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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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new studio celebration

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

 

 

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!

100 Seasons

roses and tulips at Flowers Vasette

I’ve always loved strolling past or into a fabulous flower shop, what passionate flower lover doesn’t!

Long before I started creating my miniature flower couture I would take photos of flower shops that caught my eye on holidays, Flowers Vasette was one and I have a photo taken of their storefront from about twenty years ago.

So it’s not surprising that in the fledgling beginnings of petal & pins I declared I would love to have my cards stocked at this iconic Melbourne florist and we were excited in March this year when that wish came true!

Recently in Melbourne for Life InStyle we were staying in Fitzroy just down the road from Flowers Vasette so we made a visit to their beautiful shop.

I took these pictures of the wonderful abundance of flowers and our Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards on display and bought a bunch of pink runuculus – often referred to as the rose of spring – to help make our apartment feel like home when we got back from long and busy trade fair days.

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cards at Flowers Vasette
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Return To The Source

It’s yet another rainy day in Hobart so since it’s not inviting to be in the garden picking flowers I thought I’d share some photos of making a dress with the hydrangeas from my autumn post gathered.

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If you’ve been following the petal & pins blog for a while you may remember that back in February we were planning for our  first trade fair, well now we’re busy preparing for our second – this time in Melbourne!

The theme for this one is Return To The Source and it was inspiring to hear futurist, curator, event designer Genty Marshall talk about the inspiration and motivation behind this seasons event theme at a workshop in June.

‘provenance – what is true – materials – tactility – essentialism – legacy – the idea of journey’ – all these things are important to us and what we do at petal & pins from the designs I create, the paper stock we choose and the decision to print locally in Tasmania.

Our garden not only inspires but also  provides the materials for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dresses, so the seasons, and like today the weather influence when and what I have to design with but that unpredictable and sometime elusive nature is part of the charm for me – it inspires me to try and ‘live in the moment’ more.

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We’ve added some new dresses to The Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe card range and last week I went to see them start to roll off the press – I can’t wait to share them and some of the other creative ideas I’ve been working on!

If you’re a retailer who  loves flowers, fashion and a bit of whimsy we’d love to show you through the petal & pins range – come and say hello – you’ll find us at F24 in First Instyle.

To know when the new designs will be available online and in stores subscribe to our newsletter here.

Happiness By Design

Life In Style

“Life Instyle is Australia’s only boutique trade event showcasing emerging trends, brands and products that are on the cooler side of style and design. With a strong commitment to creativity and originality.”

petal & pins at First Instyle

“Embracing emerging designers and supporting a growing and diverse design community are the principles behind First Instyle – a carefully curated space showcasing the best emerging designers and start ups to a discerning retail audience”

Interested in becoming a petal & pins stockist? We will be at Life Instyle in Sydney this week and invite you to visit petal & pins at F24 to see our range of greeting cards and art prints.

Happiness by Design is this years theme for the trade fair  which I think sums up the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe very well!

You can register for LifeInstyle here or message me regarding becoming a stockist (international retailers most welcome!)

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.

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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.

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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.

Shiny & New!

I am very excited to announce the launch of the petal and pins online shop to coincide with three new Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe card sets – the Catwalk Collection, Prêt à Porter Collection and Red Carpet Collection.

There are also limited edition prints, ‘Ode to Coco Chanel’ card trio sets and some other bits of loveliness in paper and cloth.

To celebrate this new step in the petal & pins journey and as a thank you for following it thus far I am offering you *free shipping worldwide on purchases of any Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe Card Set  – just enter the code FREESHIPPING615   *offer expires 30 June 2015

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p.s. A big thank you to Mr Petal & Pins who created it for me – apart from my creative input all credit must go to him and I couldn’t be more delighted with the result – I hope you like it too!

kind regards,

Sandra

My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe Cards

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

The list of stockists for my Garden Fairy’s Wardobe cards has grown! You will find a selection at the following places –

TASMANIA

The Brown Dog Stanley 15 Church Street Stanley

FIG flowers.interiors.garden 244 Elizabeth Street Hobart

Because gallery + giftware 7a Gregory Street Sandy Bay

Verde  112 Landsdowne Crescent West Hobart

QUEENSLAND

Bloom in Design Shop 3b cnr Ashmore & Blundall Rds Surfers Paradise

USA

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 S. Embassy Street Montauk, NY

Most of the dresses in the wardrobe have a story behind them – if you would like to read the stories behind these two designs you will find them in my posts Crocosmia and Lucky Strike.

Holly Leaves & Xmas Doves

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Back in winter, when the berries were red, I created my garden fairy several holly gowns with Christmas in mind and chose this one for a special festive edition card.

Early in December I took my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe collection to the market. Although my Petal & Pins stall was quite petite I wanted something else to have alongside my card sets and decided to make origami doves that I strung on fine gold thread.

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The cards and the doves proved so popular that I never got to send any of the holly dress cards myself and needed to make more doves to use for my own festive decorating.

We have had house guests over christmas including ball obsessed Oscar the Groodle so the safest place for my glass baubles was in a vase rather than dangling tantalisingly from the tree.

With the addition of a branch and some of my origami doves it made a striking centrepiece on the dining table on christmas day and now graces the cocktail cabinet ready for New Years Eve festivities.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

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