That’s more of it now!

We got a very exciting parcel in the post today – our advance copies of the new Irish Mammies Book!

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My other half Colm wrote the book and we at curious worked on the design and layout so it’s thrilling to see all our hard work in book form.

The book will be on shelves from October 10th but here’s a little sneak peek if you’re curious!

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In the meantime you can keep up to date with Mammy over at www.irishmammies.ie or follow her on twitter.

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Culture Night!

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I’m just back from 2 weeks of puttering around Europe for my holidays and am still digesting all the interesting sights (not to mention food!) we took in on our travels. As if I hadn’t had enough culture this evening is Culture Night around the country and here in Dublin so I’ll have to squeeze in a little more!

Culture Night is a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure in Dublin and across 34 towns, cities and counties in Ireland. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

There are loads of fun and FREE events – from music on the luas ( not for us poor red luas users though!) tours of the Freemason Hall and Christchurch, to a concert in Meeting House Square. The trickiest part to choosing which event to pick – for more information you can visit – www.culturenight.ie , download the brochure , or install the app!

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Blog Awards – Birthday Surprise!

What a lovely way to find out we have been shortlisted for the blog awards! I boldly checked my emails on Saturday morning (I was supposed to have an email free weekend for my birthday) to find out that curious casa has been shortlisted for a Blog Award!
Not only have we been shortlisted, but so has one of our lovely clients – Ciara from Style Serendipity. Ciara’s blog that we designed has been shorlisted for not one, but two awards, Best Designed Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog.

To say we are chuffed is an understatement. Thank you to those who nominated and voted for us.

We wish Ciara and all of the Irish Bloggers who have been shortlisted the very best of luck!

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Pictiúr – Exhibition of Contemporary Irish Children’s Book Illustrators

One of my all time favourite things about being a Mammy is the cosy, snuggly reading sessions that I have with my little girl. We’ve been reading together since she was still safely tucked inside me. Now, we cover ourselves up in soft blankets and surround ourselves with fluffy pillows before delving into our treasure trove of books. Some are mine from when I was little, some are her Daddy’s old favourites and some are her very own that she has picked.

It amazes me how much she loves books, it seems to be a combination of the little routine we have, the familiar words that we read, and most of all the characters that she knows and loves. She remembers tiny details about each book and character, and gets so excited every time she finds these within the pages. She never bores of the same story, but instead enjoys meeting her buddies as they go on the same adventure together, time and time again. She loves reciting parts of each book, and puts great gusto into emphasising particular words. She requests books by naming her favourite character from the book. At the moment we are torn between Beas (The Ravenous Beast, Niamh Sharkey) and Fuffalo (The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson).

Each evening after our reading ritual, she says goodnight to the characters, she then hugs and kisses them – yes she does hug her books. Only last night I said to my husband that we would have to try and find a soft toy version of a few of her favourite friends to make the hugging a little easier.

When I heard about the exhibition – Pictiúr this morning, I was so excited for her. She would be overjoyed to see familiar faces and new characters for her to meet in an unexpected place.

The exhibition is being curated by the Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey, who is also a Children’s book Author and Illustrator, and will be traveling around Ireland this autumn and winter. Pictiúr begins its Irish Tour in September and will be in Dublin from November until January.

- Draíocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown (7th September to 5th October).
- Galway Arts Centre (14th October to 2nd November).
- IMMA, Kilmainham (14th November 2013 to 12th January 2014).

Today is also a very special day in the Children’s book world, we wrote a post about it last year. If you have forgotten, today the 13th of September is Roald Dahl day. Have a look at the http://www.roalddahlday.info/ for ideas of fun things you can do to celebrate!

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babytalk festival

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For the past few months (quite a few indeed!) the curious team have been working on our newest and most exciting project yet.

You will have noticed a number of posts about babies and baby products since I had my little girl last year. To say I am obsessed would be a kind understatement. Since having Juliet, I’ve lived in a bubble of baby this and little person that. I’ve gathered a huge wealth of information about anything and everything related to pregnancy, birth and babies. So instead of driving my nearest and dearest crazy with all of this info, we have decided to create an outlet to celebrate it. This outlet is a fun and unique pregnancy and baby festival called Babytalk. We have launched our holding page until our full site is ready to go live. babytalkfestival.ie

Babytalk is a new type of pregnancy and baby event, with attractive design, a warm supportive voice and engaging activities and spaces. We are creating an experience, a comfortable and playful environment that all of the family can enjoy.

Our festival will be a fun, family-friendly space with music, comedy & entertainers, exhibitors, product demonstrations, information on services for babies and parents, and speakers on a wide range of topics. We will be showcasing well designed, clever products and services that make life a little easier.

We’ll keep you up to date with our progress over the next few months and we would love to hear any suggestions that you have for our festival.

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The Drawing Room

I love a good old snoop around different buildings so @TheDrawingRoom is right down my alley! It’s an interesting series of upcoming events held in different Georgian town houses around Dublin. The Launch will be an exhibition in October in 12 Henrietta Street, with contemporary artworks in a historical setting. They are currently running a Fund:It campaign to get up and running. Áine Nic an Ríogh who is curating the event kindly agreed to tell us more…

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I’m Áine Nic an Ríogh – I’m 27 and an architect and musician based in Dublin. At the moment I’m also an Irish Research Council Scholar working on my PhD in Architecture (UCD), investigating music, architecture and acoustics in 18th century Irish Country Houses. It’s great fun.

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What gave you the idea to create your project?
As part of my academic work I organised a series of concerts in country houses around Ireland, these concerts really initiated me into event and music management, it was a learning experience! I noticed that while everyone enjoyed the music and the atmosphere of the period houses, what really made these events special was the unique and different venue for each concert. People are curious, and the chance to take a quick sneak peek into someone else’s home really added to each event. I hope to continue this idea of stimulating curiosity with @TheDrawingRoom. Each event will move to a different historical location in the city, giving the audience an opportunity to explore the various homes, their beautiful interiors and interesting histories.

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Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! I always have a mini-Moleskine with me that I scribble in. I’ve also started a scrapbook filled with photos, postcards, and newspaper articles. Very old fashioned, but there’s something nice about having a tangible object instead of looking through things on a Facebook feed or Pinterest.

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What advice or words of wisdom would you give from your experience?
Take a chance and go for it, things don’t happen by themselves! If you really want something to happen, push for it. In my experience, if others see you are really committed to something they are usually more than happy to help and support.

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What are your favourite things to do/foods to eat/books or blogs to read?
I love reading, I’ll pretty much read anything – the problem is, to remember to do other things that don’t involve reading! A beautiful book I have recently found is Romantic Irish Homes by Robert O’Byrne. Definitely inspiration for me! And it includes No.12 Henrietta Street where we are having our first @TheDrawingRoom event in October.

I love cooking, and trying all different types of foods. I spent a week in Sicily this summer, the countryside and food were fantastic, and as for the gelato… though it is hard to beat a walk on Dun Laoghaire pier followed by a Teddy’s ice-cream cone!

Thanks Aine!

Images of 12 Henrietta Street from Romantic Irish Homes by Robert O’Byrne, with photography by Simon Brown, published by CICO Books.

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Blog Awards Ireland Nomination

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We were delighted to find out that we have been nominated for the Blog Awards Ireland. We also made the long list! Check out our fancy new badge.

Our category is The Best Blog of an SME business, sponsored by Sage.

We have such a wealth of blogging talent here in Ireland, have a good old nosey through the long list if you are looking for some blog inspiration.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled to see who makes the short list. Congratulations to all the other bloggers who were long listed!

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Fancy paper – Ikea paper shop

My obsession with paper and paper products began all the way back when I was in 1st class in primary school. Some of you may remember the craze that swept a whole nation of Irish schoolgirls in the eighties. If not, these two words might remind you – Fancy Paper.

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For those of you who have no idea what Fancy Paper was all about, I’m sorry to tell you that you missed out BIG time. I learned so much during my time carefully building my enviable collection of coloured, scented, textured, illustrated, limited edition and all round beautiful papers. I saved pocket money, ran errands to make more money, sold unwanted toys, I even learned how to trade and barter, all so that I could collect more and more paper. I had boxes full of the stuff, all neatly arranged into the various categories mentioned above.

Sadly, I have no idea where all of my precious Fancy Paper ended up. We moved so many times when I was younger that I have probably left a very pretty paper trail behind me.

To this day, paper still excites me. Some understand this excitement (Marie and my other designer buddies) and others (my husband and most people) think I am just a little crazy.

On our recent trip to America, I discovered an amazing shop called Paper Source, I haven’t admitted it until now but it really was one of the highlights of my trip! I spent two hours touching, flicking, smelling and holding the most gorgeous papers, envelopes, greeting cards and books… bliss!

Needless to say when I heard the news that Ikea have launched a new department dedicated to all things paper, I nearly exploded with glee!

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1. Historisk
2. Framstalla
3. Sarskild

Guess what I’m doing this weekend?

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