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A Thank You Bouquet

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Recently one of my brides dropped in for morning tea and gave me this gorgeous bunch of ‘thank you’ flowers. It had stems of pretty brassica that also featured in my posts Mon Petit Chou and Petit Chou#2.

The process of designing and creating a wedding dress means spending quite a bit of time with a bride and during the journey from sketch to toile, through fittings to finished gown there are many varied and interesting conversations.

Some are about plans for the festivities – their excitement is contagious and I often help with suggestions for flowers or other details. Occasionally my garden offers up a welcome supply of Cécile Brunner roses for adorning hair or cake.

This last season, a bride’s mother came and picked some of my Perle D’or roses to add to the bridal bouquet and a collection of tiny pine cones I gathered from a picnic were perfect for the men’s buttonholes of my Autumn bridal party.

There was a third gown for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe that I created with them last June, so I thought I’d share it today.

It is one of the designs in my Haute Couture Collection along with roses,hellebores and peony. AUS$24.95+pp for a 5 card set available here.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Garden Fairy Found In Montauk

A month ago Lee from Fort Pond Native Plants in Montauk New York contacted me. The garden centre has a shop and gallery and she was interested in my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe!

So I am excited to tell you that they now stock a range of my notecard sets and individual cards.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Being half a world away I have had to be content with only looking at photos of their wonderful nursery but I instantly knew if I lived locally I would be a frequent visitor.

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 South Embassy St Montauk, New York

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 South Embassy St Montauk, New York

tulip bulbs at Fort Pond Native Plants

tulip bulbs at Fort Pond Native Plants

Beautiful plants, interesting garden themed gifts and books, landscaping services, classes…oh and some cute resident dogs!

Fort Pond Native Plants furry friends

Perhaps Montauk New York is your neighbourhood or close enough to visit – I’d love to hear if it is and I hope you’ll be tempted to buy some of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards from Fort Pond Native Plants.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The cards are blank inside for your own message, greeting or using for invitations. And they look great framed too!

Collection Sets (5 notecards + envelopes) include –

Verde, Haute Couture, boho, Passion and Garden Party.

‘Ode to Chanel’  is a trio of cards.

 

If you can’t get to Montauk you can visit my Petal & Pins etsy store.

Wholesale enquiries welcome.

 

Fort Pond Native Plants images used with their permission – thank you Lee!

Garden Party

 

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I created this hydrangea dress when the flowers were still creamy white.

A week or so later and the flower heads on the bushes have turned a mix of dusty pinks and greens – I love having vases full of them in the hall and on the mantelpiece.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Another of my hydrangea dresses, from when the flowers are creamy white, features in my new card set – ‘Garden Party’ Collection – along with pansies, brassica, geraniums and pom pom flowers.

Summer might be at an end here but this new card collection will be a reminder of the fun and frivolity that a garden party can bring…and if you’re in the northern hemisphere they’d make lovely invitations to one now you’re coming into Spring.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe ‘Garden Party’ Collection
Notecard Set 5 x cards 5 x envelopes AUS $24.95 plus pp.
Available now from my Etsy Store

The Last Days Of Summer

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

As summer draws to a close so too does the wedding season.

A bride picked up her dress yesterday for a wedding this weekend on Bruny Island and I’m finishing off another for a garden wedding next weekend.

With a slightly less hectic schedule, today I made time for some other creative pursuits.

It’s been a few weeks since my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe gained something new so that was the first thing I did.

Already there are little signs of Autumn appearing when I look around the garden – the apples are almost ready to pick, there are rose hips and a blush of colour on the leaves of the lilac bushes.

Some of the geraniums I struck last year are coming into their own and it’s the flowers from one of these that I’ve combined with fuchsias for this Garden Fairy dress.

With a birthday party to go to tonight I then turned to making a present. I had decided earlier in the week to make a bag and came up with the idea of printing some of my ‘kaleidoscope’ photos onto the smooth underside of a heavy cotton drill.

I chose a different image for each side of the bag and finished it off with a pink zip closure and hot pink silk lining. The bag could be used as a clutch purse, to hold jewellery or a pencil case.

I’ve been wanting to play with those images on fabric since I took them and I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.

I’ll post some photos soon – for now it’s wrapped up ready to give to the birthday girl – I just have to write on a card – a Petal & Pins ‘Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe’ card of course!

Celebrating Spring

In a few days Petal & Pins celebrates it’s 1st birthday! Thank you for visiting, following and your comments over the last year.

 I have created four new sets of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards for Spring/Summer 13/14.

The Passion, boho, Verde and Haute Couture Collections are available now from my Petal & Pins etsy store.

All the designs in these new card sets have featured here on the blog, sometimes with an accompanying story.

Passion Collection  © Sandra Alcorn 2013

Passion Collection
© Sandra Alcorn 2013

boho collection © Sandra Alcorn 2013

boho collection
© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Verde Collection © Sandra Alcorn 2013

Verde Collection
© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Haute Couture Collection © Sandra Alcorn 2013

Haute Couture Collection
© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Madame Agnès & The Mademoiselle

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

This week I’m excited to have a new stockist for my Garden Fairy’s wardrobe cards in the north of the state.

I posted off a selection to The Brown Dog in Stanley, so if you find yourself in the beautiful north west of Tasmania do visit the store. It’s given me yet another reason why I must plot a road trip north but in the mean time – in honour of the store’s name – I’m posting a photo of Agnes my Labradoodle.

Agnes is named after Madame Agnès, a French milliner who was famous for cutting her elegant brims while they were being worn by her clients. Madame Agnès established her salon on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honore in 1917 – the same year my house was built (I love serendipitous coincidences)!

Agnes is photographed on the front verandah with a heart of Cécile Brunner roses. The book ‘Naming of the rose’ by Roger Mann says the original name for the rose was actually ‘Mademoiselle Cécile Brunner’ named after ‘the charming daughter of M.Ulrich Brunner, rose-grower of Lausanne’ by M. Pernet-Ducher as a tribute to his senior colleague and rival. Its American nickname is the Sweetheart Rose.

I am lucky to have half a dozen bushes of Cécile Brunner roses in my garden. I posted a Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress using them last November and below is a new design which is coming soon to my Spring/Summer 13/14 range of cards.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Camellias, Cards and Coco

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Last spring I received my first Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe request for an “Ode to Chanel” using camellias.

As the camellias in my garden are pink, friends offered up the spoils of their garden and so one evening I went around and with scissors in hand my friends surveyed their camellia bushes and chose the most perfect blooms to fill up my basket.

I had enough blooms to create a collection of designs, and inspired by the tradition of closing a haute couture show with a wedding dress, decided on a bridal theme.

I am excited to announce that they are now available as a trio of greeting cards – perfect for a fashionista’s birthday or an invitation to a celebration!

You can purchase a set from my petal & pins shop.

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Aquilegia, Agapanthus & Sugar Flowers From Paris.

dress made out of Aquilegia flowers

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

It’s a year to the day that I created my first Garden Fairy dress so it seemed apt to do another using the same flowers. The aquilegias in the garden are in lots of shades of pinks and purples. They line the garden path to my front door and have self seeded into the cracks in the paving down the side of the house. In the first dress a year ago I also used the leaves but this time I combined the flowers with some of the seed pods that have already started to form.

One of the pleasures of having a garden is sharing – so this week I swapped some grape hyacinth bulbs for some agapanthus. Another pleasure is the surprises they bring – the colour of the agapanthus are unknown so time will tell if they’re white or blue!

Well, a year on the fairy’s wardrobe has grown considerably, found a home in this blog and I’m pleased to say the first edition of the gorgeous Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards are now available through my Petal & Pins shop.

There are two collections in the first edition – ‘High Tea’ which includes chrysanthemum, lilac, aquilegia leaf, fuchsia and violet dresses and ‘Spring Gala’ which features rhododendron, plum blossom, iris, paper daisy and peony gowns – only a few of which you will have seen on this blog.

How will I mark the occasion? I’ll plant the agapanthus and bake a cake – perhaps decorating it with the tiny sugar flowers I bought in Paris.

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