Wish List: Have some fun with the Gro-clock

Summer bird cages, iconic rock stars and kooky crafts are all part of the weft and warp of Esther N McCarthy’s wish weaving.

Wish List: Have some fun with the Gro-clock

Pic 1: How do you get your children to understand when it's time to get up? The Gro-clock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it's time to get up. No more getting up at 5am? Worth a try, I guess. €39.99 from cherishme.ie.

Pic 2: They love their cuckoo clocks so much at the Pavilion, Ballygarvan they’ve filled a wall with cows, sheep, hens and more and the clocks create a racket every hour, on the hour. So bring the kids. Cuckoo Clocks €64.95.

Pic 3: This hazel side chair with an elm seat by Alison Ospina is available from Green Wood Chairs studio near Skibbereen or Cork Craft Month exhibition in the Old Mill, Kinsale until September 9. See www.greenwoodchairs.com for more information. This weekend sees the first city centre craft fair at the Cornmarket Centre (between TK Maxx and Designworks) and it will be held in conjunction with a Food Fair in the Courtyard and free art classes for kids aged 3-5 on Saturday. ‘Meet the Maker’ craft classes, hosted by members of Cork Craft and Design, will run all day Sunday.

Pic 4: Butterflies seem to be fluttering around a lot in interiors at the minute. Here's a way to add them with a little vintage twist to boot, the Matthew Williamson birdcage mirror, available in Debenhams for €52.

Pic 5: Fluff up any room with this vibrant fair trade cushion with stunning hand-embroidered flowers. It's also available in plum or pink for €32 from www.fairwindonline.com.

Pic 6: Get the country kitchen look with this cluckingly cute Ulster Weavers chicken tea cosy, €14.95 available from Carrig Donn.

Pic 7: Jimi Hendrix inspired this solid wood nest of tables,€99. Mari from Beetree specialises in taking vintage and second-hand furniture and breathing new life into them, using decoupage and vivid colour schemes. She takes her inspiration from old Hollywood movie stars, vintage advertising, and matchbox art. Watch this space for Marlyn Monroe in the coming weeks. www.facebook.com/beetreecrafts

Pic 8: We all have a prince or princess in the family, why not frame them accordingly with the Lisbeth Dahl Crown frame, €21.50 available from Debenhams.

Pic 9: Let your photos take centre stage with this simple black textured frame from the John Rocha range at Debenhams. This is the large version for €33, there are smaller sizes available also.

Wishlist by Esther N McCarthy - if you have a product you would like to see included here, contact esther.mccarthy@examiner.ie.

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