Wednesday, 29 June 2011


Preparation for the Fabulous Places Summer Food and Gift Fair is in full swing.  Back by popular demand are some more hanging bird decorations....

These are hot of the work bench and will ready for the weekend (with added ribbon of course!) Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Getting ready for the weekend...

This weekend will be the Fabulous Places Summer Food and Gift Fair at the Roundhouse in Derby.

Tattered Rose will be there, along with lots of other great local artists, crafts people and producers, I can't wait and I hope to see you there!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Friday Sparkle #16

Some minimalist sparkle today, these two were used on a recent photo shoot with 1960’s styling.
The 60’s aren’t really famous for sparkle but these two simple designs have a subtle amount of sparkle.   

The first is the piece worn by the ‘bride’ on the day.  Featuring a cream vintage enamelled flower piece with Swarovski crystals and vintage pearls to add decorations and cover the band.

The second piece is what the ‘bridesmaid’ wore.  A cream satin covered alice band with vintage lace appliqué, vintage mother of pearls buttons and a hint of Swarovski!

I took part in the shoot which was at the Leopold Hotel in Sheffield, a perfect stylish venue with some great modern features.  The shoot was styled by Chloe Adlington of Adore by Chloe, organised by and featuring fabulous stationary by Ruth from Sweet Words Stationary.  Amazing flowers including gorgeous bouquets featuring sunflowers were by Boutique Paeony. The Beautifully decorated Cake and cookie favours thanks to Cakes by Rachel Edwards, photography was by Anthony Naylor and This amazing video was shot by Richard of PARKINarts and captured the shoot perfectly!....
60's Style Shoot from PARKINarts on Vimeo.
This shoot was also featured on the fabulous Love my Dress wedding blog; click the link to see more fantastic photographs from the day.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A coral injection....

I’ve wanted to add some colour to the decor in our lounge for a while but I’ve struggled to decide which colour to choose!  It’s really a blank canvas as the walls and furniture are very neutral, which was lovely to start with but now I’m a little bored.  

 I narrowed my choices down to 4 colours, first was lime green but my Mum already has that combination and I see it often enough so it wouldn’t really be a change! Next was duck egg blue, pretty but a little pale and may not show up very well.  Another choice was teal but it’s only a small room and I thought this may be a little too intense.  I did also think pink (but never mentioned this to Mr B!) all the pink things I saw were more’ bedroomy’ though.  So yesterday while out shopping (not for cushions!) with my Mum, I spotted a gorgeous collection of coral cushions, as coral is my all time favourite colour, it just made sense to buy them (and they were in the was meant to be!!)  

I was a little nervous about Mr B’s reaction but I didn’t need to worry as he loved them! He was more worried that I had covered the lounge floor with buttons while searching for the perfect coral shades to replace the neutral button collage frames I have on the wall!

I think I may need a couple more little bits to go around the room and then the coral injection will be complete!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

All packed up....

Yesterday I went on a little adventure (with help in the shape of fabulous navigational skills from my Mum!!)
We delivered a rather large package of wedding sparkle to two very lovely brides I met a couple of months ago.

It’s so lovely to be able to see the bride's face when she sees her order for the first time!  I remember back to the planning of my wedding and the time when everything starts to come together about a month before the big day is so exciting!

The bride also commented on the packaging of her sparkle.  This is something I have spent a lot of time thinking about and I have realised I am very passionate about good packaging! I know that when I buy or order something, I like nothing more than to see it carefully wrapped and bagged or boxed, it just seems to make the process special and more personal.

After lots of research and many lost hours on the internet I found a company that produces these fabulous recycled card boxes that co ordinate perfectly with my brown paper bags!  Lined with pale pink (rose coloured) tissue paper and some advice on caring for Tattered Rose sparkle, it’s my packaging heaven!!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

For my Dad....

I went to see my parents today, as we usually do on a Sunday. 

When we arrived he was doing typical ‘Dad’ jobs in the garage, just as I remember him doing when I lived at home!  He is a very clever man, great at woodwork and fashioning all sorts of devices for around the home!  He’s also very much like myself (as I am now realising more and more!) not only in looks but in personality too, we are both quite quiet, semi perfectionists (not as bad as Mum!!) there’s a little bit of a control freak in there and a hint of temper! However he is fabulous and has helped me many times and in more ways than he probably knows, including walking me down the aisle on my wedding day.............perfect!

Here is the card I created for him.  He may be in his 60’s (don’t think he’ll mind me saying that!) but he’s a very trendy Dad so I thought he’s appreciate the simplicity of this design.........

So I hope you had a good day Dad (and finished all of your jobs in the garage!!) xx

Friday, 17 June 2011

Friday Sparkle #15

I’ve been a bad blogger of late, I apologise!  So I should be back on track now.......

This arrangement of sparkle was set out ready for a very exciting piece.  It used all of my old favourites, vintage mother of pearl buttons, brooches, pearls and crystals along with some new favourites,  lovely lucite flowers.
Here is a little snippet of the finished piece...

More photos will follow!!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Patchings de-brief...

Phew...............I’ve spent today unpacking, stock taking and drying off from Tattered Rose’s 4 day stint at Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival.

It was a fabulous event full of a variety of very clever people.  From textile artists,jewellers, glass and mosaic artists, ceramicists, leatherworkers to amazing wood, stone and metal work, the whole event was buzzing with creative talent and inspiration.

This event was slightly different from any other event that I have attended as I was required to demonstrate.  So I set up a corner of my stand with inks, stamps and lots of blank Stampbord™ ready to show the world how my pieces are made!  This proved to be really popular and people really appreciated seeing how the finished pieces come to be.  

The event was very well organised and the stewards and catering staff did a fabulous job.  As always a huge thank you goes to my Mum for helping me out and keeping me company throughout the 4 days (sorry that I couldn’t organise better weather for packing up, thank goodness for wellies!!)

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Getting ready...

Don’t worry; I haven’t gone all futuristic and minimalist! These blank pendants are ready for me to demonstrate on at Patchings Art, Craft and Design Festival.  If you’ve ever wondered how the pendants come to be, come and have a look!  I’ll be in marquee 22 with some other very talented people.  We set up the stall yesterday (managing to dodge the showers!) and I caught a glimpse of some fabulous things; I can’t wait to have a proper look today!