As has been the case for a couple of years now, the festive season is always the busiest time for me, but the one at the end of last year takes the cake for my busiest time ever, ever.
With just a few weeks to go until Patches Christmas Fair on November 30th, things have definitely been kicked into high gear here at The Secret Rose. With so much to prepare (and so little time!) I can get a little crazy in the run up to the market, but it doesn’t change how much I absolutely LOVE this edition in particular.
While I’m used to coating new hardbound notebooks, sketchbooks and diares with embroidered fabric, I’ve recently worked on something a little different: a custom hard (but removable) dust jacket for a much loved book.
Back in March, I was contacted by a lovely lady who was looking for a unique piece of work to display on the main wall of her summer residence on the sister island of Gozo. She wanted the piece to feature the above lyrics from a local song about the beauty of the place, and together, we came up with an arrangement of canvases on which to display the embroidery.
As you may have gathered from previous posts, one of my hobbies is travelling. That is not to say, however, that my embroidery work is left behind when I do. It all depends on the type of trip.
Wedding season is in full swing in Malta, and amidst attending a few myself, I also get a fair few wedding gift commissions. This particular order was one of my favourite yet, as included two pieces which go together – first, a pair of embroidered pillowcases, and second, a set of six embroidered linen dinner napkins.
Branding the things I make has always proved somewhat of a challenge for me in terms of how to go about it… both in terms of making it look as professional as possible, as well as keeping it authentic and not having the label take away from the aesthetic of the item itself.
One of my most popular items at The Secret Rose is embroidered wall art in upcycled vintage frames. I get lots of people asking me where I source these and how I treat them, so I thought it high time to share the method I’ve developed through the years. Hope it can be of use to someone 🙂
In what has become an eagerly awaited (I believe this is true for everyone involved!) festive tradition among myself and a group of very lovely and talented ladies, our annual lunch took place last weekend at Vanessa’s pretty home <3
Besides great, homemade food (we’re each delegated a course and/or drinks/snacks), you can also trust these ladies for the most beautifully presented and thoughtful gifts and as ever, the best of company! Unfortunately this year, one of the merry bunch had to miss the festivities due to sickness, but she was there in spirit nonetheless (get well soon, Carla!).
Having spent the festive season in the United States, first in New York then with short stop overs in Philly, DC, Baltimore and Atlantic City, I had loads to do upon my return – hence haven’t found the time (till now!) to share some of the lovely crafty things I brought back from my trip.
As well as some beautiful velvet ribbon and wooden gift tags from the lovely Anthropologie, when in Philly, I treated myself to a little (ok, not so little) shopping spree at arts and crafts superstore AC Moore. With seasonal discounts and nothing even close (both in size as well as stock) to this huge warehouse of craft supplies back home, a short visit soon turned into a two-hour-long spree, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering other half!