Sunday, September 26, 2010

Creative people I admire - Maureen Rowan

You dont have to produce something crafty from scratch to be creative.  Yesterday Liam and myself attended the launch of this Irish Language phrase book in Ranelagh.  It was a great occasion for us because 99% of the hard work involved in producing the phrasebook was done by my lifelong  friend Maureen, who has organised and co-ordinated an Irish Language conversation group (Na Cabairi Raghnallagh) for the past year or thereabouts.
The Little Book of Ranelagh
What makes this book stand out from any other Irish language phrasebook you might come across is that it is based on what we might say or hear locally: eg In the Barbers/In the Park/In the Off-Licence/In the Coffee/Bicycle shop......ok get the picture.  Speaking about pictures the book is illustrated with great photos from all the relevant establishments!  AND it includes a chapter on Texting in Irish (as Gaeilge)!  I was really impressed by the chapter on Curses and Insults.  My only complaint - they didnt go far enough!Now, I have to say that I was a bit nervous about going to this event.  My Irish language skills arent up to much and my most used word would be "eerrr....".  But there was a lovely friendly athmosphere and the launch speech was made by Antione O Coilean, Chief Executive of Gael Linn and we could understand every word, which is a complement to Antoine, not to our language skills.  There was coffee (caife), sandwiches (ceaparai), soup (anraith) and Pringles (Pringles!) on the house and best of all the Ranelagh Phrasebook is free (saor in aisce) and you can find it in the Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh or leave a comment and I'll organise a copy for you.

There was a massive amount of work involved in producing the phrasebook; selecting what to include, proof reading, grammar and spell checking, organising sponsorship, photographs, printing, the launch to concide with  local Arts Festival...    If this is not being creative then what is?  Today, so many people are concerned with earning money, pushing their businesses forward, self promotion etc etc it is great to see how voluntary efforts can produce a morale-raising event and a gem of a phrasebook.
Maureen and the Ranelagh Phrasebook

Geraldine x

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Simple Cards

Sometimes it can all get a bit too much, too ott when you're making cards and small crafty items. Yards of ribbon and lace, frilly flowers, more colouring than the Sistine chapel......Here are 3 simple cards I made recently.

But I couldnt resist adding some of my beaded crochet trim to this one!

Geraldine x

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beautiful Cards made by Dianne using my Snippets

Today I'd like to show you some exquisite cards made by DT member Dianne using a selection of my Snippets.

The Tilda card features a pink vintage style butterfly and some lace daisies

It is one of the nicest Tilda cards I have seen for a long time. The temptation is to smother poor Tilda in an orgy of ribbon and flowers but Dianne has given her space to move, smile, and show off her parasol!

Another card that uses the pastel vintage style butterfly which complements the Papermania Nostalgia stamp beautifully.

Embossed card featuring one of my "Bobbly" crochet flowers - my own original crochet pattern!

Most of the following cards are made with Snippets from the Baby lace Mix
except for the pink card with the pram which comes from

Thank You, Dianne for your hard work and the thought you put into making all these cards and showcasing the Snippets so well.
To see more of Dianne's work AND her baking skills please visit her blog:
Geraldine x

Monday, September 13, 2010

September makes for BTC&G challenge blog

This month the theme is "Indian Summer". Its a good excuse to use all those bright, strong colours that you see in nature towards the end of summer but before the more earthy autumn colours take over. My 1st make is a circular easel card made from a recycled cardboard box and using a Gorguss girl image. The butterflies are made from bit of felt trimming with Robins nest dewdrops to liven up their wings. The ric-rak was a freebie on the cover of Creativity mag (I think). I am entering this card in the Pollycraft Monday challenge no 61 Now, for a bit of altering. Every Euro shop has these wooden spoons, 3 for €2, so there's no excuse for not being able to get hold of them and liven them up with ribbon, lace and a glue gun. I would be lost without my glue gun! The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts and to make them go further I backed them with crochet circles. I'm planning to start up a crochet blog with free patterns for items such as these circles - all easy makes for anyone starting to crochet. Watch this blog for details!

Some Indian Summer jewellery. I just love beading. If I hadnt discovered crochet and papercrafting I would be blind from beading long ago. The necklace is made with a stitch called St Petersburg chain and the bracelet is just a plain chain store one embellished with beads from my stash. That's all for today. Dont forget to ramble over to the challenge blog where there are lots of prizes on offer including 2 guest DT places for the November blog.

Thats all for today,
Geraldine x

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Winners of Blog Candy

Congratulations to Robin who has won my blog candy!

As the weather is so sunny and I'm off on hols next week I decided to draw a 2nd prize as well and the winner is Designeal!

I have contacted both girls and hope they will enjoy their Snippets!

Geraldine x
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