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Looking for new baby presents/personalized maybe ?  You are in the right spot.   check it out

We specialize in unique baby blankets and baby jackets. Our baby blankets can be personalized, or even better be creative and pick your own motifs if you like. 

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For over 20 years we make baby blankets and baby jackets, and according to our customers, these are the pieces that they hold on to. Those special pieces that you do not want to part with. 

And they stand the test of time, in and out of the wash again and again, unique baby presentslooking great always. 

We are proud of the quality of our product, and love the uniqueness. No motif ever the exact same as the next. Just like there are no two children the same. 

And our jackets and blankets are not only gorgeous, they are also extremely practical and useful. For the child, they are soft and instantly warm, for the parent, easy to wash and fast to dry. In an emergency they are easy to wipe clean. 

So here is happiness for all. The ideal gift, giving long lasting joy. New Baby Presents/personalized

It has been busy, as always around this time of year, last springs fun…….

How has 2018 been for you so far? I hope good. 

On Achill Island, as in the west of Ireland in general it has been windy. We are wearing layers of warm clothing, the hairstyle has gone under the permanent wearing of hats. 

Nature at its best, and strongest. Storm after storm, it can go on one’s nerves, but then comes a nice day and we forget it all. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a bit of sunshine makes up for wind and rain. 

new baby presents personalizedIt is howling outside as I write this, but the fire and the blanket is warm, so what the heck.

I hope you are well, and wish you joy and happiness, be kind to each other.

                     Sabine

P.S. an article that might be of interest fleece clothing and the environment, keeping the planet safe for the future          browse shop

 

Warm Clothing for Winter

warm clothing for winter

Warm Clothing for winter,

I am sitting here in front of my fire, and am glad I have plenty of warm clothing for winter.

It is cold out there, the wind is howling and the hail is drumming against my window.

Winter on Achill Island,   and plenty of warm clothing is needed. It’s not so much frost that we get, the gulf stream passing by prevents that, but it is the biting wind and damp cold.warm jacket

So for me wrapping up is the order of the day, and plenty of fuel on the fire, tea of course not to be forgotten.  Browse Shop

I love listening to the radio, while I work or really anytime. This week it has been more than annoying with all the black friday ads and the christmas commerce on overdrive. So annoying…..

It lead me to listen to internet radio, at the moment I am listening to Smoothe Jazz from London

Most enjoyable and ad free, love it.

I am in business and want to sell my clothing, but I wouldn’t push my products down people’s throats. My customers have some sense, they buy a great quality, original product, pass it on when they get tired of it and then purchase something new. 

Let me tell you this story. Not so long ago I spoke to a customer of mine and she showed me some photos of her now grown daughter at a festival during the autumn. Guess what the daughter was wearing? A jacket I made about 15 years ago.  The lady told me, she had worn it got tired of it, then her sister wore it for a while, and one of her other daughters had it then. In between she would wear it and now her youngest daughter had discovered it and was wearing it non stop. 

warm cape sweaterWashed many a times, quality clothing in classic styling won’t wear out and will always appeal to somebody.  In my eyes that is responsible shopping, protecting the environment and the future.

Yes, we do get tired of our wardrobe and fancy something new, but then just pass it on, quality is alway appreciated.

Not this senseless buying of products that we don’t need and often the quality is questionable.

Creating waste mountains that the world can do without.   More on the subject you can find here

      Have a great weekend,     All the very best Sabine   Browse Shop                                              Best Baby Gift               fleece accessories

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Winter clothes for kids, the time is coming

winter clothes for kids

Winter clothes for kids needed,

Brrrrr it is getting cold out there. This time last week, I saw some kids going for a dip in the sea. But today was the first real wintery day, and it is definitely  time for winter clothes for kids.

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Of course I am freezing too, and voila my big fleecy jumper came out. The fire got an extra log and it is nice and cozy in the house now.

Time we got some serious hygge going. Are you wondering what I am talking about? It’s the Danish word for cozying up for the winter, or better cozying up full stop.

unique custom fleece blanketThe Danes have made it into an art form and it involves;  cosy blankets, nice food, candles, hot drinks, time spent with the ones you love and feel relaxed with.

It’s about simplicity, friendship, simple fun.

And the Danes are, according to statistics, some of  the happiest people in the world.Womens Fleece Sweater

Of course you can create hygge for yourself at home, a nice fire, a soft blanket, a cosy jumper, a lovely cuppa, a good book, nice music and the world is pretty ok, don’t you think?

Create a nest for yourself, on your own or with the ones you love, and just relax. Your favourite food, your favourite socks, your favourite scent, take out some board games, turn off the telly, switch off the phone.

Isn’t that what winter is about?  A time to slow down a bit, sleep a little more or maybe sleep better.

Ladies fleece jacket'Bolero'If you want to know more about hygge here is a link to an Irish Times review of ‘The little book of Hygge’ 

I was given it last winter, and have just rediscovered it. A cosy attitude to winter, let the fires blaze and the kettle always be hot.

Take care       Sabine             check out our shop

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Warm,cosy clothing, any clothing our values

warm,cosy clothing

Warm,cosy clothing, any clothing, what are our values today?

During the week I ran a facebook ads campaign and that was a very interesting exercise. It was nice to see the interest in my warm,cosy clothing, I was quite chuffed actually.

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But one point came up that made me think, and inspired this blog post.Cape Sweater

The point of price, there was one comment that my clothing was expensive.

The question is how do we value clothing? What is the ‘right’ value for clothing? Is there a right value for clothing?

In my niche, fleece clothing, there are a lot of cheap fleeces around. Those are the ‘classic’ design, Zip, pockets, that sort of thing. The fabric often isn’t of the best quality, and they are sewn in cheap labour economies, with often dubious working conditions. There may be toxic dyes and other chemicals in the fabrics, there may not, but there are no controls.

This scenario applies to all cheap clothing, not just fleeces. The big ‘value’ chains are just interested in price. The consumer has little expectations buying from the ‘value’ stores, you know it was cheap. It may not wash well, and will be thrown out in a few weeks or months.

In these days of enormous waste and pollution , can we really afford this attitude anymore?

What are we leaving our children? A mountain of rubbish?

Boys Dungaree and Jacket setI think we need to examine this question again and again, in every aspect of our life.

As for buying clothing, were the old ways of buying quality clothing that lasts not better?

Wear it for a while, put it away for a while, rediscover it. Or gift it to somebody that loves it.

What are you paying for in more expensive clothing?

I can only speak for myself and some businesses I know. First of all a better quality fabric, ethically produced and toxin free, in my case sewn in Ireland, for a decent wage.Unique Baby Gift

A lot of other conscientious companies are now producing in Europe, since there is very little Irish Clothing Industry.

What you get? You get a garment that will give you joy for a long time and wash well time after time. Clothing that won’t fall apart after a few months and will last.

You won’t have contributed to the waste mountain, because the garment you bought will go on and on.

Anything wrong with that?????

Think about it, every little change helps.   All the best Sabine

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Here is another article on the subject

 

 

 

 

Cosy fleece sweater for the autumn

Cosy fleece Sweater

Cosy fleece sweater needed

I hear the wind howl, and my cosy fleece sweater keeps me nice and warm. Autumn has come, but this year I don’t like the change of season.       Shop Now

Ladies Sweater PoloWe really had no summer here on Achill Island, it just rained a lot and there was no heat to speak of. The land is so wet, it can’t take anymore water. We didn’t have much growth this summer, my summer flowers are only having a nice showing now.

Is this the result of climate change, and the way future summers will be? Will it always be so cold? The statistics say,  that the temperatures are rising, but this summer there were only very few days that I was comfortable without my cosy fleece  sweater. 

It seems here along the Wild Atlantic Way, I will be in my Fleeces all year round. A quality fleece jacket always a good investment.Womens Fleece Hoodie

Since the scientists and thinkers have as of yet not come up with a definite pattern, we will just have to wait and see what the future brings.

I live here on Achill Island for 30 years now  and I can say the weather has changed. There has always been rain and bad weather, a bad year here and there, but when was the last good summer?

We had a beautiful winter last year, to make up for the  no show summer.  I can’t remember a nice spring and more than a couple of weeks of summer weather in a while.Big Sweater

Yes, there are definitely changes afoot. I suppose we just have to let go of the idea of seasons, like they used to be, and avail of the sun when it is out. Take a break at the drop of a hat? Weather nice next week, let’s go ?  Restructure our lives to avail of the good days?   A crazy thought? or go and get a few weeks of guaranteed sunshine and heat somewhere?

Musings on a windy evening,  have a great week       Sabine                  Shop Now

 

Fleece Blanket, Cosy Blankets Night

 

A night for a Fleece Blanket

Wrapped up in my Fleece Blanket, I am sitting here writing this Blog Post. It is a howler of a night.  We have had gale force winds all day and all evening, with very heavy rain.  Fleece Blankets

The first gale in a while, just to remind us who is boss.    No, this is nothing like the Hurricane Irma.   My sympathy is with the people living in its path.  But it is a reminder non the less to us how strong nature is. Housewarming gift, Fleece blanket

Living here on Achill Island, living with the power of the sea and wind, it always amazes me how anybody can doubt the power of nature.

I feel no bigger than a grain of sand on the beach, a tiny spec, of no importance.

Cosy Blankets

Cosy blankets and tea are the order of the night, comfort and warmth. It is hard to keep the heat in when the wind howls. There is something nice about wrapping yourself into a blanket after the summer. It is definitely autumn, don’t want to call it winter.

It’s not been much of a summer, too much rain, the ground is sodden. I certainly wore my fleeces a lot, not many days for summer dresses. Living in Ireland, what a good investment a quality fleece is, you use it all year round.  

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It has been a busy summer, and where as many of you are nicely refreshed after your holidays, the tiredness is hitting me.  A few quieter weeks will be much appreciated before the next rush. 

Will we have a nice winter, like we had last year?  That is the million dollar question. I hope for a bit more sunshine, it brightens up the mood. We will see, every day another adventure. 

In my house, a bad day means candles, the stove lit, nice food, tea, blankets, something to warm the soul. A good day means get outside as much as possible, catch some rays.      

Fleece Patchwork Blanket

On that note I say good night, I wish you lots of sunshine, and if not some warm blankets and tea.

                        all the very best    have a good week Sabine       Baby Blankets

 

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Blackfield Clothing Studio on overdrive

Blackfield Clothing Studio

 

Blackfield Clothing Studio, busy times,

Running a small business is just crazy at times. We are having one of those mad years. Everything is coming together.

First we had to move shop unexpected. Our new base on Achill is ‘Lakefield Gallery‘ Slievemore Road, Keel.  (you can find directions if you google Blackfield Clothing Studio).Lakefield Gallery

And I always underestimate how much there is involved in a move. It is not just the physical move, no it is also all the changes on social media, tripadvisor and all that. Nowadays there is so much more to running a small business.

It is challenging, who can afford a social media person?

Then of course I had scheduled my major website revamp, due to all the problems we had before christmas 2016.

And these things never run smoothly. Always there are unexpected hiccups.

I am not complaining, business has been good, wholesale and retail, as a result, production has been mental too.

We love it busy, but sometimes I wish not everything would happen at the same time. Isn’t it strange how the universe seems to throw these things at you?  All in one go.

 Irish Fleece Clothing still popular

Irish Fleece Clothing Kids Hoodie HorseI can report with pride that our brand of Irish Fleece Clothing  is by no means dead. On the contrary, fleece is still the cosiest fabric around. And so user friendly, easy to wash, easy to dry and all that. shop now                 Irish Fleece Clothing short cape

All polyester fabrics have an environmental impact, and I have written about that here. But thanks to those smart boys in Berlin, we can do something about it. Check out the blog post.

So yes, it is mad busy, and I often don’t know what to do first, but all will get done. At the moment we sew 24/7, well nearly.

Long fleece CardiganThe new items in the collection are popular, much to my satisfaction. It has been an immensely productive if mad first 6 months of 2017. Website done, Shop moved, New pieces designed, on top of daily stuff….. all good.Ladies Sweater Polo

A bit tired at times, but nothing a few night’s sleep can’t fix. On that note, I hope your year so far has been good, and that you are heading to or coming from a well earned holiday.

All the very best Sabine        Shop Now


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Holiday time for you?

Holiday Time

Holiday Time – Busy Time

The months of July and August are holiday time for a lot of people. Shop Now

On Achill Island, being a tourist resort, holiday time is a crazy busy time for a lot of us. We have very much 2 different lives in the year.

There is the calm of winter, where we focus on our local community, and then there is summertime, with lots of new people to meet.

We often say to each other,’See you in September’, everybody knows there is no space, no time.

Our children come home, but we don’t see much of them, because they are out at work.

Often visitors forget we are not on holidays, we have schedules, trying to keep everybody happy.

And yes,  we would love to chat and enjoy the view with our guests, it often is just not possible. Too many things to do, too many places to be.

We cross paths with many an interesting person, but mostly we don’t even get to really meet them.

Peak Season                

Where ever you are travelling to this summer, keep in mind that whoever is serving you and making your holiday special, has a very different life.  Think of your busiest time of the year, and yes that is us in peak season.

I often feel that this point gets forgotten. Spare a thought for those that are looking after you and are doing their best. They could be tired, full to capacity with so many different vibes coming towards them.

Everybody tries their best, but the people looking after you are just that, people. Good days, bad days, children crying, no sleep, long shift, row with the boyfriend/girlfriend  and all that,    life.

Wherever you go in the world in peak season, it will be the same.

So please spare a thought for those that are trying to make your holiday special.

See you on Achill Island    Sabine

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Fleece Clothing and the Environment

Fleece Clothing and the Environment

Fleece Clothing and the Environment

I have become acutely aware of the damage that washing Fleece Clothing and all synthetic clothing does to the environment about 8 month ago.

Since then I have been watching developments worldwide, and I am delighted to have found an answer.

All synthetic clothing, Fleece Clothing included, shed microfibres in the wash. These microfibres are not, or only over a long period of time, biodegradable.

They are absorbed by fish and plants, and this way make their way into our food chain. It is a very alarming state of affairs that needs to be addressed now.

This is a problem that is happening now, and we can do something about it.Mens Fleeces

The solution

Two guys, in Berlin Germany, saw the problem, and felt the urgency to act for a healthier environment.

Alexander Nolte and Oliver Spies researched and brainstormed the situation and came up with the idea of the ‘Guppy Friend’.

A bag that you put your washing into, before you put it into the washing machine. This bag will filter out the micro fibres.

After the wash you pick the fibres out of the bag and dispose of them in a responsible manner. Check with your local recycling policies.

The development of the bag was partly crowdfunded and partly funded by Patagonia.  The whole project is Non Profit, it is for the well being of the planet. You can now order the Guppy Friend here, to do your bit to protect the sea from polyester micro fibres.

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Warm Beret Hat and wristwarmersWhen I read about the negative effect of fleece clothing on the environment, I felt devastated.

A lot of my fleeces are used by children and babies, and as a mother, the thought of damaging their present and future environment was not a pleasant one.

But it is not just for them, it is for all of us. These micro fibres are now getting  into our food chain. Neither Washing machine manufactures nor sewerage plant designers seem to have come up with a proper filtration method.

My waste water goes, via a sewerage treatment plant at the end of the village, into the sea. As far as I am aware, microfibres are not caught in the filters.

All this is relatively new, and I know it takes time to develop new filtration systems. I hope that all responsible washing machine companies will take these findings into consideration in their development programs.

In addition, I hope that sewerage plants will update their filtration.

A healthy Environment is up to us

It is up to us, that enjoy the comfort and convenience of  fleece clothing, to take care of the side effects. Therefore the ‘Guppy Friend’ is the immediate solution.

Due to overwhelming demand of the initial production run, the distribution is not great as of yet. I have been in touch with the guys, and they will let me know when we can buy ‘Guppy Friends’ online. A link to purchase is there but not working yet.   Please remember this is a not for profit project, it is a big project, it will take a little time.

In the meantime please wash your synthetic clothing, fleeces included, in a 30 degree wash, some machines call it eco wash. I recommend that on my wash care labels.

An extensive research program earlier this year by Patagonia has shown that the lower temperature wash causes less shedding. Modern washing powders are designed to work well in low temperature washes.

Our Planet        

It is our planet, and therefore we have to take care of it in our daily lives.  We can not trust the governments and the big corporations, their goal unfortunately a lot of the time is money or power at all costs.

Most of them don’t care, it baffles me since their lives and children are just as affected by environmental destruction as ours.

Or maybe they think they will clear off to Mars or something to create another mess? I really don’t get the thinking.

Maybe it is the same thinking irresponsible farmers had/have, they inject the animals for sale with all sorts of stuff, and keep the animals for their own consumption apart?

It’s hard to do on our ever shrinking the planet isn’t it?

Our choices

We will have to continue/start from the bottom up, maybe we can teach them. We can change a lot  by the choices we make as consumers. What brands we buy, whether we buy quality that lasts and won’t land on landfill, or the opposite. Whether we recycle or not, demand less packaging or not etc, etc.

If you think about it, if we don’t buy low quality foods, clothes etc, they won’t make them, since there is no demand, they make no money.  Very simple.

Our health and wellbeing is symbiotic with the health and well being of the planet.

Our health and happiness as well as that of future generation depends our choices.

A very empowering thought don’t you think?    We can make a difference!

 

On that note I will sign off for today, I will keep you updated on all matters ‘Guppy Friend’.

Chose wisely for your health and happiness, have a nice summer holiday  Shop now

All the very best       Sabine

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Crazy Weather/ Achill Island

Crazy weather Achill Island What crazy weather on Achill Island this week

It’s been a Roller coaster  here on Achill Island, with  crazy weather.

The week started off cold enough 10-12 degrees celsius, overcast, grey, then midweek it went in the morning to 18-20 and then up to a hot day on Thursday of 24 degrees celsius to come down again today to 12 degrees.

Our poor bodies don’t know what is happening.  Its been a jacket or jumper, summer dress, fleece jumper scenario.

And we thought we were finished with fleece jumpers and jackets for a while. Maybe just use them in the evenings. Apparently not.       [maxbutton id=”2″ ]                                        girls hooded pullover

This is what I mean about crazy weather on Achill Island. It always changes a lot, living by the Atlantic makes sure of that. But this week has been extreme. Full of energy one day, sleepy and dull the next.

My animals don’t know what they are at, running around  in the sun and back to sleeping in front of the fire.

They are looking out going ‘Oh really’.

cosy womens fleece jacketWe all feel that way, had been moving the T-shirts to the front of the drawer………   I am getting really fed up of wearing jumpers and jackets, are you?

But what can we do about the weather? Nothing much, just get on with it.  Irish weather world famous for its changeability.  I see in the shops all the summer clothes are going on specials, it is just so risky to stock summer clothing with this kind of scenario.

So yep if you are buying clothing, think of what you get most use out of.  We all have to start taking responsibility for the future, and our planet. Cheap quality clothing that will end up on landfill the environment can’t afford anymore.

We need to change our thinking and invest in clothing that will last and that we get wear out of.

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Crazy weather Achill Island