St. Patrick’s Day has always been special to me. It is the day after my birthday. As a child, I always wished I was Irish. I wanted red hair and freckles and to play the penny flute. Unfortunately, I was 99% Scottish and 1% Welsh- at least that’s what my mother told me. I would spend the holiday envious of all of the Irish people around me getting kisses and proudly wearing their green shirts.
I like to think I surround myself with smart people, and it was one of those smart individuals who lovingly and drunkenly informed me in the middle of a St. Patrick’s day parade that being 99% Scottish and 1% anything was a mathematical impossibility. I had just turned thirty when I went home from the parade with my cabbage and beads and my mother said, “No, sugar you are 50% Scottish, 25% Welsh and 25% Irish. Who on earth told you otherwise?”
Many years later a DNA test confirmed that I am in fact and blood Irish, and I relish it now. I participate in any and all St. Patrick’s activities with a sincerity and vigor that was previously lacking.
This year, Crickett and I decided to release our malachite blouses in time for the holiday. They are the smoothest silk and are each marbleized by my 25% Irish hands. We couldn’t decide between the light malachite or the dark malachite, so we made both.
These blouses can worn casual with jeans or dressed up with a pencil skirt. They can be found on our website as well as at Peony in New Orleans located at 2240 Magazine Street.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Libellule!