Saturday, November 27, 2010


We woke up to a winter wonderland at Chez Margie this morning. I love my Land Rover Defender 90, and when it snows I know that I can still drive where I have to.

A snow shovel (and a picnic hamper with a flask, torch, sandwiches, and a rug) and I am ready to take the Landy out and about.

More snow photos on Margie's Crafts The Vintage Store and Christmas Time Magic

Big hugs,


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Anya Hindmarch Kildare Village

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?)

Visit Christmas Time Magic to see more of my photos from the village.
Big Hugs,


Saturday, November 20, 2010


This weekend, we had a visitor (who looks really like our cat Felka who died in August 2009), he was very friendly and made himself at home.

He even made friends with our other visitor Muzzy (my niece, Muireann) who came over for a spot of crafting. You can see her beautiful work over on Margie's Crafts The Vintage Store.

Big hugs,


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Garden Arbor

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.

You can see the results of the Doll making at Margie's Crafts The Vintage Store blog. Workshop vouchers will be available next week and make great Christmas gifts.

Big hugs,


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kitchen makeover

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.

There are some Christmas ideas over Christmas Time Magic, my Christmas blog.

The latest news on Margies Crafts workshops and Knitting Club can be found at Margie's Crafts The Vintage Store blog

Spring workshop dates and new range of items coming soon to Margie's Crafts website (vouchers for workshops make ideal Christmas gifts)

Big hugs,


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Winter warming

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?

Big hugs,


Sunday, November 7, 2010


I recently revisited the village of Turville, in the Chiltern hills in Buckinghamshire, a few miles from where Mel lives, with Mel, Isla and my Dad.

The village is infamous for a number of TV shows that were filmed there. The Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders and some of you may recoginise the windmill in the right corner of the photo, from the classic childrens favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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.

The baketmaking sessions were on this weekend, you can read all about them over at Margie's Crafts The Vintage Store.

Big hugs,