Olann and Loves
A collection of beautiful, quirky and useful crafts and kits from Ireland and around the world that caught our eyes
Pottery by Kathy – Handmade Chickens
Kathy Mooney is a potter specialising in making unique and quirky animals. Her business, Pottery by Kathy, has been in existence since 2012 and her pieces can be found in shops all over Ireland.
Kathy has a lifelong love of arts and crafts, and has tried her hand at anything and everything. Through all of them her love of pottery has endured and grown. Predominantly self-taught, Kathy’s work is most inspired by summers spent on her grandparent’s farm, in beautiful County Wicklow.
Working in her back garden pottery shed in Dundrum, Kathy creates her beautiful animals which include chickens, dogs, sheep, foxes, cats and hares. Standing at approximately 20cm/8” tall, each chicken has been individually crafted, so no two are the same.
In addition to her animals, Kathy also makes the most beautiful Christmas decorations and brooches. Working mostly to order, her products are available from several stockists here in Ireland. You can also purchase them directly from Kathy at one of the craft markets she attends or via the Pottery by Kathy Mooney Facebook Page. Prices start at €6, with all of the animals retailing at €35 each.
As well as Facebook you can also find Kathy on Instagram. Check out the photos of her Christmas Choral Singers, they’re fantastic.
Deborah Makes Crafts – Project Bags
Having been told by friends and family that she should turn her sewing hobby into a business she finally did. Debbie is a keen knitter, and like most of us, prefers to keep her latest project tucked up safely in a stylish handmade project bag. She decided to begin making her bags for sale.
Debbie’s bags are available in many different styles and sizes, and in a variety of fabrics including linen, cotton and cotton blends. Her real love is making bags from vintage and repurposed fabrics.
Her love of the nostalgia of vintage fabrics is something she enjoys sharing with her customers and she is constantly on the lookout for suitable fabrics to repurpose.
Project bags and notions pouches are available via the Deborah Makes Crafts Etsy Shop with prices starting at €6.00 plus shipping. Should you require something different, Debbie is happy to create custom orders.
Stay in touch with all Debbie’s crafty shenanigans via Instagram.
The Sailmaker’s Daughter – Hand Painted Christmas Decorations
With a passion for designing and creating, Edana Gorham has been making her handmade crafts for 10 years. On opening her Etsy shop, her Art Pendants, little 1-inch drawings worn as long pendants, soon became her signature product. It was while picking subjects for her tiny sketches that Edana quickly realised she was mostly drawn towards birds. Building on her love of art and expanding her repertoire of sketching birds, led to lino printing images of birds and then she hit upon the idea of painting on wood slices.
The original Robin captures everything we love about Christmas, with the Barn Owl an obvious addition, thanks to a childhood brought up on Don Conroy. This year Edana has added a Snowy Owl to capture the Winter Wonderland Vibes.
As Edana paints each decoration by hand, no two are exactly alike. The tiny variations in eye position or beak shapes give each bird its own individual expression. They cost €3.80 each plus shipping and are available from the Sailmaker’s Daughter Etsy Shop which is where you will also find Edana’s other creations.
Margaret Mohally – Digital Art & Design Prints
Having worked as an Architectural technician Margaret found herself unemployed post-Celtic Tiger and decided to go back to college to study Illustration. The course at St. John’s College, Cork was a complete eye opener and Margaret was thrilled to rediscover her love of art. Having painted for many years, she was introduced to digital art, and its endless possibilities.
Taking inspiration from old movies, pop culture, photography and the world around her, Margaret creates vibrant and exciting images.
Working digitally gives her art a fantastic quality and clarity. With an unlimited colour pallet, once a piece of art is finished colours can be changed to suit personal tastes.
Margaret produces unique original pieces of art that are signed and limited editions. A lot of her work can be personalised to celebrate all the wonderful milestones in our live’s such as birthdays, retirements and births.
Because the images are digitally based they can be used on all social media platforms as well as paper print, and Margaret also designs personalised logos and branding.
Wanting to make original art accessible and affordable to everyone, Margaret has produced a large catalogue of images that can be purchased from her Etsy store. They are available as unframed and framed prints and can be shipped for free worldwide. Framed prints are available in Ireland only.
Jibbyroo Sews – Stitch Markers
The Mother and daughter team behind Jibbyroo Sews are Michelle and Francesca. They had a shared passion for making and creating and it felt natural to create a little business doing something they both love.
Initially starting off with making small notions pouches that could be used for both sewing and knitting projects, their range has now grown to include lots of goodies like shopper bags, project bags and accessories for your knitting / crochet projects.
From this, they have had an opportunity to be involved with creating interior collections for new designers and have launched a custom order side to the business.
A new member of the Jibbyroo family will be arriving next year! Baby Roo will be launching so baby can match mummy!
The Jibbyroo Sews Stitch Markers/Progress Keepers have all been handmade using polymer clay. The duo creates a wealth of models, including their fantastic Christmas characters. The Lobster Clasp means they can be used for both knitting and crochet, on needles up to size UK 5MM / USA 8.
All products are available from the Jibbyroo Sews Etsy Shop, with prices starting at £1. Jibbyroo Sews will be at Fibre East next year and you can follow all the behind-the-scenes preparations and get a sneak peak via Instagram. Jibbyroo Facebook account will also be hitting social media soon as well!
The Sunvale Soap & Skincare Co – Handmade Natural Beauty Products
Having been in business since 2007, The Sunvale Soap and Skincare Co, first began by importing Savon du Marseille natural French soaps into Ireland. This evolved into a passion for making natural skincare products. Jasmine developed a keen interest in the therapeutic and medicinal uses of plants and how to use them in skincare.
All products are free from artificial preservatives and synthetic perfumes and are produced in their workshops at the base of the Ballyhoura mountains in Co Limerick.
The products are created using the team’s own herbal oils and herbal infusions, combined with high quality oils, like avocado, sweet almond, wheatgerm. Ingredients are chosen for their positive effect on general skin well being and health. Products are made in small batches and packed by hand, with attention to detail in every aspect.
The Sunvale Soap & Skincare Co. range of products is constantly expanding and includes a complete facial and body skincare range. For the face they have their popular Rosehip Oil Serum with Calendula Oil and Seven Essential Oils, toners, both cream and powder cleansers, three different moisturisers and a rich, soothing Fennel and Chamomile Eye Cream. Body care comes in the form of butters, scrubs, hand creams, foot creams and plenty of bath time treats also, like the Cocoa butter Bath Bombs and the Verbena and Almond Bath Salt.
There is a men’s range that includes creamy Fennel and Marjoram Shaving Bars, Shaving Oil, Beard Oil and Beard Balm. If this wasn’t enough they also produce healing balms, shampoo bars for humans and dogs and new Guinness soap has become very popular, especially for gifts. Prices currently start at €3 for the Manuka Honey Lip Balms and Cocoa butter Bath Bombs, to €14 for the Rosehip Extra Serum and the Neroli and Chamomile Body Butter
Jasmine is currently working on several new products and will have launched several more by the time this issue is published. With a growing demand for more vegan natural skincare products, Jasmine is experimenting with using natural alternatives to beeswax.
The Sunvale Soap & Skincare Co website is currently being overhauled, but you can find their products at several stockists in Limerick, including the Craft Co-operative MADE and Jasmine is at the Milk Market every Saturday. For mail order purchases you can contact Jasmine via the Facebook Page, where you’ll also find a downloadable PDF price list.