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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How to decoupage

DIY Decoupage

Hiya,
Some of you might have seen my dreadful attempt of a tutorial on Snapchat ( iv since fired my camera man lol) so I thought I would come on here and explain it a bit better. 

These type of tutorials I feel are better shown than read so i will do my best to explain. I want to get into sharing DIY tutorials on Youtube so hopefully early next year I will be able to share some videos with you, I am just saving up for a new laptop to edit the videos on. 

I had fallen out of the habit of doing decoupage, I was obsessed with it when I first moved into my home and loved how relaxing it was. The lovely Liz over at decoupage.ie had read I wanted to get back into it and sent me over some of her goodies to get me started. 

Liz also teaches workshops too so if you are inspired after reading this and want to do a day workshop you can find details by clicking here.

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Thank you!


I am finalist! eeek.

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for my blog. 
I remember last year not even making the shortlist and feeling pretty crappy about my blog. I used this as an opportunity to work a lot harder and up my blogging game. I got better at taking pics and looked at ways to make better content and I am so delighted it has paid off and I got to the finals. 

I am in the arts/crafts and interiors category and the guys in my category are so talented and I admire their blogs so I cannot wait to meet them on awards night. I am also delighted that this year they made this category, recognising the strong talented crafter's and makers in Ireland. 

Also I wanted to take this time to say don't be disheartened if you did not make the finals in your category, the blogging game is so strong in Ireland and there are tons of talented writers and bloggers. I seen how disappointed some people were and I really want to reassure you that your work is amazing and keep going! your doing amazing and your pumping out fab content! 

I am delighted to just be in the finals this year and I really do appreciate all the support and comments and the little crafting community we have built. 

So here is to awards night, I am currently dress hunting to find the perfect dress and if you are heading drop me an email and we can meet up. 

Thanks again!
Catherine. 



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August's craft orders

A month full of bears.

Hiya, I just wanted to share some of the memory and personalised orders that went out this month, I had a fab month with some really interesting items coming into the craft room. 
From old jackets to shirts and even some baby blankets it was a month of fun making these lot. 
Some I couldn't share with you just yet as they haven't gone to their new home yet so will share them in next months post. 
Lots of new babies this month too with letter frames and teddy keepsakes all going out to new homes. 

September is almost booked up so make sure to get in early if you want an item made for you for Christmas. 
You can drop me an email through my contact form on this page to have a chat about an order. 
At the moment their is a 2 week turnaround but I will give a date when placing order of when you will get your item back. 

A huge thank you for keeping me busy. 

Chat soon,
Catherine. 




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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. 


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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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