Etsy Ireland

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Have you ever heard of Etsy? I actually do ask this question a lot because it’s an online market place I have used and loved for years. So when I was standing in what seemed like the longest queue at passport control in Charles de Gaulle a few weeks ago I can’t tell you how delighted I was to get an email from Anna to see if I would like to work with Etsy to help promote the platform in Ireland. I didn’t need to think twice about that response let me tell you! Continue reading

DIY Christmas decorations

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I love a good DIY of course and what better time than to let your creative juices run wild than the festive season with some DIY Christmas decorations! Truth be told some of these are hanging around from last year, I haven’t had a chance to do anything much more exciting or adventurous this year. Firstly, apologies for the shoddy pictures, the light is so bad during the winter than it makes it difficult to take good pictures of things. I got these baubles last year in Dunnes for the grand total of Continue reading

Paper snowflakes

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I love to add a little festive DIY cheer around the house. I saw these paper snowflakes on Pinterest and on the lovely Hey Ali blog and so I was inspired to create some myself. I went for plain paper mainly because we have piles of it at home for the girls to use when painting and also because, it you’re feeling really inspired, this is something that you could literally do at your desk over lunchtime if you want to create an air of festive cheer to your desk without costing a cent. Continue reading

DIY Gold Dot Canvas Art

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I had these materials lying around for ages begging me to do something with them but our walls are so jammed with pictures at the moment I was lazy about it. I spotted some nice DIY canvas print ideas on good old Pinterest so one sunday recently I was feeling inspired!

First off your materials – there are three main elements, a canvas in whatever size you want, spray paint, again in whatever colour your want and acrylic effect paste. I got this stuff in Lidl ages ago, to be honest I thought it was paint but its got more texture than that. Paint would work the same though really. The pigment in this paste is pretty strong. Continue reading

Rolling back the years with our pastimes

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I often find myself doing wardrobe clearouts – it makes space for new items (ha ha just don’t tell my husband!) and also makes me realize what I actually have in there. I find it so hard thought throwing out things I deem as having gone out of fashion because really, is there such a thing!? We thought big shoulders died in the 80’s along side perms and neon but hey presto when Balmain sent their models down the runway a couple of years back with pointy shoulders it sparked a major revival. Continue reading

Second wedding anniversary

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Yesterday was our second wedding anniversary.

This is a small part of my husbands gift, I made this myself and am pretty happy with how it turned out. The traditional gift this year is cotton (!?) but as of yet I’m stumped on that one.

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I’m not going to get gushy here about my husband or our marriage but suffice to say it has been the most wonderful two years filled with happiness, laughter, love and friendship.

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Lunch for the family

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Our two girls love soup. I relied on them heavily as an easy lunch while I was on maternity leave with the two; it didn’t require much thought or attention but was a healthy lunch for myself and the toddler. I made this (lightly!) spiced carrot soup recently and my toddler told me it was ‘delicious’. The smallest lady had her beak open for it too so I thought it might be a useful, easy lunch idea to share! I’ve made a similar version of this with parsnips and the girls loved that too.

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DIY up style a plain jumper

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Here’s a handy refashion of a boring jumper! Quick and easy to do, you may be able to skip the sewing stage if you get a really good quality fabric glue. I tried this previously and whatever glue I used meant the gems didn’t stay on past one wash so here’s hoping that this method make them last longer!

Take one plain jumper.

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