Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Open Anzac Day

We will be open 10am - 6pm as usual on Anzac Day, please note the lift might be turned on so visitors will probably have to visit via the stairs.
I'll be thinking of my Grandpa and so many others like him as the parade passes by below our windows.
Have a relaxing day off if you have one, and stay cosy, it's so chilly all of a sudden.
Will post lots of news in a couple of days. x

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Colour and movement

Well hello, sorry to be a while checking in, it has been a very busy time since Easter, school holidays, the annual quilt convention and I decided in the middle of it to entirely move the shop around. And I really do mean entirely, I decided on a bit of a whim to see if the giant 4 metre long Harveys counter might look better running the other way in front of the French doors. This meant moving just about every other piece of furniture also, and did it look better??.... of course NOT!! So anyway we now have more shelves for fabric (filled to overflowing almost immediately) and a new and almost complete set for our ever expanding range of ribbons, lovely.
We have had so many new stock arrivals I can't keep up, the most special delivery however was made by Mr Harvey himself. Two big heavy boxes of superb John James needles, I don't suppose he thought after packing up their haberdashery store and lugging all the remaining stock away that he would have to bring it back so soon. Harveys was a Melbourne institution for over a hundred years selling all manner of tailoring and dress making supplies, and when Mr Harvey retired last year we bought his store counter, and now we have a wide range of his John James stock too. 
Sunday I made it to the quilt convention, mainly to pick up a delivery of gorgeous new Yuwa fabrics from a supplier, but I some how managed to come away with a giant stash of new pieces of mostly civil war fabrics and linens, I made a bee line Quilters Barn and Threadbare as I rarely get up to Castlemaine these days.
I am off to Queenscliff in the morning to help Mrs Sew and Sew (superb crewel embroiderer and teacher) and her group of ladies set up a fund raiser exhibition and sale of embroidery and other lovely things. I will update the details tomorrow as I have left the flyer at the shop, if you are in the neighbourhood make sure you pop in for a visit.

So many beautiful arrivals form France this week, Victorian silk brocade ribbons, vintage Swiss silk treads, rustic linen sackcloth, a fine antique embroidered monogram linen sheet, rolls of lovely pink vintage ribbon, huge reels of antique metallic gold thread and more spools of silk from Marseilles.

Great new vintage French buttons

Gorgeous new fabrics from Yuwa.

Lovely new Athill range from Moda

New delivery of this superb book on Lanvin, so beautiful I almost can't look at it. Teamed up here with some of our vintage ribbons in the same colours from the same era, too lovely!

Have a gorgeous week x

Ps. does the new photo format work for you? are they too big, too small, take too long to load?? Just trying a few things out and would love feedback, especially if they make it less pleasent to visit.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter at l'uccello

Easter trading hours:
Closed Good Friday
Open Saturday 10am - 4pm
Closed Sunday as usual
Open Monday 10am - 6pm

Wow, it has been such a crazy time lately, we have finally sent out our new range of scented pillows and sachets to Kleins Perfumery. After a couple of little disasters, (I won't bore you with the details, let's just say measure twice, cut once would have been sound advice) we have now sent out the first of our winter stock, it is always so satisfying to see them all boxed up and ready to go. To celebrate the launch we have done a l'uccello themed window at Kleins, if you go past there may be quite a few things in the window you'll recognise. 

The reflection on the window made it very hard to get nice pictures so I took the odd one from the side and from the back.

Shameless plug, Kleins have a fabulous website,

The Perfumery is looking a little l'uccello inside too, this store is so lovely it really is a must visit whenever you are in the neighbourhood.

My absolute favourite scented candles, Cire Trudon, divine scents from this historic French candle company.

Meanwhile the store has been busy with lovely customers, gorgeous new stock arrivals (so many we don't know quite where to put it all) and slow but steady progress on the online store.
Pictured above are some beautiful new antique and vintage crocheted pieces, lovely fine filet lace and some hand printed pictures, these lovely images have been printed on the pages of an antique dictionary.

Hand made pure wool felt shapes, balls flowers and pebbles in various sizes, even liquorice all sorts

Great new paper crafting products, alphabet stamps, "caramel" erasers and various boxes of vintage inspired stickers.

Not to mention the mountain of new fabric that is arriving, including these gorgeous ranges, this one is Playtime from Moda

This range is so cute, from Walnut Hill Farm

This one is from the civil war reproduction range Friendship, produced by Moda.

New Dresden paper bunnies, perfect for decorating Easter gifts.

Have a great week, hope the easter bunny is bountiful for you. x