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!


  1. Hi Michele: I would love to win your give away! It look so pretty. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  2. Oh Michele, you are so sweet to have this giveaway! I would love to enter, my friend, and yes, I follow your delightful blog.

    Stay warm, dear one. Hugs to you!

  3. You have to throw my name in the hat. I will be so glad when the snow is gone.

  4. Hi Michele!
    Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    So happy to have found you. Your blog is beautiful.
    I love the hounds-tooth dish cloth! So festive and pretty . . . as are the shamrock whiteware!
    Count me in on your giveaway!
    I hope this finds that you're having a great start to your week!
    Stay warm!!

  5. Oh boy, sorry you got the snow, but so glad we didn't! That icicle truly looks like a mean weapon (for a few hours, anyway)! What a totally cute, themed vignette you have Michele! I think I'd have to foster those babies just a little longer if I had been the picker. ;)
    Rita C at Panoply

  6. What a sweet surprise giveaway, Michele. Boy do you have the snow! We still have it on the ground and only had ice yesterday. Today was in the 40s, so there's been a lot of melting going on. Wow, what a huge icicle your husband is holding. Glad to know he's a good guy--that could be a weapon. ♥

  7. I'm sure that a murder mystery was written about just such a rapier... That's a great photo!

    Sweet St. Pat's items...they do look like spring!

  8. Love the picture of your husband, and how cool that he does medieval fencing!

    Don't enter me; I just won something, don't want to be greedy :) How sweet of you to pay it forward, Michele.

  9. Hi Michele, first, sweet giveaway and yes they would look great at my place. Second, you won't believe it but I tooking fencing in college had loved the course. Third, just last week I was thinking about a St Patrick's post if I am up to it and your gorgeous Irish dishes came to my mind and so I hope you create something beautiful to show with them. I had my second knee replacement on Feb 5 so haven't felt up to blogging. Hope to do something for St Pattys.

  10. I thought the icicle looked like a light saber because little boys never truly grow up! :)
    Please enter me in the contest :)

  11. Michele, love seeing you snow pics.
    Your thrifted gifts are delightful. I'd love to be the lucky one to add a bit of shamrock charm to my St. Pat's table. ;-)

  12. I've not been visiting you long enough to be in a giveaway, just wanted to say that the shamrock vignette is adorable and that I hope you're keeping warm and cozy in this beautiful snow.

  13. Might be time to get the "Knight" a snow blower!

    1. He will have none of it, Karen! We have 2 acres as well and he pushes a lawn mower. He says it keeps him healthy and fit and he won't do it until/unless he must. I would love to get him a snow blower- but I think he's rather have room for his anvils and forge! Yes he makes his own armor too - also a very good blacksmith hobbyist! He is a man of many talents! : = )

  14. Hi just found you ,the blog is very nice.....

  15. Hi Michele, pretty shamrock give away, since I don't have anything
    for St. Patrick's day ,I would love it. The snow is really pretty l nice
    Looking snow man too!
    Hugs my friend.

  16. I love things that are not perfect! Please enter me. I don't have a blog. So you may contact me at

  17. HI Michele! Oh, what a sweet giveaway so poke my name in the hat! Your hubby is looking all knightly and he even has his sword! :) Your snow looks like ours. Thanks for popping in to see me and I'll try my table at an angle like you said. You're so good.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. What a darling giveaway, Michele! I liked seeing the picture of your Kinght. I sure miss my late beloved knight each and every day, but am thankful for the years we had together.

  19. So very kind of you to initiate a give-away. I love the items: perfect for St. Patrick's decorating and I've become an herbel tea drinker lately since coffee is a no-no for me now, so that precious teapot would come in handy! Your area looks beautiful covered in snow and it's always good to have a "knight" defending the castle! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  20. Wonderful giveaway, Michele! Sorry I can't enter but that's OK. I know shipping is expensive and here in Canada, it is unreal. You do have a lot of snow. I have mountains all around our house. I haven't really shared any pictures. It looks like it would never be possible to see green grass again. But surely by the end of April most of it will be gone. Thanks for joining me for tea.


  21. Michele, you sweet thing; always paying it forward! Love the sweet shamrock goodies! On Sunday in church our leaders asked us to pray for those who are getting so much snow. I hope prayers will soon be answered! We've hardly had a winter, but have received some well needed snow the last couple of days. Too bad you can't bundle it up and send it our way. lol! Thank goodness for those knights in shining armor! Thanks for offering this lovely give away!

  22. What a great giveaway Michelle! Don't enter me...but what a treasure for the winner! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  23. Hello Michelle, The Finch Rest looks beautiful with all of the snow. I don't know about you, but I'm a little tired of it now, and they say there may be more this evening. What part of the country are you in?

  24. Some cute items for your giveaway Michele, I must start digging out my St. Paddy's and spring things. Someone shared an old post of a St.Patrick's day tea table of yours on FB recently.

  25. That is such a cute giveaway and it does make a pretty vignette.

    Hope all your snow is gone soon ~ I think it will be awhile yet for us.


  26. Please don't enter me because I'm north of the border but I just wanted to say that your shamrock items are too cute!

  27. Just found this via another web page and I love the idea of a shamrock-themed giveaway. Thanx!

    If I win, you can email me at:

  28. Those items are really cute and I could use some more St. Patrick's Day decorations. Please enter me!

  29. Oh wow what a cute little set. I would love to be entered to win. my email is
    tcufrogrn at gmail

  30. Hi Michele! What an adorable shamrock set. As you know, I don't really have any shamrock dishes but, I do have a shamrock teacup! Great finds and such a sweet giveaway. I hear ya about all the snow. We have about a foot of it still on the ground but, yesterday it sleeted all day long so now there is about an inch of ice covering everything as well.

  31. Hi Michele! That is an adorable shamrock set and I would love to be able to use it mixed in with my small ironstone collection for St Patricks Day decor ! I only have a couple of items for St Patricks day and I would love to be entered to win; I have a pretty little milk glass tea cup and saucer that would go great with the teapot! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  32. Hi Michelle, That is a really nice giveaway for some lucky gal. And as I'm at the bottom of the world, down under, I won't be in the draw but good luck to everyone who is. I'm sure whoever wins will love it.


  33. So pretty! I would use these all year long. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Ohhh, so pretty - and how sweet of you to offer this giveaway. Your husband is a great sport! I just cannot believe all the snow you all are getting. It is so pretty!

  35. I'm half Irish on my father's side, and so I love shamrocks and all things pertaining to Saint Patrick's Day! I'm visiting from "Share your Cup" but I'd also love to be a winner of this sweet set!

  36. Wow what a nice giveaway! Each year I am in search of some dishes with shamrocks but I never find anything affordable so I still haven't bought anything. This would be such a cute set to own and be able to use for St. Patrick's Day! What a great offer! Love the picture of your Knight in Shining Winter Coat (gotta love the humor)!

  37. What a great giveaway. I collect all items with shamrocks and green since St. pat's day is my birthday.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  38. Just found your blog via another blog. I love the shamrock theme giveaway! Such a cute set for decorating on St. Patrick's Day! As you can tell by part of my email address listed below, I have some Irish in me!

    If I win, you can email me at:


  39. Oh my, that teapot is too cute! I love the tea towel too. Thanks for visiting my blog from Rue's, I'm now following yours as well! Have a great weekend Michele!

  40. this looks cute

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  41. I love the embroidered towel it is beautiful and the Teapot is adorable. I recently had my DNA tested and discovered that I am 47% Irish. A fact that I never knew! So we will definitely be celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year!

  42. Congrats to Mary Ellen on winning, and I love that your husband teaches sword fencing!


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