Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

I've finally made the leap and changed blog address, mainly as it was confusing having "mariahomedecorations" as my blog name when my business name is Lollipops and Daydreams. Just have to set up my blog list and tweak the layout and links and it'll be sorted!

It was a lovely Mother's Day here in Ireland today. Had great fun looking back through old photos
I love this one of my daughter! She was only a few months old and in her pram about to go on our morning walk. It was also one of my late father's favourite pictures so extra special.

Have a great evening,

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Doe a Deer, the cuter the better!


I can't seem to escape deer's these days. They are soo cute and seem to call to me! I found this guy/gal in a local charity (thrift) shop. The deer and the little fake flowers on a patch of  fake grass (all behind glass/plastic) and placed in front of a postcard.

I am wondering if its something they used to sell at tourist stops? Anyone know where Kate Kearneys Cottage is? I am going with Sligo or Wicklow! But will of course feel embarrassed if its a very obvious landmark or well known place.

Couldn't leave him behind.  Happily sitting in my studio. He can help this guy mind the threads.

I've found some great little treasures (well treasures to me, very possibly trash to others!) in the local shops lately. A little bundle of frames just waiting to be filled with my new fabrics as a display on the wall. Found some really cute angels today which are being put aside for the impending First Communion party.
This gorgeous fabric is from Holland, now that I put the pics together, there is a definite resemblance!
Dress is available in my etsy shop (link to the side of blog). Is it just me, or are deers everywhere?
Have a great evening!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sneak Peek at new dresses and Etsy Ireland


Hailstones and sunshine, what a funny day in Ireland! Another month flying in. Still busy working away on turning my fabric designs into a collection. I was working on co-ordinating hairbands and headscarfs today to compliment dresses. I even made one for myself which is a little unusual as I tend to only make for children or for the home (that is despite all those wonderful patterns waiting to be cut on my shelf). Here is a little sneak peak of what I've been up to!

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to submit for a pop-up shop in Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin. This is a picture of the window, you can spot some of Lollipops & Daydreams makes in amongst all the fab goodies. I am a huge fan of  Moobles and Toobles ( and their wonderful new organic baby range of babywear. Our shop is over now but they have a new one full of many more Irish makes, well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Lollipops & Daydreams featured on the Etsy Ireland team blog, you can find the full article here.
There was three profiles featured and I loved finding out what inspires others and how they work.

Hope you are having a great weekend,

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Dresses and fabrics and dresses and fabrics!


Can't believe it is crawling into March already, where is the time going? Very quickly this year! The rain and stormy weather is finally easing up and the spring flowers are out. My son helped me plant a lot of bulbs last year and has been waiting very patiently for them to bloom. There's something special about flowers that you've grown yourself!

I've been busy restocking my etsy shop ( My daughter helped model some of the dresses for me, she is very patient!

I've also been designing fabric which is sitting on my cutting table right now waiting patiently for me. My sketchbook is full of drawings so I am working on translating the ideas in my head into actual dresses. I am making the patterns so each dress is being tested on other fabric before I cut into my own fabric. Its very a very exciting process and fingers crossed it all works out! I'll be camera mad when I finish.

I have a bit of a deer thing at the moment, they are so cute! I fell in love with this fabric and made a couple of dresses from it. I also have it vibrant pink which is earmarked for little cushions.

Speaking of little cushions, I have a line of doll cushions awaiting buttons. I actually love hand sewing the little buttons on, there is something therapeutic about it!

Right time to get back to the cutting table, rest over!
Hope you have a great week,
All the best,

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Change of blog address


Moving my blog from to a new online address .
A revamp is underway!