Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fly girl fly

This is the cover of a fabulous new book I bought myself for my birthday, it's title is Circus and it is published by Taschen. I have always wanted to be the girl who rode the white pony, spangly leotard and feathers on my head, standing on the pony's back as it galloped around the circus ring. I also loved the flying trapeze, it is such a leap of faith to let go and fly. This has been our inspiration this week, we have had to make a few big decisions about the l'uccello's direction this year so we have decided to swing high and fly, all we need now is some fabulous outfits.

Something like this, what do you think?

It really is a fabulous book.

We have had some gorgeous new stock arrive this week, luxurious ribbons, hat pins, lace and lovely French linen threads.

Moody blues, heavy delustred satin ribbon in navy blue, it's almost like a duchess satin. Lustrous jacquard and the the most beautiful shade of dark blue moire taffeta ribbon. More of these fab French hat pins, and in the background is a grey and white stripped extra wide milliner's grosgrain and black silk velvet, both suitable for blocking.

Prettiest French blue and champagne colours.

More of the delustred satin, this time in this stunning shade of green, and this beautiful stripped ribbon, both are over 10cm wide, too delicious!

Cotton seam binding tape in sunniest yellow, this makes the loveliest soft bows.

Beautiful antique Calais, Bedfordshire and Irish lace in a lovely range of colours.

We especially love the new straw hat pins and the sea shells are perfect for the season.

These lovely old French cards of linen thread are surplus from the 1940s, they would have originally been for soldier's uniform repairs. We also received some hanks of DMC lace making thread in ecru and some great Bakelite buttons also probably from the forties, made in England.

I have cousins in Queensland cut off by the floods, one of them has a new baby and the other a number of beloved horses, thankfully their properties have been spared so far, it is such a nervous time. If you have loved ones affected by this disaster our thoughts and best wishes are with you.
 Cottage Industry has a great offer of support, if you buy one of their fab tea towel cushions featuring Queensland Miss Pen Pen will donate all of the money to a worthy cause, check out the link to her blog for details.

Have a great week and remember the motto this week is Fly Girl Fly!


  1. some times you have to trust to let go up on that trapeze...
    perhaps a little shop front somewhere?