Thursday, March 21, 2013

Luck of the Irish!

I'm only a quarter Irish - but I grew up in Western Massachusetts where the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day parade is practically a religion in its own right.  I grew up on a street that is just off the parade route and watched it every year in my youth.

I had the pleasure of watching the parade again last weekend after many many years of missing it!

(point of interest that will surely age me: the building behind the Clydesdale horses was my elementary school... in the back engraved into the stones above the doors were separate entrances for boys and girls!  And there was a line down the middle of the playground that separated the girls and boys during recess too! hahahahah!)

I made some little shamrocks for earrings and was tasked with making several more pairs for my Irish friends for next year's parade!

 And just a few days before St. Patrick's Day, I got very lucky and won this amazing stash of beads from an Artbeads contest on Facebook! 

Now I need to get busy using these great beads!


  1. OMG You won? I have to FB friend you! I am on the Artbeads page as well and didn't put two & two together when I saw the winner's name! Congratulations! They have great stuff. They are located in Gig Harbor, WA, really near where I used to work but I don't think they have a brick & mortar store.

  2. I love the earrings and bet you get lots of requests. Lucky you very cool win!

  3. Congrats on your big win! That looks like a great stash. LOVE those adorable clover earrings! I snickered at keeping boys and girls "separate"

  4. I love those shamrock earrings!! And, congratulations on the win! That looks like a great stash. I remember boys and girls separate!!!

  5. Fantastic shamrock earrings! I found you via the A-Z Blog Challenge and your CR (craft) notation. I've bookmarked your site--I'm a basic beader who hopes to get better, and you are providing inspiration! Good luck on the challenge.

  6. What a great win! I am sure that you will have a blast with them.


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