1000th sale!

Friday, December 31, 2010

This is just a quick post to share the news that I have just made my 1000th sale on Etsy! When I first started making things in early 2009, I would never have thought that on New Years Eve 2010, just a few hours before the clock strikes midnight, that I would reach such a spectacular milestone. I'm just so thrilled!

I would like to say a very big thank you to all of my customers for their support this year. I have enjoyed every second and I cannot wait to see what is ahead for us all in 2011.

I thought I'd also include a sneak peak of some new pieces that I plan to add to my store in the next few days...

Happy New Year to all! See you next year xx

wedding ideas: pink and grey

I previously created an inspiration board featuring Pantone's 2011 colour of the year honeysuckle pink. I absolutely love the intense hue of honeysuckle pink and I was inspired to create an inspiration board featuring this gorgeous hue combined with a gorgeous grey. There's something so special about pink and grey together - lovely!

:: Photo credits ::
Grey dress by DKNY via Harvey Nichols
Pink flower decor by Martha Stewart
Light grey wedding cake via HME Weddings
Pink beaded necklace by Suzini
Embellished silk rosette hair piece by Percy Handmade
Grey wedding favors by Martha Stewart via Wedding Tulle
Wedding dress via fhiky
Vintage carved frame by Shabby McFabby

wedding trend: embellished gowns

Monday, December 27, 2010

The wedding trend of 2010 - embellished gowns - will no doubt continue to be a hit in 2011 as it is a simple and beautiful way for brides to keep costs low for their wedding day but still look glamourous, individual and beautiful. It is probably safe to assume that the majority of brides out there don't have the budget of Kate Middleton, but not to worry, there are so many stunning gowns on the market that are classic and elegant and can be easily customised with handmade flowers, ruffles, bows, laces, rosettes and other appliques.

I am often approached by customers who want a Percy flower altered for use on a wedding dress. As everything is made to order, creating something to suit individual preferences is absolutely no problem at all. And, I am always happy to send out fabric swatches to ensure a perfect colour match.

 I am often asked to create something which is either:

  • detachable: such as a cluster of flowers attached to a brooch pin which can be used after the wedding
  • backless: which can be hand sewn onto the dress by a seamstress or the bride 
  • on a sash: either a handmade silk dupioni sash or a double satin ribbon
Either way, it's a gorgeous way to create something simple or dramatic economically and exactly to your liking.

ONE: Find the perfect dress in a classic silhouette. I think the Amsale 2011 fall runway collection is elegant, beautiful and truly inspiring.

Amsale 2011 fall collection
TWO: Pick a flower which gets you excited, something which highlights you as an individual. Flowers or embellishments in whites, ivory or cream are a lovely way to keep things elegant and classic, however don't be afraid to go for bright colours or dramatic shapes! If there is something in store that you would like customised, please let me know! I would love to work with you to create the perfect piece.

Customisable flowers by Percy Handmade 
THREE: Determine where you would like the embellishments. On your shoulder cascading down? On the waist line? On your hip or the back of the dress? The options are endless! Here are some gorgeous embellished gowns for inspiration:

Amsale 2011 fall collection
Just gorgeous! 

etsy find: suzini

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I came across the lovely Susan and her store Suzini recently in the Etsy forums and I was immediately drawn to her vibrant, modern and fun bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  I have always been a little hesitant wearing brightly coloured clothing but when it comes to accessories, the sky is the limit! I love the rich colours and playful Suzini designs and I think they would be absolutely perfect if you want to instantly dress up or dress down an outfit!

There are so many gorgeous beaded pieces in store in every colour of the rainbow. There is now a Facebook fan page too. Go on, check out her store because I know you will be a fan!

Mr Rubenstein Bear: picture perfect!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Some may think it's a little odd organising a portrait shoot for a little puppy dog but, for Steve and I, it was the perfect opportunity to capture our new family in it's early stages. 

The look and feel of the session was rather simple; we wanted something fresh, contemporary and relaxed. We were very fortunate to find a talented photographer, Justin Craig, who was able to transform our vision into something truly special.

We had originally post-poned the photo session due to poor weather. We rescheduled our booking for two weeks later only to discover that the weather on the day was in fact worse that what we had hoped for. In the course of a few hours we experienced patches of rain, cloud, constant wind, sun, more cloud... and then lots more rain... It was particularly odd considering that here in Australia mid December is meant to be summer!

For the venue, we wanted some photos in our home as well as something outdoors that still had some raw structural elements. We decided to go to a gorgeous place - Mount Stromlo in Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra, Australia - just a short drive from our home.  What appealed to us was the remains of the old Space Observatory which had burned down several years ago during a horrific bush fire in the area. The loss to Canberra at the time was immense, not only due to the number of homes and animals affected, but also the Observatory as an icon to the city.  As a matter of fact, Mount Stromlo Observatory also had another significant link to us as the street we bought our house in is actually named after one of the Italian Astronomers who had been brought to Australia many many years ago to set up the Observatory! What a small world we live in...

Despite the poor weather and the difficulties that Justin faced trying to capture some beautiful images on the day, I am absolutely thrilled with how the photos turned out.  I could rave on forever about how talented Justin is but instead, see for yourself...

Photo credits :: Justin Craig Photography

Sneek peek: Bear's portrait session

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Steve and I decided to spoil ourselves, and our puppy, this Christmas season with a family portrait shoot with the talented Justin from Justin Craig Photography.  We were so pleased with his work on the first Percy Handmade product shoot that we just couldn't resist having him capture our new pup in our new home.

Despite the horrid tornado-like winds and the unpredictable rain on the day, the photos turned out beautifully. It's incredible how quickly a little Labrador can grow so I'm really happy we didn't post-pone the shoot.

I will blog more about the events of the day in my next post but for now I thought I'd show you a photo as a little sneek peek of our portrait session.

Isn't little Bear just adorable?

Photography by Justin Craig Photography

inspiration board: new years celebrations

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Can you believe it's almost 2011?

While I'm still in denial about how fast these years fly by, when I stop to think about it, the past year has been incredible. I bought a new house, worked full time in my day job, ran my Percy store at night and every other breathing moment, welcomed a new puppy dog to the family... plus so much more! I had little sleep, lots of coffee but lots and lots of fun.

To celebrate the brilliant year that's been (and almost gone) I thought I'd gather some gorgeous pieces to bid farewell to the wonderful year that was 2010. Enjoy!

:: Photos ::

Vintage black tuxedo bow by Raleigh Vintage
Gold regal masquerade mask by The Crafty Chemist
Balloons print by GildingLilies
Star stud earrings by Michelle Chang Jewelry
Stripe clutch by Percy Handmade
Red paper ornament by Kiss A Designs
Tiny bow necklace by Angelene
Faux crystal earring by My Cellar Door

wedding ideas: rhinestone and pearls

One of my favourite pieces in store is a tulle, silk organza and french netting hair piece with rhinestone detail... I love it because it's light and airy and I love the simple contemporary take to a flower hair piece. I think it would look fabulous matched with some gorgeous pearls and a simple dress.

:: Photo credits ::

hair piece by Percy Handmade
dress by Loveybyisha 
pearl and swarovski earrings by TZTudio
necklace by Zafirenia

shop update: holiday sale!

To celebrate the holiday season, Percy Handmade is offering 10% off all items in store for a short time only. Please use the coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS2010 at checkout to receive the discount!

Please note the discount can only be provided if the code is used at checkout. Happy shopping!

wedding ideas: cream and gray

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Final inspiration board for the evening... a collection of pretty greys and creams for a stunning neutral wedding scheme. Lovely! 

:: Photo credits ::

feather hair piece by Percy Handmade
paper butterflies by Jaime Mancilla
ivory flower hair clip by Percy Handmade
shoes by JCrew
clutch purse by Percy Handmade
rhinestone hair pins by Dana Castle

wedding ideas: fall wedding

While it's summer down here in Australia, I thought I'd pull together some fall inspired pieces for those of you who live up in the northern hemisphere.  The weather down here in Canberra, Australia, has been quite unpredictable... some rain, some wind, more rain, then a bit of sun.... certainly not the summers I've grown accustomed too!

:: Photo credits ::

bridal clutch by Percy Handmade
pearl earrings by Something Jeweled
place cards and invitations by Timeless Paper
ring pillow by Bragging Bags
flower hair flowers by Percy Handmade
wedding gown by ArielJ
swarovski earrings by In Style Boutique

wedding ideas: ebony and ivory

I love it when modern meets vintage which is why I just adore it when ivory is combined with a strong accent colour like black. I thought I'd include some Percy Handmade pieces in the mix too!

:: Photo credits ::

wedding gown by Ting Brida
moustache by Whisker Works
invitations by Shine Invitations
wedding clutch by Percy Handmade 
earrings by Estancia Designs 
table numbers by Shine Invitations
wedding cake featured in Better Homes and Gardens 
feather hair piece by Percy Handmade 

wedding ideas: honeysuckle pink

:: Photo credits ::

shoes by wet seal
pinwheel by Rule42
pearl bracelet by AMIdesigns
flower table decor by aAccentsandPetals
invitations by Tucci Paper Co
wedding gown by Bridal Bliss Designs
bridal sash by Percy Handmade
rhinestone hair pins by Saylor Rose

wish list: all i want for christmas...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I love this time of the year - Christmas and New Years, the beginning of summer, packing away the winter wardrobe and stocking up on lots of new accessories for the new season.  On my Christmas list are some fun necklaces and accessories that I can mix and match. These little beauties are just fabulous!

 :: [clockwise from top left] ::
Black leather cord bangles with gold plated tubes by Maribelle Campa
Mon Amour vermeil gold nuggets silver hoop earrings by Friedasophie
Hand cast brass necklace by Dores
Gilded long pearl cluster necklace by Abigail Percy

Hopefully Santa will be kind =)

photo shoot: justin craig photography

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of working with Canberra based photographer, Justin Craig, on a Percy Handmade product shoot for a new line of pieces.  If you're a Canberra local, I highly recommend Justin for your wedding or next formal event - he was an absolute pleasure to work with, totally understood my vision and has an incredible eye for detail.  As a matter of fact, I have already scheduled a portrait shoot in two weeks time to photograph my new puppy Bear with Steve and I.  It will be our first family portrait =)

I'm hoping to arrange another product shoot early in early 2011 to showcase a new line of clutch purses and hair pieces.  Stay tuned...

In the meantime, take a peek below!

Styling by Tania Maras
Clutch purses, hair pieces and sash belts by Percy Handmade
Photography by Justin Craig Photography

update: Percy Handmade is finally on Facebook!

Friday, December 3, 2010

I have been planning to set up a facebook fan page for quite some time.... and I finally did it last night!

I'm slowly adding some photos from a product shoot with Justin Craig Photography - please find me on facebook to check them out. These photos were taken to launch my new range of pieces that I'm very excited about.

I love the new images and I hope you do too!

You can view my facebook fan page here xx

Styling by Tania Maras
Sash belt by Percy Handmade
Photography by Justin Craig Photography

etsy find: The Bijou Babe

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's always exciting when you come across something that makes you jump around inside. That's what happened when I found The Bijou Babe and her gorgoeus work on Etsy! I love the contrasting colours of pink and green combined with gold, and the delicate berry-like details. Gorgeous!

Anjou Necklace-Oro Verde Quartz, Tourmaline

Winterberry Earrings-Rubies, Sapphires, Vermeil

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