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Irish Cottages Tablescape

May the roof above us never fall in.

And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

For my Tablescape Thursday I used the Irish village cottages
my mother brought me back from Ireland.

There are 4 things you must never do: lie, steal, cheat, or drink.

                                  But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love.
                                       If you must steal, steal away from bad company.
                                                    If you must cheat, cheat death.
                  And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away...

The village sits among dishes of green, antique white and silver.
Different shades and textures of green add to the Irish landscape.

All the greens, silvers, antique whites and cottages sit on a piece of shamrock linen
my mother also brought back to me
from Ireland.


If  you look closely you will see that each shamrock is outlined in green thread.  It is SO beautiful and one of the favorite things I own.
Isn't it funny how the little things are the ones that mean the most to us?
For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way.
Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day

The mugs, also from Ireland, are made for Irish Coffee.
Somehow, I forgot to put them on the table when I was
creating my tablescape! I remembered too late, so you
get to see them in their little cluster.
They too are beautiful when you see the etching close up.

Even my teapot from Ireland is a cottage.
My mother brings back perfect gifts for me.

May the most you wish for be the least you get.

All kinds of little cottages dot the Irish tablescape!

My daughters also have been to Ireland, and they
brought me back (among other things) this wonderful
book about Ireland landscapes.

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.

                                   And nothing but happiness come through your door.

My Granddad Flanagan and one of his (many!) sisters.
They had eyes of clear blue....like the skies of Ireland.

May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

                  May the Irish hills caress you.
                               May her lakes and rivers bless you.
                                             May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
                                                       May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

My tablescape is linked to Susan at:



  1. Anonymous3/11/2010

    You put such beautiful tablescapes together but I think my very favorite is the green cake pedestal!


  2. Your tablescape is very festive and truly speaks of Ireland and springtime. I love all the wee little cottages!! And the quotes are perfect with all of your treasures, Great post, Lori! :-)


  3. This is truely an authentic Irish tablescape! I just love all your poems and blessings. And I agree, the shamrock linen is beautiful and so unique. I am so happy I visited you!
    Erin Go Braugh my new Irish friend!

  4. Beautiful...love the little cottages.

  5. Your linens are incredible and your table is lovely.

  6. Lovely linens, cottages, and memories! How nice to have special gifts.

  7. I love all the little cottages that you used! And the solid green and shamrock linens are so pretty!!

  8. Beautiful stuff. Lucky you to have real things from Ireland. I've never been, but have always wanted to go.


  9. Boy, do I love that teapot! Neat villages and such pretty linens too!

  10. Anonymous3/16/2010

    What a wonderful table you have. I have enjoyed your party.


  11. Adorable little cottages but that teapot has to be the star attraction! It is stunning!! I'm GREEN with envy. :-)

  12. What a lovely table. I love your little cottages and what a great addition to each place setting.


  13. Very sweet post. Love your linens. I got my mom a book of Ireland hoping she'd go someday.

  14. Beautiful collection of cottages and other gorgeous wee items from Ireland.

    Happy St Patrick's Day from N Ireland.

  15. Beautiful mosaic - the Irish Shamrock linen is gorgeous..I can see why it is a treasured keepsake!

  16. Very cute and so little, I must get a magnifying glass to take a closer look !

  17. What a fabulous post. It so looks like an Irish setting and I love the little houses..

  18. I'm new to your blog and so enjoying exploring it. Love the cottages!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  19. And I hope next March you will link up to my St. Patrick's Day 3rd Annual Blog crawl! I love the linens and houses!


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