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Apr 22

Granny likes it and so do we!

Once in a while a shop comes along that really catches you’re eye and makes you want to splash the cash! This is exactly what My Shop… Granny Likes It has done.

This beautiful shop in the centre of Galway, prides itself on showing off the best of Irish products and design! They stock ceramics, glass works, jewellery, pieces of art and nifty gifties for any occasion.

My Shop’s history is diverse and innovative, before the opening of the shop in 2013 there were a number of My Shop pop up shops around Galway, Armagh and Belfast. It was the success of these pop up shops that resulted in the permanent shop in Galway. They’re city centre location is perfect for people looking for authentic design that is supporting the Irish craft tradition around the country.

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My Shop has been so successful that The Irish Times named them as one of the Top 50 Shops in Ireland! Only months after opening!!


If you would like to know more about My Shop… Granny Likes It see their…

Facebook Page: Here! Twitter: Here!

Or even pop in for a visit: 38 Upper Abbeygate St, Galway, Ireland

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Mar 28

Free Mother’s Day Card Download

Stuck for a last minute card AND you’re a cheap skate?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.  Click on the ‘Mother’s Day Card’ below to get a high res. mother’s day card for nix!  Don’t say we aren’t looking after you!  Have a great weekend with your mam.

  Mothers Day Card

Mar 20

We love being “Not on the High Street”

One of our favourite sites (EVER!) is  If you have never heard of it prepare yourself for a new addiction! Not on the High Street is the love child of award winning entrepreneurs Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, that was set up from their kitchen table in 2006. Since then, their team has exploded from two girls to over 120 people, and as a result they’ve outgrown four offices.

A peek at the website!

Not on the High Street is on of the UK’s fastest growing e-commerce business’s and it’s easy to see why from looking at their website.  Their goal is to deliver original creative products to their customers and to give small craft businesses a platform to sell their goods.  The vast range of personalised and handmade products is to be admired  (and purchased!).

These can all be personalised on – We LOVE!

If the collection of goods on isn’t big enough, their trophy cabinet is ENORMOUS.  Holly and Sophie have accomplished a long list of awards, including winning First Women Awards: Retail and Consumer which celebrates pioneering businesswoman and ‘glass ceiling’ breakers.

Holly and Sophie with one of their many awards!

And if your collection of artysmarty jewellery is getting out of control, they have to most beautiful collection of jewellery boxes from multiple designers that will be sure to keep them neat!

Is that an Artysmarty ring there? Gosh!

If you would like to know more about our store on Not on the High Street just click here!

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Mar 12

Jumping for JOY!

Think of your style as ‘silently eccentric’? Us too! You’re bound to love JOY as much as we do!

JOY is an innovative fashion and lifestyle brand from the UK.  Priding itself on providing only the most unique and whimsical women’s wear, menswear, accessories and gifts, JOY delivers on style and quality.

Eclectic Interiors of the JOY Stores

JOY’s in-house design and buying team make it their mission to provide retro feel good fashion to make sure that you can create a stand out look with ease. Their principal label for women is Louche, which incorporates vintage style pieces for women to indulge their sartorial fantasies.

Not only do JOY have a great range of menswear and women’s wear but they have the cutest range of gifts and bits and bobs for around the house. Gifts range from beautifully fashionable to hilariously funny novelty gifts, our favourites are the “Sentimental Crap” tin and the WV Campervan tent, perfect for festival season.  If you’re in London, their Brick Lane store is super nice and defo worth a look.

We need one of these!

They also only stock the FINEST of accessory items! *Ahem*

Only the best at JOY!


If you would like to learn more about what JOY has to offer, visit their site at: Joy or their facebook page: here!

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Mar 04

Our New Spot – Kilkenny

We are so excited here at artysmarty to call Kilkenny our new haunt!  Kilkenny is currently celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of being one of the lifelines for Irish Craft and artist.  Under the reign of sisters Marian O’Gorman and Bernadette Kelleher the sophisticated shops pride itself on stocking only the highest quality products.

Kilkenny’s history and great reputation with Irish and international markets has resulted in a priceless knowledge of the Irish craft and design industry.  Although Kilkenny stocks mostly Irish goods, they also stock a small range of international brands, so there’s something for everyone!

Our favorites are the beautiful stamped pottery of Nicholas Moss, we’ve been know to step out in the dresses of Caroline Kilkenny  and the stylish jewellery pieces of Maureen Lynch.

There are over eighty designers that supply the Kilkenny stores offering a something totally different from the high street stores, for instance renowned designers such as the designers Orla Kiely, Alan Ardiff, Saba (Geraldine Murphy) and Irish interior design brand Klickity can be bought at any of their eleven stores.

With stores situated in most corners of Ireland, from Dublin to Galway and Cork to Kildare, there’s sure to be one near you!  Check out their Dublin city center store at:  

6-15 Nassau Street Dublin 2

Or visit their website;

Kilkenny Shop


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Feb 26

Bursting with History – The V&A Shop

Situated just off the main Victoria and Albert Museum is one of London’s hidden gems – the V&A Shop.  This elaborate shop is home to over 2,000 products, all carefully chosen to magnify the rich culture that the museum has to offer.  The museums long reputation for exhibiting decorative artwork from around the globe is echoed in the products on offer in the V&A Shop.

The V&A Shop

The range of products on offer would have any shopper in a tizz!  The V&A Shop caters to people in search of products that reflect the artistic influences of the museum itself such as one-off vintage pieces, exclusive commissions and products that are already part of design history.

The V&A Shop is aimed at a wide target market, including pockets big and small! And customers will not only walk away with an individual buy, but they can feel safe in the knowledge that every penny they spent will go back into the Victoria and Albert Museum. So don’t be afraid to splash out on a David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor print or a pair of handmade peacock slippers, as you will be helping the Victoria and Albert museum to maintain its position as the worlds leading museum of art and design.

When you’re finished buying up all the highly sought after jewellery, including our very own collections, why not enjoy a coffee in their beautiful cafe! Soak in the historic Victorian architecture while fixing on your very own artysmarty brooch that you’ve just bought!

The V&A Cafe

One of the exclusive commissions from Arty Smarty


For more information contact: +44 (0)20 7942 2696

V&A Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL

or visit their website:        V&A

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Feb 14

Discover Rua, the cutest little lifestyle store this side of the Liffey!

Looking for individual products in a friendly atmosphere? Well search no more and get yourself down to Rua on Capel Street. This cute little “lifestyle store” prides itself on creating a relaxed atmosphere where one can browse unique products that range from handmade home ware to beautiful delicate jewellery.

Owners Cara and James believe their years of retail experience have given them a priceless knowledge of what their customers really want. Their passion for “lifestyle” retail is evident throughout their quirky store. This friendly couple have managed to create a beautiful space that offers customers the chance to purchase something that will not be found on the high street!

Rua is also the only Irish and European store in collaboration with esteemed New York based designer Thomas Paul. His artistic collection of household and fashion items are a great addition to the Capel street store.

Thomas Paul for Rua

Not keen on keeping their eye for individual designs a secret, Rua also holds “Chalk Paint”  workshops, which shows you how to take a drab lifeless piece of furniture and transform it into an individual art work!

Rua is the only stockist in Dublin City Centre of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. No need for sanding or priming, just open and you’re ready to go!


Some of the results from the Chalk Paint Workshops

Workshop Wonders!

Rua really has a lot to offer to customers on the hunt for something different to the unoriginal blur of products on the high street! Its collection of jewellery is one to be admired! They only choose the highest quality handmade pieces for their store.

Some quality pieces available at Rua (*wink *wink)

For more info on Rua you can visit

51 Capel Street, Dublin 1

or Call: (01) 874 8051

Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10.30 – 18.00

But if Sundays are the only day you can make it down, give them a call and they’d be more than happy to open up for you! – Now that’s service!






Jan 23


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Nov 28

Christmas is coming….

Lots of events in the run up to Christmas that we’ll be heading along too.  Just to give you a bit of a run down in case you need some last minute bits for gifts;

Saturday 30th November – we have the annual Merrion Square Market that takes place in the Irish Architectural Archive run by the girls at the ever wonderful Irish Design Shop.  Loads of different locations this year, food, pop-up cafe, Christmas fair and a load of other things that run right up until Christmas.   We’ll be there with some special pieces and some regulars too!

13th / 14th / 15th December – the annual Christmas Cracker run by the effervescent Dublin Flea and hosted by Block T in Smithfield.  It runs for 3 days from 11am – 6pm.  Was great old craic last year and there are some amazing handmade beauties and bargains.   It’s really a nice way to do your Christmas jobs.


We are going to have some new and one-off pieces for both the markets.  I managed to get my hands on some old crystal chandelier pieces at the Flea market a few months ago and I’ve re-invented them into some delicate gold filled chain necklaces.  The crystal has real heritage and they go with any ensemble you choose to throw together!




Nov 11

Christmas Offers….


Hi Everyone!  I know, it’s a terrible thing to mention on the 11th of November but we just want to keep you up to date with shipping for Christmas.  So, the last dates for shipping for the UK and Ireland are the 13th of December, any orders after that date will be processed in the New Year.  Last dates for International shipping and U.S. is the 6th of December.  It’s not all bad though, we going to offer all of you lovely peeps free shipping from now until those dates, just enter #freechristmasship at the checkout!  Booo yaa!