Monday, 30 November 2009

A Vintage Mother's Day

Vintage is one of our all time best selling range and after much demand we have produced a limited number of Mother's Day greeting cards for 2010. To our Cavania stockist, please call the office or your agent to secure your order.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Glitz & Hollywood

I have just stumbled across an Auction house Juliens Auction that sold some Hollywood glitz back in the summer, if only I had found them before the auction back in June( I would probably be homeless now!!)

This is Marilyn Monroe's leotard.......(defiantly homeless) and the description in the auction catalogue is...
Leotard of chiffon and net with fitted fishnet overlay, rhinestone and sequin embellishments throughout, hook and eye closure at back, label reads, "20th Century Fox/M.Monroe." This is believed to be the costume designed by William Travilla and intended to be worn for Marilyn to sing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953. But deemed inappropriate by the censors.

Loving the vintage suitcase.

Audrey Hepburn design sketch by Edith Head

Ann Miller costumes (1940)

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Knock knock... is that Santa

What will your front door look like this christmas? Here are few images from the world wide web.

Christmas Competition Time
Email me a photo of your christmas wreath and the lucky dip winner will receive a christmas present of a dozen cards from me.

So where ever you are in the world simply email me your photos and only your name, the winner will be drawn on 20th December and notified by email.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Cavania goes to Spain

¡Muy buenas! Cavania is going to Spain, well not me unfortunately but ten and a half thousand Cavania cards are leaving tomorrow. It's always so exciting when she (Cavania) goes off to a new country, we have sent a few small orders out to independent stores there before but not like this.

AdiĆ³s! I must check she has packed her sun tan lotion........

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

White Christmas

Dreaming of a white Christmas, I do hope this rain stops soon. Well I have never been so organised, last Saturday I wrote all my christmas cards. But I think I will wait another week or so to go out and get a christmas tree.

There are so many beautiful images and ideas as to how to decorate your christmas tree, here are just three to choose from today, more tomorrow just to get us all in the spirit.

I can resist the urge no longer I think i will have to put the christmas songs back on the blog soon......
Images from Country Living

Monday, 23 November 2009

A surprise gift

Look what the postman brought today a gorgeous surprise gift from Wendy my Sister-in-law , all the way from Australia. The note read that Wendy found it in an Antique store, what a lovely find.
It is now sat in my sewing room on the dresser with all my other treasures. The glass is domed and the figures are painted on the inside, with a typical English country garden print behind. A couple of years ago I did a collection of 12 cards all based on silhouettes, each one was titled on the reverse and dedicated to 12 very special women in my life.

Thank you, thank you Wendy, you have made a very wet and grey day a whole lot brighter xxxx

White Rabbit

As you know from a previous post I am a little excited about the new Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland Movie due out March 2010. After watching the very entertaining Mr Robbie Willaims video for his song 'When you went away' I just had to pop it on my blog.

I would love to have a big table and china tea set permanently at the bottom of my garden with a lovely big chandelier hanging from a tree above. I could visit it and step away from reality when ever the whim took me...............

Friday, 20 November 2009

Painting Day

Some unfinished canvas from the back in the Summer

I am back in my loft painting, well trying to paint. It has been a while since I last picked up a paint brush and I must admit that it has been hard to concentrate. The phone and laptop were a bit of a distraction today I hope tomorrow I will settle down a bit better. The light is gone by about 3pm in the afternoon so there is only a short opportunity each day . I have got to get my head into painting pretty quickly as the collecions are supposed to be launching for Spring 2010.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Christmas Style

Christmas is coming so time to get the ribbons and bows out and go completely mad decorating everything that stands still long enough, or is that just me.....

I am going to do a ribbon theme to the house this year and thinking that I might decorate the christmas tree with just white fairy lights and ribbon bows of different sizes and colours.

Images from Country Living

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Stockist Finder

As you may already know we have a stockist finder service now on our website. This is for customers to find their nearest stockist, but it is being abused by someone trying to search my data base. Firstly this is a free service but every search is costing me 20p and if the abuse continues I will be left with no alternative than to block your IP address from accessing any of our sites.
Please stop.... pretty please.
Thank you
Karen x

Roses are......

Roses are... is just one of our Valentine's greeting card collections for 2010. 6 cards in the collection and all hand finished with an embroidered word and marabou feather. Which one tickles your fancy?

For our Cavania stockist, call the office or your agent to secure your order. Only a limited number of these greeting cards have been made.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Cavania on YouTube

We were told today that an interview Christian did for the Autumn Fair in September has been posted on YouTube and another version on the Fairs sight.
They only got Christians name wrong on one of the versions! Also in the background of the interview is Ian Bradley our Midlands agent and friend.
I don't know what with Christian being on Top Gear this week and now this will Cavania be able to keep him? Move over Simon Cowell!!!

Photo Shoot for New Look Cavania

I have been busy as always the last couple of days working on product shots for our new website and store. I think I have taken nearly 400 images as well as styling each product, talk about having to concentrate.

The world of Cavania is manic on all levels at the moment, in the office James and Christian are running as the phone and fax machine are ringing hot. Gemma has been an absolute star the past few weeks at getting the online store up.

Cavania now has a new look and a stockist finder as well as an online store.

Here are just a few of the finished photos which are now being uploaded on to the store as well as a sneaky peak at some of the goodies that will be in the Cavania stockists in January 2010.

On line ordering for stockists is coming soon too, I need a cup of tea.
Have a fabulous weekend all, and if you are a fan of Top Gear watch out for Christian & James this Sunday they will be in the opening scenes next to the Ferrari. They ducked out of the office for the afternoon on Wednesday to watch the show being filmed, boys and their toys!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Never Forget

Today I pray for peace to wash over mankind like a fresh morning breeze.
Today I wish for every man, woman & child to see with new eyes.
Today we should remember all those who have laid their lives down for the good of others.
Today, tomorrow and always, we will not forget you nor will we ever truly be able to thank you.
Together we can each start to make this world a better place.

Remembrance Day 2009

Image by Foundling

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Spirit of Christmas

Thank you to all that came along and said hello it was lovely to meet you. This is a photo of my little stand or should I say tardis! I cant beleive how much we managed to squeeze into it. I was trapped on my stand for 5 days and completely forgot to ask Christian to take my camera and snap away at all the other lovely stands and displays around the venue.

My Union Jack bags and pictures went down a storm and I shall finish the final 50 and pop them on my store this weekend. The store went live on Wednesday and we are still adding bits and bobs but most exciting is the store locater which is being added today. All you have to do is pop your postcode in and your nearest Cavania stockist will be displayed.

Christian and I gave out nearly 1500 leaflets at the show with the store locater details so hopefully our stockist should be getting some visits from new customers very soon.

Click here to find your nearest store

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Sewing Marathon

I have been back from China for three days now and still very jet lagged, getting up at 2am, 5am and finally this morning at 8.30am. Now my mission is to finish the union jack bags I started for the Spirit of Christmas retail show which starts on Wednesday.
I have made only 50 and these will also be available to buy through my on line store which will be launched in the next couple of days.

I have been wanting my own store for some time now and after many an email requesting to purchase an original of one of my cards it will finally be open this week. This will be a very exciting week!

Many photos to post about our 10 day trip to China, but this will have to wait till after Spirit of Christmas at Olympia, London. If you are visiting the show do stop by and say hello, stand B35.