Petal & Pins

Month: May, 2014

Sometime Somewhere

Spring St Melbourne

graffiti Hosier Lane Melbourne

Cose Ipanema window

A recent trip to Melbourne was a bit longer than the usual weekend jaunt and it made for a more leisurely pace with time to catch up with friends and do some different things.

Mr Petal & Pins and I spent the weeks leading up to going excitedly plotting where we wanted to eat and shop, adding new places to our list of favourites.

Going to La Belle Miette for a box of macarons has started to be a bit of a tradition – one I’m quite happy to cultivate.
Choosing flavours, not to mention which box requires careful consideration!
My posts Macarons Memories & Momentoes and Spilt Wine show how I like to repurpose the boxes.

Taking advantage of the sunshine we took a stroll through Fitzroy Gardens and it brought back memories of a childhood visit when my family drove down to Melbourne and took the boat across to Tasmania.

Fitzroy Gardens

trees Fitzroy Gardens


The impetus for the whole trip was to see jazz singer Stacey Kent and her band in their first and only Australian concert so on the last evening we walked from our apartment across the river to the Melbourne Recital Hall.

It was a wonderful concert, delightful and very special to hear her sing live. It left a spring in my step (and her tunes in my head) for days and it’s now on my wish list to see them perform again sometime somewhere.

Before flying home the next day we hired a car and went to Heide Museum of Modern Art which I have been keen to get to for a while now.

metal sculpture

sculpture at Heide


Fiona Hall artists garden at Heide

A feature of this rockery is the experimental espalier across the facade of three Silver Princess trees Eucalyptus caesia. It is designed by Australian artist Fiona Hall and is the second artist’s garden commissioned by Heide.

It was raining so we didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the gardens but lingered in the gallery and had lunch in the cafe.

artwork by Emily Floyd

Heide Gallery

hot chocolate and a short black

It was the perfect way to round out our mini vacation – food, friends, fashion, music and art.

I’ve already earmarked an upcoming exhibition for a return trip to Heide, hopefully on a day that lends itself to a picnic in the gardens.

And then there was the cocktails at New Gold Mountain… we might have to start a new tradition.

Leafy Layers

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A ‘tea dress’ for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

For Everything There Is A Season

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I love Autumn – but then I love each season and the changes they bring – in the garden, in the fabrics I work with in my studio, and even in the way I get together with friends.

My Autumn wedding creations for last weekend were sumptuous in both texture and colour.

Champagne coloured duchess satin and heavily beaded lace for the bride. Rich purple velvet with silk chiffon for the bridesmaid and an Italian printed silk satin and slubbed dupion for the Mother of the Bride in mink, wine & cerise tones.

I’ve also had my sister visiting so we booked a few days on the east coast and it was magical. Walks on the beach, red wine in front of an open fire and the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Back home, the wonderful thing about my garden is that despite the carpet of Autumnal coloured leaves there is always a bit of colour to be found somewhere.

Perfect for an afternoon tea setting with a friend on Sunday.

And perfect for a ‘In A Vase On Monday Post’.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

‘In A Vase On Monday’ was started by Cathy from Rambling In The Garden who has a beautiful garden in the north-east rural fringe of the West Midlands, England.

And while I’m enjoying Autumn, she’s enjoying Spring!

With Love

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I have read that Chrysanthemums have gone out of vogue in home gardens, but obviously not in Tasmania where the annual Chrysanthemum & Floral Art Show is one of the highlights of the Hobart Horticultural Society’s Calendar.

Unfortunately I missed seeing it last weekend but I have this pink one and also a pretty yellow one with rusty green foliage growing in my garden.

Chrysanthemums are synonymous with Mothers Day in Australia – which is today so Happy Mothers Day to my mum and all the other mums out there – have a lovely day!

Sandra X

Time To Rug Up

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

With Mr Petal & Pins I’ve just spent a few days in Melbourne. We returned home to decidedly cooler weather and even more spectacular Autumn colours in the garden.

It’s ten degrees and drizzling rain as I post this, definitely the time of year when coats and scarves come out of the wardrobe.

This season my Garden Fairy’s got a new coat – but I’m sure she’ll be wearing her other one too – she’s thrifty like that!

Real & Imagined

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’ve loved purses since I was a child and have a fondness for vintage ones.

This is a lino-cut I did inspired by the shape of a black Cornnelli embroidered one I have with an imagined floral tapestry pattern.

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