Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Luck O' the Irish: 4 Leaf Clovers, Darby O'Gill, and St. Patty traditions!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!


I admit it: I'm super sentimental.  I was really, really excited to pull out my scented green-tinted clear topcoat that my Grandma gave me as a birthday gift 13 years ago.  I have worn it nearly every year over top of my St. Patrick's Day mani.  It has always been really special to me, and although the green color doesn't show up on nails, the scent has always reminded me of St. Patrick's Day.  So I was pretty sad this morning when I couldn't find it in either of my Caboodles cases of older polishes.  I did still have the pale pink lipstick and the green toe separators that came with it, but no green scented topcoat.  It was very disappointing.  But that stuff happens over time, especially because I'm sure at some point I took it out to use it (probably back when I lived at home!) and never put it back in the right place.


So while I don't have my scented green topcoat on today, I do have something just as special.  Every St. Patrick's day I wear my amethyst four leaf clover ring.  My mom gave me this when I graduated fifth grade.  My family doesn't usually give gifts for frivolous little celebrations like graduations and such, so it was very surprising and has been very, very dear to me ever since.  My birthstone is amethyst and I find lots and lots of four leaf clovers (a fact I was very proud of around the time of my fifth grade graduation), so this ring has always been very special not only because it was a gift from my mom but because it is so unique and personal.

Zoya Midori, Zoya Veruschka, China Glaze GR8, & NYC White Lights Glitter

For my St. Patrick's Day manicure, I began with three coats of Zoya Midori.  For the fauxnad design (yup, I bought this plate just for St. Patty's!), I painted Zoya Veruschka and China Glaze GR8.  I was trying to give the clovers gilded edges, but since Midori has so much gold already in it, the edges kind of blended in (you can see it better if you click on the picture to enlarge).  Then I topped with one coat of NYC White Lights Glitter, a great sparkly topcoat.


When I was younger, I would get so excited about St. Patrick's day because the leprechaun always came and left a surprise for my sister and I :)  My parents had a ton of small green footprints that they cut out of construction paper.  They made a path all through the house with the footprints (as if the leprechaun had come through and run through the house to hide his pot of gold).  We would follow the trail of green footprints from the front door, over the grandfather clock, up walls, through ceilings, out the window, and up the stairs.  Each year our pot of gold was hidden somewhere different, and the footprint path was always different.  And the pot of gold?  Rolos and Reese's peanut butter cups :)  My parents did all kinds of special things like this for us, and their creativity really amazes me.  It was always so much fun for my sister and me!


I'm Irish and REALLY looking forward to celebrating tonight with a totally green meal and a big glass of green milk :)  Perhaps I can find some time to squeeze in a showing of one of my all-time favorite movies (and a St. Patty's classic): Darby O'Gill and the Little People!!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY LASSES AND LADS!


Darby O'Gill Photograph: Junkyard Clubhouse

17 comments:

Polish Hoarder said...

Aww! It's cute that your parents did that for you :) I love reading other people's fun stories like that... The nails look great, by the way. I wish I had a clover to use for today!

Brooke said...

Thanks so much Polish Hoarder!! I appreciate that you took the time to read about my traditions :)

Stephanie said...

Your parents must be adorable people. My mom did a similar thing at Easter-time :) I really need to try Midori, man. I keep seeing it around on blogz as of late...and I have it, I just haven't busted it out yet! Your nails look awesome :)

Brooke said...

Stephanie, that's great your mom did a similar thing at Easter :) that's really cute! I love Midori - it is my favorite of the 6 green Zoyas from Green Friday! You really should try it :)

PowerLifterChick said...

Absolutely LOVE the story! And I am so sorry you couldn't find your special top coat!

LOVE the mani! Absolutely LOVE IT!

Brooke said...

Thanks so much PowerLifterChick!! and thanks for reading my story :) Like I said, I'm a sentimental sap! lol.

Scandalous said...

I love this post! I love traditions that have to do with heritage. What an amazingly awesome thing for your parents to do! I love the ring, and I'm sorry you cant find your smelly-good topcoat =( But your nails are beautiful! Now, I'm off to dig out my copy of Darby O'gill for my little ones.

Brooke said...

Thanks so much Scandalous :) I love hearing about your traditions too! I hope your boys enjoy seeing Darby O'Gill tonight :)

Cah_nossovicio said...

I loved this story from your childhood! And your mani is very beautiful and appropriate for the festive day (although I don't know well this day). It's funny to think of green food and drinks:)

April said...

Let's sing it together! "Oh, She is my dear, my darling one, my smiling and beguiling one. No other, no other, could match the likes of her!"

Sung by Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill!

Brooke said...

Cah_nossovicio, thank you for reading it! and thanks about the mani too :) I love coming up with fun green St. Patty's meals. One year J and I made green mashed potato burritos in green spinach tortillas - weird but good! lol

April: "her eyes are sparkling full of fun!!" I adore that song :) Thanks for getting it stuck in my head because it is the perfect St. Patty's anthem :) Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Rhea said...

Awwwww! so seet of your parents!
your nails are looking fab!

ART OF NAIL said...

thanks for sharing your stories.. love your mani... and the ring rocks!

Niki* said...

the ring is Super Cute. Green milk? what? really? no dice. lol

Krafty Kelsey said...

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful! I love this mani!

Brooke said...

Thank you Rhea, Art of Nail, and Niki :) Niki, the green milk has been a tradition :) I love it!

Thank you so much Kelsey!!!! :)

gildedangel said...

Very cute!!!

 
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