My trip to London

London adventure

This week I took a whole two days off!! No teddy bear making, no work and I headed off to London, I was heading to London to the Amara Interior blog awards where I was a finalist in the DIY and craft  category. 

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The Peggy Porschen Parlour

This is a post for my cake lovers.
I couldn't go all the way to London and not go visit the Peggy Porschen cake shop. Probably one of the most Instagramed cake shops I  had to go and visit. 

I am a lover off all things sweet and sugary and I was able to squeeze in a quick cupcake on my London adventure. 
The cake shop is really close to Victoria station, so if you are in London you can get the tube to Victoria and it is roughly a 10 min walk. I got the Gatwick express train and that leaves you in Victoria train station so a quick google maps and a 10 min walk and I was there. 
Its in a gorgeous part of London called Belgravia, I love it around here as it is much calmer compared to the hustle and bustle of Oxford street and Regent street. 

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How to make your house look bigger and brighter

Let the light in 

I want to share some tips and tricks I have used to make my house look much lighter, airy and bigger. 
The biggest struggle for me was making my small bungalow look bigger. 
My home looks big in pictures but its actually smaller in real life.  I have used lots of tricks to make it look much bigger and brighter. 


My house is a dormer style bungalow, I have a side entrance so my hall and entrance lacks natural light. I make sure not to block any windows or clutter areas where there is natural light with clutter etc so the light can pour in. 

In my living room I have a lovely large bay window however I only get the sunshine in this room in the morning and then the sun moves to the back of the house. 
I make sure not to block this window and I just have cream wooden style blinds on the windows, I don't have curtains either in this room.
Lay your room out with light in mind, putting a sofa in front of a window might give you floor space but it might block loads of natural light from your room.  

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Skerries Mills

A tour around Skerries mills

Looking for somewhere fun to visit on the weekends or your day off? I love a good ramble on my day off and love visiting places that give me inspiration.
I was recently watching the news when I seen Skerries had won a tidy town award. I remember visiting Skerries every summer as a kid and I loved the town. I had never visited the mills so we decided to take a drive out to have a peep.
I am a little obsessed with cute cottages and gardens and the mills didn't disappoint.
We done the tour of the mills, it was 6.25 each but you can get a family ticket for 12.50, you can find more info here.

The tour took about an hour and our guide was a fountain of knowledge, I love doing tours and I find them really interesting but there is a fab tea shop too so even if you just want to visit for a cup of tea, on a nice day you can sit outside and take in the view.
On a Saturday there is a market! I work Saturdays so I couldn't visit the market but they also have cute shops in the courtyard.

We then went down the beach and I got the most delicious ice cream from A storm in a tea cup, you might remember this was a little sweet shop as a kid in Skerries. It is the cutest little ice cream shop now and definitely worth a visit.
Have a peep below for loads of pics, the sun was stunning that Sunday and you wouldn't think it was October.

I love rambling on my day off and I am always looking for places to visit and tour, let me know your fave places to visit so I can check them out.
Leave your links and recommendations in the comments below.

Chat soon,

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Knitting and Stitching event.

A fun evening of Stitching!

On Tuesday I went to a fab evening event which was hosted by Great British sewing bee contestant Angeline Murphy, To launch the return of the knitting and stitching show that will be held in the RDS this October. 

You might remember me going their last year and raiding the fabric stands, they also hold classes and last year I done an embroidery workshop at the show. 

The show is on from 20th to the 23rd of October, I love going on the Thursday but this year I will unfortunately be in London so I am going to try go on the Sunday (please leave some fabric for me! don't buy it all)

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Where I buy my china cups from?

Tea cup addict!

Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about my ever growing china collection and I wanted to share a few places where I buy them from as I try and save money. 
A lot of you want to start collecting china but you want to save money and get them a bit cheaper. 
Unfortunately china can be expensive and some brands like Royal Albert can be dear. 

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September's orders

Sentimental September

Hiya, September was a really busy month with lots of you getting in early with your orders for Christmas. I just want to share some pictures of some of the teddies, frames and crafty makes from this month. 

I am now booked until December for Christmas orders but don't panic as if I get through orders early I will take more on. 
Click the contact button if you want to place an order or enquire about an order. 

Have a peep below and let me know which crafty make is your favourite?

Thanks again for keeping me busy!
I really appreciate all of your orders. 

Chat soon,

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Petite Autumn jackets with Dorothy Perkins

Petite jackets for Autumn

I am so excited it is finally Autumn, I am even more excited that I have got my hands on a some coats that will fit me!
My fellow petite ladies will know the struggle is real when trying to find a jacket that fits our smaller frames, You know the struggle! Arms can be too long, shoulders too big and we look like we are wearing our mammy's coat. 

Today I have three jackets from and all are from the petite range but fear not my taller ladies some of the are also available in the normal range. 

Have a scroll below for a peep at the three jackets and hands up who is dying to wear their bobble hat? I have a cute one at the end of the post so scroll down for the link.

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Blondies diy up-cycle cat bed.

Hi everyone.
Today I have a fun upcycle project for you and also a review of the wee red boutique chalk paint mix. 
 I picked up this Ikea dolls bed after seeing them up cycled into pet beds on Pinterest.
For ages I have been wanting to give it a shabby face lift for Blondie and I decided to test the chalk paint mix on it. 
Read on below for all the details on what I used and how I mixed the paint and also a quick link to purchase the chalk mix.  

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We made it to the shortlist.

 # IBA16

Well everyone we made it! A huge thank you as if it wasn't for all your votes I wouldn't be going over to London in October. 
My flights are booked ( however the race in on to get my passport renewed) and I am so excited for the event next month. 

I really mean it when I say thank you as I know how long it takes to go and vote for someone and fill in the forms and email addresses so a massive massive thank you. The five blogs in shortlist had to get the most votes to get in so I can't thank you enough. 
When I got the email about being nominated I didn't think I stood a chance against all the other amazing blogs, I was over the moon when the shortlist email popped up on the screen. 
I am really excited to have my blog judged by interior professionals and to get some feedback from them too as one day I would love to be able to work within the interior industry and grow my blog. 

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Painting fabric?

My hand painted fabric chair.

Hi Guys I just wanted to pin this post back to the top of the blog as it was one of the most popular diy tutorials and I get asked lots about this pink chair when I post a pic on Instagram, people are shocked to find out that its actually painted and not upholstered pink, so have a little read at the post below. 

Yes nothing is safe now! I painted a fabric chair and love it!

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My cottage garden

I caught the green finger bug!

What a difference a year makes in the garden. It may be Autumn but there is still plenty of life and blossoms in the garden, I love seeing the seasons change and the changes that happen in the garden. 

This time last year I decided to clean up the garden, I am two and a half years in my house and with all the furniture painting and decorating I had neglected the garden.
So I focused on the front garden, I wanted it to look like a little cottage garden, full of trinkets, flowers and a home for bees and insects. 

You might remember last year I started it off by painting the ugly pebble dash wall white, despite everyone telling me not to paint pebble dash I couldn't look at a grey wall any longer so out came the large pots of Sandtex brilliant white and we got to painting. 
This made a huge difference as the white wall makes all the flowers pop out, its the perfect backdrop. 

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Hand painted cottage chic upvc door.

I am pinning this popular post to the top as I had a lot of requests about my painted front door. 
One year on its is doing amazing and I haven't had any chips and it has survived the Irish winter and summer. 
Have a peep below and let me know what you think. 
The post was originally written back in August of last year.

Chat soon,

Hi everyone, 
So today I have a diy post for ya. This week I ( I say I, I mean we, as I am still on thumb rest after my operation so I was the gaffer giving the orders but not allowed paint), anyway We painted the upvc door from its original white color to this warm greeny/grey shade.

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The apple slice recipe

Little slices of heaven.

Hiya everyone, 
You might have seen these little apple slices on snapchat the last week, Mr Dainty came home with a big bag of cooking apples from somebodies garden and turned them into these tasty apple slices. 
I finally got some pics of the apple slices before I ate them all and I have the recipe. 
They are sooooo easy to make and very little ingredients. 

Now to disclaim! I don't cook but I certainly love to eat, especially pastry's so this recipe belongs to himself. 

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Memory hearts.

Sentimental sewing. 

Hi everyone, today I want to share these memory hearts that I made recently. 
For those of you who follow me you'll know I am kept busy in the teddy factory making memory bears. I was asked to make some hearts and I was so pleased with how they turned out that I will now start making these to order. 

I think they are a fab idea as I know not everyone wants a memory bear /cushion or sometimes they might not have enough fabric to make a bear from. 
I was thinking these would be really sweet to add to the Christmas tree as a little keepsake. 

Just click on the mail icon on above to email me and place an order. 
The frames are 25 euro (postage extra) and the hanging heart on its own is 10 euro and 12 euro if you want a personalisd message on it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

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