I received my copy of Selina’s brand new book a couple of weeks ago and was completely overwhelmed to find so many pics of my house in it. I’ve taken photos of the pages and I’m not going to write anything with them because that would make me feel silly, like when an estate agent shows you round a house saying “this is the kitchen, this is the lounge” and you just want to ask him to please go away so you can look round in peace. The photographer is Catherine Gratwicke and the words are by Joanna Simmons.
The lovely embroidered hoop is by Vicky Trainor
Thank you SO much Selina Lake, Catherine Gratwicke, Joanna Simmons and publishers http://www.rylandpeters.com
I’ve been making some flower collages which I absolutely love doing.
I was a florist for about 10 years during the eighties in our family business which was a Dutch/continental flower shop in London so I’m no stranger to flower arranging.
I’ve always loved hot, strong clashing colours and where as most of our customers preferred the safety of elegant white bouquets and arrangements, when they saw the wonderful, vibrant clashes of carefully selected orange, pink and red flowers flown in straight from the growers in Holland, they gradually loved those colour combinations too.
This fabric is from the thirties and forties and I cut out the flowers by hand. It’s much warmer than working in a busy flower shop and I don’t get rose thorns in my hands.
These pictures can be found in my on line shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/NickyGrace
I’m missing my flowers in the garden as it gets colder so I thought I’d post a few on here. Just the orange ones as they’re my very fave.
three strands of mini vintage bunting
I’ve been making bunting for my Open House Sale in 10 days. I mainly make it in 2 meter strands which is £12. Not bad eh.
The joy of orange nasturtiums from seed
and bright pink sweet peas from seed
Autumn mini bunting
The blue and white florals were made by hand in France in the thirties. The pinky purple rose fabric was also made by hand in the thirties but in America. It’s all so precious.
The blue and white polka dot is from a damaged fifties dress.
vintage embroidery brought back to life
Here’s another hoopy picture made from an old and damaged embroidered tablecloth which I’ve sewn a colourful variety of vintage fabric flowers on to.
Discarded petals on the floor
I was messing around with flowers and petals as visual props for some of my mini vintage bunting photos and I couldn’t let them go without taking a pic of them first. I’m an unusually sentimental person.