Summer Roses

Summer roses are not only found in the garden, but around the home. Now, I'm not one to plaster a whole room with roses, but touches here and there can bring about a smile. 

What to do with a china tea cup that has lost it's saucer? Turn it into a pin cushion. It's pretty and useful. Cups with dainty feet are certainly my favorite, but any old cup will do. Fill the cup with stuffing, trim with fabric, and add a beautiful velvet rose.  

Just look at these beautiful china salt and peppers. These were an etsy "love" purchase.  
A soft hanger is trimmed with a pretty velvet roses. A rose garden for the home.  
These gifts were sent to a friend. I hope she enjoys!


Miss Mannequin's quest for the perfect man

Miss Mannequin is love weary this week and on a quest for true love.

Living as I do at my fabulous bachelorette showroom space in London's Clerkenwell area, I can't help but feeling that life is almost idyllic, but for the addition of a Mister Mannequin, a fabulous fibreglass Adonis of flawless nature to share all the glamour with. In my quest for this perfection I have engaged the services of a matching service .... Mannequin Mates! They have promised me bodies of beauty and intellect: ideally suited to my sparkling shopfront lifestyle.

A small packaged arrived early this morning with details of the first set of the dates. I tell you all this in strictest confidence of course, but feel oh privileged reader that help is needed to pin down the consummate candidate. Of course Miss Mannequin is looking for good looks, coupled with a sharp intellect and wit (well who wouldn't. All those endless hours gazing out of Selfridges windows. I can't end up with a dummy as company can I)?

Anyway, take a look at the first bunch and let me know what you think? The middle one looks cute!  

Footnote - I've not completely made up my mind about this agency .... not that i'm judging .... Just hoping the next package is arriving soon!

The Louis Vuitton Cup: 25 Years of Yacht Racing

You must have heard the America’s Cup which is the most prestigious regatta and match race in the sport of sailing and the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating the Modern Olympics by 45 years. But do you know Louis Vuitton Cup, one of the most famous and prestigious competitions in the sport of yachting because of its relationship to the America’s Cup. My sports lovers and Louis Vuitton aficionados, would you like to make head or tail of it?Just read the History of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

History of the Louis Vuitton Cup is a book to celebrate this great era in world-class sailing: The Louis Vuitton Cup: 25 Years of Yacht Racing in Pursuit of the America’s Cup. Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup was served as the selection series to select the team to sail as the challenger in the America’s Cup. Until July 2007, Louis Vuitton announced termination of all its sponsorship activities associated with America’s Cup after 25 years of involvement. This book is edited and with a preface by Bruno Trouble, a renowned figure in the world of sailing and text and sketches by Francois Chevalier, a journalist and naval architect. This 212 pages book includes 150 photographs and illustrations. There are two versions. English version is published by Abrams while French version is published by Editions de La Martiniere.
Dear All,

Kindly take note that the kate spade and coach stores no long give out paperbags , boxes and dust bags.

Crown Swap

Molly at Fleur De Bee graciously hosted a crown swap. I love this theme because to me, it celebrates the wonderful gifts God has given to each of us.   

Swapping art work with fellow artists always gives me an excuse to spend time in my studio. It provided some much needed relaxation time.  I wanted to provide my partner with a crown that had bits of color; pink, red, and shades of green. I also wanted the crown to have a vintage/classy feel. The millinery flowers, vintage rhinestones, and German gold embellishments aid in this look.
Molly, our hostess, is a ballerina so I had to add this little ballerina
trim to the side of the crown!

I put together a "crown key" for my partner. 

I put together packages that included a plastic ballerina, scrabble letters that spell crown, a vintage bloomer pot holder, a vintage red stone pin, yards of seam binding,  ephemera,  horse tags (my partner lives on a horse ranch), and a little vintage wallpaper.

A pink depression bowl and a pin keep (made by me) also made their way into her package. 

When all packages have been delivered to all swappers, I will provide you with a link to view all the amazing crowns. I will soon provide pictures of what I received!