both so wonderful!

  15. Visiting from Kathleen's blog crawl :) What a great find in that beautifully embossed postcard and what a pretty table! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  16. Hi Bonnie, It was so much fun listening to the musical link while I looked over your pretty table. I have several of those McCoy pots from my grandmother and I love using them on my tables too. I'm always happy to see links to older posts so I can go back and enjoy things I've missed, so glad you included yours. Oh, those BP cabbage plates are wonderful. I have been tempted several times! Maybe next time I will bring some home with me. Linda

  17. Wow Bonnie, such a sweet table. love the Irish people doing the jig....LOL. Don't you just love the cabbage plates? Your vintage accessories really make the post pop. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. Hugs

  18. How I enjoyed viewing your post while listening to the Irish music! Really put me in the mood as I took in all your beautiful St. Patrick's décor - the little Irishmen doing the jig are perfect!

  19. Back to say hello Bonnie, visiting from Kathleen's blog crawl.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day……...

  20. Your little leprechauns dancing the jig are adorable and set the spirit of your table. I like your stack of cabbage plates. Great table to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

  21. Such a pretty table! Love your dancing leprechauns. I am a fan of vintage postcards sweet Visiting from the crawl.

  22. Hi Bonnie! Love the dancing leprechauns and all the table decor. The vintage postcard is so cool. Have a great St. Patrick's day tomorrow and thanks for your visit to my blog...

  23. Hi Bonnie,

    This is just a charming table you've set for St. Pat's Day!! Love the cabbage plates, of course. ;) I'm going to have to pay another visit to Tuesday Morning and see if they have some more. That postcard is really pretty -- I love things like that. What a long time since postage stamps were 1 cent, huh?

    Your shamrock is beautiful. My mom keeps one year-round on her sun porch and it's so pretty. I used to have one for years that I just kept re-potting, but I finally let it die. I need to get another one; they're one of my very favorite plants. I enjoyed the video; that is such a fun song. :-D

    Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments, Bonnie. I hope you have a great week!!



  24. Bonnie,
    Your Ireland Tablescape is a tribute to the Irish, indeed!
    I adore the Leprechaun musicians around your table, dear one!
    The vintage Postcard is exquisite!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for explaining the "Mac" and "O"!
    My maiden name was "Mc"Ginnis. . .and I'm a "wee" bit Irish!
    HaPpY St. PaTrIcK's DaY!

  25. Such charm. Love the whole setting. Your dishes are one of my favorites. The little figurines are adorable. That Post Card is precious, you are lucky to have it! Happy St. Patrick's Day

  26. What a pretty table! I love those BP plates, I've been looking for some for myself but will just have to enjoy yours for now. The little leprechauns are adorable, I would have a hard time resisting them, too. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  27. The lovely shades of green of your Saint Patrick's Day Tablescape do sooth the eyes and the soul. Beautiful job of meeting Kathleens Saint Patrick's Day Challenge. I do love the little musical leprechauns - they are adorable.

  28. Those little leprechauns are just the cutest! Love your table, too! Also love the name of your blog.

  29. Absolutely love your Lil Irish men... leprechauns, so handsome!! The tablescape is beauutiful!

  30. Your plates are so pretty, and those leprechauns are so cute!


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