Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter at the Finch Rest Emporium

Hello, friends! Welcome Spring!

(Even though it snowed heavily this week...grrrr!)

I have been super busy adding lots of wonderful Easter items
 to my humble little e-bay store
called The Finch Rest Emporium!

Here is just a little sampling of the cuteness!

I would be delighted if you were to stop by there
 ~and take a closer look~
to consider adding a new little item to your spring collection!

And please do check back often,
 as I have more that I shall be listing as time allows!
My basement is choke full of new treasures to sell!

Now a public service reminder to those of you (and who doesn't?)
 who have something to sell -
( even if you DON'T have an online store...)

Stop by every Wednesday to the fun blog linky party called
 hosted by the sweet lady Beverly at How Sweet The Sound 
to show/share/sell your wares!

It's a free and easy forum
 to buy - trade - sell - your handmade, seasonal or vintage items!

YOU name your own terms!

(It's also a wonderful place to go to FIRST before hitting the big box retail places for your gift giving-
there are so many talented bloggers out there!)

Just get in the habit of
and try, when you are able, to support small business.

And by the way, if any of my readers from outside the USA
are interested in items in my store...for YOU I would
consider international shipping. I don't generally as a rule, 
but for YOU I will try and do my best to help you with your needs.
Just write me and we'll figure it out.

Thank you for indulging me today!

I don't have advertisements on my sidebar or any pop-up ads,
but once a month or so I like to remind my readers
about my humble little store established in 1999....
and to also remind everyone about visiting this week's 
and check out all the wonderful items available for you!

(click to enter store)

As always, thank you for your visit today!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

Finally getting the chance to share
 a few of my shamrock decor items!

I have, um, a few.
Some of you know what a special day this is to me.

: - )

Don't forget to wear your green!

If you have any orange on, take it off or I will come pinch you!

Or you just may find yourself getting pinched
by the wee faerie folk!

(Those leprechauns are tricky!)

I very seldom take off my Claddagh ring but did for this pic for you!

I got this on an Ireland trip with my father and 5 siblings years ago.

It's difficult to see it- but the heart is made
 of dark green Connemara Marble

(Just like the columns at St. Patrick's Cathedral!)

Another item I bought while visiting Ireland 
is this pretty vase.

One never knows where one will find shamrocks around here!

Naturally on this special occasion I must let you take a peek
 at my 15-year-old shamrock plant!

My first cousins on my mother's side gave them to us
for my father's funeral.

I recently divided it so now I have two.

They insist on very bright sunlight.
So, how is it they grow in cloudy rainy Ireland then?

....and last but not least, here is my very first shamrock china
from my dear eldest daughter many years ago!

"Lucky Shamrock" teacup set by Hammersley.

I adore this and only use it on St. Patrick's Day.
It's really one I would be heart broken to have break.

Here is the bottom.


  I'll Wear a Shamrock 

St. Patrick's Day is with us,
The day when all that's seen
To right and left and everywhere
Is green, green, green!

And Irish tunes they whistle
And Irish songs they sing,
Today each Irish lad walks out
As proud as any king.

I'll wear a four-leaf shamrock
On my coat, the glad day through,
For my father and mother are Irish
So I am Irish too!

As always, thank you for your visit!



Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Tea at Kelton House

My older sister visited a good portion of last week
and I treated her to her first visit to The Kelton House
for their afternoon St. Patrick's Day Tea!

I forgot my camera so my pics aren't great from my phone,
but I couldn't skip it and not share this tea party with you all!

I know how much you love tea parties!

And by my sharing with you,
 it makes me feel as though you kinda went with me.  

And I REALLY REALLY LIKE that feeling!

The sweet lady sitting across from me had painted her nails
the prettiest shade of green for St. Pat's,
 so she let me snap a pic to share.

Interestingly, she always paints her ring finger a
different color than the rest.

Here's my huge plate of one of everything.

Sorry for blurry pic - didn't realize it was this bad till now.

Everything was SO delicious!

 And it was fun showing my sister the museum house
full of amazing antiques.

I hope she will be able to attend another
 of the Kelton House teas again- they're a very special treat!

It was fun to share my world a little more with her, too.

Here is a copy of the wonderful menu:

Reuben Canapes
Toad in the Hole
Colcannon Tots
Irish Cheese Bites
Apple and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Bacon Beer Scones with Smoked Cheddar & Carmelized Onions

Glazed Irish Breakfast Tea Madeleine (my favorite)
Irish Potato Candy
Bailey's Butterscotch Brownies
Irish Cream Puffs
Shamrock Bread Pudding

The speaker for the day was scheduled for St. Valentine's Day
but was stuck in Boston during one of the really bad snow storms.
(Her mother lives in Boston and she was visiting.)

So we were able to hear it this time - her presentation
was all about the history of White House Weddings.
It was so interesting!

I forgot to take a picture of her. Oops.

On the back of the menu it reads:

Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is a tradition that started in the 17th century, when green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Ireland's patron saint.

The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns; the small fairy folk who would pinch anyone they could see.

Of course, with St. Patrick's Day comes the massive appearance of shamrocks. Whether you're wearing one pinned to your lapel or if you have them on your socks, shamrocks have become a central symbol for this day,

In the olden days in Ireland, the shamrock was seen as sacred.
 Due to its green color and overall shape, many believed it to represent rebirth and life. The four leaves of the clover are thought to represent faith, love, hope and luck.

Because of this, the shamrock has continued to be very popular in Irish culture. When the Irish were protesting British rule many people wore shamrocks as a silent reminder of their solidarity, and support of the Emerald Isle.

From then on the shamrock has become a very well-known symbol that represents Ireland and her Irish people.

As always, thank you for your visit!



Friday, March 6, 2015

Giveaway Winner and Random Facts

I am joining in two new-to-me linky parties with a similar theme:
the Random 5 Facts linky party and the Willy Nilly linky party
as an neat way to announce my Shamrock Give-away winner!
(Scroll to end of this post for clickable links to take you there.)

So, without further ado, here are my 5 randoms!

Random Fact 1:

 I finally hung up my St. Patrick's wreath!
I have never been this late before but the cold
(and snow and ice) just kept me from wanting to do so till today!

Random Fact 2:

I have always loved, and finally was able to acquire  
a fabulous large Mora wall clock.

We've had it a couple years now but it is in a weird spot
and I never really featured it before.

I am thinking about moving it
to a more prominent spot, but that means wall repair.


Random Fact 3:

Yoda indeed lives happily under a very old shady bonsai
with terrapins and dragonflies here at Finch Rest!

He is about 3 inches high which gives you an idea 
of the size of this wonderful 20  year old tree.

Random Fact 4:

Tomorrow is my handsome husband's birthday.
(He is totally the total and original Star Wars geek enthusiast,)

I've shared this pic before.
 I don't have many of him 'cuz
he fights me about getting pics of him.

He prefers to be behind the camera.
I understand that, too, so certainly don't fight him too hard about it.

Random Fact 5:

Last but certainly not least:
 My daughter Katie picked the winning name randomly 
for my Shamrock Themed Give-away today - and the winner is

----->>>>>>MARTHA ELLEN<<<<<<------
of The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen blog!!!

I meant to get a pic of my daughter when she came and
gave my husband a haircut and did my hair.

She's a licensed stylist that makes house calls for us.
We are so truly blessed.

I put a name in a big bowl and pulled a name out.

I laid the contestants names on a majolica cabbage platter
for a green background to showcase all the names of the
fabulous ladies who joined in the fun!

Thank you ALL for entering, for all your visits
and for your sweet and treasured comments.

So be sure to hop on over to share your own "random five facts"
and join in the fun at
 A Rural Journal blog

As always, thank you for stopping by!



Monday, March 2, 2015

A Shamrock Themed Give-away!

WELL, yes of course, it's still cold and very snowy!

It snowed ALL DAY yesterday!

If you read my last post you will find I shared 
my new lovely teacup I won recently.

I also wrote how it truly helped me out of my winter "funk."

SO, as one good turn deserves another-
I am all about paying forward a kindness!

I am hosting my own giveaway!
And shamrocks are the theme!

Are ye feelin' the luck of the Irish?

I have some thrifted items for you - 
just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

The plate with a plastic stand is crazed,
 the little teapot for one has a glaze chip 
and the tea towel is quite stained.

(But they're so cute and they make a nice little vignette!)

Sorry due to the high cost of international shipping
 this is only open to those who live in the Continental US.
(Please forgive me for that! I must be frugal!)

I only ask that you leave a comment,
 and if you are a non-blogger
 a way to reach you should your name be picked.

Of course I'd be delighted if you were a follower of my blog,
but it isn't a contingency, just a super nice thing to be.  

The giveaway ends this Friday afternoon - March 6th.
 All the names will go in a Bower Hat
 and my daughter Katie will pick a name randomly. 

I hope to get this out to the winner quickly
so she/he may enjoy the theme in time for Paddy's Day!

And before I say adieu here are some winter pics to share.
(So you really don't think I am exaggerating about this winter around here!)

The pic with the cute husband was taken yesterday
during our big day-long snow storm
 when he went out for the THIRD TIME that day
to shovel our drive and the walkways.

He teaches early 1500s Italian/Degrassi- style sword fencing
as a huge hobby, so naturally he found an icicle rapier!

He knew it'd make me smile!

(He really is my Knight in Shining Winter Coat!)

This pretty blue skies backyard pic was taken two hours ago.
Glad the storm passed and it's sunny again!

It makes a huge difference with how one deals with a long winter!

True Spring, we anxiously await your arrival, please!



Have a wonderful day and week!

As always, thanks for your visit!