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The Wearing of the Green - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade


Since my family has a LOT of Scots Irish in them, I grew up listening to Irish ballads and bagpipe music.  St. Patrick's Day has always been a favorite celebration (although no watered down green beer for us - had to do it right with Guinness Stout!).  St. Patrick's Day was also celebrated as the start of the spring planting season for gardens and flower beds. Since Ireland is supposed to have forty shades of green, the start of planting season always seemed very appropriate.






The title of this post, "The Wearing of the Green," was taken from the traditional Irish folk song that dates back to the 1798 at the time of the Irish Rebellion, when the Irish rose up against the tyranny of British rule.  The wearing of shamrocks or green clothing was considered an act of rebellion and was punishable by long jail sentences and, oftentimes, death.  The song, especially the 3rd and 4th verses, actually mocks that law and helped enshrine shamrocks and the color green as important symbols of Irish pride that lasts to this day.  The song has been recorded by many, many people and is still a popular pub sing-along.  My favorite is still this old recording by John McCormack:  THE WEARING OF THE GREEN.  My mother about wore out the record (remember vinyl?) that this song was on.



Elfin Magic Green and White Dichroic Glass Post Earrings Handmade by Jo of Umeboshi Jewelry Designs


Oh, Paddy dear, did you hear the news that's going 'round?

The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground

Saint Patrick's Day no more to keep, his color can't be seen

For there's a bloody law again' the Wearing of the Green.


I met with Napper Tandy and he took me by the hand

And he said "How's poor old Ireland and how does she stand?"

"She's the most distressful country that ever yet was seen

For they're hanging men and women there for Wearing of the Green."


She's the most distressful country that ever yet was seen

For they're hanging men and women there for Wearing of the Green.


Then since the color we must wear is England's cruel red

Sure Ireland's sons will never forget the blood that they have shed

You may pull the shamrock from your hat and cast it on the sod

But 'twill take root and flourish there, though underfoot 'tis trod.


When laws can stop the blades of grass for growing as they grow

And when the leaves in summertime their verdure dare not show

Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen*

But 'til that day, please God, I'll stick to Wearing of the Green.


She's the most distressful country that ever yet was seen

For they're hanging men and women there for Wearing of the Green.



Green Gemstone Sphere Choker Necklace on Black Cord, Fanciful Sterling Silver Wire Work Handmade by Pamela of Pebbles at My Feet



And, of course, no St. Patrick's Day is complete without a rendition of "Danny Boy".  My all time favorite version is by Scots Canadian John McDermott doing this a capella version:  DANNY BOY

Here are more artisan handmade creations featuring green by artists on Indiemade:



Green Onyx Bracelet Gold Vermeil Rustic Bohemian Jewelry One of a Kind Handmade by Gloria of Chrysalis Jewelry


Size 0-6 Months Green Felt Baby Shoes / Booties / MaryJanes, Embroidered, Handmade by Jacki of Christi Cottage


Opaque Petroleum Green Lampwork Glass Beads Handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads


Pistachio Cowl Cable Bobbles Copper Fasteners in Caron Simply Soft Yarn Handmade by Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy


Westie Terrier Embroidered Coffee Cup Cozy, Cold Drink Wrap Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin


Spring New Leaf Green Ceramic Pendant Handmade by Linda of Linda Landig Jewelry


Mother's Day Card With Bright Flowers Handmade by Lisa of Cards by Li Be!


Greenwoman with Leaf Mask Original Folk Art Painting on 9x12 Canvas Paper Mystical Fantasy Art Handmade by Jeanne of Jeanne Fry 


Tree of Life Pendant Necklace with Green Pearls, Artisan Beaded Jewelry Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs 


I hope you enjoyed this early celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the artisan handmade green creations that were shared. As you go about your own celebration, here's a toast as you raise your beer or liquid of choice:


Sláinte na bhfear agus go maire na mná go deo!


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Love the Irish!

You gotta love the Irish for they have such a bright spirit. I loved traveling through Ireland and witnessing all the beauty and history of that country, not to mention drinking Guiness and enjoying the pubs!
Thanks for this brilliant collection of greens for St. Paddy's Day! Sharing.

Thank you, Jo!

Have only been to Ireland once and that was for a very short time, Jo. The people I met and the beauty of the land has made me long to go back. I remember when you went and how you said how magnificent it all was. Many thanks for stopping by, commenting and sharing.

The Wearing of the Green

I learned a lot from your post today. Thanks for sharing the back story for why we wear green on St. Patrick's day. You have some really lovely selections this week too. Thanks for including my ceramic pendant. I'll be sharing.

Thank you, Linda!

Am glad you enjoyed the background to the wearing of the green, Linda, as tragic as it was. I agree about the selections (: Thank you for sharing.

Wearing of the Green

I come from a very similar background, also Scots Irish, and my favorite color is green. Not sure which of Irelands 40 shade, maybe all of them? You always choose lovely items to feature, Catherine, and I thank you for choosing one of mine.

Thank you, Gloria!

Hahaha, Gloria - was trying to hit as many of the 40 shades of green in this post that I could (: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to share you beautiful bracelet.

Such lovely choices!

This is a wonderful collection of beauties for St. Patrick's Day! :)

Thank you, Mary!

Hey, Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment (: Tasty treats to the Wee Handsome Kitty from the Rather Large Goofus Dog.

Beautiful choices! Thanks so

Beautiful choices! Thanks so much for including my neckwarmer.

Thank you, Nancy.

Glad to include your beautiful neckwarmer, Nancy! Thanks for stopping by,


Thank you Catherine!

I will share!


Thank you, Jacki!

Thank you for the shares, I've seen go through twitter, Jacki (:


What a great post - and timely - about the wearing of green in Irish history. Love the ballads from that time and all tunes Celtic. Your handmade selections from Indiemade shops are spectacular and I very much appreciate you including my necklace. Thanks!

Thank you!

Lovely choices of green in this week's blog post! Thank you for including my Westie terrier coffee cozy. Pinned and shared.

Such a yummy collection!

Such a yummy collection! Thanks so much for including my pistachio cowl.

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