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For Every Season

greeting card designed by Tasmanian botanical artist Sandra Alcorn

While I may be enjoying Spring, you may be somewhere watching the leaves turn and fall.

I gathered leaves earlier this year in my Autumn to design some dresses for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe® and this design has just been released as a card and limited edition print.

In this picture it’s surrounded by some of my vintage pieces including a very special bag.

It arrived one day in the post with a lovely note from a friend, the bag belonged to her mum and made her think of me and so wanted me to have it.

“…You bring me fond memories of my mum when you talk about her. I don’t mean for it to be a bag you would carry – it just feels as if it would be more at home with you!”

Now I’ve always been attracted to vintage bags, from ones in my childhood dress up box to the op shop and flea market finds I collected as a fashion design student so it was easy to see why she thought of me!

I was delighted with both the bag and the sentiment from a friend I see all too rarely  (we live in different parts of the country) and this lovely gesture shows we will always be kindred spirits. I will use the bag – in fact I already have, I’ve also been leaving it sitting on my grandmothers dressing table that we use for a hall stand so I can glance at it every day.

You can see all my card and art print designs here.

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!

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