Happy Mother’s Day from one Mum to another ….

Happy Mother’s Day from one mum to another for our giveaway of a portrait made from your child’s drawing. Thanks for sending in your drawings to us. We printed them off and put them into a box. One of the kids took the special drawing from the box. The one choosen is…..

Joanna Kamińska-Wujek .

Drawing by Joanna’s eldest son.

Joanna sent in a drawing by her oldest son who is taking after his mother I think. Joanna is a fellow artist who goes under the name of Jokamin and we met each other at the Glucksman Gallery at their Christmas craft fair. As it so happens she is having an exhibition down in Pana Bread Bakery in Cork. So if your around the area and want to bring home a beautiful painting along with some bread head over.

I hope you like what I decided to do with your eldest son’s drawing Joanna. I decided to use some hand embroidery and mixed it with some machine embroidery to create a textile sculpture.

Close up of Hand Embroidery


For me the drawing starts to dictate sometimes what to do. In this case I wanted to try out a couple of different techniques and have some fun with the whole process.

Going over the hand embroidery with some machine embroidery

Here is the whole process photographed. I really loved the freedom of working on this portrait and turning it into a textile sculpture.

Mother's day portait

The cheeks and the mouth are all hand embroidered

It all started to take shape with the hair. I used a coiling technique and added little hearts to the end of the hair.

Coiling technique

Coiling technique which I used for the hair.

Mother's day portrait

Adding some fabric for the clothes using applique.

Close up of the butterfly

Close up of a the little butterfly perched on her shoulder.

Mothers day detail of portrait

Detail of portrait

Mother's day portriat

Finished portrait of a mother as a textile sculpture.

I hope you like it and I decided to add embroidered text to the piece ” Happiness is like a butterfly”


Happiness is like a butterfly qoute

Happiness is like

Happiness is like qoute machine embroidery

Mothers day

Mother’s day the fished piece. Textile sculpture

If you would like a commissioned portrait please get in touch. You have the choice of sending a drawing or sending a photograph and I will create a textile sculpture just for you. Send it to here

Also check out our family collection.


In Ireland it never rains….

In Ireland it never rains, but it pours. That is a certainty . When you go on holidays, the sun is splitting the trees the week before you go. It’s the luck of the draw, regarding the ‘odd shower’, when you look up the weather forecast before you set off on your journey. You google again on the way down and it has turned from the odd shower into blustery winds.

Audio books were a saviour on the drive down in the car on our holidays in Kerry this year. Our son picked out the music: Hozier, Pink Floyd and The National and, for good measure, The Beatles. I was impressed when he showed me. There was the odd killing in the back of the car between the two kids on the way, even with forward planning. We were glad that we had sort of built a wall between the two of them with clothes that wouldn’t fit in the boot.

Another good tip is no hard objects, which could be grabbed and used as missiles…..


Kingdom waves surfing school, Inch Beach


My kids after their surfing, Inch Beach, Dingle

A week in Ireland, regardless of the rain, is worthwhile. I was never a sun worshipper. I just frizzle, freckle and burn. Thankfully my kids don’t have my skin. Our kids went surfing for the first time on Inch Beach with Kingdom waves surf school. The smiles on their faces told the tale of pure enjoyment.


Our son ….

My son, one of the days, said ” Mum can we climb the mountain and touch the clouds”, whilst driving over the Caherconree Pass.   What did happen was we had a stand off with a lorry, as you do, while the clouds looked like they were gripping hold of the mountain and about to crawl down towards us.

Highlights for us this year was Castlegregory Beach and The Maharees, and having a game of hurling on one of the strands. We ate dinner in Sheehy’s Anchor Down, Dingle which is very reasonably priced for families. It only opened its doors in July. When we stepped out the door after dinner, we heard Irish music being played with gusto next door in Siopa Ceoil.


The local cat is working in the box office outside Siopa Ceoil

We even got to pay a visit to Lisbeth Mulcahy in Dingle to see Lula, Flowery and The Sock Detective.

In Ireland it rains,  but it rains candyfloss. This is what my daughter called this latest embroidered artwork ” Look it’s raining candyfloss, mum”. It is based on an original drawing by her. Children don’t see the rain, they see lots of opportunities for fun…….


“Look it’s raining candyfloss Mum”








Enjoy the little things in life, because they become the most important things….

My children’s world is about enjoying the small things, as they really do become the most important things when you look back. I was saying this to someone during the week, with reference to holidays. One thing our children still talk about is the time we had to eat the picnic out of the booth of our car, because it was raining. They still laugh about and think it was great fun. Now that’s what makes good memories. They become the great days you remember in years to come.

My son finished early this week from his summer camp, so I got to spend time with him on his own. On two of the days we went out to the Phoenix Park. cloudwatchingjuly15 The first day he decided we should do a bit of cloud watching. Try this with your children, you can come up with some amazing scenes, if the clouds are right. We saw a bear, a unicorn, a warrior and a host of different characters. On the second day we decided we would go for a walk, listening along the way to grasshoppers and then my son took off after a butterfly. It’s something you would never dream of doing, as an adult, but children really do make you revert back to being a child again.

chasingbutterfliesjuly15This particular day, there was loads of butterflies. My son couldn’t make up his mind which way to run, as they appeared to be darting every direction in order to unwittingly cause amusing confusion. Which sent us both into a fit of laughterl.

For the next, new embroidered work, I decided I wanted to have fun and use mixed media. I made the little house first. It was in my studio for a while. I just wasn’t sure where I wanted to place it. For me I have to leave some pieces, just sit for a while, move away from them and then come back later. I am really looking forward to developing these further. My daughter decided on the name  ‘Great Days’. Hoping you create great days with you and yours……



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My children’s world

My children’s world at the moment is about having fun and being active…….

Summer camps are great. We parents can live in hope that they use up all that energy by the time we collect them!

Having the kids in summer camp is allowing me  to get some work done. I promised I would show you some more, so here is the next piece (shown above). It is from a drawing that my son did two years ago. He was sitting at the kitchen table and he drew this along with his dad. They are small, but I kept them as I just loved the way he drew the fingers and reaching out with the long arm . So I decided to put in the heart. When I showed the finished piece to my son, he called it “I love you this much…”. As always, I’m trying to capture a moment in my child’s life.

I use free motion embroidery from an original drawing from my son. This is on sale in my online shop, I can incorporate different wordings, e.g names of different people, be it “I love you this much mum/dad/granny/daughter’s (name) or son’s name”. Just let me know. Again the heart is detachable

When the kids come home I find they are still wired to the moon and asking the question “what are we doing now mummy?” This week our son was in soccer camp and my daughter in Cul Camps. We are trying to encourage them to save their money and paying for things themselves, so their birthday money went towards helping to pay for the summer camps.

Our  son won player of the week last week in soccer camp. So he was quitely chuffed. To the boy who wasn’t sure he wanted to play soccer and now loves it. Thanks to the encouragement of the volunteers who run the summer camps.

So far, so good. They really are enjoying their summer.20150717_152913

Hope your children are having fun also…



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