garters now available in store!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I probably receive one enquiry each week asking whether I make garters. Until today, the answer has always been unfortunately no, but I have taken it upon myself to learn a new skill and I have since designed and made some for the shop. I absolutely love how they turned out and I think it will be my newest obsession!

While there are only two just listed in store at the moment, all garters that will be added to the shop will be made to measure for a perfect fit. I'll be adding new garters shortly!

Below are some photos of the new Polly and Angelica. Polly is a gorgeous pure silk dupioni garter with vintage laces. Angelica is a lovely silk habotai and vintage lace garter adorned with Percy Handmade signature double blossoms.





beautiful brides: Jennifer's beach wedding

Another beautiful Percy bride! The gorgeous Jennifer in her stunning rosette adorned wedding gown at her beach wedding. I love how well her Charlie clutch matches her dress. Too cute!

These beautiful photographs were taken by Sam Ellis via A Stylish Design (ASD makes the most adorable wedding pillows and other lovely wedding decor pieces).




beautiful brides: sabrina!

I received a lovely email from Sabrina from Germany a few days ago. Her wedding was almost 8 months ago but she kindly sent through some photos from her big day. She looked gorgeous and I loved how she did her hair! She wore a set of 2 Zara hair flowers and they're tucked ever so sweetly to the side of her chignon. Just beautiful and I had to share!

real weddings: beautiful Jessica

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I stumbled across these beautiful photographs of the gorgeous Jessica who purchased a set of 2 Coco blossoms for her wedding a little while ago. Doesn't she look gorgeous?! And I'm loving these beautiful photographs by Leeann Marie Photography. You can view more photographs from the beautiful wedding here. Just lovely!




the lovely lulu

One of the most common questions I receive is whether my pieces can be made in brighter colours. While the popular silky satin flower (i.e. Alexis, Arianna, Marais, Audrina etc) are only available in ivory and black, I had some time over the past week to photograph some of the new coloured silk pieces I had worked on last month.

These little beauties are made from 100% silk dupioni so they can be made in virtually any colour under the sun. Each petal has been hand cut, formed, treated and assembled. Due to the nature of silk dupion, the petals may fray ever so slightly with wear, but as the fabric has been treated and moulded into shape, you shouldn't expect more than the odd fray (which can just be trimmed with a sharp pair of scissors). The Lulu flowers pictured below are 4" wide however they can be made in other sizes too.









What I love about the lovely Lulu is that it can be made in virtually any colour.  I have obsessively collected silk dupion for years so you can choose from the following colours:

White
Ivory
Cream
Champagne
Pale gold
Cinnamon
Canary yellow
Pale pink
Antique rose
Dusty pink
Lilac
Grape purple
Aubergine purple
Red
Burgundy
Baby blue
Royal blue
Navy blue
Seafoam green
Apple green
Forest green
Teal green
Tangerine orange
Rust
Pewter grey
Charcoal grey
Black

Please contact me if you have a particular colour in mind because the colours above are only a few of the colours I have on hand.

I'd love to hear from you!

back in business (and a sneak peak of things to come)

Thanks to everyone for their support, patience and understanding while my shop has been closed. Closing shop was actually much tougher than I thought it would be - not only because I had pretty much nothing to do while my body was recovering, but also not being able to sew as much as I wanted to was probably the most difficult part of all of it!

My lower back is finally recovering and yesterday was my first day where I could move around and not feel sorry for myself. I decided to reopen my shop today but I will not be taking on any large orders or rush orders for at least a few weeks. Any new orders that come through will be made in the timeframes specified in the listings. I have already received 6 orders across my two shops since reopening so that was a lovely surprise!

This injury was the first time I have seriously hurt myself. It did however open my eyes and made me realise that I had to change things in my life so things were more sustainable... long term.  For the past 2 years I have been working full time during the day and I would rush home to start work on existing orders into the night and on weekends. As other online sellers will appreciate, there is much more involved with running an online business than just making things... there's listings to write, photos to take, tags, responding to emails and questions, pieces to design, supplies to buy, marketing materials to coordinate/design, research, packaging, branding, advertising, promotions etc etc.

Combined, it all took its toll on me and my little spine. But, the good news is I am now committed to looking after myself (and actually doing it, not just saying it!). I will exercise more, sleep more, eat better, just general work/life balance. It will be tough adjusting as this has been the lifestyle I have given myself for 2 years but it must happen otherwise there will be no more Percy.... and a long term back injury just wouldn't be fun!

The other thing I have been thinking about over the past 2 weeks while I have been feeling sorry for myself is colour! Yes, bold, bright, raw colour. This would normally be something that would scare me but I am embracing colour and it will be part of the new revamped Percy Handmade. Keep an eye out for some new pieces made from beautiful silk dupioni in the most gorgeous shades... in fact, here's a sneak peek!

LULU silk dupion handmade flowers with rhinestone centres


headband love!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A handmade oversized silk habotai bloom with tulle and Swarovski crystals... oooh, too much fun! To be added to the shop soon!


knitted goodness

I received the sweetest gift the other day.... a knitted scarf and matching brooch pin from my partner's mother. Oh so sweet and oh so beautiful! I really wish I was half as talented as Steve's mum... maybe one day.

The scarf is absolutely beautiful and is made from Italian cashmere wool. It will definitely come in handy this winter season! It's so soft and I love the intricate details and to top it off, the brooch is adorned with a beautiful vintage button. Oh, isn't that just divine?!




I just love it!

sheer silk petals

Friday, April 15, 2011

Silk organza is one of my favourite materials to work with and is available in a wide range of beautiful colours. I love how it's sheer, crisp and lightweight and works beautifully when moulded by hand.

Once the store reopens I will be adding these little beauties to the shop.  The opaque blossom below is a combination of silk organza and silky satin and adorned with beautiful Swarovski clear crystals and Czech silver glass beads.  The two sheer blossoms are made from silk organza only and are also adorned with Swarovski crystals. As with all Percy Handmade pieces, these blossoms can be made in other sizes or colours, please contact me to discuss!





sneak peak

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A little sneak peak of some of the new colours which will be added to the shop when it reopens soon!




a new addition: sash collection

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I love sash belts and think they can be the perfect way to complete a look. A few months ago I made a silk dupion sash belt with a ruched front panel, and lovingly adorned it with three signature ivory silky satin blossoms with Swarovski pearl centres.  I have been meaning to take some pretty photos of the sash and it finally happened last week.

Once the shop reopens later this week, I will be adding this little beauty to the sash collection. As this piece will be made to order, it can be made in different configurations and sizes.

Taking a little break

Friday, April 8, 2011


Doctor's orders.  I have hurt my back and have been ordered to take a week's rest to recover.  As much as my stubbornness and love for Percy is driving me to keep the shop open rain, hail or shine, I only have one spine and I need to take care of it.

While the shop will be closed for a little while, I just wanted to let all existing customers know that there are no overdue orders at the moment. All current orders will be completed in the timeframes outlined in the listings.  I am still able to respond to emails so I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or enquiries about current or future orders.

Hopefully everything will be back to normal next week (hopefully sooner!) and my apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

 Thanks for your patience and understanding!

etsy find: wink creations

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I love discovering new Etsy stores and I recently came across a little gem by the name of Wink Creations. Wink Creations is a wonderful Australian store filled with unique jewellery made from semi precious stones, pearls and quality sterling silver components.  I love the simple and contemporary designs and the versatile colour combinations!

I actually purchased two necklaces from the lovely Marissa from Wink last week - one for a dear friend of mine and another as a little present to myself. They arrived just in time for a photo session I had scheduled yesterday so I couldn't resist modelling them in some of the shots!

Take a peek at the necklaces I purchased, and while you're at it, check out the shop Wink Creations.


Bright and bold!

A few months ago I posted a short piece on a gorgeous pink couch I stumbled across while I was browsing Pinterest.  I loved the colours so much that I decided to use it as the source of inspiration for some of the new pieces in store. The combination of beautiful chartreuse/olive green with the fun cerise/fuschia pink splash is just too much fun!

I will be adding some more pretty pieces to the shop in other colours soon.  Keep an eye out for some splashes of navy blue, ruby red, royal blue, canary yellow and tangerine orange!

I am always open to custom creations so if you have a particular colour in mind, please don't hesitate to contact me to check availability!

JULIA Cerise magenta chiffon, lace and satin blossoms
HANA White, ivory and olive green feather fascinator with rhinestone detail
JULIET Cerise magenta chiffon and lace flower with feather accents
NATALIA Olive green chiffon, lace and satin flower with feather accents

Congratulations Diana!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wow, I was thrilled to see that there were 78 entries for the Percy Handmade giveaway! 76 entries on my blog and 2 entries on the Facebook page! This is absolutely fantastic and thank you to everyone who participated.



Congratulations to the lucky winner Diana Dang (#27) who I will contact shortly to share the good news! Thank you Diana, I can't wait to chat to you about your prize.

While there could only be one winner to this giveaway I will be hosting another giveaway very soon. Please keep an eye out on this page and my Facebook page for more information!

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