pushin’ cushions…

Just putting together some new cushion covers…thought i might share…

…all ready to go from my Etsy store

Nicky’s Vintage Bikes

Fly Away Birds

Pink vintage squares

handmade by me.

pink flamingo!

My latest design inspiration…..the flamingo! There’s something about these crazy birds you just gotta love!

Now available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels from my etsy store.

closeup…

cushion Cover…

handmade by me.

indigo red…

I don’t think I have showcased my lovely indigo red pattern on my blog…inspired by the red versions of the beautifully handpainted chinese porcelain…I give you the red version of indigo blue….indigo red! (Try saying that fast ; ))

Its is available to buy in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels at my etsy store.

The cushion cover…

the pattern…

and the closeup…

And if you haven’t seen the indigo blue version before…

handmade by me.

Now available to buy at the jam art factory : )

Here are my first batch of cushion covers and napkins going into the jam art factory today!

Birdy num num…

Indigo Blue…

and Origami birds all wrapped up and ready to go…

Indigo blue napkins…

And a closeup of my new handmade by me tags/business cards…

handmade by me.

hangin’ around…

So for those of you who couldn’t make the exhibition, here are some (pretty bad quality phone) pics I took. They wanted to hang the cushions from the ceiling which ended up looking pretty cool! Thanks to all who were with me on saturday night. And anyone who still wants to sneak a peek, the exhibition is on till the 16th.

And my name in the programme… : )

handmade by me.

 

handmade by me at an exhibition near you…

I am delighted to let you all know that handmade by me will be exhibiting at the little green street gallery in conjunction with offset 2012!

“It began with a call for submissions from artists of all walks of life and varying practices. After an over whelming response we have selected over 40 artists from Ireland and abroad. They will be show casing their works ranging from print, sculpture, textile, jewellery, photography, collage, painting and mixed media collaborations all with their own approaches to contemporary art.

Possibly one of the most exciting exhibitions Little Green Street Gallery will host this year, we welcome you all to come and see some of the most inspiring and innovative artists Ireland has to offer.”

The show will run from 10th March until the 16th of March.
The address is 12a Little Britain Street Dublin 7 (in the old fruit and veg markets).

Hope you can make it!

handmade by me.

Unexpectedly delicious and comforting root vegetable soup

To be honest I wasn’t very excited at the idea of making this soup. But I had most of the ingredients in my fridge, and it was the end of the month, so I decided to give it a go. And… actually… I was really pleasantly surprised. Its so warm and comforting and the bright yellow colour made me feel like it was a bowl of sunshine. ( Thats what happens to you when you don’t see enough of it! : ) )

Anyways give this a go and see if you agree!

The Recipe: Avoca‘s Root Vegetable Soup
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
1 onion, peeled and chopped
50g butter
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 leeks, washed and chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
1 litre vegetable stock
4 teaspoons double cream or créme fraíche (optional – I didn’t bother))
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Method:
Cook the onion in the butter for 10 minutes without colouring. Add the potato, carrot, celery and leek, and sauté gently for 5 minutes. Add the parsnip and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Allow to cool slightly and purée in a blender.

Reheat, check seasoning as you go, and serve with the cream and parsley.

fly away birds….

Don’t you sometimes wish you could be a bird, fly away and see the world whenever you want?

Introducing my latest design called fly away birds…

Now available in cushion covers, napkins, and tea towels at my Etsy store.

handmade by me.

NEW: tea towels, greeting cards and gift wrap!!!

Tea towels and greeting cards in all my designs are now ready to purchase online at my Etsy store. Feel free to have a look and see if there’s anything you fancy.  All tea towels are printed onto a cotton linen canvas which is the best of both worlds really, linen for quality and cotton for softness, and they will last. Don’t forget about my Save the Rhinos tea towels, I’ll be donating 10% of any purchases to www.stoprhinopoaching.com

And after my valentine card became so popular I decided to make some others using my designs. These are printed onto a silk card and folded into A6 size, and are available in mixed sets of 5 different patterns, with plain white envelopes included. There are 2 different sets to choose from. See below.

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I am also starting a gift wrap service where I will wrap your purchase nicely and include a message from you in a card with the same pattern. ie if you choose to buy a vintage floral cushion cover for a friend’s birthday, I’ll wrap it up, write your personalised message into a card with the vintage floral pattern on it, and send it to the address you choose when purchasing. Please ask if you want to know more about this.
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The card sets…

handmade by me.