Do What You Love With Passion!

It's been said that if we do what we love, it stops being a job and becomes a passion. I love to write as much as I love to design jewelry. With this blog, I will share both with you!

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Bartenders would agree, it's a fine holiday when suds are involved, and no finer expression of St. Patrick's Day than drinking green beer, offering one another toasts of good will and enjoying Irish dancing. By all accounts, camaraderie abounds!

Yet, how many of us know who St. Patrick was and why this holiday is celebrated by the Irish?

St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated annually to honor this religious man who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.  He is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.

I find it interesting that a religious holiday is celebrated with such a spirit of joy and revelry. One could offer that this is a refreshing change from stodgy formality and decorum! I think we quite like it, don't we? The Irish are a gregarious nation of people who are open, frank and unashamed of who they are and what they like. Here's to you, Ireland! And here's to me, too, for the little bit of Ireland in me, as well.

With that said, I will share some of my designs in celebration of Sunday, March 17th. We are all expected to be wearing a wee bit of the green!

Designed with green and gold shamrock glass beads. Focal beads are created from gold faceted crystals and large antique gold spacers. Cable chain with shamrock bead drop. Over-sized floral motif lobster clasp provides adjustability on the wrist.


Beautifully enameled four leaf clover charms dangle from earrings with faceted green rondelle crystals in two sizes and silver metal beads. Matching charm bracelet available separately.


Charm bracelets are known for creating soft sounds with wrist movement, and this one sounds soft and pretty. Enameled four leaf clover charms are interspersed with green faceted crystals and silver metal spacers on a quality double cable link charm. Adjustable closure with lobster clasp. Ends with pretty bead drop on the last circle. 


These are the prettiest green lampwork beads I have found! The lampwork create a focal on these earrings, strung with brass end caps and spacer beads and tiny green glass beads. Drops are created with stamped patterned brass circles strung with two green beads in each. 

Thus begins my own celebration of St. Patrick's Day, through the creativity of these jewelry pieces. Here's to St. Patrick, to faith, to national joy, dance and celebration!

Thank you for reading and have a great day!


Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Your St. Paddy's designs are bright and elegant, Laren. I too am amazed that such a deeply spiritual figure has evolved into a secular figurehead. Then again, so have most religiously based events.

Lisa Hughes said...

Loved everything you wrote about St. Patricks Day!! Once againk, I learend a lot from you Laren Dee Barton!!!!

Sharyl said...

Glad we were both wearing our "wee bit of green" that day, Lauren! :-)