Tuesday, 31 May 2011


I’m still here! 

There is an awful lot going on in the world of Tattered Rose at the moment!  I have a very exciting bridal commission on the go and I’m also preparing for a huge 4 day event- Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival.

This week is when I’ll be sorting out all of the little details and packing up ready for the big event.  This means lots of list writing!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Lovely Lisboa......

I’ve just returned from a short break in Lisbon, Portugal.
Myself and Mr B had a fabulous time in a great city.  We walked lots, ate lots and (I) photographed lots!  I took 2 cameras and took a total of 240 (ish) photos – not bad for 4 days!
Our hotel was amazing.  We stayed at LX Boutique Hotel, they have some great photos on their website and here are some I took of our room – on the Fado floor (traditional Portugese music)............

The city is a very eclectic mix of old and new.  The buildings are tall with multiple windows surrounded by traditional patterned tiles and decorative ironwork railings around the balconies.  The facades are old, imperfect and dare I say it ............tatty (just the way I like them!)  

Like many European cities there is a lot of graffiti, quite a bit of it is mindless tagging but some sections of the city have embraced this ‘culture’ and used modern style murals to decorate the many derelict buildings, like the one next to our hotel......

One thing that proved a little tricky was the pavements!  They were lovely, sort of mini cobbles but very uneven and highly polished – not ideal for flip flops let alone 4 inch sling backs!  Good job I took a pair of wedges (also 4 inch but far less likely to get stuck between the cobbles!)

We made the most of our time there, visiting the castle, the beach at Estoril and the amazing Christo Rei monument, inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (which is on my list of things to see!!)

There was also a great selection of handmade products, on stalls and in the gorgeous little shops that we just seemed to stumble across.  On lovely lady had a stall selling things made from recycled packaging...earrings and brooches made from squashed espresso cartons, purses and wallets made from toothpaste tubes and even orange skins ( literally cut in half with a zip stitched in!) I got something for myself and she let me take some photos of her amazing stall.....

So there was a selection of the vast amount of photos I took, I hope you enjoy having a look! x

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Sunday Sketches #8

Every time I close my eyes, I see satin ribbon roses! Since I've mastered the technique, I've been making them none stop!  Most of them are for a range of bouquets I'm working on at the moment but it doesn't stop there......
This is a design for a handbag corsage using the satin roses as the centre pieces along with some leaves, feathers, pearls and a little sparkle!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Friday Sparkle #13

I thought twice about doing sparkle number 13, I nearly jumped to 14 (plus I missed last week which should have been 13 on the 13th..............double trouble?!) However I was born on the 13th so I don't (shouldn't) really have a problem with it being unlucky!
Anyway, back to the sparkle...........................
These are a collection of sparkles that I short listed for a bride who has a beautiful (but very difficult to find off the peg accessories to match) pale gold wedding dress!  She chose two of her favourites and I produced a couple of designs using the brooches and some lovely Swarovski golden shadow beads and gold pearls.
The design has now been selected so it's on with the creating! 

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Ta da................!

The hair comb for the 'prom queen to be' is finished!
I really enjoyed creating this one, it includes two of my favourite things, Swarovski crystals and vintage style filigree!  The dress that this piece will be co-ordinating with is a gorgeous column style in the most beautiful dip dyed shades of fuchsia and amethyst.  It has some gorgeous beaded detail and I've managed to match the iridesecnt bugles on the comb to the ones on the dress, perfect!
When designing this piece, I went all technical! Instead of putting pen to paper, I put finger to computer and ended up with this...........
As the central part of the piece is made up of 4 separate components all layered up, I wanted to have an idea of how they would sit together before I took the plunge! (It also allowed me to show the future prom queen and check I was on the right track with style, colour etc)
Well I can report that she loves it, so it's getting boxed up and it will be on its way!

Friday, 13 May 2011

Friday Sparkle #12

A very exciting project to share with you today!
I had an S.O.S from a bride who needs a beaded bouquet for her wedding this summer. I had a brilliant time making this sample for her to see and I can't wait to get started on the final pieces (both for the bride and bridesmaids!) 
The sample above includes handmade satin ribbon roses, mother of pearl buttons, faceted glass beads, pearls and vinatge inspired diamante buttons and brooches. All bound together with velvet ribbon and finished with a beautiful buckle.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Horsing around.......!

A while ago I posted a picture of a very interesting project I was working on (see here).  The piece I created was for a photo shoot that featured the bride's horse shot by the fabulous Butterworth Photography and styled by Blue Twenty One.
Well here is a peek of one of the photos from the shoot, best of all they have been featured on the wonderful Bridal Musings wedding blog so pop over and real all about the day!

The swinging 60's!

I had a fabulous day in Sheffield on Monday.  I had the chance to take part in a 1960's inspired photo shoot at The Leopold Hotel.  I spent the day with some great wedding suppliers and I can't wait to see the finished results! I have a quick taster picture here....
The shoot was organised by Ruth from Sweet Words Stationary, she creates the most beautiful stationery and the shoot was inspired by a fabulous yellow, white and black design she had produced. The lovely Chloe of Adore by Chloe also helped arrange and style the big day. The photographer was Anthony from Anthony Naylor Company and the whole day was captured on film by the very talented Richard from PARKINarts. The most amazing cake and cookie favours were provided by Cakes by Rachel Edwards and the flowers, including an amazing arrangement with sunflowers were by Boutique Paeony. The model may look a little familiar (last minute!) and there was also a fabulously put together bridal look, including a gorgeous dress from Grace Couture with accessories by Tattered Rose!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Friday Sparkle #11

Some coloured sparkle for today!
Here are all of the ingredients for the special prom hair comb. The beads have been matched to the gorgeous dress and there's a mixture of amethyst and fuchsia Swarovski crystals with iridescent purple bugle beads. The base of the piece will be made up using my beloved vintage style filigree and I can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Great news.....

A few weeks ago I was involved with a charity evening in aid of The Children's Trust.  It was held at the lovely and newly refurbished Morley Hayes Golf Club. 

I had a lovely evening, seeing some new faces and some more familiar ones! There were some great stands, including Button Bakery with on trend cake pops, Mimosa Style with ethical fair trade accessories and Fishy Feet next door to me, this provided lots of entertainment throughout the evening! I chickened out of putting my feet into the tank full of mini fish (with an audience anyway!) The funniest bit was when some of the fish made a bid for freedom, this prompted lots of squeals followed by hysterical laughter!
Anyway, I have had word from the organiser of how much money was raised for The Children's Trust and I am please to report that over £750 was raised in just one evening.  That's a great sum of money and I'm sure it will make a huge difference to some of the children's lives.
I'd like to say thank you to everyone who supported this event.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Royal Wedding de-brief!

What a day!  The build up to the big day was amazing, I was full of excitement and anticipation as well as keeping my fingers crossed for the weather!
I had arranged to watch the coverage (from 8am with a 10 minute break for travelling!) at my Mum's house, I knew she shared my feelings and general giddy-ness for the whole event (not sure what my Dad thought of us though!)
I was glued to the TV from the start, watching all of the guests arrive, seeing their fabulous outfits with amazing hats and fascinators.  A selection of my favourites.......Victoria Beckham-maybe controversial but I loved what she chose to wear, Sophie, Countess of Wessex-love the embroidered sleeves and skinny belt.
Images from hellomagazine.com
and of course, there's Pippa! I was a little shocked to see her dress was white but it complemented the brides dress and suited Pippa brilliantly.
I was beside myself as Catherine revealed her gorgeous dress, the perfect choice, timeless but not boring and simple but with beautiful subtle details.  I have yet to see a close up version of the back of the dress without the veil in the way; it looks to have some pleats which I very much like the sound of!

Images from hellomagazine.com
The service in the abbey was amazing, the choir was fantastic and Mum and I (almost) sat in silence the whole way through, taken by the music and absorbing the moment.
Mum and I then had our own afternoon tea, I think we had as much fun preparing it and seeing how pretty it looked as we did eating it (plus, why do sanwiches taste better in triangle form??!) see pics below.....
 We continued to watch the coverage and loved every second, including the decorated Aston Martin!  I was only a little bit jealous of the people down in London who were actually there, especially when I see photographs like these by Fanni Williams of Fubumedia.  She captured the whole day perfectly and these images will be ones to treasure for a very long time.
Well now is the time for me to get my head out of the clouds, stop dreaming of princes and princesses and get on with some real work!!  It was nice while it lasted though!
Congratulations William and Catherine x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sunday Sketches #7

What a gorgeous day!
These sketches were done for a lovely bride who has several pieces of jewellery in the family and wanted to see what hair accessory designs I could come up with for her special day.  I really enjoyed creating these and luckily the bride loved them!
I hope tomorrow is just as nice weather wise for the Wedding Fayre at Denby Pottery!