Contributor post by Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots
A day that was started to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick, is now celebrated by Irish and Irish-hearted through parades, festivals and other cultural means.
I reached out to my fellow Christmas in July team members asking for their Irish/St. Patrick’s Day inspired/themed items with story explaining what inspired their piece, what it represents, how it reflects this holiday, etc.
She says, “When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish blessings, shamrocks, Shepherd’s pie, soda bread and single malt whiskey come to mind. How to combine those for representing this Irish holiday? Place cards – the shamrocks and a short Irish blessing are stamped on each seating card on a lovingly set table which invites to a delicious meal with family and friends, accompanied later by singing those hauntingly beautiful Irish songs. Can you see the picture? Slainte!”
They say, “Begorrah! Such a charming Irish statement piece, and made in Ireland! Whether your Irish roots are calling you, or if you are just Irish at heart, this shamrock adorned bowl is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day addition to your home or as a gift for someone special. In our home, we will be celebrating the holiday proudly toasting our cherished framed naturalization papers of my great grandfather’s issued to him when he came to the states from Tipperary, Ireland, and of course we’ll be listening to Bing Crosby crooning St. Patrick’s Day songs!”
She says, “I love celebrating St. Patty’s Day every year, and going to the parade in Boston. I have gone almost every year of my life. I really enjoy getting into such a festive mood and getting dressed up in all kinds of green, white and orange clothing and accessories to celebrate my heritage. Since I love Celtic Knots, the triquetra and the color green, I decided to make a pair of earrings inspired by them. I also made a coordinating stretch green bracelet.”
They say, “At Design’s the Limit we LOVE whiskey year round, but Saint Patrick’s Day is a special opportunity to celebrate our love of Irish Whiskey. To honor the Irish contributions to the world of whiskey, we have two listings in our shop for lowball tumblers with our St. Patty’s Day Inspired Designed including these Personalized Whiskey Tumblers. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a nice glass of your favorite Irish whiskey in one of these glasses!”
She says, “I think everybody will look fantastic during St. Patrick’s festival with this cute Snufkin hat.”
She says, “Who wouldn’t want to wear a clover in their hair or on their person? I hated getting pinched because I wasn’t wearing green. I made these and wear them.”
She says, “I simply love nature and being outside so rather than wear something green that day, I’ve created an art quilt in the oh so Irish color, GREEN! This is a photo I snapped last spring at a local preserve when I am a trail steward. Nothing screams the color of St. Paddy’s Day like spring trees popping with that bright green hue.”
She says, “Although St. Patrick’s is the feast day of a saint, it is about celebration, and celebrating is about fun – what better accessory for your outfit than some fun earrings?!”
They say, “We love to have Irish Stew on St Patrick’s Day! Here is a fun kitchen towel that has the recipe right on it with charming Irish graphics!”
The day I tested for my license, the guy giving me the test said this old Irish blessing to me which I pass on to you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.”