Friday, 4 November 2016

Cakes - when did they become such works or art?

I'm not a baker, I'm a sewer.  I watch the Great British Bake Off and Cake Boss and think that somehow qualifies me to make cakes.
But I can't. I've mastered the ability to make a delicious maltesor cake (thank you Nigella) and a victoria sponge that is brilliant for kids birthdays (thank you bbc.co.uk)
But I do like to dream and imagine that someday I might just make one of these masterpieces.



It doesn't need words really!



Berry heaven



I really need to try a drip cake.
Oh sweet heavens
Heavenly! 
From the Movie "Up". The detail on this is amazing, it captures the colours and details of the movie so perfectly. A work of art! 







































Autumn in a cake! The leaves, the fox, the bark, everything.


Macaroons and a drip cake. I don't think I need to say any more.

You'll find links to these and more masterpieces on my pinterest cake page https://www.pinterest.com/lollipopsday/cakes/

Sorry if this has made you hungry!!

Enjoy
Maria 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Lollipops and Daydreams in the press

Excited to launch our Autumn/Winter collection with beautiful photos taken by AMC Photography in Cork.

A favourite is our pink dress with mustard collar. It buttons at the back and is fully lined.

It was featured in the Sunday Business Post! 

The Swan Party dress is a key piece of the collection and a personal favourite!  It has featured in an editorial for Dublin Fashion Festival.

Honoured to have written an article for Mums & Tots Magazine Ireland, entitled a "Room to Grow" it gives tips and advice on designing rooms for that three to seven year age group. Hope you enjoy it!


Happy reading and our new collection is live on www.lollipopsdaydreams.com



Sunday, 24 July 2016

George and Milly at The Old Yard

Carlow and Kildare are full of local treasures and this is one of my favourites for a little escape, a cup of coffee and delicious homemade treats along with some gorgeous little shops, its The Old Yard, Castledermot, Co. Kildare. www.theoldyard.ie Not far from Carlow and also the perfect stop if you are en route from Dublin to Waterford or Kilkenny (a short detour from the Motorway).

Beautiful courtyard setting

Antique and vintage treasures

Inside the Potting Shed
 Potting Shed Chic


Beautiful local crafts such as Woolly Pig Designs www.woollypigdesigns.com whose knitted toys are treasured by my children!


 Wonderful creations by Rebekah Millinery rebekahmillinery.com which can be admired in her little onsite studio, the most adorable caravan I think I've ever seen!


And you have to stop at George & Milly for some treats for yourself or some gift inspiration. You'll also find some Lollipops & Daydreams dresses in stock.

George & Milly is a gift shop situated in the Old Yard courtyard.


 Selection of what is instore including ArtSmarty pieces, cards and scarfs.


Ceramics and WhackPack furniture.



You'll find more on George and Milly  here

If you do go this summer I hope you enjoy your visit as much as we do!

Maria 

Friday, 15 July 2016

L Shaped Couch - Living Room Inspiration

I have a longing for an L-Shape couch. After years of brown leather its time for a change. I have found some brilliant inspiration from the 1950s onwards. These couches didn't shy away from colour. And neither did the rooms they were placed in.







How fab is this, a green S Shape couch with what looks like velvet upholstery.

Beautiful green velvet L-shaped couch in a retro inspired room.






And finally, while its not an L-shaped couch it deserves to be honoured


They put my little brown couch to shame! It might be time for an upgrade....

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Kids Party Ideas with Miniature Animals

I adore party planning for children and am gathering ideas for the next party we are planning for our littlest one. Here are some of the ideas I have found on pinterest www.pinterest.com/lollipopsdaydreams following link for more ideas!




How gorgeous is this cake? I love the natural look.

 Animals are ready to party!



Follow the link above on my pinterest page




Hope you love these photos as much as I do, you will find on the original links here
https://www.pinterest.com/lollipopsday/kids-parties/

Happy Planning
Maria 

Friday, 10 June 2016

Lollipops and Daydreams SS16 with Pinatas Pinatas

My children are pinatas obsessed! They even make their own. Pinatas are a Mexican party tradition and are made from paper mache and filled with all sorts of treats. The pinatas is hung up high and party goers take turns in trying to break it open with a stick of sorts.
It seemed irresistible not to use one for our Spring Summer 2016 photo shoot. All photos are by  Christine Burns Photography and the amazing ice-cream pinatas is by Pinatas Pinatas and it is handmade here in Ireland by the fabulous Ruth! Clothes are by Lollipops & Daydreams. Hair Accessories are by Charlotte's Pearl, Wexford.










Thank you to Christine, Ruth and all the wonderful models!
All the best
Maria