Petal & Pins

Month: November, 2014

Pink Dress & Daisy Lawn

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I bought a vintage flower basket – perfect for gathering flowers for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe .

A week ago the lawn was a mass of tiny daisies. It was rather pretty looking out the sunroom window at them and I had the idea to pick and arrange them into a word on the green grass but what word I couldn’t decide on.

I was too indecisive! Mr Petal & Pins has now mowed the lawn so no more daisies.

I’ll work on my word choice for next time they pop up.

Meanwhile the garden has lots of colour to play with for garden fairies.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014


Palazzo Dreaming

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’m joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ today.

The purple flowers I’ve used have randomly spread throughout the garden and perhaps someone can identify them for me.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’ve chosen bottles I’ve repurposed as vases for today’s arrangements. The green one once contained puréed Italian tomatoes and the clear short one is a balsamic vinegar bottle so it seemed fitting to photograph them in front of my Venice window.

What is my Venice window you may ask?
When our neighbour built a deck that lessened our privacy through the end of our sunroom I came up with a more creative solution than curtains or a blind.

Mr Petal & Pins and I have a soft spot for Venice and its beautiful architecture so we went through our holiday pics and chose one of a window in Palazzo Pesaro Croce – The Galleria Internationale d’Arte Moderna. The proportions were a perfect fit for the window shape so we resized the image, got it printed and voila – our Venice window!

It still lets the light in and when lazing on the daybed at the other end of the sunroom we can make believe we’re in our own palazzo!

© Sandra ALcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Good Things Come To Those That Wait


In 2011 the Montreal Museum Of Fine Art curated an exhibition of the work of French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

I’ve watched from afar as the exhibition traveled to various locations and now – three years on it is in my neighbourhood – well almost – Melbourne.

So that’s where I am this weekend!

In anticipation I created this Gaultier inspired dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.


Florence & The Fairy Dress

kapok flowers

My September trip to Magnetic Island was coincidentally timed when the native kapok were in flower. They remind me of magnolias with their bare branches adorned with showy blooms.

There were many on the drive down to Florence Bay scattered through the bush and in between the dramatic boulders that punctuate the island landscape.

It was a blue sky day, the ocean glistened.

My sister and I swam, explored the beach and created a portrait of ‘Florence’ on the sand.

native kapok tree Magnetic Island
Florence Bay

Two days later on our return to the beach Florence was still there, still smiling having escaped the tide’s ebb and flow.

And the kapok flowers provided inspiration for another tropical flower dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

kapok flower fairy dress

Fashion, Flowers & Fillies

garden millinerygarden millinery detail

It’s  the Melbourne Cup today.

A time to frock up – a time for a flutter.

There will be winners and losers  in both  but my Garden Fairy knows how to turn heads on race day.Spring Carnival bonnet


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