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Ayudh Youth Initiative

AYUDH – Youth in Action AYUDH is the international youth wing of Embracing the World, a global network of charitable activties created by Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi). AYUDH was founded in 2001 and is active in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia. It is open for youth […]

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What to do with delicious fruit pulp!

What to do with delicious fruit pulp!

So I made blackcurrant, rhubarb and gooseberry jelly but what to do with all this lovely pulp left over? Fruit in alcohol is always a good bet so i sent Declan off to get some cheap vodka, brandy and gin!  Any excuse, really!!!  I steralised some bid jars […]

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Flowers from the veg patch

Flowers from the veg patch

  Just back from holidays I dreaded to see what sort of mess the allotment was in!  So eventually I picked up the courage and headed down to see what needed to be done!  Of course there was a burst of new weeds but apart from that […]

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Rhubarb Vodka

Rhubarb Vodka

Are you looking for a way to use some of your end of season Rhubarb??   Making rhubarb vodka is a perfect option!  All you need is a Kilner jar, some rhubarb and of course some vodka. Cheap bottom shelf stuff is perfectly suitable! So here is […]

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What is Felting

What is Felting

Wet Felting is the incredibly ancient and seemingly magical process of taking fluffy wool, adding warm water and soap, bashing the living daylights out of it and ending up with beautiful tactile wearable art. Felting occurs when fiber is moist, alkaline and physically agitated. The warm water and soap causes the […]

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Recipe for Chocolate Orange cake

Recipe for Chocolate Orange cake

1 large or 2 small, thin-skinned oranges 6 eggs 50g cocoa 200g ground almonds 250g caster sugar 50g cocoa METHOD Put the whole orange in a pan with cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 2 hours, or until soft. Drain. When cool, halve the […]

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nuno felting

Nuno felting is the art of combining wet felting techniques on to natural fibers such as silk. The technique bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt. The fibers can completely cover the background fabric, or they may […]

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About Orlaith

Orlaith Murphy is a mixed media artist and a horticulturist. Living in Wicklow, her art reflects and embraces her love of nature. Orlaith believes that, the patterns and colors of nature can be found in all things and if we are receptive to the infinite design influences found in the natural world, the creative possibilities are endless. E-mail: orlaith@orlaithmurphy.com