In Season / August Blooms

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I’m a little late to the game to be sharing August blooms with you, but here we are with just a little peek at what’s in bloom around our Dublin neighborhood. Autumn is surely upon us, but I love knowing that even as the weather gets colder, we’ll still have at least a few things blooming to remind us that spring will eventually return. And I always love these wanders around our neighborhood. Whenever I take my camera, I walk slowly and peek into people’s gardens, imagining what their lives might be like. It’s a great time out for my brain.

So, here’s what’s blooming in our neck of the woods!  morning glories lantern flowers strawberry blooms sedum ivy

I’m getting so excited about this wall – pretty soon it will be all red! hydrangeas

The hydrangeas are starting to go by, but I kind of like when they turn a little crispy. I’ve picked a few from our garden to dry inside the house.  hanging berries butterfly

This guy stopped just long enough for a photo before a bee wanted his spot on that flower.

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A Poem for Monday

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A poem for a grey Monday morning, given to me by a friend a few years ago that I had tucked into a notebook. It slid out this morning as I was looking for blank pages to fill.

Sometimes I can’t believe that marriage (and grown up life in general) has just so much maintenance involved. But thinking of those daily chores we do for each other as part of upholding the permanent structure of living, that they keep my suspect edifice upright in the air, as Atlas did the sky makes it all sound much more noble.

Happy Monday, friends.

 

 

 

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A Delightful Dublin Preview a Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, everyone! Do you have nice plans for the weekend? I gave a walking tour this afternoon and got drenched (my first soggy Vayable tour!), so I’m working on warming up before we spend the weekend puttering around the house. The next few months hold a lot of travel for us around Ireland (Donegal, Clare, Galway) and beyond (Glasgow, Barcelona, America), so it’s nice to have a weekend without much planned.

Delightful Dublin is just about finished, and Julie and I are preparing to release it into the world in just over a week. The illustration above is a preview from the book – each of the six neighborhoods we feature includes an original Ursula Celano illustration! Isn’t it so great? We will hopefully be making the illustrations into prints or postcards you can buy in time for Christmas!

The process of writing Delightful Dublin has been different than I imagined when Julie and I started exploring the idea almost a year ago. It has been equally more fun and more exhausting than I thought it would be. I’ve learned how important it is to work with the right partner on a project, and honestly, working with Julie has been the most fun part. With a project this size, it’s so helpful to have someone who believes in it just as much as you do, who can give you creative pep talks if you’re doubting yourself, and who has such a great eye for the aesthetic as well as the general look and feel of the project. I think we’re going to have to write another book after this one just so we can keep working together! But just a few more weeks and you’ll be able to see the fruits of all our work on this one!

I hope you have a dry, happy weekend, friends! See you Monday!

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Folkster Homewares in Temple Bar

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I promised yesterday that I’d share with you a bigger look at Folkster, one of the selection of lovely shops in Temple Bar. I visited to take some photos of their new bridal line (so affordable!) and between looks I took a few extras of their homewares room.

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They have rugs and cushions and vases and pots.  folkster_dublin_05 folkster_dublin_08 folkster_dublin_09

They also have prints from their Gild & Cage line, which are odd but likeable. This one is called Icelandic Woman, I think. folkster_dublin_10 folkster_dublin_01

I have to admit I made no fewer than three impulse buys while I was there. A cute pair of earrings, a belt and a giant sari blanket thing that I absolutely do not need but told myself might some day come in handy! Next time, I have a feeling one of those cushions and a vase will come home with me!

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Five Great Things About Temple Bar

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A few months ago, poor old Temple Bar made a totally depressing list of top ten most disappointing places in the world. What a shame, huh? It’s never good to have such an infamous award in your city. (For the record, those guys on a stag behind me in the photo above are a big part of why Temple Bar made that list! Come on, lads!)

When I went to write about Temple Bar in Delightful Dublin (don’t forget, you can sign up for our mailing list so you hear first when it comes out!), I thought it might be difficult to find very many delightful things about the neighborhood. Turns out? It’s full of delightful spots, but you really need to know what you’re looking for to make sure you avoid the places that landed it on that very embarrassing list!

Today I thought I’d share just a couple delightful spots, and of course when Delightful Dublin is released in just a few weeks, you can find the whole list inside. I’ll leave you waiting with bated breath!

Folkster - One of my new favorite shops, I’ll give you a bigger peek inside Folkster later this week. It’s filled with vintage clothing and accessories sourced from around the world, as well as a new Folkster Edit collection of party and wedding dresses, and a new Folkster Home section. The belt I wore to Michael’s brother’s wedding came from Folkster!

Cow’s Lane Designer Studio - Cow’s Lane is a collective shop where you can find Irish designed crafts and accessories. Check out the great hats from Shevlin Millinery and the pottery from KaroArt.

Bar Pinxto – When the tapas restaurant, the Port House, is too busy, we walk three blocks to its sister restaurant Bar Pinxto. In fact, I’m not sure why we don’t just go there to begin with! Bar Pinxto has the same menu, the same ambiance, and it’s always less busy.

Farmer’s Market at Meeting House Square – On a Saturday, the market square fills with stalls – rain or shine. They have permanent umbrellas they can put up that cover the whole square if it rains.

Indigo & Cloth – Indigo & Cloth is a hipster clothing store / coffee counter, but it’s where you can pick up a copy of Kinfolk or Cereal magazine as well as original Irish county screen prints.

Photo by Julie of Half a Dream Away

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Where Do You Get Your News?

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Lately, it seems the news has been full of very, very sad information. Ebola, Gaza, Iraq, James Foley, Ferguson and Michael Smith, and Robin Williams a few weeks ago, sad stories are just about everywhere you turn. But what makes me even more sad during times like these is that the news can become so partisan and limited and sensationalized and shout-y on the internet. Trying to find out simply what’s going on and why can get exhausting very quickly.

I can’t claim to understand everything that’s going on around the world, but I’ve been making a greater effort to be informed about the why and the who behind current affairs. I feel strongly that when events this important or tragic are happening around the world, it isn’t enough to just mindlessly click on the Buzzfeed or Upworthy article someone shared on Facebook. I want to know more than a snapshot or a slideshow, and actually be informed about what’s happening in Liberia, Iraq, Ukraine, and Missouri.

As my heart has ached for the sadness and brokenness families and parents and children around the world are feeling in all of this upheaval, I’ve wanted more thoughtfulness. I’ve wanted to read about what ISIS is and why it’s called that and why exactly it’s so scary, and I’ve found myself reading detailed accounts from veteran professors from colleges around America about race relations in America. While none of these stories has made me feel better, really, or uplifted, I feel more peaceful than panicked. The short-form stories and quick snappy headlines instil fear that builds, story after story. Deeper articles, even when they pose big and unanswerable questions, at the very least make me feel that thoughtfulness, on everyone’s part, has to be the key to some of these problems.

So now to ask, where do you get your news every day? Or do you? I know a few people who opt out because the news seems just too sad, but I’m not sure that’s

Every morning, I get an email called The Skimm with the headlines and a little background information about the stories of the day. I like it because it gives me the guts at a glance and then links to larger articles. It’s also a little funny, when appropriate. I follow Slate and the New York Times on Twitter, and read several of their articles every day.

This article about ISIS from Vox was enlightening. As was this feature in Vanity Fair on Austin Tice and James Foley missing in Syria. This article in GQ about the East Pond hermit, who lived for decades in the woods near where I grew up, and was a fascinating read.

Finally, and this is going to sound a little silly, but I always check in with Design Mom on Fridays and Joy the Baker on Sundays. They both do link roundups that are thoughtful and considered, and  peppered with house tours and nail polish news, which are a welcome distraction.

Image of me working away in Coppa by Julie of Half a Dream Away

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Styled / White and Green Wedding Table

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Happy Monday, friends! Here’s something cheerful to perk up your day.

A few months ago, I styled a few wedding tables for Confetti at the Shelbourne Hotel. This was by far my favorite look – we started with this inspiration image and pared it down even further. We ended up with white and green florals, pops of yellow and copper, and really simple lines in the dishes.

White, fluffy hydrangeas as some of my favorite flowers – they were even my wedding flowers, straight from my mom’s garden. Paired with pale green hydrangeas, white roses and even some fluffy green moss, this arrangement proves a monochromatic color scheme can be so elegant.

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The copper candlesticks and the yellow votives are from Article, and I wish they had come home with me after the shoot!

You can see more on Confetti.ie.  Photos by the talented Christine Burns.

 

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Six Years of Marriage

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Tomorrow, Michael and I will be celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary. We’ll be dancing to this song that we danced our first dance to, and listening to this one that I danced with my dad and cried the whole way through (just caught the first few lines and got teary all over again). We’re going to watch the little video of our wedding ceremony that a friend took on my old Flip video camera and flip through the wedding album my mom made for us. We’re going to have a picnic breakfast on the beach and then go out to dinner at one of my favorite cosy restaurants.

I love this blurry, hilarious photo of Michael and I walking down the aisle at the end of our ceremony. We’re clearly just a little thrilled with ourselves and what we just did! Luckily, not a week goes by that we aren’t still just about that thrilled.

Happy anniversary, MW. xx

P.S. I wrote about anniversary presents over on Wedding Party recently, and I’ve written about two DIY projects (here and here) that have come from celebrating our wedding before.

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A Delightful Dublin Guidebook Update

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I woke up yesterday morning and Delightful Dublin had a website. It was a pretty exciting morning, let me tell you! My delightful partner, Julie, she is awesome.

We wanted to give you a place to sign up for our mailing list, so you can be the first to know when Delightful is released. We are working our little buns off trying to make sure it’s amazing and useful and beautiful, and we can’t wait to show it to you. Once the guidebook is released, we’ll be letting you know about any updates to it, or special offers (we’ve dreamed up some delightful printed calendars and postcards too!). We won’t be emailing you too often, but you’ll hear from us a little.

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We’d love for you to sign up for our mailing list so we can let you know when Delightful Dublin is ready!

 

 

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Silver Linings in Cloudy Irish Skies

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I realized today when I was sorting through the 14,000 photos on my computer (I know, I know, it’s top of the list of things to clean out as soon as Delightful Dublin is finished!) this evening that I have taken approximately a thousand cloud photos here in Ireland.

If there is a single silver lining of our chilly, soggy climate, it is the absolute drama of the clouds we get to see almost every day.

No filters on any of these 30 beautiful sky photos, just pure natural drama, mostly captured with my iPhone.

I sure am lucky to live here.

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