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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.

starting a petal & pins dressdesigner Sandra Alcorn starting one of her Garden Fairy's Wardrobe dressesleaf detail on a petal and pins dresspetal & pins autumn hydrangea dress

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.

De Rigueur

flower glove

There has been a distinct chill in the air this week in Hobart so there is no mistaking winter is almost here. I’ve delayed walking the dog until late morning hoping for a little sunshine – but I’ve needed to be quick to catch it. A coat is now de rigueur and its time to bring out the gloves too!

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

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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In A Corner

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

Since it was cold and drizzly  it was a quick sprint outside to pick something to use for joining in with Julie’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme today.

At this time of year I can always find some bergenia flowers in my garden. I chose an old brass vase which I don’t usually use for fresh flowers and its oriental style has influenced the style of the arrangement.

The plum sticks I used in my ‘String of Pearls’ vase have dried nicely (as have the rowan berries) so I decided to make a lattice like element with them.

Combined with the bergenia flowers are three bergenia leaves in graduating sizes, a piece of clematis vine  and a sprig of a variegated ground cover that no matter how much time I spend pulling it out of the garden it persists!

I have also added one of my silk butterflies – you can see how I’ve used them before in my post Butterfly Wings & Other Things.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I have photographed it in the corner of the fireplace bookshelf near a lovely embroidered panel my sister bought me on a trip to China, it’s not a spot I usually sit a vase but it works rather well so perhaps it’s time to rearrange a few things.

© Sandra  Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I have made several dresses for My Garden Fairy using bergenia flowers that you can see here and here .

If you have been enjoying seeing My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe designs I have three new card collections available from my new petal & pins shop and I’m offering free shipping worldwide on the card collection sets until the 30th June 2015 with the code FREESHIPPING615

Apple Cosy

Autumn Vase

There was not much blue sky today mostly it’s been rainy and grey. As predicted the wind has whipped up and I can hear it howling and whirling around rustling the leaves as I write.

Yesterday I picked a vase of flowers and the splash of orange is perfect to add some brightness to inside as a counterpoint to the drab weather, especially as the forecast for the rest of the week is for more of the same.

Not a lot of flowers about in my garden at the moment but lots of Autumn foliage and seed pods so I have used those in my arrangement with a few nasturtiums and minaret flowers.

orange and green

I popped the ‘apple cosy’ I bought on our road trip to the north west of Tasmania along side the vase (isn’t it cute!). Besides the colours complementing the flowers it’s a perfect symbol of mid autumn at my place since there are apples still on my tree and a cupboard full of just bottled apples ready for a winter of apple crumbles.

apple cosy from Smithton

I had never heard of, much less seen an apple cosy before – its purpose is to stop an apple getting bruised in a lunchbox. When I saw this little bit of knitted cuteness I immediately thought of my Fairy Dust friend who loves apples so I’ll be giving it to her next time we catch up.

Have you ever seen an apple cosy?

What’s your favourite winter apple dessert?

Our Day Of Flowers

Mr Petal & Pins, Agnes and I took a little road trip last week and ventured up to Stanley which is in the far North West of Tasmania in a region aptly called ‘The Edge of The World’.

Stanley Tasmania

It was incredibly windy during our stay which we weren’t expecting but was not surprising since this neck of the woods gets the brunt of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Luckily we had both thrown scarves in at the last minute when we packed.

When we toured the historic Highfield House which was built in the 1830’s I took a photo of some sheet music thinking the name of the hymn would make a lovely title for a blog post.

sheet music 'our day of flowers' hymn

Highfield House

We called in to The Brown Dog Stanley which stocks my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards to meet the owner Maddie and finally see the gorgeous shop for ourselves.

It’s a treasure trove of lovely and stylish things and a cafe as well so we bought some takeaway sandwiches and parked on the foreshore to have our lunch. Agnes got her promised and eagerly awaited frolic on a beach and then because of the persistent wind we decided on going for a drive to Smithton.

Agnes loves the beach!

Agnes on the beach

Over breakfast, Mr Petal & Pins had read about Allendale Gardens at Edith Creek and suggested we take a detour to see them on the way back.

In the Autumn of 1980 Loraine and Max Cross started to plant the gardens in a grassy field. They wanted their garden to be “first and foremost a place of peace and tranquility – in tune with nature” and they have certainly achieved that, there are now 6 acres of landscaped gardens and 65 acres of rainforest.

As you will see ‘our day of flowers’ was to be the perfect title for a post about our little adventure north.

And I suspect it might have a part two with all the photos I took!

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Refreshingly Festive

We just had a weekend of perfect summer days.

Saturday we had lunch on our new deck and on Sunday went to afternoon drinks at a friend’s place.

The sunny weather inspired me to make a punch and my friend had the perfect punch bowl.

She also has borage growing and the flowers made a pretty addition to my concoction – it was festive and refreshing!

Pimm's punch

Both days were warm enough to linger outside into the evening (a novelty in Hobart even in summer).

I’ve decided this summer should be ‘the summer of punch’ – I must plant some borage in my garden…

A Tropical Ballet

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

On my recent trip to Magnetic Island a dip in the ocean was high on my to do list. It was 28 degrees every day I was there and the island has more gorgeous beaches than there are days in the week.

At Radical Bay I not only blissfully frolicked in the sea but I created this design for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

It could almost be a costume for a ballet don’t you think?

Unable to identify what the flowering tree was I turned to sleuthing on the internet and discovered the most wonderful website – Some Magnetic Island Plants.

Donald Simpson is the author and his website is fabulous!
You can search by botanical name, common name or colour palette. He has photos, botanical information and tells you where on the island you can see a particularly good specimen of each plant.

Delightedly  I got to meet Donald the following day – such is island life!
His website is a true labour of love and  I encourage all plant lovers to have a look.

And the flowering tree on Radical Bay Beach that Donald kindly identified for me?
Barringtonia Asiatica.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Barringtonia Asiatica at Radical Bay  © Sandra Alcorn 2014

It’s a night flowering tree and by morning the blooms have fallen to the ground  – I think the scene is set for my beach ballet.

Sultry & Stirred

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

I photographed this Garden Fairy’s dress made from Bergenia flowers with my iPad. I like the unexpected effect – a grainy vintage sultry summer feel.

I imagine her standing outside in the late afternoon sun with the heat radiating off the buildings, the sun casting long shadows. Martinis being stirred, palm trees and a poolside location.

Maybe she was swimming earlier in the day in her St Tropez style ‘forget-me-not’ bikini..

Miami, Florida. Photographer unknown circa 1950

Miami, Florida. Photographer unknown 1950

Or perhaps I’ve been daydreaming a little as I start to think what to pack for going to Magnetic Island later in the week!

 

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