Saturday, 31 March 2012

Dear Diary...

..I wish you looked like this. 

They really nailed good looking stationary design back in the old worldly days didn't they! Though these 1950's style journals do a pretty good job too. They're the work of Barbra Hubert Hand Bookbindery, all hand made in their workshop in Cork city, using traditional craft binding techniques and decorated with these cool graphic patterns and fabrics. I've posted her cute gingham covered recipe books in the post below and she also does
beautiful little books, notebooks and photo albums along with book repairs and custom binding projects if you have an idea or item in mind. Shop for one here.

(Image credit - Hubert

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Thursday's Top Six - Cullinary delights

For the foody folk

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Galerie Lisette

I had the joy of discovering the utterly charming Galerie Lisette in the equally picturesque village of Enniskerry Co. Wicklow at the weekend. Run by mother and daughter duo, Architect Aida and her mother Lucina an accomplished textile artist, between them they stock a gorgeous collection of linen & lace hand-printed cushions, original screen-prints, etchings & greeting cards and some of their signature pieces of sourced furniture they have revamped. What's more they also run one day creative up-cycling workshops where they teach renovating and finishing techniques tapping into current flea market baroque trends. It really is the perfect antidote to recession gloom especially on a sunny day.


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Monday, 26 March 2012

Love those Jar's

Reckon the swish packaging with these luxury soy candles by Wicklow's Brooke & Shoals would make great cotton-wool containers for the bathroom, obviously once they've filled your home with their gorgeous sounding fragrances! Shop owner Alison hand-make's them in her Greystones shop and they are also stocked in various stores here.

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Friday, 23 March 2012

The Informal Florist

Its Friday, its spring time and the birds are tweeting where I am so I thought I'd share a wonderful discovery I came across at a Christmas market last year. She call's herself The Informal Florist and and I was taken instantly with what she calls 'mismatched, relaxed and non-traditional floral design'. I won't go on, she's just got a new website gallery up so just sit back , enjoy and smell the roses!


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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Top Six Picks - Garden Worthy

For the Green Fingered
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Monday, 19 March 2012

Botanical beauties

I've been on the look out for some Irish made botanical prints for a while and then I discovered these beauties by East Cork based Belinda Northcote. See more of her beautiful work framed and for sale here.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Want one of these (any one!)

Should anyone ever feel the need to buy me a rug please look no further than these colourful beauties by 
Ceadogán. Just sayin! Husband and Wife team Dennis Kenny and Fiona Gilboy run their bespoke rug company from their Wexford workshop and studio in an 18th century courtyard overlooking Bannow Bay.  And if the above beautiful photography by seanandyvette 
doesn't satisfy your senses then check out this gorgeous video made for them by A&E.


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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Top Six Picks - Mother's Day

Don't forgot your Mammy!

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The work of hugely creative and innovative Cargo Collective who upcycle the likes of glass jars into jarlamps and beer bottles in drinking glasses. Check out more of their functional designs here.
  See I always knew that Bombay Saphire bottle was special!


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Monday, 12 March 2012

A clever yummy mummy's tool kit!

Aren't they handy little creative travel kits to keep the tot's occupied by Ashgate crafts. And how trendy would the little ones look in those bandana dribble bibs! Perfect Mother's day gift (and tip) for a new mummy to be me thinks.


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