Thursday, 15 August 2013
Hello my lovely friends !
In my busy little corner of the world I have been creating up a storm making lots of beautiful bunches and arrangements and booking happy brides in for their special days.
Life as a florist is amazing and I am completely in love with what I do. Who knew that work could be so addictive and fulfilling.
Why on earth didn't I chose this path years and years ago ???
I have had very little time for blogging which I am missing terribly but it also means that I have not had a whole lot of time to go antiquing either.......boo hoo
Instead I pass the time making beautiful art with flowers.
I regularly find myself smiling as I do this. I LOVE it !
Today I have been busy preparing for a market day that I am part of. I have been making lots of teacup posies, bunches, arrangements and some little cupcake posies. Tomorrow I have something new to make to add to my repertoire. I always have something a little different each month to entice my customers. There was no time for pics today but I will take some tomorrow and post a few for you to see here on my blog.
This pic above is a bunch of loveliness that I delivered to a customer today.
Roses, Ranuculas and Dusty Miller all wrapped up in a pretty vintage supper cloth. A beautiful combination !
I kept the colour palette very soft and pretty because the customer loves pretty pink flowers and I have to admit I DO TOO ! lol
Wishing you all loads of happiness and love.
Monday, 29 July 2013
My cat actually woke me up on the day of the flea market.
It was 6 am...........oops I slept in !
Yes it is always a very early start but believe it or not 6am wake up is heartbreaking because all of the antique dealers have been through the flea market by this time. They have been there since 4:30am with their torches looking for goodies for their stores.
Hats off to them, because no amount of cool finds will ever get me out of bed in the middle of Winter at 4am.......brrrr
I arrived at 7am and everything was completely picked over and their were spaces everywhere on tables where treasures had once been.........sigh !
The pickings were very slim but I did manage to find some bargains for my Florist store.
Vases and jugs were on top of my list and yes I found some ! YAY
I also found an old vintage baby basket for $5, perfect for carrying my flowers around to markets and very strong and durable.
An old metal bucket completed my haul and off I trotted home to clean and display my new found goodies.
Here are my items found.
Rusty old tins, Victorian era pottery, Carlton ware biscuit jar, vintage gloves, lace tablecloths and old bottles for my flowers.
and this dear little bath salt bottle is an original. It's original labels are peeling off the back but the pretty floral label on the front is still intact. The lid has long gone but that won't matter a bit once I get my flowers displayed in it !
How lovely the babies basket is !
Can you believe that babies were allowed to travel in these baskets in cars until the late 1970's. No seat belts or harness. It is so scary to think about it. I remember sitting next to my baby brother on a very hot vinyl seat in mid Summer in one of these baskets. How fortunate that safety regulations have improved over the years.
I am always on the look out for old vintage metal buckets for my flowers. The price for these buckets can be ridiculous at times but this one was $7 so I was happy to pay that price. These buckets have been around 'since the arc' and almost never die like more modern buckets.
I also picked up 2 pairs of vintage gloves. 1 lace and 1 plain with little rosettes over it (oops I forgot to get closeups)
I hope your weekend was filled with lots of sunshine and fun !
Friday, 19 July 2013
It all began in a dark little second hand store.
'CLOSING DOWN' said the sign
'For Sale, everything must go'.
Who could resist ?
There were racks of clothes, stacks of doilies, old (smelly) shoes and a tub of old vintage purses and scarves.
and when I walked into the back of the store I saw them !!!!!
A quaint old fireplace stood inside a cavity of a wall and a row of the prettiest vintage hats stood there in all of their glory looking at me !
I swear they were smiling when they saw me (yes the hats !)
It was one of those moments where lightening strikes, cymbals clang and your heart races with excitement.
They may as well have had my name flashing above them.
and of course my dearest 'Mabel' came to my mind.
(Mabel is my old rusty dress form)
I pictured her at home in my studio wearing an old shabby pink vintage tulle skirt with a little tear in it.
I knew that this these new hats would be perfect for her (even though she doesn't have a head !!!!!! frown )
Next thing I saw an old vintage white tulle skirt on a cheap rack for a couple of dollars.
It was perfect Mabel attire on a shoestring budget.
So out I walked with 3 new hats and a new skirt for her !
When I showed Mabel, her new things she almost squealed with excitement (well she would have if she were a real vintage person !)
PINK, WHITE AND BLUE HATS for her to wear on her.............aaahhhhhhhh..........Uuuuuum Waist ?......Collar ?
Pretend head ?
Oh well, Mabel and I will have to sort that little problem out for ourselves........
Do you like her parasol ?
It's from the 60's
The more I looked at her dressed up the more something appeared to be missing. She needed just a bit of ooomph !
So out came the pink feather boa
and then Mabel really kicked up her (invisible)feet.
Anyone would think that she was hitting the town she was sooo excited !
As pretty as a picture is my sweet girl Mabel
So that is my story about Mabel and her new dress and three hats.
I hope that you liked it.
Maybe you even giggled.
Maybe you might think I am a little crazy
But I definitely keep myself entertained in my little make believe world.
I was going to introduce you to Mabel's new friend Ettie tonight but I am honestly tired and ready for bed so she will have to wait until another day. I can assure you that she will be just as out there and zany as Mabel though..........but one little secret about Ettie.
SHE LOOOOOVES the colour blue.
and you can imagine that I am going to make her as pretty as a picture too !
HAVE A GLORIOUS FUN FILLED WEEKEND !
Thursday, 18 July 2013
This week on Thursday Flowers
I bring you a really pretty little wrist corsage.
I am loving class at the moment because we are doing lots of really pretty wedding work and I am soaking up all the information like a sponge.
I look forward to class each week but am feeling sad at the thought that in a few months I will be finished. Our beautiful teacher and my fun filled classmates make each week so fun and interesting and we all have plenty of giggles.
These last few months will be filled with funeral work and exams......frown :-(
BUT this week we continued on with more wedding work.
Unfortunately I left my camera at home so I can't show you more photo's.
1 day after making my little wrist corsage I took a few happy snaps to show you. I kept my corsage in the fridge overnight in a sealed container to keep it fresh.
Flowers and foliage of choice this week
My daughter was kind enough to lend her pretty hands to model my work. Try to ignore the fact that she didn't have a pretty dress on to make it a lot nicer.
(sneek peek at Mabel below)
My dainty little corsage looks lovely on my daughters pretty hands
Corsages need not be restricted to the wrist or shoulder. Why not dress up your evening purse with a little bag spray.
For those who have a Christening or morning wedding to attend, this would also be sweet.
I had planned to make an all white corsage but the purple Asters caught my eye and I couldn't resist their bright little faces.
It has been so nice to be blogging with you all tonight.
I have a glorious blog post for you all tomorrow.
Do you remember Mabel ?
Well, MABEL GOT A NEW DRESS !
and she looks soooo pretty !
and even more exciting, she has found herself a friend !
If you don't know who Mabel is, then you can find out all about her HERE or see one of her other pretty dresses HERE
So be sure to pop back in tomorrow to see what all of the fuss is about............smile and wink :-) ;-)
Monday, 8 July 2013
Hello Peachy Pink friends :-)
I have something very special to share with you all.
It was my birthday last week
and I was spoiled rotten by my friends and family.
There was love, cake, laughter, a yummy lunch and beautiful heartfelt gifts.
THIS, is one of the very special gifts that I received from an old friend of mine Miss M.
You see, I had found this beautiful Victorian collar box on line and I fell in love with it. It was completely ancient, age to perfection and served a purpose. I just wish that it was still full of the beautiful lace collars that once upon a time would have graced it.
Oh can you imagine how much I would be squealing if they were still there......sigh
A friend of mine took it upon herself to surprise me with it and managed to keep it a big secret !
and when the secret was revealed there was no wiping the smile from my face.
ISN'T IT GORGEOUS !
It has 2 compartments to keep lace collars.
One at the top and the other at the bottom.
and I plan to store my beautiful lace cuffs and bows in there.
Aren't these girls pretty ?
I LOVE their pretty posies of flowers.
The box is in great condition for it's age (Approx 1880)
The velvet fabric on the middle section has worn over the years but the celluloid on the base and lid is absolutely perfect.
My French lace cuffs pictured below will now live in the bottom section of my box.
I am thinking that the little brass plate on the inside lid of the box may be for some type of bow tie .
Any thoughts ?
Thankyou so much Miss M for such a beautiful thoughtful gift.
I ADORE IT !
I had a very happy birthday and I felt very loved.