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