Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

It’s that time of year!

October 24th, 2013 No comments

Here’s my new Christmas 2013 card. It’s based around my favourite Christmas song. To me, the story of the lyrics makes it even better.

As you can see, I’ve been paper-cutting again. The front of the card is my own papercut design:

Hope you like it. It’ll go on sale tomorrow. Talking of sales, I’m having another one at the house on Sunday. 2 hours only. Posters will be less than half price. Christmas cards 50% off. Come and say hello and have a browse if you can 🙂


I’m having an I Love Mayo sale. Really, really cheap stuff for 2 hours only.

July 27th, 2013 No comments

All of my products will be included while stocks last.  Here we are if you don’t know where to find us.


2013? Bit of an update.

March 11th, 2013 1 comment

I’m ashamed of myself for posting so intermittently here. Twitter and Pinterest are to blame 🙂 Anyway, no need for excuses. I’ve been doing stuff around the house over the last year. Here’s the front hall now.

I fell in love with some fabric and went mad making a curtain and cushions. The fabric pattern and colour just makes me feel happy every time i see it. 🙂

Anyone who has ever visited and seen our front hall dumping ground will notice what a huge difference this is 🙂

That’s Al’s rowing machine.


I can’t stop!

February 9th, 2012 2 comments

Book Cover

I’ve produced a book cover for my friend’s wonderful book. You can read some excerpts on her site. I’m now working on another paper cut on a topic very close to my heart.


A first (and perhaps last) for I Love Mayo

December 5th, 2011 No comments

I decided to take I Love Mayo on the road and participate in an OpenFair. This one took place at the Traveler’s Friend in Castlebar. I went to a huge amount of effort getting stock together for this and so was disappointed when I arrived to discover that I had a tiny space to fill… half a table, even though I was amongst the first to book my place. Still the OpenFair concept is a good one and taking part is free. It was an interesting exercise and it was great that Al was able to provide a lot of help and some very kind friends called in to support us. There were lots of great little businesses there and it was useful from a networking point of view. That wasn’t why I attended however, and I won’t be doing an Open Fair again. The event wasn’t really marketed, infact, there wasn’t even a proper sign outside. A shame and a missed opportunity for us all.

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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
Framed pic

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.


Smiling Through Recession

November 3rd, 2010 No comments



My seasonal cards are now available to order on iLoveMayo. Prices start at €1.50. Anyone who knows me, knows that sales/marketing/PR are not my strong points. I’m very excited because I’ve made my first sale to San Francisco in the good old US of A. It seems that my Bah! Humbug recession cards are appropriate there too.

I have a long way to go though. I need to sell thousands of cards to break-even so please help/advise if you can. I need to get the word out and need to get them into some shops if possible. Not so easy in the middle of nowhere and very, very shy!

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New ‘Love Ireland’ card design

October 26th, 2010 6 comments

Here’s my new Christmas card design:goosexmas2

The message inside will look like this:


And here is my Bah! Humbug, final artwork:


The text inside will look like this:


Both cards are large (A5) and printed on 280gsm high quality board. They will be for sale on my ilovemayo site. If you are interested, let me know so that I can make sure I have enough in stock.

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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.