Craft central

What a weekend. I took a road trip with my folks across the west {or ‘wesht’} of Ireland and it was amazing. Until now, I don’t consider any trip within Ireland a holiday, but what I just experienced was a holiday. 27 to 30 degrees, sun, sand, impeccable weather and about 80lbs of food. It was glorious. 
We came across this adorable tiered mini craft cul-de-sac set-up, Ceardlann in Spiddal Co. Galway, and I demanded we stop so I could take copious pictures “for the sake of my blog”. Please note none of these pictures do the real thing + that fantastic weather any justice. The entire place was painfully adorable and felt so homely. 

I could have devoured the outside of this shop. It was my favorite, and was convincing me hits of yellow wasn’t something I would have to be afraid of – at An Spailpin Fanach {Irish language and culture shop}.

Lovely lavender shades …

Unfortunately, since it was early on a Sunday morning, only one of the shops was open – a basket and weaving shop – whose name I can’t remember / cannot find online! Sad face. The owner happened to be teaching a basket weaving class, so I took some sneaky pics {with permission, obv}. Happy face!

I’ll end this post on that sky … Very rare in this country. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to the long weekend already.

A new lease of craft

As I have mentioned, and any of you out there married / getting married will know, this planning-a-wedding-deal devours a lot of your time. It also acts like a rabid zombie and eats your brains while sapping all your creativity for items that are not wedding related, i.e. craft-hagging and blogging. And as horrid as this sounds, I’m at the stage where I’m looking forward to the far side of our wedding. Meaning, I can’t wait to get back to normal and plan normal stuff. In a good way.

Moving on {well, just a little I’m afraid}, after jumping from one honeymoon adventure idea to another, we have finally come to our ideal honeymoon destination. Without giving away too much, it was our first choice, but were briefly side-tracked by shinier options. The good news is our honeymoon has me daydreaming about crocheting and knitting a couple of new and unusual delights. So here’s to a burst of inspiration and hopeful blogging of knitted and crocheted items of all sorts!

Then, with impeccable timing, THIS arrived for me yesterday …

… I nearly shit a kitten when I saw the post man with it. How wonderful is this Cath Kidstonknitting bag‘? Pure craft win. Even the packaging was adora-balls. I’m really excited since I’m going on a road trip this weekend and I can’t wait to exit apartment with said knitting bag on arm and craft my brains out in the back seat with my newest project. Happy crafting everyone 🙂

I want it now – Kidston knitting bag

I saw this knitting companion on the swoonful Cath Kidston website the other day and I need it so hard. This cutie petutie retro style knitting bag is just what I’m telling myself I need to keep my knitting {and crocheting} all neat and tidy and organized and harmonious. Just look at it … 

I keep tempting myself by searching for reasons why I should get it. Pour example –
   – It’s awesome
   – I could proudly advertise my craft haggness status
   – It’s also super cute
   – To date I’ve been using a ratty canvas bag, and sometimes my handbag, to transport my woollen delights 
   – A cleverly placed piece of red electrical tape could transform it to say ‘knitting hag’
   – It could be a little reward to myself for getting my current job
   – I just want it, okay?

Arrrhhhh, and it only gets cuter on the inside. Do any of you go through similar thought processes to justify buying things like this? I don’t do it often, as I am not a compulsive or spur of the moment shopper. I put too much thought into things, and I more than likely decide it’s something I don’t need in the end. Except this. I wants it.