March is here at last, and without a shadow of a doubt this is our month – time to celebrate St. Patrick and all that is Irish.
To kick start the month I’m delighted to introduce you to the quirky and entertaining artwork created by Olyart in County Galway, together with a little giveaway to help spread some Irish luck.
Olyart designs and creates Irish gifts, with a humorous take on contemporary souvenirs.
First let me hand you over to Joanna from Olyart to explain her design inspiration, and then check out how to enter our giveaway at the end of the post.
A Little History Behind Olyart
Olyart was established in December 2011. The story behind it is quite unusual as it’s an Irish business but started and run by Polish girls, who literally fell in love with Ireland from their very first minute there.
Experiencing Irish kindness and Irish people’s need for random chats and socializing, combined with the amazing landscapes, art and culture inspired these two girls to start OLYART.
They love living in Ireland.
But what about the never ending rain? Here’s Joanna’s perfect response:
“Sure, rain is a challenge,
but also an amazing inspiration for illustrations.”
Everything is an inspiration in Ireland – the variety of accents, food, music, red hair, Paddy’s Day, summer not being much different to winter, the black shtuff, cottages, slang …….
Where else in the world do people say they are doing the messages when they are going shopping?
Even Irish greetings have to be longer than a simple hello, and sound more like this …….
“Hi ….. how are you?…. how’s it going …… what’ s the craic?”
OLYART’s idea is to design Irish souvenir gifts, a bit quirky and with a humorous take on contemporary Ireland.
OLYART specializes in a range of products such as postcards, mugs, coasters, fridge magnets, tote bags and greeting cards for various occasions.
The girls also create personalized gifts for businesses or individuals. Most of their products are bilingual (English and Irish).
They are sold in shops in Ireland and so far in Germany, France and Sweden.
You can check out the full range of their products on the OLYART website.
Here’s a little YouTube video to introduce you to some more of Olyart’s quirky products …..
The girls at Olyart have graciously sponsored a giveaway for Irish American Mom’s readers.
One lucky winner will receive a surprise selection of Olyart products up to a value of €30.
What a perfect way to get March off to a great start.
To enter our giveaway just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015. You can leave any comment you wish. What you write does not affect your chances of winning.
If you need some inspiration, why not tell us about your favorite Irish gift or let us know if you have ever received a funny or quirky gift from Ireland …
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so we can arrange to have your prize delivered. Your e-mail won’t be published or shared, just used to make contact.
The winner will be announced on the evening of Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 and the name shared at the end of this post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstake entries by clicking here.
Best of luck to all our entrants and a big thank you to Olyart for sponsoring this great prize for Irish American Mom’s readers. I really appreciate their generosity.
And a big thanks to all of you who enter and help spread the word to family and friends about this little giveaway.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings),
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: Irish American Mom does not have a business relationship with Olyart. No cash payment was received for publishing this giveaway post. I love to help spread the word about small home businesses, artists and crafts people. Thank you to all who support these wonderful Irish and Irish American business enterprises.
Images published with permission of Olyart.