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As art and taxidermy are my profession I sometimes don't have time to keep up with my online galleries; and sometimes for a LONG time simply because there is too much work to do, paperwork to fill out and emails coming through the main contact inbox. Hence notes sent on dA will often get lost and/or simply buried; I do apologize for this!

If you wish to inquire about commissions or simply want to contact me please do so through my main email address;

For Celtic art and craft; ingrid [at] imbascreations [dot] com

For taxidermy; ingrid [at] taxidermyni [dot] com

Any general inquiries can be directed towards the ImbasCreations address as well.

Thank you for your understanding!

Kindest regards,
Ingrid
Do you love my styling of Celtic artwork? Do you like both traditional but also some modern fusion work? Then be sure to go to the ImbasCreations Facebook page and show the world you like it!

Click here; www.facebook.com/ImbasCreation…

In the future, we hope to have artwork print and even jewellery draws, so be in or miss out!

Kindest regards,
Ingrid
After much delays in paperworks and mad struggles to get everything done in time I can now safely say that 'Houwers Taxidermy' WILL be at this years' Birr Game & Country fair. So, if you happen to be in the surroundings of Co. Offaly, do stop by Birr castle, and say hi!
This weekend is the Ballywalter edition of the Great Game Fairs of Ireland. By far the best organized and most diverse events I've been to of this nature on the island of Ireland. Needless to say, when the dates were announced for this year I instantly signed up and got ready.

So, with no further ado, come by! Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend at the amazing Ballywalter estate where you'll find everything in regards to country living and country sports; from gardening and farming to culinary delights and hunting. A superb place to be!

And if you do come, do stop by "Houwers Taxidermy" and say hi!

The taxidermy facebook page; www.facebook.com/TaxidermyNI

Great Game Fairs of Ireland page; www.facebook.com/groups/172092…
Oh my word! I never thought I'd see the day that a traditional taxidermy piece would get a DD, let alone one of mine!

Blown away....

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and support, I GREATLY appreciate it!
In hopes to get some funding together for making sure our first couple of rescued ex-battery hens will have a great & safe garden area to roam in, a comfortable home, loads of yummy food and enough supplements or vet-care at hand to get them through the those difficult early stages I am selling a few corsets. Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing Centre are currently in the process of getting rescued chickens to new homes and we hope to provide a good one in the very near future :) If you are based on the island of Ireland and wish to give (or know someone that might be able to!) some of these girls a new home be sure to get into contact with the rescue centre :)

Black Leather overbust: www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Leath…
Celtic Inspired corset: www.ebay.com/itm/Celtic-Inspir…

Nut House Hen Rescue & Re-homing Centre; www.facebook.com/NutHouseHenRe…

Thanks for looking, and please share to all whom might be interested! :)
First up: this is not a hacked account ;) Thanks for all the concern, but this is trying to help my partner whom works at Replay with some creative thinking!

For several years Replay has been running a local gaming club for the community which encompasses minatures, CCG's, consoles, boardgames, RPG's and everything inbetween. It meets on Saturdays from 11am - 4:30 and Wednesday(16+) evenings from 7:30 - 11pm and everyone is welcome. We have always been referred to it as simply 'The Club' but now it needs a new name.

We are asking all of our friends and members to submit some names to the pot and help us take our club to the next level. Feel free to post your suggestions here or submit them this Saturday if you're down. We look forward to hearing them!

Website: www.ReplayGameShop.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Replay-…
ReplayGames are now working on a large Japanese toy and accessories order, so if you're looking for your favourite Manga stuff be sure to give Replay a shout on their Facebook page or visit their website; www.replaygameshop.com/

Link to their Facebook page; www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Repl…

EDIT: Many thanks for all the concerned emails and comments! This is not a hacked account, I assure you. My partner works at ReplayGames in Bangor, County Down, and as he was preparing a big order for the shop I thought I'd help and spread the love and perhaps help those looking for certain figurines and such as they are rather hard to get within Ireland and the UK ;)
Well, the verdict is in... and we now have FaceBook pages for the two ventures!

For all art & jewellery goodness we have the Imbas page; www.facebook.com/ImbasCreation…

And for the taxidermy and all things related we have the TaxidermyNI page; www.facebook.com/taxidermyni

Be sure to "like" and share, and help spread the word!

:D

I want to thank all those again that helped give feedback on the matter!
Hey everyone!

If there is anyone out there interested in keeping up with my day-to-day doings then my FB is the place to be; www.facebook.com/#!/profile.ph… feel free to friend/share and all the FB terminology ;)

I've been debating on creating pages for ImbasCreations and one for TaxidermyNI as well, but wonder what they would be like... anyone got any ideas for this?
Sorry for the lack of updates, and the sudden horde... I've just been WAY too busy to really keep up with the online appearance...

Well, came back onto dA to find myself being swamped by ads and gods know what.. I take it that is my premium account at an end.. ah well.

EDIT: Wow! I hope nobody took it the above line way begging, but I want to thank those that donated towards my salvation from ads and other benefits, I REALLY appreciate it! I do hope to do them proud by making more regular updates in a way of thanks, so keep an eye out for little bits and bobs appearing whenever I can get some time :D Thank you!!!


It's been a busy time of year and a hard one for us home-owners. Commissions are getting less, and the bills are getting higher. And for some reason people over here don't appreciate the 'you get what you pay for'. They prefer to pay less for something rather shitty which has the true artists out there suffering for their art. Why can't people understand the difference between a hobbist and someone that has that art as their JOB.

Rant over, and back to the better news.

The taxidermy championships went well this year. I only managed to get 3 pieces done in time, but out of those three two managed to walk away with prizes! Then Capercaillie trophy piece got a masterpoint and my bee-eaters piece received a stomping second place along with the museum choice award (aka the public's favourite).. A fabulous ending to an otherwise incredibly hard year.

Hope you all are doing well!

Oscar is not doing well...

Wed Jul 27, 2011, 4:10 AM

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Oscar is taking a weight tumble again. Vets are still puzzled. Nothing odd shows in his blood or urine results. Next step; steroids. And after that new blood tests and possibly opening him up with 3 possible outcomes;
1: They find what it is and remove it (unlikely)
2: They'll not find anything (very likely)
3: They find bad cancers and will let him sleep (seeing the test results, also likely)

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








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And now that's it's all over...

Sat Mar 19, 2011, 4:25 PM

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I can finally post this; www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

Research... done! I'd like to take a moment to thank the 254 names I've managed to track down that made me and my brother happen ;)

Booyah! 8-generation chart, COMPLETE

The oldest one on here was from 1685, but some branches have been traced back to the 12 generation and the end of the 1500! Sadly, it'll be a couple of years before all the branches will be traced, but seeing as a family tree is endless it'll always be a work in progress... but upto the 8th generation is now complete!

Next year? Who knows... we might try to track down the 9th... or 10th...

This was the birthday present for my brother on the 18th of March! Happy Navelday Bro!

By popular request I've uploaded the empty chart onto my website. It's best printed on A2 size :) Enjoy everyone! Go here to download it; www.imbascreations.com/share/8…


Speaking of celebrations... tomorrow is the festival of Colours!

Sunday, St. George's Market (May Street, Belfast) from 1-6pm. Belfast celebrates Holi, the Indian festival of the coming of Spring, signifying brotherhood and unity. The festival uses colour to symbolise equality, whereby visitors are drenched in different colours, to lose their identity and become one.

Don't forget...... to wear white!!! Entrance £1 whos coming?! :D

For more info on Ireland's largest celebration of Holi; www.artsekta.org.uk/news/artic…

‎(Colour throwing starts around 3:45pm... for those only after the main event, which will miss out on all the foods, music and all that jazz!! ;) )

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








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Census 2011 - Pagans!

Sat Mar 5, 2011, 8:17 AM

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The census is coming - make sure that your pagan adherence actually
gets counted as such by writing PAGAN, dash and then your path
e.g. Druid, wiccan, neo-pagan, reconstructionist etc)

Visit PaganDASH.org for more info: www.pagandash.org/

Make it count people! :)

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








Proud member of;
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Time is finally crawling back!

Sat Feb 19, 2011, 6:00 AM

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What nightmares! All taxidermy courses on hold, everything being delayed, and things piling up. Our main sewer pipe was blocked for some unknown reason a couple of weeks back, and after the things was finally cleared we thought it would be over.

WRONG.

A couple of day ago I noticed that the sink wasn't draining.. and that there was a weird smell in the backyard. Low and behold, filled up to the top AGAIN. We got another plumber out, and he cleared it for us... but informed us that our pipes are clay pipes.. and there may just be a part where the pipe has collapsed. O.o

Such joy..

Bills are going out faster than money is coming in, and it is all a bit of a nightmare at the moment. I am sorry if anyone here is waiting on taxidermy courses. They WILL be held this year, but they might not make the start of the year as was planned.

:/

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








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Asking for some understanding

Fri Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 AM

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Hey everyone!

During these busy times it's always a bit harder to get in touch with me, and commission progress is slow between doing the books and answering TONS of email as my times get cut incredibly short..

..add to that the resent attack of HORDES junk-mail and things are well and truly beyond confusing!

If you've tried to contact me in the past, but fear your email might have been lost PLEASE send it again. As I said, in the current hordes of junk things do get lots as I'm trying to sort the litter from the letters. Email is still the best way to reach me, as I have little time to frequent the social sites and galleries.

Thank you kindly for your understanding, and sorry for any delays!

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








Proud member of;
:iconcelts::icondapagan::icondruids::iconpagantribalart:
:iconscriptorium::iconshadow-of-yggdrasil::iconsoilborn::icontheknotters:
:icontribeofcelts::iconvikingraid::iconmetalsmiths::iconjewelryclub:
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FOR SALE: Celtic Dragon Original

Thu Nov 11, 2010, 8:04 AM

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Just a wee reminder that up for sale is the original line work for the Celtic Dragon piece;







A piee that has been a favourite of mine, but hasn't been used much to date and doesn't eve feature on my main website. This is a rare opportunity to own an original piece of Celtic artwork, and the perfect holiday gift for any lover of dragons and Celtic artwork :)


Also up for grabs is the original line work for Celtic Love Cats;


And last but not least, the original line work of the Celtic Gryphon;


To those thinking of bidding, the very best of luck to you! And to those who are not, feel free to cross-post and spread the word.

Thank you all kindly for looking :)

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








Proud member of;
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:icontribeofcelts::iconvikingraid::iconmetalsmiths::iconjewelryclub:
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Gift Exchange Results!

Sat Oct 23, 2010, 3:41 AM

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With no further ado, and a very sleepy after after all this excitement, I now announce the four lucky yule gift exchange people;

1. DArtjunkie
2. Oisín Mac Suibhne
3. Curious-Crow-Craft
4. HollyAnnVix

Congratulations everyone! :D And many thanks to all those that participated :) If you'd like to receive a holiday card please send your addy to the email address below.

As for the gift exchange peeps, please send an email with 'Gift Exchange' in the subject bar to my personal email;  graywolf_howl @ hotmail [dot] com

Please include your likes, your dislikes (or allergies) and the address you want the box send to. Once I've received an email I'll respond to it with the same for me.

Enjoy everyone!

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








Proud member of;
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:icontribeofcelts::iconvikingraid::iconmetalsmiths::iconjewelryclub:
:iconceltic-dreaming::iconartisanlist::iconin-ni:
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Annual Gift Exchange Time!

Thu Oct 21, 2010, 4:10 AM

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Last year was a gigantic success yet again and I hope those that participated are still having fun with the things they received. So for this year we'll be giving it another go :)

Are there any people out there that would be interested in a small gift exchange for the holidays this year? We're talking 10,- to 15,- euro a pop (shipping costs excluded).

I'd love this exchange to be of your local goodies. Silly things tied to your area. In my case it'll most likely include some Titanic paraphernalia, amongst other non-perishable goods (I think Guinness bread count as a non-perishable. It might even be a food-group of it's own)

As last year, there are 4 slots. So if anyone is interested in a wee gift exchange with "Norn Iron", leave it in a wee comment and you'll name will be added to the hat. Do include a little 'I like.. I don't like' in the description as well, so I don't have to send everyone the same thing but can actually look for something suitable.

Those that have participated in the past are free to give it another go if they wish :) I'll close the on Saturday, and put all the names in said hat (well, one of Oscars sleeping bags) and pull four names out.

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








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Guests!

Tue Oct 19, 2010, 4:59 AM

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Hmmm....the house feels so empty without our lovely guests here. Arikla and her partner Wolfy_of_doom  have just continued onto their journey further afield. The original plan was for them to stay 2-3 days, but we all caught on like a house on fire (being the bunch of windielickerz that we are) and it was extended to 6 days out of the 10 they were here. We all would have loved to have them stay the entire length of their holiday/honeymoon, but this was their first time on the Emerald Isle and we didn't want to be greedy. There's TONS more to explore, and after befitting them with some suggestions they set off on their last few days.

In this short time we went all over the place. Bangor, Belfast, Bushmills, Donaghadee and parts of the peninsula, Giant's Causeway, Emain Macha, ... adventures of all sorts really. The most memorable for me will have to be the mackerel fishing, as it was tons of fun to go fishing on the sea with friends AND getting Mr. Richardson to come along. Not only that but Wolfy_of_doom had a kick ass recipe for the mackerel as well that has hopefully giving Mr. Richardson a better taste for 'Feesh'.

Mr. Richardson just got off the phone with me as well from his shop... asking if they'd left. When I answered yes all I got was 'aww..... I miss em already'.

What can I say, we'll miss em like mad... but they've been equipped with a bottle of home-made clover mead and elderberry wine, and hopefully tons of fun memories to call back on :)

Wishing the two of yous a safe journey on your last few days here in Ireland, and know that you'll always be welcome back at any time and for any length!

Slán go fóill!
~Ingrid Houwers








Proud member of;
:iconcelts::icondapagan::icondruids::iconpagantribalart:
:iconscriptorium::iconshadow-of-yggdrasil::iconsoilborn::icontheknotters:
:icontribeofcelts::iconvikingraid::iconmetalsmiths::iconjewelryclub:
:iconceltic-dreaming::iconartisanlist::iconin-ni:
All these communities have the right to re-post my work
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