Friday, October 28, 2011

Sewing with Oilcloth

When I was in Cardiff, I found some amazing varieties of oilcloth at very cheap prices. Oilcloth costs €25 a metre here in Galway, so £7 for a metre was nothing to pay! It took some rearranging of my carry on baggage, but I managed to get it home!

And I made things, as crafters are wont to do.

I had never worked with oilcloth before, but it was quite a breeze! I did have to change the thread tension a bit though... and, being honest, I can't remember to which number I changed it. As it's a polymer (polyvinyl chloride) and not a textile, if you pull out some stitches, the holes will remain, which is why I used my pins sparingly. But it ran very smoothly through my machine and I found that I got these little pieces out very quickly.

I made:

A soapdish

A covering for the hole in my bike basket

And a little bag for all my biking stuff and my lunch

Just a few quite functional things to brighten up my life!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spanish Holiday: Barcelona

It's Sunday.

I've spent a fantastic long weekend with my sister and various friends. I'm back in work tomorrow after a four day break.

I don't want to spend all this rainy day off on the computer. I really want to play Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii.

I'm also shattered with tiredness.

And so, I'll be sharing Barcelona with you through photos and a few sparse words.


Gaudi architecture:

Parc Guell...

And Sagrada Familia.

Churros con Chocolate.

We had drinks in two amazing bars. First was La Caseta, which is well hidden in the small forest at the top of Montjuic. We arrived just as it was opening, had red wine and lemonade, watched the sunset and looked out over the incredibly busy ports of Barcelona. It was a bit magical.

Next, Palau Dalmases, which was a few doors away from our accommodation, but of course, we only found it on our last night there. The drinks were super expensive, but it was all about the setting.

Ah, Barcelona. You were alright.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!


Thursday, October 6, 2011


Stopping in, in the midst of my Spanish Holiday posts, to say hi! I actually meant to post this early last week, but you know how real life gets in the way...

So here's a few bits and pieces I wanted to share with you!

At the end of September, my sister Emer opened up a solo exhibition in Tallaght, Dublin, that will run all through October. I love Emer's work, her photographs are incredibly beautiful and vivid! The exhibition opening was great and it was nice to see so many people turn up to support Emer. If you're in Dublin, I'd highly recommend checking it out. All information you'll need to visit are here on the gallery's website.

While at home for the opening, we went for a walk in Donadea Forest, which was, as always, lovely. The autumn colours were really showing and the weather was lovely and crisp. This is what I imagine autumn to be like in most "normal" countries... It lasted about two weeks here in Ireland. And now it rains quite a bit.

The return of autumn brings with it the return of the academic year and  Societies. And it keeps me very busy! This year, alongside my other commitments and interests, I joined the Organic Gardening Society in NUI Galway and am loving it! The garden is great and it's so nice to meet new people who are all so different and lovely.

The Society needed someone to write a fortnightly article for the SIN newspaper and I gladly took on the role. I really like writing and am trying to improve this skill. My first article was published last week. You can find it here in the archives - Volume 13, Issue 2. I'll continue to write regularly for the newspaper and enhance the profile of the Society, all while availing of lovely home (ish) grown produce!

Just a few bits and pieces on this blustery Thursday evening.

Hope you're all well!


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