Monday, 7 December 2009

Nearly Christmas

I have started to decorate the house this weekend..well the tree and window frames so far.
Today i will be making some old style paper chains, the ones that are just strips of paper looped and glued/stapled and then looping the next one through.
i have chosen some old fashioned looking gift wrap that i brought at Tenterden in Kent this weekend, i will fold it double so the inside will be coloured too.

In Tenterten there are such pretty shops and the steam railway had all the lights and a lovely carousel all lit up too
I brought some pretty white decorations, a big paper bell which i love.... and also white lacey bunting.
These are to go in my kitchen.
Hope to post some pictures soon when i have finished.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Wedding shop

What a beautiful weekend, the weather was so lovely it was like August down in Kent.
We took a drive through the country lanes, i love getting lost and just arriving at a place that you would never have seen otherwise....
I saw a sign for The secret garden, of course with a name like that you have to take a look.
Turning into the gravel driveway i wondered what we would find.
The secret garden was a restaurant, which was not open, on closer inspection around a pretty courtyard was a tiny doorway, well i had to see what was behind that door....a lovely wedding dress shop, i had a look at all the wonderful dresses and shoes tiaras and flowers, speaking to the owner i told her about my roses and the commissions i have had for wedding bouquets and venue decorating.

Well the outcome could be promising, i am going to make up samples to take along in a couple of weeks, as the owner is moving to a larger unit on the same site she said she may be interested in decorating her shop with my roses...i will do my best and see what comes.

Spent some time at Rye again, the Mermaid inn is so magical.... i will never tire of walking up the cobbled road to see the hotel and peer through the windows, maybe one day i will get to stay in the four poster room.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Give Away

Today i am going to host a free give away.. my first one.
The lucky winner will recieve an autumn wreath made from wicker with Orange paper roses.

Just leave a note to say you would like to be included.


Sunday, 11 October 2009

New website

Over the last few weeks i have been organising a website as a different way to reach more customers... also a proper site to advertise my Paper Roses on.

The name i have chosen is

I am going to try to email magazines and see if they will be able to use the roses in the feature displays.

This weekend i spent a lovely day in Hythe in Kent.
Beautiful church with a difference...under the church there are hundreds of skulls all piled up leaving a small aisle to walk through.
So many different shapes and sizes of skulls.

I made sure to visit all the antique and secondhand shops along the high street, brought lots of lovely old books most of them costing a pound or less, farmhouse kitchen cook book was one.

The weather was perfect for a stroll along the beach at Littlestone
Lovely weather and a great weekend.


Monday, 5 October 2009

Walk around Rye

On Saturday i had the chance to spend some time in Rye in Sussex
The streets were packed with shoppers and a wedding was taking place.
The church has a very special feature, the chance to climb up and take a look across the rooftops above the lovely houses and surrounding fields.

I had a look in all the lovely shops, a favorite of mine is called Forget me not Rye.
Couldn't resist their Lavender pillow mist and Lavender soap also some serviettes with lovely roses on them.
The haberdashery shop.... had to get pretty ric rac and ribbon, another lovely shop.
Halloween is almost here so i brought Black and Orange card to make into trick or treat cones, ready to fill with sweets.
This week i have orders to make and will be adding some wreaths and Christmas decorations to my Ebay and notonthehighstreet shop, so must get on......

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Cotton Roses

More roses...this time Cotton ones 2nd year anniversary.

Lace Roses

I have been experimenting lately and have made a new rose to add to my collection.
13th wedding anniversary it is traditional to give a lace gift.
I painted these yellow with pink edges.

Friday, 11 September 2009

The last rose of summer

'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming all alone,
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
No flower of her kindred,
No rose bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them;
'Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay,
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away!
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

Thomas Moore

I have always loved this poem...

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Well i have branched out and joined a lovely new online shopping website called notonthehighstreet .
I love buying home and craft magazines and i was always seeing beautiful items advertised from this website, i thought that i would give it a go and try my Paper Roses with them.
I have just finished off my product lists and i will be crafting like mad to build up some stock please take a look at this great website... you can find them by typing in prettypaperroses in the search box.


Thursday, 22 January 2009


A new year is always exciting, lots of plans to look forward too.My chickens are laying eggs and i have decided to grow lots of vegetables for us to eat.