Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunties, Nieces …

Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day and the following Sunday is Mother’s Day so let’s celebrate women’s uniqueness. A handmade gift is simply a lovely thing to get and receiving it knowing the care and attention it took to make it just adds to the loveliness of the thought!

So let’s see the ways women can be and how Handmade Design Studio has the right gift for each quality. When you need to give a woman something …


  • Colourful: Joan Greene’s purses are a must-have.DSC_0688
  • Sparkly: How about a piece of stylish jewellery?
  • Fabulous: Bernice Rafferty’s fascinators are just amazing.
  • Quirky: How about one of Angela Cuthill’s brooches?arty smarty badge
  • Warm: A merino and silk scarf by Inne Inge.
  • Soft: Why not get a lavender soap?
  • Gentle: A rose scented candle by Bog Standard.IMAG0305-1
  • Delicate: A textile artwork by Maggie Dolan.
  • Cute: A card you could display in a frame.
  • Beautiful:  Why not a silk cushion in soft and earthy tones?




Child’s Play




If you are looking for gifts for the little ones, we have a unique selection of toys, woolen hats and beanies for both girls and boys. You can also find some quirky accessories to decorate the nursery, your child’s bedroom or play-room including the amazing stripy cat rug, beautiful art work and delightful cushions and beanbags.





For babies: Claire’s fabric soft ball is available in a range of gentle pastel colours. Anke Morgenroth is the creator of Basil, Bluebell, Snowdrop and Poppy – who are cuddled together in the shop waiting to find a new home. These little velvet bears are just so cute and lovable! Their fluffy cousins, Jamie, Susan, Liam and Valerico are there keeping an eye on them while Molly, Finn and Mae are smiling away without a care in the world! You can also adopt one of the funny sausage dogs. They even come with their own birth certificate!

To keep warm as it is still quite chilly out there this, we have soft, merino booties for baby, little pixie wooly hats and beanies in a range of beautiful colours as well as the fabulous teddy bear hats for younger boys and girls and flower hats and beanies for the bigger kids.

When you need to send congratulations or best wishes to parents or grand-parents, we have a number of  gorgeous baby cards to choose from. All our items are handmade with love in Ireland!




St Valentine

For your valentine …

Some great gift ideas for your dearest true love! From cards and framed prints to jewellery, cosmetics, scarves, lighting, wooden pens and teddy bears. All items are  unique, designed and hand-made in counties Dublin, Cavan, Down, Louth, Meath and Westmeath.

Showcase, RDS Dublin

I recently attended the 2013 Showcase: Ireland’s Creative Expo to source new craft and designs products for Handmade Design Studio. I was impressed by the range of fashion, gifts and crafts available.

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The event was a real feast for the senses, from the beautiful, natural smells of the handcrafted cosmetics and scented candles to the amazing colours and innovative designs and inspirations seen in the textiles on show. I really had such good time meeting the designers, some of whom I’d only met via email while I was planning the stock for the opening of my shop in January.

What impressed me most were the number of young, up-coming Irish designers whose sense of creativity I think is truly inspiring.  Over the course of the next few months I hope to stock and range of different products by these designers in the shop and I will be showcasing their work on a regular basis here and on social media.