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Friday, July 31, 2009

i want to ride my bicycle

3 years!



We just celebrated our 3 year anniversary!

My lovely and wonderful husband has really spoilt me, giving me the same flowers we had at our wedding(we also had purple roses in there too) and these pretty cool gifts!

The traditional gift for 3 years is leather, which is a bit odd, and i shamefully still have to find an appropriate gift for him (hang my head in shame! it is such a masculine material aswell! i have no excuse, other than a severe lack of time...)

I love you Husband, and not just for the lovely gifts you give!

Monday, July 20, 2009

make your own ironing board cover!




Recently, i had noticed how hard i was working our ironing board..


it looked sad, run down, and burnt out!

So i thought to myself " how hard can it be to make an ironing board cover???

It was sooooo simple!

All you need is:

a piece of 100% COTTON fabric, the size of your board and a bit more. Make sure it is something you can live with, cause you will be seeing it a lot...

some store bought bias binding, any colour will do.

and a sewing machine.


And all you do is:

Take off the existing cover, and lay it flat on the new fabric you are using, having pulled out the string. Save the string!

cut out the shape, and the sew the bias binding around the edge, folded over. Don't forget to leave a gap for the string!

Thread the string through the bias binding, and put this over the old batting, over your board. Pull the string as tight as you can and tie.

Done!!! wow, it feels like a new board!!!!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Crafty Ireland launch!


Yay!

The first Crafty Ireland launch was great!

We met up and got to know a few of our Etsy Ireland team members and share some ideas for things that we can do together!

If you had hoped to come but couldn't make it, we will be meeting up again on August 15th in a location yet to be discussed and we will be learning about making treasuries, amoungst other things.

If you would like to join in, just get in touch, either drop a note here, or convo myself or Tanya Mac. It's that easy!!! This is going to be great!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Etsy meet up tommorrow!


Hi all,

if you are meeting up with the Etsy Ireland team tomorrow, keep an eye out for this banner, we will be meeting under it at the entrance to St Stephens green at 1 pm.

See you there!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Have you seen this dolly?



For all those people who have waiting for me to make more Emily dolls, i have come up with a better solution.

You make her!

No, that is just rude! what i mean is that i am working on a pattern that you can make your own dolly, and even add your own personal touches to it! i hope to have this done by September, so that anyone who wants to have a project for Christmas will have plenty of time to make her! i promise you, i will make it super easy!!

super sisters!





oh my goodness! look at my sisters post today!! is that not totally mad that we have been working on very similar projects?!

last of the summer wine..


She sells sea shells....



well, that seems to be cut very short, doesn't it??!!

truth is, the weather here is pretty miserable, and i do not feel like we are in summer AT ALL!

but that has nothing to do with me listing the last summer dresses i will make this year, more that i plan to take a little "break" and then to start work in the autumn stuff.. seems early right? well, i have a lot of ideas, and not a lot of time to myself...!

so here are just three more dresses for sale in my shop!


lemon lime soda

giddyup horsey

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

lovely jubbly


Yay! i got an award!

i recieved this from Intrigued a little while ago, but never quite got around to "recieving" it! So thank you very much!!


The Rules:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Now, the thing is I don't have 15 other blogs to award, so I'll list my favorites!



that cheeky urchin



shabby vintage mom




hoppo boppo



bebe and alice



the purl bee



not perfect but nice

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

purple day


today i had a little extra time, and enough motivation to make (and eat) a carrot cake... it was most definitely worth it!

I also had to make a little outfit for Poppy, as tomorrow we will be attending her great-granddad's funeral. It is a bit sad for the family, someone who has always been around is now gone. But then again, he had a long life and a full one which is the best kind right?

Difficult to know what to wear to a funeral, i think black is very serious, and if you believe in life after death, it is not as scary. I didn't want to put Poppy in black, so i thought purple was a good choice, respectful and pretty.

Crafty crafty..


Just back from the crafty market this weekend, and it was good fun!

What was really nice was to see my friend, Tanya Mac, show up to have a stall! that was a great suprise, and made the day pass by so much faster!

Here is a shot of her stall, though this isn't the woman in question, but a shopper buying her lovely wares. Tanya, where are the shots of you posing at your stall???!!

Also, this gorgeous piece of art, which i LOVE this piece, which is going up for auction on Friday 17th July in the Bernard Shaw, Dublin. In aide of Battling Autism , so if you want to have this beauty hanging on your wall, wander on down this friday!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Baby exchange


This photo is above our baby changing table, i love it! somehow i always misread it and read "baby exchange", which makes me laugh cause sometime when there is a really explosive nappy, i wouldn't mind having a baby exchange!


But that is the only time i would temporarily consider it..!

if you would like to have photo in your house, it is available right here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

lemonade



how do you like this little dress?

it will be on sale at the fair this weekend, i'll be at the Crafty Market in the Dublin Food Coop, so if you want it, come along!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

little pouch!

Having my sister over recently was great, especially cause we like to do a lot of the same things and one of them is making pouches!

Since i have a fair coming up, and i was making about a million of these babies, i thought i would show you how very easy it is to make a pouch. I know there are a stack of tutorials on the net for this, but here is mu own version. so here goes!

1) you need:

-1 Zip
-2 pieces of outer fabric, cut to length of zip and depth of however deep you want your pouch
-2 pieces of lining, the same size as the outer.



2) First, get your zipper foot on your machine. Then unzip your zip, and sandwich one edge of it between your lining and outer fabric. Make sure your zip is FACING your outer. Pin and sew.

When you open it, it will look like this:



3) repeat the same with the other side. Again, make sure the zip is facing the outer fabric.




when you open it it will look like this:



4) Open it out and face the lining to the lining and the outer to the outer, like this:




5) UNDO ZIP to halfway at this point.. very important...



6) now sew all the way around the outer edge leaving a gap in the lining. make sure you sew over the zip ends.




7) Turn the whole thing inside out through the gap you left.



8) stitch up the gap.



9) and voila! you have a cute little pouch!



How easy was that!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

hand made..


This afternoon, after the public health nurse (who, by the way never said anything about the now bruise between her eyes, and i never had to explain the "clash of Noah's ark vs Poppy's face" incident, for which i was grateful. i had considered bringing the ark down, just to show them how possible this was.) we did a little finger/hand painting!

Yes, it was fun, and mostly a grey sludge was formed on the paper. You will be happy to know that this grey sludge will be cut up and used as thank you cards for all the pressies Poppy recieved. People will be delighted to own a piece of this art!

And then, as i was taking Poppy to another corner of the paper that she had missed, what happened next? Well, ofcourse i stood blindly on a box which was in the middle of the lawn, full of crockery. I would like to state right now, that there may be a bit of white trash in me. I fell down and so did Poppy.. oh my goodness, how scary... she is fine though... and amazingly only one sugar bowl broke...this is what you get for hording...a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_UbcSN9wnrNM/SkuIJAtdkjI/AAAAAAAAAdA/AEv1SuoGbn4/s1600-h/crockery+1.jpg">

a nice fine bump..


just in time for the public health nurse visit today....
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