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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

All Things Irish~ China

There are a few companies in Ireland that create china that is as charming and delightful as the country itself.



Royal Tara china is famous for its delicate scattering of tiny shamrocks.



Belleek china is a heavy china that is full of whimsy. Isn't this a sweet bowl for spring?



I love this vase with the Irish Claddagh image. The design originated in the fishing village of Claddagh in the 1600's. The hands clasping a heart topped by a crown represent love (heart) friendship (hands clasping) and loyalty (crown). Rings are often presented with this design with the expression "With my hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love."



For "Quiet Man" fans, here is a china ornament based on the White ~o~Mornin' cottage located in Cong, County Mayo.




With all this china shall we have an Irish tea party in the beautiful green countryside?



We could set a table of antique linen and top it with painted tin cans holding clover and baby tears.



Or maybe lay out a quaint cloth of eyelet topped by green glasses filled with flowers.



Let's tie up the napkins with a long blade of green grass.





Perhaps we could add a bit of pink to our table as it looks so lovely with the green.





Shall we have a spot of Barry's tea or perhaps an Irish coffee?




Let's serve it with a few clover cookies.




I hope you have enjoyed this post from the DTA March 2008 archives.


Be blessed!

55 comments :

Kati said...

I am so envious of all the beautiful decor! One day.

jewelstreet said...

Love that teapot! Beleek is amazing, and I'll take an Irish Coffee.

LiLi M. said...

I love the Claddagh symbol. When (if) I'm going to Ireland I let hubby buy such a ring as a souvenir for me!

ScrappinAway said...

Those cookies look yummy! And that tea cup is adorable.

Roxane said...

Oh I LOVE that tea cup! My 87 yr old grandmother has the best collection of tea cups i've ever layed my eyes on. This one would make a great addition.

Terri and Bob said...

Beautiful! I love china of all kinds. I wonder how the word china got applied to all dishes of this material?

Lisa said...

I am enjoying the trip across the pond and I didn't have to use my passport! What a great idea and lovely, lovely post!

Shimmy Mom said...

Oh, I want a set of the little clover tea cups! Sooo cute. Thanks Laura, -Another well done post.

*hugs*

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I feel like I have been on a trip to Ireland. What a wonderful post, I love everything, especially the china and the teapot. My daughter Brook spent her junior year in Ireland and absolutely loved it. The one thing I can do is make some shamrock cookies,the ones in your photo are so sweet!

Jessica said...

The Irish tea cup is so dainty...much too dainty for my house of three boys, but I can dream of days (about 18 years in the future), when beautiful things such as those can live in harmony in my house, unafraid of being broken!

heather said...

Can I have one of those cookies?

Lorrie said...

I would love to join you for an Irish tea party in that beautiful garden!

Lorrie

Lynette said...

I award you the SISTERHOOD AWARD for going above and beyond bloggy goodness. Pick it up at
http://theysayimnuts.blogspot.com/2009/03/sisterhood-award.html

Carrie said...

What pretty things!!! I love the tea set with the tiny shamrocks. (Big fan of tea sets)!!

I saw those cookies at Martha Stewart.com a few weeks ago and my son and I are planning to make those today... yum, yum!

Heather said...

I love the Royal Tara china. So so pretty! I like the cottage tea pot too!

Robin said...

Too pretty. The garden area *heavy sigh* gorgeous.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thanks for your visit to my blog. The china you shared here is beautiful! Although I am not Irish, I've always liked the image & symbolism of the Claddagh and actually had a ring when I was in my 20s--I've just recently passed it along to my daughter who is 16!

It' an Evolution said...

You hit the right note for me today! The greens just make me smile. I will be doing a post on the Claddagh in the next day or so if I can ever get a good picture of mine :)

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the China and the Shamrocks! I finially got a copy of "The Quiet Man" and really Thank You for mentioning it! I watched original and then with Maureen O'Hara commentating and she told what is still there from when they filmed and how some of Ireland has changed since the movie making days! Was pretty neat! So glad you are doing the Irish blogging
Ksryl(Carol)

Bernadette said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and I just love the Royal Tara tea cups! I would love to add one to my collection.

Bernadette said...

Absolutely elegant! I love ALL things "tea" and would love to be surrounded with such beauty all day long.

~♥~ Monica S said...

My oh my.. how beautiful!!! I LOVE that cup and saucer!!!!

Monica

Susie Q said...

It is all so beautiful. And yes, with play doh only 1.50 at target for all four cans, definitely buy them. I might have to buy more...I won't let mix the colors 'cause they are too pretty. I'm a wretched mom......

Allidink said...

Ooo ooo ooo! I want to have an Irish tea party!!! It all looks so pretty I've always wanted to have Belleek Irish porcelain. Someday I hope! lol Thanks for sharing.

All the best,
Allison

Muthering Heights said...

That looks like such a lovely, relaxing tea!

Mildred said...

I love the china especially.

Celeste said...

I actually have that shamrock tea cup/saucer (the Royal Tara one) :)

Willo said...

How beautiful! Puts me in the mood for Spring! I always admired the Belleek on QVC.

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura,

I am so inspired by the outdoor dining scenes, makes me want to head right over to Ireland!

I personally love the Belleek china and both my daughters were given Claddagh rings by friends, which is the tradition.

You are putting a lot of hard work into these posts & I want you to know I am so enjoying all of them!

xoxo
Jane

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I have a shamrock teacup and saucer!! I love it as it reminds me of my late father's heritage- he was full blooded Irish and so very proud of it!!

The pictures are a parade of loveliness!!

blessings
mary

The Things We Carried said...

How pretty all the green is! Perfect to kick off winter's end!

nikkicrumpet said...

The teacup and saucer with the shamrocks on it is so very delicate and beautiful. I'm not even a "dish lady" and I still love it! So many pretty things.

Lisa said...

EVERYTHING IS SO LOVELY.

HUGS FROM MAINE

Liz said...

I love your new look! Very Pretty!!!

Love the Irish posts too.

~Liz

Connie said...

What pretty china and your background is perfect for all things Irish.
I'm always up for a "You do mine and I do yours." We might actually get something accomplished in our own homes.

Kathy said...

Those are such beautiful pieces. I so enjoy your blog.

Shelley said...

Hey, give me a line at shelley32177@gmail.com with your address...You were the winner of my Spring Fling contest for the Paula Deen cookbook.Congratulations.

Velvet and Linen said...

I am really enjoying our Irish tea party, Laura.
It is such a beautiful way to spend the afternoon!

xo
Brooke

jennifer said...

You must have the luck of the Irish on your side because YOU WON my bird magnet!

email me your info and I'll have her fly your way!

jhtillman@gmail.com

Bobbi Jo said...

Wonderful Irishness you have shared. I love the tea cup and saucer. Being that I am Irish and a china lover this is my favorite. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, all of these pictures are SO lovely! I loved everything you showed us. laurie

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

***** Oh Laura, your tablesettings are as soft & lovely as a breath of fresh, spring air~~~~~ how truly beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing! Blessings, Linda/ RMS "Mom of a German Shorthair"

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Love, love, love your garden party and table setting photos!! Ohhh...I am there right now!

Debbykay
Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Loving all your pretty Irish posts! :-) I do adore green.

Happy day!

ann said...

I just found you.I love that precious little irish teapot.It's so delcate and sweet...Ann

Janie's World said...

So Inspiring!!! Everything was right up my alley, Loved it!

Chandy said...

What an inspired collection for our eyes today! Great pictures! I posted about my VERY FIRST St. Pat's table!

I love the all the colors! Happy Thursday to you!

Mama said...

I love every bit of your Irish posts, wonderful land and beautiful treasures. Kathy.

Cathy said...

This is my first Tablescape Thursday. I enjoyed viewing all the pretty things you gathered together!

B said...

My faves are the Irish teapot and that beautiful teacup and saucer with shamrocks. So delicate!
Have a nice weekend. :) Brenda

Linda said...

Lovely Irish Post, I loved the Tea Pot and all. Felt like I was in Ireland a wee bit!
Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my little old blog.
Linda Q

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful...Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Mary said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Joy said...

What a beautiful setting and I love the little irish teapot!

Auntie Em said...

So many pretty things! I love the dishes with the dainty shamrocks and the sweet little white cottage.
Thanks for the lovely Irish inspiration! :)