Monday, 25 November 2013

The First Crafty Christmas Fair!!!

We're on countdown now to the 1st Crafty Christmas Fair!!! 
How exciting !!! 

We have such a wide variety of tables booked for this weekend. We are really looking forward to it! 

So tell your friends and family to come along for a wonderful day of festive cheer and get that great christmasy feeling. 
Pick up some of the best handmade gifts from talented Irish crafters and support small local business. 
See you there !! 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Crafty Angels - A Crafters Heaven!

Good Evening All!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of dropping into the Whitewater shopping centre Newbridge to check out Crafty Angels 
Well what can I say ....a crafters paradise! 

I got a lovely warm welcome from Marie & Pat who by the way gave excellent driving directions for our onward journey ... thanks guys! We got there in one piece !

What can I tell you ....
Crafty Angels was established in June 2009, originally they were exclusively online but due to the high demand they opened their bricks and mortar shop in Newbridge, Co Kildare in April 2011.

They are a family run business and specialise in Paper crafts but also stock a wide variety of craft supplies. Some of the range they stock are Memory Box, Spellbinders, Marianne Design, Cheery Lynn Dies along with Big Shot, Cuttlebug and Grand Calibur Machines.

Find a full list of their wonderful products on their website  where they have a Sale section which is worth a look!

The shop itself is open and bright with a huge variety of products I didn't know where to start and to be honest if I wasn't on a schedule to be elsewhere that evening I think I could have stayed ALOT longer!! 

Did you know they even hold FREE weekly cardmaking demonstrations on a Monday from 12pm - 2pm.

The address is 
Crafty Angels CU6 Whitewater Shopping Centre, Cutlery Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Opening hours are:
Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays CLOSED

I can highly recommend Crafty Angels
Marie & Pat were extremely helpful and will do their best to cater for your needs, recommending products and making suggestions. 

I look forward to my next visit very soon ! 
Gillian xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Mini feature part 5

Where are the days going??
Its speeding towards Christmas, why does it seem to be coming quicker this year??

Anyway last post for sharing out October Fair crafters then we'll get all christmasy !!

Now with the party season nearly underway you will find the most perfect occasion bags at Designed 4 You. A Dublin based designer Lynda has a fantastic eye for fabrics and has a very original and unique style with her designs. Her website is

With this wintery weather we all need some cosy knitwear, especially the little ones
Baby Knits specialises in knitwear for the 
little people in our lives 
Great for new baby gifts ! 

love this!

loving all the novelty hats around these days and we love owls at CCF!

Miss Aine knits unique and fun dolls and figures as well as selling her patterns in her Etsy Shop

fancy knitting Hansel & Gretel ?

Some more patterns available to buy..... these are so cute!

Aine also blogs pop over for a read at 

I hope you'll pop over to these fab crafters for a browse and maybe pick up some christmas gifts ?? 
Are you organise this year??? 

Lots of DIY decoration ideas coming soon !

Monday, 11 November 2013

mini feature part 4

Now that we're on Christmas countdown we're really looking forward to sharing some great festive ideas and tutorials with you over the next few weeks.

But first a few more shout outs and sharing of the last of the crafters that were at our October craft fair...... unfortunately there were a couple that are not online at all so the best way to see our exhibitors is to get yourself along to a Crafty Craft Fair !
Next one is Sunday 1st December 2013 
At The Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co Dublin 

We'd like to say a big congratulations to Caroline from Buttons And Buttercups who not only had a beautiful baby girl just weeks before our fair in October, She brought little Lucy along and she was the best behaved little baby. 
Her first craft fair!!!
Caroline makes personlised gifts like these:

heres a quirky wedding guest keepsake idea 

and something festive 

A very new page Sharon set up Fabric Girl Designs at the beginning of November and is growing strong.
lots of fabric goodies stockings, cushions, decorations .......

large selection of christmas items 

You've got to have a look at Mary Whelan Art.
Beautiful unique artwork specialising in Mosaic Art and contemporary embroidery 

such beautiful detail

You may have seen Kasia from In my Nest before on CCF blog and her little business is going from strength to strength. We're delighted to see how much Kasia has grown in her business confidence because we think she's ShaMazing!! 

owls and wreaths for any occasion !

Ive a couple more to share with you in the 
next couple of days then its 

Monday, 4 November 2013

National Tea Cosy winner 2013

Now she's going to kill me but I couldnt let this wonderful achievement go without saying a big .....

to our very own Sinead 
who was the winner of the National Tea Cosy Competition 2013 held at The Craft Festival in The Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin this weekend !

This is her fantastic tea cosy 

And this is a very embarrassed Sinead collecting her prize
Drinks are on you Sinead! 

I think we can clearly see that our Sinead has a talent.
If you want to see more of her wonderful creations pop over to Rachelle Mariana Knitted Gifts

Now Shhhhhhhhh don't tell her I posted this, she's a modest one, our Sinead........

Gillian xx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Mini feature part 3

Now that Halloween is over I thought I'd get back to showing you more of the wonderful crafters who joined us at our October fair in The Plaza Hotel Tallaght.
Check out the CCF gallery here

Whimsy Jig has such a beautiful range of jewellery 
with a difference. 
Very unique and original. 

makes custom made hairbows, headbands, hairclips, brooches, pacifier/dummy holders & bottlecap jewellery & more 

A crafter and blogger La Creature & U  makes and chats about crafty projects & craft supplies. 
pop over to her blog here

Sewloopy by Annanonna stitchers is a family team who specialise in making pretty bunting and beautiful hand and machine embroidered hoop art using bright colourful fabrics, threads and buttons  

I'll share more in my next post so stay tuned ......

And tell the truth now, 
you're impressed aren't you

The standard at our fairs is the 
highest quality handmade Irish items. 
We can't wait to see what amazing crafters we will get to meet at our next fair in The Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords Co Dublin on Sunday 1st December 2013