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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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The Christmas Season Is Kicked Off

Today we had our wonderful Christmas Spirit Fair at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely. All the stallholders had brought superb goods which they presented in the most lovely cheerful manner and we had a steady stream of people come through the doors all day long. I just thought I would share a few pictures from the day before I grab the hook for a bit of recreational crochet.

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - just about to open Just about to open the Christmas Spirit Fair
at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - ready for the rush
My stall ready for the rush © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - first puntersFirst punters © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - view from upstairs
View from upstairs © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Thanks to everyone who were there and helped turn the day into a day full of the spirit of Christmas.

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Christimas Spirit Fair in Tinahely

My friend Margarete and I have organised a Christmas Spirit Fair at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely for some years and this year is no exception. We have beautiful stalls with all sorts of splendid crafts and perhaps we will see you there too.

Christmas Spirit Fair Poster 2011

If nothing else, come along and get into the spirit of Christmas with a cuppa and a chat with your friends at the little café we will have open all day long. If you do come along, please come and say hello!

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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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Jenna’s Good Vibes Head Band

We are still stuck in the snow with sub zero temperatures all day, although the icicles have melted somewhat at the front of the house. Today was stunning though, with clear blue skies and crisp frost on all the trees. Proper winter, just the way we like it us wool lovers!

IMG_8663smallWinter Colour Inspiration © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I just heard the other day that a lovely fellow yarnie is going to have three lots of surgery within the next few weeks. I also heard she will be incapacitated for the best part of 3 months. Dreadful. But in true yarnie spirit, all sorts of offers of help has been forthcoming. My own immediate response was to design a knitted Good Vibes Head Band, and this is it.

IMG_8675smallJenna’s Good Vibes Head Band © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I have worked up a knitted headband as Jenna is primarily a knitter but added the crochet flower as a pretty accent. I worked it in Lopi which is an Aran weight yarn. I still need to work out a couple more different sizes before it goes on general release. The head band in the picture is a medium/large size. I’m calling it ‘Jenna’s Good Vibes Head Band’ in the hope it will spread some good vibes Jenna’s way.

I better cast on another one, I have a feeling these head bands just might be a hit at the Christmas Spirit Fair on Sunday