Petal & Pins

Summer’s End

One of the peony trees in my garden kept me guessing for several years as to the colour of it’s blooms (yellow).

It doesn’t flower often or profusely but it’s  saving grace is beautiful pink stems so when I pruned some of the height I set about finding what pink flowers were in the garden to combine with the peony foliage for a decidedly pretty vase arrangement.

I’ve photographed it in front of a length of fabric I bought on our travels that hangs in the hallway to the backdoor. This piece we bought in Paris and the delicate illustrations of bathers at the seaside are charming.

Are you enjoying the delights of Spring in your garden or are you too at Summer’s end? I’m linking this post up with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase each week – why not join in?

peony leaves and pink flowers
pink floral arrangement detail
pale pink fuchsias
pink peony tree stems
French toile fabric

Our Day Of Flowers Part 2

Let me take you for a wander through my favourite part of the Allendale Gardens I wrote about in my previous post.

The hydrangeas created swathes of colour along paths of dappled light and cascaded down the bank of the creek that runs through the property.

hydrangeas at Allendale GardenshydrangeasAllen CreekHydrangeas weren’t the only thing to add a splash of blue to this part of the garden. Peacocks and the gentle sound of wind chimes added to the enchantment.

peacockYou can imagine it took great restraint for me to not be picking flowers to create fairy dresses! And I’ve come home wanting to add a lot more hydrangeas to my garden.

 

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

The Fairy Haberdasher

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

In my studio I have boxes and jars of buttons.

Made from all sorts of things – shell, metal, glass and paste, coconut shell, silk cord and clay. Some are vintage and others made in cloth using an old button covering press.

Bought in bulk or just enough for a single garment waiting to be chosen as the perfect ‘one’, they come from all over the place including a Parisian haberdasher I stumbled upon while walking in the Marais.

But I need to look out carefully to find the fairy haberdasher peddling his wares of ribbons, buttons and other notions.

Gather & Mingle

nasturtiums in jar

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

‘Ahh nasturtiums…I’ve written about you before and the lesson your carefree habits bring. You have really taken off at the bottom of my garden now – several colours mingling together sprouted from seeds gathered from those unexpected places’

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

This Garden Fairy’s nasturtium sundress is embellished with tiny daisies from my lawn. You can see another in my previous post  Slightly Defiant & Carefree.

Adorn

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Crocosmia Garland

Teddy Bear Muse

Last November, in anticipation of seeing the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, I created two Gaultier inspired designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

For fans of “the enfant terrible of French fashion” it will be no surprise that one of these was a corset.

For inspiration I chose the conical bra style he first showed in the early 1980s and which was famously worn by pop icon Madonna on her Blonde Ambition World Tour.

Here is my take on it for my garden fairy and some photos I took at the exhibition.

corset

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibitionIn the exhibition monograph, Jean Paul Gaultier thanks many including his teddy bear – which features in the exhibition wearing the cone bra he fashioned for it as a child!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk:

“…thanks also to my teddy bear Nana who was my first model and without whom my whole career not to speak of the cone breasts, would not have been possible…”

In my post Good Things Come To Those That Wait I spoke of waiting for several years to see this exhibition. It was first shown in Montreal in 2011, then in Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, London and finally Melbourne in 2014.

It was worth the wait – so much so that I went to see it twice on that weekend trip to Melbourne in November!

Love-in-Idleness

in the palm of my handOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA© Sandra Alcorn 2015

 I know these tiny tri-coloured violas as heartsease.

You may know them by the name tickle-my-fancy or come-and-cuddle-me or jack-jump-up -and-kiss-me or love-in-idleness.

Or perhaps another name?

Purse Project #2

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Following my Purse Project last year using my Kaleidoscope Garden photos I decided to make one for myself using some of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe designs.

Choosing just which four dresses was the most difficult part!

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.

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