Day of THE Green

I would be remiss if I did not wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day…So Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Our corn beef has been smoked (thanks to #2 son) and my Irish cream is chillin and our mantle is decorated:


(L-R)   Radco ornament (one of two)

Kathy Schenkel March Santa (

Joan Lewis March Nutcracker (

My Celtic Origins Shamrock piece: search my blog for “Celtic”                                                                    (

Lego Leprechaun

Wooden box Irish Hex

Dede March snowman (

Leprechaun (sorry do not remember painter) but I do remember it was a monthly piece

Harp Lager beer Tap

Anne Stradal:  Leprechaun(

AKA Toppy: search my blog for “toppy” (

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love all my needlework but I really love my Lego leprechaun. He was built by #1 son and his son, Cooper. I get to have him on the mantle in March and then he goes back to Cooper’s room for the rest of the year. Isn’t he the cutes?

And my other non-needlepoint, BUT still handcrafted is my Irish Hex box. Years ago we were traveling in Pennsylvania and I kept seeing these hex signs on buildings (mostly barns). But it didn’t register how large they must be (remember I was OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtraveling with three young sons and a husband in a car and no needlepoint…I was a bit brain impaired) and I kept telling my husband I wanted one. I think out of desperation (he was going a bit nuts with the boys in the back of the car too) he finally found a place that sold hex signs and other things. Needless to say when we pulled up I realized they are huge and soon found out that a hex sign was not coming home with us (they would not trade us one hex sign for three boys…wonder why)  But they had a couple books on hex signs and of course books jumped right into my hands. Once I returned home I decided to paint some hex signs on smaller items and I loved the folklore  attached to the Irish Hex sign: The Irish were camped with other Pennsylvania troops at Valley Forge (yes during the Revolutionary War) and the Pennsylvania Dutch would tease the Irish. So the Irish made this hex sign and would taunt the Pennsylvania Dutch with this chant:

Hurray for the Irish

We’re not very much

But a damn sight better

Than the Pennsylvania Dutch.

And so today I leave you with this Irish Blessing for friends:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have time to stitch everyday! ttfn…sue

Home of the Free

I did get some things accomplished today. I put my red, white and blue decorations out. I usually try to have these out by Memorial Day and leave them up until Labor Day. But My lost days must have started in May. These are the stitched people in my collection. They are from left to right: Uncle Sam is a cone shaped ornament that I stitched for my mother when she broke her hip in 1998. She needed a bell to call for help and so Uncle Same is finished with a sleigh bell. I am sorry but I do not remember who was the designer of this canvas. “Stars and Sam” from Mosey N Me ( ) is next. I only stitched Sam and finished him as a stand-up.  The top angel is another piece that I cannot remember the designer’s name. There were several of these designs and some came with the canvas and some were just the instructions. She is finished like a tree topper.  (Addition: The designer is Pam Pabst, Angel Thread Designs…thanks Cynthia {} for the lead.) The lower angel is also finished as as a tree topper and lays flat when in storage. She is a Painted Pony canvas . Uncle Sam is a painted canvas from Princes and Me. . He was finished as a fold up ( two pieces held together with ribbon and he also will lay flat for storage. And the last two roll-ups are KS Designs (Kathy Schenkel) Uncle Sam is really a Santa I believe but Betsy Ross is Betsy. If anyone can tell me the name of the unknown canvas designers I will be happy to include them here. Tomorrow I’ll do the stitched flags before the fireworks start.

I did spend most of my morning with a potta, a cuppa wouldn’t do it. And I still only got through my “C” list. but I added a few more blogs to my list. One thing leads to another…or should I say one blog leads to another and another and… But the day was not a waste I have been educated, inspired and enabled. It never ceases to amaze me how many truly talented and inspired people are out in this world.

Many of you mentioned the passing of Tim Russert, and I will miss him too. Meet the Press will never seem the same! He was so very fair in his journalism and I’ll bet he was one of the best bosses ever.  My Grandmother always said, ” The good die young” …he must have been very good! Reading about him in several blogs reminded me that I wanted to purchase his books: Big Russ and Me & Wisdom of our Fathers, so off to I have been.

I can hardly wait for next weeks mail!

And as long as I was there, free shipping spoke to me and so I purchased another book: 4000 Flower & Plant Motifs Source book by Graham Leslie McCallum. Free shipping is free shipping. And since I have 36 books in my Amazon Wish list, I need to start making a dent in my wish list. If anyone would like to include me on their gift list, I am available.

So as you can see, I had a very productive day…I learned some things, was very inspired, impressed and even enabled…and all from the comfort of home.