#2015bestnine the best of 2015

Hi everyone.
So with everyone sharing the #2015bestnine over on Instagram it motivated me to share some of my top posts for you from this year. 
There was a lot of upcycle projects this year in the home with me getting my master bedroom done and my stairs done also, some fab chair make overs and a few guilt free home ware hauls. As usual a few tea dress fashion posts snuck in so here I will share my fave posts with the links to the full posts. 

1. My painted fabric chair. 

So this little upcycle was done back in June, this was my first attempt of painting fabric and it was on a chair I had got for free that was heading to the skip so I had nothing to lose and gained a lovely pink chair and saved a fortune compared to reupholstering. 

2. My upvc painted door. 

This was another really popular post as it was a little tutorial on painting upvc which is something not a lot of people would of known that you can do. 

3. Dresses.ie wedding guest style. 

So this post was special to me as it got shared by dresses.ie, they had kindly invited me to my first ever "blogger" event and were so kind and nice to me and boosted my confidence in my ability to blog, I wore this dress in October to a wedding in Belingham castle.

4. One fab day vintage wedding fair. 

Now I know I have to ring on my left pinky but that still doesn't stop me creeping on wedding fairs, this one was amazing for inspiration and I go to meet the fab Miss Hippenings Laura Cunningham and my fave Moss Cottage. 

5. Floating tea cup tutorial. 

This is another fave crafty make. This was a really popular post with the wedding DIY ladies.  I had the pleasure of making these for a lady I work with, I do get people asking me if I make them to sell but unfortunately at the moment I can't source teacups cheap enough to make. 

6. My retro shoot with boudoir girls. 

This was a collaboration with the stunning Natalie from Boudoir girls in Galway. I'm far from a model and she made me feel like a 1950's house wife in this shoot and the gorgeous Danielle Mahon done my make up for this shoot. 

7. My upcycled fireplace.

This was an upcycle from the start of the year and something I had been wanting to do for ages. Completely transformed my living room and I haven't looked back. 

8. Tesco living homeware haul. 

Sharing my home ware hauls was really popular this year and any excuse for me to keep shopping, there comes a time in your life when all that excites you is nice fancy home ware nik naks. 

9. My upcycled vintage chair. 

Anybody who knows me knows I love a good up cycled chair. This was one I done up to match in with my master bedroom and is the same shade as the painted fabric chair. 

Another highlight (well I wouldn't call it a highlight) was getting my surgery on my thumb in August. That slowed me down with the crafting but didn't stop me posing. 
This was quickly mended and I am pleased to say my thumb is fixed and I am back crafting up a storm. 

What has been your highlights from 2015?
Please share your fave posts and links to your blog/instagram in the comments section below. 

See you all in 2016!
Love Catherine. 


Handmade teddy Instagram giveaway

Competition time, 

To say thank you to everyone for reading and following I am going to do a Instagram giveaway over on my insta page tonight (27th December) at 8 pm, All you have to do is follow my account @daintydressdiaries and tag 3 of your friends in the comments section. 

Winner will be announced on Tuesday the 29th of December at 8 pm and will be selected at random. 
This competition is open to all locations and prize will be posted to the winner on the 30th of December, this competition is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram inc. 

Thanks again for a fab year to everyone I have chatted with and all of the support this year with the blog. 

Good Luck,


Kinvara skincare review.

Kinvara skincare. 

Hi guys, some of you might remember me picking up these Kinvara goodies at the craft and design fair in the Rds earlier on this month. I have been using them the last month and want to share a mini review on the products. 

Now I know I am not a beauty blogger but what I loved the most about this brand was that it was an Irish business and I love to support local Irish brands as much as possible. What caught my eye (or nose should I say) was the smell of both the cleansing oil and serum as they smelt like a day at the spa, smelt delicious just like when you get a facial. 


Happy Christmas

My Christmas message. 

I just want to wish everyone a happy Christmas and want to wish everyone all the best for the new year. Christmas can be a hard time for many so take time for yourself and enjoy the time spent with friends and family. 

I love this time of year, not just for the sparkly lights but love that a new year and fresh start is around the corner, a time to reflect on achievements from this year and set new goals to grow in the next year. 

So don't feel bad when you see the all the insta posts of people sharing their latest Michael Kors and fancy gifts and diamond rings, this isn't what Christmas should be about, 

One of the highlights of this Christmas is the sentimental teddy bears I have been making for people as a lot are being received today as presents and I get such a rewarding warm feeling  knowing that people will get so much comfort from them. 

So myself and Blondie want to say thank you and wish you a merry Christmas and here is to an amazing new year. 

Catherine and Blondie.


Christmas outfit inspo with Vesper dresses.

Vesper dresses pencil dress, 

Hi Everyone, 

I want to share some pics of this adorable dress from Vesper, If like me you love a vintage style curve flattering dress then have a peep at this one. 
The good news is that this dress is now on sale at a steal for only £28 from vesperdresses.com and you can find the link to the dress here.


Cosy Christmas Day outfit.

Hi everyone,
So if like me your a last minute shopper and your looking for something smart and cosy to wear on Christmas day then I have the cutest little dress for you. 

This is from my faves dorothyperkins.com and I just adore the little collar detail on it, Its a shift style dress which is normally not my shape but I went up a size and love it. It has pockets too which is great at disguising the festive belly. 

As you know I am petite so the length will be shorter on you taller ladies.
You can find this dress here and its a steal at 39 euro. 

Don't forget to tag me over on Instagram on your cute festive outfits.
Chat soon,


Dainty's December diary X

Hi everyone, 

So apologies for being a bit quiet on the blogging front but I have been kept super busy with orders for frames and teddy bears an even a few painting projects. 

I have just finished up in sewing class too but I will be starting back in the spring, I recently painted a chair for the lovely Katrina for her salon K2 in Glasnevin which was really fun as I haven't painted much since my thumb operation earlier this year. 

I also had a wander around the RDS national craft and design fair and I would love to next year make it my goal to do at least one small craft fair and sell some of my crafty frames and bears. 

Also in work December is my busiest month so I have found it hard this month to stay consistent with blog posts so keep and eye on my Instagram (@daintydressdiaries) and my Snapchat (daintydiaries) for more daily updates. 

Hope your all keeping well. Chat soon, Catherine.


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