Posts Tagged ‘achievements’

While we’re at it!

March 11th, 2013 1 comment

Last year I plastered the downstairs corridor and painted it. It’s in 3 different sections, 3 shades of blue. I had lots of dark blue paint left from the bar so thought I ought to use it.

It’s good to get lots of pictures up. I love seeing our friends and family so regularly. I pretty much emptied my photo albums.

In some places you can see my plaster patching but it still looks better than it did so it will do for now 🙂


At it again…

January 27th, 2012 5 comments

Paper-cutting that is. I really enjoyed this one. I love to get to grips with my scalpel.  I’ve made a header for my friend The Glutton’s blog. To celebrate, she is giving away one of my Aw Go On… posters. All you need to do is leave a comment on the blog. Today is the last day for entries.



July 31st, 2011 No comments

We’ve had the plastering around the windows done in one of our spare rooms, the shutters are back and my mum very kindly made curtains out of the fabric I bought from Ebay. I love this fabric, it has swallows on it. We have a lot of those around at the moment. It must be summer and the arrival of the swallows that have made me want to nest myself.  I’ve been recovering chairs, making cushions, and sewing ribbons and bead trims onto everything that will stand still long enough. We’ve given the room a fresh coat of paint and are getting ready for the arrival of our Amsterdam girls, Annie & Bertje. They will be over here for approx 7 weeks, and staying in this room for at least 3 of those weeks. It feels like the summer has arrived.


New poster

May 19th, 2011 No comments
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My Ireland Map in it's new frame

I asked my Facebook friends what colour my Ireland paper-cut map should be. Everyone seems to love this duck-egg blue-ish colour. It seems to visit in with many people’s colour schemes today. The printed poster is large, 50 x 70 cm and fits into a ready made IKEA frame like this one. I’m really pleased with it. The photo is a bit blurred but there’s load of lovely detail and, unlike many maps you see these days, even though it’s a paper-cut it’s more geographically correct than most and has all county borders on it if you look closely.


Hooray for Garrendenny Lane

November 17th, 2010 1 comment

I’m really pleased that my ‘Love Ireland’ typographic prints are now for sale on the Garrendenny Lane Interiors web site. Especially as they are in the ‘Made in Ireland’ section.
My Seasonal cards are available there too (as well as on and at Brett’s at Achill Sound).

I’m so grateful to the lovely Lorna at Garrendenny Lane and of course the fabulous Olivia at Brett’s for their support.


Bah! Humbug

October 20th, 2010 3 comments


I’m working on some seasonal cards to sell through my I love Mayo site. Some will be more traditional and Christmassy but some will be more in keeping with the times in which we live. I’m making the original artwork from cut paper. It’s been hard work for my poor fingers. It’s been a long time since I’ve used a scalpel so much.

This first one is inspired by my friend Dave. “Bah! Humbug” is always one of his favourite seasonal sayings and it seems even more appropriate in these times of recession/doom and gloom. To add to the irony I’ve added lots of jolly seasonal shapes.

I plan to get cards printed by my favourite printer and sell them under my “Love Ireland” label. I’m not totally sure of my colour scheme, but I’m thinking of turning the artwork white and resting it on a silvery grey background. The picture above is of the artwork backed with tracing paper and held up against my kitchen window. I’ve not scanned it yet.

Inside, I plan to include some check boxes so that senders can tick an option that will include, “Happy Christmas”, “Happy New Year”, “All the very best for 2011”, “All of the above” or “Bah! Humbug”. I’d love to know what you think.


Profoundly Superficial!

September 15th, 2010 1 comment

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Our wonderful friend and fantastic photographer Profoundly Superficial has a new web site. Al did all the hard techie work and I did the design/logo. The wonderful photographs are all down to the extremely talented Profoundly Superficial though. She’s not just a photographer either, she’s a traveler, translator, cat lover, filmmaker, Polranny Pirate and all round glamour-puss!
Her blog can be found here.


Good news from Westport!

September 6th, 2010 2 comments

My exhibition of paintings at The Creel, Westport has been extended until the end of the month. We went in there on Saturday to take the pictures down but we’ve agreed to leave them there a little longer. Trish and James have been so kind. There was also a little money waiting there for me because I’ve sold some! Not bad eh? I’m really pleased. Hope they are happy in their new homes! Of course we had to have lunch while we were there. For once I was able to pay! As always it was delicious.


Love Ireland

August 12th, 2010 No comments

I’ve added a new range to my I Love Mayo site. I’ve called it my “Love Ireland” range. Hope you like them. So far there are 6 typographic prints. Love Ireland is all about referencing Irish culture in a contemporary, bright and fresh way. Ireland is a modern country; it’s not all about leprechauns and shamrocks! That’s just my opinion of course!

I plan to add more prints very soon. The prints are available, mounted and unmounted on the site, starting at €8.00 each and are sized to fit into standard frames. If you have suggestions of sayings or quotes that you would like to see added to the range, do let me know.

I’ve set up an I Love Mayo page on Facebook. Please ‘like’ it if you are passing through. I also have an I Love Mayo account on Twitter.


Summer Exhibition

June 9th, 2010 3 comments

Full-sized, stretched canvas prints of some of my paintings for I Love Mayo have gone up on the walls at my favourite café, The Creel at The Quay in Westport. They will be up on the walls until September. I’m particularly pleased with my set of 6 paintings of some of our cockerels. They look great all hung together. As well as large prints, smaller mounted prints are available.

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You can see enlarged versions of my pictures on I Love Mayo.

I’m really excited (and a bit nervous) to have my work on show and very grateful to Trisha and James at The Creel for being so supportive.