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I am wearing a ring with a green stone today, and if anyone pinches me, I'm going to go Irish on their ass.

*ahem* I mean, happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone. Let's celebrate a saint with a serpent phobia by wearing ugly clothes and drinking massive quantities of green food colouring.

Works for me.

I had a lovely weekend, albeit painful, and spent too much money on books. If any of you embroidery buffs were questioning getting the Twixt Art and Nature exhibition catalogue because of the price, do get it - you won't regret it. While it is difficult to get a real sense of the actual size of the exhibits (both massive and tiny) from the photographs, there's a metric tonne of great information in it. (Amazon link here.)

I need to pull together my fine threads, because I am dying to try some of the really tiny stitching, especially the detatched buttonhole stitch. I am afraid that while samplers do nothing for me visually, I am going to end up making one anyway, just so I can keep all my experiments together. After that, I want to start a new jacket, this time in black, with massive amounts of spangles.

...I'll post some pics tonight, or something (no pics of that exhibit, since they didn't allow photography, but I have some pics of other stuff at the Met). I really just posted so I'd have an opportunity to use my St. Pat's icon.


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Mar. 17th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hey! My green shirt is _really_ cute! Naturally. Would you expect me to wear anything that wasn't??? ;-)

Doubtful that there ever were any snakes in Ireland (although I'll bet a dollar there are now, as folks introduced and abandoned pets, or at animal parks/zoos). Just one of those odd myths... It's like the ancient version of the telephone game.
Mar. 17th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for mine to arrive--I can't wait! I don't know if I'll be able to get down to the exhibition, but I would hate to miss it. I missed the Tudor/Stuart needlework exhibit at the MFA in 96, and they have never ever put those items on exhibit since.

I used to live in a college neighborhood and saw a lot of green puke on the streets on the morning of the 18th. It was classy.
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
hmmmm. Is/was there a catalog of that exhibit? Wonder if it's still available.

Mar. 17th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I want to say there was, but I haven't been able to find it, and believe me, I've looked everywhere I could think of! The MFA textile department would have it in their library. I tried to make an appointment to get in there last summer for a class, and their assistant had gone on sabbatical, so I never made contact.
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Well, bummer! I love that icon, by the way. He's so cute!

I'll keep my eyes open!
Mar. 17th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Love the new icon!
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
But...but....I *like* corned beef! You're right about the green food dye though - none in my beer tonight, thankyouverymuch!
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
irish customs
I used to tell folks who asked what I did at a Civil War reenacting, that I was engaging in the quaint Irish custom of shooting at one's friends.
Mar. 17th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that you don't wear green! It is usually a lovely color for read heads.
Mar. 17th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I gave no thought whatever to St Patrick's Day when I dressed this morning. Pumpking top, pumpkin tights and pumpkin pashmina. (Among other things.)

Of course to somebody with a less-refined sense of colour it's all orange.

Mind you, my old boss General Arthur, half Irish and half Maltese, used to have St Patrick's Day parties with equal parts green lager and buck's fizz along with gin and tonic: a lovely tricolor on the table. The green-inclined all ignored the lager in favour of that most Irish of all military drinks: black velvet. (A glass of champagne mixed up in a pint of Guinness.) (Waste of champagne, waste of Guinness.) So there's nothing wrong with having orange on, is there?
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Something of a politcal statement, rather...
Mar. 17th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I ordered the Twixt Art and Nature book looked at the pretty pictures and then got caught up in some other things. Last weekend I started actually reading it. I wanted to bring it on my business trip I'm on right now, but didn't want to have to lug it in my carry-on. It's also too pretty to risk messing it up!
Mar. 17th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! I've been debating, and it's just been discounted on Amazon (and free shipping).

Mar. 17th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I spent St. Patrick's Day in 1995 in Dublin. There was no green beer. No one went out of thier way to wear green. OTOH, the pub downstairs opened at 10:00 am and was one long party all day. I kinda don't remember how I got back upstairs, but I do distinctly recall eating corned beef and lamb stew at various times during the day.
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
"...spent too much money on books..."

Scusi? Next you'll start writing about "Military Intelligence", "Ethical Lawyers", & "Honest Politicians"!

Happy to read about the bustards, the farm...all sorts o' stuff... ; )

Very happy to read that you are feeling better!
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