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Monday, 12 March 2012

Dressing The Table For St. Paddy's Day

I spied a remnant of sequined, dark green fabric at my favourite textile store.  This is the kind of material ice skaters costumes are made of.  It was reduced to $9 for about a yard and a half.  Since I was buying $1,000 worth of drapery fabric for a client, they threw the remnant in for free.  Yay!

I thought it would make festive table runners that were sparkly enough to please even my granddaughters.

Here's the full tutorial on how I made the runners.  Cut the fabric to the desired width and length. That's it.  Seriously, I didn't even hem it.  I'm not running all those sequins through my sewing machine! 


I dressed up a nineteenth century majolica pitcher with a dollar store shamrock thingy, a blue/green ribbon rose and a partridge. ~


Of course I used the hand embroidered Irish linen napkins that I picked up in a box of linens at auction.  I have a collection of vintage silver napkin rings and pressed them into service for the occasion. ~


I wanted to use items from the 1800's as that was the time of the mass emigration from Ireland and when my ancestors arrived in Canada.

A creamware pitcher and this wonderful "Cutty Sark" pattern transferware sugar bowl hail from that time. ~



The transferware plates are reproductions from Homesense.  My beloved, pearl handled dessert set is vintage. ~


Does this all work in a dining room wallpapered in Toile de Jouy? ~


Of course it does.  You see the French did not invent Toile.  No siree, it is an Irish invention from the 16th century!  Thank you Ireland!  How could I live without my toile?

I also thank the Irish for inventing modern chemistry, the induction coil, hollow needles for syringes, Seismology, Bin aural stethoscopes, shorthand, nickle zinc batteries, portable defibrillators, boycotting (that alone kept one of my daughters busy through her teen years) and discovering neutrons and splitting the first atom (oh yes they did).  They, also, invented whisky.  I probably didn't have to tell you the last one. Te he.

I'll leave you with the words of Adrienne Cook.

St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time ~ a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into a summer's magic.

I'm sharing with these parties:

The House In The Roses