Thursday, March 17, 2011


An Irish man shows up in a pub one day and orders three pints of Guinness. He takes sips from each glass until they are empty and calls the bartender for three more. The bartender says, 'Sure it's up to yourself, but wouldn't you rather I was bringing them one at a time? Then they'll be fresh and cold.'

'Nah...' your man says, ' I'm preferrin' that ye bring 'em three at a time. You see, me and me two brothers would meet at a pub and drink and have good times. Now one is in Australia, the other in Canada and I'm here. We agreed before we split up that we'd drink to each other's honour this way.'

'Well,' says the bartender, 'that's a grand thing to do, all right. I'll bring the pints as you ask.'

Well, time goes on and your man's peculiar habit is known and accepted by all the pub regulars. One day though, he comes in and orders only two pints. A hush falls over the pub. Naturally, everyone figures something happened to one of the brothers. A group of the regulars corner the bartender and finally persuade him to find out what happened. With a heavy heart, the bartender brings the two pints and says, 'Here's your pints... and let me offer my sincerest condolences. What happened?'

The Irish man looks extremely puzzled for a moment, and then starts laughing.

'Oh, no, no, no! 'Tis nothing like that. You see, I've given up drinking for Lent...'

Stamps: Something to Celebrate, Bella Toile, Four Frames (sneak peek)
Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss Paper: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss

Since I'm Irish, I can get away with that!! :) Today's card was inspired by a Martha Stewart email where she creased her heart shapes to make shamrocks - I thought it really added something. So I stamped some Kiwi Kiss with the Bella Toile background and punched with my Heart to Heart Punch. Then I scored them and sprayed them with Smooch for that gold at the end of the rainbow look. The background I did with Julie's Delft Tile technique. So easy & pretty!

I hope everyone has a fun St. Patty's Day! Here are some of my fave Irish things.

My fave Irish food - soda bread
My fave book about Ireland - Trinity
My fave Irish object - my Waterford seahorse
My second fave Irish object - my shamrock Beleek luminaria
My fave Irish celebrity - Ronan Tynan
My fave Irish movie - the Secret of Roan Inish
My second fave Irish movie - the Commitments
My fave Irish lore - the banshee
My fave Irish golfer - Padraig Harrington
My fave Irish art - the limerick

My fave Irish trait - humor! So I leave you with this...

May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.



  1. top of the mornin' to you - and the balance of the day as well ;-)
    Happy St. Patrick's day - love your card!

  2. Your card is awesome! I would not have thought to use that background in green. I love it. Happy St. Patty's Day to you.

  3. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. Love your card and all the Irish information...limericks too.

  4. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all the way from Dublin.
    New joke to me :D.
    Not having - shhh, a single shamrock stamp - hearts are my go-to when I need them, I think they're just perfect. And I like your shades of green, way better than those bright shades of Kelly Green.

  5. Love love love it!!! and You!
    Have a wondrerful St. Paddy's day.

    Love that saying...
    Happy St Patty's Day to you...I'd only say that to an Irish(wo)man...
    Since I can't pass up the prospect of a new technique to learn, I'm off to see about that tile technique....

  7. I love your shamrocks, Lydia...and your background turned out beautifully!! Love the cute joke and your Irish faves too! Happy St. Pats!!

  8. Hey Lydia, just wanted to thank you for sharing the beautiful card today. Was able to send it along to my father and "celebrate" with him today via your great work as our household is sick,(so I couldn't case it and take it myself) but he is not! He is in survivor status from the cancer that was diagnosed a year ago today! Life is precious, celebrate everyday! Thanks friend.

  9. LOL Now that is pretty funny. Your flowers or clovers are very creative and pretty. Great idea.

  10. This is just gorgeous!!! I may have to case it even though it's after St. Patty's now:-) Love it Lydia!

  11. Gorgeous card Lydia! Love the pearls, toile, colours...everything! Love the story!!!


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