Petal & Pins

Picnic Posie

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

Mr Petal & Pins and I finished the Australia Day long weekend with a late lunch on the deck.

I like to arrange flowers in old jars for alfresco dining – even if it’s just the two of us!
For this arrangement I picked some nasturtiums, crocosmia, a sprig of snowberry, a fern leaf and some parsley flower buds.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

So today I’m joining Cathy from Rambling In The Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ with my picnic posie.

Cathy started ‘In a Vase On Monday’ as a weekly ritual of bringing something from the garden inside no matter what the season and invites you to do the same. It’s always lovely to see what’s flowering in other people’s gardens and their arrangements.

My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe has both a nasturtium dress and a crocosmia which you can see here and here.

And my picnic posy now graces the kitchen table.

Aphrodite’s Garden

Legend has it, the Goddess Aphrodite created aromatic oregano as a symbol of joy and grew it in her garden on Mount Olympus.

It’s in flower at the moment in my garden and there’s ample for cooking and creating.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

 

Apple Blossom & Rose Petals

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

Shades Of Pink, Shades Of Green

This morning I made my first Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress for 2015 with two different pink geraniums that grow in my front garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I decided to use two shades of pink together inspired by the two colour effect of the fabric twine I’ve started making.

A Xmas gift of The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black combined with a workroom tidy up spurred the start of this new project to recycle some of the smaller scraps that mount up in my studio.

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I found the instructions on My Poppet. It’s easy to make and all ready my mind is sparking with ideas for what I might do with it.

You can see other ways I use my scraps in my posts Macarons, Memories & Momentoes and Treasure & Mermaids.

Always better than them ending up in landfill.

Happy New Year

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Fireworks at midnight New Years Eve Hobart,Tasmania Australia

all images © Sandra Alcorn 2014

Holly Leaves & Xmas Doves

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Back in winter, when the berries were red, I created my garden fairy several holly gowns with Christmas in mind and chose this one for a special festive edition card.

Early in December I took my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe collection to the market. Although my Petal & Pins stall was quite petite I wanted something else to have alongside my card sets and decided to make origami doves that I strung on fine gold thread.

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origami dove

The cards and the doves proved so popular that I never got to send any of the holly dress cards myself and needed to make more doves to use for my own festive decorating.

We have had house guests over christmas including ball obsessed Oscar the Groodle so the safest place for my glass baubles was in a vase rather than dangling tantalisingly from the tree.

With the addition of a branch and some of my origami doves it made a striking centrepiece on the dining table on christmas day and now graces the cocktail cabinet ready for New Years Eve festivities.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

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…

Spring Just Gone

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

It’s now officially summer and I can’t believe I posted so few things about  my garden over spring – especially since it was such a good one.

Lots of things flowered early and quickly producing a profusion of colour.

Like the banksia rose which has a tangle of  pale pink rose, honeysuckle and jasmine twining through it.

When we pruned it back I gathered some up for a vase and to create several  designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe – here are just two of them!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

So while I might not have posted much about spring in my garden I certainly enjoyed it!

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

 

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