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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

 

Palazzo Dreaming

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’m joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ today.

The purple flowers I’ve used have randomly spread throughout the garden and perhaps someone can identify them for me.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’ve chosen bottles I’ve repurposed as vases for today’s arrangements. The green one once contained puréed Italian tomatoes and the clear short one is a balsamic vinegar bottle so it seemed fitting to photograph them in front of my Venice window.

What is my Venice window you may ask?
When our neighbour built a deck that lessened our privacy through the end of our sunroom I came up with a more creative solution than curtains or a blind.

Mr Petal & Pins and I have a soft spot for Venice and its beautiful architecture so we went through our holiday pics and chose one of a window in Palazzo Pesaro Croce – The Galleria Internationale d’Arte Moderna. The proportions were a perfect fit for the window shape so we resized the image, got it printed and voila – our Venice window!

It still lets the light in and when lazing on the daybed at the other end of the sunroom we can make believe we’re in our own palazzo!

© Sandra ALcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Good Things Come To Those That Wait

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In 2011 the Montreal Museum Of Fine Art curated an exhibition of the work of French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

I’ve watched from afar as the exhibition traveled to various locations and now – three years on it is in my neighbourhood – well almost – Melbourne.

So that’s where I am this weekend!

In anticipation I created this Gaultier inspired dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

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Florence & The Fairy Dress

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My September trip to Magnetic Island was coincidentally timed when the native kapok were in flower. They remind me of magnolias with their bare branches adorned with showy blooms.

There were many on the drive down to Florence Bay scattered through the bush and in between the dramatic boulders that punctuate the island landscape.

It was a blue sky day, the ocean glistened.

My sister and I swam, explored the beach and created a portrait of ‘Florence’ on the sand.

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Florence Bay
'Florence'

Two days later on our return to the beach Florence was still there, still smiling having escaped the tide’s ebb and flow.

And the kapok flowers provided inspiration for another tropical flower dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

kapok flower fairy dress

Fashion, Flowers & Fillies

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It’s  the Melbourne Cup today.

A time to frock up – a time for a flutter.

There will be winners and losers  in both  but my Garden Fairy knows how to turn heads on race day.Spring Carnival bonnet

 

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All Images © Sandra Alcorn 2014

A Lingering Reminder

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It’s been raining on and off since Sunday – sometimes a light drizzle and sometimes a heavy downpour so an umbrella was mandatory on my walk this morning.
Not that I minded at all as this previous post will explain.

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Venice Fabric

This morning it was raining.

When it rains in the morning it often takes me back to the last day of my first visit to Venice. It was one of the few days it rained on that holiday, and opening the shutters I looked out the window to a steady stream of coloured umbrellas heading over the Ponte Chiodo bridge below.

As everyone scurried to where ever they were heading I lingered at the window watching and promised myself I’d be back. I bought a length of fabric on that trip from a shop on Strada Nova in the Cannaregio district – it now hangs on my wall, a daily reminder of a few days spent in  a city I fell in love with.

Last year I made good on my promise and returned to Venice. Again I bought some fabric, this time from the Fortuny workshop on the island…

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Changing Hue

I let my vase of roses linger…I like the petals fading hues they remind me of my vintage velvet jacket the fabric bruised with wear and time only adds to its beauty.

The petals spill on the mantlepiece and I let them linger too.

As in Faded Glamour I’m inspire to turn them into a garden fairy’s gown.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Origami, Roses & Gardeners Past

It’s been lovely over our colder months seeing and reading about what’s flowering in the gardens of my northern hemisphere WordPress friends.
I must admit it made me a little impatient for spring to return to my own garden but it’s been worth the wait with just enough cold, rain and sunshine for everything now to be bountiful and blooming beautifully.

I live in an old house, circa 1920, and feel lucky and grateful that someone long ago started the garden and planted such a wonderful variety of plants.

There are many roses including a rambling deep red climbing rose at the side of the house. Thanks to Mother Nature and my ever improving pruning skills it’s currently a profusion of blooms. You can only glimpse them as you approach the front door and take a sideways glance beyond the verandah, so last week I decided to pick a big bunch to enjoy inside.

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I also signed up for Paperphilia’s Seven Days Of Paper Love last week and the ‘Day 1 Challenge’ was make a free-standing origami heart. First I made one out of origami paper and then inspired by my vase of roses I created one using metallic red embossed paper – a thank you token to the gardeners past who planted lots of loveliness that I now get to enjoy.

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PS – In the first photo you may have noticed the vintage flower cutters – they were my grandmother’s and truth be told they don’t cut so well these days and appear just as a prop. I have fond memories of her taking me into her garden as a child and picking flowers with them.
All photos © Sandra Alcorn 2014

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Fabulously Festive

Magnetic Island bougainvilleas

Bougainvilleas are among the most colourful of flowering plants. Named after French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville they originate from the tropics and subtropics of South America.

You occasionally see one growing in a sunny spot in Tasmania but in Queensland they put on a spectacular display that is fabulously festive.

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This tangle of several colours I photographed while on Magnetic Island, and I picked some to play with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Now my garden fairy is ready for a Summer Fiesta!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

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