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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Return of the Mac-rame

My last post about Macrame was the Wool and the Gang wall hanging which was such a fun make using t-shirt yarn for the piece, you can check that out HERE

So since then I have made a few other t shirt yarn macrame pieces and also cotton rope ones-I found the best site for lovely macrame supplies which is owned by the talented Robyn Gough HERE

My top was gifted to me from Moss.ie and is currently on sale HERE

This piece is made using Robyns raw ecru single ply cord HERE, and it is such a nice natural string-I really like single ply cord as it unravels easier if you are looking to brush out your tassels.

Mustard single ply HERE

One of my favourite pieces that I have made is this dreamy mustard macrame piece which I hung from copper pipe-I also really enjoyed trying out the berry knot which is the round knot you can see repeated in the centre of the hanging.

Cute storage from Primark, Bulb glass from An StandĂșn, Macrame UK mustard rope.

Make sure to check out Robyns website and also her YouTube channel if you would like to see how macrame is created or if you are looking to learn something new,

Aideen xo 




Wednesday, September 26, 2018

#goalgetters Teresa from DeBrosse NYC

Teresa from DeBrosse is one amazing lady.... she is a maker of pretty things but also a huge helper to other makers and sellers.



I am a big fan of Teresas clean branding and styling.


In her shop HERE she sells her handmade pieces and also loads of maker tools like templates and seller tools that could be daunting for people to design but Teresa has templates all ready to go. Most recently she has designed a full maker course for others showing how she took her online business above and beyond the dream! 
Her Haiti updates are the sweetest (photo from debrosse.com)

AND if that wasn’t enough she donates a percentage of all her sales to Haiti where she also visits and spreads the joy of crafting.The most special news recently is that Teresa and her hubby have adopted a baby from Haiti which is amazing and I can’t wait to hear more.. 

The Tabasse just an example of her work available HERE

I have bought some of Teresa’s patterns and also maker tools and have been very happy with my purchases so if you are a maker and looking for some inspiration pop over and look at her work-AND special mention for her Instagram @debrosse_nyc because i could look at it all day....



Just an all round inspiration and someone I love following,

Aideen xo

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The humble but beautiful garter stitch



Hey guys,

I just wanted to pop on and have a chat about knitting and in particular the first basic stitch that you learn called the knit or garter stitch. This stitch is so simple but can be used for lots of pieces from a scarf to even the main body of a garment.

Photo from my Pinterest Knitwear mood board

I am going to make a chunky extra long garter stitch scarf and have been looking on Pinterest for inspiration-in fact I have a whole board called 'Knitwear mood board' so if you want to see more you can pop over to that HERE.

Photo from my Pinterest knitwear mood board

Both of these scarves are knit using the garter stitch and you can see how great they look so I am excited to make one-also I am working on my cardigan at the moment and have the back and two front sections done! 

The main section of the back of the cardigan is garter stitch!

I think putting the cardigan together and the sleeves are going to be the hard part so we will see... I will update again when I get further along and I also post little updates and photos on my Instagram stories @aideenfallon.

Thanks for visiting, 
Aideen 





Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wool for my cardi

Hey guys,

So as you know I’m in the midst of knitting my first ever garment a gorgeous chunky cardigan... the must have thing for this sweater weather and already all over the high street.

Photo from my Pinterest board HERE


I’m a jeans and tee kinda gal so a chunky knit works perfect with my wardrobe. I had to decide on a yarn for my cardigan and again I don’t know much about yarn as I am pretty new to knitting.

Anyways the pattern called for a chunky yarn so I went onto loveknitting HERE (#AF 15% off first order). and you can filter their yarns by weight but also they do yarn bundles which are perfect for a bigger project like this.


I posted on Instagram asking some of my lovely followers if they used or knew anything about paintbox yarns and I heard some great things and went for it. Their wool mix super chunky is 50% wool and 50% acrylic, looks and feels gorgeous in real life and hopefully washes/wears well.

My goodness though they have a big selection of colours which is amazing!! But I wanted so many... in the end I went with this pistachio green as I don’t have any knitwear in that kind of colour AND I love it! 

Fab tee from moss.ie

I’m currently working my way through the pattern and have the back and one front piece done, are you working on any fun projects? Would you like to learn how to knit? I am thinking of bringing out a beginners knitting pattern!

More updates soon,

Aideen 









Wednesday, September 5, 2018

My craftroom make over part 2...storage ideas



Hey guys so my craftroom makeover is still ongoing... storage being one of the things that is hard to work out when you have quite the stash of crafting supplies!!

One thing that I have found so handy are these heavy weight paper bags-these mini gold ones are perfect for smaller items or I like to use them as a catch all for random bits and bobs on my desk and they look so good. They also come in other colours-gold, black, white and grey are just the colours I like to use and they match my shop aesthetic.

Here is an affiliate link to the bags they are from Aliexpress and are fantastic quality:



These larger bags then are probably my favourite as they are lovely to look at but also hold so much-I use them for my chunky wool-the little Wool And The Gang one is from their kit packaging which is great as you can reuse them and I use that for all my wool and crochet accessories. These bags are pretty heavy duty so perfect for storage even for things like teddies and toys or plants-I just love them.

Here is an affiliate link to these bags-I just ordered the one with the black heart on it last night-
they take a few weeks to come but are worth the wait:
Photo from my Instagram @aideenfallon

Back in part one of this craftroom makeover series I had just bought this Kallax unit from Ikea and here it is with all my goodies in there-the boxes are called Drona from Ikea which are made to perfectly fit the unit and will fit 12x12 scrapbook products. So the bottom 3 shelves are the boxes of crafty supplies and the top shelves are my cute things displays.


Thanks for visiting,

Aideen 



Sunday, August 26, 2018

#etsylove supporting other shops




If you guys follow my Instagram @aideenfallon you will know that I love cute things and supporting other Etsy shops especially other Irish shops-in fact when you are searching on Etsy for something you can filter the items by location and I will always put in Ireland first to see can I get something from an Irish maker.

Today I am going to share 3 of my absolute favourite recent buys from Irish Etsy shops and would ask you to always consider and support small handmade artists when you are looking for a gift or treat for yourself! It means the world to the maker and makes such a difference to support and nuture small businesses.

Felt Fauna by AC was one of my most recent finds.... she had a stall at Bloom and the lovely Dainty Dress Diaries shared a photo on Instagram and I just HAD to get one of her unreal wool felt creations. I have tried wool felting myself so I know how much time and love have gone into Ali's makes. The hardest part for me was to decide which animal to go for-I decided on the bear but it won't be my last purchase!
You can visit Felt Fauna by AC HERE

My next must see is @themessybrunette one of my crafty pals whom I am lucky to own a few of her beautiful hoop art pieces-personally I love her Christmas script hoops and floral work. When I saw her share a photo of a Frida Kahlo embroidery on Instagram I had to have one... and Maura even made the flowers to match my craft room.. she's a real little work of art and Mauras flowers are stunning too...
Visit The Messy Brunette shop HERE


Recently llamas and alpacas are appearing on lots of cute things in fact at the moment in Flying Tiger Stores there are lots of fun bits (Aug 2018 collection). While browsing on Etsy I came across the sweetest shop @elis_elna with the most colourful llamas and cacti made from felt so I was like take my money!!

Visit EllyYork workshop HERE

Even by following these wonderfully talented ladies on Instagram,
liking and commenting and maybe even making a purchase,
you will be supporting the work that they do,

Let me know if you get anything cute in their shops-you will not be sorry,

Aideen xo 





Friday, August 24, 2018

#goalgetters Chunky knitting queen Lauren Aston Designs Ltd.

Hey guys, so I decided to share some of my favourites crafters to follow and support with you all so you can go check them out-their instagrams are inspirational... they are ultimate girl bosses and they have beautiful shops full of gorgeous goodies.... swoon....

Ok so first up is Lauren Aston, the chunky knitting queen who makes the most fabulous squishy giant knit blankets and soft furnishings, funky Christmas decorations and most recently stunning cardigans and jumpers. Lauren is currently recovering from a bad arm break which is a disaster for a knitter-so wishing her a speedy recovery!

Photo from her Instagram @laurenastondesigns for amazing posts,
fun stories, the cutest doggy and random musings about things like milk

Over on her website Lauren Aston Designs you can shop her ready made items and also her diy and kit items. I bought the pattern for Laurens mini Santa hat tree topper last year and found it so easy to follow and achieve such a cute result.. I have this chunky chenille wool in pink which I am thinking I will make a pink one this year-I like the whole pink/mint/red/silver look for Christmas too.


Photo from my Instagram @aideenfallon


The other thing I have bought of Laurens is her book Super Chunky Knits which has LOADS of patterns for you and your home there are 35 in fact-I really want to try the cable bolster cushion and twisted headband and the chunky knit blankets and.... everything really...


You can get her book HERE (#AF)

Thanks so much for visiting ans watch out for more #goalgetters posts soon,

Aideen xo