Kim Hughes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Although my heritage does consist of an Irish past, I’d like to talk about the color green today.

Wow, what a powerful color! You can ask just about any guy what their favorite color is and I’d bet they say “green. Why is that? It’s calming, it takes us back to nature and just gives us a refreshed feeling. Could those be the reasons why? And it’s amazing that green compliments each and every color out there…it does ya know. 

So at the moment, many of you aren’t looking at the most perfect green grass, but we all know it’s coming since spring is just around the corner. What a wonderful color to see after those long, cold winters, right?

It’s the most recognized color to our eye, so that’s why it was chosen as our “GO” color! It’s the go-to color for me when I create anything masculine, and it’s the one color that you will see in each season. Spring (mint), summer (grass), autumn (olive)  and winter (holly). Notice how the color green gets darker as the seasons move through the year.

I chose to put this delightful color into three categories: Lime, Olive and Grass

Lime Green: Holy guacamole, I love sour apple and the tartest key lime pie! The brightest collections of green just makes me feel so happy!

Olive Green...olive you! Consisting of sage, pears and the color of money of course! This is the most calming hue of the group.

Grass Green: I see a bowl of fresh veggies and smell fresh-cut lawns. Oh, we'll be seeing A LOT of this color today...yay!

Did you know?

  • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 U.S. Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
  • Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
  • The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “The Emerald Isle”.
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south; orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
  • The name “leprechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan”, which means “a kind of aqueous sprite”. Or it could be from “leath bhrogan”, which means “shoemaker”.
  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

Green Thumb, Green with Envy, Going Green, that is one powerful color!

Here is a downloadable image that I drew just for you!

Please click HERE to download my rainbow. To see a cute card I designed with it, please hop on over to my blog. I’ll be posting some fun color challenges all week long, so I hope you stop by to play along. 

Have a green-filled St. Patty’s Day!

Kim Hughes,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner of Kelly’s Green, Glorious Green post!

Melinda Wilson (March 15, 9:25 a.m.)

Congrats, Melinda! You’ve won all 11 green cards featured in Monday’s post! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all left comments!