Bells & Balls

Ok, so it has been a very, very long time since I’ve updated this blog, but that doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t been busy creating. I just sometimes find it difficult to decide what sort of content I should be posting up. As an artist, I vary quite a good bit in terms of materials and disciplines. Until recently, I used to think that this was a bad thing…. “Jack of all trades, master of none”. I’d beat myself up about not creating art fit for exhibit and not chasing the dream of being a full time artist and making money.  However, I have “given my head a wobble!”😜  and begun to rethink what my creative practice means to me and to recognise the ways in which I exercise my creativity on a daily basis. There are many, many ways to be an artist. I am living a creative life and I am very happy about how things have been going so far.

Here are some of the projects that I have been working on over the last few months.

Over Christmas I concentrated a good bit on craft and decorating projects with my art class in HSE EVE Estuary – Check out some of our creations here – HSE EVE Estuary

After Christmas myself and my sisters had a hen party to organise and some crafty bits to do for my younger sister (Joanna’s) wedding. So lets start with the hen party! 

We broke the weekend up into different themes.

The Lowdown in Pictures

Friday Night – ‘PJ’s and Pearls’: a classy cosy night in with food, music and games.

Saturday – ‘Games, Glitz & Glam’: A sports day followed dinner in ‘Hatters Lane Restaurant’ and drinks in ‘The Piano Bar’, Athlone.

Our base for the weekend was a large house that we rented called ‘The Stables’ in Ballymahon Co. Longford.

Joanna had put a strict ‘NO WILLIES’ ban on the hen so we respected her wishes…(for maybe all of a minute).

The house was amazing! It was perfect for what we wanted – large communal spaces, loads of bedrooms, modern, cosy and situated on large grounds. Myself and my sisters arrived down early to decorate the house. We created a photo-shoot area, a ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ and ‘Flamingo’ bar, a sweeties table and some memory trees with tiny photos hanging from them.  

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On Saturday, we hosted our own 80’s sports day. We hired inflatables (from AirMax Inflatables), created games such as ‘Pass the Prick’, ‘Jiggly Balls’ and my personal favourite ‘The Big Hairy Sack Race’.  We asked everyone to bring something to dress up in and the style was unreal!!….florescent coloured sweatpants, headband, leg warmers, the works!

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Jiggly Balls

Jiggly Balls

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The Big Hairy Sack Race (all shapes and sizes)

 

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My mum is such a great sport.

A lot of thought, time and effort went into the graphics design work for each sign and ever willy was hand sewn😜.

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Joanna looked amazing in her sexy neon leotard!!

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All the gang, in all their gear.

Hen parties are such a good way to break the ice and get to know everyone before the big day. We really enjoyed ourselves and loved getting to know our newly extended family.

Which leads me onto Joanna & Liam’s big day, or as I like to call it the ‘Loveliest of Lovely Days’. They choose ‘‘The Millhouse’, in Slane Co. Meath, as their wedding venue.

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Here are some of the bits and bobs that I helped create for their wedding.

The seating plan was made out of an old pallet, festoon lights from Ikea, artificial flowers and a good bit of glitter✨.   

Joanna had liked this seating plan, that she found on Pinterest, and I wanted to try to replicate it for her.

Joanna had liked this seating plan on Pinterest and I wanted to try to replicate it for her.

We created signs for directions to the church, church entrance & the reception area. Joanna and Liam done all of the tough work by building and staining each sign. I stepped in at the end to paint on all of the greetings. 13015494_10156746368280461_4857213281060317019_n

 

We all pitched in to help ‘glitter bomb’ some jars for the flowers on each table and I made the table number out of slices of wood, glued to golden bamboo poles and painted with each number.

We recycled a few bit that I had made for the hen party (like the photo shoot area and the memory trees) and used them to decorate the reception areas.

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Photo by Declan Pierce

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My very talented mother made all of the flower girl dresses and knitted them each a cardigans.   

My very talented mother made all of the flower girl dresses and knitted them each a cardigans.

Their cakes were by ‘The Brown Hound Bakery’ and the moon cake topper was bought on AliExpress.

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Joanna bought her dress from ‘Folkster’ bridal shop in Kilkenny. The dress was by Irish designer Don O’Neill.

IMG_3328 (1)It was an amazing day and I couldn’t be happier for my beautiful sister Joanna and her wonderful husband Liam.

Photo by Marie Halloran

Photo by Marie Halloran

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Here are some of the graphics that that we used for the menu, seating plan and hen party.

You might find them useful for your own wedding.

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