Lovely mention – the Irish Independent

A couple of weeks ago I got a surprise e-mail from the lovely Gabrielle from the Irish Independent looking to include me in an upcoming feature; she was writing about ladies who are ditching cosmo’s for crochet hooks and getting crafty at home {for the record, I am partial to a tall, cold G&T or a healthy glass of wine}. I of course agreed {nervously}, and later that afternoon I spoke with Gabrielle about all things thrifted and handmade throughout our home. From items made from scratch, to revamped thrifted pieces, to crochet, knitting and cross stitch, we talked about it all. And when I say we, I mean I rambled on for some time.

A word of warning ladies – when you’re as pale as me, if you hold a lamp up to your face, your eyes will look like two piss-holes in snow. That is something I have now learned. Aside from that, I am giddy with excitement about my little feature and would like to thank Gabrielle again for being so cool, down to earth and for letting me prattle on about handmade stuff, and Ronan the photographer for making it a fun and relaxed mini photo shoot in my living room, because cameras terrify me and all I do is make dumb faces. 

For anyone who would like to creep the online version of the article, check it out here 🙂 xx A

p.s. I LOVE LAMP. 
Also featured – lamp revampfancy footstool

Dear Martha

I’m a couple days late as I only saw your blogger slamming video yesterday morning. Before I start, for any of you – like me yesterday morning – that have yet to see Martha’s unsavoury statement and wanna know what my impending rant is in regards to, this is what Martha Stewart recently said during an interview –

I do have a minor gripe about that too {social media} because who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So, bloggers create … uh … kind of a … uh … popularity. But they are not the experts and we have to understand that.

Oh Martha, where do I start? You let your verbal diarrhea get the better of you. Allow me to compare what you said to that of a school teacher. You’re at your desk in class when your teacher all of a sudden not only fails you, but stands up on his or her desk, points and ridicules you in front of the entire class. That’s what your statement does, Martha. You made bloggers feel unimportant and wrong for no reason whatsoever. We thought you got our backs.

But I do feel sympathetic towards you Martha, I really do. You don’t know what it’s like to have a blog. You have a writhing team of people to do it for you. You have an indisposable amount of photographers, stylists, editors, writers, designers, and coders. Us bloggers however, are the stylists. We are the photographers, the editors, the writers, the Photoshoppers. We mindlessly arrange and rearrange a space to get a photo to look just right. We are hunched over our computers in our pyjamas with no bra on, Googling code with needy cats on our laps, endlessly editing our posts and tutorials.

Here’s a cute picture of my cat to break up all the text. 

May I ask you Martha, when you started your catering business, did you start off using someone else’s recipes? Albeit you maybe changed an ingredient here and there but as the legend of Martha Stewart goes, you started off baking cookies in your basement. I’m no expert when it comes to cookies, but I’d say there’s about 6 or 7 ingredients that go into a cookie, and chances are, your first cookies were a copy of someone else’s. I’m not placing the blame game here Martha, but if you’re going to go down that route, you best be taking a long hard look at yourself first. 
I’m not the only blogger to write about Martha’s statement this week. Most bloggers, like myself, can barely keep their hands still over the vast amount of expletives they’re shouting at their computer screens. Some bloggers chose to write about how Martha in fact supports bloggers, but to that I say Martha’s brand supports bloggers. She sure doesn’t sound like she likes them. She even kinda backhandedly apologized on Twitter

The thing that gets to me the most Martha is that if you were starting off now – you and your homemade cookies in your basement – you would have started a blog about them. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve always been in awe at your creations, creativity and what you’ve achieved from such humble beginnings. But for now, that open wound needs to scab over.

p.s. As more bloggers have stepped forward and voiced their opinion, Holly Becker of decor8’s post inspired me the most. After my blood pressure resumes, I’m hoping to do as Holly says, and take it as constructive criticism {not that I consider myself an expert in the first place}.

Blog Awards Ireland 2013 – finalist

Way back in June Hydrangea Girl was nominated in this years Blog Awards Ireland. It was nominated in three categories and I was OH SO excited / flattered / massive ball of nerves. Then in September, the Blog Awards Ireland announced their shortlist. Hydrangea Girl made it through in all three categories. I was pretty surprised, considering I had eye-balled {and swooned} over my fellow nominee’s sites, and couldn’t believe I even made the short list

Then, last Tuesday, I checked the Blog Awards site and I had made it through to the finals. In all three categories. Balls to the walls. Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog as well as Best Designed Blog. Only five blogs make it into each final category. Five. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. 
It’s true when people say it’s been a pleasure to just be nominated. I’m incredibly flattered to be in the final round among such awesome bloggers. I’m not expecting to get any further and I’m heading to the awards ceremony this weekend to shoot the breeze and make new blogger / bloggette friends. And wine friends. Did you check out the blogs I’m alongside in the finals? No really. They make my site look like a bag of hammers. It’s very humbling. 
If you’re attending the awards this weekend, lemme know! I get nervous at these things and never know where to stand / look / not to talk with food in my mouth and be a lady and swear less. So if you see me there, let’s make awkward conversation. With beverage in hand. Obv.
xx A