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.
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.