Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Sending you all loads of love & bright wishes for a splendid & delightful Christmas.
Thank you for all your support throughout this year, Karen xxxx

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Vintage Sunday

I'm sat in my store in Australia with the sun shinning outside and watching all the happy people wondering past on what is a stunning day. I've been working on new designs and meeting lots of new people whom are popping into the store, here are a few photos of the store for you to see.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Butterflies Beautiful Butterflies

On a shelf in my home there sits a lovely note book with an inspirational butterfly quote on it, it was a present my husband brought home for me earlier this year. Next to it is a glove print by Gabrielle Woodham a local Geraldton artist and more of Gabrielles work is available from Latitude Gallery which is opposite my store. The pretty pink vase was from a dear friend, I believe came from the lovely Roma a gift store next door to my studio. The West End, which is the end of town where all the aforementioned stores are situated here in lovely Geraldton is fast becoming a very boutique and creative street. We also have the Provincial cafe in the middle of the West End, so pop down and enjoy the weather and a latte.

I love butterflies, as you all know they feature in most of my work. I have recently found the time or the inspiration to pick up the paint brush and put paint to canvas. Meleager's Blue is the title and that is the name for the type of butterfly featured.
Meleager's Blue is now sat in the window of my studio boutique, I used a lovely old easel which belonged to my Grandfather to prop it up on.

A silver plated butterfly, these I so enjoyed designing. I love the way the light catches them and shows the embossing detail.

Butterflies Beautiful Butterflies

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween

Description from Dictionary-
Halloween |ˌhaləˈwēn; ˌhälə-; -ōˈēn| (also Hallowe'en)
the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints' Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: contraction of All Hallow Even (see hallow , even 2 ).

Sunday, 30 October 2011

My very own store

Well things have been soooooo busy in my world for the last few months hence the lack of posts! First we finally moved into our house last Sunday after 4 months of renovations. The home phones and internet have been down for a couple of weeks which made life even more challenging in my world of Cavania. When I have unpacked the boxes I will take some photos and show you our hard work. But my even more exciting news............. today was my first day of trading in my very own Cavania store. We pulled up the carpet, cleaned and set the furniture out on Friday and so Saturday and today was spent opening boxes. I am so thrilled as to how the store has turned out and the gorgeous pressed tin ceiling and wooden floor is simply perfect for our look. I have a Facebook page for the Australia store and snap shots of my day in the store will be appearing on that too.

Well now I am all settled I will hopefully posting a few times a week on the blog.
Bye for now
Karen xxx

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Patchwork Walls

I have been collecting wallpaper samples for a short while now and would like to experiment with a wall in my house or maybe in my studio...... choosing which papers to use will be the most difficult thing.

images from the internet.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Grey & Duck Egg Blue

I love the colours duck egg blue, ivory and greys together they are so calming and relaxing for interiors and especially in clothing, Cavania's new Autumn/Winter 2011 scarves have just been launched at the Autumn Fair in the UK and they feature all these colours in a mixture of gorgeous textures, from tulle, embroidered lace, patterned cottons and velvets, they have been a fabulous hit.

images 1.House to Home 2.3.Cavania 4.5. Internet

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Inspirational Stores & Displays

I have just found this and had to share...... a beautiful store full of interesting displays. It would be a delight to shop in here.

more on display and store ideas....,,,

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Autumn Fair 2011

We are getting ready for the Autumn Fair 4-7th September, this is a trade show so only available for stores. Pre register by clicking here.

Come and see all our new cards, gifts and we will be launching our new Autumn Winter Scarves, which are gorgeous.

A Cavania card and bracelet was selected to be featured on the official website, which we were delighted about...... can you spot our designs in the above photos?

The Autumn Fair is at the NEC, Birmingham in the UK.

Monday, 22 August 2011

The Hummingbird Bakery London

Another store from our London visit, The Hummingbird Bakery, Portabello Road. I need pretty cupcakes like fish need water :)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic London Store

I dragged Christian to see Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Couture store on Kensington Park Road, London. We had a wonderful Sunday morning stroll the sun was out and we walked past so many stunning town houses playing one of our games of choosing which one we would love to live in if we won lotto.

Loved the window of an antique store with its big vintage union jack we walked past on our way to the Shabby Chic store.

Never had a tourist photo of me standing next to a letter box before :)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fortnum & Mason - Inspirational Store Displays

Whilst in the UK in July on my whirlwind 2 weeks visit I did mange to pop into London a couple of times and just had to stop by some of my favorite streets and stores. There is none finer the splendid Fortnum & Masons on Piccadilly Street who's windows are always stunning.

We just had to stop and have lunch in the restaurant as the food is fabulous and there is no better lunch in London, if you ever get to visit do try the rosemary is scrumptious. I love the finishing touches and the lemon wrapped in muslin to stop pips falling into the food was just perfect. I had a pan fried fish on a bed of mint peas and ham, Christian had the mash potatoe wrapped scollops....they were divine.

The candy bar is mouth watering, so many delicious sweets to choose from its almost impossible to decide, well nearly almost impossible ( the fudges are a must) :)