And what’s a butterfly?

And what’s a butterfly?, At best


He’s but a caterpillar, at rest.

~John Grey

Inspired by the stunning butterflies on the wild Buddleja growing outside, I veered away from my typical wildlife and fabric applique to try something truly different.

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I made a few gift cards of these too. Wrapped in a little twine bundle, they make a perfect little gift in themselves.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/160787312/peacock-and-swallow-tail-greeting-cards?ref=shop_home_active

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These are the three butterflies,

Left to Right

emperor, peacock,swallowtail

 I wanted to do predominantly Irish butterflies as I love to work from my own images, but I was taken by a few colourful exotic species too! I kept the plant life home grown though, with buddleja, thistle and wild daisy.

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I had in mind that one could display their favourite two or three in a row, but when photographing, I just loved this little formation. Something extra quirky and distinct about it.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/162166492/instant-butterfly-collection-botanical?ref=shop_home_active

  I framed these up in a raw wood frame from a sustainable forest, must take some pics of that soon… actually lots more pics to take but in the middle of shooting, I had a liitle visitor get very jealous!

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I’ll post more soon,  but if you interested in following me on facebook to see more progress shots and of course more of Hamish!

http://www.facebook.com/EweSir

I also recommend

https://www.facebook.com/IrishWildlifeTrust

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Butterfly-Monitoring-Scheme/171699046218823

for fab info and pics o n Irish wildlife and butterflies, they are a great source of inspiration and information.

Molly

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What your Granny threw out…

Been busy preparing for a fantastic vintage fair here in Cork, and luckily my mom has been holidaying abroad.

While left me a fantastic opportunity to turn her entire house into a workshop!

They say vintage is what your granny threw out, well its safe to say if my mother walked in the door right now..I’D BE THROWN OUT.

In Ireland we have this unique thing called the “good room”. That refers to a sitting room that is only used when royalty or posh neighbours call around, and is not, i repeat not to be used as a storage area for prints and display stands like so…

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Nor is it a place to staple ribbon onto notice boards…

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but when the result is soo lovely I.m am positive she wouldn’t mind if she never finds out!

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round adverty

Heres a link to my facebook, here you can see lots more, but no telling mom.

http://www.facebook.com/EweSir

Love Molly

Quirky Gifts this Christmas

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An advert for some of mine & my friends products, that have a quirky & original feel.

All of us attend the Fair Alternative, Cork City.

 http://www.facebook.com/thefairalternative?fref=ts

here are the producers featured….

1. http://www.facebook.com/binalucas?fref=ts

2. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruby-Robin-Boutique/160463837308134?ref=ts&fref=ts

3.  http://www.facebook.com/haveeweanywool.sir?fref=ts

4.  http://www.facebook.com/Number5VintageAndAntiques?fref=ts

Christmas Craft Markets

Participated in a few lovely christmas markets recently.

they take some prep!!

These were from Ballymaloe… http://www.ballymaloe.ie/

Famous culinery house & cookery school.

Fantastic range of stuff & the quality througlout was staggering.

These were from The Celtic Ross in Roscarbery.

Think I did well on the merchandising, and definately felt I established an aestethic that complemented the work.

Love the fairy lights!!

The best buys were the e-reader clip on lights bought in the discount store to draw attention to the pieces, and the laptop cooler stands to raise up the flat pieces.

Fawn, Vintage deer

This close up is more faithful to the actual colours of the piece. The camera picks ups the stray strands esp across the black, that the eye doesn’t, but it shows the sensitive lines and tones of the piece.

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This is  a unique piece for me i many respects. It’s twice the size of my larger pieces. The fabric used is both retro inspired and referencing the arts&crafts era and more modern in many respects. The mounting is polaroid-esque which gives the eye more room to notice the strong contrast between the fabric and the deer itself.

It’s given me lots of inspiration for a series of pieces this big, so keep watching. x

Just did a smaller A3 version of this…

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DUCK, DUCK, DUCK..GOOSE

Finally came up with an idea for a new series… and I love them!!

when I saw I.. I mean I bugged people to inspire me..ha

here is a finished piece

This is “silly billy”

I have also done a girl version.

I think they will be idea gifts for children, christenings, etc. I will do a special price on them to target this market.

These will be made to order so the child’s name can be put on the mount.

here’s a few more I’m working on… roosters and such