Petal & Pins

What’s In a Name?

reduce re-use recycle
Do you remember my January post about turning my scraps into fabric twine?
My first project with it was to make these.

doily/trivet
And I continued with the re-use-recycle idea and folded origami boxes out of Vogue magazine pages to gift pack them in.

origami box and fabric twine trivet

Trivet or Doily? – What you call it depends on how you use it!

detail

origami box

trivet – doily

handmade from textile offcuts

silk – wool – cotton

origami box

folded from old Vogue magazine pages

recycled paper

Cinderella

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

I think my garden fairy might be related to Cinderella – she only ever seems to have one shoe!

See others from her collection here and here.

When Old Is New Again

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

If your wardrobe is anything like mine it is easy to lose something – it gets pushed to the back where it doesn’t rub shoulders with the favourites and can easily be forgotten.

And then one day you reach for that particular hanger and are met with a pleasant surprise. Like this rhododendron dress from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I created it in October 2012 using flowers from a friend’s garden after a fun day of rhubarb plants, tea cake and gin & tonics.

In Rhubarb & Rhododendrons – inspired by that day – you can see another style rhododendron dress which became part of my Spring Gala card collection.

Today we are getting together to bottle apples from my garden. I’ll resist serving cake as we are joining another friend later for dinner but a gin & tonic might be a nice reward when all the apples are peeled and done.

And I think this dress I’ve unearthed from the back of the wardrobe might just be my new favourite!

Four Seasons

Autumn
Winter
Spring
SummerRoyal Botanic Garden, Sydney Australia © Sandra Alcorn 2015

A String Of Pearls

rowan tree berriesautumn hydrangeaOn a Sunday morning walk I came across a Rowan Tree. I didn’t know that was what it was at the time and needed to do a bit of sleuthing when I got home.

It was the pink tinged white berries that caught my eye. I immediately thought of them as perfect for strands of ‘pearls’ for my garden fairy and picked a few sprigs to bring home to play with.

Walking back down my path to the front door I passed the hydrangeas, they too are tinged pink and the russet tones they start to turn as they dry out with the onset of Autumn.

I decided to  combine them in a floral arrangement using my ikebana vase and included some cuttings from one of my plum trees.

ikebana flower arrangementikebana and velvetInspired by a  post on the blog pbm Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ I twisted the plum stems into a knot, soaking them in hot water to soften them up beforehand.

plum knotIt’s a while since I’ve used this vase – it requires such a different approach to flower arrangement so I experimented with several ideas and I think this one is my favourite.

ikebana arrangemnet twodetailAnd then I got a needle and thread to string some garden pearls.
rowan berry pearls‘In a Vase  on Monday’ was started by Cathy. She invites you to join her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase each week – what ever the season. So why not get inspired and share your vase arrangement in the comment section of her blog Rambling In The Garden.

 

Rock Pools & Moonflowers

I’ve recently been up to Sydney for a holiday.

I don’t normally use the word holiday when I make trips to Sydney as it’s my original ‘hometown’ so in a sense it feels more like returning.

But this trip Mr Petal & Pins and I played tourist with a visit to the Botanical Gardens, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a day exploring the coastline in the Royal National Park.

Knowing that when we got back to Hobart the cooler nights and crisper mornings of autumn would have set in, we were determined to take advantage of Sydney’s still summer like temperatures to spend lots of time at the beach swimming and lazing in the sun.

We spent several afternoons exploring around the rocks and venturing as far as we dared to watch the waves breaking. I’d forgotten how wonderful the rock pools in Sydney are with their miniature sea gardens. It brought back memories of exploring them as a child, eyes on the lookout for red centred sea anemone, crabs and the notorious blue ringed octopus.

Sydney rockpoolssydney rockpools Sydney rockpools

With Blackwoods Beach on our doorstep, we wandered down at dawn for me to draw in the blank canvas of sand left by the tide while Mr Petal & Pins took photographs. We were treated to a colourful sunrise and a double rainbow.

sunrise Blackwoods Beach Sydneyrainbows over South Cronullasand drawing
It was so much fun we decided to do it again the following morning, inviting a friend to join us. Marg turned up with a rake as her drawing implement and a bunch of Moonflowers that had opened the previous night for me to turn into Garden Fairy dresses.
Collaborating with her on the beach drawing proved to be even more fun. Our activity piqued the interest of early morning walkers on the cliff top path above and Mr Petal & Pins photographed our progress.

dawn at Blackwoods Beachsand drawing at Blackwoods Beachsand drawing at Blackwoods Beach

Dance Of The Fuchsias

Dance of the FuchiasDance of the Fuchsias part 2My garden fairy has fuchsia dresses for all occasions. From tutus to party dresses and now ballgowns.

Let the dancing begin…

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.

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.

 

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