Friday, 24 June 2016

Light Ivory Flower Hair Pins



The last flowers I made were these delicate little flower hair pins in a very light ivory - which were great fun to make.
They're actually a bit darker ivory than the pictures show. (I don't know why everything's coming out a couple of tones lighter lately.....)


I doubt you can tell, but there's 12 of them in this little hair pin 'bouquet'.


And this is what they look like on their side, with the hair pins showing.

I've also got them in white in this listing.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Fabulous Jazz Age


It's the time of year that the delectable Laura posts her fabulous pictures from the Jazz Age Lawn Party - and I can't help wishing I could have been there....


As always, Laura's whole ensemble is a delight but that kimono is a real show-stopper!


The fact that she chose to wear my Fairytale Flower nude chrysanthemum hair flower in her hair just made my day!!


Friday, 17 June 2016

View From The Castle


Last week we visited another fabulous greek castle, Palamidi, at the historic city of Nafplion.
This is the view from one of the openings of the fortress wall and one of my favourite pictures. It has hardly captured the intensity of the blue of the sea or the breath-taking beauty of the glorious miniature view seen through the tunnel of sturdy, thick rock but I simply had to share it.
With more to come....

If you want to walk around the castle, have a look here or here.
For some great pictures, see here.
And if you want to read up on the castle itself, try this, this, this or a visitor's guide.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Simplicity 6356 Bathing Suit


Simplicity 6356 is a 1974 pattern. You can probably tell by the definate 70s vibe of the wonderful art on the pattern envelope!



It's one of the vintage swimming patterns that I own and hope to make one day.
Maybe even this year, if I pluck up the courage.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Red Poppy Pin Giveaway Winner


 The red poppy giveaway winner is Christina Duong.
There were two comments that correctly guessed that the number of poppies I made were 33!
I used the random number generator to pick one of the two ladies as the winner and it was Christina.
I also listed the poppies in my FairytaleFlower shop on etsy. 
You can find them here if you're looking.

NOTE to Christina:
Christina, I've tried contacting you through bloglovin' as I have no other means of contacting you. If I do not hear from you within a week, I'll give the poppy to the other lady that guessed correctly.....

Sunny June


Don't you just love June?
This is what yesterday looked like.
Such a perfect day for the seaside. 
Sunny and hot but with a whisper of a cool breeze....

Friday, 10 June 2016

In The Mail


I can't wait to read this!!
I have loved all her books so far with The Secret Garden being my absolute favourite!

Any Kate Morton fans out there?

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Red Flowers For Secret Bunnies


Continuing with the overdue 'Bunny" posts, this was what I made for my 'Secret Bunny' this year and it happened to be Athena.


Athena has a little girl so I thought a mommy-daughter pair of red flower accessories might be a good idea.


The elastic bangle version was made for Athena. 
For the little one I added the same flowers on a ribbon that can be worn as a sash around her waist or tie-back ribbon in her hair.


And then I added a little flower brooch with the newest kind of flower I was making in the box too and packed it all up and sent it off to the girls.


I hope they like them and get to wear and enjoy them!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Overdue Bunnies


This cute handmade bunny wreath was my Secret Bunny surprise this year, from Mary of Make It Pretty.


I just love the bold red, white and blue colour combination but perhaps what I love more is the incredibly pretty floral banner that spans the centre.
Needless to say it put a big smile on the little one's face.


Thank you, Mary!
And thank you, Zina, for tirelessly organizing the 'secret' swaps twice a year!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

GIVEAWAY - Red Poppy Pin

-THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED-
-YOU WILL FIND THE WINNER HERE-


I made these big, bold, red poppy brooches last week for a school performance.


They're about 3 inches or 7.5cm across and they were worn on white shirts, so they really stood out, I can tell you!


In my humble opinion, they were wonderful and the girls seemed to love them.
They loved taking them home with them too...


As this is as good an excuse for a giveaway as any, I'll make and send their very own poppy pin to the person who can guess the number of the poppies made in this batch.

I'll keep this giveaway open till Friday 27 May and if more than one people guess the correct number of poppy pins made, I'll make a mini rafflecopter draw.
Just leave a comment with your guess and you're in the running. As simple as that!

Small Print:
 If no-one guesses the correct number I'll give it to the one who comes closest to it.

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 Annemarie's Haakblog, I Heart Naptime

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

White Camelia



This is a new kind of flower I attempted, in a style totally different to any I have made before. 
I was asked by C for a camelia-type flower -but on the flat side- and this is the result of that request.


The larger one is 6 inches wide and will be sewn directly onto C's wedding dress and the smaller flower which measures about 5 inches across is a hair flower, attached to a bobby pin - which you can see in the picture directly below. 


 What's totally different in this flower compared to all my other flowers is that I have not singed the edges of the organza. This may sound completely trivial but, in fact, it means that the flat organza material will remain a flat piece of material without any further manipulation and it also means that the petals will fray with use.


Which is why I have never attempted to use un-singed organza petals to make flowers before.
Which is ironic really if you think that I like the shabby chic, deshabille look....


But, while I'd happily fray cotton or silk or any number of other fabrics, there's just something about organza that's too pristine and elegant in my mind to spoil or mess with.
I did enjoy making this though and I love how it turned out. I just may play around with the fraying organza idea in the future.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Vintage Betty Boop Pattern




This is a vintage Betty Boop sewing pattern I'm planning on tackling soon.


I believe it's from the 50s but couldn't find a date for it. 
(Does anyone have a date for this pattern? Please let me know.)


When finished it makes a 19 inch Betty Boop doll. 


Should be fun!



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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Snow White Flower Bobby Pins



These are a pair of snow white flower bobby pins that set off for their voyage over the Atlantic Ocean today.

Which somehow got me singing this catchy late 1980s hit song - in french, no less.....

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