Sunday, 28 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello,

Merry Christmas to you all, huge thank you for all the support in 2014 and wish you a wonderful and magical holiday time.
 Gorgeous photo by AmcPhotography Cork, dresses and hairbands by Lollipops & Daydreams


Thank you to my fellow Form member Nicola Brown for this photo taken at the RDS National Craft Fair earlier this month.

Have a great one!
xxxx
Maria

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Guidecentral Meet-up and RDS planning

Hello,

Having a very busy Autumn, sewing away and planning for Christmas.
I had the pleasure of being invited to the Guidecentral Breakfast meeting in Dublin last week. My lovely friend Liga (www.facebook.com/ValgStudio), got up at a very early hour (6am) to start our trip. We were still gossiping three hours later. Thanks Liga for the photo too.
Here is their blogpost all about it:
 Breakfast with DIYers was a Success! http://buff.ly/1ybDCGt

I got to meet so many lovely people, including the lovely Carrie from Hamilton Bears, Rosemary Keating from Hats by Rosemarie, Maria from Crafty Shamrock and many other very talented craftspeople.

In early December I will have a stand at the RDS Christmas Craft Fair. Its a five day affair so I am planning and sewing in earnest. As its my first time doing it I am not sure what to expect. Its exciting and terrifying all at the same time! I have a number of stock I hope to have made by the end of this month and once I reach that I feel I can relax a bit.
 I'm dreaming of a Pink Christmas.
A little row of the Christmas fabric dresses I'm making this year. I have yet to decide on my favourite.
Hope October is going great for you!
Take care,
Maria

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Vintage Children's Illustrations and Charity Shop Finds

Morning!

I had a great time hunting for vintage treasures this week, and boy was I in luck. 1970s heaven! I came across some great vintage children's books, who could leave Bambi behind?

Then I found some fabric, I never find fabric! Luck was on my side. I'm thinking cushion covers for my planned 1970s inspired living room.


I couldn't leave this painting behind, its hanging in my studio. Its very vibrant in reality.


One of the books I found is one of those 365 days books for children, with a story or rhyme for every day of the year. It has so many different styles of illustrations.
I want to make these dresses!


 Cute little story about making a blanket for a teddy!
 Totally different style of illustrations, all in the same book.
I also managed to pick up some 1970s mugs and a few pcitures frames. Time to start planning for the living room makeover!
Have a great day,
Maria

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Kilkenny Arts Festival and Form Pop-Up Shop

Hello,

I've been sewing away very quietly for the last two weeks to prepare for the Form DesignMade in Carlow pop-up shop in Kilkenny as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.  Here is a little pic of my area of the shop.


We are situated on Friary Street. If you are coming from the Castle direction, go up the High Street (Main street) and just past the bookstore (and between Murphys and Pauls) you go left and we are a couple of mins up the road (you can see green bunting and Kilkenny colours outside)
There is some amazing work by my fellow Form makers (www.formcarlow.com) and we are all working  in the shop on different days. I was there yesterday with natural printer and designer Catherine Sothern.
So if you are in Kilkenny or heading there for the Festival do check us out!
All the best,
Maria

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

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

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello,

Another lovely sunny day in Carlow, getting used to this! School holidays are in full swing. We've been for plenty of walks, and done lots of Easter decorating. Paper chains, easter bunting, egg decorating, they are just waiting for the main event (actually eating chocolate!!)

                                             Picture from Pinterest

I have a blue theme going on this week. Along the stairs I have a collection of photo frames and I was taking them all down to clean. Then I decided to paint a few in blues and greens, really pleased with the result, a mini makeover.


I actually made a lot of cushions for the house this week, lots of Sanderson and Cath Kidston florals for the sitting room. I love changing cushions, its another  mini makeover! On the work front I finished lots of summer dresses this week,
Now that the sun is out, it doesn't seem strange to be making summer dresses! Big sale on my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/lollipopsdaydreams


Have a wonderful Easter and don't eat too much chocolate!
All the best,
Maria

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Doe a Deer, the cuter the better!

Hello,

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!
Maria

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Change of blog address

Hello,

Moving my blog from www.mariahomedecorations.com to a new online address lollipopsdaydreams.blogspot.com .
A revamp is underway!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Studio makeover in progress

Hello,

I can't believe it is February already, where on earth is the time going?!? Been busy in my new studio space, well it is the space space just a little made over. I've been having great fun filling it with lots of vintage treasures to balance out the Ikea pieces! Excuse the not so fabulous pictures in advance, I was using my phone.
These are my two gorgeous newly acquired dressmaker's dummies, sitting on my cutting table. In the back is my copy of "Miss Murray", some amazing photgraphy by Valg Studio and a gorgeous hanging sign from Clare Jordan Ltd. The cutting table is a large conference table from Ikea with adjustable height so I can stand and work. Money well spent.

I've made some new children's cushions which are made from vintage children's hankerchiefs sewn to new fabrics. I love the illustrations on these. These are sitting on a shabby white console table, purchased from Woodies about 7 years ago, I know it was 7 years as I carried it to the car with one arm and pushed my daughter in her buggy in the other. Then I had the whole how do I get this into the car? But it was only ten euro!! Ha ha. Covered in some lovely Cath Kidston oilcloth. The lamp is from Next (in the sale of course)


 Some new dresses on the cutting table. Paper weights are from Dunnes Stores.

 Dummies redressed by my daughter! In the background is an Ikea Expedit shelving unit, great for storage and those concealed "bins" can hide a multitude.

I will take some nice pics this week, its been raining non-stop and very dark so not great for taking shots.

The room works so much better now and is a pleasure to be in, its completely different in style to the rest of the house so it feels completely separate which is a good thing! Everything is organised from the fabrics to the buttons to the patterns. Now just the bookeeping to sort, eek..

Have a great day
Maria

Monday, 20 January 2014

Map Wall Finished, Toddler room upgraded

Hello,

What a lovely sunny day it was in Ireland today. I might have to put my sunglasses back into my handbag at this rate. My planned map wall for the smallest one's room is finished, yeah! Ta da:::

I had an old Oxford Concise Atlas, which I managed to get from a library for one euro a few years ago. It was a library where we used to live in Co. Kildare and each week they sold off older books as they were replacing with new. (Co. Carlow libraries don't seem to have that level of funding!). The atlas was an old reference book and barely read so perfect for the map wall. I had no plan for the layout when I started. I mixed up the continents and the colours. I added to the wall using my miracle double sided sticky tape. I had to give up a few times as himself thought it would be a great idea if he came up the ladder too! Delighted with the result, total cost was 4euro.

This is a little mix of pictures I rearranged for over his bed. The teddy bear frame was a charity shop find and I repainted the frame on it before. The airplanes picture is a piece of fabric in an embroidery hoop (have cushions in this fabric for sale in my etsy shop). The "Boy" frame I made and the little picture on the bottom right was from a bargain bin in the antiques fair, cleaned up and added a ribbon.


These globes were Christmas decorations I spotted in TK Maxx and I thought they would be great in one of the boys rooms and not on the tree at all. I might attached them to the wall later on.

Very blurry pic, sorry! The butterfly picture is from "Forgotten Pages" on etsy and the frame over the teddies head is actual "gemstones of the world". My late father had this and it is all tiny samples of different stones, I think it fits in perfectly with the new wall and I love that this and the teddy below where things my dad bought.

Another blurry shot!!! This will be smallest one's bed when he moves out of his cot, its a 1940's bed-frame which has had a new base added. I need to change the curtains and bunting next.
Now to figure out what to do in my daughter's room!
Have a great day,
All the best,
Maria


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year, Hello 2014

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Oh my gosh where did 2013 go? Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful New Year! Hope it is filled with all sorts of fun, happiness and good times!

I have just about recovered from a very busy December between fairs and the Carlow Made pop-up shop and of course all the decoration and shopping and not to mention my three little elves! Who had a great Christmas and Santa was very good to them. I am still in complete appreciation and wonder of all the support Lollipops & Daydreams received last year and so delighted with the reception my dresses have received. Still smiling...

Have a list of New Year's resolutions all written up and ready to be tackled. Actually I have two lists, one for business and one for home. I tend to go a little cleaning mad every January which usually results in me emptying the contents of loads of rooms into hallways and then trying to figure out how to get everything back in again. We had a playroom at once stage which was taken away as the kids decided they didn't need it, mainly due to the fact that it meant another room for them to clean. So a serious meeting was held and it has been agreed to reinstate the room, I might be able to reclaim the living room! Which in turn is need of a serious makeover. Have my heart set on a mid-century and 1970s inspired room.
 http://www.pinterest.com/lollipopsday/living-room-inspiration/ . Once the playroom is done there's gonna be no stopping me!
Here's to a great New Year!
All the best,
Maria