Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stitching o' the green....

St. Patrick's Day has always been my
hubby's favorite holiday.
In our youth we would venture to
Savannah's big celebration and enjoy the
day's festivities to the fullest.
 circa 1990...Enjoying a Pat O'Briens Hurricane

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I was able to embrace my "Irishness" this
week with a few quick stitches to start the
celebration.  Hubby was a little under the
weather so I made the most of it and
spent the day with my sewing machine.
Trilogy "Happy Jig Jig Day"
Stitched on 40ct linen w/WDW & ST
HIH "St. Patrick Bird"
Stitched on 32ct. evenweave w/WDW & ST
I just love this little leprechaun doing
his jiggity jig!  The bird just makes me
laugh since it looks like he is pooping
shamrocks.   I still love him though.  
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I was doing a jiggity jig too Friday
night when I saw that Nan from
had posted a freebie. 
Lickety split I was in my chair stitching!
Threadwork Primitives "Lucky Shamrocks"
stitched on 40ct. linen w/recommended DMC
I just love this little gem. 

I was also lucky enough to have a piece of ricrac 
that matched DMC 730 perfectly. 

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I had some linen scraps I just couldn't part
with so I decided to stitch some family
namesakes from our Irish roots.

40ct. coffee dyed linen with Victorian Motto
I wasn't sure how to finish them and
decided to use my scallop dies to
make these little bowl fillers. 

I love the way they turned out and am happy
to have a great use of those little linen scraps.
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Thanks for visiting and I hope you have
a great St. Patrick's Day too!
Guinness Storehouse ~ Oct. 2010


  1. Oh my gosh -- you just whip things up so quickly! And always, your finishing is impeccable! I love how you did your family names -- so wonderful! And the Nan freebie -- love it! Love the other finishes as well! And I love seeing the pics of you and of you and your DH as well. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  2. Your "lucky" looks great! I've always thought those birds looked like they were pooping stuff.

  3. Happy St Patricks Day to you too, love all your little ornys, fantastic.

  4. Your finishes look amazing! Happy St Patricks Day! Best wishes.

  5. Oh I just love your Nan Lewis finish!!! You've inspired me!!! Happy St. Pat's day to you and all my friends!

  6. Lovely post , all your stitching and photos are so lovely, hugs.

  7. OMG, I can't believe how quickly you stitched that little lucky piece. It's too sweet!!!! Fun post :-).

  8. Yup, you are quick! Love the jiggy leprechaun. Nice, nice work.

  9. Such sweet St. Paddy's Day finishes, Karen--I especially love that leprechaun--he was one I hadn't noticed before! Must be your darling finish that made it pop out this time :)

  10. Wow! I love all of your adorable finishes!! Yummy ~ that is the only kind of hurricane I like!

  11. Look at you!!!! You haven't changed a bit!!!!! And your finishes are just too sweet!!! Enjoy your mugs o' brew tonight!!!

  12. Love the pic of you with the Hurricane. :o) Lovely finishes - you stitched up that freebie so quickly.

  13. Aww what sweet finishes I love them all. St Pats Day is my Favorite holiday as well. I worked last night and was able to see all the "festive" a wee bit tipsy people making their way from 5 points down Devine Street. Made for an interesting night for sure :)

    Glad you spent your weekend making some pretty pieces!!

  14. awww lovely to see you now and then ... and gorgeous wee finishes .... I used to be able to jig like that and sorry to hear DH was under the weather but at least you had lots of stitching to keep you out of mischief love mouse xxxxx

  15. Wow what a beautiful finishes.
    They turned out so lovely.

    Have a nice week, Evelyne

  16. So sweet! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

  17. Nice pics! Love the stitching and finishes!

  18. All so cute - I really like your creativity with the scalloped surnames - that's just so darned clever!

  19. Your leprechaun and bird pillows are Beautiful, oh I love how you finished them. Lucky Shamrocks is totally GORGEOUS! All your work is breathtakingly beautiful Karen. Happy St. Patrick's day to you too. love Annette

  20. Wonderful finishes!! Great post about your St. Patrick's celebrations both past and present.

  21. Love all your sweet finishes! And that you found a way to use up those scraps, perfectly! Your basket will be filled with fun :-) Have a great week -- top'o the week to y'all.

  22. Oh they're all wonderful Karen. Thank you for stitching up my freebie. I can't imagine it any sweeter then how you've put it together. Smiles from ear to ear on me. Love your namesake pillows too. What a great idea. A Big Irish hug from me to you :)~Nan

  23. Stunning collection of St Patrick finishes, there's always something lovely to see when I visit here Karen.

  24. Hi Karen,
    You are an amazing stitcher. Beautiful as well as fast and your finishing is equally wonderful. I need you to come work for me. I am getting slower and slower.
    Many More Happy Stitches,
    Homespun Elegance Ltd.

  25. Awesome St. Patty's day finishes, Karen! I just love that leprechan and Nan's freebie. And I love the stroll down memory lane...looks like you had a fun time in your Savannah days.

  26. Lovely finishes.
    Such a clever idea with the family names.


  27. Great finishes as usual Karen! I'm off to round up some of these Irish freebies I've been seeing. I used to love St Paddy's Day when I lived in Chicago - it's a great place to celebrate it and I miss that. Thanks for inspiring us yet again and great use of your diecuts for the name pieces.

  28. Super finishes Karen! I didn't have time to get Nan's freebie stitched and year! Yours is amazing! Love the little details you added onto it. That photo of you is darling! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I celebrated it with my Nana...took her for tea :D

  29. Dear Karen...Just popped over from Nan's "Threadworks" to admire your finished works...they are absolutely wonderful! My goodness, you have an enchanted needle surely!
    Wishing you much joy...


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