Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's been a very busy month but one thing I have been meaning to organise is a GIVEAWAY to celebrate the second anniversary of Percy Handmade!

One lucky winner can pick 1 of the 3 hair pieces below:

1. HALLIE ivory tulle and french netting bow hair comb with Swarovski pearl accents ($72 value)

2. OLIVIA white and ivory feather fascinator with rhinestone/pearl accent ($68 value)

3. ABIGAIL Swarovski crystal and pearls hair pins in silver or gold wire ($52 value)

To see more photographs or to learn more about each piece, please click on the images above!


1.  "Like" Percy Handmade on Facebook
2.   Leave a comment below stating which piece you'd like and why

For an additional entry:

3. Blog, Facebook or tweet about this giveaway (please include @percyhandmade in your tweet and mention Percy Handmade) and then come back and leave another comment!

And that's it!

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on Wednesday 6 April 2011 12 noon (Australian time).

Good luck!

etsy find: ruby and willow

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Don't you just love stumbling across fabulous finds? A little while ago I discovered Ruby & Willow, a boutique stationery design service from Auckland, New Zealand.  Kate Holland from Ruby & Willow is a goddess when it comes to creating beautiful and unique stationery, and if you don't believe me, take a peek!

There's even a blog called Magnolia Rouge (love the name!) and an Etsy store as well. And it gets better... there's a custom design service too!

wedding trends: coloured wedding shoes!

One of my favourite trends for weddings is coloured wedding shoes. I can't think of a better way to show off your signature style and personality through a pair of bright pumps or quirky flats. Aren't these just fabulous?!

inspiration board: vintage inspired hollywood glamour

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I was saddened to wake up to the news this morning that Dame Elizabeth Taylor had passed away overnight. Her signature style, glamour and grace will be remembered for decades to come. Today's inspiration board has been inspired by hollywood glamour and everything that I believe Elizabeth Taylor epitomised. She was a true screen legend and brought much sophistication and beauty to the world.

Elizabeth Taylor image via Cowkitty

etsy find: findi flooshki

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I love discovering new Etsy stores and Findi Flooshki from Australia is definitely a new shop that deserves much attention.  I recently purchased a stunning barrette from Findi Flooshki as a gift for my partner's mother. I was a little naughty this morning and I thought i would take some quick photos of the piece before I pass it onto her... I just couldn't resist! The piece is the gorgeous decorative chocolate barrette below with pretty golden highlights. It reminded me of my trip to Europe back in 2009 when my partner and I were fortunate enough to spend a month strolling through the streets of Italy.

The barrette is exceptional, both in design and craftsmanship. Natalie, the talented designer behind these pieces, comes from a family of artistically inclined artisans and you can see the influence of her upbringing in each piece.  You can also tell that much love, time and thought went into each piece, and when I hold each piece in my little hands, I feel like I'm holding a moment in history. I am so pleased with my purchase and while I haven't had a chance to pass this clip onto the gift recipient, I am sure she will love it!

The gorgeous Japanese inspired barrette below is also one of my favourites and I can't believe I am now the proud owner of this piece of craftsmanship. Love, love, love!

You can view Findi Flooshki's fabulous range here

shop update: Billie double blossoms

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I regularly receive requests from customers for silky satin pieces like the Audrina, Annika and Avril in white.  It always breaks my heart when I have to advise potential customers that the fabric is only available in ivory and as such, I wouldn't be able to customise those pieces in white for them.

Today I was working on a custom piece for a lovely customer. The piece was to be based on the Avril hair piece but in order for it to be white, I had to change the fabric combinations so that it was made from white satin, chiffon and silk organza. It does look a little different to the silky satin goodies I have in store but I think it's just as pretty and has a gorgeous ethereal quality to it. I am loving the rhinestone and french netting details too!

I love the new piece, Billie, so much I will now be selling it in my store. Here are some pics!

wedding inspiration: tulle

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A wonderful trend that I have always loved for weddings is tulle. It's such a versatile material that can be used for all seasons but I particularly love it in the spring time.  I love tulle overlays on bridal gowns, tulle veils, tulle hair pieces, tulle garters, tulle accents in decor... There's something so beautiful and ethereal about this beautiful material and it always works a treat when mixed with silks, satin and especially lace.

Tulle beaded napkin via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Cotton candy via Wedding Tulle (It's cotton candy yes, not quite tulle, but equally fabulous!)

Tulle gowns by Samuelle

Second anniversary for Percy Handmade

Thursday, March 17, 2011

This belated post is in recognition of a wonderful milestone Percy Handmade reached on 15 March 2011. This is a very significant date because it marks the second anniversary of all things Percy Handmade. Every day I pinch myself in sheer disbelief that I am able to do something that I truly love.  While I do work full time during the day which can be difficult when I'm juggling a number of large orders including custom requests, coming back home to work into the evening is something I love doing and I wouldn't swap for anything. I love every second of what I do and I would never have thought 2 years ago that I would be doing something which would bring me so much satisfaction, happiness and joy.  It has also provided me with some things that are just invaluable - self confidence, self sufficiency and quietly knowing that dreams do come true.

I would like to thank everyone who has made this possible for me. I would not be here if I didn't have the most wonderful and supportive customers who give me the motivation and encouragement to do what I do. I would not be here without my wonderful partner, my family and friends who have provided wisdom and perspective, a reassuring smile and words of encouragement when I need it. And of course, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Percy, my always reliable sewing machine who sits quietly in the corner when not in use, but to me is a symbol that I can make anything happen if I just put my mind to it...


beautiful bride: Cara

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today I was browsing through one of my favourite blogs Style Me Pretty when to my surprise I noticed one of my sashes on a gorgeous bride, Cara. The lovely Cara purchased a blossom sash and a set of 3 matching hair flowers from me in October 2010 for her New Years Eve wedding a few months later.  I am loving her gorgeous colour palette and fun little accents at her wedding - the pretty white bridesmaids bouquets, the clocks scattered around the receptions, the vintage inspired goodness in all it's glory.

And of course, I am truly smitten with the photographer, Smitten Photography! A few of my favourite photographs are below...

a custom creation

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A pretty custom piece I've been working on with the lovely Tricia. It's a mixture of the Isabella and Audrina hair flowers... combining a little bit of pink champagne with some ivory hues. Ohh I love!

Up close: the bridal comb collection

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It was a beautiful autumn day here in Canberra today. My brother Martin and I whipped out the camera and spent the afternoon taking some up close photos of some of the new pieces in the Percy Handmade bridal comb collection.  It's always fun spending time with my little brother and we have some beautiful images to share as a result! 

There's a few more on the way but here's just a few for now.

SOREN Swarovski pearl and crystal wave bridal comb 
MARIAN silver and off white beaded bridal comb
TABITHA Swarovski pearl and crystal comb
AGNES triple beaded blossoms 
ARABELLA double blossoms with faux pearl sprays

The 2011 collection has arrived!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I am so pleased to be able to finally announce that the new 2011 collection has arrived! It has been a little project I've been working on for a little while now and I am so happy with my latest vintage inspired goodies. These pieces feature some beautiful Swarovski pearls and crystals, gorgeous feathers and tulle accents. Oohh, I'm in love!

I'm adoring these beautiful photographs from Justin Craig Photography and I couldn't be happier with the results. His patience with putting up with a hard task master like me is something to be applauded and I appreciate his willingness to accommodate my vision. I am one of those crazy people who plan things out to the finest detail and I can be a little too particular at times so a very big thanks goes out to him. I'm slowly adding new pieces and photos to my store so keep an eye out for them.

Oh, and finally, the official Percy Handmade website is due to launch soon so stayed tuned!

Here are some of my favourites...

Models: Sally-Anne, Erin, Steven
Photography: Justin Craig Photography
Styling: Tania Maras
Hair accessories: Percy Handmade
Hair stylist: Sheryn O'Connor
Make up: Jacqueline Scott

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