Saturday, 20 September 2014

Washing Windows

I keep asking myself what date it is. I have the feeling that something is coming that I'm afraid to miss. Something I need to be ready for. Apart from a few meetings and a couple of appointments there's nothing major coming up that I'm aware of.

Well, there are three lovely things coming up, the big night out of the Blog Awards (look at my new badge - I'm a FINALIST in the Craft Category!!), a wedding and one very exciting thing I can't really talk  about yet. But the dates for those are so firmly etched in my mind there's not a chance I'll miss them, so they don't count towards this odd unsettled feeling.

This week I cleared three bags worth of assorted 'stuff' from our home and donated them to a local charity shop. I also forced Devo and the girls out of the house for an entire day so that I could clean the things that always get ignored. Like, the oven and the mirrors and... uh... the kitchen floor.

Devo and I have been having conversations about painting rooms and rearranging furniture too. We have a lot of ideas for changes to our home which I'll tell you about in due course.

I have plans to properly sort out my office/craft space. Perhaps I'll even do a 'before and after' to share here!

I sat down and looked at my calendar this morning and I finally realised why I've been feeling this way. It happens to me at this time every single year and I should really be more aware of it by now!

The Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd of this month and this is always the time of year I get a bee in my bonnet about getting ready for the Winter months.

Usually, I'm pulling out rugs and warm blankets at this stage, but this year the weather is a bit strange. It is warm and muggy. Misty and still. Airless almost. But damp. It's had to know what to wear and what the weather will do from one end of the day to the next, so I haven't quite felt ready to make the house cosy yet.

But the days are certainly shortening and I have an urge to make the most of the light we do get, so washing windows is high on my list of priorities at this time of year too.

Luckily I have a little helper in this regard.

Sábha LOVES to wash windows (and has for years) and to make it a bit more fun for her (and also because I didn't have an empty spray bottle) I came up with a fun little way to utilise something that has become defunct after the Summer season.

A water pistol. (Or water bistol, as Sábha calls it)

I fill it with a mix of water, white vinegar and a tiny drop of washing up liquid, give her a cloth and send her off on her 'job'. She spends a happy hour making every bit of glass in the house relatively shiny clean.

The water pistol is easier for her to spray too, than a large bottle of window cleaning fluid. The mixture is safer too, which is especially important because she suffers from allergies and ordinary cleaning products really affect her.

It's very sweet to see how proud she is of her efforts.

Do you have any special tricks to encourage your little ones to help around the house?

I'd love to ge some ideas to get Lile 'interested' in some other chores!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Handmade Wedding

I knew immediately that the wedding would be a great one. It was my creative cousin's wedding and I expected that it would be a day filled with handmade touches and artistic fabulousness. The first clue I had that my expectations were right on track was that when the invitation arrived I recognised immediately that it was designed by ultra-cool illustrator Gemma Correll (I'm a total fangirl).

And not just an 'off the peg' invitation either. A highly personalised, designed especially for them piece of brilliance. Just look!

Then I googled the venue listed and more or less started packing my bags right away. This was a big-day not to be missed.

Everything about the day was just so perfectly suited to the gorgeous couple. 

From the vows... (which may or may not have included references to comic books, Labyrinth and the Zombie Apocalypse...) 

Check out the heels on Siofra's shoes! 
... to the food -  which was a picnic on the lawn (you know how much I love a good picnic and this was a seriously GOOD picnic). 

To the delicious and bang-on-trend 'naked' cake (look at the wolf and unicorn topper!!)

to the DJ with his brilliant mix of music ranging from 1920's swing to 1990's grunge and everything in between.

There was so much hand-made amazingness it's difficult to even list it all! The Bride's dress and wedding ring were made by friends of hers. She made her own hairpiece (well she IS a milliner afterall!). She also made the Mother of the Bride's fabulous hat, which I, sadly, forgot to photograph - but trust me, it was gorgeous. Something like THIS.

The Bride's sister did the flowers. She dried flowers all Summer long in preparation and collected corn and wild grasses to craft hanging decorations, to adorn the hops-covered arch and for the buttonholes and bouquets. They were stunning. Especially the 'corn-dolly' hearts which you can just see in the picture above of the vows.

Then there was the' Ukelele Interlude' and the free bar in the barn and the brilliant 'Guest-Book' area where everyone was invited to take a polaroid picture and leave a message for the happy couple. And there was also the kindness of strangers and relations to the random Irish girl in their midst. Everyone was so welcoming and fun to be with.

And... just... well... ALL of it. It was ALL perfect.

A perfect start to married life.

 Congratulations Siofra and Pete. 

Wishing you both a million years of wedded bliss and a million more for good measure.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Underwater Small World Giveaway

Ages and ages ago I found a cute little underwater themed suitcase in Tiger Stores and bought it despite having absolutely no idea what I would do with it. I knew it would come in useful at some stage. (well, that's how I justified the purchase at the time at least!) 

When I made my last craft project I had a brainwave and decided to use the little case as an 'underwater' home for the little Mermaid Dolls. It was really easy to put together and makes a perfect small world play set.

To make it, I printed out an 'underwater' image and stuck it to the bottom of the case. Then I stuck some very fine grade sandpaper to the lid side to make a sandy sea-bed.

I bought some fish tank decorations and little fish to embellish it, added stones, shells, glass beads and some 'treasure' (beads and tiny gold coins) for interest.

I had so much fun setting it up for this photograph and luckily the girls were in Naíonra so I had it all to myself too :)

So...I thought I might offer it as a little giveaway. That's if you'd even be interested in it? I'm just realising that just because I've enjoyed making something to play with - it doesn't necessarily follow that anyone else would even want it...

But if you DO feel you might like a Merfolk habitat around the place, please feel free to leave a comment below and I'll choose a winner at random next Tuesday when I get back from an exciting little trip I have been looking forward to for ages. More on that soon.

In the meantime,  it might be a little quiet around here because I'll be busy packing suitcase(s)!!

Note: This Play Set is NOT suitable for children under the age of three -  because it's basically ALL small parts and therefore a bit of a scary choking hazard!


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