Thursday, 24 April 2014

Of Late..

It's been a long time since my last post....too busy to with so much going on and over committing myself to so many things which then leaves blogging of course last on the list but I want to share some images of what has been going on over the last 6 months or so. I'm more of a visual person anyway.

So this is a collection of what I've been up to lately...
Vintage Scarf listed on my Etsy store
New brooch bouquet I created
Gorgeous 3 tier Royal Albert Cake stand 
Sweet Lemon Myrtle soy wax candle in vintage glass
New vintage dress listed on Etsy

New Millinery Design for sale

Custom order for Amber
Custom order for Lesley

Hand made pink/white silk rose
Custom order for Karen
2 tier Alfred Meakin Cake stand

Yellow/Cobalt Headpiece for sale
Custom order for Lesley
Pink Straw headpiece for sale

Vintage tea towel covered chairs

Crazy Teapot lovelies in the 'Out of the Box' Shop Mackay
Bridal design headpiece for sale
Crazy Teapot at Bridal Expo

Bridal Expo
Brenda :)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Millinery Workshop with Waltraud Reiner

Recently I had that pleasure of taking part in a wonderful Millinery Workshop here in Mackay with Master Milliner Waltraud Reiner from Melbourne, who is currently traveling around the country in the amazing Torb and Reiner Millinery Shop Hatmobile. 

A group of 7 local ladies including myself, gathered into the Paxton's Creative Space for the day (beautiful location right on the Pioneer River in Mackay). We learnt many new wonderful Millinery techniques with a wide range of materials that were all laid out in front of us from the Hatmobile.

I finished the day with one completed straw headpiece and another that is well on its way, so I could not have been happier with my acheivments for the day. Waultraud is an amazing teacher who was able to guide and inspire wonderful creativity from all who attended.

We are all hoping she will return next year for a 2/3 day workshop where we can really get involved in creating some serious new hats for the upcoming race season.

Below are just some of the photos from this wonderful Millinery Workshop.

Waltraud in the right corner taking the class

My little straw headpiece as a work in progress

Look at this great Jinsin headpiece created on the day by Teagen Vella

Sinnamay Bases


Wonderful Jinsin Material in creation

Work in Progress... a Felt Hat

Rolls of Sinnamay

Felt Hoods

Wonda Mason and Teagen Vella both busy creating headpieces
My nearly completed Black and Wine coloured Straw Headpiece.

My 2nd Headpiece - still a bit of work to go but well on its way - Ivory Straw headpiece

Above is the news story by our Local Chanel 7 Network in Mackay, about the Millinery workshop.

Brenda Lui :)
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

1940s Jazz Duo Design

Last year I had the pleasure of creating a vintage look for a fabulous local Jazz Duo -The Christine Geiger Duo with the lovely Christine Geiger and Annie South. These very talented ladies wanted a vintage inspired 1940s look created that they could wear to all their performances, so I got to work on creating an individual dress style for each of them which suited their silhouette and a matching headpiece to suit the look.

Knowing the dresses would have to wash and wear well as they be worn week after week, we decided on a practical but lovely crepe fabric in a lovely chocolate shade - perfect for that 1940s look and jazzed them each up with a bit of bling; being a sequin motif on the shoulder. I also created a simple but gorgeous felt headpiece for each of them in chocolate adorned with handmade grossgrain ribbon embelishments and more sequin motives.

The ladies had the very talented Annalee Beckman from Journey Shots take professional photos of their look and the results were stunning so I just had to share.

Brenda :)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Brooch Bouquets

Crazy Teapot Bridal Brooch Bouquet

I am very excited to showcase the first Crazy Teapot Brooch Bouquet for sale. Creating a brooch bouquet has been something I've wanted to add to the Crazy Teapot design range for a little while now but it was not until our quiet season that I was able to spend time developing, creating, designing and perfecting the process. I am now pleased to promote the release our new special custom design piece - Brooch Bouquets.

Crazy Teapot's Brooch Bouquets will primarily be available for custom orders, as they are such a special and unique item that requires much time and cost creating. We will always however have one available to purchase as our showcase piece and this piece is pictured above/below.  A beautiful example of how special these types of bouquets really are and a true keepsake.

Our Showcase piece has a mix of 22 silver new and vintage silver/nickle brooches which cover a circular bouquet of off white artificial flowers (diameter approx 17cm) and the handle is covered in white grossgrain ribbon. This bouquet is available to purchase now through our website for $370 AUD plus postage.

You can contact us to discuss creating a custom brooch bouquet to suit your colour requirements, size preference and budget. I really cant wait to start creating more of these beautiful pieces for brides who want something really unique and special.

Brenda :)
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Friday, 1 February 2013

Continuum at Eumundi

Another fabulous vintage/retro/antique shop I stumbled upon while on my travels was Continumm in Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, the shop is located in the main street directly across from the famous Markets. The owners do two buying trips to England and France a year and specifically search for well priced Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces (my personal favorites!) and ship them back throughout the year.

I found so many beautiful and surprisingly affordable treasures at this little shop it was overwhelming, when you first walk in your initial scan will see a few lovely pieces but it is not until you really start to look through each part of the store that you see just how many gems there are. I visited the store near the beginning of my trip and was worried about my budget so just bought one beautiful french fashion print from the 1920s but after a week of dreaming about two amazing glass pieces and a vintage enamel brooch I knew I had to return before our trip was over.
Gorgeous French Fashion Print from 1912, cant wait to frame it and put it up in my studio

So my mother and I returned on my last day and she spoiled me by buying me one of the beautiful Art Deco bowls I had been dreaming about in a lovely pink shade and I was so happy to see that the other glass piece - a English small rose vase in a light green shade was still waiting for me as was the beautiful Weiss enamel vintage brooch in coral and yellow.

While I was there I also found a new item that had just be put out, another beautiful Art Deco glass piece in a soft pink shade but this time a lovely medium size vase, I had to have it. So visiting this shop was my super indulgence and I don't regret it at all as I picked up 5 amazing pieces all very special, great quality and well priced.
Beautiful Art Deco glass bowl in soft pink shade

Lovely English Rose glass vase in soft green
To die for! Gorgeous enamel vintage Weiss brooch
Suprise extra find - Lovely Art Deco medium size soft pink vase

Continuum also have a website with an online shopping option which I will now be watching closely to see what new treasures are found

Brenda :)