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Greenery

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Pantone announcing Greenery as the Colour of the Year 2017 has inspired me to look at all the foliage in my garden.

I had fun combining leaves from about five different plants, focusing on texture and shape to design two new dresses for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe™ now available as limited edition art prints.

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A New Year Begins…

 

petal & pins hydrangea dress print and silk cloth tableau

At the beginning of 2016 we hit the ground running with preparations for our first trade fair in Sydney and that busy pace kept going – but all in a good way!

We attended local & interstate design markets, had two pop up shops and showed at a second trade fair in Melbourne. By Christmas time we were ready to flop on the couch with feet up, and although we did a little of that, while looking towards the new year we decided petal & pins was elbowing for more space so two days before New Years Eve we decided to swap some rooms around!

This was a big task to undertake and included painting one room and some clever problem solving of what would go where – so we took a collective big breath and got stuck in.

My sewing room is now in the smaller room – newly painted ‘Imperial White’ and petal & pins has a lovely light filled studio overlooking the garden with a desk for me and one for Mr Petal & Pins, stock on shelves instead of in stacked boxes, a place to put orders together and most importantly a space to be creative.

2017 I’ve got plans for you too!

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Seasons Greetings

Free Xmas Gift Tags

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I’ve designed a few decorative things for Christmas 2016 including gift tags which feature my vintage wooden reindeer bought years ago on a Canadian adventure with a garland of flowers from my garden.

I’m giving a free set of printable tags to subscribers of the petal & pins online shop newsletter so if you would like to receive them (perfect for making sure you don’t get caught short when doing any last minute xmas eve wrapping!) you can subscribe by going to this link –

petal & pins newsletter + free xmas gift tags

 

 

CUCKoO

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Sweet Cécile Brünner

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We’re having such a great season for roses in Hobart and one of my favourites is the sweet Cécile Brünner.

I love to pick petite posies of them whilst still in bud and their size is perfect for creating my miniature flower couture!

What’s My Name?

 

It rained all day yesterday, so today as everything was rather drenched I’m going to cheat and share a picture of a rose that I picked recently from a friend’s garden for In A Vase On Monday.

I have another motive for doing this – just like my rose from the previous blog post – this one’s name remains a mystery.

Happily blooming for well over thirty years apparently even the local rose society has not been able to identify it – so I thought I’d share it here on the off chance the mystery might be solved!

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It’s ruffled texture was what caught my eye (it made me think of vintage swim suits) and that luscious colour!

The shape of the blooms are quite distinctive and as you can see by the loose petals the red is streaked with an almost burgundy colour.

‘What’s my name?’ – do you know!

Peace, Joy & Dessert

Basket of garden rosesPeace Roseroses in the gardenI’ve been cutting big bunches of roses to have inside this spring and admiring ones that vie with each other for attention from behind fences when strolling down the road.

My basket is laden with  a trio of Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’ or Peace rose – in Italian, Gioia  – meaning joy. I don’t know the name of the pinky red one, it was already growing in my garden, planted long ago and the blooms get pinker the more open they become – any suggestions from a keen rose grower?

The peace rose in bud reminds me of that classic dessert Peach Melba with it’s raspberry coloured streaks and since my raspberry patch is looking pretty fine this season too I’ll have to put it on my summer entertaining list!

Something Old, Something New

garden features at Walker & WalkerWalker & Walker Richmond, Tasmaniabirds & toadstools vintage cotton reels at Walker & Walker

One of petal & pins new stockists is Walker & Walker in Richmond Tasmania, they have a lovely mix of gifts, childrens toys, special things for the garden, antiques and vintage wares – my favourite kind of shop!

Richmond is a town about 25 kilometres north-east of Hobart, which makes it the perfect destination for an afternoon or weekend drive – which is just what we did to hand deliver our Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards instead of posting them!

Of course no trip to Richmond can be without a stroll down to the historic stone span bridge. It’s the oldest bridge still in use in Australia and popular with photographers – tourists and locals alike!

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Find our Garden Fairy’s wardrobe cards at –

Walker & Walker
19 Bridge St, Richmond Tasmania
Hours 10 to 5 every day

Pop! #2

petal & pins pop up shop at Town House Gallery

We’re heading to the north of  the state this coming week for a 2 day pop up shop at the Town House Gallery in Launceston.

Town House is more than just a gallery – it’s an indie store, studio and curated pop up space and it fosters a sense of community with artist run workshops.

Started by textile designer Meredith Ireland, it champions Australian art & design with a focus on the makers who call Tasmania home.

I first met Meredith online when she got in touch with me about writing a guest blog post for Create & Thrive in January. It was not something I’d done before, and we were busy in preparations for our first trade fair appearance so it presented a lovely opportunity to look at what had got me to that point and so I called my post ‘How a Head Full Of Dreams Became petal & pins‘.

That first guest blog post turned out to be a fitting representation of the year to unfold – a year full of ‘firsts’ – our first trade fair, our first big interstate design market, our first pop up shop.

On Saturday we took a drive up to Launceston and finally met Meredith in person and got to see the wonderful space we will transform into all things petal & pins next Friday & Saturday!

In August we showed at our second trade fair, in November we head back to the Bowerbird Design market and next week at Town House will be our 2nd pop up shop!

It’s a lovely coincidence that something towards the end of this year connects me up again with Meredith, it’s been a wonderful, busy, exhausting, exciting year and with only two more months to go I’m now dreaming about what’s next.

You can now find petal & pins whimsical designs in over 45 stockists – mostly in Australia (but we’re working on that!) as well as our online shop.

If you subscribe to the petal & pins newsletter you will be the first to hear where we’ll pop up next, get subscriber only offers and a special welcome gift. Subscribe here.

And, if you happen to be in Launceston next Friday or Saturday, come and say hello!

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