Thursday, 24 January 2013

Custom Work for Masquerade Ball

I love doing custom work for clients and late last year I had the pleasure of creating some beautiful custom masks and an amazing headpiece for a wonderful local Masquerade Ball and wanted to share some pictures of these fabulous creations.









 Brenda :)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Woolloongabba Antique Centre

While away recently in Brisbane, I finally got to visit the Woolloongabba Antique Centre which has been on my list of things to do for a while now and it did not disappoint. This place is one of the best vintage shopping destinations I have ever experienced including vintage expos/markets as there is just such a huge array of mixed vintage/retro/antique dealers all in the one fabulous location.

I however did not have a great shopping experience much to my displeasure because I had my 3 1/2 year old daughter with me and an impatient husband with my other 19month old daughter waiting outside on a hot day. I only had a small window open to quickly drive past and see the centre before checking into our hotel in the city but as soon as I arrived I realised this was a mistake, I should have waited and come back by myself at some other time but it was too late. I had only 1/2 an hour to scan the mass of treasures waiting for me to swoon over them and no time to really absorb the true beauty that was hidden in amongst it all.

In my mad rush with my temperamental 3yr old I scanned as much as I could and managed to find myself three wonderful treasures but if I had of had more time and less stress this could have been a magical shopping experience. I plan next time to spend a whole morning or afternoon there with no one but myself and that will be BLISS. I cannot recommend the Woolloongabba Antique Centre highly enough, there is something there for everyone's budget (I'm always in the lower end of the budget and managed to find some beautiful gem's) and they have a great range for all those who love vintage, retro or antique bric a brac, furniture, books, jewels, textiles, fashion and so much more including a fab cafe to stop and refresh at.

So if you are in Brisbane and love a bit of vintage you simply must head to this amazing shopping destination but learn from me and don't take your kids or husband.

The true GEM that I found was this amazing hand painted retro silk Kaftan in gorgeous colours of green, blue, yellow, orange, pink and more. I wore this on Christmas Day and felt very special in it :)

Super gorgeous milk jug that I snapped up actually is the match to a beautiful teapot my mother bought me years ago

A pair of lovely retro flower printed heat plates, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these :)
 Woolloongabba Antique Centre

Is OPEN every day 9am till 5pm

Featuring Brisbane's best Antique dealers in Traditional Australian Antiques, Vintage Clothing, Retro Homewares, Art and glassware. Dealers who trade in Art Deco, L’Art Nouveau, Fine French Antique Furniture, Hollywood Glamour Fashion, Rockabilly Fashion of the 50’s and 60’s, Kitchen-alia, Rural Antiques and Quirky Collectables.

Call in to Brisbanes largest, funkiest & only Air Conditioned Antique Centre

  • * Over 1500m2 under one roof.

  • * Fabulous Industrial character building which has just undergone renovation.

  • * Fully air conditioned centre.

  • * 50's Style Cafe serving coffee from Brisbane's best Barista's

  • * Funky vibrant atmosphere.

  • * Ample Car parking & Loading bay. 

  • * Live Music - The Butter Brothers Jazz Trio - most Saturdays

Brenda :)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Some Lovely Treasures I found on my travels

Well the holidays are over and its back to work again, I had my first week back into it all this week and already feel exhusted but I've been going through our holiday snaps today and am remembering some great times with my lovely little family even though it was often had work with little ones.

One thing I managed to do on a couple of occasions while I was away was search for some treasures, I had a small budget but managed to find myself some lovely beauties at great prices which made my shopping days feel very fulfilled. I have some snaps below of some of the beautiful treasures I purchased along with some of the lovely presents I received from loved ones.  I will share separately some of the special finds I found at the Woolangabba Antique Centre in Brisbane and a fabulous little vintage shop in Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast.

Having a break away from everything was exactly what I needed to relax, refresh and be inspired after what was a very busy year in 2012. I am giving myself a few weeks to settle back into the swing of things before I start working on the next Crazy Teapot project but I know that I need to pay more attention to balance between work and family this year, to get the best working combination and I'm looking forward to what the year beholds :)

Brenda )

A beautiful gift from my best friend Jess, made by herself especially for me. She found a gorgeous old frame and re-vamped it, made it pink and strung wire across the back to hang photos from. Here it is showcasing some lovely Crazy Teapot creations :)

Thought this was a cute retro fabric, found in an op shop in Pamona on the Sunshine Coast.

Bold royal blue crepe skirt - found in an op shop..bargin!

I couldnt go past this bold print on this blouse, I later saw a very similar print by Prada in the last Grazie Mag so I'm very on trend...also found at an op shop.

A gorgeous vintage LBD in chiffon, I wish you could see the detail but it is hard as its in black but it is a beautiful design and very flattering :)
What a find! a Leona Edmiston dress from an op shop! it was priced more but still well below retail and was in excellent condition. I absolutely love this dress and am now a huge fan of her designs, they are very flattering on a post baby mummy figure if you get my drift :) and so easy to wear and comfortable. love love love

Some cute Art Deco design earings found in an op shop in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast

Some more super cool retro earings I found


This was an awesome present from my lovey Ma, she knows me well and this new book has some wonderful inspiration for my new designs to come

Another fantastic book I received as a present, this one from my lovely sister Rell. This book is amazing, I love it so much and has so many great references through the history of hats, it will be a great addition to my collection of fashion reference books and also a great source of inspiration.


Super cute nautical style scarf...you guessed right, from an op shop :)

love this retro print on this piece of fabric I picked up

A beautiful silk scarf in lovely colour tones

And of course I just had to snap up this little treasure when I stumbled across it in an op shop in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, my love of all things feminine, vintage and lady like stemmed from my early love of my mothers Crazy Tea Set which is how my label name Crazy Teapot was created.

 Brenda :)