Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Leprechaun Has Landed!

Ever since I saw this post on the blog called It's A Leprechaun's Life I had been secretly hoping for something to arrive in my mailbox. You see, Tatskool (Pamela) of the Tats A Kool Challenge tatting blog has been making and giving hand stitched leprechauns to a few lucky recipients each year! The previous recipients have had the most delightful adventures with their leprechauns and then they post about them on the leprechaun blog! Sometimes when two or more tatters who own a leprechaun are going to be at the same tatting event they will bring their leprechauns to the event so that the leprechauns can "meet" each other! The meeting isn't complete until there are photos taken and a blog post about it! It's quite fun to read about it in the leprechaun blog! Apparently the most recent batch of leprechauns had to undergo some grueling interview questions. The questions were asked in order to find those most capable of going out into the world to spread cheer, joy and mischief to whomever they were assigned to! This was quite an ordeal according to Tatskool! So, it may not surprise you that deep down inside I was quietly hoping that my name was on the list of this year's recipients!

You can imagine what I was thinking when I recieved a package in the mail last Friday, December 11th that had these stamps on the top of the padded envelope!
These beautiful irish stamps that say "ÉIRE"!


My heart skipped a beat when I saw that the return address said "Cork, Ireland"!



Further investigation revealed a brightly wrapped Christmas package!!!Something was just a little odd about this package! You see, it was squirming! Yes! The package was wriggling around and then I heard mumbling as the paper began to tear open by itself...or so it seemed!


To my delighted surprise a cheerily dressed leprechaun emerged from the gold and red wrapping paper!

Stiofán had arrived!
He held in his arms one of Tatskool's most popular HDT's (Hand Dyed Thread) called "Rainbow Bright". He offered it to me rather ceremoniously, telling me that this was mine and I could tat a lovely bit of tatting of whatever I chose. I thanked him graciously, of course!


He was kind enough to pose for some pictures. When I mentioned to him that he is quite photogenic he surreptitiously agreed. He then went on to explain that he had done some modeling in Ireland for an exclusive magazine for leprechauns called "Leprechaun's Quarterly". He said he even made the cover once! I asked him why he was acting so timid about it. He admitted that he didn't mention it during the interview with Pamela's lep, named Fergeal, for fear he might be taken as a shallow leprechaun and that it might hurt his chances for traveling abroad. After this was revealed he did seem more at ease when he saw that I was not the least bit phased by his confession. In fact, he agreed to pose for more photos! He even did some close ups!

He said this one looked a lot like the photo that made the cover for "Leprechaun's Quarterly".


In his right hand he holds an Irish penny that says "éire 2003".


His festive red belt is festooned with a chain of lucky green tatted clovers and beautiful green glass beads!


What I really wanted to show you was the painstaking detail that has gone into Stiofán's creation!

Note the tiny hand stitched threads that make the detail of his face!

He even has a twinkle in his eye!


One of the first things that Stiofán did was teach me how to pronounce his name properly. He says it is a name from the Old Irish tongue and is pronounced thusly:

"Shtee-oh-fawn"


He even showed me a website that has the pronunciation key for Ancient Irish pronunciations! What a clever fellow...er...leprechaun!
Stiofán is the Old Irish equivalent for the modern English name of Stephan (Steven).

When he looked around my living room he asked me what all the stacks of books were for. You see, currently I am in the process of creating an alphabetical index of my personal tatting library. I have all of my tatting books in stacks according to the letter of the alphabet the title begins with.

He marched over to the tallest stack...the "T's" [of course (T is for Tatting)]...and began his climb to the top of the stack. This was quite a feat for the little guy seeing as the stack was well over a foot high! Well, of course I had to take a picture of him once he made it to the top!Can you see that mischievous look in his eye? Doesn't it look like he's going to hurl that penny at me? He swears he was just waving, but he has that gleam in his eye! LOL!


Well, before Stiofán and I bid you farewell for the evening I'd like to invite you to be sure to say hello! I know it's been a while since I posted, but I have not disappeared from bloggerlandia completely! I promise that! I have lots to blog about so stay tuned!

and Stiofán, too!

XOXO

52 absolutely fabulous things were said:

Angela said...

Oh what a blessed girl you are! I wants me a lil lucky friend too!!!!!!!!

Miss Rhea said...

He is cuuuuute !! All the way from his lucky penny to his tatted clovers :) Lucky You !! :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

How fun to have a visitor from Cork!
I have a bit 'o a soft spot for Cork since that's where my Irish ancestors came from. Your little guy is just amazing! Such detail! So glad you are back just in time for Christmas!!!

m 'o the OC

Fox said...

Wonderful and whimsical post!
♥ Fox : )

Carla said...

Wellcome back TattingChic!
It is a pleasure to read your posts again.

ancolie said...

Happy to see you again ! good luck with your " petit lutin irlandais " !
Happy tatting
and best wishes
ancolie from France

LiLi M. said...

Your Stiofán is too cute! Of course he will play a few tricks, that's what leprechauns are for! They are very usefull doing that. In a household one can easily blame each other for loosing that sock, not washing that all important pair of jeans, not doing the groceries properly, but in your case you have Stiofán to blame!
It's a busy time of the year, if we don't 'see' each other again: wishing you, your family and Stiofán a very Merry Christmas!

Jane Eborall said...

You tell that lep to be careful climbing on that huge pile of books!!! Hope the sorting and listing goes well today!!! Even more - hope you're in less pain.

Sally Kerson said...

Good to see a post from you again, its been a l o n g time. You are lucky having a cute little Irish friend to keep you company and bring you lots of luck.
He looks so realistic!!!

Marilyn said...

How sweet!! Just loved your post!!
Love the Irish as my Hubby is 1/2 Irish with his Mother's maiden name of Flynn!!
Happy Holidays!
Love,
Marilyn

virtualquilter said...

Nice to hear from you again.
That little critter has found a good home, so I hope he doesn't create too much havoc.
Have a great Christmas, and look forward to hearing about Stiofán's new life.
Judy B

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow- what an awesome Irish Christmas present!! Stiofán looks like a wonderful little pal to have around!
So glad to hear from you again- I've been waiting for an update from the Tatting Chickie!

Carol Lawecki said...

Happy Holidays TattingChic!! I'm so Happy to see you have received a Leprechaun. I love his name... Stiofán.. William says Hi and so glad he has arrived in the USA. Now my William is jealous to hear that Stiofán has been in Leprechaun Quarterly.

Have fun with your new tatting pal!!

Heather said...

Oh, how fun! And what a great idea to share such fun across the miles.... ah, the "good 'ol luck 'o the Irish"! Hugs.

Thimbleanna said...

How Fun! I'm thinking Stiofan is VERY lucky to have made his way all the way to YOUR house!!!

Florence and Mary said...

How cute is your little guy!

Victoria xx

Katie said...

Oh, those leps are so darned cute! I love hearing all about your new arrival & how well he fits into your life. You & he are already hitting it off so well! Congrats!!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How FUN!
He is too cute. There's no telling what mischief might happen with him around!

Isdihara said...

Welcome Stiofán and welcome back, TattingChic! How wonderful to have such a darlin' lil' lep' land in your lap. I'm sure you and he will share many, many adventures.

Gina said...

Welcome to your newest member of the family!

Jessica said...

What a clever post and what a sweet package! I've missed you and your posts! :D

Bella Sinclair said...

AHAHAHAHA! Stiofán is just a DARLING wee little lep! Oh my goodness, TattingChic. Leprechaun Quarterly? Who knew! Work it, boy, work that camera. He's a natural! This is absolutely adorable. And I'm SO glad you're back!

Tatskool said...

You do realise that he is going to report back about your tatting books to tell us which we should get!

Fergeal was absolutley gobsmacked when he read that Stiofan had modelled for Leprechauns Quarterly, now he wants to have a subscription to it, and that's just the beginning. He was well impressed!

It just proves that you never know who you are dealing with.

Tattycat said...

Welcome to "Those Who Live With Leprechauns!" I know many exciting adventures await the two of you. Have lots of fun.

Tatfully Yours said...

Make sure he doesn't climb up to high he may fall.

Glad to see you are back to posting.
Missed you!!!!

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Every one needs a little magic at Christmas time. Looks like yours has arrived :)

Wonderful post, Karen

Tracy said...

Hi, TattingChic! Great to see you back here...and what a wonderful gift! Look forward to more pre-Christmas fun. Happy Days :o) ((HUGS))

tattrldy said...

So glad to hear from you again! And to share such good news! Welcome, Stiofan! You and TattingChic will go far together!

Jen R. said...

You had better keep an eye on him! Even though he's cute, he looks a little mischievous!!!

Frivolina said...

Dear Chiclet!
I have the honor to write to me. I usually read your blog. I saw many beautiful things here. Thank you for the recognition, but there is much to be exercised in the technique of tatting.

sewmuchfun4 said...

Hello! Hello!
Good to hear from you AND your cute little sidekick! Did you perchance find a pot of gold anywhere around that Rainbow Bright? Perhaps if you help him with his modeling career he might share a wee bit of gold and the "T" section of your library could grow even taller!
:) Ann

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

Hello, Ruari! Enjoy your new home with TattingChic!

Steph's (tat) Stuff said...

Oops, I called your leprechaun Ruari! I meant Stiofán! So sorry about that, Stiofán. I was just reading Ruari's adventures and got a wee bit confused. Forgive me, forgive me....

julia said...

I love your story and this post. Blessings to you!!!!

Kathy said...

I have seen others visiting from one blog to the next. Lucky you to receive one. He is adorable. I hope he doesn't get a swelled head over all these compliments.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

He is a handsome little devil...and I can tell just by looking at him that he is cheeky too!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Tatt Chic, Oh what a fun visitor from Cork. I am Irish and fell in love with your little friend. You are a lucky girl!!

I have really been missing you and so glad to see you tonight.
Have a very Merry Christmas my friend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Nerm said...

Congratulations on your new visitor. or should I say roommate? What a cutie he is, although I have heard that Lephrechauns are quite trickey, so you'd better look out and don't be taken in by his charm! How nice that he brought you some pretty yarn as well. Welcome back-Nerm

The Victorian Parlor said...

Oh my gosh-this is wonderful! I love your little leprechaun and I love the story too! I can't wait to hear more about his antics and experiences:). I'm glad you are back to blogging-you were missed:)!

Blessings,

Kim

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW! That is real magic! Isn't it fun to receive such a lovely, handmade gift? You must be so excited! How nice of you to visit me and leave such sweet comments! I so love this time of year; it evokes so many ideas of wonderment....all the way from ballet to leprechans. I love Irish culture and folklore, and you certainly have a marvelous momento of this rich culture. Blessings to you on this most special of holidays!!! Anita

Becca Holso said...

Well, isn't he darling? And such a charmer, too =)

Draffin Bears said...

Love the twinkle in the eye, TattingChic.
Your little visitor from County Cork is lovely.
Have fun with your new lucky friend!

Great to have you back, you have been missed.

Hugs
Carolyn

Barbara Jacksier said...

Welcome back. You've been missed. And your new friend is an utter delight!He should come see the snow in Virginia. It's 2 feet high!

NeereAnDear said...

Stopping by to wish you a Very Merry Christmas...

Love your little elfin friend...

LOTS OF HUGS
JO

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Awwww, he is so cute!! I am so glad you got one! I love the tatted clovers just too darn cute! Love your post!
Hugs,
Amy

Carla said...

Merry Christmas, Tattingchic, peace and health to you and your family

Natasha Burns said...

oh what a cutie! Lucky you!!! how sweet the details - the tatted clovers and the twinkle in the eye even! Have a lovely Christmas :)

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

He's so cute and so detailed! What a wonderful gift. I'm sure you'll treasure him forever.
May Christmas fill your heart and home with the true Spirit of the season. Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year!
Patricia :o)

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi TattingChic, thanks for stopping back at my blog. Happy Holidays to you too!! I've just been super busy with getting ready for Christmas. So much to do and so little time to do it in. I am just about ready. DH is going to help me wrap presents today and I need to tat one more thing for Thursday. At least I hope that's it.

I hope you have a super holiday. I wish you good health and happiness in 2010. HUGS!!

Carla said...

Yes. It is okay, you have my permission to copy my photo and share it on your blog.
Thanks very much TattingChic
Carla

Bonnie said...

That twinkle in his eye just screams of trouble. Watch out, GirlFriend, you could have some leprechaun trouble on your hands.

Art by JoyMac said...

Your visitor from Ireland is gorgeous.....he seems to be guarding yout tatting books LOL
Sorry for the late e-mail I couldnt get into your site for a while
Huggles
Joy