Friday, March 18, 2011

Greening the cottage

What a difference a month makes! When we celebrated Valentine's day last month it was cold and Winter weather. Then a month later, St. Patrick's day seems to be the start of Spring! So I've been "Greening" the cottage. Since Easter comes late this year, I'll keep my St. Patrick's green around all month. Here's a little early spring fluffing at my washstand. My little chalkboard was giving birthday greetings this week for our daughter Katy.

My cloch has captured a little Irish angel. I think he's singing a sweet Irish ditty. I've used dried split peas for a green base.

Early spring asparagus stalks -- I love fresh asparagus! And some sheep. (I know it's early spring because their wool hasn't been sheared yet.)

This jar has captured a leprechan and his loot -- but he really doesn't look to unhappy about it. Maybe he's thinking of split pea soup!

All arranged on one of my big cabbage leaf placemats.

My sideboard has changed for Spring as well. The white runner has been switched for a green one.

Would you like a bit of Irish tea?

A small collection of little Irish cottages and a church.

Looks like instead of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow -- I have a sugar scuttle of gold coins.

A few more signs of Spring in the kitchen.

Bunnies and a bird nest....

....and a shamrock pail filled with cabbage and another bunny.

Shammrock plant.....

....and garden flag. It's beginning to look like Spring!

Are things "greening up" at your cottage too?

I'm joining Marty at Tabletop Tuesday


  1. Not much green...but a lot of smiles when I drove home in the warm air and the sun still shining!

    I love your green though...split peas, hunh? Good idea!

  2. So many sweet things to look at! Love your bunny and ready for Spring!

  3. Oh so pretty. Everything looks wonderful. Love all of your vignettes. Hugs, Marty

  4. Martha~
    I love all of your St. Patrick's Day and spring touches. It seems like spring really has taken a long time to get to the Mid Atlantic this year. I'm sort of glad Easter is late this year though. It gives us more time to get ready for it!


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  6. Hi Martha! Oh, you are certainly spring green at your house! I love all of your pretties! That Irish looking tea pot is gorgeous! Love all the little wee ones you've captured under your cloches. I think that means you're in for some wonderful 'good luck' times! :)
    Be a sweetie and I hope you'll come to my Heart of the Home - Favorite Cupboard Party! :)
    Shelia ;)

  7. Howdy Martha! Spring blessings to you.
    Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter.

    I LOVE the dried green split peas!!! This is such a cute idea and I want to use this sometime for a splash of green! You decorated so cute for the season.

    May you have a fantastic Spring....I am soooooo glad it's Spring. Wonderful.
    God bless,

  8. Martha what a wonderful post and all the pictures. I love that CABBAGE, it is perfect with your setting. I have an old silk one but I want one like yours! I will have to go on a vegetable expedition and look for one! Hahaha...Great post.

  9. Cute vignettes, Martha. Very springy! I love the little sheep tealight candle holders and the bunnies....Christine

  10. Martha,
    Very pretty. I love the split peas! There is a change in the air and I love it!


  11. I love the irish tea pot. That is so cute. I also love the lamb candle holders. Those are darling. I told you I collected David Winters once...i have those three pieces...and the school house left of the mini's...I have three of the big ones left.

  12. Love the bunnies in the kitchen. Everything looks springy in your it.

  13. Hi lovely lady. I love the Irish Teapot sweet lady. Also your white bunnies so sweet... I love coming over to see you and all your new post's I hope you have a Great Day.

  14. Hello! I found you on A Stroll Thru Life. I've never been to your blog before. That's because I'm fairly new to blogging. I love all of your seasonal decorations, especially your bunnies and the cabbage.

  15. Hi Martha ~ I love all of your pretty things! :)

  16. I think that split peas are such an effective decorating tool in so many different situations...well done! Looks like you are prepared for the glories that always come with Spring. Your cloches are darling. Thank you for sharing your wonderful vignettes. Cherry Kay

  17. So many fun and pretty details! I am so happy to see a little bit of spring happening around here. Tha teapot is gorgeous!

  18. Hi Martha...

    My friend...your home just looks gorgeous all dressed in its spring green! Green is one of my favorite colors so all of your beautiful vignettes are right up my design alley! Hehe! Well...I have to say that my favorite vignette is of those pretty bunnies!!! I just have a "thing" for all sweet bunnies!!! I haven't put any of mine out yet. I need to get busy! I loved how you did all of your cloches with the little leprachauns...darling!!! I also really enjoyed looking through your beautiful silver that you have out on your buffet! That sugar scuttle is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiul spring green home with us today, dear lady!!!

    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my spring mantel! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, my friend! Thank you!!!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  19. I love your seasonal decor. Very happy!

  20. Love your pretty pics and adorable bunnies.
    Loved the ribbon on their neck. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments.

  21. I lot every bit of your spring decor! That scuttle of gold coins is wonderful! I had never heard of a scuttle until now. I must be living under a rock!!