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We are so proud to be featured in this! We are in the Children’s section (on page 17) where Marius Love Monsters are on display.

If you simply click on this link below it will open the file for the  Irish Handmade Gifts compiled by the Crafts Council of Ireland Gift Guide. This was featured in yesterdays Irish Independent’s supplement.

Irish Independent Supplement Nov 2012 featuring MayFly

Read more about this and more at: where MayFly is featured as a stockist of Irish handmade craft.

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MayFly will be hosting its needle felting workshop once again!

Run by the creators of Wooly Boo Agne and Marius, this evening class will teach you the basics. After this class, all you’ll need is practice and patience and you’ll be creating some works of art such as Marius already does (more of which you can read about again in this post). See their Facebook page here:

This workshop starts at 7pm next Thursday 24th January in MayFly. We have limited space so email us here to book your place:

The class will be small, it’ll run from 7-8.30pm, all materials supplied and it’s only €20. Better book early!

Ten euro deposit (for us to buy materials) secures your place and the €10 balance will be due on the night.


Here’s a hilarious video about someone doing just that.

I’m going to do this every morning!


I don’t know if any of you have had the chance to see Marius’ amazing creations- the Love Monsters?

He upcycles these lovely creatures from reclaimed textiles. They each have such delightful personalities.

Many of these guys have sold already but I’ll post a selection of monsters come and gone. Each one is unique and totally different from another.

I love this guy with his zippy lips :)

Which one is your favorite?

If you’re looking for a unique and special gift for someone in your life I think these fit the bill. Recycled, ethical, handmade and local. What more could you want?

Even better, if you had some fabric or article of clothing of sentimental value, Marius could make one up especially for you.

These monsters are time consuming to make and Marius takes real attention to detail.

The Love Monsters cost €45 each and are available only at MayFly.

Some of you may be asking yourselves, what is this ‘steampunk’ malarky?

Here’s a great video that I’ve just discovered, a video by the Smashing Pumpkins which shows it better than I can tell it.

Hope you enjoy! (thanks Sheena!)

“To me, it’s essentially the intersection of technology and romance.” – Jake von Slatt

Steampunk simply embodies a time and a place. The time… the late 19th century. The place… a steam powered world, where air travel by fantastical dirigibles is as common as traveling by train or boat (or submarine). A place where national interests are vastly different than our own version of history. A place where the elegant and refined are as likely to get pulled into a grand adventure, as the workers, ruffians, and lower classes. A place where the idea of space travel is not so far fetched. A place where lost civilizations are found and lost again. A place where anything is possible, and science can be twisted to meet ones own ends. That to me is the essence of Steampunk. It can have political overtones and commentary, or it can be straight escapist fiction. Either way, if it meets these criteria. It is Steampunk.

:-Joshua A. Pfeiffer a.k.a. Vernian Process

“It’s sort of Victorian-industrial, but with more whimsy and fewer orphans.”
– Caitlin Kittredge

(I found these lovely descriptions here at:

MayFly is very proud to have been selected once again to exhibit at this years National Crafts and Design Fair 2012 held in the RDS from 5th-9th December.

Here’s some blurb from them about this event:

Whether you are a confirmed shopaholic or completely phobic about shopping, the annual National Crafts & Design Fair, is just the place for you. For those who love shopping it’s the chance to browse and enjoy the unique work of more than 500 designers, artists, and craftspeople who will be taking part in the country’s largest celebration of crafts. But if shopping just isn’t your thing, think of it as a heaven sent opportunity to buy all your Christmas gifts in a single shopping session! This annual fair is widely recognised asIreland’s premier commercial craftwork showcase. Many of Ireland’s most respected craftspeople will be there, showing and selling top quality goods. The range is dazzling – everything from chocolates to high fashion, and because the goods are handmade by craftspeople, they have the added distinction of each one being unique.

Entry into the show is €10 per person. However, MayFly has some passes to get you in for FREE. How does that sound?

If you’d like to collect your free passes into this event, send me an email here and I will put them aside for you.


The majority of the tickets that I have for you are for free in on Thursday and Friday the 6th-7th December and the show is open on these days from 10am-10pm. (Yes I’ll be half dead- but if you bring me a cappuccino- I take mine with soya milk- wink wink!!)

free tickets to the National Craft and Design Fair 5-9 Dec 2012 Dublin 4 Ireland

I love Barcelona, like really love it. So when we got to go over to attend a dear friends wedding over mid-term break I wasn’t too upset.

Here are some photos of random things that inspired me… nice window displays, old spanish soap opera magazines from the 1970’s, recycled and upcycled creations… etc.

a window display in Barcelona on an inspiration finding trip in October 2012


A great idea for alternative wallpaper using old black and white and colour magazines.

This was the wallpaper in a cool cafe that we found hidden away in the Born District. You know how crazy I am about old cheesy magazines. If you want to find the cafe it’s called Lillipep.

Close up images from an old spanish 1970s soap opera magazine which was recycled into wallpaper in a local cafe

cardboard box recycled into a stage set- a work of art from the Lillipep Cafe in Barcelona in the Born District.

This is also from the same cafe. AMAZING what can be done from recycling an old discarded cardboard box.

A lovely dog was serving us drinks at our local in Gracia.

An old black and white converse shoe which has been repurposed and recycled into a planter.

A lovely idea for  a small planter in the garden!

These handmade finger puppets look easy to make- a bit of clay and a bit of fabric. A perfect gift for a child- keep the imagination alive!

These handmade finger puppets look easy to make- a bit of clay and a bit of fabric. A perfect gift for a child- keep the imagination alive!

I just love these puppets…

An old and beautiful weathered floor with wood and concrete

I don’t know why but I just love the old weathered wood and distressed paint on this old floor. It’s perfect!

a recycled upcycled repurposed lamp idea

A recycled upcycled repurposed lamp idea from old plastic containers

Love this recycled lamp made from an old plastic container. I’ll attach another one here too below:

Recycled pink pig lamp made from an upcycled fabric softener bottle

Recycled pink pig lamp made from a repurposed fabric softener bottle

Well that’s it for now! I hope you liked my collection of inspirations!