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Wednesday, February 29

Crystals galore!

This is todays project

Crystal bridal posy


Loads of sparkles £60 from
folksy.com/shops/bloominglovely
Click on the link at the top of the blog.


Tuesday, February 28

Cinderella Needed for Beautiful Vintage Shoes!!!!

These amazing shoes are looking for a new home!
I love to trawl antique fairs, car boots and charity shops and am always amazed at the beautiful treasures that can still be found at these places. However, every once in a while, I come across really amazing, something that takes my breath away, that I just can't possibly leave without buying as I know I'll never see them again!!! ... and these beautiful shoes were one such purchase.


I should never have bought them. They have never fitted me - but 15 years ago I just could not resist and for fifteen years they have spent their time in a glass case in my bedroom with me wishing that my feet would suddenly have some mad sporadic disease that would make them grow a couple of sizes!!!


After 15 years, and loads of wishing - I have now come to realise that this is just not going to happen :-( and so have decided to sell them to some lucky Cinderella, who they will fit!
They deserve to get out more(!), they cry out to be admired and I'm selling them short in a glass case!
Not sure if they are 1940's or a retro repro from the 1980's - but are definately 1940's style.
They are made by the famous Italian shoe designer
Salvatore Ferragamo (who has a shoe museum in Florence - Google it - it's amazing!!)
They are in immaculate condition
(Looks like they may have been worn once - oh and a couple of times by me around my bedroom willing them to fit me!!!!)
Black satin over real leather and the photographs do no justice whatsoever to the stunning rhinestones set onto the front, which are beautifully cut and just ooooooooouze sparkle!!!!!
They were made in Italy and are size 8 AA - this is not the same as an English size 8
They are a narrow fit and I am a size 4 1/2 (37) and I can fit in my index finger at the back - so I would say they were a size 6 - but i have not found an Italian show size chart to confirm this.
I have measured inside from toe to heel as 26cms and have 8cm heel.
£ 120 through Paypal and they are yours!





Friday, February 24

Special Spring Bride Offer!!!

So pleased that the sun is making an appearance
and letting us know that Spring is on the way at last!
For all you brides to be, I am currently doing a special deal where if you commission a posy or bouquet from me before the end of March,  
I will create a matching buttonhole for your groom FREE!!
Take a look in my Folksy shop at
or click on the Folksy button at the top of this blog.

Posy and bouquets typically contain antique lace and vintage costume jewellery, buttons and beads - prices start at just £45.00



Thursday, February 23

...and the bride wore black...

Black and cream look so elegant together and make such a statement!!
The "Lollita" posy is part of my ready made collection...
Vintage brooch to central rose


Edged with Victorian glass bead dress trim...


Tiny black baby's breath stems...


An alternative posy for an alternative bride!
To purchase this posy or commission one in your own style/ colour scheme, please visit my Folksy.co shop by clicking on the folksy button at the top of my blog.


Sunday, February 19

Alternative Brides - Check in here!!!!


My lovely Hollywood Monroe Bridal Tiara has found a home and has been shipped to the bride to be. This headpiece was made from vintage fabric roses, vintage jewellery and vintage buttons with a huge AB brooch as a centre piece. There is even a tiny golden cherub nestled amongst the glass and gilt buttons.
This was a ready made peice - but I am always happy to take commissions and give a free consultation at my studio in Lincolnshire. Click on the "Folksy" button at the top of my blog to take you to my shop to see other styles of head wear, buttonholes, posies and corsages.




Saturday, February 18

Worked in the florists today :-)
Surrounded all day by beautiful blooms!



Sunday, February 12


Lollycocks, River Walk, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.             Saturday 11/02/12                                    Lunch at Cogglesford Mill.

Friday, February 10

Busy Making Love...

We've been busy making Lovebirds, Love hearts, Love letters and Love lavender sachets at HCCC and SkillsLinc to give to our loved ones, family and friends this Valentines day.
As part of the free craft courses run in Lincoln, we have covered decoupage, and paper folding and weaving in the Valentine Craft Sessions - have a look at the gallery below to see all the learners makes. All given the same materials - but all such different results...










Next free craft courses are listed below on the blog -
come along and join us!
Free Craft Sessions!

Funded by Lincoln Council,
these courses are open to everyone aged 18 plus.
Small freindly groups,
No craft experience necessary - complete beginners welcome.
The next one is a three week course:

The Thrifty Home
at Hartsholme Community Centre, Lincoln.
March 13th, 20th and 27th 2012
from 12 noon - 3pm
and (subject to demand/further funding) at
Skills Linc, High Street, Lincoln
April 20th, 27th and May 4th 2012
from 10am - 1pm

Each week we will be looking at how we can
"create something from nothing"
often using recycled items.
We will be making jewellery, household items, cards and more
using a variety of crafting techniques!
Limited spaces - Tel: 01522 527752 to book your place.

Sessions are free of charge...
but we do ask for a small contribution to help with the cost of materials
(50p - £2 if you can manage it.)

Monday, February 6

Ruby Red Bride!

I've been commissioned to design a posy for a bride wearing ivory and burgandy...
here's what I've come up with so far...




Friday, February 3

Bride of The Blitz ... Vintage weddings

I've had a commission for a vintage bridal bouquet and whilst I was doing some research, I came across this marvellous photograph which I thought I'd share with you.
This young bride is stepping through the rubble after her parents house was bombed during the war... Windows blown through, having to lift her dress and pick her way through the debris,
yet not even that can dull the obvious joy she is feeling on her wedding day!
What a feisty lady!

Photo from the book "Vintage Weddings" by Marnie Fogg - (an excellent read!)

 
 Had two more commissions yesterday for two winter brides...
meeting with one today to discuss colour schemes etc
 Time to get making some more posies...
 If you want one, please visit my Folksy Shop "Blooming Lovely"
Or my Etsy shop Annie Harrison Designs