Christmas orders bonanza: initial necklaces

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.

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A + M Pillowcases

One of the first orders that claimed my attention after the Patches artisan fair was this pair of custom embroidered pillowcases. Commissioned by a friend of the couple as a personalised wedding gift, they feature the couple’s initials surrounded by a floral wreath design inspired by the bridal bouquet.

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Of peace, joy and love: custom wedding souvenirs

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: customĀ  souvenirs for a winter wedding.

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Fabric frenzy

On my recent trip to France, I was shown to the mother of all craft shops and a true crafter’s paradise. It goes by the name of Cultura, and stocks all sorts of things you’d need for a massive variety of crafts from painting and sewing to scrap-booking and card making.

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The definition of peace

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a much needed break from the daily grind to go on a mini road trip. We started in Turin, Italy, drove through the Alps (literally, via the Mont Blanc tunnel!) into Bourgogne in France (more specifically, the Cluny and Macon areas) and back again for a night in Valle d’Aosta, in the mountains.

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The Fifties wedding package

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.

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Rockabye baby

A little while ago, I was commissioned to come up with some embroidered wall art to celebrate the birth of a little baby girl. Equipped with a photo of her adorable nursery for reference (where it would finally be displayed), I started out with spray painting a vintage wooden frame white, in order to match the decor.

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The return of the perfect Sunday morning

Malta’s extremely hot summers generally mean that Sunday mornings are spent lazing about and trying to get away from the heat. Now that the heat is (somewhat) dying down, I can happily get back to some of my favourite activities.

High up on the list is visiting a car boot sale and seeing what treasures I find – which is exactly what I did yesterday. Setting the alarm far earlier than it’s been set on a Sunday all summer long, my boyfriend and I ventured to Birgu for a look round one of my favourite jumble sales, followed by a well deserved brunch in the village’s charming square.

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Initial here, and here

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!

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A new home, a little housekeeping & pancakes!

Hello from The Secret Rose’s shiny new domain! After four years (I know, right?) of sharing thoughts, projects and crafty adventures over on Blogger, I’ve finally made the switch to WordPress, lured by its flexibility and increased potential for expansion from a humble blog to what I hope to be a full fledged site dedicated to my passion.

Aside from the new home, I’ve made it possible for you to receive posts via email (should you like to subscribe) and to comment easily using your Facebook profile. You’ll also notice cute little sharing buttons on the bottom of each post.

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