We are about 30 days into this relationship and I’ve started to wonder…”where is this relationship going?”
I know I am an
old, mature-aged chook (that is “old bird” for you in the British Isles and just “old girl” for you in North America), and I know I LOVE fashion. But is that all I am to you? I would hope it’s not. So I am going to go out on a limb with this post and share a little bit about me that has nothing to do with fashion, but still has everything to do with style. Or at least my style.
On our last trip to Hong Kong, the Fashion Mister and I had a number of missions. The one I want to tell you about is our anniversary present to each other. You see, as a challenge we like to give each other anniversary presents based around the year of our anniversary. Last year was leather…we won’t go into that one! Anyway, the traditional gift for the fourth wedding anniversary is silk, fruits and flowers. It turned out to not be as tough as we thought it would be.
Lee-Anne, also know as my “fashion sister from another mother”, who you met in my post about L’ Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, makes quilts. I know, you’re thinking “she really has gone Nanna here if she is going to talk about quilts”, but stick with me cause it does get better! So, Lee-Anne inspired me to collect fabric from our trip to Hong Kong that she would then make into a quilt that would be our anniversary present to each other. Of course we were in Hong Kong so finding silk wasn’t going to be a problem!
Narrowing it down to one fabric/colour scheme that I could actually live with on a daily basis was going to be the tough bit. Plus, let’s face it, it needed to be something the Fashion Mister could live with too. Even though he isn’t as fussed as I am, it couldn’t be too girlie. I knew I wanted the fabric to be clearly oriental in their overall look but not so over the top that the whole bedroom would look like a theme park. And just to make it tricky, I had already painted the feature wall a very pale orange suede!
This piece of silk, with its white background and browns, golds and burnt orange floral print kick started the whole thing. I fell in love with it instantly because I truly was drawn to the colour scheme. The trouble was this fabric could have been purchased anywhere. I mean there was no trigger that this was inspired by our love of Hong Kong. So I didn’t buy any. Instead, I went on to purchase a lot of other prints throughout the week that fell into the colour scheme of that print.
However, I couldn’t get that beautiful piece of silk out of my mind.
So on our last night in Hong Kong, we found our way back to the little fabric shop packed into the tiniest of spaces between a street food vendor and shop that offered reflexology massages, and bought half a metre. It cost nearly double per metre what any of the other fabrics cost…a whopping $180 HK (about $13 or $6.50 for my half metre).
On the right you can see the finished quilt. It has the silk and flowers required to make it qualify as appropriate for the anniversary challenge with the Fashion Mister. Even though it is covered in flowers, the colours actually keep it from being too feminine for the Fashion Mister.
I used some of the scrap pieces of fabric to fill these frames. I liked how they kind of played off the quilt by having the mat border break them up. There are three of them that will hang above the padded headboard. Once I make the padded headboard that is!
- Lingering at Liger (stylebubble.co.uk)
- Warning: This post contains fabulous vintage fabric (stitchandwitter.com)