I Didn’t Know I Was Lucky!

luck of the irish
Lucky Paper Headband Crown

My DNA results were shocking!  Last year I was gifted a DNA test and it was so exciting because I would finally  have a bonafide link to my Cherokee heritage.  When I was 19 my paternal grandmother solemnly presented me with a sturdy well maintained oak rocking chair.  “This belonged to your great-great grandmother who was full blooded Cherokee”, she told me.  That meant I was 1/16th Cherokee Indian!

I have spent countless hours trying put all the history together.  My grandmother passed away shortly after giving me the rocking chair and the county courthouse in Kentucky burned down destroying her birth records in 1914.  I have hit dead end after dead end, so I gave up.

Well, it was a good thing I was sitting down at the computer when the results came in an email from Ancestry.com.!  I’m 20% Irish!  AND no American Indian?  WHAT? It was shocking because I was proud of my Native American heritage.  Believe me, it took several months to accept the results because believing I was Cherokee was part of my identity.

So now I know I officially have the luck of the Irish.  LOL  I have NEVER really gotten into St. Patrick’s Day but I did this year with this fun little crown I made for a craft tutorial.

 

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Supplies:  2 pieces of scrapbook paper, a “toothless” head band, crepe paper, trims, magazine font letters, double stick tape.

I rip up magazines for cool fonts and cut them to size and store in this plastic bead container.  It is really handy to have the letters sorted.

 

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Find your “lucky” letters and set them aside.  Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper in an arch shape.  Then cut the top two inches of  one of the arch shapes and put the bottom part in your scrap pile.

 

 

On the back side of the arch shaped piece, put double stick tape covering  the top edge.  Then pleat crepe paper sticking it to the double stick tape so most of the crepe paper shows on the other side.  Next, use the 2 inch piece of arched paper to cover the bottom edge of the crepe paper securing it with hot glue.

 

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Now you can loosely fold the paper in half to discover the middle and line up the middle of the headband.  I put a dab of hot glue where the center of the headband is  quickly attaching the center of the paper.  After that is set, it is easy to wrap the paper around the headband.  It works best to put the hot glue on the paper rather than the headband ( the glue sets faster on the headband so you have more time when the hot glue is on the paper).  Make sure the paper is flush with the bottom of the headband as much is possible.

 

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The best part is decorating the front.  I used stuff I already had.  You can use silk flowers, images from magazines, rick rack trims, ribbons, feathers, small toys and junk jewelry.  Make sure you don’t make it too heavy….I did that once!  LOL

 

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The finishing touch is decorating the edges with glitter glue.  I like Stickles, I have about 12 bottles of Stickles on hand at anytime!

I love making crowns.  They add so much to a birthday celebration, bridal shower or baby shower.  Keep this idea in mind and your crown will be the hit of the next  party!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

5 thoughts

  1. My spouse spent 27(!) years proving she was able to be part of the DAR, and she did. The “family stories” on my Mother’s side also told of DAR connections, however, much like you, there was a story there too.

    My Mother’s father was lower level German aristocracy, and we know that from lengthy lineage papers tracing back to early 1500s. My father’s family were northern German farmers who came to Indiana to work the Indiana Canal System. We know that from the convoluted 3x married great grandmother that connects David Letterman and I.

    All I wanted was to somehow prove all the family lore about Native heritage. My mother’s mother married a German citizen and in those days you gave up your American citizenship when you did that- loooong before green cards. Because of that, she was “blackballed” from the RI Chapter of the DAR, and when that “stigma” was lifted, those papers had burnt in a fire that took the RI chapter office.

    So, stories and lore were handed down of Native Heritage, DAR/SAR roots, The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Swedish grandmother. And my spouse, now done with her DAR started looking around for mine….I’m 60+ now, that’s not as important. HOWEVER, she found the Native ancestor actually registered in a marriage certificate in RI- something most Native/colonial marriages didn’t have as colonists thought of Natives, much like slaves, as property. The notation says “Narragansett woman”. We’ve also found genetic connections with a SAR, and that my grandmother traces back to the Elder Founders Of Quakerism: Issace Pennington and William Penn. We found a painting of this matriarch and I have her nose and her hands!

    You really don’t need to do the genetics to prove anything. I didn’t

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