Friday, 22 October 2010

Tea and a Chat: Ruth from Nice Day Designs

It's starting to get really cold now, so you'll definitely need to get a nice warm cup of tea while you read about our Limerick Rep. and blog host for 'New to Etsy', Ruth. Take it away...

Tell us a bit about what you do?
Hi this is Ruth from Nice Day Designs and Nice Day Supplies, and I do a little bit of everything! Primarily I have a stall at the Milk Market 3 days a week where I sell handcrafts like felt brooches, pocket mirrors, badges, felt pincushions and handmade cards. For the past few years I've also been making a range of quirky recycled clothes, but due to time constraints and only having 24hrs in the day, I just sell them in just one venue-Roisin's Boutique in Inistioge. Last year I also started selling a large amount of vintage buttons/sewing supplies online and at markets, a way of making a few quid out of my insatiable button addiction. Lastly I just started making custom made badges and pocket mirrors in bulk for musicain, clubs and party favours. I've also been known to do my fair share of painting, illustration and graphic design. Once I'm doing something creative I'm happy!

If you weren’t a crafty type, what would you be doing?
As you can see from the above answer I've tried out a multitude of areas within art and craft and I can't imagine it not being a part of my life. When I was younger I toyed with the idea of being a writer, but I don't think I would have been as good at it, or as happy.

Give us some of your favourite designers/fashion peeps:
Even though I work in fashion I'm a disaster when it comes to knowing names and brands, it's always felt foreign to me as an idea. I'm mostly inspired by the small details in the clothes of everyday people, and how they show their own sense of style. I'm a big fan of the beauty to be found in the minutae of the mundane.

Any amazing blogs that you’d like to share?
A Chick Named Hermia:
The Anti-Room:
Andrea Joseph:
Declan Shalvey:

What are your top 5 films of all time?
The Sound of Music
Lawrence of Arabia
Rear Window
American Beauty
Brideshead Revisited(the original mini series with Jeremy Irons)

What was your mother always right about?
That you need to love yourself before you'll ever be able to let someone else love you. It took me years to learn how much that really made sense.

Lastly some linky goodness, where can we find you?

Rug up everyone, talk to you soon,

Angela (a.k.a. artysmarty)


  1. Ruth is a sweetheart and deserves all the success coming her way. :)

    Her mom sounds like a wise lady, too.

  2. Ruth rocks :)

    And Ruth's mum is so right. Great advice!

  3. Hi Ruth. I absolutely love what you do to redesign/recycle clothes.

    Yes your Mum is so right. That's my favourite question in this series. It's interesting and inspiring to hear what little gem each person picks out.

  4. Fabulous, love to hear about other sellers, lovely interview ;o

  5. Such a lovely interview, thanks for sharing with us Ruth :)

  6. I'm exhausted just reading a bit about what you do. Phew!

  7. Nice to be able to put a face on a name Ruth! You're a very busy lady,and it's great that you are able to make a living out of your crafts. well done! smiles, Virginie

  8. Thanks for all the lovely comments! My mum would be so chuffed hearing you all agree with her :)

    Lol, Letizia, I get tired when I think about it too!!My theory is that I'll sleep after xmas when the madness is all over