Petal & Pins

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Pink Dress & Daisy Lawn

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I bought a vintage flower basket – perfect for gathering flowers for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe .

A week ago the lawn was a mass of tiny daisies. It was rather pretty looking out the sunroom window at them and I had the idea to pick and arrange them into a word on the green grass but what word I couldn’t decide on.

I was too indecisive! Mr Petal & Pins has now mowed the lawn so no more daisies.

I’ll work on my word choice for next time they pop up.

Meanwhile the garden has lots of colour to play with for garden fairies.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

Blue

forget-me-notsLake Dobson Tasmaniatyre planterplum blossom

All Images © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Changing Hue

I let my vase of roses linger…I like the petals fading hues they remind me of my vintage velvet jacket the fabric bruised with wear and time only adds to its beauty.

The petals spill on the mantlepiece and I let them linger too.

As in Faded Glamour I’m inspire to turn them into a garden fairy’s gown.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Origami, Roses & Gardeners Past

It’s been lovely over our colder months seeing and reading about what’s flowering in the gardens of my northern hemisphere WordPress friends.
I must admit it made me a little impatient for spring to return to my own garden but it’s been worth the wait with just enough cold, rain and sunshine for everything now to be bountiful and blooming beautifully.

I live in an old house, circa 1920, and feel lucky and grateful that someone long ago started the garden and planted such a wonderful variety of plants.

There are many roses including a rambling deep red climbing rose at the side of the house. Thanks to Mother Nature and my ever improving pruning skills it’s currently a profusion of blooms. You can only glimpse them as you approach the front door and take a sideways glance beyond the verandah, so last week I decided to pick a big bunch to enjoy inside.

Roses from my gardenRoses on the Mantlepiecegarden rosesrose detail
I also signed up for Paperphilia’s Seven Days Of Paper Love last week and the ‘Day 1 Challenge’ was make a free-standing origami heart. First I made one out of origami paper and then inspired by my vase of roses I created one using metallic red embossed paper – a thank you token to the gardeners past who planted lots of loveliness that I now get to enjoy.

origami heart

PS – In the first photo you may have noticed the vintage flower cutters – they were my grandmother’s and truth be told they don’t cut so well these days and appear just as a prop. I have fond memories of her taking me into her garden as a child and picking flowers with them.
All photos © Sandra Alcorn 2014

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Fabulously Festive

Magnetic Island bougainvilleas

Bougainvilleas are among the most colourful of flowering plants. Named after French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville they originate from the tropics and subtropics of South America.

You occasionally see one growing in a sunny spot in Tasmania but in Queensland they put on a spectacular display that is fabulously festive.

bougainvilleas on Magnetic Island

This tangle of several colours I photographed while on Magnetic Island, and I picked some to play with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Now my garden fairy is ready for a Summer Fiesta!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A Fleeting Moment

Sitting on Picnic Bay Beach Magnetic Island

Sitting on Picnic Bay Beach Magnetic Island

I’m back from a Queensland holiday with lots of photos and inspiration for several blog posts and a whole new collection of tropical flower dresses for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I bought a new camera before I went – more sophisticated than I had previously so I am still figuring out how to use it (meaning I’m a bit bamboozled by it all!)

I stuck mostly to the auto setting since I couldn’t go wrong with that but I did discover it has an ‘art’ setting for fancy effects hence this picture.

If you’ve been following my blog you will know from my recent post Butterfly Wings & Other Things I’ve been having a bit of a butterfly moment so you can imagine I was pretty delighted when I found the butterfly adorned sandals I’m wearing in a little shop in Ingham.

And this adorned the entrance to Paronella Park at Menna Creek.

butterfly scupture Paronella Park

I don’t know if I’m just tuned in to seeing all things butterfly or the universe is bringing them into my orbit but on Sunday, my last day on Magnetic Island I came across a boy probably only 7 or 8 years old with a butterfly net. He had just caught the most amazing butterfly I’ve ever seen – large iridescent green.

I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo as I’d been fixated on photographing the flowers of a jade vine. He was literally jumping for joy at his discovery and I was pleased to see he let it go after he took a picture.

Back home I pulled out a Vintage Shell Project Card Album Butterflies and Moths to see if I could identify it.

Shell project card album

It was a Cairns Birdwing.

Lucky me for a fleeting moment to share the excitement of seeing it too.

Cairns Birdwing butterfly

Time & Tide

There was wild weather all around Tasmania last week and it was still pouring with rain as we headed off for a few days up the east coast on Friday for some time out and to celebrate Mr Petal & Pins birthday.

We arrived at Rocky Hills Retreat pleased to find the wood heater already lit and we could enjoy watching the brooding atmosphere outside while cosily tucked up on  the couches with a glass of champagne.

The Retreat has an old weatherboard church relocated from Hobart which has been turned into a creative studio for guests so on Saturday morning we wandered up after breakfast to explore and play.

Mr Petal & Pins dusted off his musical skills and found a spot to sit where the sun was streaming in to strum a guitar while I chose to sketch him with charcoal.

Sunday we woke up to blue sky and sunshine, perfect for a drive further up the coast to Friendly Beaches in the Freycinet National Park.

I made this Garden Fairy’s dress in situ and then left it for the tide to take.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I went a little crazy taking photos on the beach and I thought I’d share a few since you might not be familiar with this part of the world.
It is a beautiful place, the colours magical on a sunny day…and as you can see we had the whole beach to ourselves!

Friendly Beaches Tasmania

Friendly Beaches Tasmania

Friendly Beaches Tasmania

Friendly Beaches Tasmania

beach flora

rocks east coast Tasmania

rocks east coast Tasmania

Friendly Beaches Tasmania

view from Cape Torville

all photos © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Memory & Myth

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I can picture exactly where the Salvia Leucatha grew below the window of my parents bedroom in the front garden of my childhood home.

Drawn to both the colour and the texture I loved the purple spires of velvet flowers on silvery stems – perhaps an early hint of a vocation with the tactility of textiles.

Family myth is purple was one of the first words in my vocabulary and it’s still a favourite colour.

When I walk past the patch of salvia that spills onto the pavement down the road and  lightly touch the velvet flowers it immediately takes me  back to childhood days in that garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

 

Leafy Layers

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A ‘tea dress’ for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

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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