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Showing posts with label BLOG CRAWL. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

IN AN IRISH VILLAGE, A FAIRYTALE

In the quaint Irish village of Corny-Killarny,

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on a charming road,

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in a quaint little cottage, lived a young lad and lass.

lad and lass

trapped leprechaun

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went to end

i'm home

found no gold

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AND THEE ARE MY POT

cozy bedroom

set ye free

WHEW

The lad and lass lived happily ever after (the leprechaun also lived happily ever after, never again letting himself be trapped under a cloche).

And I’m blessed to be living happily ever after with my “pot o’ gold”.

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I’m linking to the Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen’s on March 13th.  Be sure to go check out all of the Blog Crawl posts.  I am fairly confident that you will not have to view another Corny-Killarny post!  Thank you for hosting this fun party, Kathleen.  Thank you for visiting my corny village.  laurie

Monday, March 14, 2011

WANT TO KISS THE BLARNEY STONE?

It’s here! It’s here!  And I’m crawling, are you?  Today’s the Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen, and I’m so glad you crawled over to my blog!

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Dinner plates:  Ascot by Wood & Sons, Alpine White Ironstone

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2 plates

houses

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blarney stone

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Grandchildren’s table

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Wait!  I saw something moving in the grass!  What was that?

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Look!  It’s a little Leprechaun!  Maybe he can lead us to the pot of gold!

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Rainbow

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HE DID!  HE DID!

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I am linking to Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life,

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The St. Patrick’s Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen,

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Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style (surely I wowed you when I found a leprechaun to lead us to the pot of gold!),

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Whassup Wednesday at Elements Interiors,

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Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, New_size_125_tall[2][1]

Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home, and

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A big thank you for being one of my friends. laurie

Sunday, March 14, 2010

MINI-MORPHOSIS

Before I knew how to pronounce it, I loved Quimper (Pronunciation per Merriam Webster: \kaⁿ-ˈper\)Faience Pottery – especially if it has paintings of the Bretons (per Merriam Webster: inhabitant of Brittany) on it.


faux quimper


Being a bargain hunter, over the years, I purchased a few pieces of faux Quimper pottery when I found it on sale. (My test for faux or authentic Quimper is the price! Not a good test, but I’m not educated about the markings on the back, so I know I could easily be fooled-it doesn’t take much to fool me. If it’s inexpensive enough for me to buy it, then I know it is not the real deal!) I know-somebody could fool me by putting a high price on a faux Quimper, but as a bargain hunter, there is no chance of me buying a high priced faux. (Don’t ya love the way I call myself a “bargain hunter” instead of “cheap”?)


framed quimper


About ten years ago, my husband and I were in an antique store that was having a sale, when I spotted 6 small (possibly salad size) plates and a small serving container that were the REAL deal! (Of course, I knew that because they were marked with a high price tag! I also knew I was shopping from a reputable dealer.) After educating my husband about what Quimper is and how I’d always thought it was the most charming pottery I’d ever seen, he told me I should buy them. Even though they were on sale, I couldn’t bring myself to pay that price. I’m way too tight much of a bargain hunter. My sweetheart surprised me with them for Christmas that year. They have been hanging on the wall in my kitchen with two framed needlepoint pictures for ten years, just as you see them above.new plates


Recently, my sweet friend, Sarah, at Hyacinth for the Soul, asked me if I’d like to get emails from a Quimper seller. I told her that I thought it would be fun to see the emails, but I wasn’t going to be buying anything, so I signed up. (I’ve been eating a lot of my words lately). I think it was the second week of receiving the emails that I ordered the two plates pictured above.


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I replaced the two needlepoint pictures with the two plates, and I love how it brightened up that wall. It’s not much of a metamorphosis, but it did make a big difference on that wall of my kitchen.


WALL POCKET


That’s the end of a mini-morphosis, but unfortunately, it’s not the end of my word eating! Since then, I have ordered this wall pocket (I’m still trying to decide where to hang it)…


baptism plate


..And, I ordered this pretty little Baptism plate (which resides in a china cabinet in my kitchen).


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My faux Quimper happily resides with my REAL Quimper, and I have no space left, so I’m not buying any more Quimper (until the next email that has something I just can’t resist!)


BLOG CRAWL NEWSPAPER


Don’t forget the Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen’s on March 16th! Get your green on and join in the St. Patrick’s fun!

A QUESTION ANSWERED:  I had several visitors to my Oscar night post, who inquired about the place cards with the stars names on them.  I couldn’t show you the “credits” I created for the dinner, because I didn’t want to post first and last names of my guests on the internet.  On a door, I hung a long sheet of white paper on which I had stenciled the name of each star with a guest’s name beside that star’s name.  On each side of the paper, I hung curtains to give the impression of a theater screen.  Guests looked at the “credits” to find out what star’s name they should look for to find their seat at the table.   

I’m joining Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.  Click on these blog names to go get links to some REAL metamorphoses and some beautiful mosaics.

As always, I really appreciate your visit to my blog, and I love when you leave me a comment.  I also want to say a big thanks to my four Facebook “fans”!! laurie