Saturday, 18 February 2017

Migrating Swans



The swans have been wintering here this past month or two.


As have the flamingoes but, lately, they seem to always be out whenever I visit. It may be that they've moved on.


Here are some links I looked up and thought I'd share:
an overview of bird migration - general information on swans - a video of swans and ducks at Kastoria lake migrating flamingoes in Greece - a short but enchanting video of flamingoes in Asprolimni, Lemnos

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Fairytale Flower Keyrings



This was a bunch of flower keyrings I did with the lilac and caramel colour combination I got addicted to for a spell. (You can see the other lilac-caramel flowers here.)
I added some coral and red in a couple of these as well. Can you see it peeking out among the petals?



 There were a couple more than the three shown in the pictures but they're all gone now. I kept one for myself, as my old one was looking a bit the worse for wear and it was time to change it. The rest I gave away to friends.

So now it's time to make some new ones!
I can't wait to see what colour they turn out!

Linked to:
The Silly Pearl, Skip To My Lou

Monday, 13 February 2017

Valentine's Day Best 8


  Every Valentine's Day, the egst team on etsy celebrates another birthday. This year it turns eight, so to honour the occassion, here are 8 of my favourite etsy shop related items in one photo: one of my favourite flowers and the items that are needed to make and send it.


So, in the photo you can see:
- my favourite Valentine's Day red flower hair clips
- the red fabric needed to make the flower petals
- pins (to hold together everything that needs holding together)
- a tea-light (which is necessary to singe the fabric)
- matches (to light the tea-light)
- the gold stamen I add to the centre of the flowers
- an array of backings for the flower to choose from (there's a comb, a plain pin or brooch back,a dual pin-and-alligator clip back and an extra large alligator clip)
- a pretty box to pack it in and send it on its way

Linked to:
The Silly Pearl

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Boxed Boutonnieres

Simple Fairytale Flower box with chocolate brown grossgrain ribbon for men's flower boutonnieres. 

As I've mentioned before, my FairytaleFlower accessories are always boxed when sent, so that the flowers arrive at their destination in perfect shape.
For the men's accessories I try to dial it down a bit, for a more muted, masculine look.

You can see some of my boxed Fairytale Flowers the for ladies here, here, herehere, here and here.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Engagement Boutonniere


One of the highlights of making things that people can wear and enjoy is that what you make gets to be part of the memories that these people will cherish for years to come. Especially when they are destined for a special day.
I just love getting pictures of my Fairytale Flower accessories worn by the fabulous people who buy them!


So thank you so much Jamel and Christie for sharing your wonderful engagement pictures!!

Don't they look amazing?

Jamele is wearing a burnt orange flower boutonierre found here.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Caramel and Lilac Flowers


Flower brooch/hair clip in caramel and lilac with hints of brown.


I love the mix of colours in these and I love the different textures of the petals as well as the fiber filament centre. It's the very first time I've tried a centre of this type and I'm quite taken with the result.




In the photo above you can see the dual backing of the flower that is both a brooch and an alligator clip, which makes it possible to wear the flower in a number of ways.




 They're not all quite the same size. The bigger ones measure about 8 cm or 3 inches across and the smaller one about 7 cm or 2.5 inches.
They are a limited edition. Only six made. 
Of which I've kept one for myself......and given one to a friend...
So now there's just four.

Linked to:
Claire Justin, Annemarie's Haakblog, The Silly Pearl

Friday, 3 February 2017

Valentine's Inspiration


Marsha Hunt with an amazing 1940s heart-shaped bag in what looks like shiny gold leather.
The stuff that Valentine's dreams are made of....

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year!!!


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Wishing you all a wonderful new year!
May it be a good year - definately a whole lot better than the last one!

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