Local products and designers within the framework

We love Irish design, so this Siar gift set, above, from the creative duo Aoife and Gary (Rua’s boss, the office cat) is right up our street. Aoife tells us: “Siar photography results from observing Irish landscape and culture in a unique way, with a local perspective, depicting Irish environment, culture and heritage as well as landscape photos.

With over 100 original prints, each photo is printed, titled, packaged and sold from the couple’s studio in County Clare. This set includes a framed print of your choice, a beautiful Trá candle, a greeting card with your message, all packaged for € 52.50. See www.siarphotography.fr for more products and information.

Cool creations

Isn’t that just beautiful? Kopper Kreation designs unique pieces like this triangular base copper lamp, created from reclaimed copper pipe and an exposed diamond Edison bulb. Priced at € 120, it’s featured on giftedfromireland.com, an organized hub, bringing you the best of Irish craft and design from talented designers. The products can be shipped worldwide.

The Gifted Fair will take place at RDS Dublin from December 1-5, with tickets available at www.giftedfair.fr.

In the bag

I’m a huge fan of Sallyann Marron’s handmade bags, unique and recycled handbags that are sustainable, good for the planet and absolutely beautiful. Glad to hear that she will be showcasing her products at this year’s Ballymaloe Craft Fair.

This year it will take place over two weekends – November 19-21 and November 26-28. It will feature over 150 stalls each weekend featuring artisanal products from Ireland’s best producers, artists, designers and craft brewers.

Visit www.ballymaloefestivals.ie.

Bathing art

Discover Meadows & Byrne, when ‘bath time’ means ‘art time’ this fall with some fabulous drops with a new collection of bath towels featuring prints from some of Europe’s greatest painters. Our favorite? This Figure in window represents the realistic work in oil on paper of 1925 by Salvador Dalí, it shows the sister of the painter Ana Maria, seen from behind in front of a window in Cadaqués. The 100% cotton towel, 120X150cm, € 59.95;www.meadowsandbyrne.com.


Don’t forget the house’s four-legged companion – we love the look of this sturdy real concrete bowl. For the trendy bowwow, you don’t know. Equipped with protective feet and a removable stainless steel bowl, it is dishwasher safe and is available in two sizes, 16 cm and 20 cm. The Riboco bowl is available from www.butterbiscuit.ie from € 24.50.

Everything is in order

Dublin Herbalists is a women-owned, all-female kitchen table start-up that now employs seven local women in the small rural village of Mullianhone, in south Tipperary. They recently introduced three new products to their collection.

The new body oil, hand soap, and hand lotion all use durable, clean ingredients. Presented in amber glass bottles and with pump dispensers, this gift set is packaged and designed to preserve the integrity of the ingredients and be environmentally friendly. Get your hands on it at www.dublinherbalists.ie/shop; or through nationwide dealers, Kilkenny Stores, Meadows & Byrne, Nourish, Evergreen and health stores.

Naughty idea

Spotted at Newbridge Silverware, fabulous home gifts. My favorite? The fantastic Mr Fox! An original silver-plated decanter with a fox-head stopper is perfect for storing spirits. Yours for € 65, it can be purchased online or from retailers nationwide. To see more www.newbridgesilverware.com.

Skin Care Advisory

Irish-made Holos Skincare has just launched seven fabulous gift sets, with everything you need for a healthy skincare routine this fall and winter. It’s more vegan-friendly skin care, handcrafted in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and free of gluten, alcohol, parabens, and SLS.

In the photo, this gift box of super natural activities for 132 € (a value of 155 €). Holos is available online, with free shipping for orders over € 60, and at local pharmacies. See www.holos.fr for resellers.

About Debra D. Johnson

Check Also

Fixed Modern Warfare 2 beta performance (stuttering and frame drops)

Are you suffering from Modern Warfare 2 beta performance issues like stuttering, lag, and dropped …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.