QUICK OLD CRATES

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So today I wanted to show you my quick fix for crates. I needed to create an old rustic feel for a wedding fair at short notice, so crates were an ideal feature. Only problem?  I didn’t have any crates. The lovely Jane in fallon & Byrnes was kind enough to give me some crates from their veg section but they looked so NEW!
So quick fix needed, I headed to my local euro shop and bought a cheap set of watercolours for €2. When you mix up red, black and blue you get this lovely aged brown, not a rich mahogany but a bleached cedar look. Apply it liberally mixed with a LOT of water and taadaa lovely aged crates! I think it’s one of my better rush jobs! The brides at the fair certainly loved it! Nikki xxx

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Bash Volume 2

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Taa Daa, check out the loveliness which is Bash Volume 2! I got to team up with the DIY dream team again on this one. Nathalie took all these amazing shots and Ciara did the styling, I’m in such awe of the whole process. I mean I look at the menu and think, “oh that looks nice”, then I see it appear on Nathalie’s Laptop and think “Oh my god I want that menu!” Ciara moves a glass 3cm and suddenly it looks like a whole different scene.

That is the style touch I lack. I can create anything. If god comes knocking for another ark, I’m his woman. It’d be the best damn ark ever, waterproof with a fab chevron varnish.  When it comes to styling a shot though, I need an expert to jump in. Can you take classes or is that sense just innate?

Ok I’m going off topic, back to the DIYS. The Ronald in the picture above is a very special man, handsome, intelligent and kind, unfortunately ladies he’s not on the market my Mum married him 32 yrs ago.

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Working with Herbs was a delight, finding them wasn’t. I had a mini panic over how many I’d need so I asked the wonderful Michelle Darmody from the Cake Cafe and she sent me trotting down to Evergreen on Wexford St. Wow I was overwhelmed with all the choice, I bought Thyme and Rosemary to make wreaths, Sage and Bay leafs just coz they looked pretty.

I never had to restrain myself from buying herbs before. and the SMELL, if you recreate any of these DIYS you will be in for a treat, it was probably the best smelling shoot ever. mmmm herby, we had so many herbs left over Nathalie brought some home and made Rosemary salt, you’ll have to head over to her blog and ask her for the recipe!

Wanna see the rest, well pop down to your nearest shop and pick up your copy. or if you ask me nicely I’ll tell you, Nikki xxx

Word & Photography by Nathalie Marques Courtney

Styling by Ciara O’Halloran from Style Serendipity

Crafting and pretty hands by me

The glamour of photo Shoots!

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On the way to a Bash photo shoot today, it’s a miserable wet day in Dublin. I’ve just been to the flower market in smithfield to buy props before heading to the shoot.
I just had to take a minute and think WOW! I’m freezing and wet, been up since 6 but it’s FECKING Brilliant! Bring on the glitter ladies I’m ready and able, these muddy boots are made for  walking!

Nikki xxx

Codema Workshop

I know its late but I had to show you! Over christmas I was invited by Sharon from Codema to come down to the Dublin Corporation and show them some ideas for a sustainable christmas. The Girls from Codema were an absolute delight to work with, when I arrived they had tree set up with some great christmas ideas. I got to play for a little while showing them how to wrap presents in newspapers, how to make orange and clove decorations and also some paper flower ideas with Verena.

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It was a great morning and there was plenty of requests from staff to do some more workshops so hopefully the girls can arrange it in the future! You can see more great shots from the day here

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Thanks Again to Sharon for asking me and Verena & Paula for their help (and coffee!)

Nikki xxx

Tattooed lady!

So apart from the usual Christmas madness I decided to do something I’d wanted for a while. A tattoo I’ve had my heart set on. My life is a bit up in the air at the moment, some big changes going on, so this is kind of fitting. A mixture of some of my loves – craft, scissors, books and paper.
I went to see Daniel flowers in Dublin ink, showed him some of the elements I wanted and did a quick rough sketch. He then polished it all up and I loved his finished sketch. Ok the book is being cut up but it’s flying off to become something new.

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Brrr its cold outside

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I have a day off today, so I’m tucked up indoors knitting. It’s the same every year, the weather gets chilly so out comes the wool. Both me and my daughter have pretty eclectic taste so being able to knit strange requests is great. We have the most unusual hats, scarves, gloves etc around.

As you can see from the pretty picture above, my two loves enjoy swapping hats. Mic normally doesn’t rock the flower look but I think he pulls it off quite well. He does need something more manly in this house though before the pink totally takes over. I was browsing raverly the other day for some ideas and found a great pattern from Gaze of dolls. It was an illusion stitch banner of a direwolf with the motto Winter is coming from Game of Thrones.

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Pattern from Gaze of Dolls

You use approx. 3 balls of each colour wool and it looks easy enough until I went to read the pattern. I was totally stumped, I needed to bring it up to my mother to have her explain it to me. My Name is Nikki, I’m 30 yrs old and I still can’t read patterns. I have tried and tried but they totally stump me each time. I can read recipes and follow them, I’m an avid  book reader but I just can’t do patterns. I need visuals for knitting and crochet. If I can see the finished project or watch a video I’m fine, but give me a sheet of patterns and I’m a confused lady.  I’ll let you know how I get on with this one!

Nikki xxx

First Bash Project

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I was delighted to be asked to do some Diy ideas for the first issue of Bash magazine by Nathalie Marquez Courtney. Bash is the newest magazine added to the Image portfolio of amazing mags. Finally a bridal mag I would actually read, I’m so happy to have been involved in a small part.

Nathalie forwarded me some amazing inspiration shots from Ciara from style serendipity who was to be the stylist on the day. A pretty palette of pastels with a pop of gold was chosen. All I had to do was make the DIY’s, I really wanted to make some painted dipped jars and if you look at the photo above, you’d think I succeeded but no. No, No, No. Dipping jars in paint did not work well for me, tinting jars went wrong as well so with time ticking away I happened upon the great idea of Balloon wrapped jars. Did it work? Hell yeah! its my new favourite trick now…

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Luckily the shot on the day went a lot smoother then my prep and the photo’s speak for themselves! The styling was immaculate, the diys looked great and you can even see an amazing ruffled cake from Emilys Pantry in the shot! I hope issue 2 goes just as well!!!

Photography by Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Styling Ciara from Style Serendipity

Cake from Emily’s Pantry

DIY’s by Me!

You can see the full spread in Bash magazine in shops now