Posts Tagged ‘inspirations’

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 🙂


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.


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.


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.


I Love Mayo!

April 20th, 2010 1 comment


Yes I really do and just to prove it, today marks the launch of To start with, this is where I’m selling my own original paintings and prints. I plan to sell locally produced art by other artists, photographers and craftspeople. I’ve always been surprised at the lack of locally produced gifts and souvenirs for sale in the area. Many gift shops sell products that have very little in common with the Ireland of today, let alone products actually produced here.

I will personally source products that I consider to be appropriate to sell and add them to the ilovemayo range over time. If you are a Mayo artist, photographer or craftsperson, and would be interested in ilovemayo selling your products for you, please contact me.

In time, I hope to be able to provide the very best of Mayo products in one place. As always, it’s Al who’s done all the hard work on this project so well done Al, he’s made a great job of the site! Hope you like it.


Some paintings

February 4th, 2010 4 comments
The view of Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay from The Mulranny Park Hotel

The view of Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay from The Mulranny Park Hotel

I’ve been painting quite a lot recently. I’ve put 3 new paintings in my online portfolio. There’s the one above, one of Trudi and one of the view from the shore in front of our house. Mounted prints of the picture above will go on sale at the Mulranny Park Hotel in the next few weeks. The original painting is quite large. Full sized digital prints on canvas (Edit: I originally typed ‘giclée prints’ here. It’s the same thing but giclée sounds too pretentious) will also be available for sale there. I’m quite excited about the whole thing.


What Bretts have done right.

July 12th, 2009 2 comments

Fantastic. Vogue August arrived today. There was a price sticker on front that was EASY to peel off. In small neat letters it said ‘Jane’. Perfect. I’m very happy. It’s the little things….


What Sweeney’s have done wrong (Part3)…a solution

June 20th, 2009 No comments

Why didn’t I think of it before? I’ve ordered Vogue from Brett’s and asked Olivia not to write on it! I’m a genius!!!!!