Friends, I have much to share in this post, so grab a cuppa and sit with me for awhile. I hope you enjoy it and find a little something you did not know (-smile).
My Irish roots can be traced back to the McGuires - 1700, Ireland. But, even more fun for a tea lover like "me-self" is my relative Melba Teagarden, born 1717 in Dublin Ireland. Isn't that name just awesome-sauce?!
Yesterday, I decorated my wee kitchen shelf for March.
You may recall the lovely towel in pale green, dark green and ivory laces, I received as a gift. The candle is cinnamon vanilla from Gold Canyon in a lovely spun honey gold. It smells wonderful!
I thought this sweet little teapot on the lower shelf represented a darling Irish cottage. It was a gift many years ago from my former mother-in-law. Research found it to be the Village Collectibles 'Spring Cottage' teapot by artist Annie Rowe, manufactured in the Philippines.
This set features green and gold, perfect for St. Patrick's Day! It is Lorento by Noritake China, Japan. A 3-piece set was given to me and one to my sister when my grandmother passed away. I love how much detail is INSIDE the cup!
This pretty green plate has little pops of color. I think I bought it at a yard sale.
This sage green personal pot is from a company from my own state of CA! It has a comfortable handle and the shape reminds me of a Brown Betty.
I popped into Cost Plus World Market to pick up some Irish Breakfast Tea yesterday. I love how the box front and back allow you to decide if you will display the box horizontal or vertical.
I also found this clover shaped Irish Shortbread!
A flip of the box indicates; YES, it really is made in Ireland along with a little history!
Now, for something really fun! After decorating my shelf, I walked next door to my neighbor's yard sale and can you believe it (?!), I found this sister teapot, 'Summer Cottage', on the left for sale for...drum roll please... ONE dollar! Despite a few chips, and lots of dirt inside, I naturally bought it. I cleaned it out with soapy water and bleach spray & it came out just lovely.
This morning I sampled the Irish Breakfast tea - complete with local honey (-you know how I love that) and a splash of milk. It has been a long time since I had it, and it is quite robust! I enjoyed it in my Dogwood flower teacup by Duchess bone china, England.
This sweet little spoon is such a favorite. It is so frilly and fine it makes me smile every time I use it. The back shows it is from Norway!
I have certain frames I have purchased just to feature random holiday art (especially vintage!).
I bought this one last month at a yard sale, and found a cute print on the net. It says:
May luck be your companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
of Ireland's faith and pride
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.
|4.5" x 6.5" Art Card|
I am creating a few of these little art cards to send to friends. They feature the #17 for St. Patrick's Day and a fun poem from Helen Steiner Rice
Long ago, St. Patrick taught the Irish about God
By showing them a shamrock
he picked from Erin's sod.
He used the shamrock's leaves to symbolize
the Three in One
The Holy Ghost, The Father, and His Son.
St. Patrick changed the hearts and lives of all the Irish race, And through the years, in all our hearts, he holds a special place.
Friends, it is so important to me that we understand where holidays like this come from. Today they have been polluted into something about drinking and partying, but if you care to learn it, here is the true history.
The Life of Saint Patrick William J. Federer
He was born in 389 A.D., during the time of the
Empire's decay: immigrants flooded the borders; the national
language of Latin was displaced; the underfunded military stretched across the
world; rampant sexual immorality existed; and city centers were abandoned.
Additionally, unbearable taxes, a burgeoning national debt and welfare rolls,
and an excessive amount of government jobs plagued the Empire. Patrick’s home
was the coastal town of Bonavern, .
His father, Calpurnius, was a civil magistrate and a deacon, and his grandfather
was a minister in the Celtic Christian Church, whose origins date from
second-century Roman occupation. At age 16, Patrick was kidnapped by raiders
and sold as a slave in Taberniae, Britain .
For six years he herded pigs on a Slemish farm. Repulsed by the Druid's human
sacrifice, magic spells, and superstitions, from which Halloween originated,
Patrick committed himself to Christ, as he later wrote: "The Lord opened
the understanding of my unbelief, that, late as it was, I might remember my
faults and turn to the Lord my God with all my heart; and He had regard to my
low estate, and pitied my youth and ignorance, and kept guard over me even
before I knew Him." Patrick's life became marked by intense prayer. He
described an "inner monition" which he recognized as the Holy Spirit.
He was led to escape to the seacoast, where he found a ship to freedom. As they
left Ireland Ireland, a storm blew
them to Gaul ( France), where
he lived in a monastery on the for
several months. Years later, Patrick had a dream, as he wrote in his
Confessions: "In the depth of the night, I saw a man named Victoricus
coming as if from Ireland, with innumerable letters; and he gave me one of
these, and ... [that] moment I heard the voice of those who were beside the wood
of Focluth, near the western sea; and this is what they called out: 'Please,
holy boy, come and walk among us again.' Their cry pierced to my very heart,
and I could read no more; and so I awoke." Patrick left his family and
prepared for the ministry in Auzerre, island
of St. Honorat Gaul. At
age 40 he was permitted to go. In the year 432, the same time Attila the Hun
was pillaging Europe, Patrick crossed the icy sea to with twelve brave monks.
They made their way to the home of his old master, but found he died in a battle
with a neighboring tribe. Undoubtedly, had Patrick not escaped, he would have
been killed as well. They then went to the hall of Chieftain Loigaire, who was
feasting with his warriors and Druid priests. A messenger ran in, interrupting
the festivities, and announced the arrival of these unarmed strangers. As they
entered the long, smoky hall, carrying a tall cross, silence fell. The Druid
priests were threatened and alarmed when Patrick boldly spoke in their own
language, which he had learned while a slave. The chieftain was astonished, and
not only granted them religious toleration, but was baptized and donated the
land for their first wooden church. Druid opposition grew fierce, and twelve
times Patrick faced life-threatening situations, including a harrowing
kidnapping and a two-week captivity. Patrick demonstrated that God's power is
greater than Druid magic, resulting in many chieftains being converted. Feeling
inadequate due to his lack of education, Patrick used illustrations to preach,
the most famous of which was the three-leaf clover, which he used to explain
the Trinity. Wherever he went, Patrick left ministers. He founded 300 churches,
baptizing over 120,000 converts. It was said that Patrick found Ireland Ireland heathen and left it Christian, resulting
in Irish missionaries re-evangelizing Europe
in later centuries. Patrick wrote in his Confessions: "I pray those who
believe and fear God, whosoever has deigned to scan or accepts this document,
composed in Ireland by Patrick the sinner, an unlearned man to be sure, that
none should ever say that it was my ignorance that accomplished any small thing
... but let it be most truly believed, that it was the gift of God. And this is
my confession before I die."
Patrick died on March 17, 461. To have leaders like him today
would be a pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow.
William J. Federer is a nationally known speaker and best-selling author on
heritage. Bill has published articles in newspapers, newsletters, booklets, on
the Internet, as well as being interviewed for audio and video documentaries.
He has been on hundreds of radio and television programs across America .
His literary contributions include: America's God &
Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, A Treasury of Presidential
Quotations, American Quotations, America's God & Country
Inspirational Calendar, and 365 Presidential Quotations - A Day-To-Day
Calendar. Bill and Sue, who live in the south St. Louis area with their
four children, Jessica, Will, Melody & Michael, are available for interviews
and speaking engagements. For more information, visit Bill's Web site:
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|Reaching across the miles to share my heart.|
I 'plan' to share at a few tea parties this week: