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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

under a white blanket

we in Ireland are currently experiencing a total shut down of normal life, as we are totally under snow! so much snow! Since Saturday, it has been snowing on and off, never really melting, and just freezing.

The airport is now shut, which is kind of scary! But mostly, i kind of love that Ireland is so unprepared for these kinds of events, it has a sort of war-time, emergency feel, and actually it does make people talk to each other and help each other out. What really amazes me is how many people own sleighs! and moon boots..!

anyway, really nice start to the Christmas season, people have no option but to sit down and have a mince pie!

This is from last year...

Monday, November 29, 2010

little shiny tree

last year i began my campaign to convince my husband that a white tree would not only be lovely for a change but also very cool. It didn't work last year.

It won't work this year.

so, i have now begun my mission to convince him of this little beauty... i have been wasting a far amount of time just looking at this, and noticing new things about it.. it's so funny and sweet and shiny and tacky and funny (did i say that it is a bit of fun??)

can you not see every one standing around it, having a glass mug of eggnog (i have never had egg nog, the idea of it kind of repulses me, but i still think i would like it) ladled out from a punch bowl.

i found this last night on ebay, and i would have bid for it ( would have won apparently as no one else bid) but the P and P on it was going to be over 60 big ones!!!

you can see that what you hang on it is as important at the tree itself, this could be a long term investment..

anywyay for now, i will just put the first picture on our computor desktop background....

image no.1 courtsey of Martha Stewart No.2 Ebay

Friday, September 17, 2010


I was tagged recently to join in this fun little interview, by the lovely notperfectbutnice (aka my sister!), and here are my answers!

1) What would be your dream job?

i have many dreams. i would like to have a little shop one day, that was beautiful and had fresh flowers in it every day (or week, that is ok too), and had a lovely little cafe at the back which made delicious coffee and wonderful lemon tarts. in the front it would have crafts to buy from local talented artisans and also some hand picked vintage items. We went to this cafe a lot when we visited Mum in the summer, and i could live in it and never leave. The Cornershop cafe.

that is just on of my dream jobs. Others include having a little studio to tuck myself away into while it design and sew up my creations and actually be somewhat sucessesful.

if that fails, i have often envied the job of the Dulux paint person who decides the names of the paint. Actually, i find that Farrow and Ball really have this down pat. "Mouses Back" so true, so true...

2)Where would you like to live?

3)In what century would you like to live.
This one. I think i actually couldn't do without my washing machine.

4) What would be your last meal?
Ohh, that is a good one. I would have some Irish creamy white seafood chowder, and then some lemon tart, and also some sort of pastry with creme patissere in it. I would also enjoy a nice coffee after with a couple of Speculaars..mmm

5) What made you start a blog?

i thought it would make me cool. i was wrong.

6) What's your favourite piece of clothing?

Yes. shoes. also, i do love my wallet at the moment, (made by Scottato, i bought it in Melbourne). When i take it out to pay, i hold it in a way to make sure everyone has seen it.

7) What's your favourite film?

not sure, but certainly Anchorman is up there.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

"It's so damn hot... milk was a bad choice."

8) What would you like to do before you turn 100?

Learn to drive.

photos taken from a number of unknown sources.. thanks...!

now, i have to tag 8 people to fill out this lovely interview:

hmmm, who will i pick...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

sewing help is at hand!

I have been busy studying and trying to teach myself basic patten drafting from this excellent and much raved about book, called "Metric Pattern cutting for childrens wear and baby wear" by Winifred Aldrich.

I will admit, i need silence, a calculator and a brain that works (all of which are in short supply here) and i repeat each sentence i have read atleast 3 times before i make a mark on my paper... it is a slow process!

Even slower when there is something fundamentally wrong with what i am doing! I cannot figure out for the life of me what i am doing wrong!

I keep producing these wide, broadbacked patterns for little children! something is very wrong here...

i have however come across this really interesting and helpful forum called (surprisingly) The Sewing Forum , and i am hoping for someone to help me out with my litle issue....!!!

If you have any useful info on this topic, i would be so happy to hear what you have to say!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

struggling to let go...

They say you shouldn't name your cattle, and i think i shouldn't name my fabric...

You know, you have to think about how you name it, and sometimes that is what sucks you it! I am trying to list fabric with i have had lying around for ages, years in fact, and some of it is proving to be too difficult to let go of!

Take this for example:

I have named it Piccadily Circus, cause there is so much going on in it! I once made really badly made sacks out of this when i was pregnant and impatient. I just butchered it, and sewed it together. Then i found out it was vintage slik... whoops...

the thing is, i wasn't too sure i liked it before i named it.. now i don't want to let it go.....!

Friday, April 30, 2010

New supplies store on Etsy Ireland!


I have set up a new store and am (very) slowly photographing and listing all those supplies i have in stock!

I called it Little Lemon Tree supplies (although i did like your suggestions very much, i was swayed by Andrew, who is a man and i probably shouldn't have listed to him in this case, since my customers will be mostly female i imagine....)

click here to visit! oh, and excuse the banner, still trying to figure it out... feel free to enlighten me..!

library boxes

yesterday we when down to Buckleys auctioneers in Glasthule, if any of you know it.

Its fully of everything and anything you can imagine... you can pick up some great bargains if your smart and unafraid to bid! i find the whole thing quite exciting, its like a sport or something!

We picked up these handy little boxes, the are old library card files, which will need a bit of a job done on the inside, you remember they had those slits on the base (still can't figure out what they where all about.. anyone know? ), but they will hold my basic stationary and probably random junk that always ends up on my desk..

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