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antrim, antrim, Ireland
Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Maker of things

A pretty pink angel, with moonbeams in a little jar.
So sorry for my absence dear friends, I have been having too good a time as the 'maker of things'. The shop where I have a little booth, had a couple of Open Days and I had to get my act together and get some stuff made. I do buy in some things, but try as much as possible to make a variety of things, so that my space is ever changing and different. It is labour intensive, and frustrating at times, but I love the variety of it.

Hand painted stockings.

A rosy wreath.

A hessian wreath complete with toadstools, and a very tired Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

A little nutcracker decoration, minus the scary teeth!
The hessian wreaths, I have been admiring for a while on Pinterest, so I thought I would have a go, they are really quite easy to make, and are a change from silk or fresh ones. I added my own little touch with some toadstools and dried hydrangea.

Irish Blessing Cushion.

You have seen this little fella before, but now it's finished!

These are brushes which I painted and then decided to add a tea towel and mug and package them for a domestic

There are going to be another 2 Open Days next week, so the pressure is on again. I have been doing various Workshops on painted furniture, flower arranging, and various crafty things, and although they are at night, they have been taking a lot of my time, in their preparation. I am enjoying it all though, it is good to be creative.
I do feel a little unhappy with my home , it has been neglected, and now that Christmas is coming, my nesting instincts are kicking in. I do realize that you can't 'do it all',but I will certainly have a crack at it. I know that once Christmas is over, things will be very quiet in the shop, so I can concentrate on my home then, but I kind of would like it to look cosy and lovely for the holidays. We shall see. I am certainly not going to stress over it.
I am very behind with my blog reading, but am looking forward to catching up with you all and seeing what is happening in your lives.Wishing you all a happy week ahead, and less of this awful weather we have been experiencing.
                                              With love, Linda x.


  1. No wonder you have been so busy with all of your lovely creations, hope you do really well with those lovelies xxx
    Hugs Lynn xxx

  2. How lovely to see you here today Linda! I'm glad that your venture is going well, and I love all the things that you have made. I'm sure that your home will look beautiful in time for Christmas!

  3. You've made lovely things! I especailly like those wreaths. You have a beautiful blog, Linda. Happy Thursday!

    Greetings from Finland,

  4. You have been so busy making gorgeous things and i am sure they will all be snapped up. Goodluck with it all. I have been in much the same boat but mine is only for 3 hours (yes three!!) next Friday night in a very small village, but I have been working my bottom off for the last three months now, so I feel the same as you. I so want to start with stuff for the house, but hey that's going to have to wait. Snap for the nutcracker I have made some too, they are so pretty and I love yours, gorgeous!! Did you follow a pattern for that angel as I have seen them before and think they are amazing!!!!! Sending you much love and best wishes for your sales xoxo

    1. PS I might very well have seen the angel here, my sievehead cant remember. I really love her, she is gorgeous. Well done! xoxo

  5. Dear Linda,

    I am happy to hear you enjoy your new work in the shop so very much! You made some lovely things to put on the shelves! I am convinced they will attract lots of customers.

    Wishing you a happy evening and thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

    Madelief x

  6. Awesome creations. You have been busy. Everything looks great . Do not apologize. There is just so much time in the day.

    Have a great week. We will celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday next week. I am thankful for blogging friends like you in another country. You inspire. Enjoy the week.

  7. Hello Linda

    Your wreaths, stockings and creations are marvelous and so unique. I can see how this work keeps you very busy. Thanks for visiting me and wishing you a glorious weekend

    Helen xx

  8. Hi Linda. Thank you for your lovely comment over at mine and also for the info on the angel. I have just recently found tilda and made some of the nutcrackers at week, she is so talented. Can you tell me which book the angel is from, I will have to see how much it cost, otherwise I might have to improvise. Sensing you much love and good luck with the stall. Xoxo

  9. What beautiful things you make - I love the idea of moonbeams in a jar. Do you have an online business - that would be interesting x

  10. I know what you mean about a neglected house when you are busy with other things. I'm sure you will be all sorted after the Christmas rush. Love your makes... Beautiful and inventive as always...Julie x

  11. All things you show us are wonderful Linda! I'm sure that your customers will aprreciate these handmade treasures!
    Sending you sweet thoughts...

  12. Hi Linda,
    Just love it all, you've made such pretty things. I'm sure that inspite of a lot of time you will have a lovely "christmassy" home! Anita xo

  13. Dear Linda,

    It's an intensive time of year, isn't it? I am very much in awe of all the BEAUTIFUL creations you haave conjured up with your hands and heart. Yes, it is funny how Christmas puts us in this frenzy: we want to create so much beauty for such a magical day. Just make sure you take a few catnaps along the way.

    Enjoy it all.


  14. Dear Linda you have been so busy and your shop is filled with such lovely things! Everything you make is so well made and stylish! I hope the festive season goes well for you....I am sure it will! Enjoy the lovely atmosphere :)
    Helen x

  15. Your work is wonderful and I assume it gives pleasure to many people! My fave is the Irish blessing cushion! Really, really lovely and precious! Christa

  16. Oh my heavens, so many lovely things here that you've made! No wonder you've not had time to blog or blog hop!
    Love it all, you are so multi-talented!
    Good luck with the Open days, and I hope you find time to add some Christmas magic to your own home.
    Gill xx

  17. Good to hear from you, Linda. I am back again for another look. I agree we certainly can't do it all. You have done so many things I am impressed with your wreaths, stockings, dolls, and other things that you have made. I know your Open days will be a success and also that you will make your home cozy and festive. Enjoy.


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