tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-10789513346872109152016-03-29T11:29:15.615+01:00Nice Day DesignsRuth Crean is an Irish designer showcasing her business Nice Day Designs. This a personal view into the world of crafts, design, and selling online.nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.comBlogger736125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-41483619181355498472016-03-28T13:36:00.000+01:002016-03-28T14:09:56.111+01:00Supplies Shop One thing that I still have tonnes of is supplies. When I moved house 6 months ago I was somewhat disciplined and sold off a lot of buttons and fabric, but I couldn't bring myself to get rid of all of it. I had lived in that house for seven years so there was a lot of clutter and unwanted life garbage that was clogging up my space. Moving was a great excuse to sort through it, downscale, see nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-62508732584088583832016-03-23T19:09:00.000+00:002016-03-23T19:09:40.054+00:00Costume design for Mustang Hobo After finishing up with Nice Day Designs it took me a long time to figure out my relationship with my own art. I was burnt out, dry of ideas and no longer sure if I ever wanted to pick up a sewing needle ever again. I tentatively made a few pieces for myself and friends over the couple of years, but waited a long time before embracing a large project again. I only wanted to do it if I loved nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-71179384947569398852016-03-18T18:28:00.000+00:002016-03-19T11:57:30.937+00:00A Return to Business I've spent a very long time away from Nice Day Designs, I'm not sure if I have any readers left after abandoning this little niche on the web for so long, so if you're still reading please wave hello. A lot in my life has changed both externally and internally, mostly for the better, and even the hard stuff ended up being transformative in a positive way.  Those of you who have read this nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-63073611751616645392014-02-28T19:25:00.000+00:002014-02-28T19:25:45.876+00:00Update on The Stormy Teacup Crowdfunding Campaign I thought I would do an update and let you know how my crowdfunding campaign is going for my new business venture with my friend Martins. Last time I checked in, in this blog post, we were just 5 days into our campaign to open the crafty cafe The Stormy Teacup. As of today we have 9 days left and are coming into the finishing stretch. We've managed to raise just under €5,000 and now have to nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-82963009833451671652014-02-11T22:35:00.002+00:002014-02-11T22:46:16.143+00:00I'm opening a Cafe in Limerick-The Stormy Teacup It's been quite a while since I updated this blog, 2013 was a pretty strange year so I took a break from blogging. Part of this strangeness was re-evaluating my life and what I wanted, in the latter half this involved looking at what I want to do professionally. Having Nice Day Designs has been amazing but it hasn't been enough to live on, the balance of trying to make money out of crafts nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-56770342010774693522013-08-02T18:12:00.000+01:002013-08-02T18:12:36.478+01:00Cooking on a Budget; Beetroot Pasta I'm probably not meant to moan about how broke I am on this blog, I really should pretend that I am super successful, and that I sleep in blankets made of money. This sadly is not the case, I'm broke at the moment, I know I'll get through it, I always do, but for the next while I'm living on a very strict budget.  It frustrates me when the media talk about people eating badly because theynicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-61686731294251084162013-07-28T10:00:00.000+01:002013-07-28T10:00:00.170+01:00Hosting a House Sale A couple of months back after my break-up I had a double fold problem, I had way too much stuff and way too little money. The logical solution was to sell my stuff and try to make some cash. Easier said than done sometimes! A friend of mine said they had organised their own house party clothes sale to much success and I decided to give it a shot. I had lots of really good vintage clothes in nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-33293327123967085312013-07-26T10:00:00.000+01:002013-07-26T10:00:09.478+01:00Anton Chekhov for Limerick Youth Service I was commissioned by a friend working with Limerick Youth Theatre on a production of The Three Sisters by Chekhov to make canvas bags for all of the cast involved. Normally I don't do a whole new painting for a commission but I was happy to do it because I know I can sell the Chekhov bags in my Etsy shop after as he would be a popular writer. Here are some in progress photos that I took of nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-57103125914995960112013-07-24T10:00:00.000+01:002013-07-24T10:00:00.880+01:00Watercolour Painting in the People's Park  During the good weather my studio was like a sweat shop, it was impossible to work in, but leading up to the RDS show I didn't really have much choice but to literally sweat it out. Since the pressure to make a million bags has slackened off since the show I've been able to take my time making work. Last week I packed up my brushes, pencils, and paints and headed to the People's Park with mynicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-78723879000336586672013-07-22T17:02:00.000+01:002013-07-22T17:02:47.399+01:00Robot Tattoo by Tommy Ryan I got my robot tattoo finished a couple of weeks ago, and for once I had the patience to let it heal before I posted photos online. You may have seen the original post where I showed you the robot when he had no background. Pretty much the morning after I got him done I decided he needed some kind of sketchbook style background on him, to make him look like he was ripped out of a notebook of nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-67004032712682743772013-07-19T10:00:00.000+01:002013-07-19T10:00:10.516+01:00Product Photography; a lesson in staging After Sometimes I can get a little lazy when I taking photos, especially when I'm up to my eyes making work. Over the years I try to make the extra effort and it always pays off, and then I slip back into being lazy again. While looking at the work of Rachel Corcoran I realised that my photos needed more than a little sprucing up. Last week I took some very middle after the road shots of mynicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-59357635642072148092013-07-17T14:05:00.001+01:002013-07-17T14:05:39.159+01:00Sky Arts Tv Portrait Festival; Dublin I just got back from Dublin yesterday, I was selling my portrait work at the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Festival in the RDS. Much to my surprise I was contacted a while back by Sky Arts to sell my work at this event. The last two weeks was a bit of a mad rush to get everything printed, packaged and prepped, which was especially difficult given how glorious the weather has been. I nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-1632058901637125032013-07-02T10:00:00.000+01:002013-07-02T10:00:02.733+01:00Food Love I'm not normally one of those people who takes photos of my food but a combination of a new phone with a a snazzy camera and also making some tasty food has transformed me into a supper snapper. Both of these dishes were really easy to make, and were absolutely delicious. Pitta Pizza: I had some left over homemade Italian sauce from the night before in the fridge and I used it as my base for nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-45628003211090465472013-06-27T10:00:00.000+01:002013-06-27T10:00:05.525+01:00Writer Portraits; Sky Arts Tv Portrait Expo This is the project that I've been working on that I mentioned earlier in the week. I was approached by SkyArts Tv a few weeks ago asking if I wanted to sell my canvas bags at an expo that they are hosting on portraiture in the RDS. When I went to their website and saw the standard of stuff that will be on show I was bowled over, and more than a little chagrined/chuffed to be asked to be nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-5402657513803581412013-06-25T14:25:00.003+01:002013-06-25T14:36:12.644+01:00Coming Back to Life It seems like I have fallen off the blogging bike, but I'm told you never forget how to ride a bicycle, so I'll tentatively try out my balance over the next few weeks and see how it feels. Since the break-up in March I've been slowing trying to piece my life back together. This involved a slow and delicate process of first picking our lives apart, wallowing in the empty space left behind, andnicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-2353486429155869582013-04-03T12:56:00.000+01:002013-04-03T12:56:01.299+01:00Roller Derby Design The Limerick Roller Girls are playing for the first time in their home town this weekend. I have a few friends and acquaintances on the team and they suggested that I sell my wares at the event. Instead of just turning up with my normal crafty stuff I thought I would design some derby t-shirts, canvas bags and badges.  My first port of call was of coarse Pinterest, that's where all the nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-89138525323426287672013-03-22T11:41:00.000+00:002016-03-28T15:24:20.956+01:00A Break Up; An Ending, a Beginning Image Source I let the tears flow across my nose, from one eye to the next, drowning the pillows beneath my head. Sometimes it's the cold tiles of the bathroom floor against my forehead; hot tears on those white icy tiles. I have nobody to rage against, no one to blame, I did this to myself, and far worse to others. I cheated. It was mostly in the friendship brewed over tea, pints and vodkanicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-88475140636118656142013-03-21T11:50:00.001+00:002013-03-21T11:50:49.404+00:00My New Robot Tattoo I'm not one of those people who gets impulsive tattoos, all the ones I have I think about for months or years before hand. But I broke my regular habit and allowed my self a somewhat speedy decision on a tattoo yesterday. I saw on Living Social that they were doing a special in Bullman's Tattoo Studio, an hour session for only €49(50% discount). I've been wanting to get a new piece for ages, nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-81109702607664197112013-03-13T01:05:00.001+00:002013-03-18T13:25:50.625+00:00Fixer Attempt at an Image Glitch I've having some difficulty getting picture previews when I upload my links to Facebook. It's really annoying that it gives a little thumbnails of one of my images from my sidebar, which is totally unrelated to the post topic. I just had a brainwave to upload my images as code instead of using blogger upload. So this is a little test. I'll publish it and see how it goes, fingers crossed. nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-689815718589500702013-03-11T22:22:00.001+00:002013-03-12T13:13:28.959+00:00A Belated Ode to my Mother This is a belated post dedicated to my Mother(it was Mother's Day in Ireland on Sunday). This is a rare photo of my parents, as long as I can remember mam runs and hides whenever a camera is pulled from a bag. When at family occasions she is made stand still long enough for a shot she usually can't hide the fear of the lens from her face, so we have very few nice photos of her. This was my nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-51855557610337096782013-03-07T08:00:00.000+00:002013-03-07T08:00:05.064+00:00Lovin' the Bloglovin' Source I've been trying to dip my toes back into the world of blogging this week. I've been writing posts for this blog and also my new and still very small site Bazaar Tales. My friend Rebecca reminded me about the site Bloglovin and I thought I would give it a go. Basically it's an account you log into where you can read all of the blogs you follow. I find the Blogger reader a bit clunky nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-83306777219314667952013-03-05T10:00:00.000+00:002013-03-05T13:07:40.557+00:001920's Costume Party Ages ago I posted about doing research for a 1920's costume party I was going to. True to form I never got around to doing the follow up post, due to lack of pictures taken on the night. Recently I went to another 1920's party(if you follow this blog at all you'll know I'm quite the fan of fancy dress), so I actually have some photos to show you. Above is a picture of me wearing possibly the nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-6050987613454885672013-03-04T13:46:00.001+00:002013-03-04T13:46:25.223+00:00A Very Tardy Christmas Present I have an awful confession to make. I entered Lakota's Christmas Blog swap and was disastrously late in sending off my present, as in two months late. It got so late I had that pit of my stomach guilty feeling that reminds me of when my mother disapproves of me. I got this amazing present from Janys, on time may I add! I couldn't believe how well someone who doesn't know me was able to pick nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-32700603737736840532013-03-01T12:02:00.001+00:002013-03-01T12:02:41.748+00:00Show Your Mom Some Love My cards have been selling pretty well lately at my stall, so I've been beavering away in the studio trying to get new stock made. My most recent batch was this vintage style set of Mother's Day cards. In case you didn't know it's on the 10th March, so you still have a bit of time yet before you have to go out and buy the Mammy a potted plant. I think the bottom one is my favourite as it nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1078951334687210915.post-72331934294937136402013-02-27T09:00:00.000+00:002013-02-27T09:00:02.994+00:00Vintage Style Handmade Civil Partnership Cards A while back I made some Civil Partnership cards, but to be really honest I wasn't happy with them, they weren't my normal style at all. Last week I went back to the drawing board and had a think about how I was going to do them. It would be near impossible to get appropriate embellishments so I knew I needed to make them myself. I've been making my own images for my cards for about a year nicedaydesignshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12294500593836144560noreply@blogger.com3