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My fave fabric shops.

My go to places. 

Earlier this week a lovely lady asked me where I get most of my fabric from. I have a few go to fabric places where I stock up. I am a lover of floral fabric so I am always on the lookout for new stockists to buy from for making my little shabby chic bears. 
Fabric can be expensive, especially nice fabric. I get a lot of people asking where to get cheap fabric and they answer is you get what you pay for.  Unfortunately that fab floral shabby chic fabric is hard to come across cheap. 



There are tons of fabric places but the ones below are ones I have bought from, I would love to hear your fave places so make sure to leave some more links in the comments section. 


Homefocus at Hickeys.

I am always in and out of my local Hickeys, whether its for teddy bear eyes or threads I am always running in on my lunch break. They have curtain fabric and craft fabrics and keep an eye out for when the sale is on and stock up as sometimes they have 20% off. 

The crafty fox.

This shop is in Drogheda and although I have never visited it I buy my tilda fabric off them from their website. I met them at the stitching and knitting show back in November and they are a lovely bunch of ladies and often do sewing and craft workshops. 

TWI.

Over in Mountjoy square in Dublin TWI are known for having Ireland's largest collections of fabrics. They also sell machinery so if your looking to upgrade your machine or looking for something then these are the people to go to. 

The fabric counter.

Based on Brunswick st in Dublin city this shop has lots of fabrics for upholstery, curtains, dressmaking and crafts. 



Some online places I buy from. 

Buying fabric online can be difficult, It is hard to see what the true color is and the texture. If unsure maybe request a sample or even buy a 1/4 meter an if your happy then buy more in your next order.

Fabrictime.co.uk

I found these guys when I went to the stitching and knitting show, they have fabrics starting from just £4 a meter. I got a lot of them at the craft show but I have since placed orders with them and they ship to Ireland really quickly. 

Myfabrics.co.uk

This site also ships to Ireland and they have more premium fabrics as well and the cheaper craft ones. They also stock Tilda fabric which when the sterling is weak to the euro it works out cheaper to buy from them. 

Fabric yard.

For people looking for more funky fabrics then you'll find something from these guys. They have some fab retro cottons and colourful florals on their site. They are in Northern Ireland so look into doing Parcel motel and shipping it to the uk address and saving on International postage costs. 

Ebay

I love ebay for getting my hands on fabrics that may have been discontinued or for getting bargains from people selling some fabrics from their stashes. Just make beware of returns as more than likely you won;t be able to return it.

Cath Kidston outlet.

If you are lucky enough to be near kildare village then raid the Cath Kidston shop for fabric. Most of them are 10-12 euro a meter and really good quality and not thin and flimsy. They also have cute sewing accessories like tins and sewing boxes. 





Don't forget to share your fave fabric places in the comments section below. 

Chat soon,
Catherine.




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Laura Ashley guest bedroom makeover.

Bedroom transformation.


Hi everyone. Today I am over on the Laura Ashley blog sharing my post on my guest bedroom transformation. I am so thrilled to be sharing a home makeover post on their blog as homeware is my first love.
You can read the full blog post by clicking here.


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Autumn style with Dorothy Perkins

Part two.

I am back again today with two more looks from Dorothy Perkins, You might have seen last weeks post but in case you missed it you can click here to view it.
I teamed up with Dorothy Perkins to share some pieces that will get you through that icky transitional period of August to October when it is still mild but you want to pack away the bright summer dresses and get a few pieces to take you through to Winter. 

When me and Camille took these pictures last week we had so many shots we loved I decided to do two posts so I could share more of the pictures with you. I just love Autumn and once I see them leaves dropping all I want is my ankle boots and some darker colors.


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Working on my happiness

The happiness planner.

"Happiness is a journey not a destination" - Ben Sweetland.



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Master bedroom room tour.


Dainty's boudoir.

Hi everyone, I was having a scrub of upstairs and I said I would share some pictures of my master bedroom. So my house is a dormer bungalow, my upstairs bedroom is the biggest room of the house. When we first moved in I slept downstairs as the room was so big I didn't know where to start. 


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Autumn style with Dorothy Perkins

Part one.

Today I have a really fun fashion post to share with you today. I have teamed up with Dorothy Perkins to share some Autumn fashion looks, I took some fab pics with camille and we had so many great shots that I will do two posts and I will share my other two looks next week. 

I adore this time of year, I love when the ivy changes color to red and the leaves start to fall, I love ankle boots, burgundy and hot chocolate. Yes I am an Autumn addict. 

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Shop4Crumlin 2016

One4all,

I am so delighted to collaborate with the guys at one4all to promote the shop4crumlin campaign
So we all have them one4all gift cards in our wallets gathering dust, your probably not even sure how much is left on them? sound familiar?

Well if you use your one4all card from the 6th to the 14th of August the one4all guys will donate 50c to Crumlin children's hospital, also if you use your card in Argos, Arnotts, Life style sports, Littlewoods Ireland and Debenhams they will donate 1 euro to Our lady's children's hospital. 

Money raised from this campaign will go to the giggle fund, have a peep at the video below.



You can check the balance of your one4all by clicking here so have a rummage through that wallet and go and treat your self.
I want to see what you buy so make sure to use the
  #shop4crumlin so I can keep have a nosey at all the goodies you bought.

You can keep up to date and enter competitions all week to win a one4all card on the guys Facebook page.
Keep an eye on my Instagram and Snapchat were I am going to share what I bought with my one4all gift card. 


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Moss cottage haul

Nik Nak haul,

EEEEK, so I had a rummage and a ramble over to Jen in her stunning treasure trove of a shop today!
I popped into Moss Cottage today to have a catch up and a right ole rummage through the shop. 
My Snapchat story is already a year long so here is a little haul of the fab items Jen gave me from her shop. 

You might remember Moss Cottage from the post I done about the One fab day Glitter studios fair where I got to meet the faces behind the fun shop. 
This shop is Nik Nak heaven and I dare you to pop in and resist buying something as it is impossible to not come out empty handed. 

For my chalk paint ladies they stock a range of Annie Sloan and hold workshops, also for the Brides to be you need to have a rummage through all of the Kate Spade wedding stationary and wedding decor.

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IKEA shabby step stool makeover.

Hiya!
Hope your all having a fab weekend!
Today I just want to share some pics of this Ikea stool that I picked up. 
As much as I give out about having to go to Ikea they do have fantastic items that you can paint and upcycle. 
This was a really quick project and I think it took me longer to assemble than it did to paint. 
For anybody going to chalk paint classes this autumn then this would be a great piece to bring.


As usual I got too excited to paint and forgot to take a before pic. 
You can find the details for this stool here.
A tip if you are heading to the Dublin store, this is located in aisle 5 location 41 not location 31 that is on the display stool on the showroom.
Which at first I thought it was out of stock but found it when i wandered further down. 


Assembly is actually quite simple and if I can do it then so can you!
However it may put you in a bad mood and your kitchen may look like a bomb just went off if your anything like me. 



I used Autentico in the shade frozen fountain. I am still using the same liter pot of paint that I used on the upvc door and on my toilet door. 
For anyone who missed it you can find my tutorial on painting upvc here.
This shade gives great coverage so you use less so the tin is lasting me forever!!.

I just gave two light coats of paint and got the coverage I wanted.
You could get really crafty and do decoupage or effects with colored waxes but as this was for displaying items I went with a block color.




For me I wanted the step stool for display, I think it would be so pretty dressed up for a wedding or a tea party. You can see from the pic below that its really handy and folds and comes with a clip so it can be hung on the wall. 



I wanted it to display my frames as they were piling up in the kitchen and wanted them to look pretty for when people dropped by to collect them. 
This little ladder would be gorgeous for displaying at a market for any of my fellow crafter's. 
It would look very cute with some cupcake stands on it. 

Let me know what you think and if you have gotten creative with any of your Ikea finds.
Don't forget to leave the link to your blog in the comments section. 

Thanks for stopping by, 
Catherine.
xxx
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Julys craft orders.

Thank you for keeping me busy.

Can you believe July is almost over, why is it the summer always flies by. This was a really fun month.
From wedding bears to Harry Potter bears to sentimental memory bears you had me kept busy. 
What I am excited the most about is my participation in this years Draoicht Christmas craft fair in Blanchardstown. 
I applied for a table not expecting to get accepted and was so thrilled when I got an email confirming my table, so now I am playing around with designs for Christmas.
If there is anything you would like me to make for Christmas just drop me an email. 

Have a peep below at some of this months orders and let me know your faves in the comments section below. 

For orders drop me an email through the contact form and I will be in touch with you straight away. 

Thanks again for keeping me busy. 

Chat soon,
Catherine. 

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Marks and spencer homeware haul.

Haul time! 

Can you believe it is almost the bank holiday weekend and it is pay weekend too, if your like me and paid monthly you will know the excitement of payday.
Today I have a really fun homeware haul post with one of my fave brands for home decor Marks and Spencer. As we are starting to come into Autumn I picked items that will freshen up my existing decor. 
Have a peep below for all the items and you might find something in the post that can be your payday treat?

Also there is 20% off Home and Furniture this weekend until August 3rd so perfect for that payday treat!
For more info and t&c's click here.

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Powerscourt estate and gardens

My ramble around the Powerscourt gardens.

Hiya, today the sun made a rare appearance and we jumped on the chance for an adventure, I am just obsessed with visiting gardens and pretty grounds so myself, baby Jack and his Mammy Chloe set off on an adventure around the Powerscourt gardens. 
 I took plenty of pics so have a little peep below and let me know which one was your fave. 

Children under 5 go free however some parts of the trail are not buggy friendly and a little steep so bear that in mind if you have little legs with you that might need a jockey back up the hill. 

Next time we go we will definitely take a picnic, there was gorgeous green areas to sit and have some lunch in the fabulous surroundings. 
There is an Avoca shop and cafe in the building were you can have tea in the cafe or buy lots of goodies in the shop. 
The dolls museum is also upstairs in the main building however we couldn't find a lift so I didn't find the main building buggy friendly.

You can also visit the waterfall further up the road, that will be next on my visit list as we were worn out from just doing the gardens themselves, you really could spend a weekend exploring this place its amazing. 

I treated myself to a new plant too from the garden center, this is a gorgeous garden shop with lots of shabby chic decor items and plenty of plants too, I picked up a peachy pink Lupin for the flower bed, I make sure to put up a pick on my Instagram once I have it planted. 

The gardens open from 9:30am until 5pm, although there was buses of tourists the gardens didn't feel over crowded at all and it was so peaceful and beautiful to just walk around and take in the scenery. 

Let me know your fave places to visit on your day off!

Thanks for reading, 

Catherine. 


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