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This Sunday I ventured to my second Oh me, Oh my DIY workshop. It is a day long boot camp of DIY demos with everything ranging from millinery to pickling! I loved the first one in June so much that I was eager to book a place at this time around.

My own golden rule was that before I could book a second workshop I had to have put some of the skills and tips I learnt in the first one into use! No more bookmarking and dreaming only.

Once I thought it about I realized that since the first one I had tried my hand at decoupage, put the photography tips to use regularly, spray painted and I had even used some of the clothes stylist tips when trying to pare back the mess that is my wardrobe. So effectively I was good to go for Round Two!

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This time around Jack from the Rocket Man thought us the basics of preserving. I was a definite fan and if you are on my Christmas card list expect some preserved goods to come your way.

Next up was Alice Halliday who wowed us with the cloak she made for Florence from Florence and the Machine. She gave some great tips on how to jazzy up some unloved items of clothing and we all got stuck in upcycling our own. Here is a sneak peak at mine…

IMG_7169-001Joanne from Kyle Lane was so cheerful and warm and had made every one an initials plaque for us to paint and distress (she is the cheery one holding the Love sign in the collage at the top).

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Next up was a bit of millinery with Aoife from Potty but Posh. She was a mentor at the first one too and I was thrilled to see her back again. She talked us through making a “Whimsy”.  I LOVE mine and even wore it with my pajamas this morning. I’m pure classy now! All I need  to complete the look is to take up smoking and get a cigarette holder!

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Last but not least was Jill who taught us how to forage. She talks about nature so respectfully you can’t help but want to hug a tree before you correctly snip some branches. Under her guidance I made this very expensive looking bouquets with a cheap as chips bunch of gerberas and some foraged goodies!

IMG_7206Listing what we did gives you a little bit of an idea but the best way to describe the day has to go to the woman beside me who said “it’s like Blue Peter for grown ups.” There’s sticky glue, scissors, painting, playing with nature and all the make and do that you can handle.

My only regret is that I didn’t take a million photos of the amazing space and decor. (Although the organisers did a great job at that so you can head over to their Facebook page for a look at how it looked)

It was like walking into a magazine but a magazine with friendly hosts and a great group of women just wanting to have a laugh on a Sunday morning. And all here of this is here in Cork!

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I’m a bit of a style addict and I love little details. The whole space was full of beautiful autumnal surprises and little details that make it feel really special.

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Basically, I just loved it, from start to finish. Now if you’ll excuse me I must put back on my whimsy and pretend I’m a film noir star.

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(See if you can spot me! , Hint I’m in the back row!)

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