Rules Of The Irish Clothesline

Hanging out the wash – oh how I remember the drill.  With clothes pegs (or pins) balanced precariously between my teeth, I hung shirts and skirts, hankies and socks, sheets and towels, all in neat and ordered rows. In the Ireland of my youth the clothesline dance was learned at an early age.  Today electric […]

Irish Cultural Artifacts

Claddagh Earring

Ireland is a country rich in heritage and culture, and is well known for its Celtic history, music, and time-honored clothing. From aran sweaters to claddagh rings, many of the patterns and designs used in traditional Irish clothing and jewelry have hidden symbolism and can be traced to intriguing Irish stories and legends. In this […]

Five Irish Craft Makers To Watch Plus A $100 Shopping Spree Giveaway From USofIreland

In Ireland something of a mini revolution is taking place. The creative and design industry is beginning to find a growing audience of buyers looking for something different outside of the obvious. Being Irish means something, especially to anyone who has a cultural connection to Ireland. It’s a sense of ancestry and home, even if […]

Oreo – Our Soccer Loving Border Collie

I love border collies. Their intensity, energy, loyalty and intelligence simply amazes me. In a previous post I introduced my love of these amazing canine companions, but I have failed to update everyone on how our very own border collie puppy, Oreo has become a really important part of our family. And here she is!  […]

The Tara Brooch

The Tara Brooch is an elaborate piece of ancient Irish jewelry dating back to around 700 AD. It is on display in the National Museum of Ireland. Composed mostly of silver and embellished with delicate, interlacing, gold, filigree patterns, it is widely recognized as a symbol of Ireland. Image Credit Celtic brooches are available from […]

How To Make A St. Brigid’s Cross Using Pipe Cleaners

Chenille Stem St. Brigid's Cross

On St. Brigid’s Day in Ireland it is customary to make reed crosses named after the saint. But, if like me, you live in the city, it is not easy to find an abundant supply of reeds.  In America, reeds and rushes don’t grow as prolifically as in the wet soil of my homeland. Image […]

Winner Of The Custom-Made Alphabet Art By Letters From Ireland


A big thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway for a custom made piece of alphabet photo art by Letters From Ireland.  It was lovely to hear the inspirational words readers would use to create their own unique piece of artwork. A big thank you to Letters From LLC for graciously sponsoring […]

Holiday Giveaway From MyIrelandBox

This Thanksgiving weekend MyIrelandBox, a subscription service providing monthly Irish craft surprises from Ireland, has graciously sponsored another giveaway for Irish American Mom readers. Based in a pretty little town on the western coast of the Emerald Isle, MyIrelandBox curates the best of Irish made crafts, delivering monthly surprises directly to your door. Our previous […]

Giveaway Time: Custom-Made Alphabet Art By Letters From Ireland


Letters From Ireland offers custom-made alphabet photo art using unique images captured throughout Ireland. Today I am delighted to introduce you to this creative and imaginative art work, and to offer you a chance to win your very own piece of fabulous art, inspired by my homeland. Alphabet photo art, or alphabet photography, is the […]

The Ring Of Kerry – Distinctive Irish Jewelry by Paul F. Kelly

The Ring Of Kerry

The ancient Irish were accomplished goldsmiths. The earliest golden ornaments discovered in Ireland date back as far as 2000 B.C.  Lunulae were thinly beaten sheets of metal worn around the neck by our noble predecessors. Celtic craftsmen from the first millenium created astonishingly beautiful artifacts like the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, with an […]

Irish Themed Fabrics – Giveaway Winner

Musical Instruments Fabric

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s giveaway for four fat quarters of beautiful Irish themed quilting fabrics. It was lovely to learn how many readers are accomplished quilters and that many more plan to give this age old craft a try. A big thank you to Fraser St Fabrics for […]