Lauren Merrick from Lauren Merrick Illustration is an artist and illustrator who spends her days creating custom Family Portraits, Children's Book Illustrations, Blog Headers and commercial business branding. Inspired by the wonders of the natural world, Lauren's work is as playful as it is whimsical. A seasoned market traveller, you can find Lauren at your local east coast artist boutique market or online here.
Theresa originally hailed from the sweet shores of Singapore but now resides in a sleepy beach side suburb on the east coat of Australia. A photographer at heart, Theresa collaborates with brands and individuals providing stunning lifestyle, product and family photography. She lives with her husband and delicious curly haired son. You can view her folio or make a booking here.
CLAUDIA MARTINThe ultimate 'lipstick hippy' and all round free spirit, Claudia Martin is a food stylist and cook with a focus on whole foods and organic indigents. Mother to young Eve and wife to Levi, Claudia will be sharing bespoke recipes and healthy living advice. She cooks and works from the worlds most perfectly styled kitchen (see it here).
A graphic designer by trade, Ronnie's first loves are writing, photography and memory keeping. She lives in Sydney with her husband, Rick, and four of our five little boys. You can find Ronnie over at her personal blog, The Shoemaker's Daughter, a memoir named after her mother, and she is also the main author of the official LIFE:CAPTURED Inc blog - the place where you can find anything you need relating to photography, photo archiving and organising and memory keeping in general.
Talia lives in New Zealand with her husband, Mr. Philip van der Wel and their 2.5 children. Talia writes a self titled blog which is a snapshot of their daily lives and her crafty side. She is also a blog designer (responsible for many recreations of The Beetle Shack) and tech guru with infinite knowledge around blogging and design. When writing for The Beetle Shack, Talia will share craft and sewing tutorials along with other helpful household hints.
Sophie Hansen lives on a farm west of Sydney with her farmer husband and 2 young children. She and her husband grow deer and sell venison at farmers markets across the state of NSW as well as in commercial specialty butchers/deli's. Sophie is an acclaimed food writer; her blog ‘Local is Lovely’ features a collection of beautifully illustrated recipes and resources for people who love farmers and local dining experiences. She has also created Local is Lovely the book which she describes as being 'a seasonal collection of recipes and stories celebrating fresh local produce'. Of course Sophie will be touching base with The Beetle Shack every month to share mouth watering recipes from snacks to three course meals.
Briar Stanley is a Sydney based interior decorator and founder and editor of life and style blog, Sunday Collector. Briar believes your home should tell your story. From rethinking a room to designing a unique look throughout your space, she can guide you through everything from choosing a dining table, tile selection to the colours of your cushions. Find out more about Briar's styling and decorating work here.
JOJo is a lifestyle and travel enthusiast. As the mother of three young boys she is fearless when it comes to road trips, tents, cabins, cafe's and international adventure. From packing the essentials to planning the perfect kid friendly itinerary, Jo runs a tight ship and is on board to share her knowledge and experience with us here at The Beetle Shack.
DAVEWith a passion for all things green, Dave will be sharing his journey as an (wannabe) urban farmer. A small 1/2 acre plot of sloping land and 3 wild kids won't hold him back. From planting to harvesting to preserving, Dave is our go-to guy when it comes to the garden. On a large scale, his dream is to raise awareness of the need for reconnection of local people with local food, to benefit the general health and well-being of the community as well as the earth. You can follow his journey more closely over at Blindberry Farm.
EMILYThe original author of The Beetle Shack, Emily is a chronic over sharer and collector of unnecessary consumer goods. In a past life Emily was a high school Visual Arts teacher. She always enjoyed the ‘naughty’ kids the most; the ones who were resistant to following the rules and questioned the boundaries. They were interesting, challenging and funny. When she was pregnant with her first child she could be heard saying, “I hope I have a cheeky child, one that speaks his mind and is rebellious in nature”. Unsurprisingly, she did. In the archives of the Beetle Shack you'll find her tales of raising her own ‘spirited’ children whilst swanning about the house dressed as a fruit salad.