Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Exciting News for July and August

I'm happy to say that it's been an exciting few days around here! 

Not only are we getting ready for a few big festivals coming up next month (more about that in a bit), but also to announce that Donegal Celtic Crafts, a crafts shop specialising in traditional and handmade crafts, has just opened in Bundoran in Co. Donegal, and that the owners Arthur and Tracy Forbes are now selling our kitchen plaques, mandalas and town/county name plaques in their beautiful new shop.

In addition to these, we also do commissioned personalised kitchen and town name plaques, on request, so if there's a special someone you'd like to give a personalised plaque to - perhaps as a housewarming gift, or as a unique Mother's Day or Christmas prezzie, just call into the shop and give Arthur or Tracy your specifics, and you'll have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind kitchen plaque or town name plaque for your home or as a gift.

Here's a photo of the outside of the shop, with four of the plaques displayed just outside the entrance:

And here are just two of our plaques 
that are on offer in the shop:

Donegal Celtic Crafts has many different types of beautiful hand-crafted pieces for sale, including carved wooden harps (that you can see displayed in their shop window above), crafted by Arthur himself, as well as pieces carved from peat turf and decorative wall hangings crafted from brass. In addition to being a master craftsman, Arthur is also a portrait artist - as you can also see in their shop front window, above.

If you're visiting Ireland on holiday and are in the beautiful county of Donegal and the seaside family resort area of Bundoran, do stop in to Arthur and Tracy's lovely new shop, and have a look at all the hand-crafted pieces they have on offer, or check them out on Facebook. They'd make perfect gifts or souvenirs from your visit to the seaside resort. The shop is located right on the main shopping street in Bundoran's town centre.

Even more exciting news!

In other news, as summer in Ireland is well known for being a time of county fairs and fetes, town parades, agricultural shows and music and family festivals, we're excited to announce that we've just confirmed a stall for three festivals coming up next month.

The first one we'll be at is the 34th annual O'Carolan's Harp and Traditional Music Festival, in the pretty village of Keadue, in Co. Roscommon, taking place on the 3rd and 4th, with craft stalls being set up on Sunday, the 4th, culminating with a parade through the town.

A few days later, on Wednesday and Thursday, August 7th and 8th, we'll be at the annual Siamsa Sraide Festival, in Swinford, Co. Mayo, as part of their 26th annual festival, which officially begins on Sunday, August 3rd and continues on until the 8th. This promises to be a fun-filled festival for all the family, including traditional Irish music.

Towards the end of the month, we'll also be at the annual Cong Festival/John Wayne Film Festival, in Cong, Co. Mayo, that will be a three-day event, beginning on the 24th to the 26th of August. If you're a fan of John Wayne's films, this is a don't-miss event, as there will be not only a special screening of John Ford's classic 'The Quiet Man' - the town of Cong was where much of the film was shot -  but there will also be re-enactments of memorable scenes from the classic and much-loved film.

So whether you're a local resident in Mayo, Roscommon or Donegal and looking for some great family fun, or visiting Ireland on your summer holiday, there's lots going on all summer long. We're really looking forward to being a part of these great traditional summer festivals, and we're hoping to meet and chat with you, so come and say hello.

And one last bit of exciting news is to announce that our new Etsy shop is just about ready to open its doors. At the moment, we're selecting photos of what will be in stock, including Celtic crosses, key chain holder wall hangings, mandalas, personalised kitchen plaques. We'll be adding a link to our Etsy shop once we've stocked it, so watch this space (and our shop).


Pili said...

Oh my, June, you're surely gonna have a busy summer with all the fair!

And congratulations on the new awesome shop that is now carrying your items! I'm also very excited about your new Etsy shop!

Dusty said...

Sounds like exciting times ahead. Hope you sell lots of things in the coming weeks. They all look fantastic!

Slán go foill

Bridget said...

Wow! You're going to have a busy August! Looking forward to seeing you in Keadue. Well done on getting your work into that lovely shop. I'm sure you'll have lots of sales.
Bridget x

Denise Mulligan said...

You have got your business up and flying! Seems like you are non-stop and making more and more and selling more and more places. Congrats! It is an exciting time and I'm so happy for you.

The festivals sound like fun. I wish I could be there this summer. Take lots of pictures for the blog...okay?


BeadedTail said...

That is exciting news! Congratulations to you and we wish you many sales everywhere!

June said...

Hi Pili - Yep! I'm going to be very busy these next couple of months, and that makes me very happy. I'm hoping the weather will behave itself for at least one of these festivals, as it's been so unpredictable and sometimes just crazy here - one minute sunshine and the next, a downpour.

The Etsy shop should be fully stocked and ready to open in mid or at the end of August. We need to keep as many plaques and mandalas and crosses here rather than in the Etsy shop because of the festivals being so close to one another, dates-wise.

Thanks so much for the good wishes about the festivals and the new shop selling our stuff. Fingers crossed Bundoran gets a lot of tourists.

Slan go foill,

June said...

Hi Dusty - Thanks for the thumbs up, mo chara. It's very exciting, yes, but I'm still trying to play catch up with all the other things that need tending to - for example, my very tardy replies back to you.

Thanks for being patient with me, and thanks for the good wishes.

Slan go foill,

ps - thanks for the FB mention, too!

June said...

Hiya Bridget - Looking forward to seeing you in Keadue, too. Have you heard back from Tony yet? Set-up time is about half one, and it really sounds like it's going to be brilliant on the Sunday.

I'm also looking forward to sampling some of your Melting Moments once again, and the chestnut flour mini tarts, too.

I'm pretty sure I know how to get there, after chatting with Tony. It's near Lough Key, he said - and I've been there plenty of times, so it should be easy-peasy. Now all we need is some good weather to cooperate with us on the day.

Slan go foill,

June said...

Hi Denni - Yep, you're right - we've been pretty much making more and more plaques, non-stop, so it's a bit of pressure - in a good way, though - to get everything in done in time for all these festivals, but it's a great 'complaint' to have.

Thanks for your warm wishes, Denni. I wish you could just hop on a plane and come out to visit, too. Maybe next summer. I'll definitely try to remember to take some photos - not just our stall, but the parade and the lovely village that Keadue is, as well. Roll on, August!

Slan go foill,

June said...

Hi Sharla - How are you keeping? I think of you often, especially on Sadiedays. Thanks so much for your lovely and warm wishes.

Slan go foill,

Dreama said...

Hi June!

Just had to let you know how much I LOVE my mandala that I ordered from you:)) It is beautiful --full of the colors that I love.

It arrived in perfect condition and my husband who likes to think he is part Irish has tried to claim it, but I have told him it's going in my studio to make me smile and remind me I have a good friend in Ireland:)))

Congrats on all your new ventures you have planned.

Big Hugs from Kentucky:)!

Introverted Art said...

June it is so great that a new shop is carrying your items. I hope it is not so hot of a summer for you, with all the fairs you have coming up. Congratulations on your Etsy shop!

June said...

Hi Dreama - That just makes my heart sing. Commissions are the most challenging because you want to get it 'just right' - especially the colours. I'm so delighted that you like it, but please - no fighting over it between yourself and your hubby, lol. I'm chuffed that you want to put it in your studio. What an honour - I hope Eddie approves of it, as well.

You do have a good friend in Ireland - come on over any time for a cuppa or a workshop...or both! I live in hope that one day, you'll come over to do a workshop and a mini-holiday here in Ireland.

Thanks again for letting me know how much you like the mandala I've done for you, and thanks, too, for your encouragement and warm words and wishes.

Slan go foill,

June said...

Hi Ana - Thanks so much for the warm wishes about the crafts shop in Bundoran. They've just posted a little something about it on their own Facebook page, and that just made my whole day seeing that. Hopefully, people will like them and I'll soon be getting requests to do more of them.

As for the upcoming fairs and festivals and the weather, we've got a different dilemma here. It's not boiling hot to where you can't/don't want to go outside, but more along the lines of hoping it won't rain. The last festival we were all set to do, in Strandhill, was cancelled at the last minute due to heavy rains the night before as well as that morning. While I don't mind the grey skies and cooler weather at all, we're all just hoping the rain will stay away. We've not had much of a warm or sunny summer at all this year.

Looking forward to opening the Etsy shop, which will probably be at the end of August, after the last of the summer festivals.

Thanks again for stopping by, Ana.

Slan go foill,

Danielle said...

It's wonderful to meet you. Thank you so much for you kind comments on my blog. I love your creativity here...it's very beautiful and soulful. I look forward to getting to know you.

Jane said...

I just cannot wait to see your Etsy shop, June! The demand for your work is going to be intense. Based on all you mentioned above, you're going to be even busier than you already are! Sounds like it's a whirlwind of a summer for you. :)

June said...

Hi Danielle! Delighted to 'meet' you, too. Thanks very much for the the positivity and comments. You're most welcome - I love your art and have just subscribed to your blog. Very inspiring, and a lovely, happy vibe about it, too. I'm looking forward to lots of chats with you, via both our blogs.

Slan go foill,

June said...

Hi Jane - Thanks for stopping by. It's always lovely to get a visit from a good friend. The Etsy shop will be up and running - fingers crossed - at the end of next month, as we're going to need and keep on hand as many plaques and mandalas as possible for all the summer festivals coming up next month (and the possibility of a fourth one, as I type this reply to you).

It certainly has been an exciting and intense couple of months, I agree. Hopefully, the interest in the mandalas and kitchen plaques will continue, as well as the special request commissioned kitchen name plaques. Very busy, yes, but that's a great 'complaint' to have, lol.

Slan go foill,

Arena Shawn said...

The designs are so beautiful and intricate -- I am looking forward to the opening of your etsy shop!

June said...

Hi Arena - Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit, and for your lovely compliments.

I've just been over to your blog, and your paintings are stunning - both colour and energy-wise. Being a cat lover, I'm especially drawn to 'Sun Lit Patio', but they're all so beautiful and vivid. I'll be returning for many more visits to your, as I've just subscribed to it.

The Etsy shop should be up and running at the end of August, after the last of the three festivals are over. I'm excited about it, as so many artists and crafters have told me what a great place and a great community Etsy is to be a part of.

Thanks again for visiting, Arena.

Slan go foill,

jody said...

hi june! thanx for stopping by my blog! i will have to grab a few minutes and a cup of coffee and catch up! your blog looks wonderful! enjoy your day!

June said...

Hi Jody - Forgive me for taking so long to reply. It's been so busy here these past couple of weeks (a great complaint to have, though!) that I've been a bit neglectful in my blogging.

Thanks very much for stopping by for a visit, and thanks too for the compliments on my blog. I look forward to more excellent posts from you on your blog, and I welcome you back here any time for another visit. Have a lovely weekend.

Slan go foill,