Sunday, 22 December 2013

Gift ideas to make at home

Right I'm getting 1 last post in before Christmas hits us with a lovely big bang..... 
ONLY 3 SLEEPS!! 

The shops are jammers, and you cant face another battle for parking. You still have a couple of gifts to get so lets see if theres anything that you can make yourself at home ....


This is one of the best homemade gift ideas ever !
from BBC GoodFood


from Betty Crocker 

from Add a pinch

love this idea for a No Sew Wine Gift Bag


We hope you have a fantastic Christmas! 
We look forward to sharing more of our love for Irish crafting in 2014 

Crafty Love
Gillian & Sinead


Sunday, 15 December 2013

DIY Christmas Centrepiece ideas


Candles 
Dress up some plain candles with festive ribbon and christmas embellishments


I love this idea with the cinnamon sticks 

Perfect Pine cones ! 
Stick some pinecones onto candle sticks for cute mini festive trees
source Fashion Girls

paint them for a frosty look 


Baubleicious!! 

Baubles aren't just for the tree you know !

very bold with colours !


Add some mini pressies

Something Completely different !


how cute are these! 

Beautiful!


So lets get creative and wow those dinner guests this Christmas day!




Friday, 13 December 2013

10 Irish Gifts Ideas for Him

Ok So we've got herself sorted!!

Now what about Dad, Grandad, brother etc ??



For the football fan in your life, how about a personalised mug from Total Giftz ? Loads more ideas to choose on their website www.totalgiftz.com

The Handmade Soap Company has a huge of fab gift ideas with stockists all over the country ..Stocklists here


How about a handcrafted hardwood pen from Shannon Pens


They do say the best way to a mans heart is through his tummy. These quirky marmalades from Baked in Belfast might make great stocking fillers 


Strombolitwo makes ties and bowties from upcycled kimono fabric 

Men need to keep themselves cosy and warm too 
Naoimi Gillis sells her knitted snoods in IVBN on Craft Bay

The Chocolate Garden  in Tullow Co Carlow has something for that fella with a sweet tooth ! 


Would he like a portrait of his idol from The Art Box


Is he into music ? 
James Dominic Music handmakes Irish whistles 


Beautiful handmade furniture from Irish Hardwoods 
Check out the website www.mkwoodcrafts.com

And of course dont forget the socks folks! 
A compulsory addition in all mens stockings every Christmas ! 








Tuesday, 10 December 2013

10 Irish Handmade Gifts Ideas for Her

So you're still looking for the perfect 
Christmas gift for mum, sister, daughter, 
girlfriend, wife .........? 


For something completely unique Book of Kells in Wood on facebook and  www.jackdolanwoodcraft.com has some of the most stunning pieces of quality Irish handmade jewellery along with woodcraft items 

Addiebeads has some beautiful jewellery as well as jewellery supplies 

Keep those toes cosy warm with these handmade slippers from Huggleknits


Stunning handcrafted silver pendants from Sonas Loft Jewellery


No girl can resist a stunning bag, Designed 4 You knows that ;) 

Keep her cosy and warm this winter with this crochet set from Honey Crochet Creations

Women will always love their "smellies!" Always a great stocking filler so Honest Soap might have something she might like?

More jewellery ideas over at Sarah J Jewellery
Add some Chocolate into any ladies gift and you're on to a winner ! 
Frillz and Thrillz makes handmade chocolates .... Delish! 

Fab personalised gift sets for Gran, Nanna, Mum, Sister, Godmother.....you name it Nicolas Embroidery can do it !



I hope that I've given some inspiration to some handmade Irish gift ideas and where to find them.
Up next will be "Gifts for Him" 







Saturday, 7 December 2013

16 Creative Gift Wrapping ideas

What a lovely feeling it is to give a gift as well as receive one ! 
Christmas is all about giving and sharing...... 
we put so much thought into the gifts that we 
carefully wrap and place under our Christmas tree to give to our loved ones ! 



I have come across the most beautiful and creative ways to gift wrap. I thought I'd share some unique and clever ways to make your gift just that extra special  

Traditional 
keep is simple and elegant with gold and red 

Red Gingham 

there is such a huge selection of cheap wrapping paper available at every checkout this time of year, gift wrapping doesn't have to cost you much
source real simple

love the bright and colourful ..... add some baubles? 
more ideas on Stylish Eve 
Get inspired by Nature  

Add a festive flair with buttons and sprigs of greenery, maybe some mistletoe? 

Get creative with pine cones ! Not only Eco friendly but very pretty and festive. Use berries and twigs?

Add a bit of evergreen ? 
Brown Paper 

Brown paper can be so versatile and can be decorated so beautifully 


Add handmade tags & bakers twine 
source fab fatale

Add a paper doily and stamp



Be Different 

For the man in your life ?

for the novelty effect ?

Use a funky pair of knee high socks for a bottle of wine gift ? 
source formal fringe



Vintage 
Add lace for a beautiful soft vintage flair 


Add some shabby chic fabric roses 
source pretty petals

Whatever your style you'll find an abundance of ideas online so get inspired !!!