Petal & Pins

Category: Fashion Illustration

De Rigueur

flower glove

There has been a distinct chill in the air this week in Hobart so there is no mistaking winter is almost here. I’ve delayed walking the dog until late morning hoping for a little sunshine – but I’ve needed to be quick to catch it. A coat is now de rigueur and its time to bring out the gloves too!

A Floral Gift

petal & pins hydrangea gown print

Sunday May the 9th is Mothers Day in Australia and a print from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe range would make a lovely gift.

Pictured is the Hydrangea Gown – Hydrangeas remind me of my grandmother, I remember watching  and learning from her what to do with the stems before putting them in a vase.

Nasturtium flowers are one I associate with my mother – I have designed and written about them previously in Slightly Defiant & Carefree .

My signed art prints are made with a high quality digital inkjet printer using fine cotton rag art paper and water based archival inks for beautiful long lasting images.

Available in A4 and A3 sizes from the petal & pins online shop (we ship worldwide) and  selected retailers .

In May you can also find me at the following design markets –

Sunday 1st May in Hobart at the market.

Friday to Sunday 6th, 7th & 8th May in Adelaide at Bowerbird Bazaar

Is there a flower that reminds you of your mother or grandmother?

 

Crumbles & Rosehips

rosehips

I thought the rosehips were appearing early in my garden and then I realised it’s officially Autumn next week!

The roses aren’t the only thing that need deadheading or a late summer trim, time to take advantage of the last few weeks of daylight saving and get out into the garden in the early evening.

What are early this year are the apples – usually I’m picking and bottling in April but they are already showing their pretty pink blush now.

With blackberries ripe too it’s time for making a few crumbles – now that signals Autumn at our house!

rose hip hankerchief hem dress by petal and pins

The Ugly Duckling

delphiniumIf the French epithet ‘joile laide’ could apply  to a flower I think this delphinium would be a good candidate.

The lone stem in a bucket full of blue caught my eye when leaving the local farmers market, I turned on my heels and retraced my steps to have a closer look.

It was a bit of an ugly duckling surrounded by that magnificent blue yet strangely elegant – if there were more the same I imagined you could create a very sophisticated floral arrangement mixed in with white flowers and greenery.

delphinium detail

Now I have a self imposed ‘rule’ not to buy flowers to design with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe’ but this lone stem was impossible to resist  – it’s petals patterned like they’ve been drawn on with charcoal captivated me and once home inspired several dresses too.

delphinium dress from petal & pins

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I decided to design a collection of festive holly dresses for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe for Christmas and this of course meant planning ahead and gathering the holly in our Southern Hemisphere winter when the berries would be red.

I don’t have a holly tree in my garden  but there is one growing on the nature strip further up the hill. When I noticed there was a liberal smattering of red berries I armed myself with secateurs and a bag to gather some sprigs  to design with.

holly sprig and geranium
My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe Christmas Collection consists of five holly dress cards with festive red envelopes and inspired by some of the  classic fashion capitals of the world, a Christmas greeting in French, English and Italian is on the back. The inside is blank to write your own message. They can also be used to decorate the home, turning a mantelpiece into a garden fairy catwalk or  strung on ribbon.

xmas decorated mantlepiece
I must say holly is not the most hospitable plant to work with, the points of the leaves are so sharp – it must be a deft bird indeed who feasts on the berries but I think the results are quite stylish don’t you?

AUS$25 a set (includes free shipping worldwide) from my online shop or see my stockists and upcoming markets page.

Wholesale enquiries welcome.

A Bag Of Grapes

I’ve been making paper cut signage for my market stall inspired by the class I took with paper cut artist extraordinaire Miso last year.

petal & pins paper cut sign
Mr Petal & Pins translated this design into a rubber stamp for paper bags.

The stamp arrived just in time to use for the Spring markets, along with an abundance of grape hyacinths in the garden to decorate my stall and create some new dresses for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

grape hyacinths petal & pins grape hyacinth dressNow we’re making plans for Xmas markets including traveling  to Sydney for one!

You can find a list of market dates and card stockists here.

 

 

free shipping poster

A Garden Fairy’s Birthday!

A Garden Fairy’s Birthday

Spring 2015

petal & pins celebrated a birthday yesterday! It was the third anniversary of starting my petal & pins blog and about four years since creating the very first dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

When I made my first garden fairy’s dress it was on a whim on a sunny day in a moment of daydreaming in the garden, a break from cutting or sewing a real life creation, and then the next day I made another … and kept on making them!

I started my blog as a ‘home’ for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe and other musing from my studio and garden. My first blog post featured a dress made from a peony flower and very few words so I decided a new peony dress was perfect for this birthday post.

peony birthday dress

Three years on and I’m pleased that I’m still blogging. Like most people who start a a blog I wasn’t exactly sure what I was starting, where I was heading or who would be reading but it has been so much more than I imagined when making that first post.

It has been a lovely journey of finding people with shared passions and an interest in what I do, discovering other blogs on everything from the travel adventures of a boat dwelling cat, vintage glamour and the joys and tribulations of gardening in a different hemisphere to me.

To my surprise I also found great enjoyment in writing to accompany my photos and something I never expected – some solace when my father died.

I had dreams for my Garden Fairy from the beginning of my blogging journey and it has been fun bringing some of those to life and dreaming up new ones.

The first was creating a range of greeting cards featuring flower dresses from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe. There have been twelve collections to date, five of which are currently available, with the newest being my Christmas collection of five holly dresses.

This year Mr Petal & Pins created my gorgeous online shop, I was commissioned to do a life size dress for a wallpaper panel and the local weekend magazine asked to do a feature on me!

It’s been great to meet some of you at the local design markets and to see my cards available through a growing number of retailers.

So thank you for your part in it all – your comments, encouragement or just following – and now I’d like to be bold and ask a favour.

If you have a moment, please visit my online shop – take a look around, give me some feedback, you may even see something you like! Perhaps you could share a link to my website or blog with someone you think might enjoy discovering my garden fairy’s wardrobe because that would help the dreams to continue to grow!

Thank You
Sandra x

P.S.  To celebrate petal & pins’s birthday I’d like to give you a special offer of Free Shipping worldwide until the end of September 2015 on any purchase from the petal & pins online shop.

Visit the shop here and enter the discount code HAPPY3 at the last step of the checkout.

Happy First Day Of Spring

camellias and blossoms

Last week started out sunny in Hobart, there was even enough sunshine to decide to eat lunch outside and linger but by the end of the week Winter wanted a last hurrah and it rained, hailed and howled.

More snow fell on the mountain and my early flowering camellias dropped on the ground.

They are too pretty to leave languishing so I brought a few inside to enjoy before the petals had a chance to brown. Combined with a few pretty pink blossoms on a vintage plate I think they look rather scrumptious.

It could be reinterpreted into a dessert – meringue and raspberries perhaps?!
Instead I created a confection of a dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Spring dress

© Sandra Alcorn 2015  petal & pins

All words and images on this blog are my own work (unless otherwise credited) please respect this and contact me before reproducing elsewhere.

Early Signs Of Spring

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

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