Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Luck of the Irish to You

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! If I had a pint of Irish whiskey, I’d put a shot in my coffee and toast to us all with a lovely Irish Blessing. Instead, I’ll show pictures of my St. Paddy’s Day celebration  tree.

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It’s hung with Victorian cones (even though the Brits and the Irish didn’t always see eye to eye…remember the words to “The Wearing of the Green”)…but the rest is pure Irish in sentiment…Lovely Irish lasses dance around the base…

St. Patrick's Day tree 004 A nutcracker stands guard over the green and gold…

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We celebrate the day not because there’s a drop of  Irish  anywhere in our bloodlines, but because it is Michael’s mother’s birthday. She passed away in 1993, but the tradition of having a celebration to mark the holiday is part of our family. One of her little gnomes joins us every year…

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The picture is a bit fuzzy since gnomes are so elusive and hard to capture…the same is true of her felt leprechaun. He has a pinback and was made by one of her friends so that she would have green to wear on her special day.

St. Patrick's Day tree 014 He has a little pipe cleaner body and holds a shamrock balloon…the fact that he’s handmade by one of her friends makes it easy to see why he’s my favorite… Several years ago I made pins for a St. Patrick’s Day program in my Beta Sigma Phi chapter. I tried to incorporate as many Irish traditions as possible into the round disk…the Claddagh, the Celtic cross, the leprechaun, the shamrock, and a musical note.

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Lots of the members still pull their pins out each year…maybe someday far in the future a daughter or grand daughter will still be wearing one of them because one of her Oma’s friends made it…or not…We are lucky to spend the day with our friends in blogland…drop by Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound to see who is posting for Pink Saturday on this special Green Pink Saturday.


Melissa said...

Your tree is beautiful! I've never seen one like it. Great job!

Abby said...

Love your tree and the reason for your celebration!

Carolyn Robbins said...

Thank you for sharing you goodies. Happy St. Patrick's Day and Pink Saturday from Warm Heart bears and The Patchwork Ark.

Cat & Cricket said...

HPS! So glad my mini pirate isn't lurking over my shoulder.. he is a nutcracker fanatic!!
Enjoy your weekend!
Gypsea Nurse

scarlett clay said...
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Scarlett Clay said...

woops, not sure what happened the first goes again! :)

Awesome!! We have absolutely no decorations at all so what a treat to see yours, love the Irish paper lasses, they're so lovely! Love the Nutcracker, took, that's so fun! happy St. Patty's Day to you, too!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Happy Pink n Green Saturday, Laverne!

Love your St. Patty's tree. Clever idea! Great nutcracker!

Have a lovely weekend!

chubskulit said...

So beautiful!

Pink slippers, hope you'd come and see. Have a blessed Sunday!

My Crafty Little Page said...

That's so neat - you got all decked out for St. Patrick's Day. Your little vintage leprechaun is so cute. Thanks for the big pictures of my book - I think it's sooo wonderful. It will be a huge surprise when it comes as I can't remember squat anymore! Did you get my "Blue Moon" book or did Barbara keep it? I know I asked but as I said I can't remember! Tell Michael Happy Birthday again from me - hope it was a good day for him. xo Nancy

Chris said...

Hi Laverne, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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Limping Deer and the Twins
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Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
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These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

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