I spent last week at the National Crafts & Design Fair at The RDS, Dublin. It is Ireland's biggest and best craft and design fair, always held in early December and attracts thousands of Christmas shoppers.
It was my first year taking a stand at this Craft Fair and I thoroughly enjoyed putting a face to my Twitter and Facebook friends and on-line customers. It was a tiring but very satisfying five days and I met a lot of new customers too.
It was amazing to see the work of over 500 craftworkers and 120 artisan food producers showing the high quality of irish made crafts and food. It was difficult to pick out favourites but the following five caught my eye:
- Happiclose I have admired these lovely little dresses for little girls in The Design House but it was great to see their full range here. Made with pretty fabric and also easy to fit and easy to fasten.
- Jeanette Everson Handmade Ceramics Beautiful ceramic figurines. Handmade in a tin shed studio in Co Westmeath. I especially like the snowmen.
- Oxbindery and Piggelmee Specialised hand bound notebooks of all sizes. There was even jewellery made from tiny perfectly bound notebooks. Books bound in the Ox Mountains, south County Sligo, have made their way to the White House, Washington DC.
- Shannonbridge Pottery I couldn't resist the seasonal robins but there were lots of other pretty designs. This is a family run business based in Shannonbridge, near the monastic site of Clonmacnoise in County Offaly.
- Sunrose Garden The essential oil blends at this stand kept me going when I needed a lift. The Uplifting Blend really does what it says. They also had great soaps and skin care products.