Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Tablescape for St. Patrick's Day

It's another damp, chilly afternoon in Tennessee, but in my mind, I'm in an Irish pub, singing ballads and making toasts.
May those who love us love us.
And those that 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.
                       -- Irish Saying



My ears have been ringing for two days, and it's so awful, I wasn't sure if I would be able to put together something festive for St. Patrick's Day. But when I passed by the dining room, I saw a mug from the Pistoulet collection, and I immediately felt better. The humming in my ears was soon replaced by the croaky sound of my own voice as I hummed a 17th century folk song: Lavender's blue, dilly dilly, lavender's green.

Periwinkle and lime are sweet and peppy.


Some dishes are so special, they whisk me away to a happy place (at least, that's my excuse when I get in trouble for buying more tableware). But Pistoulet really makes me smile. It was created by author Jana Kolpen and is based on a trio of magical novels, including Pistoulet. My oldest son and his wife chose Pistoulet for their wedding china, and one day I will pass it down to them.

Dishes are a secret weapon, the cure for many ailments, including hissy fits. But flowers are another sure-fire pick-me-up. On a rainy day, there's nothing like grocery store hydrangeas to remind you that spring is almost here.




Resources:
Mahogany tablecloth "Jenna"
Pfaltzgraff dishes and tureen -- Jana Kolpen's Pistoulet and Villa Della Luna
Cambridge Green Flatware



37 comments:

  1. Ooh I love your choices! The dishes, cookie cutter and hydrangea are perfect! Love the saying...made me laugh!!

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  2. You always create the most amazing spaces with just little things...that is truly a gift. I have been a long time follower. Enjoy your blog very much. Visiting from Kathleen's. Thanks for visiting me! It was truly an honor!

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    1. Oh, Terri, how kind of you to say so. Made my day!

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  3. It's an adorable St. Patrick's Day table...I love everything right down to the clover cookie cutter.
    xoxo

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  4. Oh, how beautiful! I love the colors and I love that tureen!...Christine

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  5. Periwinkle and lime are indeed "sweet & preppy" and put a great spin on traditional "Irish green" - love it! Your table setting looks very fresh and welcoming. Visiting from Kathleen's.

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  6. So sorry to hear about the ringing in your ears, I was hoping your head was on the mend. On a happier note, your periwinkle and lime are a perfect and cheery color combination for a rainy and dreary day here! Dishes and hydrangeas always make me happy! Would love to join you in the pub :)

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  7. A wonderful combination of colors and prints. Ugh! Sorry about the ringing in your ears...

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  8. I love your little table decorated for St. Patrick's Day. I love the hydrangeas and the blue and green combo looks great!

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  9. Gorgeous! I love the print of that tablecloth and the eclectic dishes that pair perfectly with it. A beautiful tables cape :)

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  10. I'll join you in that Irish Pub, Michael Lee, and we can sing and toast together! The Irish saying that you started your post with, just made me laugh!!! However, your beautiful table put a smile on my face.
    I hope the ringing in your ears disappears soon. Is it the result of your concussion? Hugs are sent to you!

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    1. Yes, it was caused by the fall; I've had noise sensitivity, but no ringing until yesterday (it's not so loud today). It's puzzling why it showed up 2 weeks later. I was prescribed Prednisone to decrease inflammation, so now I will prolly go eat the rest of those sweet rolls. Thanks for the hug. :-)

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  11. Love the green and purple together. It all looks great!

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  12. Gorgeous tablescape! I can't believe you managed to do all that with ringing in your ears!! You need to be taking it easy! Don't make me come up there!

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  13. I'm echoing Kitty. The Irish saying made me laugh and the beautiful table definitely makes me smile. I know about the ringing in the ears. Not fun. I hope the Prednisone clears it up for you. Hope you can get through this soon. Thinking of you and sending caring hugs.

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  14. That's a pretty table and a great twist on the green theme - I love the periwinkle and lime green.
    I hope you soon feel better - a fall is never a good thing!

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  15. I'm trying to decide what I like best about this table. Everything is so perfect, and the colors! I am so ready for some spring and summer color. The blue works perfectly here. The flatware makes me swoon.

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  16. you certainly have a boatload of gremlins on your heels girl! i hope the ringing has abated with meds, egads i would be going nutz! i adore this dish set, how fun they picked this pattern too! its just festive, your table looks wonderful! wonderful seeing both you and mary enjoy the season without all the typical hoopla, give me subtle any and all day!

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  17. Pistoulet really makes me smile too. And I couldn't agree more that dishes are cure all!

    Thanks for the visit.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  18. Oh, be still my heart! These dishes would make anyone's day!! I'm glad they lifted your spirits and you could share them. The colors and patterns go so well together. You have hit this challenge out of the park!!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  19. Lovely color choices indicative of the Irish coat of arms! Very pretty!

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  20. What a refreshing change from fields of green shamrocks! I would have never thought to stray from traditional greens and white for St. Patrick's Day, but you have captured the Irish happy spirit and jovial mood with your Pistoulet, Villa della Luna, and hydrangeas...and that tablecloth is to die for Michael Lee! Gorgeous! Sorry to hear you are still struggling so, but tablescaping is a great way to escape~ this table is my very favorite, shhhh...
    Jenna

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  21. Michael Lee, I am sorry to hear that you are still suffering from your fall, but I'm glad you were inspired by the Pistoulet mug to create this lovely table for us. I remember when the Novel Bakers did the Pistoulet book and I became interested in her books too! I hope you feel better soon. Linda

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  22. Your tablescape is lovely, ML. You have combined textures and pattern in such a beautiful and charming way. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day. I hope you feel better very soon.

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  23. Beautiful tablesetting. So perfect! Loved the touch of the cookie cutter.

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  24. I had to smile at the Irish saying :) Beautiful table with lavender and green, dilly-dilly!

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  25. Love the rich blues with the greens! That tablecloth is gorgeous.

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  26. The tablecloth grabbed my attention right away! Hope you are feeling better from the unfortunate ice incident! I have a really dumb question: Have you always lived in Tennessee? I thought you lived in Georgia or the Carolinas. I have been out of the blogging loop for a while.

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    1. I've lived in TN since the 3rd grade, but I used to travel a lot to Atlanta and the Carolinas. I really love the Carolinas and set a couple of books there. Thanks for your well wishes. I'll be so glad when my noggin gets back to normal.

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  27. That tablecloth is just so pretty and you put the rest together so wonderfully! Feel better, ML. Thanks for joining in the 7th Annual, it was a pleasure to have you, and so much fun! Subtle is for other days, give me colors like this to chase away the winter wearies! I agree about dishes and flowers, add in the hug of a baby and I am happy!

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  28. Your weather sounds no different than what we've been experiencing in Houston for days. Sigh! How you have mixed color is wonderful and brightens the day.

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  29. LOVE these dishes!! And I agree, periwinkle and lime go quite well together. I've never heard that saying before but think it might be a new favorite!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

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  30. What a lovely table! Dishes ARE a secret weapon...I have said that all along...buying them cures almost everything.
    Enjoy the weekend, ML.

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  31. Oh honey, you are having a time of it aren't you??? My hubby has CONSTANT ringing in his ears, has had it for years. It would have driven me mad by now but somehow he lives with it! I can not imagine. Your beautiful lavender and lime green table makes ME smile too. It is so pretty. I wish our grocery (or any store) had some Spring flowersw. SOON, I hope!!! Thanks for the beautiful pick me up! Now, get better darn it:):):)

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  32. Hi Michael Lee! OH, I'm so sorry to hear you have the ringing in your tiny ears! Praying it will go away soon. You have set a lovely little table. Love that pretty tablecloth and I'm sure you're still designing your Ranchburger! :) Happy Patty's Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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