Are you a flower child?

I most definitely was a flower child...
The fragrance, the beauty, the colours, the petals....
I have always been drawn to flowers, my grandmother (my Nana)
was the first person to introduce me to the beauty of flowers.  Her very favourite flowers
were Gardenias and the Tuberose, both strong scented and when ever I smell them they instantly remind me of her. 
Very early in the morning before the hot Australian sun would spoil them she would pick the new Gardenia buds still with little due drops on them and put them on the table in a vase in our home.  I often took a little bunch to school for my teacher (back in the 60's) that I would have perfectly wrapped in kitchen foil, curled up perfectly to protect the petals......My early days of styling and presentation. 

Yes, I adore flowers......I must have been a bee in a past life,
I love embroidered flowers, fake flowers, flower paintings, flower fabric and just about
anything that comes in the shape of a flower.  You know, I also had a flower shop many years ago.
Many people walk into my studio/shop in the Southern Highlands
and think that it is a flower shop.
I just love surrounding myself with flowers.

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My Shop Window this Week
A little French doll ...her hat and dress are made from place mats. 
Yes....Raffia woven place mats.  I found them recently and thought they would make beautiful little hats.  So I dressed her up last week to sit in my shop window.
Her little apron, collar and sleeves are the place mats and the her dress is a very stiff woven fabric that I have also dressed my mannequin in.   What do you think?  And look, there were also little
tiny flowers attached to the one of the place mats, can you believe it!  More flowers..

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Something Special is Happening in the U.S.A. today

Over at Susan Herin's blog today at Between Naps on the Porch there is a giveaway from my shop.
It's Susan's 140th Tablescape Thursday Party......and guess who's being featured?

There are six pairs of beautiful earrings that Susan will also being giving away, I have
many different things for sale in my shop and these are just a few of the designs below.

Welcome everyone from Susan's blog, It's so wonderful for you to
visit me and my blog here in Australia
Good luck everyone, I do hope you win......

Thank you, thank you... Susan xxxxxxx