Monday, 1 July 2013

Summer List 2013

It's Summer List time again! 

This piece of paper got me out of several brain freezes last year (see last years Summer List here.)

Are you doing one?

Friday, 29 March 2013

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Homegrown Beauties Part 3

Have you come across Rosie's Rags Craft Kits?

Sarah designs handmade embroidery kits and crafts 
that would be great fun to do and pleasing to look at afterwards. 

 Freebird is my favourite.

I love you Kit - simple and lovely :)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Homegrown Beauties Part 2

This is the Green Goose Gallery
(It had me at Green Goose) 
Magaret's work is ethereal and delicate, with splashes of intense colour. 
She adds slight textures to her work to give the print an extra dimension. 

For €25, wouldn't they make a lovely gift for someone away from home? 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Homegrown Beauties

So, our most Irish of Irish Days is approaching. 
This week on the run up to St Patrick's Day, I thought I'd have a little look through Etsy Ireland
so we could all ooh and ahh over the creative bunch that live on this beautiful tiny Island. 

I absolutely LOVE my oilcloth lunch bag from Sweetman Designs
I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I truly use it everyday I'm in the studio. 
And they are only €12.50! 

We really can't have too many cute bags, can we?

Catherine Sweetman is an extremely talented seamstress 
who makes everyday practical items so pretty. 
How cute is this Ipad 2 Cover?

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Happy Mother's Day, Girls!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement! 
Enjoy this free printable from me to you. 
Right click and 'save as' to save it to your computer. 
Mandi x

Monday, 11 February 2013

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Let's do this thing.

Sketch from your life experiences' they said - 'it will inspire and lift the spirit' they said. 
Well, ok then.
Over the next while I plan to work on my drawing skills, 
and put down the results here! 
I'm not promising anything astounding but just some sketches from the heart. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Slings and arrows of outrageous loveliness

1. Bows and Arrows Fabric by Katherine Codega
2. Follow the Arrow Wrapping Paper by ToodlesNoodles 

3. Hello Arrow Two Rubber Stamp by Think and Ink studio

4. Set of 4 Arrow Paper Cut Note Cards by Ashley Pahl
5. Ombre Arrows Necklace by cartonBois

Friday, 18 January 2013

Make it patterned and colourful. And please, don't cry if it breaks!

I decided a long time ago that there were far too many pretty kitchenware patterns for me to devote myself to just one. And with some beautiful new bowls as birthday presents,
I thought I'd take out some of my favourites to show you.

Some are vintage. Some are from Avoca, Anthropologie, Fishs Eddy,
Some are from travels abroad, but most of them given to me as gifts.
And I love them!

And I use them. Which sometimes is stressful because they get broken.
The cherry glass in this image is the last remaining glass
from a set belonging to my lovely grandparents.
(ok, so I don't let ANYBODY use that one!)

And in a dramatic Everyone-help-clearing-the-table accident,
I now only have 10 days of Christmas. oh well.

The bottom bowl here was one of the 4 bowls I got for my birthday.
It came with a note attached:

'From us 3, because we love you, and because sometimes we break things.'


Tomorrow - a mini chance to start again

Although, even as a child, I found this quote to be just a little bit untrue - I still like it. 
I love that there is newness in every morning - 
and that fresh love, grace and mercy are mine everyday! 

Happy today, and happy tomorrow everyone ;)

Monday, 14 January 2013

Thank you!

Last week I reached 600 sales on Etsy.
I wanted to make a little freebie to say thanks for all the purchases, 
as each and every sale makes me enjoy what I do just a little bit more. 

So, I thought I'd share these free printable bookplates with you.

I love bookplates and think they add a little personality to a book.
There's a bird one
a cloud one (I'm still a bit into clouds at the moment!)

a little girl

and a super boy! 

Just right click on the above file and save and print and share as you wish.
Love Mandi x