Monday, March 28, 2011

MY BLOG GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone -
I am hosting a blog giveaway! if you remember I hosted one this time last year, but less talking lets show ya the goods!

3RD Prize:
Hair pin crochet neckwarmer

2ND Prize:
Hand Crocheted pair of ear rings 
Some Irish Chocolate

1ST Prize!
hand sewn crochet holder
Make your own Jewelry hard back book

hand made ear rings (ear rings will be made to suit the winners favorite colour)

To enter you must:
  • Follow My Blog
  • Comment on this Post
On Saturday 2nd April the winners will be announced by pulling names from a hat (this will be recorded and posted on my youtube account here: LINK)

to be in with extra chances to win you can:
  • Subscribe to my YouTube account
  • Blog about the giveaway on your own blog (make sure to send me a link in the comments)
  • add my button to your blog (button can be found on the right hand side)
I would like to take the time to thank you all for taking part and also to wish you luck xx

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

10 reasons I love being Irish!

Chef Brown Sauce, so tasty on veggies or even just bread

Bacon and Cabbage, more to the point- my mums bacon and cabbage is the best in Galway - so if you are ever on holiday over here - I would like to invite you all to my mothers house for dinner! (she wont mind, honest!) ;)

The Irish weather, Ok the rain! I love that it can be a wonderfully sunny day in October and yet snow and rain in March! crazy!

The Irish country side- beautiful

The Irish Language. I wish I was more fluent in it then I am - but can you guys guess what Im saying now?
Gaeilge breá! Fág nóta tráchta

The Music. I have always loved "old" music- but a love of mine is the old Irish songs - the above video is of one of my favorites, I love it as it is set in my home town of Galway - My grandmother is currently visiting us from Manchester and already I have a book of lyrics for when we get together to have a singsong!

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No matter where in the world you go - when people know your from Ireland they become ten times more friendly! it must be because us Irish are great craic! ;)

Tayto Sandwiches, Taytos are an Irish branded potato chip/crisp but better ;) and lovely on bread!

Poetry by Irish men and women- let me share one of my favorite pieces by W.B Yeats

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams

I love That Ireland supports the right of unborn children, I am Pro Life and to me this is very important, Ireland is the only country I know of to support this.

Have a wonderful St. Patricks day everyone and thank you all for the lovely comments also remember to keep warm, drink tea and smile an Irish smile! x

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Grannies at the Circus,Crochet and St. Patrick's Day

Hello everyone,
how has your week been? I have been so busy, It started on Friday, The Circus came to town and kindly sent the nursing home free tickets - so five of us staff members gave up our Friday evening and stepped forward to take some residents! The weather was horrid and before we even got into the tent we were covered in mud! Once the show started we really enjoyed it and the residents couldnt take their eyes off the acts - below is the video I took while there

Here we all are waiting for the taxis to take us there-

Each staff member was partnered with a resident, here I am with the lovely Mai

I am so proud of this photo I captured!

we had ring side seats, 

This weekend I have been a lean mean crochet machine! I have had a back log of projects I needed to finish - so I got down to business and today I finished four! here they are (let me know which is your favorite!):
Here is a frog hat I designed - I will be posting up the free pattern to this next week :)

Next a cream beret (my pattern) but the rose is from a youtube video

Yesterday I treated myself to a netting fork and this morning while learning how to do hairpin lace I created a neck-warmer/headband - finished with a little wooden button

A friend of mine recently had a baby boy, so cute! so I crocheted him a little waist coat - the picture does not do the yarn justice - so first here is the yarn I used

I used three wooden bark buttons to finish it off, I cant wait to see the little man in this!

I hope you all have a lovely week, and enjoy St. Patricks Day (March 17th) to celebrate this day I gave a workshop on Saturday on "How to Make a Wreath" here is mine finished

Sunday, March 6, 2011

21st Party

Hello everyone - 
Last night we attended my husbands sister's 21st party -  It was held in a castle, her birthday was in December but due to poor weather and people not attending it got push back to now, I thought the castle looked a little spooky at night - what do you think?

 Here we are waiting in the bar for everyone to arrive, 

 The Staff, Elizabeth and Genny did a lovely job of setting everything up 

The Birthday Girl

Morgan, Chris and Graham, deep in conversation about Captain Planet (most likely!)

Just the two of us...

The DJ was very good although I did feel sorry for him as no one really danced much- apart from that one child that is at every party who never leaves the floor haha! anyway here is a quick video I took while there:

With Mary, my husbands aunt who gave me help and advice when making the patchwork blanket

 Morgan with his lovely Nanna, What a lady!

And finally, no party is very complete without Glow Sticks!