Wednesday, 30 October 2013

DIY Halloween Party ideas

Halloween is another great excuse to hold a big old party!
So we've looked around for some super genius creative ideas for your goulish spooky halloween party!

Whether your a scrapbooker or card maker or any other papercrafter we've found some halloween themed printables for you to download and use for your creations 
Halloween is another good excuse to stuff our faces with things that aren't so good for us, Who's planning on make spooky fun cupcakes this year? 
why not make your own toppers with these free printables from Paper Squid

How about some fun partywear printables..... make that halloween party extra funky with matching accessories from celebrations at home

what a great idea with this Dirt Cake Graveyard by rose knows coupons

Voodoo cookies anyone? these are actually kind of cute !
recipe at not quite nigella

what clever way to present your veg & dip ! even though it is a bit gross .... 
but sure isn't that whats its all about

Feeling a bit thirsty?? 
This is a genius idea using rubber glove filled with water and then frozen...... 
seriously creepy !! 

Now for the decoration ....
any jars hanging around? why not get some creepy crawly creatures in the Euro shop ?
I absolutely love this idea !! 

For something a little more elegant and stylish this is right up my street !

Then its time to sort out the costume.....
Go for cute with this tutorial from Mom Spark

Whatever you decide to do this Halloween we hope you have a great time!! 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Mini Feature part 2

Good Afternoon All, hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend with lots of down time and recharging before the run up to christmas.

Lets show you some more lovely crafters from our last fair

Maxine at Cushions created 4 U is based in Wicklow and specialises in creating unique, modern and beautiful cushions using the finest fabrics.  

How about something a little different. Maxine can put photos on your custom designed cushion to create wonderful keepsakes
Or how about a theme featuring the crafty world's favourite feathered friend? 
If you have a colour or theme in mind Maxine can cater to you needs

We'd also love to show you ES Glass. Based in Westmeath they make amazing stained glass gifts including beautiful chunky glass beads, bowls, and colourful glass window decorations

lovely christmas gift ideas
loving the rainbow!

And lastly we wanted to show you the variety of exhibitors we have at our fairs. 
Triona from Rubily Art creates unique acrylic abstract art pieces using a monoprinting process 

We love the vibrant colours of some of her pieces 

We hope that you will pop over through the links to browse these wonderful crafters facebook pages or Etsy shops

Enjoy the rest of you bank holiday Monday!

Next post will be more Halloween themed so pop back so you don't miss it ! 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Mini feature - Card makers

So we promised to show you some snippets of the lovely crafters we had join us at the Crafty Craft fair last weekend, check out our last post CCF Oct Fair

So today I'm showing you some beautiful card making talent.

We had the wonderful Little Miss Sofi. Sanja has been creating beautiful cards for the past 2 years and to be honest continues to surprise and impress us with her fantastic Exploding Box Cards 

Heres some great halloween themes 

how about some great christmas themes 

We'd also love to show you Fuzz Irish Crafts. Based in Dublin, Fionnuala makes greeting cards, invitations & Notecards. Just as impressive with a unique style and elegance. 

You may remember  Little Snippets Craft Supplies from previous posts. Ger is a bit of a multi-crafter, one talent of which is card making. She brought a lovely selection of cards along to the fair last weekend. 

We love that while all 3 ladies are all card makers and super talented,  their styles are completely different. So there is something out there to cater for everyones taste which as we know can vary so much. 
We hope that maybe one these crafters has impressed you enough to jump straight over to there facebook page for a browse.

The standard of crafters at the Crafty Craft Fairs is second to none so I hope that by featuring the wonderful array of talent on our blog it will spread the word about how buying handmade Irish crafts and gifts is the only way to go! 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Crafty Craft Fair October event

Its been a few days since the Crafty Craft Fairs October fair in The Plaza Hotel, Tallaght and thank you to all the wonderful crafters for displaying such an impressive collection of beautiful handmade Irish items and gifts.
We're proud to say all were 100% Irish handmade! 
As Miss Scherzinger would say, you were ShaMazing!!

And thank you to all who visited us and parted with your hard earned cash.

So over the next few days we are hoping to share with you some of the lovely crafters that joined us last Sunday.

You can find a full collection of photos of the day click Photo Gallery of October Fair

Heres a list of the few exhibitors: 
John Jackson
Baby Knits 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Countdown to the next Crafty Craft Fair - The Plaza Hotel, Tallaght

So its countdown time !! 
Our next Crafty Craft Fair is only days away and we're very excited about all the fabulous exhibitors we have lined up to show you their amazing work!! 

We've got jewellery, crochet, knitting, christmas and halloween gifts, homewares, baby gifts, mosaics, hair accessories, handmade cards, craft supplies, fabric and felt gifts, fashion accessories and lots more ! 

We hope to see you all there! 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Irish Handmade Autumn Jewellery

With so many jewellery crafters in this wonderful little country, you'll never have a problem finding a beautiful handmade piece to suit, whether it be for everyday wear or a special occasion.

Being all part and parcel with the fashion industry, the colours and materials used usually follow a seasonal trend.
I've been searching around online for some beautiful Autumn inspired jewellery and I can tell you exactly where you can find them

This stunning necklace is from Ajewell
A Dublin based business, they make unique custom necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, bookmarks, phone charms & more.

This beautiful necklace is from Mishe Design Studio
Another Dublin based jewellery crafter, necklaces & bracelets with an irish twist. You can find more in their wonderful Etsy Shop

Here we has a beautiful mix of silver & bead 
Based in Leitrim, Jean specialises in bespoke bridal accessories like tiaras, hair combs, earrings, pins & pendants

At Peppermint you'll find handmade jewellery and accessories from the West of Ireland, Based in Galway, Joanna makes beaded jewellery along with wine charms and other accessories  

For something a little different have a look at this fab bracelet from Keiva's Handmade Jewellery
Based in Bray, Co Wicklow, Keiva has a lovely selection of necklaces and bracelets that are great for everyday or night out wear, using pretty charms and cute beads

Silver is timeless and Emer at Emer McLysaghts Jewellery makes and sculpts her own delicate silver pendants, earrings & cuff links 
Buy directly from her website

This really caught my eye from E S Glass Envision Glass
A Westmeath business, these are beautiful chunky handmade glass beads.

Last but not least is Busy Beaders
Beautiful bead work with a huge selection of handmade jewellery 
I hope you pop over to these talented crafters and have 
a good aul nosy round what beautiful things they have to offer !

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Drop off your Caring Hat at our next craft fair

You might remember us blogging about the fab Caring Hats campaign. you can read it here

Well we are delighted to announce that we have nominated our craft fairs as being one of the official drop off points for your creations

So if you have made or plan on making hats or scarves then bring them along to

  • The Plaza Hotel, Tallaght 
  • 20th October 2013
  • 12-5pm 

We would be honoured to pass them on to the wonderful Una who quite frankly is an inspiration and has been going out on Soup runs distributing the hats herself
Read about some of her experiences here

Everyone has been so generous and I think it shows a great sense of community but also gives us a taste of the harsh realities some people face everyday

Keep knitting and hooking !! 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Handmade Burlap Halloween

Being a crafty bunch over here at Crafty Craft Fairs, the seasonal holidays brings a great opportunity to make fun items and decorations 
So as halloween is fast approaching we've been looking around for some fantastic ideas in costumes, decorations and more!

I love the rustic look of burlap so with that theme in mind I've found some great tutorials using burlap that you'll be itching to get stuck into ......

We love this !
What a clever idea, turn fairy lights into these cute little ghosts!
from Burton Avenue

Some more burlap crafting
Rustic Burlap covered pumpkin
from Sand and Sisal

This is a very cool wreath
Burlap spider web wreath
from Annelily design

Why not give them a go yourself ? 
It'll be a crafty halloween this year!