Bag buddies!

The Wild Atlantic Way…

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Rainbow
Rainbow

The Wild Atlantic Way is a route that you can take from the North to the South of Ireland (or the South to the North), all along the Western seaboard.  It is an amazing route, taking in the fabulous scenery of the West of Ireland.  I’m very fortunate to live on the Wild Atlantic Way in West Clare, and almost every morning I take a walk up the road with the dog to stretch my legs before I settle down in front of the sewing machine or computer. The picture above was taken as I made my way home.  It is a typical West Clare weather picture – bright sunshine, a dark shower cloud looming, and a beautiful rainbow.  It lasted a fleeting moment before the shower hit me.

Primroses
Primroses

In my garden the flowers are beginning to emerge, and I caught a picture of these primroses nervously poking their heads above the soil today.  Next we’ll see a few bumblebees emerge from hibernation. Last year I saw my first bumblebee on 15th March, so not long to wait now.

I’ve been sewing away like mad recently, having taken delivery of a huge roll of zips which make my life a lot more efficient.  Having mastered the tricky art of joining the slider to the zip, I am about to start making a few zip top tote bags.  It is a one of my original bag designs, and always a favourite amongst those who love a shoulder bag with plenty of room, and a zip top.  From now on they will also have a clip inside for keys, as with all my bags now.

Zip Top Totes
Zip Top Totes

And I’ve made a lot of Bag Buddies, my new wristlet design.  These work as a standalone bag, with card slots inside, and room for change, keys and a phone.  They have a denim wrist strap with a clip at the end.  The clever thing with a Bag Buddy is you can use it to keep your bag essentials in, and then move it from handbag to handbag. It means you’ll never find that you left home without your favourite lip gloss again (I know, a first world problem). The clip on the wrist strap means you can clip the Bag Buddy into your Sallyann Bag, for added security.

Bag buddies!
Bag buddies!

Finally, I cannot post without mentioning last Saturday’s Chapel Lane Market. It was the market’s 1st birthday, and to celebrate we had lots of cake, music, balloons, and three amazing stallholders shaved their heads to raise money for Shave or Dye – the campaign to raise money for Slainte an Chlair, a local cancer support group, and the Irish Cancer Society.

Shave or Dye
AMAZING WOMEN!

They were so brave to do this – losing your hair during cancer treatment is traumatic for most people, and to do it voluntarily meant there was barely a dry eye in the hall.  We’re all so proud of Clare Nihill, Colette Dinan and Sharon Peters Ball.  To date they have raised almost €3500, which is a phenomenal result.  Well done ladies.  Hats off to you (or on, as it’s quite chilly).

We’ll all be back at Chapel Lane Market on Saturday from 10am – 5pm – don’t forget to call in and see the amazing range of talent on display.  We have new and familiar stall holders – something for everyone.

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