Saturday, October 30, 2010

Highstreet Christmas: Meadows & Byrne

Meadows & Byrne has one of the best Christmas displays this year - love the pretty purple and green themed decorations and most the little clip-able birds in particular.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Visiting: Killarney National Park

Last weekend we visited Killarney - this was the view from our hotel window - not bad! I went for a walk through Killarney National Park while the more active in our party went kayaking and managed to take Autumnal photographs - everything was so clear and bright! Off to Dublin for a few days this week for The Knitting and Stitching Show so will return to blogland next weekend.
*Still no sign of Louis despite concerted efforts to locate him - thanks for all the finger crossing. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Recent Thrifty Finds!

I'm sure other Irish bloggers out there share my envy of the bloggers across the Irish Sea and their amazing thrifty charity shop finds! Well, during our Bath trip I visited every charity shop I could find and look what I found! A Carltonware dish for £4.50 and this scalloped glass plate for £1.50! I could have bought more but was limited by handluggage. Lo and behold I found this small glass in Cork the other day - goes perfectly with my Bath purchase don't you think and quite a good buy at 50cents.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Highstreet Christmas: Boots and M&S

Is it too early for Christmas talk - probably - but I've found that the festive stock always sells out really early so I I had a quick look around Cork yesterday and found the best displays in Boots and M&S. Boots has a fantastic range of branded products from Celia Birtwell to Joules, Marmite to Starbucks. I particularly liked Boots own Cute or What range!
On then to M&S with lots of handmade inspired decorations - great for inspiration to make your own or add to your collection! My favourites here were the little penguins and the Sanna Annukka Biscuit tins - I fell in love with these last year but missed out as they sold very quickly! Think I like the Magical Musical Tin best.
*On a less happy note Louis has been missing since yesterday afternoon - keep your fingers crossed that he'll find his way home before tonight!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Postal Love

I have been collecting these post inspired crafty items for a few weeks now - I'm in love with this airmail sewing tape! I'm still undecided but think I'll make a sort of fabric collage using this embroidery hoop! Oh and its been a great excuse to buy some new buttons!
*Blogger has been acting up on me lately - for some reason I could not upload photographs last week and now this image stubbornly refuses to upload in landscape!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October Poppies

At the start of the Summer I snaffled two packets of Poppy seeds from my Mum's stash - and these are the result! I was eager to grow something around our compost bin which is very useful but very grey! I just took these photographs today - I think the plants are enjoying the sunny week we're having here in Cork. Also thriving is this pepper plant my friend gave me a while back - which is producing very impressive (to me anyway) fruit right on my windowsill.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Covet Thursday: Ercol Originals

Our Seventies Irish household was awash with all things Ercol - although not this range - the dark colonial kind with tapestry covers! Now I find myself drawn to this Ercol Originals range - reissues of the Ercolani designs. I would be more then happy with a set of Butterfly Chairs, Studio Couch and a Nest of Tables! Now I just need to find an Irish stockist and see what I can actually afford!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday Collage

I have a lot of almost finished projects on the go at the moment so here are a few I've recently completed - and some other lovelies I've invested in over the past few weeks! When I saw this fabric "Daisy Walk" by Jonelle Duracolour I was transported back to childhood when we had a very nifty tea-cosy made from this fabric! I love the primary colours and little daises strewn about the pattern. I made this coffee-cosy for a friend of mine - love the pink Velcro! I invested in some crochet-effect fingerless gloves for the Autumn mornings - from H&M, an array of Rowan handknit cotton in beautiful colours and some (quick intake of breath) *Christmas* ribbon. I also made this cafetiere-cosy with lovely CK fabric and red felt and got around to signing this painting I gave to my Mother-in-Law a few years back!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Visiting: Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock, Castle Combe

We took a day trip to the surrounding area during our Bath trip - first stop Stonehenge! We got there nice and early and avoided the huge groups of people that were arriving just as we left! We motored on to Avebury Henge and Stone Circles - we did not get to see the whole complex here as it covers a huge area!
On to Lacock for lunch - well I had a cream tea - as you can see lashings of scones and clotted cream! I really loved this village - used in such productions as Cranford and Harry Potter and most importantly Pride and Prejudice (BBC). Needless to say P&P went straight into the DVD player when we got home! On we trundled to Castle Combe 'The Prettiest Village in England' for more loveliness - most excited here for its use as the village of Wall in Stardust!