Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Deck the halls with Mandarin, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Ginger

Apparently most candles are made with parrafin wax, which can be so toxic it can make your head hurt. Which is why Wicklow native Sineád O'Connor, of  Amie Organics,  makes her beautiful candles from soya beans and pure essential oils. (Yes soya!) Each AMIE candle is handpoured, cleaned & packaged by Sinead herself and costs €18.95. Her range includes, pick me up scents of Rose Geranium, detoxifying Lemongrass & Sweet Orange Oil  and this fragrant festive number.
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A little white dog and a red Rufas.

Lovely work from two Dublin creatives and their canine pals.

Red Rufus SockDogs are inspired by Rufus, Christina's Irish Setter and handmade in Dublin while Suzie of Little White Dog, crafts these amazing handmade paper letter sculptures with the help of little Milo from their studio in Ranelagh. Both also do custom, personalised commissions. Just contact Rufas or Milo!

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Monday, 28 November 2011

The Softies

These bunch of softies are all the handcrafted work of (from clockwise) Meaths Tíre Álainn, Dublin based and Roscommon's queen of craft Michelle made this. All offer cuddly bespoke, personalised gifts or commissions too.
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Friday, 25 November 2011

Spinners, Handweavers and Magicmakers


Donegal Tweed is pretty hot right now. Meet Studio Donegal, Hanna Hats and Molly & Sons. They have magical hands and we like a good cap. Tis the season for a bit of 'urban twee' after all.
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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Slates...who knew?


Mr. Hammond is a roofing slater from a family of Slate Craftsmen since the 18th Century. Mrs Hammond needed a table mat for her dinner table, grabbed one of his pieces of slate and was born. The Wicklow based duo now produce a whole range of gorgeous handcrafted slate tableware and home products, from table mats & cake stands to clocks and cheesboards. And the beauty of can chalk a little message on it. (image credit:
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

You know those people with a penchant for le français.

Introduce them to Dublin based Bag Noir. Clutches handmade from red and blue striped recycled French grain sacks, antique French script prints and what about this geometric gem?J'adore.

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Take an old desk and a pile of Beano comics...

Preloved style.They take dull furniture and give it new life. Comic books, pop art, family photos, vintage ads,  you name it and they will cover your piece of furniture with it. Wishing you held on to your old Dandy's and Beano's now!
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If I were a laptop I'd want to live in one of these.

Love everything coming out of Garvan De Bruir's design and craftsmanship studio in Kildare.  His full range of luxurious leather accessories including these sheepskin lined laptop bags and aviation luggage are available here. Lovely work.

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Doodle Up.

If you're like me, who will doodle on anything with or without a heart beat, then take a look at this bad boy, Scribble box from Irish product design company  A stackable,  set of cardboard boxes,you can customize with scribble's from the wildest depths of your imagination, then use them to store whatever you need to clear from your desk or mind. Tidy Doodling. Clever.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

For anyone who ever had to put a lampshade on their dog.

You'll appreciate this! Get your very own 'spot lamp' at the new Red Dog/The Store and while you're there have a drool over their other limited edition Irish made products. We're expecting lots more loveliness out of these guys.
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Wonder Wall

Finally my five years of 'bustin a groove' at Dublin's SouthWilliam have been immortalized in it's retrospective poster show. All these graphic beauties are the work of Alex Woo / DJ Lex Woo,  whose responsible for some of the best beats coming from the club these last 5 years. There are 72 in total, all for sale, each block mounted as A3 (€20) and A0 prints. Any one, would make a pretty cool gift or a nice reminder of some of your best dance floor times when the ole knees have given up eh?!

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Stylishly Yum!

Wow, these are one stylish batch of cookies!... From cookie Lanvin clutches to designer shoes covered in edible glitter all hand made by the very talented baker, Kay O’Grady of Kaleidoscope Bakery. Yum yum yum. Feast your eyes over more of her bespoke cookie creations  in her online gallery here...Now if anyone would like to commission a pair of Louboutains for a certain sweet toothed fashionista.... Pin It

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Dainty & Elegant by Lilabelledesign.

Trop charmant!  Treat your eyes to these romantic and charming pieces by Lilabelledesign at her Etsy shop here.
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Saturday, 12 November 2011

1950's style cupcake aprons...Oh-so cute.

Does it really matter how great your culinary skills are if you are sporting one of these adorable aprons by A Hint of Vintage. The talented Limerick lady behind the vintage style label also does some pretty fabulous 1950's style prom dresses and playsuits. You can visit her Facebook shop here.

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Bleak Pottery

Who knew pottery could be so witty? Spotted these humorous little pieces by Belfast based
Bleak Pottery (see what they did there!) at the Dublin Contemporary gift shop. I'm loving that Porcelain Dole Ticket and who wouldn't want a Buckfast necklace! Perfect pressie material.
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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Bums will love these!


Let's just daydream that all our chairs were as comfy and snug as these guys by Stickman aka James Carroll. Hand crafted from his workshop in the Wicklow mountains. Mmmm.Baa! Pin It

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

And we're off!


First post for All Things Álainn, drum roll please!..Let's kick this blog off by doing what it says on the tin (eh header)...So without further a-do let me present the work of the Ah-MA Z I N G, beautiful knitwear extraordinaire, Waterford native Claire O' Sullivan.

You can check her out at Ireland's Hidden Wardrobe exhibition, where she will be exhibiting alongside big cheeses, John Rocha and Paul Costello no less! We like.
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