Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays

A last pre Christmas/New Year update, a few last minute gift ideas, Christmas opening hours and huge thank yous.
Firstly trading hours until Christmas are every day 10 - 6 and 10 - 4 on Christmas Eve.
We will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing day, reopening on Thursday 27th at 10 am.
We will also be closed New Years Eve and New Years Day.
Regular trading hours are 10 - 6 Monday to Friday and 10 - 5 on Saturdays
l'uccello has had a huge year, mostly highs and the odd low so despite being a little weary we are very happy with how our little shop has grown.
None of this would be possible without the support and encouragement we receive daily from our gorgeous customers, we are so lucky to be surrounded every day by such an inspiring and creative group of people. So thank you all so much for such a great year, have a very Happy Holidays, we wish you all a lovely time with family and friends.
Below are a few delights to inspire last minute gift ideas or just a little eye candy, including Max whipping up a quick batch of pastry for home made mince pies.
Delicious Sophie Digard handbag, better be quick Santa it's the last one.
Gorgeous new feather light linen embroidered scarf from Sophie Digard of course.
Luxurious hand loomed silk Ikat cushions from Uzbekistan
Lovely new designs from French label Inoui, in wool/silk blend
New Moda range Metropolitan Fair has just arrived, lovely Poison Greens 
Also just in Barbara Brackman's The Morris Apprentice Range
Lots of patterns and colourways, Morris fans beware!
Lovely frenchy style gifts, enamel soap dishes are back, lovely vanilla-ery scented candles and bath salts from Barr & Co, French linen water for divinely fresh scented sheets and antique French Linen tea towels with hand embroidered monograms.
Take a quick trip to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul with these beautiful Olive oil soaps and cotton hamam towels
Shiney sparkly lovely
My Christmas present to me, mid 19th century circus costume, of course I NEED it.......
New obsession, hand made cultured butter made in Australia, try it on a D Chirico baguette Unbelievable!
Before we opened today Max had a quick lesson in pastry making, in a past life I used to bake and cook for a living.
We will post pictures of the end result when this becomes mince tarts, seriously yum
Have a very merry time! xxx

Friday, December 7, 2012

All I want for Christmas is a Sophie Digard

We have had some lovely new Sophie Digard arrive in the last few days, pretty summery linen pieces both crocheted and embroidered. This is a quick catalogue of some of our stock, we have included a few winter items for our customers in the Northern Hemisphere. Please contact us for further details.
A quick note about Christmas store hours and progress with the online store.
We will be open everyday until Christmas from 10am to 6pm including Sunday. Please note if you are planning a visit on a Sunday the lift is unlikely to be turned on (building management policy) so access is by stairs. 
We will be closed for all public holidays, I will post exact details a little closer to Christmas.
The online store is still under construction, between tech issues, busy shop and the huge number of items to documented we are way behind schedule. We hope to launch in some limited capacity in the next few days fingers crossed and then after Christmas we should be able to get everything else listed. In the meantime we can of course arrange mail order over the phone, thanks for being so patient.
 No 1 Woolen crocheted handbag with tiny embellished velvet balls  SOLD

No 2 Large woolen scarf

No 3 Large woven ultra fine woolen scarf with embroidered detail

 No 4 Large woven ultra fine wool scarf with embroidered detail
No 5 Crocheted wool and kid leather gloves
No 6 Embroidered velvet broaches
 No 7 Large linen crocheted scarf
 No 8 Large linen crocheted scarf
 No 9 Large crocheted linen scarf
 No 10 Large linen crocheted scarf
No 11 Large embroidered linen scarf (embroidery is done in wool) and covers the whole scarf

No 12 Large embroidered scarf, linen on linen, embroidery is across the ends only

No 13 Large linen scarf with embroidery over the whole scarf

 No 14 linen crocheted bag with small embellished velvet balls SOLD
 detail of above  SOLD
No 15 75 cm necklace made from crochet linen and velvet
Have a great weekend x

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thanks Santa

 Well Santa has definitely outdone himself this year, l'uccello is bursting at the seams with gorgeous new stock. We shipped in these lovely display cabinets from Sajou in France, filled with their lovely thread. We also just had to get this collection of Soie De Paris, long filament thread perfect to add lustre to your fancy work.
The store has been busy with Christmas shopping, and is looking very festive this year with new bunting made with Liberty and linen and miles of colourful bobbly Christmas lights, I will try to get a good picture tomorrow.
We went to see the Diana Vreeland movie this evening, you MUST see it, it's fabulous!

I think my eyes look a bit like this lovely vintage style glass owl, there have been some very long days lately.
We have so many lovely decorations this year, how sweet is this little deer sleeping
So exciting,
 we have just had our first batch of Liberty Tana lawn manufactured into bias binding
Gorgeous new creations from our workshop, little Marie Antoinette shoe pincushions. All made with special textiles and vintage trims. I have handed over some of my favourite treasures collected over many years for these lovelies, but I think it is so worth it.
Superb deliveries from Sophie Digard and Ayala Bar have just arrived, we will post more pictures shortly.
Sorry the chat is so brief, it's late and the computer has been very badly behaved today. I will however make up for it in the next few days.
Have a great day X

Friday, November 16, 2012

Just a quick post about nests and birds, as featured on the cover of Country Style Magazine.
This picture includes 1 small nest and petite mint bird. nest $4 and bird $4.95 

Bird in nest with eggs  8 cm wide $8.50
Plain nests Small approx 11cm wide $4.00 Medium approx 14cm wide $6.50
Curly tailed birds top left and right  approx. 11 cm long $5.50
Sheet music bird approx 12cm long $9.95
Cute owls white $8.50, brown $9.95 both 10 - 12cm long
Mail order can be placed by phone on 03 9639 0088
 The online store is not quite ready (hopefully just another week or so).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Marche Rouge

Marche Rouge
 Christmas Market at the Nicholas Building
It is time again for this fun event featuring gorgeous christmas gifts and decorations including a wide range of lovely treats handmade in by local artisans and crafty folk. Join us for a little yuletide cheer, start on level two and then explore.
November 29 - December 1st
Thurs & Fri 10am - 8pm   Sat 10am - 5pm
37 Swanston Street, enter via Cathedral Arcade. 
So much news I will have write a few posts in a row, stay tuned I will be back in action shortly!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We didn't forget..........

We didn't forget to blog, or Facebook or Pinterest or answer emails or buy coffee (3 mornings in a row no coffee!!), well I did actually forget the last one. It's been mad around here with deadlines on our deadlines. We have been designing and making new products, doing new windows for Kleins and Kozminskys (will go in on Friday) and we had Open Studios last we which was another fab couple of nights in the lovely old Nicholas Building. Just as well we have had so many gorgeous deliveries to distract us, finally our huge order of Sajou delights turned up, and it has been well worth the wait with divine little sewing box kits, thimbles & a new display box for them, boxed sets of embroidery patterns, superb pins and needles and all of threads we have been low on. I have taken lots of photos so enjoy.
Don't forget Remie's Skirt Pattern making class starts next week so sign up quick if you are keen to learn how to draft patterns for the perfect skirt, it's not hard and Remie is ever so lovely! Scroll down the page for all of the details or just ring us on 9639 0088.
Sewing boxes, scissors and superb thimbles from Sajou, all made in France.
Lovely boxed sets of old French embroidery patterns, lots of monograms and other pretty things, perfect for a little fancy work!
Along side complete sets of Sajou lace making thread, embroidery floss and wool threads, we also have new deliveries of Valdani hand dyed silk pearl 12 (divine colours) . We also now stock Prescencia, a lovely Spanish range of stranded cotton (Egyptian cotton) great colours and only $1 per hank.
New deliveries of antique French hand made lace and linen monogrammed tea towels
More of these cute French children's magazines arrived too, they date from around 1910 to the 1930s
A few nice millinery pieces, vintage black straw braids, pretty vintage flowers
Lots of pretty antique mother of pearl buttons, fabulous deco celluloid and crystal buttons and more great ribbons from East of India.
So many new fabrics we actually don't know where to put them all, including these sweeties from Moda  & Kokka amongst others
The Sophie Digard spring summer collection has started to gallop in like this gorgeous zebra and the necklace behind which is made from tiny balls of linen. Check your inbox in the next couple of days, we will send out a newsletter as soon as the rest is in.
Here's some of things we have been making, beautiful Victorian style sewing boxes filled with a delicious selection of new and vintage essentials, and sweet little pincushions made with 1930s sackcloth and cute vintage buttons.
Finally just a couple of vignettes from around the store just to make up for being away for a while.
Thanks so much to everyone who checks in on the blog, we really do appreciate your interest and hope to be bit more regular with the posts.
Have gorgeous week end!