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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.

petal & pins at Bowerbird

We are back from our first big mainland market – the Bowerbird Bazaar! Held twice a year in Adelaide, South Australia over three days Bowerbird Bazaar is a celebration of Australian artists, designers and creative collaborations.

This year there were 150+ designers and makers exhibiting, Insitu displays six rooms featuring stallholder product, creative workshops and demonstrations, a Saturday Speakers Corner for talks by design professionals, gift wrapping for a gold coin donation (to support breast cancer research) and delicious local food and drinks.

Jane and the Bowerbird team’s organisation and promotion before the event blew us away and we knew we were in for a fantastic and fun 3 days.

I was very excited to be chosen to be interviewed for their Meet The Maker series on their blog in the weeks leading up to the market.

Without further ado, let me show you some photos from the weekend.

Bowerbird BazaarThe friendly front desk girls greeted market goers and behind them a lovely avenue of trees that on Sunday became an enchanting setting for a Mother’s Day high tea.

Posters, banners and booklets featured gorgeous artwork by Adelaide designers Andrew Smart and Heath Riggs.
Fairy lights, trees and lawn created a fair ground feel in the food and bar area.
Bowerbird banner and pop up flowershop fairy light chandelier A display by visual merchandising students and one of the Insitu rooms.visual merchandising display room installation at Bowerbird BazaarSunday’s high tea was opposite our stand and I couldn’t resist going over to take some photos of the tables set with vintage china and glass cake stands, champagne coupes and pretty floral arrangements.
Mother's Day high tea table setting the petal & pins stand at Bowerbird Bazaar petal and pins art prints

It was serendipity that I saw this digitally printed French denim from one of my fabric suppliers just as I was thinking about our stand design – it made the perfect backdrop for our Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

As always  it was fun designing our display but it takes ingenuity to make it transportable – I think we rose to the challenge well – all this packed down into 3 suitcases and one of my old art school folios with our stock for the two plane trips to get there and back.

It was a great weekend, we had fun meeting people, some lovely conversations, gained a new stockist plus some leads to follow up  and our suitcases were a little lighter coming home!

And then there were our evening strolls looking at Adelaide’s beautiful old houses and gardens – but I’ll keep that tale for another day…

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!)

Behind The Scenes

DIY lightbox

Yesterday Mr Petal & Pins and I made a light box for photographing the petal & pins cards.

We had the perfect size cardboard box for the job – which just happened to be the one that we brought Agnès home in – so petal & pins is truely a family affair now!

There are plenty of instructions on the net for DIY light boxes and we are quite chuffed we finally got around to making one.

Some of our photographic session took place on the front verandah, the lowering sun in the early evening illuminated the light box and I swapped work for play.

shadow play

My post about the ‘anniversaire de mariage’ dress  explored the beauty of shadows too – you might like to take a look.

 

 

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

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A Garden Fairy’s Birthday!

A Garden Fairy’s Birthday

Spring 2015

petal & pins celebrated a birthday yesterday! It was the third anniversary of starting my petal & pins blog and about four years since creating the very first dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

When I made my first garden fairy’s dress it was on a whim on a sunny day in a moment of daydreaming in the garden, a break from cutting or sewing a real life creation, and then the next day I made another … and kept on making them!

I started my blog as a ‘home’ for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe and other musing from my studio and garden. My first blog post featured a dress made from a peony flower and very few words so I decided a new peony dress was perfect for this birthday post.

peony birthday dress

Three years on and I’m pleased that I’m still blogging. Like most people who start a a blog I wasn’t exactly sure what I was starting, where I was heading or who would be reading but it has been so much more than I imagined when making that first post.

It has been a lovely journey of finding people with shared passions and an interest in what I do, discovering other blogs on everything from the travel adventures of a boat dwelling cat, vintage glamour and the joys and tribulations of gardening in a different hemisphere to me.

To my surprise I also found great enjoyment in writing to accompany my photos and something I never expected – some solace when my father died.

I had dreams for my Garden Fairy from the beginning of my blogging journey and it has been fun bringing some of those to life and dreaming up new ones.

The first was creating a range of greeting cards featuring flower dresses from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe. There have been twelve collections to date, five of which are currently available, with the newest being my Christmas collection of five holly dresses.

This year Mr Petal & Pins created my gorgeous online shop, I was commissioned to do a life size dress for a wallpaper panel and the local weekend magazine asked to do a feature on me!

It’s been great to meet some of you at the local design markets and to see my cards available through a growing number of retailers.

So thank you for your part in it all – your comments, encouragement or just following – and now I’d like to be bold and ask a favour.

If you have a moment, please visit my online shop – take a look around, give me some feedback, you may even see something you like! Perhaps you could share a link to my website or blog with someone you think might enjoy discovering my garden fairy’s wardrobe because that would help the dreams to continue to grow!

Thank You
Sandra x

P.S.  To celebrate petal & pins’s birthday I’d like to give you a special offer of Free Shipping worldwide until the end of September 2015 on any purchase from the petal & pins online shop.

Visit the shop here and enter the discount code HAPPY3 at the last step of the checkout.

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.

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