Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cuisine Kathleen’s 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl


 Tonight is the start of Cuisine Kathleen's 
 6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl.

I wouldn't miss it for the world...
I had to come out of hibernation to join in the fun.
(did ya' think I ran off to some warm country? I wish!!)

 We had house guests that included a 2 year old & I spent 
2 weeks moving breakables prior to their visit then another
2 weeks putting them all back...after Spring cleaning the house!


We're ready to *Celebrate the Irish* now, a "pot o' gold" on the bakers rack, along with my favorite Irish cookbook. 


Hey...That candy dish was FULL just a few days ago!


 There are shamrocks all over the house & we've even had some GREEN desserts already. 
(pistachio pudding...always better in a crystal compote, right?)


 I broke down & bought some Irish Soda Bread
instead of making my own, like I usually do. 
It is pretty good, too but Kathleen's recipe is the best!


By Sunday, the table will be set, like always, with our GREEN 
Depression glass.  We'll be having the traditional corned beef & cabbage, of course.
BEST recipe ever is HERE.

 Last year, Kathleen asked me to be the "Keeper of the Cloth".
This little table topper has been making the rounds of blogland since 2011.  Marigene, (In The Middle of Nowhere) bought it & used it first, then sent it on to Cuisine Kathleen, with the stipulation that it was to be displayed & then shared with another blogger the following year.

 That was ME!!!  I had it topped with my Celtic Cross last year & for a few weeks of this March, it was on my dining room table beneath my Lenox bowl.


I made a place mat of sorts & machine embroidered it, to be sent along with "The Cloth", so that the Keepers names could be recorded with a permanent ink pen for future reference.  It will be fun to see all the places it goes to.


 You'll have to visit ALL the participants of Cuisine Kathleen's Blog Crawl to find out who has it this year!

I'm busy making the one you see above on my embroidery machine.  Each square with one portion of the Celtic Knot is done individually, then sewn together to form the entire knot.  The "Good Luck" wording goes on the side triangles followed by borders & quilting.  I hope I get it done in time for the celebration this year!

Thanks for hosting such a fun party every year, Kathleen! Sláinte, my friend! 

I'll also link up with The Tablescaper for her
Seasonal Sundays meme...thank you, Ms. A. for continuing to host that fun gathering, too.

If you'd like to see other St. Patrick's Day posts, just click on the links below:  


Top o' the Mornin to YOU!

Happy Early St. Patrick's Day

Warming up with Irish Coffee

Irish Tea Table


  1. Beautiful tablescape - I love the green depression ware. Sounds like yo have been very busy with company.
    I got my corned beef brisket, cabbage and potatoes today and I also bought some Irish Soda Bread and it is wonderful. I hope I have some left for St Paddy's day. LOL
    You do such a wonderful job on your sewing projects - Happy St Patrick's Day.

  2. Rett! I just checked your blog the other day to see where you were, and I am so glad to see you!

    Love all of your Irish things, and that quilt is adorable. I was going to try to participate, too, but it might not be happening. I have to borrow Mr. Magpie's computer to load my pictures, and I think he is going to be on it for the next week.

    Again it is great to see you posting.

    Happy Saint Patrick's Day.



  3. PS... I love green Depression is perfect for Easter, too. Such a pretty table, and I love the shamrock plates, too. And the cloth ou have been passing. AND the Celtic cross.

  4. I've been wondering if you might have fled to FL for the winter. I knew you wouldn't miss this party though. I always think of you when I see anything with a shamrock. ;-)
    Fun to see all your green depression glass. I need to remember to have my niece team up with me next year for a St. Pat's table. She has depression glass in green and several other colors. She received her late mother-in-law's collection when she married. And I've already been visiting so I know where the traveling shamrocks landed. Perfect choice!
    Happy St. Pat's Day!

  5. It's so good to see you back, Rett! I enjoyed seeing the pretty green depression glass and all your St. Patrick's Day touches. Irish luck be with you on getting your pretty topper finished. Your sewing skills are always a treat to see. Irish blessings to you. xo

  6. Wow. Love all the green on that table. Such a pretty shade. I admire your embroidery machine skills! That "Keepers of the Cloth" idea is great. Love the embroidery on it. Oh boy if we ever have grandkids I'm going to have to do some serious rethinking about this old house...

  7. Green depression glass is one of the special items missing from my collection, so I'm absolutely enjoying your beautiful pieces! The Celtic Knot is magnificent; I'll be eager to see the finished product. Thanks for inviting us for a peek, and Happy St. Pat's Day! Cherry Kay

  8. Your quilt is absolutely amazing Rett! You truly inspire me to push myself to try quilting, I just haven't taken the next step! And every time I see you use the embroidery machine... Well, I want one of those too! Happy St. Patty's, enjoy your CB&C:@)

  9. As usual, everything is so beautiful. St. Patrick decorations are always so cheerful and spring-like. Glad to see you back.

  10. Rett, Your Celtic Knot topper is beautiful, I love the fabrics and greens you chose! I love your wonderful collection of green depression glass, it makes for such a lovely table for St. Paddy's Day or spring. Yes, Pistachio Pudding is always better in a crystal compote! I'm off to check out the best recipe for corned beef and cabbage. I'm thrilled to be a Keeper of The Cloth this year, I thank my lucky stars you sent it my way :)

  11. Beautiful! Love all of the wonderful details.

  12. Welcome back, Rett, from what I know was a hard few weeks. Your machine embroidered topper is just fabulous, the colors, the work, everything. so beautiful! Happy St. Pat's to you and Ern!

  13. This is such a special party tradition, I love your Keeper of the Cloth record to track the cloth~I think I spied it over at Mary's! The new one your working on is beautiful!

  14. Hi Rett - Your home looks so pretty with all your lovely Irish pieces. I do love the green Depression glass you used for your table. St. Patrick's dinner is one of my favorites of the year. Can't wait to get into that corned beef and cabbage. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you and your family.

  15. Hi Rhett, wow, you have gone all out and it looks lovely. Your table is stunning! love the depression glass. I will definitely check out the recipe. Love so many elements you have here. How fun....

  16. Your St. Patrick's Day decor is lovely. I especially love your depression glass! I know you have pink depression glass too and you surely do set a pretty table. Welcome back to Blogland, Rett! Missed you!

  17. Enjoyed seeing all your green! I love the green depression glass tablescape, so pretty! Your new topper is beautiful! Can't wait to see who is the Keeper of the Cloth this year!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  18. I know what you mean about child-proofing! We have to do it every Monday morning before our grandsons (4 and 2) stay for the day. Beautiful way your displayed the cloth, Rett. You were a good keeper :)

  19. Some nice pictures.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  20. Your table is beautiful, Depression Glass shows so nicely against white.
    Your choice for this year's keeper did the topper very well...wonder who she will honor next year.
    Can't wait to see your quilt when it is finished.
    Have a wonderful week.

  21. Slainte' to you my friend, what a wonderful post. The Keeper of the cloth label is amazing, and I have no words for that quilt you are making! Love your table and all your touches of green! Thanks so much for all you do to make the crawl fun, and for coming out of hibernation to join in with such a grand entry!
    Have a glorious Mar. 17. We are going in to see the kids tomorrow and have dinner at an Irish place with Irish dancing. Should be fun!

  22. Such a fun post, Rett. I do love the green depression glass and the shamrock table topper. Hope you have a happy St. Pat's on Monday!

  23. You have a great collection of green depression glassware. The table topper you made is wonderful! That's so nice about being the Keeper of the Cloth. I visited so many posts but I don't remember seeing it. Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

  24. I think the red quilted cupcakes and lace doily are to die for. one my house is red polka dotted two,with cupcakes every where. I would gladly take one of your cupcake with red polka dots to go please. just love themSusie

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