About

Well hello and welcome to the wonderful creative crafty world of The Messy Brunette, that's me Maura, lover of all things creative and handmade.

Coming back from the UK with 2 small children in tow & a house in need of a upcycle itself, my creative endeavours started! I am a multi crafter & will try them all. I made the decision to stay at home as one of my children was diagnosed with S&L issues & autism, but the need to create or do something to keep my sanity was a must. I found Instagram & whole creative world opened up. It was through the app, that people discovered me & my work.  I then took the plunge & started selling in late 2016. Two years on & with own website I’m finding my feet.
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So who is the Messy Brunette ?
Maker of fun embroidery hoop art ( nope no sign of granny here ) & quirky jewellery.  You'll also find a creative crafty lifestyle blog, all run by me, Maura, the original messy brunette. 
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My works are modern embroidery hoop art all designed & handmade by me. I offer ready-made pieces & custom pieces to the customer requirements. Some are for the nursery, wedding related, some quirky, some are rude. I like mixing the old craft of embroidery with some cheeky quotes.
My jewellery range consists of embroidery pieces again, like little pieces of wearable art. I also offer fabric & wood jewellery. Fabric as I am a fabric hoarder & as fabric can give so many different combinations. I mostly use liberty of London fabrics as their pieces are so pretty. My wood pieces are mostly made from eco-friendly bamboo, all laser cut & hand painted individually. I like them to be colourful & everyday wearable.

 

My Blog

Did I mention, I also blog?  Yes indeed, in the blog you will find a bit of everything to do with stitching, upcycling, painting, crochet and even the odd bit of baking! Hopefully I will keep you entertained, inspired and amused, whilst I try and master all things creative.   So come on and join in!  I love all types of craft and its all experimentation and flying by the seat of my pants.  I don’t always get it right and I’m no expert but that’s the fun bit !

 

Here’s a few random facts about me!

  • I love dark chocolate … yum
  • My guilty TV pleasure is a bit of Neighbours & some Home and Away. I’m also a bit partial to the Real Housewives series #dontjudgeme
  • I love Lee Childs ‘Jack Reacher’ novels
  • I like elastic pants
  • I eat a lot of cereal – rice krispies for tea please
  • Vodka and water is my tipple …. when i can manage a night out!
  • Usually found under lots of thread.

I design, make & photo all these pieces myself. I'm self taught & all these are made in my little studio in Ireland. 

 

► You can find my work at Forest & Flock, Bantry, Co. Cork and The Half Light Gallery, Midleton, Cork.  BoxableGifts.com also have a selection of my work in their beautiful curated gift boxes.

 

► Featured on Weekend AM show for their 2018 Christmas Gift Guide, you can watch the video clip here 

► Featured in Image Magazine, May 2018.  You can read it here



Maura