Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Got Tartan?

Happy Tartan Day!

The Irish have St. Patrick's Day, the Italians have Columbus Day, and now the Scots have National Tartan Day.
Although I'm not Scottish, I still love tartan, so to celebrate, here are a few of my favorite tartan images, recent tartan acquisitions and whatever else...

Starting with tartan wear, not to be confused with tartanware!
I love how tartan plaid can be both casual like this exquisite coat..

...and formal like this ballgown...

Isabelle Randall
...or this wedding dress!

And this wedding dress.

Both casual and formal, this dress rocks!

Gorgeous silk taffeta tartan dress and unmatching jacket.

Plaid Taffeta Skirt
Peruvian Connection
This silk taffeta plaid skirt is what I'm planning to wear for a friend's formal wedding next January!

Country Living
Tartanware represents the bibelots and collectibles from Victorian days, like this little plaid knife.

Jeffrey Bank's private collection of tartanware. I love those napkin rings! From Romancing the Plaid book, a photo of a photo...

I just bought this tartanware cigarette case on Ebay, to be used to carry business cards!

How about tartan upholstered walls?

Love this subtle blue tartan which mixes well with denim.

House Beautiful
Plaid sofas are perfect for this ski chalet.

House Beautiful
Isn't it amazing how plaid goes with everything?
I can't ever get enough of this room! Transferware, plaid and toile, it all goes with the graphic carpet!

Remember this photo from my Airstream post? How amazing is this?
Upholstered in tartan! From Romancing the Plaid book, a photo of a photo...

While I was in NYC, I wore my new Ralph Lauren wool tartan scarf/shawl. It was much appreciated during the two cold and rainy days.

My "go to" readers, another recent purchase from Jeffrey Banks was there when I needed to read those menus, price tags and the map!

When I got home from NYC, a package was waiting for me with this in it!
A follower of Vignette Design sent me her vintage lunch box and thermos, along with two long Pendleton skirts! She no longer wanted them and knew that I would appreciate them!
Do I ever! Thank you "R" for these wonderful tartan gifts!

Speaking of NYC, I wish I knew that the New York Tartan Day Parade is this Saturday, April 10th.

I would have gone a week later just to see this! Maybe next year...


Want more tartan?
Visit the official website for NYC National Tartan Week here.
The king of tartan, Tartanscot will have an incredible post. Don't miss it!
Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul has a lovely Tartan Day tea post.
And Babs at Upstairs Downstairs has a gorgeous tartan picnic post for your viewing pleasure.
Check them out!

Still want more tartan? Geez!
You could check out my past posts about tartan here, here & here.

Now, go put on some plaid, ok?

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De Ruijsbroekjes said...

the skirt you are planning to wear...oh wow gorgeous! I love al the images you placed here, thanx for sharing !

Upscale Downhome said...

Love, Love, Love tartan, too. Makes my heart sing! Great idea to use the tartanware to carry your business cards. Might have to try that myself.

Victoria said...

Wow Delores beautiful post! You selected several of the photos I was considering so I just added a link to your site :-)

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Such an ebb and flow to Tartan's popularity but for me it is always a great option. Thanks for sharing.

quintessence said...

LOVE it all - including your beautiful skirt, card case and fun glasses. Tartan is most definitely a timeless classic.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

GORGEOUS post!!!! Loved the wedding dresses and ADORE the skirt you plan to wear top the upcoming wedding!!!!! WE will HAVE to see pictures of you in it! Loved all these images. Hope you do get to go to the parade next year! I WILL check out Tartanscot's post. XO, Pinky

Sarah said...

Kudos, Delores! Fabulous post honoring Tartan Day.
The silk skirt for the January wedding ~ wow! The new case for the business cards ~ a perfect trademark for you, my friend! The gift from a follower ~ awesome generosity! I've long wished for my childhood plaid lunchbox. Every image is making me smile and my heart sing. You are the Queen of Tartan!
Thank you for the link to my Tartan Tea. I added the links at the end of my post too. Great idea!
Happy Tartan Day! ~ Sarah

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Love the glasses! Just found your blog and signed up - I love it!

Kathysue said...

I remember in the 80s having 3 pairs of tartan wool slacks and I wore them alllll the time they were my go-to pants!! I miss those pants. Loved this post and those formal gowns were amazing, especially the one you are going to wear, that belt and top made a beautiful outfit, Kathysue

savvycityfarmer said...

what goes around comes around!

love it, always have!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Delores--I LOVE the skirt you are planning to wear! Do you remember the long skirts from the 70's? (maybe you aren't old enough, but trust me, we wore them!) I think they are coming back. I also had that same plaid lunch box when I was in grammar school! I wonder where it is? Your photos are wonderful--looks like you had fun over here on our cold east coast. My daughter spent junior year abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and while visiting her I found many tartan goodies to tuck into my suitcase! Love them all...

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

I don't think anyone cares any more about the 'right' to wear a tartan, but I am still proud that my family have one! Now I'm off to look it up, I have forgotten it, though I remember being underwhelmed because it was relatively quiet. Maybe my tastes have changed?

Marlis said...

Happy Tartan day! The skirt you are planning to wear is a statement in itself! Gorgeous. thanks for sharing all the tartan.. I think I might just have to make some placemats like the ones on the lodge table! Come by soon, I'm hosting a Mikasa giveaway!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I knew you would have some GREAT tartan plaid pictures and you sure didn't let me down. My old lunch box is similar. I keep forgetting to get it from my mom's. What a sweet blogger friend you have!

Loved this post!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

LOVE it all! Inspirational images!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I love it all, especially the formal ballgown. I have a tartan plaid comforter in the back of my Jeep for spur of the moment picnics. Love your new Ralph Lauren scarf, and yes, you needed it in New York. I may try to convince my husband to take me to the parade this weekend :-) Many of our family members live in NYC.

The Shade Shop, Inc. said...

I did not know about Tartan Day and I'm Scottish.... but it is now on my calendar and I am hunting for those cute glasses!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delores, I can't believe I've never heard of Tratan Day until all of your bloggers did posts about it this year. OOOOO, now I want a tartan dress. I loved every one of these you shared, and I love that skirt you'll be wearing to the wedding. How nice to get that great lunch box and thermos from a blogger! I guess I missed your Airstream post. I'm also wanting to run out and cover the walls of our RV with tartan plaid now! laurie

Babs said...

Delores, This has been so much fun celebrating National Tartan Day.
I love the tartanware case you got on Ebay. Perfect for business cards and of course, the gorgeous tartan skirt for the wedding.
Thank you so much for linking my blog to your post. This morning, I linked yours and others, who I knew were "celebrating".
Glad you're back from NYC. Take care and have a good weekend.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I love the skirt you are going to be wearing! I agree, I absolutely love tartan too. It will never go out of will always be a classic and it's nice to see it so very popular again. Wonderful images.

On Crooked Creek said...

I'd say that's a lot of Tartan Ware! My favorite would have to be the lunch box and thermos. . .seems I remember carrying one to school for my lunches. Ha!

Evelyn said...

Lovely post, as usual. I had that exact lunchbox and thermos when I was in 6th grade in 1959. I loved it. I had many a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with nice cold milk in it.

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