Thursday, March 3, 2022

St. Patrick's Day in the Holiday Cupboard

Here in the lower Midwest, March is coming in like a lamb, and what a wonderful way to start my birthday month. We have a week of upper 60's and low 70's. It won't last of course, but it's a lovely, optimistic way to bring on thoughts of Spring. I'm just hoping that buds won't pop out and then we have a freezing spree.

I consider Valentine's Day a "winter" holiday, but once the calendar
 changes to March, I consider all things to be "Spring"!

When we have a seasonal change or a holiday coming up, one of the first things I think of is giving the Holiday Cupboard a refresh. Spring and March usually have me bringing out the green transferware, my ivy pottery, and a few pieces of my French faience. I like to have a "color" theme seasonally, as well as a holiday theme. Green works for St. Patrick's Day and Easter, and is a perfect backdrop for anything spring related.

I don't think I've ever shared this old cottage print, and it may have been an early version of a hot pad or coaster type product.  Not sure, as it does have a hanger attached to the back. Whatever it is, it's old and marked Knapp and Co. New York. The Internet says they were printers of ephemera, prints, and postcards etc. You know I love anything "cottage", and this scene with sheep could very well be Ireland, or some European village.

I have it sitting behind one of my dark green transferware vegetable tureens.
A little green birdie on moss, tweets you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have a few antique post cards for St. Patrick's Day and Irish greetings,
that are displayed alongside the dishes.

The cream and sugar are "Romantic England" from J.G. Meakin.

I always love using a few of my cottage pieces
 when I put together a dish display.

I'm also using a few pieces of my green depression glass.
This sugar and creamer, a few salt and peppers, and sugar shakers.
I'd never heard of a "sugar shaker" but my grandmother had one 
(whoops, didn't get a pic of it this year!)
that she kept a cinnamon/sugar mix for cookies, toast and custard.
Also a little kitchen measuring cup.
Here's a pic from last year of the sugar shaker.

Not sure about this teensy sacred print...
anyone know what this might depict?

The decorative cottage plate below is from Belgium.

The above green transferware is "Kent" by Enoch Wedgewood,
 which was discontinued in 1965.

Are you doing a little decorating for St. Patrick's Day?
I think I have a little Irish in me, but it would be waaaaayyy back.
My family on my mom's side is German and Scottish.
My dad's side was mostly of French descent.
But on March 17th I'm a little bit Irish...

You can check out the Etsy shop 
and mossy Shamrock here.

Vintage Cottage Weekend

This weekend my blogging pal, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home, and I are going to start a new weekend tandem post where we celebrate our love of all things "cottage". We both tend to gravitate toward English and French country cottage style, so each week (hopefully) we're going to share some of our past posts, cottage inspiration topics, and fresh new ways we're decorating with vintage cottage elements. I'll be sharing a link and photo of what Amber is up to, and she'll be sharing mine. We hope you'll come by on Saturday mornings for a little fun and romance; cottage style. 

Please come by on Monday evenings for the Link Party!

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life   Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art BoutiqueFarmhouse Friday at  County Road 407
Friday with Friends at My Hubbard Home, Fabulous Friday at Vintage Home Design
Friendship Friday at Create with Joy  Funtastic Friday at 2 Chicks and a Mom


  1. Hi Debra, It looks great! Easy ideas too! laura

  2. Happy Birthday Month, Debra! Your green touches are definitely signaling spring. It's sunny and mild here so I've been gardening. Much to do after a harsh winter once again. Two years running, it has taken a toll on the garden. Some things were just beginning to recover, and a recent ice storm took them out again. Happy March!

    1. I'm not looking forward to the clean up around here. Winters are sometimes so cold and icy, and the landscape takes a beating! Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. This is so pretty, my friend. We are featuring you on The Fabulous Friday Link Party tomorrow. I hope that you will share this link as well. Hugs to you.

    1. thankyou Renae, I came by the party this morning, thanks so much for sharing my post!

  4. I look so forward to your posts about "Holiday Cupboard". They're so inspiring. I want to live in the little cottage in your picture.

    1. thankyou Robin, sometimes I worry that people get tired of these posts, but it's always different! I know, that little cottage makes me think up stories about what is happening in that scene. Happy weekend!

  5. Debra, the holiday cupboard is as pretty as ever. All the green certainly does make me think of spring. I love that little painting. My most favorite thing would be to have a collection of little paintings like that. This post just feels like spring to me..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

  6. I adore the idea of a Holiday Cupboard!! So many little treasures in yours!

  7. I like the touches of green and the spring-y floral patterns in your cupboard. The arrangement of objects is so effective to provide interest and keep the eye moving -- it's a fascinating display. Very pretty!

  8. So refreshing to see the Spring colors and patterns!


  9. Debra, your cupboard is filled with so many lovely items. The touch of green reminds us all of spring. The little painting is wonderful. I love how you decorate for each season. I am happy to feature your lovely cupboard at Love Your Creativity. Happy weekend.

  10. I so enjoy seeing how you style your cupboard. My favorite treasures of yours is the Belgium plate followed by the hot pad print! My evolving style seems to be cottage! My last name used to be O'Malley and I kept the appreciation of all things Irish. I'm Scots-Irish/Polish, my kids are 1/2 Irish and I used to wonder WHY they were stubborn--I mean persistent! I have a section of living room wall covered with different forms of Irish blessings which I love to find.

  11. I'm a real Irish lass so I love ALL of this! Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen


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