Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

Crafty little plaques and pulsating pouffes make up some of Esther N McCarthy’s choices for the last of winter’s weeks.

Have a look at these cute handcrafted family plaques (don’t worry if your name’s not Moore — they’re individually personalised).

Farna Crafts is a family-run business based in Castlemaine, Co Kerry, along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s not just plagues, they also produce a range of unique gifts including birthday calendars, jigsaw names and pebble art using pebbles and driftwood collected from local beaches in Kerry. For this size plague expect to pay €16 plus €4 P&P. For more information, see www.farnacrafts.com or www.facebook.com/farna.crafts

Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

The Zig Zag pouffe in gorgeous orange and grey has only been available online, but is in store now in your nearest Meadows and Byrne store. Use it for casual seating or as a temporary side table or just throw your feet up in the evening. It’s €89.95.

Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

We’re loving these rather interesting assortments of DANU designer ceramics bowls. Each one has been stamped with a textile woodblock stamp found in the markets of Rajasthan. They are handmade in Dublin, costing between €18 - €35. Available from www.danuceramics.ie

Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

Featuring this year at Showcase 2015 is Mary Enright, launching a new collection of jewellery, designed and handmade in Kinsale, Cork. Pictured is the Flutterby Butterfly earrings, inspired says Mary, by nature, life and love, capturing these universal themes in clean classic styles. €75. For more, go to www.maryenright.com

Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

Another jewellery company that’s featuring at Showcase Ireland is House of Lor, what makes these products special is the fact that the gold they use in their pieces are mined at source in Omagh. For example, the shamrock in this chandelier sterling silver necklace is Irish-minded 18ct gold - pretty cool. €359 from leading jewellers nationwide. www.tjh.ie  for more information on the collections.

Wish list: Cute handcrafted family plaques

One more worth mentioning in connection with Showcase 2015 is Siobhan Steele, a ceramic designer based in Rathcormac, Co Cork. Her newest product is Message In A Bottle — you write your own special wish and create your keepsake. A thoughtful handmade gift, it costs €39 and is available at the Cork Craft and Design outlet at Douglas Village Shopping Centre. Also available at www.siobhainsteeleceramics.com  and bespoke messages available on request.


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