HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!
Harper’s elegant birds and ecosystems, originally drawn for school biology books in the 1950s, are now a beautiful dish and glassware collection designed by Todd Oldham exclusively for us! Bottoms up and good luck with these 2 5/8″×2″ 3 fl. oz. Triple Luck Shot Glasses featuring Harper’s ladybug, horseshoe, and clover illustrations! This mini gift box includes two shot glasses. (click the photo below to purchase the glasses)
Not Master’s favorite Holiday —
but dievca will send Him and you a Kiss to make it better.
Agent Provocateur Nikita – green
What Katy Did Seamed Stocking – nude
Brian Atwood Heels – gold
18K plated Cuff – gold
C Wonder Spiked Bracelet – gold
14K Toe Ring – gold
14K Emerald Ring – gold
Hartman & Rose Leather Collar – gold
Hartman & Rose Leather Lead – gold
Curly Hair, Urban Decay cream shadow in Grass, Loreal mascaras, Pixi sheer cheek gel #1 Natural, Pixi tinted brilliance balm #5 Radiant Rose, Nicole by OPI in Faux Fir pedicure, clear manicure, fresh wax.
Shamrock Kisses to ALL!
“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
the foresight to know where you are going,
and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”
Waterford Crystal designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of crystal stemware, barware and giftware for distribution throughout the world. Waterford Crystal’s pieces are watermarked with the word “Waterford”, signifying the name committed to creating respected products for gift giving, entertaining, and home decorating . Aside from its core crystal products, the company produces Waterford China, Table and Bed Linens, Stainless Flatware and Silver Gifts, Writing Instruments, Holiday Heirlooms and Crystal Jewelry, each possessing unsurpassed beauty and quality.
The company of Waterford was first established in 1783 on land next to Merchants’ Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to “create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home.” More than two hundred years later, the reputation they established for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality has transcended the intervening centuries.
The beginnings of glass making in Ireland are lost in the mists of time but there is enough archaeological evidence to show that, from the early Iron Age, glass was regarded with respect. Indeed, medieval documents can prove glass making existed in Ireland back in the middle 13th century.
However, the Waterford Crystal story started to blossom in 1783 when two brothers, George and William Penrose, founded their crystal manufacturing business in the busy port of Waterford. They were important developers and the city’s principal exporters. The development, they told the Irish Parliament, cost £10,000 – a great deal of money in the 18th century.
They employed 50 to 70 people, led by a fellow Quaker, John Hill, from Stourbridge in England, and succeeded in producing crystal with a purity of colour unmatched in Ireland or England. Merchant ships sailed regularly from the port of Waterford with cargoes of crystal bound for Spain, the West Indies, New York, New England and Newfoundland.
But less than 100 years later the first company failed due to lack of capital and excessive taxation. In what seems a remarkably short time, Waterford Crystal acquired an unequalled reputation that has transcended the intervening centuries.
Another century passed before the enterprise was revived. In 1947, while Europe was still in ruins after the second World War, a small glass factory was set up in Waterford just 11/2 miles from the site of the original glass factory.
In November 2000, Waterford Crystal was named as the top world-class brand in the United States by a survey conducted among 30,000 people by the Princeton, New Jersey, based independent market research company, Total Research Corporation. Total Research said that Waterford Crystal was judged by American consumers as the brand with the highest quality out of 19 world-class brands in the US market. Other brands in the league table below Waterford include Rolls-Royce Bentley, Bose stereo and speaker systems, Philadelphia cream cheese, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Kodak, Heinz ketchup and National Geographic magazine.
In 2002, Waterford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Lismore pattern of crystal. Almost every year since its inception, Lismore has topped the popularity list and has been the biggest selling pattern of crystal in the US and the world. But there are others among the repertoire of Ireland’s most famous export that have gained their own following – Alana, Carina, Araglin.
In January 2009, there was news about the closing of the World Famous Waterford Crystal manufacturing plant in Kilbarry- another victim of the economic conditions around the world. It did close. With a new corporate management team, a new Plant and Visitor Center opened in June 2010 and is producing thousands of pieces of the famous 40% lead crystal. There are other plants around the world, but the Ireland operation produces all the custom and large pieces, such as huge trophies for major Sports Championships.
Waterford is a beautiful option for serving Master a glass of wine at the end of the day.
dievca serves Master with grace, using her Alana Essence pattern.
Thank you to the Irish for sharing such elegance, wisdom and humor with the World.
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!