2 10, 2016

Coffee and Crumpets

By | October 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In an effort to encourage me to eat breakfast (aka most important meal of the day) I'm trying to give it a bit of a oomph and make it as pretty and tasty and desirable as I can ... as opposed to the usual no breakfast all routine until 11 ish when my tummy starts to growl like a bear in the woods! On this particular day I feel I succeeded.  As much as I love avocado if I see another morning picture of said avocado on toast in my morning IG feed I may just remove myself from what has become my favourite app!   This lemonyliscious mouth watering moon crater like crumpets are far more appealing, with the burst of bright red [...]

28 09, 2016

SICAP Enterprise Awards – I’m shortlisted!

By | September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I am super excited to tell you that I have been shortlisted, as one of 12 businesses, for a SICAP Enterprise Award.   Eeeek! Yes me!! Twelve businesses in total have been shortlisted and the judging and awards take place on Monday 17th October at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. To say I am excited is an understatement.  Proud, humbled, chuffed to chuffing bits and all the rest!!  This means so much - just being nominated! On the 1st of January 2008 I sat in my apartment in Manhattan and typed my first ever blog post.  I had a dream. That dream was simple enough, to come back to Roscommon to my cottage and earn a living making, creating and running workshops.   A lot [...]

18 09, 2016

Most favourite scones ever

By | September 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It's the perfect afternoon for baking so I thought I'd share my most favourite scone recipe with you all.   "The most delicious scones ever" 1lb plain flour pinch of salt 1tsp bicarb of soda 2 tsp cream of tartar 1oz caster sugar 3oz sultanas 4.5 oz butter 1 beaten egg 9fl oz buttermilk These are my fav scones ever!  They are really light and sweet without being too sweet.  They are also crunchy on the bottom as opposed to chewy.  As you can see I'm quite particular about my scones. To make: Preheat oven to 220 C, Gas 7 Sieve all dry ingredients into bowl and grate in the butter straight from the fridge.  Rub the butter into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add [...]

22 08, 2016

Goodbye summer, hello Autumn

By | August 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I know most of us have been waiting for summer to come but I'm all over Autumn. Here's just a few reasons why I love Autumn (Aka Fall) ... I think it's the most romantic time of the year I love the smell of autumn I love the colours I love the long evenings I love the autumn line up on tv - Strictly! I love cooking big stews Hot water bottles Pyjamas Pumpkin soup Halloween I love curling up on the sofa by the fire (although I seem to be doing that all summer) I love getting all my lovely winter woolens out (hmmm better add woolite to the shopping list) I love wearing layers with my cardis I love wearing my scarves ... I have [...]

21 08, 2016

Ireland in Stitches

By | August 21st, 2016|Sewing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

  I have always had a love of maps and remember drawing them constantly in school.  I also love reading maps and drawing my own every time I visit a new place.  Weird to some maybe but I love it!  However, despite this keen interest in maps I stumbled across a gorgeous shop on facebook in a certain county in Ireland and thought to myself "where on earth is that"?  I know we're not exactly a gargantuan country but I couldn't place it.  So I off I went to Mr Google to find out and whilst there I remembered a project I had started for my previous blog and thought now is the time to finish it.  So off I went in search of [...]

11 08, 2016

Screen Printing Workshop

By | August 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Screen Printing Workshops (image courtesty of Lets Create) Have you ever had an idea of something you have wanted to try and found yourself constantly saying “I must try that” and every so often watching you tube videos or reading blog posts about it but never finding yourself actually doing it? Well that’s the way it’s been for me and screen printing. For a few years I have had this plan, basically since starting my kid’s sewing camps, that I would screen print the doll patterns for them to use rather than spending ages tracing them out and cutting then cutting them.  However, despite watching several you tube videos, reading endless blog posts and even buying books on the process I just seemed to [...]

30 05, 2016

Sunshine and Lemonade

By | May 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How glorious is this sunshine we are having. I'm not sure what I love most, the warmth on my skin or the warmth coming from everyone's happy smiley faces.  It's amazing what a burst of sunshine can do! Obviously we are all keeping hydrated in the sun aren't we ?? Hello, we are aren't we? Well if you're not into just water let me tempt you with some lemonyliscious refreshing homeade lemonaade.  It's super easy and super tasty! What are we waiting for, let's get started. All you need is 4 Lemons 1 Lime 1/2 cup Sugar (I used Caster Sugar) 1 cup Water (freshly boiled and cold water) 4/5 cups cold water Ice (optional) Place 1 cup of boiling water and 1 cup [...]

26 05, 2016

Identifying your old Sewing Machine

By | May 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

    If, like me, you seem to accumulate sewing machines you may find this post handy to work out how to use it or at least identify it which helps if you contact a sewing shop to get it repaired. This particular machine, see image below, is what is called a Treadle Hand Crank Singer Machine.   I've decided I want to get it working again as I think it will be great to use in my Kid's Summer Sewing Camps.  It's in great condition from what I can see so I'm hoping it won't take too much to get it working again. So I rang round a few places and put some call outs on Facebook and anyone I spoke to asked [...]

13 05, 2016

If you’re not in you don’t win

By | May 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

  Big shout out to the fabulous Red Earth in Mullingar for a whopping €200 voucher I won in their Valentine's Competition. With my Irish Mammy's words ringing in my ears "if you're not in you don't win" I went for it when I saw the photo booth in their store!         That and the help of my lovely friend Ruth (taking the photos and encouraging me ... okay okay not much of that needed) led me to winning the competition.           So off I went last weekend with my lovely mummy and spent the lot after a delicious breakfast in their eaterie.  What's not to love!? We are loving all we got with the voucher.  These [...]

21 04, 2016

Spring 2016 Workshops

By | April 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

After lots of requests I've decided to trial some one day workshops at the cottage. The feedback I've been getting from people who attended short workshops was that they loved the cottage, and having the use of all my fabrics and buttons and sewing notions and would love to have a full day.  As all us stitchers know you don't find a few hours flying by when you are engrossed in a project. I've decided to start with three workshops and I'm kicking off with one of the most popular - Sewing Machine Basics. sewing basics Do you have a sewing machine but aren't sure how to use it or are you thinking of buying a sewing machine but would like to [...]

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