Monday, June 30, 2014


1. Kitchen chaos. The usual crime scene.

2. My favourite place in the house at the moment (it's seen so many transformations) . I was given the marvellous hanging plant for mothers day and It's still alive. HUZZAH!

3. Cold days call for hot tea. Many a hot tea.

4. Last leaf on the Magnolia which is just about to bloom.

5. My darling Dave and his darling girl checking on the plants. A daily ritual.

6. Gum boots get a real flogging around here and can be discarded at the front door, the back door, in the kitchen or on the lounge room floor. 

7. My dreamy, drapey Waterfall Vest and Crescent Coin Necklace. Spend and Save sale ends tonight. It's been big, that's for sure.

And there we have another Stills Collection. If you have a photo based post that you'd like to include in the link up below, please feel free! 

I look forward to seeing you in your space :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Just when I though this sweet little op-shop remnant might never be put to good use - along came my lovely collar-less shirt!  The peter pan collar is such a quick and easy way to breathe new life into an old favourite - and a fun way to bring a bit of appropriate pattern clash to your everyday! 

What you need:
  • Shirt / dress with no collar 
  • Cotton fabric for collar (we use: op-shop floral patterned cotton)
  • Baking paper / tracing paper / pattern making paper
  • Pencil / permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine 
How to:
  1. Lay your garment flat and place paper over collar area
  2. Trace neckline from the centre of shirt to the left shoulder seam onto paper (Remember to leave room for the top button if necessary)
  3. Draw / trace your collar shape following the neckline you have just created (we use: the shape of a favourite peter pan collar from an op-shop purchase)
  4. Cut out and check this shape fits your garment
  5. Trace and cut an identical collar piece for the right side
  6. Lay your collar fabric flat and cut two pieces of each collar - one right side up, one wrong side up - leaving 1cm seam allowance around entire edge
  7. Place your collar pieces right side together and straight stitch along curved edge and shoulder edge
  8. Zig zag / overlock the same edges
  9. Turn your collar piece inside out and press 
  10. Repeat for second collar piece
  11. Turn your garment inside out and pin collar pieces along the neckline - lining up the raw edge with garment edge (allow a slight overlap of collar pieces - these will separate when garment is turned in the right way)
  12. Stitch along the neckline to attach collar to your garment
  13. Turn garment in the right way and fold collar over to sit flat - press
  14. Straight stitch along the shoulder seam to secure the collar flat

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


I'm obsessed with Vintage Blanket Jackets. They go with everything, offer a bit of fun to an outfit and are totally machine washable. These new 'waterfall' numbers are great for layering over the Bohemian Traders Slouchy Dresses. All currently part of the Spend & Save sale.


Waterfall Vest in Grass
Slouchy Everyday Dress in Ink - Size Large

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Days I Hope They Remember

A significant portion of my early child memories are blissful. I remember playing elaborate imaginary games with my brother and with my dolls. I recall cooking in the kitchen with my mum and sunny afternoons in our grassy back yard with my dad.

A penchant for vivid colour ensured my mum was always dressed in a cobalt blue oversized cardigan with buttons that resembled dinner plates. Failing that she rocked out in cherry printed blouses and bright purple high top reeboks.

My dad kept his shorts short and his socks high. His skin tanned and his beard trimmed.

Our kitchen had laminate yellow bench tops, timber veneer doors and carpet on the floor while our bathroom sported crackle glazed red tiles and mission brown taps. It was gorgeous, everything about it and if I close my eyes I can still see each and every room in that humble house. I can hear the ocean and taste it's salty spray.

The memories are vivid and alive with joy.

Life was simple.

A small Anglican church provided our slightly righteous social circle and that was it. No play group, no music group, no kinder gym and no music classes. Just my blond haired brother, cobalt clad mother and  a dad with great legs and shot shorts.

I'm not sure at what point it became necessary for children to be socially, musically and gymnastically aware all before they reach the tender age of 6 but it most certainly wasn't the way in the 80's and for that I'm grateful.

I want my children to remember the slow days.

The days where they played shop with bottle top money and half eaten apples. Where they devoured pop corn from brown paper bags under a massive mohair rug in a kid built cubby. The mornings that they fed the pig with their smartly dressed, tender hearted father.

The days like today where we had nothing to do and nowhere to go.

Today I was grateful for the memories of being a child, still rich and real and gorgeously mysterious. But mostly I was grateful to witness my own young people soaking it all in - every sight, every sound every scent - raw and magic and wonderful.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Two Gorgeous Girls, One Golden Hour

You know when you see amazing photography, don't you? It just leaves you kind of… breathless. When I first saw these images by Deejay Photography I was in complete awe. The light, the feeling, the sunset - go gorgeous. Don't even get me started on how great my friend Lauren and her sister Rach look!! Seriously babe-town.

Bohemian Traders is currently having it's first ever Spend & Save sale so if you see an outfit you like, it's possible you can bag up to a neat $200 off your cart. 


Thursday, June 19, 2014


Hey Beetleshack lovers!  Nicole here - you might have seen me around the traps but Em's invited me over today to share a bit of DIY fun with you..  If you're anything like me you've got piles of 'beautiful' paper and cardboard (aka rubbish) you just can't throw away.. You're definitely going to do something amazing with it.. one day??!!  This little notebook is one of my favourite super easy solutions to making good use of those bits and pieces.  Gift it proudly to your earth conscious friend; jot down your shopping list in it; or stack it on your bookshelf and gaze with pride at it every now and then..!  (I do all of the above)

What you need:
  • thin cardboard box (we use: cereal box)
  • collection of scrap paper (we use: unused pages from the end of a kids school book; old house plans; used envelopes)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

How to:
  1. PAGES: Cut and fold each piece of paper to your desired size until you have approximately 20 pieces / 40 pages (we've chosen A4 size and folded in half)
  2. COVER: Unfold and flatten cardboard for your notebook cover - select which face will be the front; fold over and cut to size using your prepared notebook pages as a guide
  3. Decorate your front cover as you like (we use: a scrap of the school book paper, stitched with contrasting thread)
  4. CONSTRUCTION: Place flat pile of prepared notebook paper on top of prepared cover, ensuring the centre fold lines up exactly
  5. Straight stitch along the centre fold carefully (start slowly as the needle will jam if pages are too thick - if so you may need to remove some)