Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Mad Tea Party - Alice in Wonderland Pocket Watch Necklace

This 'A Mad Tea Party' Pocket Watch is a new listing for Christmas in my iheartcharms shop. Keep tuned to see some more Alice in Wonderland themed necklaces soon!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Lisbeth Dahl Christmas 2012

Oh how I love the Lisbeth Dahl Christmas collections - every little bauble and festive ornament is highly covetable! I really love some of the pink and pastel hues - just a little different idea for decorating this Christmas!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Instore Covet Thursday: Carolyn Donnelly e c l e c t i c Living

I happened across the new Carolyn Donnelly e c l e c t i c Living range in Dunnes Stores Patrick Street last week. I was instantly drawn to the lovely Bedroom and Kitchenware. However, I think I will be paying a special visit this weekend to have another look at the Christmas decorations.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Scandinavian Travel Patch Box Frame

This project has been on my Works in Progress list for over a year now! I finally found the right size box frame in Ikea on our last visit and now my Scandinavian Travel Patches have a new home! I used some ancient Laura Ashley wallpaper for the backing and mounted the patches with some foam sticky pads - all done in about 15 minutes in the end!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Visiting: London 2012

I'm finally getting around to posting on our trip to London. First of all a Travel Mosaic of all the highlights: St Pancras International, Royal Hospital Chelsea, British Museum, British Library, Prince Edward Theatre, John Lewis Stratford City - Lego Olympic Stadium, Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, Thames River Bus, Cutty Sark, St Paul's Church Covent Garden, Tate Britain, John Lewis Stratford City - Jelly Belly Queen Elizabeth.
For a special treat we stayed at the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel - It was wonderful and we had a good nose around the premium rooms off the Grand Staircase!
We travelled out to see the Olympic Park - getting a good view from the John Lewis Viewing Platform and spent a few happy hours in the London Transport Museum.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Ikea Christmas - Julmys

Oh how I wish the Ikea Julmys Christmas range was in stock when we visited a few weeks back! I'm particularly drawn to the Wheat and Willow Wreaths - perfect for customising with your own Christmassy touches!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tchibo - Needle Set and Sewing Thread Set

My lovely sister-in-law was in Berlin over the Summer and brought me these sewing goodies from the wonderful Tchibo. I've been using the Sewing Thread Set (Nähgarn-Set) since to take up curtains and the Needle Set (Nadel-Set) has been invaluable - especially the heavy magnetised pin cushion - great for using in tandem with my sewing machine!   

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Louise Rowe Pop-Up Fairytales

I've just come across these beauiful Pop-Up Fairytales from Paper-Engineer and Illustrator Louise Rowe. As a long-time lover of pop-up books I've just added Hansel and Gretel to my Amazon WishList.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Covet Thursday: Cath Kidston Christmas 2012

This year Cath Kidston's Christmas range features this sweet deer and lots of holly! I particularly like the Christmas Cards - might have to take a trip out to the shop in Dundrum next time I'm in Dublin!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Visiting: Firkin Crane, Shandon

 A few weeks ago we decided to visit The Firkin Crane as part of Cork Heritage Open Day. We were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of theatre and dance rehearsal spaces, culminating in the Joan Denise (at home) in the Firkin Crane Exhibition which documents the history of the Cork Ballet Company. Afterwards we had lovely coffee at Buttercup Cafe and took a walk around St Anne's Church and Graveyard Shandon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Covet Thursday: Marcel Wanders - Marks and Spencer

I first came across this Marcel Wanders Wood Egg Cup on Wheels for Marks and Spencer in the Saturday Times a while back so had a look on the M&S website for another look. It looks like there will be a Christmas Range too so I'm looking forward to seeing that in our local shop!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Mismo

I've seen lots of canvas rucksacks about the place - in stores and online. I think this Mismo Flap Rucksack is the best of the lot - although I really like this Grid Shopper. Hopefully the Mismo website will be fully online soon and I can window shop some more!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Make Your Own: Button Wedding Fascinator

Having looked in every shop imaginable for something a bit different to wear to a recent wedding I decided to chance making my own fascinator. Most fascinators available were expensive, black and/or feathery and so I headed straight to eBay where I found this Silver Metal Headband and Sinamay Teardrop Base. I then raided my crafts store and found this purple ribbon, assorted buttons and card toppers (the crafty possibilities are endless) and finally some soft felt to line the base. Lots of sewing later I was delighted with the results and was so comfortable that I could wear the headband for the entire day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Visiting: Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum

Having missed this whole room the last time we visited the British Museum, I was determined to get a good look around this time. This gallery is off the main thoroughfare and away from the crowded areas (we were there on a very busy Sunday morning) and the wonderful displays did not disappoint! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Mel Boots

I came across these Mel boots in Schuh and decided to have a look at the Mel website when I got home. I really love the Mel Ankle Boot Bow Red but also the Mel Boot Grey with the rope effect bow - though I think these may be last season's design. I already own a pair of Tretorn wellies which I keep for 'good' so can I really justify buying another pair for Autumn?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Covet Thursday: Gallery Shop Bookshops

What is it about Gallery and Museum Bookshops? I end up frantically photographing every book I see - most especially in the children's section - for future reference. Here is a small sample of some books that caught my eye last weekend in Tate Britain and the British Library.

Monday, September 3, 2012

iheartcrafts Felt Flower Corsages

Long overdue additions to my iheartcrafts Etsy store - four new Felt CorsagesFragrant Melon, Star of the Sea, Sweetly Blushing, Highland Star. I really enjoyed making these and hope to start on some new felty projects soon!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Uniqlo Undercover Collection

We're off to London soon so I'm doing some advance internet window shopping at Uniqlo! This now Uniqlo Undercover collection is amazing - might come home laden with tunics and corduroy! 
Unfortunately I'll be too early to see the new Orla Kiely Uniqlo collection (the stoles look amazing).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Covet Tuesday: Wild & Wolf Scrabble Espresso Cups

I think I need some new Espresso Cups and I think they need to be these Scrabble Espresso Cups by Wild & Wolf. I've seen these in Eason with lots more Scrabble goodies available online here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Visiting: Old Head of Kinsale

After what seems like weeks of rain we took a chance with the weather and headed to the Old Head of Kinsale for a walk and were rewarded with these amazing skies and windy fields. Although not as brave as the families stoically making sand castles and having picnics on Garretstown beach we did get in a much overdue game of soldiers!