Monday, March 5, 2012

St. Patrick’s China Cabinet

My husband is isn’t Irish…he just thought he was, until a year or two ago when a bearded, jolly-looking fellow knocked on our door, saying he was a distant relative who’d been researching the family tree.  In the course of conversation he said their heritage is English, not Irish.

Aha!!!  I KNEW there was a reason why I wasn’t inclined to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at our house—there’s no Irish living under our roof!

So while my husband’s {supposed} Irish-ness generated little participation on my part, blogging has changed that--Imagine.  :)    All I had to do was shop the house basement for green, which would've been impossible two months ago.  Every. Single. Piece of green in my china cabinet was a recent auction find, and most of them were in box lots not bought for the green pieces!

Now that St. Patrick’s Day’s is upon us, you might say we, for the first time, are ready for a

St. Patrick's Day celebration!

You won't see shamrocks and pots of gold, but you'll see plenty of green, and white, and gold, and linen.  So Irish...

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This is my interpretation of the pot o’ gold, with a fine linen napkin that may or many not be Irish (kind’a like my husband, you might say!)

…and Waterford, of course.   

For purists, this crystal is not Waterford or of Irish lineage, but it’s crystal, and that filled the bill.

Continuing the green, white, crystal, and gold theme:

The ivy candlesticks are Lenox.  The others…??? Green.

These sweet footed dessert bowls are Heisey…a happy find at GW.  There were only 2, but they were green, and thinking like a blogger, I brought them home.  Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day decorating!

White and gold Bavarian china.  Though not our monogram, it’s lovely, and white, and gold. Some of the pieces are hand-dated, saying Dec. 25, 1926. 

And fine embroidery, also a representation of Ireland.


Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage leaf plate…

Bordallo Pinheiro maple leaf bowl…

2012.3.4 - St. Pat Collage 1

2012.3.4 - St. Pat Collage 2
So, what do you think?  How did I do for my first
ST. PATRICK’S DAY celebration?

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Wishing you a happy St. Patrick’s Day,
from my Chickadee Nest to yours~


  1. Funny and lovely post,love the pot of gold.
    My hubby is Scottish with an Irish name and ancestors from both.:)It's funny how we think we know who we are but like my hubby says in his Scottish Lilt "Wer'er all Jack Tammsins wains" ha ha :) x jeanetteann

  2. Lovin' it all! Before blog land, I wouldn't have gone to the trouble of changing things out to green where I could. Now, I do too. I count it a huge blessing in this season of my life to have found blog land and the creative expression that goes with it.

    Your cabinet has inspired me to think of yet another area that can use the wearing 'o the green.

  3. You have some beautiful pieces displayed Zuni. They all look fabulous.

    I think my mum had a Bordallo Pinheiro little mint jug and saucer...I wonder where that went?

    We have English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh heritage, but I don't have a cabinet to display :(

    Have a great St Patrick's Day :D

  4. I think it looks great, Zuni! Plus, you can go right through Spring with this. And here I thought we had some heritage in common! My Dad is Irish and Cuban {Irish Mom, Cuban Dad} so I have a 1/4 of each in me. : ) I think the saying goes that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day so your hubby can have the one day anyway!

  5. What a lovely post with beautiful pieces you have used. Love all the green! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Beautiful collection and so pretty the way you have it all displayed. Thanks for sharing and linking up to my newbie party.

  7. Yeah, you did really well with the wearin' o' the green... You know I LOVE auction box finds! :-)

  8. Such elegant "Irish" mementos, Zuni...very tastefully done! I have lots of the green depression glass from my Mom & will be doing an entire table with it for Cuisine Kathleen's party on the 13th. I hope you will link up this post with her group.
    I also have a few of the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage leaf plates, too. Those are in use in the kitchen right now. AND we BOTH love that beautiful vintage lace, huh? Very, very pretty!


  9. Love your touches of green, Zuni, very pretty! If only the Irish marched in the parade, it would be a short parade! We are irish American, my gparents were born here too, and I remember marching in the parades in NYC with the school band. Puerto Rican , polish, whatever we marched!
    But finding out dh is English not Irish, that must have been upsetting! :)
    Hope you are saving some of your green for a post for my St. Patrick's Day party on the 13 th!

  10. Everybody is irish in March!! Your display is fabulous - you have some beautiful pieces in there!

  11. Stopping by to say hi! Love the green and totally love that bavarian china! *swoon*

    So glad you stopped by my blog today... Rhonda @ home.made.

  12. Oh I adore your touches of green lass! :)

    I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

  13. every year I mean to get out green dishes for St Patricks day and forget, maybe i'll get it done this year. I have some green depression dishes that was my mOm's
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and sorry you couldn't look at past post? I have no idea whats going on, sometimes blogger keeps me out of my own blog? I did click on some old ones and could look at them I know I have lost past pictures off my blog posts? any help from anybody would be appreciated


  14. Beautiful cabinet with your greens displayed. I like the green cup resting on it's side inside the other. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Your china cabinet is beautiful and your display inside is stunning. Love the touches of green, everything is presented so beautifully. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  16. Very pretty your cabinet is just stunning. Love the green coins and the cabbage plate too. My husband is Irish and his mom bought me a Tara complete dessert set.

  17. So pretty, I love the way you have everything displayed. This makes me want to clean mine out
    and get rid of somethings. I wish I had clear glass on mine. It is beveled though and it is hard to see thru.

  18. Zuni~ Your china cabinet is beautiful with your green & crystal on display! I love your pot o' gold :)

  19. Zuni, You did an awesome job! Love all your green and crystal and the linen and lace is the perfect touch. Blessings, Ginger

  20. Your cabinet is just so lovely! All the beautiful pieces make it such a pretty St. Parrick's Day cabinet!


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