Friday, May 29, 2009

Feel like felting?

Oh how I skipped up the road from work this evening with the knowledge that there was a delightful parcel from the US of A waiting for me!

I recently ordered some "create your own felt flowers" from a wonderful vendor "Carefree Gimmer" ( and oh what a great purchase! I've been sitting out the back basking in the sun and sewing to my hearts content! No needle-prick injuries sustained hurray ;)

Tomorrow I'm off to get me some embroidery thread and really go to tow with my latest brooches! I promise to be brave and post the pics of the final products.

Many thanks again to Carefree Glimmer. The site just has to be visited as it contains lots of very reasonable and high quality items. It really touched my heart to read that this amazing lady creates all the wonderful craft items to help her family between visits to various medical appointments as her daughter was born with serious health conditions. I am in total awe of this woman's courage and strength...

Let's hope my finished products look as good as these...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ahoy There Mateys (quite a sad title really)

This June Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of the Maritime Festival in Dublin's Docklands (at IFSC)!!! Hip-hip-horray!!! It was such a great day out last year.

It's not only for lovers of all things maritime, it boasts over 80 stalls selling everything from craft stalls (more great jewellery inspiration for me) to food stalls (oh check out the "Dutch Cookie Man" macaroons) and not forgetting the gardening section that was there last year! I'm drooling thinking of the delicious homemade Italian nougat wedges I chomped my way through last year, yum! - It's probably the biggest outdoor market there is in Dublin and there is nothing "car-boot-esque" about it!

While you browse/ eat your way through the stalls there are many musicians to keep your ears entertained.

It's not just about shopping and dining... The Majestic Tall Ships will be quay-side and open for visits. And I just cannot forget to mention the presence of the Irish Navy vessel the L.E. Aoife!!!

All in all it really does promise to be a great day out for all. Lets hope the good weather holds out ;)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

That Crafty Little Fish

I want to pay homage to my fav blog of the moment - That Crafty Little Fish - what a great "Crafter"!!!!

Kirsty is a UK based designer/ maker/ retailer and I want her talents... I also love to browse her shop on Folksy and am mesmerized by her colourful buttons, bunting, fabic etc. I am lusting after the Matroyshka cotton fabric - needing some inspiration for what I could do with it so as to justify buying it - not like I need much justification to buy anything these days (lol)!

And as I am about to embark on a sewing spree (I can visualise the chaos and stabbed fingers already lol), I think I may very well just have to invest in one of these cute little pin pots! I ain't called a Shopaholic for nothing you know!

National Craft & Design Fair 2009

For those of you who are interested, you'll be pleased to know that the National Craft & Design Fair 2009 will be taking place in to RDS from 2nd to 6th of December inclusive. I for one will be attending, I believe it was a great outting last year!!!!

Given that I haven't even gotten around to taking pics of my "creations" I doubt very much that I'll be exhibiting (lol). I'm not brave enough to display my wares at the moment, hard enough to get the courage to post them here...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Back from the brink!

It feels like so long sine I was last on here :(

Firstly I did my shoulder in so I've been laid up for a while; I'm on the mend so I can get back to beading. The "injury" did not however stop me from partaking in my second fav hobby - shopping!
I visited M&S in both Henry & Grafton streets over the past few days with a fair few bob tucked into my cut-offs (fab weather eh?) only to be extremely disappointed by the allegedly promising Zandra Rhodes "collection". I would have been better off staying home - they have absolutely shoite pieces in both shops. Not even the scarves caught my interest :( I had my heart set on a fab jumpsuit and had it's first outting planned and all.

Pennys however still came up trumps as did Zara & Topshop!!! All in all I still managed to become parted from my cash :) I'd rather give it to the ailing economy (especially through the form of Penneys) and actually have somethng to show for it (i.e. more clothing and jewellery than one can shake a stick at) than giving those feckers in Kildare Street another percentage of my income!!! I don't know about you but I feel like I'm only one step away from handing over my ATM card to Mr Lenihan... Hope none of them are reading this and get any ideas ;)

Anyways - tomorrow should see the start of me actually getting some help with my (lack of) photography skills and perhaps I can post some of my "creations" and purchases alike on my blog!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Back From Beading

Just finished my first Cellini Spiral!!!!

Soz that the pic ain't too great :( I must learn how to take decent photos :)

It took a long time and a large chunk of my bead stash but I think it was worth it. I am so looking forward to wearing it so lets hope the fine weather keeps up so that I can cast aside the scarf and bare the bling!!!