Monday, 19 November 2012

Crazy Busy time is over.

Well its over, that is my impossibly crazy busy time of the year is over..between the Spring Racing Carnival and Spring Brides, September through to November is unbelievably busy and I just love it!

I worked my little butt off this year to create a number of beautiful custom headpieces for Race goers and lovely brides all who where such a pleasure to create something special and unique for, along with some gorgeous stock pieces for the website and shops I stock. Here are some snaps of what I put together over the last crazy month.

A beautiful 1920s style Bridal headpiece created for a lovely Mackay Bride in ivory with touches of lilac

A statement headpiece created for a lovely client who went to Melbourne for the Cup day

Vintage inspired hat in ivory was created and then a handmade silk pink flower was added to tie in with the clients outfit

A beautiful bridal headpiece made for a gorgeous spring bride in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Handmade silk flowers with Swarovski crystal stamen centres are clipped onto a birdcage veil covered headband.

A stunning one off creation which was made for the Melbourne Cup this year for a client but was sadly never worn, so this lovely creation is still yet to hit the race day fashions on the fields.

The lovely Arabella headpiece in black made for the November Mooranbah race day
 Now I am enjoying a bit of quite time with only a couple of lovely custom orders to create for a fabulous Masquerade Christmas ball in a couple of weeks and then I will be off to the Sunshine Coast to enjoy a much deserved Christmas break with family. I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Spring event season and remember to spread the word to all your friends about what lovely creations Crazy Teapot can do for your next special occasion.

Brenda :)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

In the Studio...

I have been really busy lately (which I LOVE) doing custom orders for fabulous race goers, brides and ladies attending other special events, who want something special to wear on their head. I want to share with you some of the fabulous custom designs that I have been creating over the last month. 

If you have a special event coming up (Race day, Wedding or anything really) then please keep Crazy Teapot in mind to create something special for you within your budget and to your design requirments.

A pale pink custom cocktail headpiece worn to a wedding

A fabulous little custom cocktail hat with veiling worn to a wedding

A very unique custom Race Day headpiece, worn to the Darwin Cup

A beautiful soft and feminine headpiece worn to the recent Moranbah Garden Party

A current WIP for a bridal headpiece, I have discovered my new love of handmade flowers with the age old French Flower Making Technique. This flower has been custom made with fabric from the brides gown so that it will match perfectly.

Another WIP, handmade silk flowers for a bridesmaids headpiece

Another Bridal headpiece - custom handmade ivory silk flowers, set on a narrow satin ribbon covered band.

How is this for a statement piece!! You will definitely stand out in this fascinator. A custom order for a local Fashionista attending the Huge Race Day in Mackay for the Official Opening of the new Turf Club in September.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

New Stockists for Crazy Teapot!

We have had a very busy month with lots of fabulous things happening, one of which is gaining some new stockist for the Crazy Teapot collection. By the end of next week we will have 3 fabulous new stockists showcasing our collection, so it is great news if you are in QLD (Australia) as we are now available in three fabulous locations, hopefully near you :)

If your in Brisbane then you can view our Millinery showcase and Fashion Accessories for ladies, girls and babies at the prestigious "Harbour Day Spa" at Raby Bay (Cleveland) in their gift shop and while your there get yourself a fabulous hair or beauty treatment.

On the Sunshine Coast we now have a collection of affordable pieces for ladies, girls and babies at the wonderful "The Boutique Room" in Pomona, which is a wonderful ladies fashion boutique for the style conscious modern woman.

And at the end of next week our third stockist will be opening at the "Out of the Box" Shop in my beautiful home base Mackay. This fabulous new gift shop will be located in the 'Upstairs Gallery' at the Paxton's Building on 10 River St, Mackay (Next to the new Bluewater Quay). This will be a very special showcase as it is a collective of many other local designers and artists who will all be leasing space within the shop to showcase and sell their wares.

For more details on our Stockists please visit our website or check out the details below:

Location: Brisbane, QLD 

Harbour Day Spa
Raby Bay Harbour,
Shop 22, 152-156 Shore Street Cleveland, QLD 4163
Ph: 07 3821 2955

Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD


The Boutique Room
Main st in Pamona on the Sunshine Coast, QLD
Contact Nadine: Mobile: 0409 948 630

Location: Mackay, QLD 

"Out of the Box Shop"- A collective shop of local designers and artists wares
Paxton's Building in the 'Upstairs Gallery'
10 River St, Mackay, QLD, 4740 (Right on the water next to the Bluewater Quay)
Contact Margaret: Mobile: 0401 834 829

And by appointment at the Crazy Teapot Studio

Crazy Teapot Studio - By Appointment only
1/1 Shelley Court,
Andergrove, Mackay, QLD 4740
Ph: 0411 491 412


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Whats inspiring us right now.. Fashion!!...

I have a wonderful collection of fashion inspiring images to share with you this week from our Pinterest boards, if your not following us, maybe come and take a look especially if you love beautiful things like we do... :)

Some Fashion Inspiration....
Wow some lovely window shopping


Dita can do no wrong in the fashion sense

Love the fluid motion of this silk fabric

Great use of colour and accessories

Green and lace = love

I love this and I'm going to try it

Bit of a mermaid theme here, loving the mint colours

Geometric patterns with bold colours

Dior Couture xx

Love this is very Crazy Teapot :)

Very 60s Mod look, so cool and great colour

Great use of textures and design for such a elegant look
Lovely polka dot combo for mother and daughter :)

Enjoy your weekend :) xx

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Visual Communication what a Splendour!

I'm a visual person, always have been and I think this is why I was drawn into the art and fashion world from a very young age, as it was able to communicate to me in a way that nothing else could. Everyone is different and has their struggles and talents and one of my struggles growing up was mainstream learning and I truly believe now that the reason was because I needed to see everything visually in my head to work things out.

This can be very frustrating but also beautiful at the same time; frustrating because while my friends could read a novel in a day, it will take me a lot longer as I needed to play out the whole story/sets/scenes in my head visually (without any distractions). I don't know how it is not possible to do this, which made studying for subjects like maths difficult as I would constantly need to visualise all the figures and equations in my head to work them out. But at the same time it could be beautiful as I could visualise the most amazing things and wonder how those who didn't could get the same enjoyment out of a book without doing so? Its also taught me over time to become quick at problem solving and maths with little tricks I would invent to visualise numbers fast to work sums out, (I'm actually now much faster than my husband at working out sums and he is studying engineering) so it has taught me to make do with the skills I have and use them to the best of my ability.

My talents however in fashion, designing, sewing, art, anything creative really were definitely benefited by  being a visual person as all the details are so clear to me and makes the how process so much more enjoyable. I spent a long time growing up struggling wondering why my learning capabilities were not the same as others and why I was always behind in the mainstream subjects but excelled in the creative subjects but I am proud of this now. I had to work very hard to perform well in those mainstream subjects which has benifited me later in life as I am now quick to switch on the visual aids in my head :)

Anyway all of that was really just to give you a background story as to why I love Pinterest, if you havent caught the Pinterest bug yet then I'm going to help you along. I personally love having all my inspiration just a click away and kept in a well organised form that is all easy to find and easy to add to. There is a whole world of wonderful images out there waiting to be collected to inspire your next race day event, wedding, cooking or DIY project, holiday dream destinations and so much more.

I'm going to do a weekly post on Crazy Teapot's favorite lovely, beautiful, inspiring and magical Pins from our Pin Boards, so sign up, follow us and start pinning you'll love it!

Here is this weeks collection of lovely beauties to inspire you :)

Brenda :)

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Mackay Harbour Beach Horse Races this weekend!

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I am really looking forward to this Sunday, not because I want to have a lazy Sunday lying around but because I cant wait for the Mackay Harbour Beach Horse Races! Its the first time I've had the chance to go and this year Crazy Teapot is very fortunate to be involved with fantastic event. We will have a display in the 'History of Hats' Marque they will have set up on the day, where you can browse through and look at a history of many wonderful hats/headpieces including the wonderful Crazy Teapot collection.

They have organised what I think will be a fabulous day out for the whole family with many different ticket options with various inclusions. (below information collected from Mackay Harbour Beach Race Day website:

Australia's only non-official Race Day will Feature 7 Horse Races over 600mt sand course along Mackay's beautiful Harbour Beach!  

• Live Latino Band in the Park
• Food Court with Wine Bar (featuring many of Mackay's best caterers!)
• Jazz Band in the Car Park
• Junior & Senior "Fashions on the Sand Competition"
• Dedicated "Kid's Kingdom" (Kid's entertainment and activities)
• "History of Hat's Exhibition" - CRAZY TEAPOT will be displaying here!!
• Fully Licensed Areas

• Races are competed over a 600m straight sand course on the Mackay Harbour Beach
• Winners of Races 1-6 receive $500 Cash + Trophy. All losing horses receive $100 in prizes
• All winning horses are invited to compete in the "Broo Beach Classic" to be run as Race 7 at approx. 3.15pm. If a winning horse from races 1-6 declines the invitation to compete in the "Broo Beach Classic" the offer will be given to the horse that came second
• The winner of the "Broo Beach Classic" receives $20,000 CASH + TROPHY
• All other horses competing in the "Broo Beach Classic" will receive $500 in prizes
• The winner of the Jockey's Challenge & Trainer's Challenge will each receive $500 in prizes


Below is an image of the event map which shows all the fantastic events and activities for the day including the huge Kids Kingdom which my kids will most likely be spending most of the day at :)
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Now if you haven't booked your tickets you still can through the MECC or you can pay extra and buy tickets on the day at the gate. So if your in the Mackay/Whitsundays area I hope we see you there, its going to be a great day out for the whole family!

Brenda :)