Thursday, April 28, 2011

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  


  1. Coty, what a lovely tribute on Susan's blog. Now the rest of the world will know how wonderful your artistry is. Beautiful earrings, each and every pair! thanks for the wonderful chances. Be blessed!

  2. I would love to win a pair of your beautiful earings.....I am an earing fanatic! Your shop looks magical! I appreciate Susan introducing me to your blog.....Australia is on my "bucket list" of places to see someday! Thanks....Toni

  3. I am so pleased Susan introduced us to your blog! The inspiration here just leaps off the page. I am your newest follower.


  4. Forgot to say that I love the pearl earings if they are in the giveaway! :o) Toni

  5. I am a follower and am from give away at BNOP. I love the earrings and I love your blog.

  6. Coty, I had to come over from Susan's BNOTP after seeing your feature. Your photos are so beautiful, full of life and peace. Viewing them has a calming effect on ones psyche. I especially loved the photos of the children. You captured their innocence as if an invisible bystander.
    I also read and watched your Duhmhara post. He is unbelievably talented. I was amazed at the range of subject that was able to capture. However, the intensity never waned. Beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for offering your beautiful earrings as giveaway treasures.
    I have become a follower through google and facebook. I would do twitter but at my age that is about all I can keep straight. LOL.

  7. Hi Coty, I'm from the province of New Brunswick, Canada and came over through Susan's blog for her beautiful draw of the earings you sent her. I have peeked in on your blog before and enjoy your beautiful photos and now I am a follower. I am a 'flower child' of the 60's and have only recently enjoyed purchasing bouquets for my home but I do love to garden and plant pots and baskets in summer too. Our spring hasn't been very kind to us with cold and rain and snow but it's starting to improve and I'm hoping May will bring the blooms of wild flowers and shrubs and trees very soon. Have a beautiful day. Blessings, Pamela

  8. BTN on the Porch recommended your site. I now see why.
    Yes, you were a bee in former life.
    Your photos are luscious.

  9. Coty... what a wonderful site! Many thanks to Susan at Between Naps for sharing. The porcelain dolls dressed in raffia place mats are lovely and unique! My southern upbringing requires that I appreciate all things beautiful... your lovely site qualifies. The opportunity to win a pair of your stunning earrings is just icing on the cake!

  10. So glad to have found your blog thru Between Naps on the Porch. I am sharing it with my daughter too!

  11. Visiting from the US. Found your blog by Between Naps on the Porch. Your work is very inspiring. Am now a subscriber!

  12. I thank Susan for introducing me to your beautiful blog! Very inspiring. I too, love flowers but have to have "pretend" ones in the home because my kitty loves them also! But my home is full of flowers also. Love your jewelry and would feel honored wearing a pair of your earrings. I will be visiting often. Blessings, Linda

  13. Popped in by way of Susan's blog..what a beautiful, breathtaking blog you have! I have become a follower!

  14. Coty..I am so glad as I am sure many other bloggers are, that Susan featured you on BNOTP. Your blog is beautiful. I looked through and then went back to make sure I didn't miss anything.Tonight I'm going back and check out your archives. I put you on my blog so my friends can follow you also. Thanks

  15. I came over from Susan's blog and just love the beautiful posts you have done. Now I'll look back over your blog and enjoy!

  16. Coty,
    Your blog is lovely. I did visit you many times before. In fact I thought I was a follower..I am now!
    I am excited that I may win a pair of your beautiful earrings! Thank you for having the give away.
    Blessings My Friend,

  17. Coty, what a beautiful post! Your grandmother sounds like a very special person. I love of my favorite flowers. I just love that you have so many of the same flowers we do here in neat is that! :)

  18. You have the most amazing photography, Coty. Love looking at them. Great giveaway!...Christube

  19. Such beautiful flowers! I LOVE your styling! The ivory/white table is so exquisite and dreamy!

  20. I have been a follower for a long time and as I read about and view your lovely pictures I feel beautiful inside and it is a sensual pleasure. Your earrings are beautiful and I would be honored to participate in your giveaway. Blessings to you today across the world from Alabama, USA.

  21. Your blog is absolutely enchanting! That beautiful horse..oh, my. I do believe I got "signed up" okay. THANKS!

  22. I am a new follower from BNOP. What a beautiful blog you have! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents.


Your comments and emails truly make my day a very special one. Thank you for dropping by and visiting me at home in Australia, I read every single comment and I treasure each and every one. xxx Coty