Irish Summer

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Irish summer = rain showers + sunny spells.  Found these from a shoot with Jette for BASH magazine way back when and couldn't think of a more suitable treat solution (roll in the popsicles) for the not-quite-so-summer weather we're having right now.

Wishing you a lovely, sweet Sunday friends.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Flashback Friday | Wedding Dates

Friday, May 27, 2016

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To this wedding.  And to the time in the not so distant future where I get to do it all over again for a new couple.  Lessons learned, belt a little tighter and one more love story to be told.

Very, very excited.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways. 

Glennon Doyle Melton
from Clementine Daily

Galway scenes

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DSC_0429 DSC_0431 Galway was one of those places we escaped to not too long ago; a refreshing change of pace for the two days, one night short stay.  A place which seems so quintessentially Irish- where every corner and turn seems like a backdrop for a story you long for, a song you've heard in passing and a scene you remember in the rom-coms on a rainy night in.  It is sweet, friendly and somehow strikes that balance of a novel start whilst respecting traditions of old.   The food, design and music scene is nothing short of electric and I absolutely cannot wait to get another chance to go back.
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This trip:  A stay at The Stop B&B, coffee: Coffeewerkandpress,  food: Kai Galway, Ard Bia , pubs + drinks: Salthouse, Tigh Neachtain (Naughton's) and a music night cap at Roisin Dubh.

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The next trip:  anything JP McMahon,  Loam and finally grabbing a doughnut at Boychik!

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Smitten with the light in this city.

A peek at chic | Jennifer Slattery

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Part of the reason that I love doing these posts is because it gives me a somewhat permanent space to read words from women I admire.  Kate, Nathalie and now Jennifer.

One of my dear friends described Jennifer as creating ' a force field of goodness around her' and I cannot think of a more suitable introduction.  She is not only the creator of a beautiful range of textiles (ones that I wish as wallpaper, bed linen and prints for a home) but a beautiful mother, wife, daughter and sister.  I spent a morning with her and Rita (girl crush central), subsequently had the probing questions reversed on me and a few hours later left with a beautiful pair of Irish wildflower napkins in hand.

All in all, confirming my suspicions that she really is one of the sweetest entrepreneurs out there.  I am so excited to share an interview of sorts, snapshots and a bit of her style and words here.
Describe yourself in three words.
Honest, committed, determined (my hubby answered that one)

I love that you decided to go back to NCAD after a degree in graphic design! What would you say to others in a similar boat or not quite sure how to take that leap of faith?
I never felt Graphic Design was really ‘me’, I didn’t love it. I gave out about my job a lot, mum got so fed up listening to me, one day she said she didn’t want to hear me complaining  again, that I should do something about it – why don’t you go back to college? It had never occurred to me to go back to study, I was 27 and thought that was way too old to go back to college (I was a baby!).  So that’s what I did. I applied to NCAD thinking I’d never get in but luckily I did and I enjoyed every minute. It was such a rich creative journey that I probably got more out of because I was that bit older. As much as I didn’t love graphic design at the time, I am glad that I studied and worked as a graphic designer as it has shaped how I work now and my business too. I would say to anyone who is thinking about changing career to follow their instinct and if at all possible – go for it!

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What would people be surprised to know about you (in your day to day or otherwise)?
I’m shy (my mum’s answer!)

Favourite places for coffee or a quick bite in Smithfield/Stoneybatter?  Favourite place to escape to?
There’s so much to choose from!  I’m all about convenience these days so luckily some great spots have recently opened near the studio. Proper Order  for the best coffee (and the lads are lovely too), new fish shop takeaway is  super and just two doors from the studio, I also love long lingering evenings in Mulligans for their  extensive beer menu & great food too.  I’m not sure how I ever survived without Liliput! I could go on… DSC_0474 (1)
DSC_0492 (1) Who/what are you inspired by right now?
At the moment, days off are spent mostly outdoors with my 16 month old daughter. In so many ways having her has inspired me, her curiosity and joy at the tiniest things - the world is a fascinating place to her and I think being with her has fuelled my creativity.  Since having her, work-wise, I am more focused and lately I am grateful that I have so many ideas which I am making the most of as creative flow is not always like that!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A very good friend, who sadly is no longer with us, used to say to me ‘You’re only human’ I love this  and try to remember her wise words when I am stressed and putting myself under ridiculous pressure as I have a tendency to do.
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Fork and knives cutlery became quickly synonymous with your brand and now the wild flower print is doing just the same! What else have you up your sleeve?
This year I am working on a few new projects that have been in the pipeline for some time now. My ‘Irish Wildflower’ Irish linen has gone really well which is lovely after all the hard work. I am also working on gorgeous embroidered Irish Linen trays to compliment the range, they will be on my website from the end of June.

As a side project I am working with a furniture maker to create a range of embroidered footstools, available exclusively on my website & through my studio. Later this year I will launch a range of wool scarves which I am so excited about. My new online shop was launched in February this year and so far has superseded my expectations, my ambition is to continue to grow the webshop and hopefully see my business continue to thrive as a result. I am hoping that somewhere along the way I get much better at the mammy/work life balance!
A major squeeze and thank you to Jennifer for allowing me to share this here!

p.s. I had a peek at the linen trays and wool scarves (wish listed the scarf that I saw!) and they are so, so beautiful.  So looking forward to all that happens in her space in the future. 


Friday, May 20, 2016

Rincy  Adam-063 There is a book called the Five Love Languages; I still have yet to run through its pages but the premise is all about learning the five ways we speak, understand and receive love : words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, physical touch and gift giving.

While intentionally geared towards marriages, those elements consistently ring true with any healthy loving relationship (friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, siblings, family!).  And lately, I've been enormously thankful for this sweet pack of Kool-Aid who has been teaching me (through example) of all of those things.

While we can't jump into each other's work shoes or fully understand the nitty-gritty of the stressors of the other's day- we do outdoors, we do Game of Thrones episodes after long working days, set alarms to take time out to ring when we can't always and we do a lot of unprompted support.  It is by no means perfect or easy-but the effort is there to lighten each other's load.

Small tokens as consistently as we can give them.  It really has been the best sort of teamwork.
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And so concludes the cheesiest post written on a Friday night.

*photos by the sweet Aga Maru

Porch views

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Si la vie n'est qu'un passage, sur ce passage au moins semons des fleurs.   
(If life is nothing more than a passage, let's at least sow flowers along it. )
Michel de Montaigne

Sunday morning, a fruit crumble and a glass half-full

DSC_0494 (1) There are days in the year where things can often feel overwhelming (decisions, indecisions, not-so-quiet-frustrations and ongoing inner struggles) and I am impossibly hard on myself for it all.  Indian upbringing, worldly life lessons, friends going through struggles, you name it- it's on my list of worry.  Fast forward to a big ugly dramatic good cry later, fresh air, being in the kitchen and while life hasn't quite aligned to that moment of clarity (or John Krasinski miraculously appearing at the door)... it does feel that tiny bit better.

I had this recipe from Ashlae bookmarked a while ago but read the post in its entirety today and serendipitously this stood out:

''...So now, each time I see it sitting on the bookshelf looking droopy and lifeless (but stunning) as ever, it reminds me to be a seeker of the light. Even when seven laps around the park doesn’t lead to inner peace or emotional homeostasis; even when your faith in humanity is fractured in just 16 pages of Times New Roman – it is your moral imperative to continue fighting the good fight and to choose to be a glass half-full instead of one that’s half-empty. And when all else fails – when you don’t think you can muster up even another ounce of optimism – sit on the kitchen floor with that pan of leftover summer fruit crisp and I’m fairly certain your perspective will start to shift. ''

And so here we go, to this Sunday morning and to a glass half-full mindset.
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(from Ashlae and her beautiful blog, Oh, Ladycakes)

Fruit base
1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/2 pint blueberries
15-20 cherries, pitted and halved
1-2 nectarines, pitted and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon sucanat*
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped*

Crumb topping
1/4 cup refined coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup sucanat*
1 cup unbleached flour
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup raw pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Lightly grease baking pan.
Add fruit base and mix with sucant and vanilla bean.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut oil and almond milk and cook just until the coconut oil has melted and the mixture is fairly warm; set aside to cool for a few minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour, and salt.
Slowly pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix until it forms coarse crumbs.  Stir in pecans.

Top crumble over fruit.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes.
Serve with coconut whipped cream, vanilla ice cream , greek yoghurt.

* I used whatever fruit I had on hand,  brown sugar instead of sucant and vanilla extract instead of the bean.  Lovely all around and dare I say, my favourite crisp/crumble recipe to date. Not overly sweet or heavy. Just right.

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