Crafts

  • We have all heard about transitioning our wardrobe from season to season, but I never used to think about doing the same with the house. However, over the past year, I have started to appreciate the opportunity that each season brings to add something new and interesting to our home. So, for ...
  • I first discovered Studio Donegal at the National Crafts & Design Fair. However, visiting the studio in person gave me something that seeing a stall at a show couldn't quite convey ... and that is an appreciation of just how special this place ...
  • Imbolc, or Imbolg, is an ancient Celtic festival celebrating the beginning of spring. It is a Cross Quarter Day, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Traditionally celebrated on the first day of the February, it derives from the Irish words "i mbolg", ...
  • I first discovered McNutt of Donegal at the National Crafts & Design Fair at the RDS in Dublin, but I thought that it would be more fun to visit them at their studio rather than just purchasing from them at the fair. In Part III of our Woollen Wedding Anniversary Tour, Hubby and I followed the Wild ...
  • As our sitting room makeover is still ongoing, I wanted to hang something festive on at least one of the blank walls. The vibe we're going for in the room is "rustic elegance", and so I was looking for a seasonal decoration that would evoke that. I eventually decided to make a wreath ...
  • Yesterday, we went on a festive tour of The House that Will, and today I'm back to share how I made these crafty cone tree ornaments. They're so easy and cheap to make, and look great as part of a decorative arrangement at this time of ...
  • My lovely friend Sarah of The Creative Yoke recently invited me to do a guest post over on her blog. I first got to know Sarah as a fabulous vintage event organiser and hostess extraordinaire. If you don't already follower her, you really should check out her website and social media, where she ...
  • I have always wanted a luxurious fur throw (faux fur, that is) to drape along the foot of our bed. But when I started shopping for a faux fur throw, I got quite the shock - they certainly don’t come cheap! Eventually I concluded that the only way to get exactly what I wanted at an affordable price ...
  • The National Crafts & Design Fair at the RDS in Dublin is quickly becoming one of my favourite days out as an opportunity to meet over 500 craftworkers and 120 food producers together all in one place. Meeting and talking with the artists is such a treat, as each one speaks about their craft with ...
  • This year, Hubby and I celebrate our woollen wedding anniversary ... that's seven years, in case you were wondering. We like to use the traditional gifts to mark each year and, when we can't think of a good present to give one another, we sometimes buy something for our home to mark the occasion. ...
  • Having already posted about how I make my cushion covers with piping, I decided to write a post about how to make one without piping because, although the goal with both is to hide the zipper, the method I use to insert the zipper is different ...
  • I spent yesterday sewing up a couple of scatter cushions (throw pillows) using some of my favourite fabrics from my fabric stash. The cushions are for a sofa bed in our loft that we sometimes use as extra guest accommodation, and I am using the cushions to help pull together a very eclectic colour ...
  • Last weekend, I did a basket-making course with Ciaran Hogan in his studio at the Spiddal Craft & Design Studios. The workshop took place in a pretty little yellow building overlooking Galway Bay, with a small group of us gathered around a roaring fire. Two short days later, I walked away the very ...
  • I adore textiles and, as happens many textile-lovers, I have accumulated something of a "stash" over time. Usually, I have a project in mind when I purchase them, and occasionally there is one that is just too good to leave behind. Here, I share some of my favourites ...
  • The National Crafts and Design Fair held at the RDS in Dublin from 2nd-6th December 2015 is the country’s largest celebration of crafts, showcasing the unique work of more than 500 designers, artists, and craftspeople. This was my first ever visit to the annual fair, and I was happily surprised to ...
  • When the lampshade for my favourite lamp didn't go with the décor in our bedroom, I had to get creative. I couldn't find anything readymade that fit the bill, so I made a fabric lampshade from scratch that was exactly what I wanted. Here's how I did ...
  • I love making cushions (throw pillows) for around the house! They are an easy way to introduce colour, pattern, and fun to your décor without a big investment. And they can be mixed and matched in various ways for a completely new look. Being able to make your own also means that you have the ...