Posts Tagged ‘ Irish crafts ’

A Dream House at Powerscourt: Tara’s Palace



As the kids will be off school next week, I thought it would be timely to mention a little gem of an attraction in case anyone is looking for inspiration. Although when I say ‘little’ I probably should explain that size in this case is relative. In fact, Tara’s Palace is a very large and spectacular hand crafted dolls house that will appeal to adults and children alike.
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Last Chance To See: The Ros Tapestry, Farmleigh, Dublin

Technically, this is not actually the last chance to see the Ros Tapestry, but as the tapestry is only at Farmleigh until 1st April, if you live nearer to Dublin than New Ross (its usual home) then you would do well to visit Farmleigh this weekend. The exhibition at Farmleigh also happens to be free, a welcome bonus in these cash strapped times.

Alongside our recent giant Easter egg hunt, which took in Ashtown and Farmleigh, we took time to pop in to view the Ros Tapestry panels. The panels have been exhibited in Farmleigh Gallery since January, to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the EU. The monumental series of fifteen panels measuring four feet by six is still a work in progress. Twelve panels are finished and the remaining three (including a lively and detailed battle scene) are represented in this exhibition by full sized colour cartoons. Continue reading

Get Crafty With Your Shopping This Christmas

If you are looking for ideas for Christmas presents this year and also have an eye on quality and value for money, you could do a lot worse than go on a ‘craft fair crawl’ with your hard-earned money. I have already started trawling for quality craft gifts, having visited a Christmas Craft Fair recently at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire. I found a wide variety of good quality craft products on sale and managed to tick a couple of presents off my list.

The Royal Marine Hotel will be hosting a further craft sale, The Affordable Gift Fair on Sunday 9th December from 10am-5pm, so there is obviously a thriving market for local craft products. The fair will contain over sixty stands, with crafts including jewellery, knitwear, cakes, glassware and of course, Christmas decorations. With all of that choice, you should be able to fill your Christmas stockings quite easily. The aim behind the fair is that the reasonable stall rents for the traders will enable savings to be passed to customers looking for good value. The Gift Fair website states that ‘The Affordable Gift fair is built on the basis that each product sold comes to you at its best price, not compromising quality and standards’.

The range of gifts available also includes something unusual for a craft fair, the opportunity to buy gift vouchers from a local holistic practitioner, Deirdre Casey Massage. You could buy your loved one a voucher for Indian Head Massage, Swedish Massage or Reflexology for example. Much better than leaving it all to the last-minute and grabbing a few flowers from the nearest petrol station in desperation. It is surely a positive sign that the fair organisers are confident enough to branch out from the usual range of stalls and offer something different to customers. It is also nice to see local businesses given the chance to reach out to prospective new clients in a novel environment. Now, I must just drop a few hints about massage vouchers in the right ears…are you listening over there Santa?

The fair will be hosting competitions and a raffle in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital so you might even go home with a gift yourself. There will be the opportunity to suggest a Christmas gift for Santa and the contestant who comes up with the best idea will win a prize (a massage after all the chimney climbing perhaps). I just hope Santa likes his present whatever it may be!

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