I had a wholly different Challenge Theme picked out and even wrote the post. Then I realized (last minute this morning) that tomorrow is ST. PATRICK'S DAY! I have a very special reason to celebrate this holiday this year. Six weeks ago mom received an email from her brother, my Uncle Dan. He had been building on the work my mom had done on our family tree and had a little tidbit of information to share. Now, as mom told me about the conversation she had with Dan I'm thinking... "Hmm, I wonder if we owned a castle in England or were Dukes or Duchesses or something. I mean, mom discovered that a few generations ago, before Abbotsford was was a part of the outlying area of Vancouver, we OWNED it. Ya, I KNOW, sooo cool. How stuuuupid were we to sell off what was then called Pierdonville to those who would develop it, but, whatcha gonna do, eh? So... I was prepared to hear something cool. I was STUNNED by the reveal. I'm NOT Scottish, I'm IRISH!! I could HEAR my Grandmother roll over in her grave.
WHAT??!? How could this be? Gramma had married a PROUD Scott and become a proud Scott herself, she celebrated Robert Burns Day and dressed in our tartan from head to toe 5-6 times a year when she was going somewhere extra special. It thrilled me to see her so enthusiastic about our heritage. How could we NOT be Scottish?
It seems that a hundred and fifty or so years ago we immigrated to Scotland from Ireland for a very short generation (like 30 years or so) before moving to England then Canada as new settlers. Who had decided to lie to the descendants and tell them we were Scottish? Why?
Who knows, I sure don't. So now I find myself, because of my Grandmother's example, a PROUD Scottish-Irish Gal! I'm thrilled to be able to claim my new heritage. I understand the Irish to be a friendly, happy people, I'll fit right in. And my favorite color is GREEN!
So, onto the first challenge of The Artist's Play Room. In honor of my NEW Irish heritage I want everyone to draw/sketch/paint/create me SOMETHING GREEN! It can be anything, draw me a tree if you like. Or, what about a frog or a landscape? You can always collage something for St. Patty's Day and add green things within it. How about paint a plant or crochet me a pair of green shamrock socks! (you don't actually have to send them to me, unless you want to of course, lol.) I'll accept anything, just as long as it's GREEN.
|Artist: Rukshana Hooda|
Etsy Shop: RukArtz
|Artist: Jenn Koutecky|
Etsy Shop: JennsHandmadeJewelry
|Artist: Sharon Foster|
Etsy Shop: SharonFosterArt
|China Glaze, "MoonPool"|
See you all later,
If you're in my part of the world I'll be the one wearing all green and kissing as many Irish men I can get my hot little hands on!
To all my bloggy friends, Happy St. Patrick's Day!