Petal & Pins

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When Old Is New Again

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

If your wardrobe is anything like mine it is easy to lose something – it gets pushed to the back where it doesn’t rub shoulders with the favourites and can easily be forgotten.

And then one day you reach for that particular hanger and are met with a pleasant surprise. Like this rhododendron dress from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I created it in October 2012 using flowers from a friend’s garden after a fun day of rhubarb plants, tea cake and gin & tonics.

In Rhubarb & Rhododendrons – inspired by that day – you can see another style rhododendron dress which became part of my Spring Gala card collection.

Today we are getting together to bottle apples from my garden. I’ll resist serving cake as we are joining another friend later for dinner but a gin & tonic might be a nice reward when all the apples are peeled and done.

And I think this dress I’ve unearthed from the back of the wardrobe might just be my new favourite!

A String Of Pearls

rowan tree berriesautumn hydrangeaOn a Sunday morning walk I came across a Rowan Tree. I didn’t know that was what it was at the time and needed to do a bit of sleuthing when I got home.

It was the pink tinged white berries that caught my eye. I immediately thought of them as perfect for strands of ‘pearls’ for my garden fairy and picked a few sprigs to bring home to play with.

Walking back down my path to the front door I passed the hydrangeas, they too are tinged pink and the russet tones they start to turn as they dry out with the onset of Autumn.

I decided to  combine them in a floral arrangement using my ikebana vase and included some cuttings from one of my plum trees.

ikebana flower arrangementikebana and velvetInspired by a  post on the blog pbm Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ I twisted the plum stems into a knot, soaking them in hot water to soften them up beforehand.

plum knotIt’s a while since I’ve used this vase – it requires such a different approach to flower arrangement so I experimented with several ideas and I think this one is my favourite.

ikebana arrangemnet twodetailAnd then I got a needle and thread to string some garden pearls.
rowan berry pearls‘In a Vase  on Monday’ was started by Cathy. She invites you to join her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase each week – what ever the season. So why not get inspired and share your vase arrangement in the comment section of her blog Rambling In The Garden.

 

Our Day Of Flowers Part 2

Let me take you for a wander through my favourite part of the Allendale Gardens I wrote about in my previous post.

The hydrangeas created swathes of colour along paths of dappled light and cascaded down the bank of the creek that runs through the property.

hydrangeas at Allendale GardenshydrangeasAllen CreekHydrangeas weren’t the only thing to add a splash of blue to this part of the garden. Peacocks and the gentle sound of wind chimes added to the enchantment.

peacockYou can imagine it took great restraint for me to not be picking flowers to create fairy dresses! And I’ve come home wanting to add a lot more hydrangeas to my garden.

 

Our Day Of Flowers

Mr Petal & Pins, Agnes and I took a little road trip last week and ventured up to Stanley which is in the far North West of Tasmania in a region aptly called ‘The Edge of The World’.

Stanley Tasmania

It was incredibly windy during our stay which we weren’t expecting but was not surprising since this neck of the woods gets the brunt of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Luckily we had both thrown scarves in at the last minute when we packed.

When we toured the historic Highfield House which was built in the 1830’s I took a photo of some sheet music thinking the name of the hymn would make a lovely title for a blog post.

sheet music 'our day of flowers' hymn

Highfield House

We called in to The Brown Dog Stanley which stocks my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards to meet the owner Maddie and finally see the gorgeous shop for ourselves.

It’s a treasure trove of lovely and stylish things and a cafe as well so we bought some takeaway sandwiches and parked on the foreshore to have our lunch. Agnes got her promised and eagerly awaited frolic on a beach and then because of the persistent wind we decided on going for a drive to Smithton.

Agnes loves the beach!

Agnes on the beach

Over breakfast, Mr Petal & Pins had read about Allendale Gardens at Edith Creek and suggested we take a detour to see them on the way back.

In the Autumn of 1980 Loraine and Max Cross started to plant the gardens in a grassy field. They wanted their garden to be “first and foremost a place of peace and tranquility – in tune with nature” and they have certainly achieved that, there are now 6 acres of landscaped gardens and 65 acres of rainforest.

As you will see ‘our day of flowers’ was to be the perfect title for a post about our little adventure north.

And I suspect it might have a part two with all the photos I took!

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

The Fairy Haberdasher

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

In my studio I have boxes and jars of buttons.

Made from all sorts of things – shell, metal, glass and paste, coconut shell, silk cord and clay. Some are vintage and others made in cloth using an old button covering press.

Bought in bulk or just enough for a single garment waiting to be chosen as the perfect ‘one’, they come from all over the place including a Parisian haberdasher I stumbled upon while walking in the Marais.

But I need to look out carefully to find the fairy haberdasher peddling his wares of ribbons, buttons and other notions.

Gather & Mingle

nasturtiums in jar

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

‘Ahh nasturtiums…I’ve written about you before and the lesson your carefree habits bring. You have really taken off at the bottom of my garden now – several colours mingling together sprouted from seeds gathered from those unexpected places’

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

This Garden Fairy’s nasturtium sundress is embellished with tiny daisies from my lawn. You can see another in my previous post  Slightly Defiant & Carefree.

Adorn

crocosmia garlandcrocosmia garlandcrocosmia garland

Crocosmia Garland

Picnic Posie

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

Mr Petal & Pins and I finished the Australia Day long weekend with a late lunch on the deck.

I like to arrange flowers in old jars for alfresco dining – even if it’s just the two of us!
For this arrangement I picked some nasturtiums, crocosmia, a sprig of snowberry, a fern leaf and some parsley flower buds.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

So today I’m joining Cathy from Rambling In The Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ with my picnic posie.

Cathy started ‘In a Vase On Monday’ as a weekly ritual of bringing something from the garden inside no matter what the season and invites you to do the same. It’s always lovely to see what’s flowering in other people’s gardens and their arrangements.

My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe has both a nasturtium dress and a crocosmia which you can see here and here.

And my picnic posy now graces the kitchen table.

Aphrodite’s Garden

Legend has it, the Goddess Aphrodite created aromatic oregano as a symbol of joy and grew it in her garden on Mount Olympus.

It’s in flower at the moment in my garden and there’s ample for cooking and creating.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

 

Apple Blossom & Rose Petals

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

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