Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

It’s been a while

I’m back!!! Well not sure how often I’ll post but it’s been so long. A lot of stuff going on and I’ve managed to stick with the quilting. Not as much as I’d like but this little fella was knocked up in a few evenings, as a Christmas present for my niece who happens to be my god child. She loves the American Flag on anything, clothes, pencil cases, shoes, you name it. I think it’s a fad. You know kids.

It wasn’t rocket science and as usual it’s far from perfect but I love it so much I want to keep it for myself. Here’s phase one that my sister kindly held up for me.


And here it is completed on my niece’s wall that myself and a friend recently painted perfect blue stripes on. (Side note: It’s actually easy to paint stripes on a wall. Good masking tape. Paint the edges of the tape and the wall the original colour to stop leaks. Wait for it to fully a dry 24 hours then do the stripe colour. Remember to take off the tape while the paint is wet. )


It’s held up with pegs, simple wooden ones. Just prize them apart. Nail one piece to the wall and reassemble the peg with the other piece. Bob’s your uncle.



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The term Recession Present has been thrown about the last few weeks, which essentially means ‘I made this gift for you’. You know what, I might not like the term but I do like the idea. I thought I’d test this out a little this year by creating some original Paddy artwork for two different friends.

First up, I drew a Panda with oil sticks, for one of my Laura’s. Her love for Pandas is bordering on obsession.


Second one, I’m slightly more keen on, is a picture of an irresistibly adorable Bernese Mountain Dog named Charlie Brown. She’s a beautiful and loving and very huggable pet to my two long friends of mine Paul and Mark. I’m quite proud of this painting and both of the guys were quite surprised and grateful of their gift.


I’ll try and get pictures of them all with their gifts. Without sounding too cocky or big headed. I’m very proud of my work. I haven’t painted in a long time. I think it’s time to rekindle that. In fact if any of you guys reading this would like to order a painting of your pet. Please feel free to contact me. I’m sure we could come to a very reasonable price.

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Happy Christmas or Holidays, whatever you celebrate. I’ve only just realised that there’s no real proper pictures of me on the blog. So no one has really got to meet me yet. Well here I am.

Enjoy the break everyone and don’t forget that Christmas is about others so share your smiles and cheers for those that don’t have any and do your best to help those in more need of yourselves.


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I saw this posted on pinterest a bit and thought I’d do my own. This image is from Pottery Barn and I’ve seen other DIYers take it and make it bigger using a grid pattern we all learned as a child in school. So here it is. Now just need to find the right place for it.

Firstly, I put the grid on both the image and cheap canvas board. 6X6. The canvas wasn’t exactly square but doing it landscape just made old Saint Nick that little bit fuller. A few too many cookies!


Then it was case of applying each square one by one.


And finally, I filled it all in with permanent red marker. Will have to over it a bit as I can see the outline and erase the grid.


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We’re still trying our best to get Woodhaven in order but it’s not stopping us from getting ready for Christmas. We went to O’Mearas Garden Centre and picked up this decoration which has been placed first and awaiting for the rest to join it over the next few weeks. Must blog about O’Mearas some time. I love the odd visit to it. They even have live reindeer for the month.


Richie petting his new friend. He’s already been looking on the Internet to get one!


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Fall Wreath

My addiction to Pintrest growing leaps and bounds. I also feel like a dealer since I’ve been introducing friends to it. The are hooked on its boards like a crack head eagerly seeking a pin that will feed their next fix too.

I’ve been looking at homemade wreaths recently. Looks like Americans have wreaths for different seasons. Feels like I’m desperately trying to turn our front entrance into a picture from a Pottery Barn catalogue. If I had the money It would look like that. For now I’m happily settling for some more homemade touches. Here’s my attempt at one and details on how I made it.

Living under the beech trees in Woodhaven, it was simple to choose the bases of my wreath. Seed cupules. So I got some cards and cut some circles out of them using different sized plates. Layered them together with glue and got sticking the cupules on the card.




Once all the cupules were attached I sprayed varnish all over it.


Then I put a nice bow on the top of it, using some fabric I had and two chestnuts dangling in the centre (in Ireland we call them conkers). All done.


I took it down for now. Too early for Christmas.


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