Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
online shop too.
You can now find a great range of buttons, everything from a crystal effect heart to beautiful coconut extra large buttons available in a stunning palette of colours to transform any garment. The coconut buttons are my particular favourites for knitted garments and accessories.
Monday, September 26, 2011
We are getting very excited about this Friday, 30th September. Normally we host our regular knitting and stitching group on Friday mornings but this Friday is extra special.
Friday the 30th September is National Day of Volunteering in Ireland and to show our support we are hosting a knit-a-thon.
Volunteer Ireland say "The aim of the National Day of Volunteering is to encourage everyone in Ireland to give volunteering a try, so that everyone can learn that - even if it’s only for a minute, an hour, or a day - volunteering can make a big difference and be a lot of fun! Read more under our ’Get Informed’, ’Get Involved,’ and ’Get Organised’ buttoms to learn more about the National Day of Volunteering and how you can get involved! ".
We thought that taking part in this event would show our support for the wonderful volunteers in Ireland, promote a local charity (Bee for Battens) and bring all the lovely knitters and crocheters in Kerry together.
You can read lots more about the knit-a-thon here but basically these events are going to be held all over Ireland on Friday and we are going to collectively try and break the Guinness World Record of the most people knitting simultaneously which currently stands at 1147. Easy right?
You can knit whatever you like on the day but we are also asking people to donate a piece knitted or in crochet (Any size or item) to donate for sale to raise funds for the local charity Bee for Battens. The donated garments will be put for sale in the shop between now and Christmas and all proceeds donated to the charity,
So all you have to do is turn up with your yarn and needles on Friday September 30th between 10am and 1pm at the shop and get knitting and crocheting, have a cuppa and meet other stitchers.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
About the Facilitator
Cathy Giles has worked in training for community partnerships, private and corporate training since 2003. She holds qualifications in Marketing (DIT, CIM), Life and Business Coaching and a Bsc in Education and Training (hons) (DCU). Cathy always had a keen interest in craft businesses and in 2008 opened her own craft business in Kerry supplying the local community with both supplies and creative workshops for adults and children.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I cannot believe it is August, did somebody steal July?
Summers here are always about planning Autumn and Winter...summer gets planned in January etc.
We restocked our wool with end of summer and beginning of winter lines, we got all our back to school bits and bobs in and we have been birthday partied out!
We were thrilled when Amélie Gagné came to teach a one day acrylic beginners class and we hope to have her back in the Autumn for another workshop.
Mairead Sharry are regular fibre and textile craft teacher was here also teaching a lovely group of Spanish Students how to felt. The all had great fun and went back to Spain with gorgeous felted bags and wall hangings.
Clare Buswell was also here teaching card making which was as usual an enormous success. We have Clare booked in again for Autumn and Winter (a special Christmas Card making Workshop).
Lots to look forward to in terms of workshops in the Autumn and Winter including Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Textiles, Card Making, Scrapbooking....
We'll be back with dates very soon
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The lovely Evin gave us a mention on her favourite blog posts she wrote today which made me run right over here to say yes we are still here but it has been a crazy few months and yes we have neglected the blog. Actually I am changing the "we's" to a great big "I" for the rest of this post.
So whats been going on? Well the new website to be honest, night and day and day and night. It was a major job and not without its problems. The major ones, oh you know like not accepting laser cards (did I mention MAJOR problems) have been ironed out so finally we get to start work on all of the fun stuff which is why we created a new website in the first place.
I have also being debated the whole blog thing. Our new website has an integrated blog but I have been slow to move my blogging over there as here is such familiar territory. I still have not made up my mind so please leave a comment on this with your own thoughts. What I might do is write from both places for the time being and wait for divine inspiration (or google analytics) to determine where The Crafty Alley Shop blog calls home.
Ok, I cannot tell you everything that we have been up to in one blog post but I am going to start sharing more often.
So, it feels good to be back and although I think blogging should be a labour of love rather than of necessity I will be back very soon with more.
I hope you are all good and even though I have not been writting, I have been reading and keeping up to date with some of my favourite blogs so thanks Evin, from reading yours you have brought me back to here.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Well it is nearly that time of year again. Kids off school, full of excitement about the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Well why not channel some of their excitement and inspiration into a 3 day art and craft Easter Camp at The Crafty Alley Shop in Killarney.
Book your kids into this fun and craft filled Easter camp. Kids will be getting busy cutting, drawing, painting, making, sticking and laughing. The children will get a chance to use lots of different materials and textiles and can let their imaginations run wild on their projects.
On the Tuesday of both weeks we will be doing a form of textile painting.
On the Wednesday of both week we will have Mairead Sharry in to teach felting with the children.
On the Thursday of both weeks we will have a "surprise" project which promises to be lots of fun followed by face painting.
Each week there are different projects so if your child would like to attend both weeks be assured that even though they may use similar techniques they will be working on different projects.
The price is 30 Euro for the three days which includes all materials and all craft work to take home. Each days lasts one and a half hours.
Please book a place by calling 064 6630800. As usual places are limited so book early.
THE FIRST CAMP RUNS FROM THE 19TH to 21ST APRIL
THE SECOND CAMP RUNS FROM THE 26TH to 28TH APRIL
The Crafty Alley Shop
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
So to celebrate our 3rd Birthday there will be of course some special offers in store Saturday and Sunday. We are also hosting a scrapbooking workshop on Saturday the 19th March from 12pm to 2pm. It is 30 Euros for a whole lots of materials so book by giving us a call on 0646630800
Sunday we are hosting our very own Crafty Alley Shop Craft Fair and we are inviting our amazingly talented customers to take a table and demonstrate and hopefully sell their handmade goods. No charge to participate or to attend but if you do want to take a stand on the day please give us a call so we can allocate space.
We have two very exciting workshops coming up.
Here is what Carol had to say "
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit agus go raibh a mile maith agat (Happy St Patricks Day and Thank you).
Thursday, March 3, 2011
- Continued development of new website
- Birthday party bookings
- New quilting classes with Nikki Foley - two so far this year
- New products - New season Sirdar, Proarte Brushes, Fimo, Staedtler
- Crafty hen party package developing
- Year of Craft 2011 for Kerry - Have you done the survey yet?http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kerrycraft
- Spring summer workshop schedule planning
- Craft Clubs - we have had a scrapbooking and a cardmaking (With Clare Buswell) so far
- Facebook keeping us busy too
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Well we have just the thing for you - a Crafty Alley Hen Party Package.
You have a few options to choose from and we are happy to tailor packages to suit you. We take a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 16 in our purpose built workshop room at The Crafty Alley Shop in the centre of Killarney.
You choose an activity
2. Jewelery Making
For the price of €35 per person you get all the materials required, full tuition in a relaxed fun environment with afternoon tea and cakes.
If you have more that 16 in the party you can either book two or more sessions or we can come to you (to a hotel or self catering house).
Spend some quality time with your girls, learn a new skill and most of all have some fun and make this a unique hen party. You will also have your own handmade piece of art to take away with you and to remember the weekend forever.
What one of our recent brides said about us
"After the best weekend ever in Killarney with the girls for my hen party, we made one final stop on our way to the train station..The Crafty Alley Shop. We were all a bit delicate after a very late night on the tiles so we sat back knitting, swapping gossip, drinking tea and eating cake..the perfect end to a perfect weekend! The Crafty Alley Shop was cozy and inviting, a treasure trove of unique and fun craft supplies, such a convenient location, and Cathy who looked after us was brilliant...one of the girls! And best of all, we all have our own beautiful handknitted scarves as souvenirs!"
Please book well in advance as the weekends are very busy times for us and we don't want you to be disappointed. You can pay a €100 non refundable deposit by either cash, laser or credit card.
We are looking forward to hosting your hen party soon.
The Crafty Alley Shop
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Did you now that teachers are some of our favourite people in the shop. They are always looking for weird and wonderful things to make their craft projects brilliant. Well we want to thank the teachers so we are going to run a very special competition just for them.
Its simple, all we want you to do is...
1. If you are a teacher (Early childcare, nursery, creche, pre school, montessori, primary, secondary, third level etc. ) then just leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us what art and craft item could you not possibly live without in your classroom. Please leave your answer under the competition comment.
2. If you are not a teacher, then let all your teacher friends know about the competition.
3. Some further information
- Just one entry per person.
- You must say where you teach
- The goods will be sent to the school not the teachers home so on winning the school address must be made available.
- Deadline for entering is 9pm Mon 31st Jan 2011
- There will be three winners so therefore three prizes made up of art and craft supplies. More details to follow on the prizes.