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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Craft Room Makeover Part One

Evening,

My craft room/studio/sewing room makeover is well underway. I have this habit making an absolute mess in order to create calm! Nearly there now.
Mid way through debating what do with my newest (old) piece of furniture, I scrubbed it until it sparkled a little. I was debating whether to paint, what colours to paint it but now I kinda like it the way it is so I decided to start filling it. Its a new home for buttons and threads and lots of lovely cards and postcards.

Here's a close up the treasures on top of the cabinet. There is a fabulous piece from Clare Jordan on the left (www.ClareJordan.com) which I love love. The little padded bird is from Seasame and Lily who creates the prettiest vintage style cushions and little treasures. The flowers picture is a charity shop find, the original print was completely faded so I had fun repainting. The gingerbread man is a prototype for Christmas.
Next to the cabinet is a little table which I sometimes take to fairs. I got it in Woodies in Lucan for ten euro about five years ago and hadn't factored in the whole fitting it into the car thing. With the help of three other people in the car park I fitted it in and received very wise advice about measuring tapes!!
I am still working on this little area. I did have some ribbons wrapped around long paper tubes but the little people here seemed to constantly mistake them for swords so I am working on a new solution.
More pics to follow!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,
Maria

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Girls Dresses & Craft Room Clear out

Hello,

Nearly back to school time, can not believe how quickly summer has gone. Last blog I was doing a little giving out about school bags etc so I solved the pencil case issue by deciding to make some myself! Hopefully they will last a bit longer than the ones I buy.



I have finished a grand total of seven dresses now, all different styles and fabrics. I am loving it. Am going to try a few 1950s/60s ones next week. I think I'll have to lengthen the dresses though, the 60s ones are very short!! Needless to say you might find some Lollipops & Daydreams dresses on sale very soon.

I been inspired (or shamed!) by the fabulous Tori Jaynes blog and her gorgeous craft room into giving my own space a bit of a makeover. I got this piece of furniture in Carlow yesterday, if you were stuck behind me driving I do apologise, the glass was making me drive about 10 miles an hour.



 I am debating what to do with it, just totally scrub or to paint? In the meantime I have turned my sewing room into a completely upside down. I am on a budget of zero so using lots of imagination, I'll post some pics when it is finished.
Have a great evening,
Maria

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Tinahely Show, Country Fair and Making Dresses

Hello,

Its been a busy summer! Getting things ready for school this week. Small boy is not so small boy any more as he will be starting in primary school. So two sets of uniforms laid out on the guest bed this year! We searched high and low for bags but have yet to find decent ones that dont cost a fortune, fit A4 size things and don't look like they'll fall apart after two months, any suggestions most welcome! The same issue with pencil cases, I might try making ones yet.

I had the fun of having a stand in the Craft Village at the Tinahely Agricultural Show in Wicklow on Monday which was brilliant. It is a huge country fair and a big day out for all the family.
I tried to go for a little less is more in my set-up! An old Barney bookshelf was painted with the fabulous Anne Sloan paint in grey which I got in the Handmade Design Store in Mullingar. I brought a small table for the left side to fit the cushions on as I find they take up a lot of space if I put them on all the main table. I find everytime I set up I learn something new.

It was a very busy day from 10 in the morning until late afternoon with lots of lovely people stopping for a chat, to look and to buy. The atmosphere was great in the tent with some amazing crafts at the other stalls. And you can imagine my delight when I was presented with a rosette for my sewing!

Seriously delighted, its got pride of place in my sewing room now. If you were at the show and you did stop by thank you very much for your support, it is greatly appreciated!

I was telling my mother I was making a skirt for my daughters new doll and she told me I should be making a dress for my daughter and not the doll. Rightly so! And being a good girl, I listened to my mother and made one! Just finished number two and three today (a matching set for my daughter and my little niece). I think I might have a new addiction!!

Hope you are having a great summer (or technically it is autumn).
All the best,
Maria