Sunday, December 14, 2014

tinsel wreath diy.

If you read this blog regularly (or even not so regularly!), you might know that I'm a fan of inexpensive DIY projects. This cheap and easy tinsel wreath DIY cost me less than €10 mainly because I used the leftover decorations from our Christmas tree and some gift wrapping supplies I already had. 

Using the bottom of an old circular frame from a lamp shade, I wrapped tinsel around it, securing it at the start and end with some beading wire and made sure it was fully covered. 

Next I threaded beading wire through all the baubles I was using, about 10cm in length and secured each bauble to the tinsel frame and concealed the wire at the back. 

Then I cut two lengths of leftover red ribbon, glued a piece of narrow, glittery ribbon to the front of one and then using a hot glue gun, glued the ribbon to the back of the wreath.

Lastly, I threaded some glittery ribbon through the top of the circular frame, tied a knot and hung it up...Ta-dah!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

oh me, oh my diy! winter workshop.

 We held our third Oh Me, Oh My DIY! workshop last weekend in the Cricket Club on Mardyke Walk. After selling out in just three hours, the three of us knew our attendees were excited about this workshop and we were equally excited and nervous. 
Well, I can report it was a major success. The mentors on the day included Joanne of Kyle Lane performing a furniture upcycling DIY, Kay of K Kajoux Jewels with a jewellery demo, Nancy Falvey teaching crochet and our own Jill Wild getting everyone stuck into a very original Christmas wreath. 
We had a beautiful spread from Diva Boutique Bakery & Deli as well and all attendees went home with a tote bag stuffed with goodies including some delicious fudge from Tara's Tea Rooms and a beautiful soy wax candle from Sweet Pea Vintage. The day ended with a group shot outside with everyone holding up pretty sparklers. I cannot wait for the photos taken on the day by Ivana Patarcic.
Our next event is a wedding themed workshop and will take place on the 1st February, you can book your spot here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

alice halliday.

When my store was open on Washington Street just a few weeks, a girl called Alice Halliday came in one afternoon to show me her beautiful handmade accessories and asked if she could sell them in my shop. I had a quick look at all the pieces she brought in with her and without much thought at all I said yes. They were beautiful, feminine pieces that I was proud to sell in my store. Little did I know then that she would become one of my dear friends, a girl that I would look up to and be inspired by and a mother I would meet with so our children could play with each other a whole four years later. 
Alice is a truly talented designer so let's hear a little bit more about her.

So Alice, tell my readers a little bit about your background...

I come from a very creative family of artists and seamstresses. Dress making skills were passed down to me through my granny and my mother. I was nine years old when I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. I started drawing figures and making cut out dolls with my auntie. I've always adored dressing up, I would style my sister and our friends and hold fashion shows for my parents.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My work is often influenced by my childhood. 'The Sound of Music' – my fav childhood film, was hugely inspiring to me. I've lived in the beautiful countryside of West Cork nearly all my life and spent a lot of time outdoors, going off on adventures through meadows, visiting the magnificent beaches and magical woodlands with my family. Nature has always played a big part in inspiring my work. I've always been inspired by fairies, particularly Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairy illustrations, and the beautiful work of Harry Clarke and Alfonse Mucha have also influenced my designs. Religious iconography, the Ballet Russes costumes and the fashions of the 1920s and 1970s are some of my ongoing sources of inspiration.
Photos by Kate Bean Photography

What have been the big moments in your career so far? 
I graduated from UCA Epsom in 2010 with a 2:1 BA Hons in Fashion Design. A piece from my graduate collection went on to be worn by Florence Welch while she was on tour in Australia and the US. She first wore my white lace cape on stage at The Splendour in the Grass Festival in Queensland, which resulted in a feature on! I still can't believe how lucky I was! It is my proudest achievement as a designer, such a brilliant kickstart for my career. 
I won 'Cork Fashion Week designer of the year' in 2011 which was such a huge honor. It was a great platform for me to showcase my work and increase my profile. I received lots of publicity and made some great contacts, for which I am so grateful. It really gave me the encouragement and confidence to keep going with what I'm doing.
What are your plans for the future?
For the future, I am embarking on my first bridal collection, so that's exciting. I have an amazing archive of stunning pieces of vintage lace, kindly given to me by friends and family, it's all so inspiring. I can't wait to get stuck in.
Also expect my Etsy shop to fill up with my pretty floaty scarf tops for next Spring Summer as I have a collection of vintage scarves just waiting to be transformed! They are a wardrobe staple, each one is unique and they are so versatile.
Lastly, I know my favourite pieces in your store, this dress is definitely number one but what are yours?
If I had to choose it would be this 70's inspired pinafore dress and this 60's style mini dress.

You can follow Alice on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit her online shop here or pop into Atelier 27 in Dublin where some of her pieces are stocked.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


You may have noticed that I stopped doing the little adventures feature. This was unintentional as I was too busy some weeks and got a little lazy with my camera. As time went on, I realised that the only recent photos I had of Nancy were on my phone and they weren't very good. So, I'm starting a new photography challenge and I'm going to let Louis join in too. There's actually very little photos of just me and Nancy because I've always been behind the lens. It's called family and I hope to post every week. I hope you enjoy it. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I have been a busy bee every evening photographing all my Christmas stock and popping it onto the store. With just a week or two until the last Christmas postage dates, things are pretty busy here, which is great! One of my favourites this year has to be the knitted wool hats. I'll hold my hand up, I kept one for myself!

Monday, December 1, 2014

brick lane.

 Things have been a little quiet around here all due to very good reasons. I celebrated my 30th birthday last weekend as well as spent a few days in London with my sister. Let's just say I'm already saving for her 30th in five years because that's how much she spoilt me! One of my favourite parts of the trip had to be brunch at The Breakfast Club. Mojitos for brunch, hell yeah! Here's what I wore for brunch and some vintage shopping in Brick Lane. 

Vintage dress - Mercury Goes Retrograde
Boots - Penneys

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

west cork vintage.

If I wasn't off to London with my sister this weekend I know exactly where I'd be on Saturday. With my good friend and amazing designer Alice Halliday being just one of the stallholders on the day, it's guaranteed to be worth the trip down to Clonakilty. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

chilli dark hot chocolate.

 The minute the temperature drops I'm drinking hot chocolate. Whether it's a trip to O' Conaill's on French Church Street or a homemade concoction, I probably drink a few litres of the chocolatey goodness every winter. My favourite hot chocolate has got to be a bit spicy. 
So here's my favourite homemade recipe for a chilli dark hot chocolate:

Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan along with one cinnamon stick and half of a chilli and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes. 
In a cup, add two heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Add a small drop of the heated milk to the cup and mix it until it's a chocolatey paste. 
Then, pour in the rest of the milk and add a small handful of dark chocolate chips. 
Lastly, serve with a handful of marshmallows and enjoy this hot and spicy treat.

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