Sunday, 28 February 2010

New Union Jack Bags

I have been busy this weekend making more union jack bags, each one is always slightly different with a handmade vintage button corsage to add that finishing touch.
They are currently only available to purchase through Not On The High Street click HERE to visit their site.

New Union Jack bags are made just by me and are in very small limited numbers.

The grey scarf around the mannequins neck is another new Cavania gift line, I have been making these all week too. The house has been covered in threads of cotton and fabric cuttings.

Friday, 26 February 2010

New Cavania Trade Shop Open

At last the Cavania trade online store is open, this is a site with our full catalogue on view and on line facility for trade ordering.

If you are a store register for your access code and when you have a moment make yourself a cup of tea and have a browse through all our new and rather scrumptious cards & gifts.
Click HERE to enter.
Call the office for help at any time 01895 824899

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Country living Fair

Newsflash......... We will be exhibiting at the Country Living Fair 24-28 March, Business Design Centre, Islington London. It's a beautiful show open to the public and there you will find the most scrumptious hand made products all under one roof.

I have 5 pairs of complimentary tickets to give away to Cavania followers, so just leave a comment below and we will pick 5 random numbers. More to give away next week.

What's that draped around the mannequin? why thats one of Cavania's latest lines. Beautiful handmade scarves with vintage buttons and scrumptious trims, pop back soon and we will have more to show you. xxx

Country living Fair Spring 2010 Click here to visit their site.

When you leave your comment just let me know if you would like a day time ticket or an Evening ticket for the fabulous Gala night on the Tuesday 6.30-9pm.

Wednesday 24th March 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday Gala Evening 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Thursday 25th March 10.00am - 6.00pm
Friday 26th March 10.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 27th March 9.30am - 6.00pm
Sunday 28th March 10.00am - 3.00pm

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

A Trip to Liberty's

Saturday 13th February was a trip to London day and a visit to Liberty's just to look at the fabrics, buttons, china, fabrics, window displays, fabrics and some scrumptious tulle pom poms.
Did I mention the fabrics!

Saturday, 20 February 2010

My name is Karen and I am addicted to buttons!

Totally loving buttons, I have done since a child and one of my fondest memories is playing with my Nanny's button box. So many colours and shapes kept me entertained for hours.
I have a glass vase on my dresser side in the studio and in it are the buttons from my Nan's collection and mine.
It is so surprising how many buttons you can collect over the years.

Last month whilst on a trip visiting the warehouse in Oxford I called into a salvage yard called Lassco's. It is an Aladdin's cave of treasures and in a corner was a mountain of buttons, and when I say a mountain that is exactly what I mean. It turned out these buttons had come from a haberdashery suppliers that closed down some years ago on the Portobello Road, London. Also there were boxes and bundles of upholstery trims, well needless to say I was in heaven. After talking to Christian (more like pleading) and negotiating a price with Lassco I bought the lot, yes the LOT.
Finally last week the 4 pallet loads of buttons and trims were delivered and oh my goodness what a ball I am going to have playing with them all. Monday morning I shall wrap up warm and spend some time rummaging through and trying to think of things to make.

Suggestions please as to what can I make with them? by Steven Randazzo for Country Living
2. photo of some of my buttons
3.via Lola's Heart comma

Friday, 19 February 2010

Alice inspired photo shoot

I spent yesterday taking photos of my new scarves and jewellery collections for our catalogue. I decided to have an Alice in Wonderland theme to the jewellery, here a couple of photos before the jewellery was added to give you an idea of what it looked like. I will show you the new jewellery collection and the finished photos in a couple of weeks

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Wedding Inspiration in London

A quick trip into London for a little window shopping and some inspiration for a new wedding range of stationery and gifts. I adore looking at wedding dresses and like all girls want to dress up in gorgeous gowns.
Christian can we get married again?

Rosa Clara Bridal Boutique on the third floor at Liberty's

Stunning dresses in the window of Doly, New Bond Street.

Beautiful wedding cakes at Fortnum & Masons
Now to find my sketch book and paints...........

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Fashion Show

Yesterday I visited Pure at Olyimpia in London, which was a trade show for fashion & accessories. I spent a few hours in girlie heaven going from booth to booth and the highlight was the catwalk featuring a new launch of accessories by the famous Zandra Rhodes.

I hope to be exhibiting there next year with Cavania's jewellery, scarves and accessories.

Parasol Love

I have always loved oriental paper parasols I think I might treat myself to a pain white one and paint some butterflies on it.... now to find a plain white parasol.
Any ideas where I can get one?

1.Photos: Milla Jovovich by Carter Smith
2.Photo by Serge Guerand
3.Photo by Serge Guerand
4.Photo by Elizabeth Messina
5,Oil painting by Kami Blood
6.via tumblr

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's

Wishing you all a beautiful and love filled Valentine's Day xxx

1.Martha Stewart
2.Lesley Dilocock
4/5 Martha Stewart

Friday, 12 February 2010

Alexander McQueen

What a shock and such a sad day yesterday for the world of design with the news of the extremely talented Alexander McQueen taking his own life.
The British fashion designer was at the pinnacle of his success and I wish to say thank you to the quiet, slim, bearded Englishman who shunned publicity and laughed off the limelight, for the amazingness you brought to the world of art & fashion.
You will be deeply missed.