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Monday, March 17, 2014

Royal Tara Shamrocks For St. Patrick's Day

It is already March, and the day we celebrate Saint Patrick by wearing green and celebrating all things Americans consider Irish. Shamrocks, celtic music , eating corned beef, Irish soda bread , and many imbibe in maybe a bit too much beer. Me, I just got out some shamrock china and cleaned my home. Don't you love this little sugar & creamer ?
You can see just how tiny they are sitting next to Samantha, an American Girl doll I rescued from a thrift store a few years ago. Samantha is sipping her tea from a wee shamrock teacup . I have her out as I get ready for a special time my husband & I will have soon when one of our granddaughters comes over to spend a few days with us as part of her birthday celebration. She'll be bringing her AG doll along and we'll set a table for tea for all of us.


The sugar & creamer were made in Ireland by Royal Tara .

The cup & saucer were made in England by Sandford.
I find the history of St. Patrick himself to be fascinating. He was not Irish, but a Roman born in Britain. I imagine most of you already know his story, but it was not until I had children of my own that I discovered this while we were researching him for a homeschooling project. The stories abut him vary depending on the source, but we do know he was a Christian missionary who's faith and ministry had a lasting effect on Ireland, and many places beyond. If you're interested in the amazing role the Irish played in history you might check out 'How The Irish Saved Civilization'. So Happy Saint Patrick's day to you !

Join in the tea-time festivities with Terri * , Martha * , Sandi * , Bernideen* ,Kathy * & Ruth* . Now that spring-time is here there is even more fun for tea in blog-land . Happy St. Patrick's Day to you !

18 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh now that is a beautiful set and I love your American doll. The story of St Patrick is so interesting isn't it. My Grandma was Irish. Hug B

Debbie said...

For a minute there I was afraid you and Samantha were celebrating alone, but I'm glad to know that you have a granddaughter coming and Samantha will have a friend as well. Not that we have to be alike to be friends. That's hardly the case in most of my friendships, I think it's often the difference that we crave. Anyway, the set it lovely. Seems most know little about St Patrick in truth, as exibited by the parades and beer parties. I think they do what they like to do and blame it on him. :D
Have so much fun with your little one. Ours will turn 2 on April 12 and we'll go for the party.

Beth Laverty said...

What a sweet tea set.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
Your shamrock teacup, sugar and creamer are adorable and will delight your granddaughter. What fun you all will have. Love the dollie too. Thank you for joining me for tea and enjoy the upcoming party with your little one.

Blessings,
Sandi

ellen b. said...

I find the history surrounding St. Patrick to be fascinating, too.
Cute tea cup!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a lovely little tea set! So pretty! Your dolly so cute having tea! Have fun with your granddaughters! Hope you have lots of tea parties with them!
Nancy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The petite tea set is sweet.

Ruth Weston said...

How fun to share with a granddaughter...I ended up with 3 grandsons. Not that I don't love them, but no tea parties! I love the Royal Tara. Perfect for St. Patricks and spring as well. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Bernideen said...

What darling pieces and treasures for this special time of the year! I so enjoyed reading this!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi my friend. Love the American Doll drinking tea. My granddaughter would love to do that. I will have to go look for tea cups for her. It is just perfect. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Daisy said...

That's such a pretty cup and saucer! I hope you have a wonderful visit with your granddaughter.

Deanna said...

Kathy, The Shamrock China is darling and perfect for any american girl....including vintage girls like me. Sweet Tea Party.

Blessings to you and I am sooo glad that Spring is here!
d

Julene said...

Hi Kathy,
I was sent this link to St. Patrick's Breast Plate prayer put to song on Utube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53VETWPHWHw&feature=kp
It is beautiful and may add to your homeschooling tools.
Lovely tea set, doll and shared thoughts!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

How lovely the china and doll is. I did not know this about St. Patrick and thank you sharing. I also home schooled our children!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Kathy, I love the story of St. Patrick and the poem St. Patrick's Breastplate, which Mags introduced to me. This year, Guinness refused to sponsor the NYC St. Pat's parade because gays and lesbians weren't allowed to march with their banner. I find that quite offense...it's not about gays and lesbians or beer; it's about St. Patrick! Ah well, the wisdom of foolish men.

Susan Clayton said...

Samantha is one of my favorite AG characters - Maybe because she looks like my daughter?

kitty said...

Hi Kathy,
I love your little shamrock tea set! It's so sweet. What a wonderful find to rescue Samantha from the thrift store. Have fun with your granddaughter.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Our book club read "How the Irish Saved Civilization," and I really learned a lot of interesting history. I also homeschooled, and I feel like I learned as much as my children! How much fun to have a granddaughter over and have tea with her! (Thanks for your kind comment on my blog, too.)