Summer Break

I love this Mary Wilson Little quote;

 

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it”

 

I’m taking this to heart for the next little while to spend some quality unwind time with my family..

Don’t go away!  I’ll be back in the second week in August..

 

Deborah

 

(Image taken from violetdart on etsy.com)

Welcome!

Welcome to the new face of my blog!  I’ve had lots of fun setting it up with the help of friends and experts Noel and Fiachra from Connemara Publications

I decided that my blog needed a facelift and I wanted to be able to display the imagery in a more professional way. I think that this website/blog combination does exactly that and I hope that you like it too.

You should be able to find the areas that you are interested in more easily as I’ve divided the posts and images in to different categories.

I have moved over your comments with your permission and that’s why there are two dates attached to each thus far.

Thank you all for your support!

 

Deborah

 

( Photo of bunting from Blue Moon Studios  )

Favourite Blog

'I Love Blog' image

 

I have taken this idea from Elettrarossa, a follower of this blog, a jeweler, creative person, ‘Etsian’ and blogger herself. The idea is to promote blogs with less than 200 followers and spread the word!

It has not been an easy task but here are my top five – click on the titles to go straight to these blogs.

1. Geninne’s Art Blog

I discovered this blog recently and enjoy reading about Geninne’s latest projects and also her inspiration, which is drawn from her surroundings in Sunny Mexico. The sunlight and colour that breathe through her photographs and imagery make me want to visit this beautiful country.

 

Art by Geninne

 

 

2. Catherine Ryan Paintings

I met Catherine several times before I discovered that she is a fellow blogger. She spent some time here in Clifden with a mutual friend and taught a series of very successful art classes to local children, mine among them! Catherine also exhibited her paintings while she was in Clifden and we are now the proud owners of two of her wonderful pieces which we all enjoy very much. I am delighted to follow Catherine’s blog and would recommend it to anyone interested in contemporary Irish Art.

 

Canvas: Jackpot Jesus, by Catherine Ryan

 

 

3. Koukla House

This blog is written by my sister in law who is living in Brisbane, Australia. It is about her latest project which is the furnishing and decoration of her new house. Tina is Greek Australian and she has taken the Greek word ‘Koukla’ or pretty thing as a goal for her new home. Following Tina’s blog is a way of staying in touch with family and I find her journey an interesting one as a keen home maker myself. Plus we girls like to support each other!

 

Photograph by Tina

 

 

4. Vitrified Studio Work

I have just discovered this blog through etsy.com. Shelley Martin is the artist/potter and she was the featured seller on etsy’s front page recently which is how I connected with her blog. I love her simple clean style and the purity of her work. It is a great pleasure for me to read about a potter’s life as I too made pots for many years.

 

Pottery by Shelley Martin

 

 

5. Bridget Farmer

This is another beautiful blog that I have stumbled upon. Bridget is an artist/printmaker who is originally from Northern Ireland but now lives near Melbourne in Australia. I admire her blog for it’s style and the interesting way that she talks about her processes. I especially like her bird prints and the way that she uses line in such a loose and expressive way.

 

Prints by Bridget Farmer

 

 

So, that’s my list. I hope you enjoy it and thanks again to Elettrarossa for sharing the idea and also for her support. Now it’s over to you to play the game if you like. Just download the banner, nominate your own top five bloggers (with under 200 followers) and notify them of their inclusion in your list via a comment in their blog.