On Friday we decided to do our 1st pop up shop. It was held in the cottage market, Red Stables, St Annes Park Clontarf. What a beautiful venue for a for a market. The Red Stables as its is now called was the stables for Lord Ardilaun in St Annes Estate. The Cottage Market, is held inside the actual stable room where some of the original horse stalls are intact.
The Cottage Market, is held inside the actual stable room where some of the original horse stalls are intact.
St Annes Park is very dear to my heart. I grew up in the area, playing in the fields and around the follies as a child. As a Mammy I bring my children here to the park and playgound and to Olives for an Iceream treat!
The Red Stables has become the focal point for many locals. Grabbing a coffee or treat after their morning stroll, visiting an art exhibition,(which I’ve had several here) or popping into one of its markets.
Although this Friday was a bit of a miserable day weather-wise there was a constant trickle of people visiting the market. I was armed with hand sewing, magazines and a sketchbook, ready for a quiet day! Not so my legs ached by the end of the day.
Although this Friday was a bit of a miserable day weather-wise there was a constant trickle of people visiting the market. I was armed with hand sewing, magazines and a sketchbook, ready for a quiet day! Not so my legs ached by the end of the day. But it was worth it to meet so many wonderful visitors and crafters and some canine companions too!
“Great selection and expert advice. Picked up a few bits myself today.🙂👍” – Claire Mc Loughlin
It was a very successful day overall and we will be back on Saturday 7th September for our next pop up shop. As before, if you have any request for particular fabric or haberdashery, just pop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or dm via instagram or facebook and ill make sure to bring it along! See you at the next one.
New yrs resolution done! A piece in an exhibition. Sorry a bit late blogging about it!!The exhibition was run by the Eastern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society. Held in Phoenix park visitor centre next to the walled garden. As soon as I heard the theme and location images of the beautiful walled garden came to mind. My husband and I often visit this garden during at all times of the year. Creating artwork and Gardening are my two passions. I love planting seeds, watching them grow and then getting to eat your produce! Yum! I imagined the different vegetables that I would grow in each season. One for every season in raised beds surrounded by terracotta roped borders.
I had never done foundation paper piecing before and when looked for a pattern I couldn’t find anything I liked. So I had to design my own, I don’t like the east life do I ? The fabric was a selection of stash fabric, fat quarters bought from green acre quilt shop and scraps left at the IPS Eastern Branch meeting. The 1st few designs did not go to plan. Spring onions looked more like cabbages and tomatoes like strawberries! But after a few attempts I got the hang of it!
This is a quilt I started for my Dad when he was sick to keep him warm during his chemo sessions. I got the fabric in Annie’s Haberdashery in Wexford town, which is sadly closing its doors tomorrow, but will be opening its online shop soon. Its called the camper van quilt as some of the fabric has volts wagon camper vans on it. This is the feature fabric that inspired the quilt! The rest of the fabric I picked up in Hickeys Home Focus. Its done using the quilt as you go method, which wasn’t as difficult as I thought.
Unfortunately things did not go as we thought and he died before I got to give it to him. I did get to give him the matching cushion though which he loved and showed off to the nurses! I gave the quilt to my Mam and it sits proudly on display on her sofa. Patchwork has been a very healing pastime for me and has helped me though a tough year so far. He would have loved it and showed it off to every camper he met. Love you Dad and miss you loads.