Monday, February 25, 2013

Celebrating the Irish Spirit







My Dear Fellow Blogger Family

Thanks so much for all your well wishes. I have not posted for a while and  having been inspired by so many of you, I decided to share with you  how I am celebrating my little touch of Irish heritage.  From what I know of my family history, we descend from Irish, French and American Cherokee Indian ancestry. I hope you will enjoy!


This pretty little musical doll's name is Kelly. She holds a shamrock in her hand for Saint Patrick's Day wishes. She is so excited and wants to share the festivities with you! Her hair is the same color as my sweet grand-daughter, Rachel.  Debbie over at DebbieDabbles reminded me, while enjoying what she has done to celebrate, that Kelly had been put away much too long. I saw her gorgeous doll and musical teddy bear in her recent post and a little bell went off in my head. Her decorations are always awe-inspiring. 
Dear Kelly is accompanied by a few of her friends. On her far right, is Pawley. He is holding his sea shell and is named  for(you might have guessed it), Pawleys Island, S.C. This is a lovely place to visit, here in our beautiful state. The fellow on her immediate right is named Lance, after the baking company Lance.com, . He's holding a couple of their tasty snacks(cheese crackers with peanut butter in the middle). To Kelly's left is a girl called Friday, as in "My Girl Friday." And, yes folks, I still remember when we used typewriters!  Friday was given to me by wonderful friends when I worked in the insurance industry at Hutson-Etherredge Co.  

This is Rachel. She brings sunshine to our lives every day and because of  her and all our other grandchildren most every day is a reason to celebrate.   They bring our family so much joy!





The head of this family of thimble-hats is sitting on the spool to the far left. His name is Darn and it looks like his sock could use a little darning. The wee lassie next to him , his daughter, is called Mendy and she is holding her mama's strawberry pincushion. Little laddie, Bobbin, is next to Mendy and  is holding, what else but a bobbin, for his mother's sewing machine. Last of all, on the far right is mother herself, Thimblena. She has selected a spool of  thread for her next sewing project and is anxious to begin creating. The "bairns" and their "Da"(a wink to my husband Glenn) are ready to help her to get underway. They all share my love of sewing! 




These 2 wee folks are McEver, on the left, and Coleen on the right. The ladd, McEver, is named for a coach McIver. You will note the football(walnut) he is gripping in his hands. They are surrounded by shamrocks. Our Coleen, the sweet lass, is holding a little shamrock, which seems to have brought them good fortune. They have managed to find that  elusive "pot of gold" that everyone seems to be searching for. Aren't they the lucky ones? Now, if I could just find mine!

Some of my little folks(Tom Clark figurines) may not be one hundred percent Irish, but I tend to believe they all have a wee touch of that Irish spirit, don't you?

Wishing you the best on Saint Patrick's Day and blessings all of your days!

Lynn

18 comments:

Patty said...

I love St. Patty's Day decor. Thanks for sharing with us.

Shannon @ A Cozy Place Called Home said...

You have really cute Irish items, my favorite being Kelly. The thimble hat figurines are very interesting. I have never seen them before. Your Rachel is a cutie and looks like an Irish doll herself. I hope you are feeling much better.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Lynn,
Thanks so much for mentioning my Blog in this wonderful post!! I just love your beautiful doll, Kelly!! And what a cutie sweet little Rachel is!!
Love all of your Irish items that you have shared with us today!!

Hugs,
Deb

lynn cockrell said...

Oh, Patty, I'm so happy that you stopped by Mimi Mine. I'm glad that you enjoyed my little Irish post and appreciate your kind comments. Bless you!

lynn cockrell said...

Shannon, I am so glad you stopped by to visit and celebrate. I am feeling much better now, thank you for asking. The thimble-hat family is one of a couple of collections that I have all the figures for. I had to look for them for quite a while. They are some of my favorites. Thanks for your sweet comment about Rachel. She really is a sweet child and has a great personality, if I may say so. Thanks again for leaving your nice comments! Lynn

lynn cockrell said...

Debbie, I am delighted that you dropped by to pay me a visit. Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I'm glad you enjoyed my little post. Your blog inspires me to do a little decorating around here. Our Rachel is "one of a kind" for sure. She keeps Glenn and me on our toes!

Lynn

Holly Lefevre (504 Main) said...

Glad you are feeling better and well enough to share this lovely post! Your decorations are amazing (and Debbie always has such amazing accessories and decor too). That Rachel of yours is adorable!

lynn cockrell said...

Holly, thanks for stopping by. I'm happy you enjoyed my touch o' the green. I'm going to try that wonderful looking cake in a cup you posted on your blog. You seem to always have something good to eat over there. I wish I could try it all, but my waistline is expanding enough already! I take care of Rachel on weekdays and she is really a joy, truly. I,too, am glad to be getting back to feeling more normal. Bless you,

Christine Graves said...

Your grandaughter has the most gorgeous hair! and I love the decorations....they're unlike anything I've seen. Definitely treasurers to keep.

My Garden Diaries said...

Hi Lynn! Thanks for popping by my blog! Your grandaughter is adorable!!!! And I so love that thimble family...they remind me of a set of wooden elves my grandmother had! My family is Irish too and I think it is so important to pass down traditions to our kiddos! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jessica @ A Humble Creation said...

Hi, Lynn! How sweet. I enjoyed your story and history. I see the Irish in your pretty little Rachel with that red hair! Glad you are back and feeling better! Hugs, Jessica

lynn cockrell said...

Christine, It was so nice of you to visit me on Mimi Mine and thanks for leaving a note so I could know you came by. Your comments are so sweet. We are, of course, a little partial but we think Rachel's cute, too. Her red hair suits her personality-she's never dull! I wish I had the decorating talents of you and so many other great bloggers. Have a beautiful and blessed day!

lynn cockrell said...

Nicole, thanks ever so much for taking time to drop in on me.I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my little people. I would love to have seen the elves your grandmother had. Now, those would really be a treasure, for sure! To me, there is something so compelling about the Irish heritage that pulls at your heartstrings and brings out the adventurous spirit in you. Tradition is very important, especially in our fast and ever changing world. Your blog is gorgeous! It makes me want to get out and start cleaning, clearing and replanting for spring. May your day be blessed!

lynn cockrell said...

Jessica, I'm so happy you came by and appreciate your leaving a note to let me know you were here. Thanks for the sweet comment about Rachel. I will miss having her around next year when she starts school. She will be attending the same school as her sister Sophie(also a redhead, though more strawberry). Her mom, my daughter Stephanie, is the school nurse there, as well.She has been pretty sheltered here with me so I hope her transition is easy. I note how busy you've been on your blog and I hope it will continue to thrive and grow!

Keeping It Cozy said...

Thanks for sharing some of your Irish treasures! Rachel is adorable!

lynn cockrell said...

Andrea, thanks so much for stopping by my humble blog. I'm very glad you dropped in and thank you for your kind comments! We love all our grands and, like most grandparents, we think they are pretty special.Your children are adorable!

Wendy said...

That's one country I'd really like to visit: Ireland! It's so beautiful there. And you have a beautiful granddaughter Lynn! Hugs and happy weekend

lynn cockrell said...

Wendy, it is one of my fondest dreams to one day visit Ireland. I am so drawn to do that and to go to France, as well. Thanks so much for your sweet comment about our Rachel. She is a sweet spirit and has a good nature.I will really miss her next year when she begins kindergarten. Bless you.