Monday, December 07, 2009

Hedigan's Craft Market

Over the weekend we popped into a little craft market at Cross Gun's Bridge. We met the first Santa of the season and his goat.

While we were there I sampled the most amazing cupcakes from Daisy Chain Cupcakes- really yummy and lots of exotic flavours. Dan the owner told me he sells down at the IFSC and may be moving into the Dundrum area (Harvey Nicholls)very soon so watch out for it ;-)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Christmas at Farmleigh

We took a trip to Farmleigh today for the annual Christmas festivities. It's a fantastic event - Christmas market, kids storytelling, pony and trap rides, santa letterbox and a Christmas choir to entertain the masses. We had a great afternoon and the kids had a ball...

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Christmas Party Crop Sat 5th Dec

We are getting ready for Saturday's Christmas Party Crop on 5th Dec and here's a sneak peak of my class. With the beautiful Webster's pages 'Home for the Holidays' papers we will be making no less than 3 layouts in my class and a further 2 layouts in Annamarie's class with plenty of leftovers. To book a place (there's just a handful of places left) drop a line to and the cost for the day is €50.

Updating to show the finished layouts from the Christmas class...

Hope to see you then

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Megascrap Sneak Peaks & Class Lists

Well, we're counting down to the Halloween MegaScrap in just under a weeks time at Le Cheile Community Centre, Clancarthy Road, Donnycarney, Dublin 5 on Saturday 31st October 2009. The kits are almost packed and we thought we'd share with you a few sneak peeks from the classes.

Tickets for the full day (10am to 4pm) cost €60.00 and include:

* 2 Scrapbooking Workshops with full kits
* 1 Candle Painting Workshop with Jackie Campbell
* Tea, coffee and goodies
* Entry to the prize draw
* A fun day out!

If you just fancy coming along to enjoy the craic and finish some of your own projects, a crop space for the full day, 1 Candle Painting Workshop with Jackie and entry to the prize draw costs €25.00.

Tickets are now on sale at or you can also email with any questions.

To complete the Scrapbooking classes you'll need to bring along:

* a craft knife and craft mat
* a paper trimmer
* acid free adhesive
* black ink
* a scissors
* black felt tip pen
* black, red or clear Ranger Stickles.

to complete Jackie's Candle Painting Workshop you'll need to bring:

* acrylic paint (you must bring white but all other colours can be your choice)
* a square candle
* a flat paintbrush
* baby wipes

Lainey's Workshop

to complete Lainey's Workshop you'll need to bring:

* A scoring board (there will be one to share on the day)
* Some spare chipboard to mount lettering and tags
* Black pen to journal
* Photos - can be added in later on
1 5x7 portrait style Autumnal themed photo - preferably with a white border
Choice of - 1 large 8x6 landscape style Autumnal themed photo
- 2 4x6 portrait style Autumnal themed photo
- 5 4x6 portrait style Autumnal themed photo which you are prepared
to trim. This is what I used and it can be seen in the sneak
peak above. I used software (Photoshop, Picasa etc) to trim 5 photos into a montage measuring

You can also a number of small 2x3 sized Autumnal photos in the interactive hidden area of the layout. Even if you don't have the right photos don't worry - you can complete your layouts and then go home and take Halloween photos at your own halloween parties.

Kit includes:

5 sheets of Basic Grey Indian Summer paper• Cordovan/Milkweed/Squash/Autumn Glaze/Russet

1 sheet of Basic Grey Indian Summer Element Stickers and

1 sheet of white Bazzill

1 pack of Basic Grey Indian Summer Woolies.

It's an interactive double page layout: Here's some sneak peaks...

Annamarie's Workshop

Kit includes:

1 sheet of Pink Paislee Amber Road die cut paper

1 sheet of Pink Paislee Amber Road Postcards

4 sheets of Pink Paislee Amber Road patterned paper

1 pack of Pink Paislee Amber Road punchouts and

1 pack of Pink Paislee Expressions Licorice Glitter Alphabets

It's a double page layout with more than a hint of sparkle! You'll need to bring along a minimum of three portrait format 5" x 7" photos printed with a white border (my photos measure 5" x 7" including the border), but bring along as many as you have. They can be Autumn or Halloween themed as the papers and diecuts would suit either.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lainey & Annamarie

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Megascrap 30th Oct 2009

Plans are afoot for our forthcoming Halloween Megascrap on Sat 30th Oct. Myself and Annamarie will be teaching two classes with bumper kits. I will be using the lush and rusty palatte by Basic Grey 'Indian Summer'. The theme of the class is Autumn and we will have lots of opportunity to create some lovely Autumnal scene scrap pages. So get out to the park over the next couple of weeks and start snapping those leaves! More details will be following soon on the classes so watch this space. Cost for the day including two classes, refreshments, crop space and a bonus demo with the very talented Jackie C. Watch this space! Places are available by contacting Annamarie. Places are limited to 24 so booking essential.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Killiney Beach and memories of the 'DEBS'

Last Sunday we took a trip on the DART out to Killiney Beach. Haven't done that in absolutely years so it was fun to go back. I was sad to see the Killiney Court Hotel is no more - apartments have sprung up in its place. Another victim of that dim and distant memory - the 'Celtic Tiger' which is now more like a beraggled moggy. That was where I had my Deb's dance (debutantes ball/graduation etc etc) many moons ago - as did half of Dublin if I remember well. It was one of the few places which actively encouraged the business of those mad nights!! They had it down to a fine art - naff band, 80's disco (well actually it was the 80's!!) and even the breakfast was served promptly at 6am and then everyone was turfed out on the DART home....ah the memories!

Speaking of Debs, my lovely niece Laura had her own Debs last week. This makes me feel very old as I was her babysitter when she was a mere babe in arms. Debs dances are a much more sophisticated affair these days! Tantastic supermodels in designer frocks and stretch limos are the order of the day. Took a few shots just before she left to party...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Day in my life

That was the title of the class I taught today in Le Cheile, Donnycarney. We had fun with this kit from Cosmo Cricut (Earthlove) as we created this fun cartoonish type of layout using some funky stamps I picked up last year in Belfast.

In the journaling tag I wrote about my Thursday routine as this is how it's going to be for a few months as I'm beginning a new college course in Commercial Photography tomorrow. Wish me luck - must be crazy as if I haven't got enough to do! But anyway -sometimes you have to try new things ;-)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sneak Peaks 'A Day in My Life'...

This weekend I will be teaching a class in Le Cheile, Donnycarney called 'A day in my life'.. based on the principle of paper piecing. I've always loved the style of Claudine Hellmuth so when I saw these papers they seemed like the perfect accompaniment to a paper piecing project. Hope you can join us. Contact me to book a place or for more information check out here

Friday, September 04, 2009

Micheal Jackson's Birthday- 'Beat it' Flash Mob

I love these darn things...would love to witness one in real life! Heck I'd like to dance in one in real life ;-)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Script..

I was just over on Kate's blog and she posted up about The Script - one of Ireland's hottest bands who are now supporting U2 and Paul McCartney. I hadn't heard of them until last year when she brought them to my attention on her blog. Now they are one of my favourite bands having seen them live at Take That and U2 this Summer. I couldn't resist posting this...;-) Isn't he a little cutie..

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dublin can be heaven...

Sometimes it's nice to grab your camera and just be a tourist in your own city. We took a trip into Dublin city centre today and walked over the Halfpenny bridge, then a leisurely walk through Temple Bar and down to Trinity College where I showed my two girls where her mum and dad used to hang out wasting time/gaining an education many moons was a glorious day so everything looked so nice in the sunshine..

Even managed to grab a few pieces of chocolate biscuit cake from the college cafe. It hasn't changed in near 20 years...yum!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It's all about Lucy..

Well at least this post she was the birthday girl last week I've compiled some of my recent LO's about her..can't believe how fast those 6 years have gone! Happy Birthday sweetheartXX