From top: Fab Cow Design print; bottled-up emotions; Mairéad de Bláca’s butterfly pendant.
What to give on February 14?
Two fupps, sez you.
Charmaine Kenny, of The Irish Worskhop, where craft makers meet craft lovers in one happy online union, has put forth the following ideas for your consideration….
Nerdy Love: If your other half gets a kick from nerdy humour, then this quirky print from Fab Cow Design is just perfect. They might need to have passed their Junior Cert maths to appreciate it. Buy it here.
Send an S.O.S.: If you’re looking for a cute way to say how you feel, ask that special person to marry you or even just remind them of your favorite song lyrics then this message in a bottle is for you (you old romantic you!). Each satin ribbon can be personalized to say whatever it is you want to say and is printed in typewriter font. Buy it here.
Still Get Butterflies?: The “I Still Get Butterflies” collection by jewelry designer Mairéad de Bláca is contemporary yet girly. We love the sentiment behind this piece – whether you’ve been dating for two months or been married for two decades, what woman wouldn’t like to hear that she still gives you the butterflies?! See the collection here.
Irish Gifts to buy online that will still make it in time for Christmas.
Charmaine Kenny, of The Irish Workshop,online home of Irish-made crafts and whatnot,writes:
You’d want to be quick: these Irish designers and artists will make sure that your gift will arrive just in time for you to wrap it up, sneak it under the tree and pretend that you bought it weeks ago… Avoid the crowds and let the postman do the work.
1.There Are No Strangers Here Print (from €15)
It was good ole WB Yeats that said “There are no strangers here, only friends you have not yet met.”. We love this quote and we love the minimalist design by Lainey K.
2.Aran Nua Cable Cape (€90)
Award-winning Irish knitwear designer Áine Knitwear has the very thing to keep one feeling snug and looking cool over the colder months. It’s 100% lambswool and comes in white or oatmeal.
3.Limited Edition Print of your Favorite Dublin Pub (from €85)
Dublin artist Chris McMorrow has captured 25+ of our capital’s favourite drinking establishments – Kehoe’s, Doheny & Nesbitts, Slatterys – in his limited edition fine art prints. He has also painted a tonne of Dublin landmarks.
4.Trinity Library Arches Silk Scarf (€69.95)
Go fancy with a gift made from 100% silk Crepe De Chine. Designed by newly established Dúinn Designs in Co.Louth, this one is inspired by the arches in the Old Library of Trinity College.
Looking for stocking fillers that won’t empty your pockets.
Charmaine Kenny, of The Irish Workshop, online home of Irish crafts and whatnottery, writes:
Two weeks to go folks! Here are some Irish-made gifts that you’re unlikely to find on the high street, and that might just surprise and delight on Christmas morning… All of these items are available on The Irish Workshop, and will make it on time for Christmas.
The comforting smell of a real turf fire is magically captured in a scented candle by Belfast’s Bearded Candle Maker. This is a perfect little gift for people who don’t have a solid fuel fireplace. Oh and they have a ‘Midnight Mass’ scented candle too.
Foxford Woollen Mills are well known for their high-quality and cosy blankets and rugs, but they have a wonderful collection of scarves that are just as high-quality and cosy. There are 10+ designs to choose from.
Pippablue have a series of sewing kits for crafty children and adults alike. Mr. Pocket is our favorite. He can be made by hand, or using a sewing machine. And we love that his body is made from Irish tweed from Tipperary.
Charmaine Kenny, of The Irish Workshop, online home of Irish crafts and whatnot, writes:
What did the hat say to the scarf? You hang around, and I’ll go on ahead
.Bad joke, we know. But all this festive cheer is making us a little giddy here at The Irish Workshop HQ.
Now to the business of Christmas gift ideas… Famed for their throws and blankets, Mayo-based Foxford Woollen Mills needs no introduction, but what does need introducing is their range of scarves.
Traditional stitching and materials have been injected with contemporary design to create this wonderful range of scarves. Made from 100% lambswool, they are sure to keep necks warm. Free worldwide shipping too.
Charmaine Kenny at the Irish Workshop, online home of Irish-made crafts and whatnot, writes:
Artist Vincent Keeling has captured heroes of Irish literature and music in his black-and-white portrait collection. Vincent is one of Ireland’s most talented portrait artists and has 13 of his prints available on The Irish Workshop. His prints are limited edition too. Special Christmas present, anyone?
Unfortunately we can’t turn you into a Baywatch star overnight, but we can offer you a much simpler option than hitting the gym: Tonn Surf‘s stylish beach-themed T-shirts.
Tonn Surf takes the beach-clothes aesthetic and puts an Irish twist on it, with designs featuring Irish surfing destinations and bits of Ireland’s surfing history. Trust us, it’s so much more palatable than a protein shake.
From top: Dublin, Belfast and Cork by Richard E Dalton
Alison Wheeland, of The Irish Workshop, online home of Irish made stuff and whatnot, writes:
Did you know?
Eskimos used to make maps out of driftwood, bone, and pebbles.
The oldest globe in the world is made out of a carved ostrich egg.
Early mapmakers uses to include fake town names to catch forgers.
While we take great joy in unearthing fun facts of all kinds, we here at The Irish Workshop prefer a more minimalistic approach to our maps.
Take a look at these charming prints by our very own Richard E. Dalton. Richard creates maps of Irish towns both big and small, bringing his distinctly straightforward style to each location. What a wonderful, unique, and simple way to show off your hometown pride….
Are you feeling like a cog in the machine? Are you noticing that everyone’s business attire looks eerily like your own? Do you keep accidentally sitting in the wrong cubicle at work because they all look maddeningly similar and you work in a symmetrical building?
Take some time this Wednesday to realise your uniqueness with this lovely print by our very own LAINEY K Designs. Let the words of Oscar Wilde soothe your midweek blues and revel in your own significance before you have to submit that report, schedule that meeting, or reload that printer ink.
Take a deep breath. The weekend’s only two days away….
Trust us, it’s so much simpler than a holiday. If you’d rather stay firmly on land and enjoy the charms of the countryside, they also make an authentic turf candle that’s hands down the best dirt you’ll ever smell!
Henreal ceramics from The Irish Workshop (online home of Irish-made crafts and whatnottery)
Allison Wheeland, from The Irish Workshop says:
Trying to decide how best to celebrate a friend’s hen party? Well, these sassy chicks may be of some assistance Potter Kathy Mooney crafts these fun creations from her studio in Dublin, and they make a fabulous addition to any newly-hitched woman’s fireplace. Now that’s certainly something to cluck about…