Saturday, 26 July 2014

My Studio Space

Hello,

Its unusual to say its too hot to be outside in Ireland but today its too hot to be outside!! Lollipops & Daydreams have a stand at the RDS Christmas Craft Fair in December this year so I've started my preparations. First up was to declutter my studio from top to bottom. When I get busy I have a tendancy to put all sorts into boxes, fabric scraps in piles, pins all over the floor etc etc. So before I could even think about sewing something new a major declutter was in order. This is the after:

My favourite sewing machine, a PFaff, back from its service in Waterford this week. The glass cabinet you might remember came from a local charity shop, it stores all my buttons and favourite china. My pictures are vintage and new.
 I use this rail for popping clothes on if they are finished or if I am preparing for a sale, otherwise its all stored in plastic storage boxes. A few stray Christmas decorations ended up on the end of my curtain rails. I am very lucky that the light is so great in this room, it has one narrow window and one large one. I've just moved the cutting table to the opposite side of the room to take advantage of better light. I've plans to glam up my pinboard this week! The table is a conference table from Ikea and you can adjust the height so I either stand at it to cut fabric or sit on one side on a high stool for pinning.

This is on the wall behind my table, a fabulous canvas by Clare Jordan and a map of Manhattan that I've had for fifteen years. I bought the map on my first trip to New York and the frame was from Habitat.
Of course since the pictures were taken I've begun work on my collection of clothes for Autumn/Winter so it needs a clean again! Hope you enjoyed a look around my space.
Have a lovely weekend,
Maria

Saturday, 19 July 2014

I love France!

I love France! I am still good and relaxed from my holidays, which given as it was my first proper one in 9 years (I kid you not), its no wonder I enjoyed it. We were in beautiful Brittany in France.
Here's a picture of the beautiful beach, a short walk from where we stayed. So ahhhhhh!


Here's a pic of me and the happy campers at the historic Carnac stones.

I always say no-one does chic quite like the French. Even the overgrown steps were chic!!!
We visited the picturesque city of Quimper on a day trip. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves!




 I love this building above, the modern and the old together.

More photos to follow, hope you enjoyed my little snapshot of France
All the best,
Maria

Monday, 14 July 2014

Carlow Made Pop-up Shop

Hello,

What a busy summer it has been so far! At the start of June I was involved with the Carlow Made pop-up shop which ran alongside the Carlow Arts Festival. It was in the Carlow Shopping Centre which is the historic Old Carlow Jail Building. The building is famous for being the site of the last execution of a woman in Ireland. Here's a few pics from the shop!

I brought in two rails of clothes this time, lots of summer pretties!




I am having my summer sale on my facebook page this week, www.facebook.com/lollipopsdaydreams.

I was lucky enough to go to France for a couple of weeks at the end of June and I've some lovely photos to show new blog post!
Have a lovely day,
Maria