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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.

holly sprig and geranium
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.

xmas decorated mantlepiece
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.

Glamorous Clippings

I’m joining in for Cathy’s weekly challenge of ‘In a Vase on Monday’ today.
Since this morning was an unseasonal wintery temperature and raining, I have cheated a little by using the vase arrangements I did last Wednesday.

The time had come to trim some of the low hanging banksia rose as you needed to duck to get down the garden path it so beautifully arches over. Mr Petal & Pins trimmed sparingly and I gathered some of it for vases.

banksia rose and peace roses
banksia rose flower arrangement
I added some peace roses to one arrangement and some elderberry bush and three flowers and leaves from a lily that perhaps someone can identify for me.

Last year I created several dresses with the banksia rose, one of which now features in my Red Carpet Collection of cards.

Spring floral display with a petal & pins greeting card
I was also delighted earlier this year to be commissioned  to create one of my Garden Fairy’s dresses as a life size one in a wallpaper panel and it was this dress the client and I chose.
It was a lovely project to take on and I was very excited to see it in place – hopefully it will lead to more commissions – enquiries most welcome!

petal & pins banksia rose dress wallpaper

An Imaginary Guest

white and cream flowers from my garden

A few days ago, I decided to pick a bunch of white and cream spring flowers from my garden and since the wedding season has begun they were perfect for creating a wedding dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I used the Jupiter’s Beard centrathus ruber, Snow Ball Bush viburnum opulus, and Granny’s Bonnet aquilegia – all of which I have created dresses with before.

The Jupiter’s Beard reminds me of tulle and the Snow Ball Bush guipure lace flowers.

start of white dressSpring wedding dress 2015
I love white and green gardens, they are elegant and calm, but I’m too much of a lover of colour to ever restrict a garden to just that, besides my garden is a collaborative effort with ‘gardeners past’ and tends to reflect that.

If I were playing the game of ultimate dinner party guest-list, one of the guests would be the person who started my garden – a pre dinner stroll around the garden would be a must, with a glass of champagne of course!

Who would be on yours?

 

© Sandra Alcorn 2015 All words and images on this blog are my own work (unless otherwise credited) please ask before reproducing elsewhere.

Happy First Day Of Spring

camellias and blossoms

Last week started out sunny in Hobart, there was even enough sunshine to decide to eat lunch outside and linger but by the end of the week Winter wanted a last hurrah and it rained, hailed and howled.

More snow fell on the mountain and my early flowering camellias dropped on the ground.

They are too pretty to leave languishing so I brought a few inside to enjoy before the petals had a chance to brown. Combined with a few pretty pink blossoms on a vintage plate I think they look rather scrumptious.

It could be reinterpreted into a dessert – meringue and raspberries perhaps?!
Instead I created a confection of a dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Spring dress

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Early Signs Of Spring

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

A Lovely Reminder

If you joined me on ‘A Twilight Stroll’ you will have seen some of the blossom that is out at the moment in my neighbourhood.
blossom dress detail
The other day I created a blossom dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe from the first of our plum trees to flower.  I don’t harvest a lot of the fruit from this tree as it is a small variety of plum and the birds are quick to feast on them.

blossom dress bodice detail

In the past I’ve made a sweet chilli plum sauce, a rather laborious process I must confess, but a delicious result. Perhaps it’s the year to make the effort to do so again.

I do however always pick some branches of the blossom to bring inside. They don’t last long but are such a pretty thing to have in a vase – and a lovely reminder to savour life’s fleeting moments.

My great aunt passed on her secret of spraying blossom with hairspray to make it last a little longer. Practical tip or old wives tale who knows, but I like to believe it does work not least for the fond memories it conjures up of her!

With guests for dinner on Saturday night, naturally at least one of the many vases I filled featured blossom.

Our other plum is now flowering so I combined branches of the two. The one I created my garden fairy’s dress with has lovely deep reddish brown leaves and the softest of pink blossom and the other has light green leaves and a pure white blossom.

plum blossom

I put this arrangement in the bathroom (with a squirt of hairspray!) and I’m sharing it as my ‘In A Vase On Monday’ – started by Cathy from Rambling in the Garden she invites you to share what you gather from your garden each week.

By the time I photographed it this afternoon the warmth of being inside had unfurled most of the leaves…meanwhile outside one tree is a fairy floss like froth of blossom and the other just a sprinkling of blooms.

Is it any wonder they have inspired a Garden Fairy’s dress!

petal & pins plum blossom dress

Subtle Shading

The japonica is just starting to flower in my garden and I picked a few sprays to put in a vase with the buds still closed.

japonica sprays

In the warmth inside they opened into lovely tones of cream and peachy pink instead of the usual bright colour that punctuates the bareness of my patchwork hedge in winter.

japonica flowers
The colours remind me of a hat that once belonged to my grandmother. I think the delicate layered feathers would have once been a more uniform tone but I like the subtle shading created by the passing of time.

vintage hat

That faded glamour also inspired me to create this dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe with the japonica flowers.

japonica flower dress

After the Solstice

winter vase

vase of bergenias, hellebores, jonquil and camellia buds & leaves

 

For a couple of weeks before the winter solstice my garden seems devoid of flowers and then after it seems like each day something new appears in bloom.

It starts with a smattering of jonquils and then a patch of snow drops. I can begin to gather tiny bunches of violets and the hellebore buds start to open.

But it’s the bergenias and swamp iris that make a real statement with their pink and purple splashes of colour throughout the garden. They invoke an air of anticipation although there is a good two months to go until Spring.

When the sun’s out and the temperature agreeable it’s a great time to be in the garden which is just how I spent my Saturday with Mr Petal & Pins.

swamp iris garden fairy's wardrobe dress by petal & pins

swamp iris dress for My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe

Flowers & Seedpods

With the sun shining this morning I created two dresses with the flowers of Leonotis Leonurus and the seedpods from Iris foetidissima.

I’ve often combined the two in a vase – the splash of orange is a dramatic inclusion to an Autumn arrangement – but this is the first time using them for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

This is one of the dresses and you can can see the other at the petal & pins Facebook page.


© 2015 Sandra Alcorn

Leafy Layers #2

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© Sandra Alcorn 2015 petalandpins.com

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