Friday, May 22, 2009


I adore this space....It feels really lovely too.

I think things are starting to move....

This morning we met up, with two new people on board. A jeweller and a knitwear designer, and it is looking like we will opt for the space with the arched windows. It is ready to go, the rent is reasonable if divided among three or four, and it just feels right!

We met up with someone also who had managed the coffee shop at Castletown House, and for the moment, we are happy to just focus on our workspace, and provide coffee for ourselves and anyone attending our classes or waiting for someone to do a workshop or class. We might call on her expertise at another stage....

So, now we need to make some final decisions, and get going. So exciting!

Watch this space!!!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Animal medicine cards

Last night, as I went to bed, I decided to ask the Medicine cards for some guidance as I feel so frustrated and caught with trusting the process and being proactive.

I chose The Antelope, and the message I got went as follows;

Time to respond. Take action. No Procrastinating.
Decide and do it NOW.

If ever there was a message! I arranged a meeting with Donal Dalton from The Enterprise Board for next week, so watch this space.....

Friday, May 15, 2009

Frustration time...

I find now that I am stuck in a frustrating place I can't move out of. I'm in limbo!
I can't make contact with the guys doing my website, and I can't get in touch with Orla from our course. She is the link with The Enterprise Board, so I can't get clarity on funding.
Without funding, so little is possible. Lots of people are interested in coming on board, but everything is so vague at this stage that I am going crazy.
I feel the need to move on it now, but without knowing which space to go for, even that is frustrating.
We looked at the Mill again, and considered the bigger room once more. If we were to block up the wall, and remake two rooms, as it was originally, the rent would be €600 less, and we would still have the option of the door onto the garden. This garden space could be another room in itself. We could have tables outside, and various projects ongoing over the warmer months. So many possibilities. We also see the problem of trying to run the cafe while trying to do our own work, so it would have to be run by someone else completely. Or if we were to set it up and pay someone else to run it.......
I am trusting again that it will all fall into place, but I'm itching to get going.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Weaving my thoughts...

I have been thinking about my loom, it has been in Kilkenny for a number of years, about 18 I think. In Grennan Mill..... And now I have room for it in either of the spaces we will take. I also have a large frame for tapestry weaving that will be perfect for making all sorts of things.

I long to do my own creative work too, and will photograph some of my old work and post it at a later stage. It has been so long since I indulged in my own creativity...... So it will be a real treat when I get the time, the space and the inspiration.

I'm finding the demands of motherhood quite intense, especially when I am pre-occupied with moving in a different direction. There is only so much of washing dishes and cooking and picking up laundry and toys that is deemed healthy for any individual, and I have momentarily reached my limit! I could so easily go on strike.......

Sunday, May 3, 2009

More thoughts....

Today I headed to The Crafty Market, in Newmarket. Its on the first Sunday of the month, and it was launched today. It is near The Coombe Hospital, and is also where the Food Co-Op has moved to .

There was live music, lots of stalls, and lovely veggie food and great coffee.
I was surprised by the kitchen, as I thought the regulations were strict regarding places that sell food, in that they were supposed to be all stainless steel and special surfaces and specific distances from one thing to the next. It gives me hope, seeing the set up today. They served delicious Pizza's, Panninis and a few other things. Yum.

With the Mill venture, we are trying to come up with a name, and decide when we can take it, and which premises we opt for. We are hoping for an employment grant from The Enterprise Board which will help us get started.

The other thing I am thinking, is that if by any chance we can get the bigger space, depending on how many people commit to the venture, is to have someone else to set up the coffee shop, and run it as a separate business. I think there is such scope. I am beginning to see that it would be very difficult to run a studio with classes, and do our own work and at the same time run a coffee shop.

We meet with Bertha from KELT on Tuesday morning to see what funding is available. Can't wait......

Friday, May 1, 2009

My dream last night

I seemed to have so many vivid dreams last night, but early this morning I had one that stays clearly in my mind.

I was in my pyjamas, beside a car that was mine and a guy came over and asked me if I had any ink. I checked the boot of my car, and I had all my art materials. Delighted, I went to get him the ink, but the car started moving. I ran after it and tried to access the hand brake from the passenger side. The car eventually slowed down, but it didn't stop. It came to a T Junction, and careered to the right. There was lots of traffic and the car nearly crashed. Next thing, I the car was going in a different direction, and I was signalling to the drivers of the other vehicles.

And then I woke up!

What I gather from this dream, is to do with my creativity being the driving force in my life and taking on a life and path of its own........ And I can slow it down, but I can't steer it or stop it.