Thursday, 30 August 2012

Heading to the Picnic? - top picks

Wrap up warm, wear some flowers in your hair, be at one with nature, unzip you bag to a much sought after seat and sparkle amongst your fellow night owls! - enjoy .x

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Beetree Crafts

Some really nice retro revamping of old furniture going on over at Beetree Crafts. And if you  like what you see, you can check out more of her vintage style up-cycling handy work on  here.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

HUKU boards

Loving these handcrafted skate boards, skim boards and balance boards by Huku Boards, a small company based in Co. Donegal. 100% Irish made from birch plywood, where several layers are glued in a former to create a strong platform. I got to try one of their balance boards at the Dublin Tall ships event on Sunday - normally used to practice surf moves -  but ladies these guys do wonders for your core. Lovely to look at too, no?

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Monday, 27 August 2012

Holiday Blues :(

Apologies for the lack of posting these past few days but just back from a wonderful girly holiday in the beautiful little french village of Cassis, just east of Marseilles, a place where the sun does not forget to shine, the fruit is so fresh and fragrant and the wine, well lets just say it flows!

Think old village streets with white linen lines, pastel windows and doors, market squares buzzing with crafty vendors and shaded petanque battles! (thats a game of boules to you and me ) and watching the world go by sipping a glass of kir on the port. And when you think it can't get any better, Cassis is home to Les Calanques a set of breath taking little sheltered inlets you can trek to or visit by boat. BLISS.

So home it is to la rain, with a suit case packed with Savon de Marseille. That's those big colourful blocks of olive oil based soap you see in the market pic's up there. Trust me this soap is the stuff of legends, its hand-crafted in Marseille by Maitre de Savon (soapmaster no less!) using the same pure ingredients and techniques for centuries and leaves you skin feeling like a little piece of  Provence.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Going for Gold! - Thursdays Top Six

To Katie!

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

UPROAR at Designist

All summer long, Dublin's uber cool home and design store, designist have been playing host to UPROAR, an in-store event featuring a number of cutting edge designers Pop-Up Shops. 
This month it's music and design impresarios practice&Theory turn to showcase their  incredible range of products which includes some nice looking t-Shirts and prints, along side their own label records, which will be available from designist untill August 19th.
By making a purchase you also receive a free download from the ChoiceCuts collection. Sold!

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Up-cycled marine sail's

From their Kinsale (Co. Cork) based workshop, MAMUKKO make these pretty funky bags entirely from
up-cycled sailcloth, PVC tarpaulin and marine fabrics.They also do
custom made bags and bespoke boat covers so if you have an old sail lying about the house (you never know!) or an unwanted wetsuit you can send it to them and they will work their magic. Reckon that's a nice way to thank your old wetsuit for the good times!


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Sunday, 12 August 2012

When bog oak meets bling...

...beautiful things happen. My friend Jo put me on to Adam Kings unique silver and wooden jewellery creations -
which started off as an experiment when a wood turner friend of his gave him some small pieces of Irish bog oak!  Jo spotted these pieces at the Dun Laoighre Sunday market recently and had to share her find ( thanks Jo:)  I love them - such a great mix of materials that work so well together.

Scott Anthony Kelly / ADAM KING]


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Friday, 10 August 2012

Thursday's Top Six (on Friday :)) - Vintage home

It's Vintage Dahling!
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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Nom Nom

All edible. Really!  But almost too pretty to eat. Sweet little bespoke cookies by Kaleidoscope Bakery.


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Monday, 6 August 2012

Graffiti Bling!

Finally got a chance to see the Banksy Film 'Exit through the Gift Shop' over the bank hollier - (for my tuppence worth, reckon its one big set up!) but a great celebration of Graffit art none the less. So as I'm feeling all 'street' about things - check out this bling range of graffiti jewellery by designer-maker CianánDoyle, which incorporates his own style of graffiti writing. The inspiration behind his latest collection are three Dublin colloquial terms/expressions such as ‘Lovely’ (exclamation of joy) and ‘Divil’ (a mischievous child, a term of empathy), available to buy here.


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Friday, 3 August 2012

This Little Studio

I LOVE these little wax silhouettes by This Little Studio. Niamh O'Connor is a self taught artist and lover of all things encaustic, that's hot wax painting to you and me! 
If you send her a profile pic of yourself or anyone of your choosing - bride to be, best mate, even a 
beloved family pet, (apparently  she gets lots of commissions of people sending in pics of their cats and dogs that have passed on!) she will create one of these little paintings from your image.

She also currently runs workshops from the “Iontas Centre” in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, near to her home but is available for demonstrations and other training sessions elsewhere by appointment.Just email at her or contact through her Facebook page.

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