A few months ago Leiny graduated with a first class degree in Visual Art Practice.
Duane also graduated on the same day, you can see his work here, a double celebration for two amazing people who are wonderful artists. During the summer they both had an exhibition of their work "Space in Converse" as part of the Eigse Festival in Carlow. You can see the photos and read about it here on a post I put on this blog earlier this year.
Leiny has accepted a place at a University in England to do a Masters in Printmaking starting in two weeks. I could not be more proud of her.
It has been snowing and freezing at Chez Margie and all across Eastern Ireland since last saturday. We never get snow like this here in Ireland, it usually lasts a day or so. I braved it to work the last two days, but today I am happy to be home with Mr. Margie and Leiny.
Leiny took the dogs out for a walk, they look so sleek against the snow. The countryside looks like a picture postcard.
Mr. Margie, made hot lard feed for the chickens and the birds in the garden. We have about 6-8 inches of snow.
Leiny was going to make a snowman but the snow would not make a good firm shape.
We are so lucky to have the Landys. Mr. Margie has been helping the neighbours and is going up to Wolfhill to take my parents to the shops.
Leiny and I are going to spend some time crafting in the studio. Click here to see the crafting. What are you doing today?
Most of you know by now that my favourite bags are from designer Anya Hindmarch, and I am so lucky to live close to Kildare Village Oultet stores. Today I was invited to the Anya Hindmarch luxury shopping event at the Village. The Village was also hosting a film shoot by Xpose (it will be aired on Ireland's TV3 tomorrow at 6pm) and Michelle, the Marketing Manager at Kildare Village was on hand to ensure the shoot went well.
On arrival at my favourite shop, I met with Guiseppe and Pippy, and we were taken care of by the ever attentive and friendly staff.
The shop has been relocated and the new space provides a splendid space for the display of gorgeous bags. Beautiful flower arrangements and posies were placed on the display cabinets and dotted about the glass table tops.
Champagne, tea cakes and chocolate provided the visitors with some TLC, a great chance to forget about the economic and political upheaval here at the moment (and did I mention how friendly and attentive the staff were?)
Watch out on Kirstie's Homemade Home this week (tuesday night at 8pm on 4Homes, Channel 4) you will see an arbor similar to the one Mr. Margie hand made for our on line store Margie's Workshop, they can be made to order, in whatever size, design and colour your prefer.
The kitchen needed a new coat of paint. It has been six years since it was painted. Mr. Margie did the whole room in a few hours last weekend. Leiny put some cloves in oranges yesterday in beautiful patterns and they have given the room a lovely scent.
The dresser too got a new coat of paint, Dulux Dragonfly quick dry makes a great background for the black wire tray and accessories. The red and white cups, plates and bowls are from Dunnes stores. With the winter evenings closing in earlier each day, candle light brightens up the room.
So the kitchen is bright and fresh all ready for Christmas and the long doll has a new place to sit on the sofa.
Winter is here, freezing nights and cool days. Nothing for it but put the feet up in front of the stove with a glass of mulled wine (for those who abstain there are some alcohol free bottles in the cupboard) and some speculoos. Lovely way to end a busy day. How do you like to relax after a chilly busy day?
We visited the church and were delighted to find a cosy warm interior after the chilly wind outside. This stained glass inside, affords views out over the village, through its traditonal leaded glass. It reminded me of one of the episodes of the Vicar of Dibley where there is huge discussion over a stained glass window and its depiciton.
There is no such confusion in relation to this window as it depicts the church's name, St. Mary the Virgin.
We strolled around the village admiring the landmarks and mingling with some tourists and hill walkers before retiring to The Bull and Butcher pub. It is the ideal place to drop in to on an Autumn afternoon, to warm by the fire, and have a hot chocolate, pot of tea, or a stronger drink, after a stroll through the town or over the hills.
Leiny and I were in the studio today knitting and relaxing. We spent the last two days at the Knitting and stitching Show as volunteer knitters. Read about our time there at Margie's Crafts The Vintage Store
Leiny is knitting a pair of Sublime Hunter socks in asparagus.
When I first discovered the Tilde range by the Norwegian designer Tone Finnager, I could not find any Irish stockists. So I made the best of the fabrics I could find and used some Cath Kidston.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Rose, in her shop, The Cottonwood Tree in Kilcullen County Kildare, just a few miles from where I live. You can not imagine how excited I was when I stepped inside the compact, inviting and exciting shop, to see all the Tilda range of fabrics, books, papers etc...
The shop is a little gem, with wool, fabric, accessories, ribbons, books, handmade aprons, and lots more including very pretty notice boards handmade by Rose.
Rose is an excellent hostess and made every customer feel special.
I was like a little child in a sweet shop. I purchased some of the Tilda fabric, a Tilda book and some Debbie Bliss wool. All very good value and well worth a visit.
To further add joy to my day Rose asked me to do some doll workshops at her shop in the New Year. There are lots of other craft classes running there between now and Christmas.
Leiny and I will be at the Knit 1 Pass It On Stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS Dublin next weekend teaching knitting and crochet. Please drop by and say hi.
I have been designing some dolls for the workshops. This one is Florence in turquoise and silver. Thanks to everyone who has joined in the Giveaways here, for anyone who has not yet, there is still time, whether you are first time visitor or a regular visitor you are very welcome.
To celebrate the opening of Margie's Crafts Handmade Store and Craft Workshops I am hosting a Giveaway here, there are lots of goodies(fabric samples, wool, cards, bows, papercraft items, and Cath Kidston keyring and purse, and some other surprise gifts too) along with a voucher (worth €20) for use at the Handmade store. It is open to International visitors so whether you are next door or all the way round the other side of the world please do join in.
Mr. Margie made all the woodwork items for sale at the on line store and I made the clothing and homeware items.
Closing date is the October 10th (midnight GMT).Now Closed.
To be in with a chance to win just post a comment here or leave one on the contact page on the Store's website.
I am a community worker I was working full time until my cancer diagnosis in October 2013. I have been interested in crafts all my life. I am always knitting or sewing. I love the different seasonal crafts and spending time with family and friends.