Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Y A R N event at Standun

I spotted on Facebook that Standun in Spiddal were having an event instore called YARN and due to my obsession with all things wool and cosy I clicked thru to check it out.

The event itself was free you just had to RSVP thru eventbrite and I ordered two tickets on for me and one for my mom-also addicted to yarn...

Poster for the event

So off we went and we had such a fun evening-we were welcomed with drinks on arrival and invited to look around the store-there was 20% off all full priced items for anyone at the event. I have to say I have not been to Standun in a few years but I will for sure be back before Christmas-there are so many beautiful gift ideas for all ages-much more than what I remembered from my last visit. 

I have a soft spot of course for kids items and home decor and I really enjoyed the set up of the kids section with great price points for all kinds of gifts for all occasions.

This little fox cup caught my eye

Next up was the fashion show which included not just knitwear but also occasion wear again to suit lots of ages and featured in the show were pieces by Deirdre Duffy-Wild Cocoon which were STUNNING. Hand woven on a large floor loom using colourful lambswool they were just gorgeous..

The Aran room

Down in the Aran room there was lots of Aran knitwear to look at and also the 'Wall of Aran' which covered the wall showing Aran stitches-something I would love to learn more about-I would have loved to have seen a demo on this! 

Selfie with the Aran wall

There was an area for local businesses too where we got to see and taste- Micil poitin, Connaught pale ale beer cocktails, Connemara organic seaweed, Ri na Mara skincare and Sliabh Aughty honey. 

Overall, it was a lovely night out and definitely put Standun back on my radar for shopping!! We left with goodies which included a fabulous €20 voucher for Standun, Galway Now magazine, face cream, knitted keyring and a handy sewing kit.

I also bought an item using the 20% off for my new craft room so I will have a cute pic of that soon-keep and eye on my Instagram pieces_by_aideen

Thanks for visiting,

Aideen xo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wool and the gang off the wall-macrame

As you guys know I love trying out new craft techniques and I am always on the look out for fun things to try out and Macrame is one of those crafts. It is quite like weaving in that you can create beautiful wall hangings but unlike weaving you are knotting the yarn or string you are using.

My finished so pretty

So as I do with any craft I started out watching videos on YouTube which is a brilliant resource for crafters and I know for me personally I hope my videos inspire people in the way that I am by others on there. For Macrame videos I really recommend The Crafty Ginger and her channel is HERE so for sure head over to her channel and follow along!!

This is the book I have that you need in your life
if you want to try out macrame BUY HERE (#AF)

When it came to making my own macrame wall hanging I decided to go for Wool And the Gangs off the wall macrame kit-which comes with all you need to make your hanging including written instructions which is handy for newbies like me.

You get to pick what colour of their Jersey be good yarn which is a t shirt yarn that you want to use so I went for peach sorbet which is a pretty pastel colour. If you want to get the kit just click on this pic below (affiliate):

Now...I did not really follow the instructions in the kit and went for my own style and I have to say I was really happy with how it came out... and actually I have the finished piece for sale in my Etsy shop Fluff Beag HERE (SOLD)

If you guys would like some more in-depth macrame posts or videos just leave a comment and let me know,

Thanks for visiting,

Aideen xo