Thursday, March 17, 2022

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi everyone. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

I don't really celebrate this day as a holiday, as I'm not in any way Irish, nor is my husband, but I do like to do a little something for the day.

I am ready for some more green in the world, which of course is the color of St. Patrick's Day. This day also seems to be the one where the change  to spring really begins here in New Hampshire, so bring on St. Patrick's day if for no reason other than that. 

 And of course I love my Irish and Irish descendant friends too.

My page today started with some green watercolor paint. I stamped the shamrocks on the 2 opposite corners. Then I added the scraps of green lined paper  and stamped the light post as well as the postmark.

The lady, the Irish Exposition image, the horse as well as my quote are paper images, although I did frame out the Irish Exposition with a chipboard window frame. And I made the 2 silver shamrocks with a texture plate die cut from TH. Finally I added a bit of paper tape and some green ribbon as well as some mini-foam shamrocks to complete the page. 

I am linking my page up to River of Creativity Blog, where the theme is Anything Goes, optional squares.  The window on my page has 2 square openings and my quote is cut to a square, and although not squares, there are rectangles  on the gridded paper pieces. And since St. Patrick's Day is a passage of spring, I am also linking up to Valerie's Spring challenge at Art Journal Journey. And I've hit the Irish Sweepstakes, because I am linking up also to Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge; this is Challenge #80 with a theme of anything goes. 

We're having a warm up this week, and last weekend's snow is gone. Now I'm just waiting for the rest of winter's remains to melt and things to start to green up a bit.  Today and tomorrow are supposed to be warm enough that hopefully we'll lose that, or most of it anyhow, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for no more snow. I even went out and bought some lettuce, kale and spinach seeds the other day, so hopefully within a week or two I can put my cold-frame out in my garden and start some fresh greens. 

And I'll end my post with these pictures of 2 happy dogs frolicking in the ocean on a sunny day beach walk.

Hope your week is going well. 



sirkkis said...

Your St. Patrick's Day collage is beautiful and Irish in its colors.
I think our and your spring is alike at this moment, as we have also some snow still, but its sunny and there is spring in the air.
I'm hoping that the things turn better in the roaring areas of the world...
Have a nice day my friend xx

CJ Kennedy said...

Top o'the morn' to ye! Cute St. Patrick's Day page. Himself started some of his seeds. Your puppers look like they have Spring fever. Pick of the week is supposed to be tomorrow. Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick's Day 🍀

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Like you we don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Erika, and I always wonder how an obscure saint, from a small country, came to be celebrated the world over. I always avoid yellow snow and I think I will equally eschew green beer! Hugs, David

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I love your st Patrick's collage page very much. same here with the weather warm yesterday and today and then drops back to the 50's with rain coming-sounds like spring is slowly arriving-enjoy your day hugs Kathy

Mae Travels said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We've enjoyed a couple of visits to Ireland, but like you, aren't Irish in any way.

best... mae at

Divers and Sundry said...

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays we adopted even though we have no family connection. We try to wear green and eat green muffins... a little something to be in the spirit.

The dogs look like they're having fun :)

Zoechaos said...

No where in the world celebrates St. Patricks Day quite like you Americans. Always makes me smile, Great journal page with lots and lots of Irish references thank you for joining us at River of Creativity. It is always a pleasure to see what you have been doing. xx

Iris Flavia said...

Great page!
Oh, yes, to spring - and ohhhh such happy dogs and the ocean. Great post :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You truly it the trifecta today. I love how you tied everything to the shamrocks and the window frame you used to capture the Exposition. A lovely, lovely entry for Valerie's theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

Good luck with your cold frame. I hope you get some lettuce and kale. I grew kale a few years ago, but you have to pick it when it is very young, or it turns bitter. The dogs look like they were having fun.

Shari Burke said...

Those are some happy dogs! :-)

Fun collage!

Jeanie said...

Happy St. Paddy's! It's 70 today, so they say (and it feels like it). I hope you have it too. Nice to see the dogs so happy!

Lowcarb team member said...

Happy St Patricks Day.

Lovely photographs of two very happy dogs.

All the best Jan

craftytrog said...

Great page, and lovely to see the dogs enjoying themselves in the sea Erika.
Happy Friday

brenda said...

Your St Patty's Day page is really great, but as I'm sure you realise the stars of this post are your dogs, super photos.

B x

Neet said...

Your two dogs are certainly enjoying the water, heralding Spring in their own way.
Your page is so pretty and a lovely tribute to Ireland and all that goes with it. Love those shamrocks!
I have no connection to Ireland either but my other half's family is a mix of irish and Scottish but have always tended to stay in touch mostly with the Irish side (his mothers). Shows who wore the trousers there. Or is it just a woman thing?
Hugs, Neet xx.

EricaSta said...

I will never forget my weeks on Emerald Island, I'm a great fan of Ireland. Wonderful your artwork. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

The dogs are really having a great time running free in and out of the sea, they look so happy. Having an Irish background from my Grannies side I understand the importance of Saint Patricks day, they really do know how to celebrate and Dublin especially is a fabulous City. Love your journal rendition, the window is fabulous, like a tradition pub window panel. There be plenty luck of the Irish with all those four leaf clovers..
Thanks for sharing again @ Creative Artiste, always a pleasure to see you join in.
Hugs Tracey xx

Aimeslee Winans said...

Really nice journal spread, that shamrock die makes them look just like German scrap, wowo! xoxo

Meggymay said...

The photos of your dogs playing on the shore all looked great, I hope they didn't shake all the water over you when they came out of the water.
Its a fantastic page with lovely shades of green and super additions.
Have a good weekend.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your page - we don't make much of a celebration in England for St Patricks Day. Loving seeing those happy dogs! Chrisxx

Christi Conley said...

Well I am Irish and did nothing this year, so if I might borrow this collage for a bit. . . I adore all the elements you have used to make this lovely project - I especially love the framed "Irish Exposition" paper! And who can't appreciate 2 happy pups playing in the ocean? Thanks so much for sharing at River of Creativity ~ Christi