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The Stage Is Set

This afternoon we transformed the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely with natural greenery and fairy lights.

Christmas Spirit Fair 2012 Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely Co Wicklow Ireland - the stage is setChristmas Spirit Fair 2012 © Irene Lundgaard

We got into the spirit for the Christmas Fair and hope you get into it too!

Note: Christmas Spirit Fair, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow. Sunday December 9th from 11 to 5.

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Getting Ready For the Fair

The hook is red hot here! I’m crocheting like a mad woman – morning noon and night – and the hats, the snoods and the fingerless mitts are rolling off the hook for the Christmas Spirit Fair on Sunday. I took a few pictures of some of the hats and fingerless mittens today and though I would share.

Cool Yule Beanies and Fingerless Mitts by Irene Lundgaard 1Cool Yule Beanies & Fingerless Mitts © Irene Lundgaard

Cool Yule Beanies and Fingerless Mitts by Irene Lundgaard 2 Cool Yule Beanies & Fingerless Mitts – top view © Irene Lundgaard

Winter Blossom Headband by Irene Lundgaard 1Winter Blossom Headband © Irene Lundgaard

Winter Blossom Headband by Irene Lundgaard 2Winter Blossom Headband © Irene Lundgaard

I thought I would make some headbands too. I’m of the thick haired variety and often find hats too warm but still hate having cold ears and headbands are just perfect for that set of conditions. I have made some rather girlie ones – who says winter wear has to be dull and dark?

I have also got the pattern for some pretty outdoor snowflakes done, but the pictures did not come out too well, so they will be unleashed later in the week.

And now it’s back to the hook!

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Craft Fair

Christmas Spirit Fair

I am delighted to announce the 7th Annual Christmas Spirit Fair, in the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely on Sunday December 9th from 11am -5pm.

Margarete and I have held this fair for the last 7 years and to us it is not Christmas until we have decorated the Courthouse with beautiful greenery, lit the Christmas trees and made the spirit of the fair work its magic – we hope you join us to get into it too.

Christmas Spirit Fair Poster 2012

We have a great range of stalls full of Fine Handmade Irish Arts & Crafts.

This year’s stall holders are:
Catherine Ryan, Daisy Chain Crafts, Aughrim Crafters, Christien Van Bussel, Maeve Hunter, Rose Sharpe, Sue Wardell, Mary Sheridan, KARE Tinahely, Flourpower Cakes, Catherine Wilcoxson, Kajsa Kinsella, Irene Lundgaard.

As in previous years Tina and Barbara will have a lovely café area where you can catch up with friends and family. The proceeds of their cake sale is going to the Saint Vincent De Paul charity while Margarete and I run a raffle with very generous prizes – alcohol is involved – in aid of the Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner.

Enjoy this year’s Christmas Spirit Fair – get into it!

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Colourful Fair Sneak Peek

My hooks are red hot these chilly days as they are busy making stock for our Christmas Spirit Fair on Sunday. Much of my produce is inspired by the cold in the sense that it’s things to keep things warm be that people’s heads or tea and coffee pots! Everything is made in pure yarns like Alpaca, wool and some silk blends too. Here is a sneak peek at a few of the tea-cosies and some hats too.

Christmas Spirit  Fair Courthouse Arts Centre 2011 - some stock
Colourful Woolly Warmers for Christmas Spirit Fair
at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

I have still to do all the finishing, but the stock is building up just nicely and one thing is certain, my busy hands are not cold these days!

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True Christmas Spirit

Yesterday saw our Sixth annual Christmas Spirit Fair at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, and what a spirit it was! The un-gritted mountain roads were black ice treacherous making movement fairly lethal. Never mind; Wicklow people are very special spirits as it turned out.

IMG_8775smallMy stall at the Christmas Spirit Fair,
Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely

Hundreds of Thousands of Toxins‘ is decorative display

IMG_8795small Most of the stall holders managed to make their way to the spectacular venue, they came by hook and crook and some managed to arrive on willpower alone. Wonderful people braved the roads in defiance to get to the fair, including our very own Nicknit with lovely family.

IMG_8785smallUnfortunately, we were missing no less than four stallholders including my dear friend and co-host, who was stuck up the mountains and whose stall was to be in aid of our local KARE centre. They lost all the plants to frost. A great shame for all four, but it was an even greater shame for the punters that did manage to get there…

IMG_8798smallWe were lucky enough to have most of our usual kind and happy local patrons visit in spite of the road conditions, among them were mountain dwellers that made it down in their 4x4s, good friends, lovely people. Some walked, some nearly crawled, but they came and made the day and we are all very grateful and hope for a repeat performance next year.

Many random acts of kindness were performed all day.
That’s The Spirit
!

Special thanks to Tina who stepped in at extremely short notice and saved the day by keeping us all topped up with ‘cuppas’ galore!

Happy Christmas Everyone!

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Christmas Fair Preparations

Christmas Fair webpage 2010smallThis year we will have our 6th annual Christmas Spirit Fair at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely. My hook is red hot while I run off hats and scarves and cowls and mittens and little flowers and nice woollies for my stall. I’m sure the other stall holders are equally busy with their production.

This year we will have about 15 stalls, it’s a bit of a squeeze but I’m sure they will all fit in. We are going to use all available space and create a festive Christmas feel in the entire house.

I recommend you come along, if nothing else, come along and enjoy the atmosphere and meet and greet your friends before the final lap of hectic activity kicks in in the second half of the Christmas month. You might even pick up the presents while you are there in a relaxed and happy atmosphere.

The stall holders are all local artists and crafts people: KARE with mixed crafts, artist Sinead Ryan with soaps and handmade cards, potter Christien Van Bussel and her woodturning group, Kate Gibbons with her cool jewellery, Collette will bring yummy baking, Rose Sharpe with her quirky pottery, Declan Kinsella with his precious trees, Irene Lundgaard with my winter woollies, Senan O’Brien with his stunning Tinahely Christmas cards and pretty Christmas Puddings, Mary Sheridan with her mixed crafts, Catherine Ryan with her fantastic prints, Sue Wardell with her healthy honey, Pauline Larkin with her hand knitted Teddies, Sharon Murphy with her pretty silver and beadwork and Anita will have a steady supply of treats with coffee and tea throughout the day.

RAFFLE IN AID OF TINAHELY ICA SENIOR CITIZEN
CHRISTMAS DINNER

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Christmas Fair Prepare

I am busy making hats and scarves and fun little flowers for the Christmas Spirit Fair in the Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre this coming Sunday December 13th. The doors will open to the punters at 11 to 5 and a Christmas variety of pretty, locally made goods will be on offer. There will be wood turning, ornaments, honey, jewellery, pottery, knitwear and much more. There will even be refreshments available and a raffle in aid of the local Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner too.

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I just spoke to my accomplished and I think we have matters quite well under control… I think… I really do!