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.
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.
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.
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