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.
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!).
The festive season is always a busy time for The Secret Rose, with the weeks leading up to Christmas Day generally being chock-a-block with orders for custom Christmas presents.
I’m a strong believer in unique and one-of-a-kind gifts – there really is nothing more special than receiving something that was created with you in mind, especially for you. One of my products that is particularly popular as a gift, especially at this time of year, is the initial necklace.
Fresh from the madness running up to Patches artisan fair on December 1st, comes the Christmas order rush. With not long to go before I close up shop for two weeks for my festive holidays on December 21st, there’s plenty going on. Before I can share any of that however, I’m so pleased to finally able to share a selection of photos of the project that filled many a day’s work pre-market craziness: custom souvenirs for a winter wedding.
Freshly back from an invigorating short break in Italy and France (which I’ll post about soon), I’d like to share a trio of items completed before I left, commissioned by one of my repeat customers – the lovely Marilu Vella.
Last week saw a collection of one of my favourite items: initial necklaces and lockets. First, a bride wanted her own and her husband’s initials in a heart-shaped locket, as well as the date of their wedding day embroidered on a separate frame. As a gift to her two bridesmaids, an initial necklace each for them.
Besides their own initial embroidered within the locket or frame itself, I also like to personalise each necklace with a recycled charm from a thrift haul or old piece of jewellery. Besides adding a pop of colour, I especially love how this ensures that no two necklaces are ever exactly the same – it really depends on what gem I come across or what little treasure I choose to add!
After the all-round success that was Patches Market on December 12th, I’ve been keeping busy with Christmas orders. The pressure was really on to get a good deal of stuff finished in time for the big day (as most of them were intended as presents) as well as to free myself up for the vast array of food waiting to be consumed on and around Christmas Day!
As has become customary, I decided to post photos of a few of the things I made this festive season, now that gifts have been given and surprises have been had!
2010 has been a good year for The Secret Rose, as I slowly began to establish myself as a proper crafter whose wares are worthy of taking a look at, if not taking home 😉 Here’s hoping 2011 will bring more crafty adventures and *mum’s the word* – an Etsy shop!