Christmas Party pictures and a New Year begins…

Christmas is an extra busy time in our house.  As well as the normal Christmas shenanigans we have three birthdays, one of them was extra special as my mum reached a significant milestone (not telling lol!).  We also celebrate our wedding anniversary (our 15th :-)) and both my grandmother and my father in law passed away several years ago during this time, so we remember them during the holidays too.

Because of this, we get to see all of our families over the season…..a lot to be thankful for 🙂

As you know we also had our christmas party before Christmas in Athlone (picture evidence above :-)),  a big thank you to all you crazy ladies for braving the floods, Santa is still recovering lol!

Looking forward now, January 2016 is here….this is an exciting time for us crafters.  A new year, new projects, new inspiration, new events and of course the CHA Winter show. I have to admit I am very excited about what I have seen so far, I will be posting pictures, links and taking pre-orders next week, so stay tuned 🙂

I am also really excited to finally launch our new KIT CLUB… Through the year I will bring out a new kit, full of my favourite brands.  Our first Kit is a Diary / Planner kit and contains craft goodies from Bo Bunny, Kaisercraft, Technique Tuesday  along with a hand picked embellishment bag that i know you will just love.  There will be plenty left to make some additional projects too 🙂  I will be posting You Tube videos showing what i did with mine but to whet your appetite, here is a quick video showing the kit and what i started doing with it :-).

To order the kit click on this link Kit Club January 2016, hope you like and remember to watch out for more news next week. Kate xx





50% off Clearance Sale

Well everyone, I hope this email finds you all enjoying 2014 so far 🙂

I have lots of things to share and also some questions for you…first off

1)  We are having our first ever Clearance sale….up to 50% off on brands like Prima, G45, Ranger, Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Spellbinders, Bo Bunny, Simple Stories, basically all your favourite brands.   It’s In the Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone on the 19th January.

There will be approx. 40 spaces to craft/crop so come for the day and bring along your unfinished projects or just pop in and pick up some great products at great prices….a perfect way to start your crafting year !
2)  It’s also that time of year….The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) are holding their biggest release event of the year starting this weekend…with all the new products being shipped in Feb/March.  This is a fantastic colourful event and to mark it we are having our own CHA Release Party Paddy’s weekend the 15th and 16th March in the Hodson Bay Hotel.
So, mark your diary.  It’s two days of cropping, crafting, demos, makes and takes, classes and shopping.
We will host the event, have our shop and will have a dedicated demo and make and take table.  The classes will be run by tutors from around the country.

So, if their is a particular type of class you would like to do, or a specific product you would like demoe’d email us and let us know asap and we will include it in our list.

Seeing as it is a Bank Holiday weekend we can organise some kids activities through the hotel if we have enough takers, so if you are interested, email me details age, etc of the kids and we can start planning.
The hotel have quoted the following rates for those who wish to come and stay for the weekend, however I would advise you book in the next week to guarantee availability.

“We do have rooms available at the moment. As it is a bank holiday weekend I would recommend that attendees book as soon as possible (link below).

 Rooms Sale Deal (book in Januray) – B&B rooms for €89 per night (Kids B&B €10 per night)

2 B&B 1Dinner – €139 per person sharing (Kids B&B €10 per night)

 Family B&B – €150 per night – €300 Total

Total Family Package (2 B&B, 1 Dinner, Kids Camp & Comp. Activity Voucher) – €355 Total


That’s all for now, email me with any questions.  Hopefully we will see you at our Clearance Sale on the 19th January.
Wishing you lots of Happy Crafting for 2014
Kate x

Ps.We will be showing the new product lines coming out on our blog over the next couple of weeks so make sure to keep an eye out, in the mean time here are a FEW sneak peaks 🙂





New Stock!

I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks to Christmas day, i finally got the house cleaned, the christmas decorations down and the tree put up :-)……there has to be a business there…..”stage your house for christmas lol!”

Honestly though, Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I have always loved putting up the decorations! , I had help this year and I was really excited about the prospect of sharing the fun with my 5 year old son!!

THAT’S when i found out that we don’t share the….. “I love to decorate gene”.  His favourite part was going into the attic to get them down lol!  I think he hung two decorations on the tree and knocked about 30 off (when he decided to race his dinky cars up the tree!)

My only consolation is that the car race on the Christmas tree will probably form one of his earliest Christmas memories…and you never know it might become a tradition 🙂

That for me sums up the Christmas Season.  It’s about the people you share it with, the memories you re-live and the new ones you create.  It’s about spending time with family and friends with the odd pressie thrown in (in appreciation for their love and support over the past year).

And this Christmas, I definately feel a positivity in the air, more than there has been the last few years, so hear’s hoping it is a sign of better things to come for one and all……

Now, back to business lol!!  I just unpacked our last delivery before Christmas and I just had to share this pic with you…….

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Peace and Joy for 2014

Digi Hugs

Kate x


Class list Two!…

Hi ladies,

Everything is wrapped, packed and loaded 🙂  All set for the Christmas Party on Sunday, Wahoo!!  Soooo looking forward to it, I think I might even get to do a class 🙂

For those doing the Soap Gfift Box, Graphic 45 or the UTEE Bead class, here are the following materials you will need to bring.

UTEE Beads / Melt Pot

Cutting mat
Ruler and pencil
Craft knife or guillotine
Craft Mat
Clear embossing ink (such as versamark)
Wet glue e.g. Mod Podge/Glossy Accents/Matt Medium/Glue’n’Seal//PVA
Rectangular plastic/cardboard box such as old ice cream tub
Small lidded container (e.g. small jar/match box)
Glue stick
Small selection of Permanent markers (e.g Copic/Promarkers etc)
Metal Knitting Needles, sizes 7, 8, 9
Bead tools- flat-nosed pliers and round-nosed pliers
Packing List for Soap gift box and card kit..
Basic tools, Scissors, craft knife, mat, trimmer, ruler, pencil, bone folder, score board
Foam dots, baby wipes
Glue for attaching image transfer to soap, i used Mod Podge.
Brush for glue small/medium size
Soft Brush for varnish ( don’t panic I will have varnish with me)
Water carrier, for brush cleaning.
Wet glue/ tacky glue
Double sided tape, and red line tape
Brown ink and a finger dauber (I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Blending Tools).
Colours/ pro-markers or copics (you can not use watercolours for this) i will bring some colours with me .
Staz on ink in brown and memento ink in brown and London fog( i will have inks with me) 
Acrylic blocks for stamps..
Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday..

Caroline Whelan..

Graphic 45 Album and Box Kit
Cutter and craft mat and knife
Pva or mod podge
Paint brushes for glue and paint.
Brown ink pad and applicator
Along with the usual crafting kit.
Kate, can you also remember to bring the cardstock for the mini albums please. (oops, that’s for me lol!)
see you Sunday

Remember doors open at 9.30, classes start at 10.30….See you all there and don’t forget your Christmas Jumpers and Elf Hats 🙂

Kate x

Another Video :-)

The lovely Anne Mullen gave me some of the beads that she will be teaching you to make in her Melt Pot workshop next Sunday at our Christmas party.  I have also attached a photo as the video doesn’t do them justice.

Anne will teach you how to plan, design, create and decorate a range of beautiful beads that you can use in your craft projects, be it jewellry, charms or dangles 🙂

Using the Ranger Melt Pot, you will use UTEE, mica/perfect pearls, frantage elements, embossing powder, tyvec and fibres to make different shapes, sizes and types of melt art paper and fabric beads.

You can book this class on our web site here

See you Sunday

Kate x

UTEE Beads 2

Video Sneak Peak of Graphic 45 Kit……..

Only a few days left now…..:-) 🙂 🙂

Karen has done a short video showing what you will be making at her class using the Graphic 45 Kit.  The one she made was using the Mother Goose collection but you have a choice of the fabulous ’12 Days of Christmas’ Paper, ‘Bohemian Bazaar’ or ‘Steampunk Spells’ .  Kits can be purchased here

See you Sunday 🙂

Kate x


And the WINNERS are…… :-)

Trish Cahill

Alicja Asia Panewka

Michelle Bermingham

Martina Wright

Congrats ladies (tickets will be waiting at the door :-)) A big thank you to all who joined in and here’s a sneak peak of some of what’s going in the goody bags for all ticket holders 🙂Image

See you all on Sunday 🙂

And here’s a little video just to set the mood

Kate x