Monday, September 13, 2010

Return to Blog Land

Hello Blog Land,
Its been a long time since I updated this site- nearly a year!

The last year of college was very hectic but enjoyable. Can't believe its all over now! :(

This is my Grad Show piece, from May 29th 2010 in IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

Duane and I then had our own exhibition in Carlow as part of the √Čigse Fringe.

Here we are presenting Des (who opened the exhibit) with a token of appreciation.

Then my little niece Isla Mary Carolan was born! I couldn't be a prouder auntie. She's adorable.

Here we are together in August. I'm looking forward to her visit to Ireland in October.

And that brings me to today when I baked a batch of Shortbread hearts. :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Birthday Baking in November

It was my cousin's birthday this month, so I set about baking delicious mini-doughnuts. They went down a treat! :)

While out shopping last Saturday, I found this wonderful baking tin complete with a recipe inside the packaging. I greased up the tin and whizzed up the ingredients and poured the mix into a jug. Then into the oven for about 15 mins. Yummy!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Autumn Coming in!

The days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning, it's my favourite time of year come round again. Time to wrap up warm, with hats and mittens and cycle in the crisp morning air to college. I've been busy working on my thesis. The First Chapter Draft has been approved, now for the next one!

The last two weekends I've had great food, thanks to Margie's magical cookery skills! :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009


The reason I've been absent from blogger for two months is because I've been busy in college.  Check out the blog (I created) for the upcoming exhibition from the 3rd Year IADT, Dun Laoghaire Students! 

I'll have more posts for my own blog soon! 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

January Happenings

For the last two weeks, a new obsession has taken hold of me. I'm in love with the workings of Stephenie Meyer.  The Twilight books are so good, I read the first two very fast and am half way through the third.  I haven't been this excited about books since the Eragon books, and before that the Harry Potter series. 

I'm working on a new project for college, photos of my work will be up as soon as I start working! The project is still in the research/planning stage, but this week it has to move out of that stage pretty quick as next monday i have to hand
 up a schedule detailing the dates of completion for various components of the project. 

On Wednesday, I finally completed Margie's Christmas present. I'll give it to her next weekend as I have to wait for the ink to dry.  Here's the rest of the photos of the work!

This is the base colour: 

The roll up of inks I mixed myself:

The woodblock print with each colour:

Masking taped woodblock, so that I could get the squares for the Gingham pattern:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Holiday Season and Knitting Projects

This Christmas, the cats were delighted with their presents that Santa left in their special cat stockings. Here's White Fella excited about his ball.  He also spent a lot of time under the Christmas Tree, he thought Santa had left the tree for him too!

I'm always surprised how much I like mince pies.  This year, I tried a new recipe from Rachel Allen.  It worked quite well and the pies were delicious. Gone in 5 mins! 

I finally finished the pair of Jo-Jo heel socks. The whole process was enjoyable! Here you can see the Jo-jo heel.  This was a bit tricky but I found some help on

This is the completed first sock, it was great watching the pattern appear while knitting!

The completed socks modelled by Margie.  I had to cut a length of yarn so that the pattern would match up on both socks.

...more to come...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Fair

Yay! The student Union in college organised a Christmas Fair.  I signed up for a table and spread out some of my knitting. 

I also sold some little stars and hearts (Christmas decorations). I kept them in a willow basket, handmade by my Mam, Margie. 

Margie took photos of me posing in the hat and gloves so that people could see what they looked like on.

It was a great success, everyone especially loved the little baby slippers! I must dig out the pattern again out of one of the knitting books and knit some more. Thanks to Margie for sewing on the buttons and for all her help last night.