Sunday, July 6, 2014

July Wishlist!


1.Floral Clutch/Zara
2.Camera/Samsung NX Mini 
3.Deer antlers/
4.Frame/Zara home
5.Necklace/Johnny loves Rosie
6.Zara mini city bag
9.See by Chloe perfume

Saturday, July 5, 2014

What to do with: Jam Jars

Ever wondered what to do with your old jam jars? It occurred to me at the weekend whilst out sipping cocktails from old little jars (Hipster, I know.) So off I went and purchased some stain glass paint, I used Pebeo Vitrail stained glass paint but any glass paint would do. These were transparent ones, I found some colours worked better than others, the blue and the green were so transparent its hard to see, the yellow and red worked quite well.

Jars avec la Ikea plant

For the stained glass effect, start painting diamond shapes and free paint whatever shapes you feel like in between 

With the dripping effect on the left, this kind of happened by accident but turned out to be my 
favourite. It's easy to do, just turn jar upside down and let the paint run from the bottom of the 
jar to the top. I also used some gold paint to get a spot effect and it looks really cool when 
there's a candle lighting

It doesn't say how long to wait for paint to dry but ideally overnight would do.
When dry, pop a candle in, colours are amazing all lit up!

All you need is:
Glass Paint
Clear Jars or bottles
Paint brush

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What I Made: Rhubarb Crumble

Made with:
10 sticks of Rhubarb 
4 Tbsp Water 
8 Tbsp Caster Sugar 

110g Butter 
110g Demerara Sugar 
180-200g Flour


  • Preheat oven to 180C 
  • Put a medium frying pan on a medium heat 
  • Chop up the rhubarb and place on an oven tray, sprinkle with the water and caster sugar and roast in the oven for 10 minutes
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven & mix well 


  • Fill an ovenproof dish about 4cm/1½in deep with the rhubarb & sprinkle layer of sugar on top 
  • Rub the butter into the flour and sugar to make the crumble topping 
  • Sprinkle over the rhubarb and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the crumble topping is crisp and golden-brown and the rhubarb filling has softened and is bubbling 
Enjoy! (This is now all gone now... so sad!)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

What I Made: Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

A little something I made earlier...mmm! 

Made with:
100g pinenuts
  • 5 free range Eggs
  • 300g of feta cheese
  • Dried oregano
  • A knob of butter
  • 400g (14oz) prewashed baby spinach 
  • 1 x 270g pack of filo pastry 
  • Olive Oil

  • Preheat oven to 200C/ gas 6
  • Put a medium frying pan on a medium heat
  • Put the pine nuts into frying pan to toast, tossing occasionally so they don't burn
  • Crack 5 eggs into a mixing bowl and crumble in the feta

  • Add a pinch of pepper, a couple of pinches of dried oregano and a glug of olive oil
  • Once the nuts are lightly toasted, add them to the egg mixture and mix well
  • Put the empty frying pan back on the heat, add a little olive oil and a knob of butter and pile in half of the spinach, add more as it wilts down
  • Meanwhile, take the pastry out of the fridge & lay a large sheet of greaseproof paper on the worktop, rub a little olive oil all over it, then scrunch it up and lay it out flat again. 
  • Arrange 4 filo pastry sheets in a large rectangle, overlapping at the edges, so they almost cover the paper
  • Once the spinach is really nice and dense, take the pan off the heat
  • Add the wilted spinach to the egg mixture 

  • Carefully move the greaseproof paper and filo into the empty frying pan so the edges spill over
  • Push it down into the sides of the pan, until it seals bottom of the pastry
  • Transfer pastry to ovenproof dish then pour in the egg mixture and spread it out
  • Cook for 18 to 20 minutes until golden and crisp


&Enjoy!!! I served mine with salad (a nice dressing and some of the roasted pine nuts did the trick) and wedges....

Looking forward to getting stuck into my our new cook books. Just been given some lovely rhubarb so this will figure in a nice dessert this week.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Prague in March

Just home from an amazing trip to Prague what a beautiful and interesting city rich with history and little cobblestone streets that lead to some of the most pretty views I've ever seen.

We explored Prague Castle, saw the Kohl or Lion fountain, Holy Cross Chapel, St. Vitus Cathedral (The most beautiful and majestic church in Prague, its history reflects the beginnings of the Christian culture in the Bohemia. It is also the Royal mausoleum and depositary of the Czech Crown Jewels), St George's Basilica, the oldest surviving church in Prague, stood at the top of the Old Castle Steps looking out at the magnificent views of Prague. We walked over Charles Bridge, past the markets in Old Town Square and the old churches.. to see the Astronomical Clock and the striking of the clock on the hour, marked by the walk of the apostles to music, quite a sight to see. We went for walks in the Royal Garden and around the Summer Palace, where the first tulips grew and went on a cruise around the River Vltava. We went for dinner at Kampa Island, candles, lightbulbs adorned with feathers, views of the river Vltava, homemade chocolates, complimentary port.. if we could have brought this restaurant home we would. The next day we went and had brunch at the Gardens by the castle and took in the last of the views and absorbed the last of the sun...


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Instagrammin' January & February

Wow January and February has flown by, how is it March already?
It's not long till I'm off on my travels again and very exciting plans are being put into action.

1. Homemade Christmas pudding in January (mmm...) 2. Roses from B 3. Ellie Goulding gig at the 02 4. Cupcakes 5. Roses again, a kind of perfect Valentines 6. Ellie G wearing the Ireland flag great ending to the show 7. The scenic route on our way home 8. A fire on a crisp Spring day, is there anything better? 9. Taking risks and walking on cycle lanes, it's the way we roll

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Craig Green Illustration

An illustration for a review of Craig Green, MAN A/W 2014 Catwalk Review.

Hand painted printed patterny goodness....

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review of my 2013

Happy New Year to you all and thanks so much for reading my blog and for all the kind comments! May all your wishes come true in 2014! 

My new years resolution to see new places and do some traveling went off to a flying start! I went to Belgium for a few days in January. We had an amazing time we visited Bruges, Brussels, tried different foods and saw some amazing places and landmarks, you can read about my trip here.

In February, I was asked by Artbox in Japan if I wanted to be in their new book in the Spring. I was published in their vol.10 Book last year and couldn't think of anything better. Also began working on two illustrations for Delilah Magazine, a new magazine in the UK.

March began with booking flights for Canada (exciting!) My illustration of Princess Diana was published in New Empress magazine. My first real look into the world of black and white illustration, what a challenge, this made me focus on detail rather than colour and the contrasts between black and white space, a very useful tool to acquire.

Commissioned by New Empress in April for another black and white illustration, for a Groundhog film-time travel piece.Was featured in Burst magazine. the Animals issue, what a treat! So glad this issue got published! And Delilah magazine published my two illustrations, one of the Alexander McQueen catwalk model and the other of a 'muffin moment' a life changing moment.

May was filled with lovely commissions, some gift commissions and quite a few for magazines.

June brought exciting news, my little illustration would feature in a new and upcoming magazine, Urban Coco magazine. They are stocked around the world in Harrods, Selfridges and 20 countries worldwide. I also went to see Mr.Rod Stewart in Birmingham. An amazing concert, we'd been such fans for a long time it was very surreal to be just a few rows from the stage -- what a legend!

Going back to the magazine where I started contributing a few years ago; Amelia's magazine. I answered a callout and did an illustration for a Nadine Shah review. Urban Coco magazine came out as did New Empress , both featuring my illustrations. A nice weekend in Wexford followed where we went to the beach, soaked up the sun and drank prosecco -- bliss! 


Artbox arrived in the post all the way from Japan, and it was just as beautiful a book as last year's. 
Canada plannin' was in full swing! 

Arrived back in September after two weeks traveling around Canada and America. Another place ticked off the list. A once in a lifetime holiday filled with spectacular views, special places and memories to last: You can read about my Canada-Seattle trip here. I also had a little birthday at the end of the month, I spent the weekend with my favorite people.

There was an illustration comp called Pillow fight where you could submit illos for cushion designs. For a birthday surprise, my friend organized a really cool river cruise, even the sun even came out! Then we popped into Oktoberfest and into 'Brazil' for dinner on the way home. I also hung out with Jay Z with my homeboy, am now a big fan obviously, lots of showing our 'diamonds' in the air. Its a Hard Knock Life for us!

Are Novembers supposed to be this fun? Vintage fair perusing. Old paintings, seaside town painted tea-sets, lace sequined bejeweled dresses, quirky pin up girl, animal head brooches, hat pins and diamond rings, scarves from Paris, Thunderbird cards, corgi cars, clip on earrings. If you love vintage and snooping I highly recommend this fair.

Kodaline played a gig which we went to see, they were amazing live! Then afterwards we went for cocktails in the Vintage Cocktail Club, quirky decor, 1920s pianos, lamps, phones, candles lighting over vintage plates, black and white framed photographs on the wall, my kinda place.

Was very nice to have some time off this month. My first day off begun with an illustration of Orla Kiely SS14 collection, that had just come out the day before. A trip to the Seaside Aquarium (second time this year!) Cinema visits, steak dinners and cosy Winter nights with my favourite person -- river cruises around Dublin Bay-- all made for a fantastic November.

This year has been so good from start to finish, there has been more highs then lows and I feel incredibly blessed. 2013: Once in a lifetime adventures, visiting new places, meeting new people, creating and treasuring new memories, time spent with best friends, life-changing moments, making new plans, hope and excitement for what the new year will bring and knowing that no matter what happens 'every little thing gonna be all right...'

Looking forward to 2014 and all its adventures & challenges. I'm ready for you!

'Follow your dreams, they know the way'
~ Kobi Yamada

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Aquarium by the Seaside

A lovely trip to the seaside, we went to visit the Sea Life Aquarium and it was very interesting. We watched videos about seahorses, watched the stingrays being fed (they can detect human contact if you keep your hand just above water level) and if a lobster loses a claw its grows back by itself.