9 September 2014

Fabric Shops In Ireland

Finally - the list is here!

A few MONTHS ago I put a shout out on my facebook page asking people to recommend fabric shops in Ireland as it is probably one of the top questions I get asked all the time "where do you buy your fabric"?

So here goes ...

I am sure this will be added to over time so if there's someone missing on the list let me know and I will update it.   Each time I update it I will update the date below

*** LAST UPDATED  7th Sept 2014 ***


Frances Finishing Touches - Roscommon

Limerick Quilt Centre 

The Fennel Shed Patchwork Studio

Threads of Green Fabrics -  Kilkenny 

Seams Sew Simple - Roscommon

Rebecca Palmer  Originals


Kilbora Quilt Shop 

Rags for Linda - Galway

Clew Bay Quilting - Mayo

Singer Shop - Clonmel

Vibes & Scribes - Cork
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Paragon Fabrics

Floppy Fabrics - Dublin

Butterfly Fabric - Longford

Just Cotton - Meath

The Sewing Shed - Kerry

Remnant Basket -  Dundalk

Hickeys/Home Focus - Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick

WM Trimmings

Cloth Shop Dublin

Murphy Sheehy - Dublin

As if you didn't have enough reasons to buy fabric .......

Don't forget if you know of a shop near you that's not on the list let me know in the comments below or email me.  

7 September 2014

Pretty Cath Kidston Knobs

If you've been following me over the summer you will know that I've been busy with a bit of decorating in my little cottage (more to come on that) and one of the biggest jobs was painting my kitchen ... no mean feat when you own a rather ridiculous amount of cups and saucers and bowls and plates and ... let's just say I've been accumulating rather a lot of kitchen paraphernalia for many years now :O)

Not content with painting the walls I then decided to paint the kitchen cupboards, my dresser, kitchen island and just as it was all done I decided to give the door knobs a bit of a makeover too.

I painted them first with white paint and initially I planned to paint little roses on them but then as I was putting things away I came across some of my Cath Kidston napkins and had a eureka moment and decided to decoupage (or decopatch) them.

It was super easy, super quick, super cheap and (I think) super effective.

All you need is PVA glue (Modge Podge also works) and some napkins.

I decided to cut out clusters of roses from my napkins.  Once you've done that you need to remove the white backing (sometimes there's two layers)

Apply a thin layer of pva to the knob and very gently lay the napkin piece over it, apply another layer of pva over the napkin and allow to dry.  Be VERY careful as the napkin can easily tear.

Leave the knobs to dry and then reapply another coat of PVA, leave to dry again and apply another coat of PVA.

Don't worry too much if it looks a little wrinkly it does flatten out during the drying process.  Trust me.

 Finally attach them to the cubpoard, stand back and smile at your handiwork :O)

Really pleased with how they came out.  I just need to do all the drawers next !

So has anyone else been doing a bit of DIY over the summer?

9 August 2014

Mid summer decorating

While most people are off on their jolly hollies I've been turning the cottage upside down and inside out.  It seems to have become a yearly thing.  As soon as the summer camps are over I'm in "let's get ready for Christmas" mode and know that once August is over that's it it's busy season for me!!  So I always do my big jobs in August and this year it's re-decorating the bathroom and kitchen.  The thought of it has been awful for the last few weeks but I started at the weekend, and with the help of my mum, launched into it with gusto.  
The bathroom was first, you can see the last update here when I added the wallpaper.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE that paper but, despite everyone's warnings about this happening I ignored them and damp and mould set in (see top picture, top right hand side) and it had to come down so I could treat the walls properly.  

Even before it was down I planned to just buy the same paper again but once it was all removed I decided I'd go back to basics and live with it plain for a while.  

I painted it all white, this time I went totally crazy and opted for something other than Brilliant White.  I used Sail White by Crown Paints.  Wooo ... living on the edge !!

I painted the skirting, window ledge and bath panel a light grey with paint I already had. 

I'm currently on the accessories.  I had this basket set that I liked for shape and size but not the colour so I thought I'd try painting it.  Just needs another coat but it's looking good. 

I added a simple lace voile to the window as I'm lucky not to be overlooked so I can get away with that.

I'll be back later in the week to show you progress as I got side tracked ....  In typical Michelle fashion I started another job before I finished one !!

I'll show you the finished pictures hopefully by Monday :O) 

Have a great weekend peeps xx

22 June 2014

Irish Summer

Summer has finally landed here in Ireland and I'm enjoying every second of it.

Between picnics in the garden, trips to the beach (Galway, Salthill)

and country lane bike rides

I'm lapping up every ounce of sunshine and maxing my doses of vitamin D

The only downside is that my crafts are being a little neglected.  

Oh well, one has to make hay while the sun shines!!

Hope you're all having a lovely summer x

If you want to keep up with me more frequently you can find me on facebook or instagram  :O) 

16 June 2014

Children's Summer Camps

It's all busy busy at the cottage as I'm getting ready for Summer Camps. 

Furniture is being moved, tidying is frantic, projects are being planned, fabric and sewing notions sorted.  

This year I'm doing two different camps.  The mornings are Sewing only and are for 8 years upwards and the afternoons are going to be Craft, suitable for boys and girls 6 years upwards.


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