Saturday, September 18, 2010

Adorable baby Lara

I have a very beautiful friend Lyndal, who has the most beautiful baby girl, her name is Lara and Lara is nearly one.  Lara is my "Baby Rowantree" model and she is not only a super model but the most placid little angel I know.  I was so excited to call Lyndal and tell her that the Baby's Smock dress, Posie Pinnie was ready for modelling.  Lara was an angel and we were able to squeeze in a few more shots in the Baby Rowantree range.  The Lara Spring pop over dress and the cute little Lucy Top all in one very sunny afternoon.

After the shoot Lyndal, Lara and I felt we deserved an afternoon treat so off to Envy Cafe in Summer Hill.  I love to visit Envy Cafe lots of interesting Vietmanese art adorn the walls. We sat in the leafy courtyard sipping on tea and eating delicious toast and honey.  Lara in the high chair calling to other customers "I'M LARA"and getting lots of attention, which a supermodel rightly deserves.

I loved all the images I took of Lara and it was so difficult to decide which ones I would use for the site.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A fun day shooting pics for my website.

What a fabulous and fun day I enjoyed with young Max, his sister Sophia and their wonderful Aunty Deb at Rushcutters Bay Park, taking pictures for my website.  Young Max is a scene stealer and lots of people stopped by to talk to Max and tell him how handsome he is.  Gorgeous Sophia loved changing outfits and looked adorable in everything, especially my new "Belle" design dress.

The day was sunny, warm and such a perfect location which just happens to be one of my favourite places in this beautiful harbour town of Sydney.   I love the water and I love to sail and this is the perfect spot.  My love of the water really sets the scene for my strong nautical themes and strong colour palette.  Max is wearing the Blue "Sail Short", "Sail Tee" and "Sydney" boys shirt.  Sophia wore the "Gidget Short" "Harem Pant", Tie shoulder check top and my fabulous new design "Bella" Dress in Vintage Green and Pink Daisy.

After some nautical style shots we walked to the park.  Rushcutters Bay park is one of the best parks in Sydney, a fabulous spot for family picnics.  Lots of huge trees offering inviting shady places ideal for the picnic rug, the pram or play pen.  It has a brand new shiny enclosed play area with really cool play equipment, a cafe that is very child friendly (very yummy food)  with loads of bikes and trikes to ride on, not to mention the scenic harbour backdrop.  You don't need a boat to enjoy the harbour here!

At the park we did all the above, ate a picnic lunch, searched for starfish, climbed the trees and played on the play equipment.  And it was a wrap.  A fantastic photo shoot, two very happy children, a collection of great shots and a me, a very excited designer.  I love designing clothes for children.  I love the process.  I can't wait to see my clothes in action.

I look forward to spending lots of time in this park with my grandson holding his little hand in mine whilst he balances on the sandstone wall looking for starfish and waiting patiently for him to play on the really cool play equipment.  My husband is really looking forward to holding his little hand around a main sheet and teaching him to sail.

Once again a big thank you to Max, Sophia and Aunty Deb.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rowantree Baby

Just recently my daughter told us the fantastic news she is pregnant and immediately I started looking for inspiration to design a baby range.  Hmm what to dress my precious little princess in was the hardest design task I have ever taken on because this is my first granddaughter and she has to look perfect, she has to stand out and look so totally gorgeous.  What about the fabrics.  I need the softest cottons and the print has to be soo adorable.

Sitting in my backyard one sunny afternoon, sketch pad in hand I was admiring my bed of sweetpeas that had just started to bloom.  Such a delicate vine with clusters of little flowers in soft reds, pinks and mauves.  And the flower itself resembling fluttering fringed butterflies.

I had my inspiration I would design a smock dress that had a lush frill as the central feature with a hint of a puff sleeve to cover her angel shoulders.  Just like a fluttering butterfly.

Off to my studio to look for the perfect fabrics, I already had an idea of which ones I would use.  The very beautiful floral printed swiss cottons I had purchaed in Japan last year.

I kept this design a complete secret  from my family as I wanted a ceremonious unveilling when I had the sample finished.

So one night when my three daughters and husbands and boyfriends had all gathered together at my eldest daughters house for a family meal  I knew that this was my moment, my moment to unveil the smock that my first grand daughter would wear.

Standing poised my daughter was eager to tell us the fantastic news.  She is having a boy.

The Posie Pinnie has arrived and will be available on my website very soon, here
 is a sneek peek for those of you lucky enough to have a little princess to look gorgeous in.

I will get started on designing something just as cute for our little King.

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