Friday, July 31, 2015


By Hair Romance

The lovely Christina from Hair Romance talks us through a quick 'How To' Tutorial on turning your scarf into a Turban – and just in the nick of time too! Our dry shampoo is running low and we can't see any hair washing windows for days...

Thursday, July 30, 2015


By Lauren Merrick 

Waking up is by far the hardest part of a market day for me - especially in winter. I wake up well before the sun, bleary eyed I get dressed, put makeup on, do my hair and maybe enjoy a couple of sips of tea and make some raisin toast to munch on in my 1 - 2 hour drive to the market. To keep me awake if I'm on my own sing my lungs out to a bit of Beyonce, or chat with my husband or sister or parents (whoever I've bribed with the promise of delicious market food to come and help me). Set up is always a bit of a pain, unloading the car, moving the car, setting up the gazebo, realising I've forgotten a display or don't have enough stock of a certain item, making sure I'm ready to go for the lovely people who come to experience. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


By Sophie Hansen

Apple snow does have a ring of ‘nursery food’ to it but that’s not such a bad thing is it? And this simple, gentle recipe is one of the best ways I know cook with apples as it really does showcase the fruit’s flavour in pure, unadulturated glory.

Monday, July 27, 2015


By Alison Vassallo

Firstly a big hello, and thanks to Emily for having me!  As a long-time personal reader of The Beetle Shack, it’s a privilege to be writing here.  
I’ve run my own online vintage business for some years now, and it’s led me to discover some wonderful markets (often before dawn!), and also parts of the world.  Hopefully I can share a little of my own thoughts on vintage style based what I have seen, take you on some ‘virtual’ tours through some amazing markets, and also write a little about solo travel…a new-found passion of mine, and something I would recommend to anyone.
Today though, is about vintage style in France, and how the French approach buying for their home.  In Australia, we tend to follow trends more closely.  We have successful magazines presenting us the latest interior trends, and this can help us choose what to buy.  Possibly things like copper, concrete planters, bunting, rattan, multi-coloured felt ball rugs, anything with a chevron print.  Sound familiar?  

Friday, July 24, 2015


 By Seren Shutte

Part 2

In The Middle Of Somewhere

Traveling 5500km's into Outback Australia with a two kids under five, sleeping in a tent and cooking over a camping stove every night for weeks, may not be your idea of the best holiday….can I tell you though - it was INCRDEIBLE!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Hi! Two wearing posts in two weeks- I'm a zealot again. ehum. Moving along.

So, this week I've been wearing my Charlie Plaid all the time. Why? Because it is seriously warm and negates the need for many layers which tend to evoke an air of 'michelin', if you catch my drift.

For work and weekend, Charlie has provided a snuggly alternative to skinny jeans and my Bohemian Jumper (worn with Charlie here, funnily enough) which is great, because they do need to be washed!!

The Charlie collection is now on SALE over at Bohemian Traders with pricing starting at $69 - bargain, I know.

Hope you've been well, my friends!



Denim Jacket | Budget Version - Luxe Version
White Button Down Shirt | size S | now $90
Charlie Pant | size S | now $79


Charlie Shirt | size S | now $79
Wide Leg Jean | size S | $149

Are you a lover of Plaid or is it a little over the top for you?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


 By Talia Christine

Last week I saw a little baby wearing the cuuuutest little leggings with a ruffle bum. I so badly wanted to ask the mum where she got them, but she looked tired and ... oh who am I kidding. My shyness got the better of me. I froze. I couldn't ask.
So when I came across a little tutorial to sew leggings from scratch I nearly squealed! I already had some fabric. My mind was made. I set out to make Audrey a pair of baby leggings so that I could add a ruffle bum. It kinda took me all day. And it boasts some of my worst stitching. Ever. But despite myself, it came out really cute!

Friday, July 17, 2015


By Sophie Hansen

Frosty mornings are quite the thing here at the moment. Most days we wake to frozen pipes and a farm covered in frozen fractals all around. And by the way, isn’t fractals a great word? Cheers Elsa.

While I wish it were true that we warm ourselves daily with a bowl of steaming baked butter beans topped with a sunny fried egg, as above, it only seems to happen on weekends and generally when friends are visiting. Nevertheless, when we do share this for breakfast, it’s always a hit. I love homemade baked beans and loathe the tinned variety while my husband Tim and kids are happy with either. Hopefully more so with the former.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


The Beetle Shack, together with Bohemian Traders and LouenHide have teamed up to give you the chance to WIN A BOHEMIAN TRADERS CAPSULE WARDROBE valued at over $1400!

Thought so!!

If you're wondering what a 'capsule' wardrobe is, let's do a a quick re-cap;

  • It's a Frenchy chic notion that encourages owning a smaller number of 'essential' garments that can be mixed and matched into many different outfits. Essentially, by focussing on less total items of clothing, you actually give yourself MORE choice. Sounds impressive, right?!
Your Winter Capsule Wardrobe will include:

Bohemian Traders Anorak in Navy $229
Belle Blouse in White $189
Oversized Striped Dress in Red & White $129
Longsleeve Lace Trim Blouse in Nude $139
Drop Crotch Pants Khaki $129
Gypsy Silk Scarf $59.40

LouenHide 'Lexie' leather handbag in Black $249.95
LouenHide 'Boston' leather handbag in Black $299.95

TOTAL VALUE: $1424.30

Completely in love with the concept now!? So are we! Here's how to enter...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Hi, It's me! I'm still here in the back ground busy with home renovations and life with 3 children during the school holidays. Life has been crazy to say the least!

The mornings have been freezing at our place and with the absence of proper heating due to our partially completed extensions, it's important to rug up to keep warm. I've been living in my Zoe Faux Fur Jacket for all occasions- work, home, weekends and couch slouching after dark. It's so seriously warm and doesn't malt like real furs tend to (especially the woven variety). It works with denim, over pretty dresses and with any variation of the boho harem pant.


Zoe Faux Fur Jacket | size S
Flume Pant | size M
Sample top from Bohemian Traders SS collection
Zoe Wittner Shoes

So, there you have it. A wearing post. How refreshing... or something.

As you were.

Friday, July 10, 2015


By Dave Beetleshack

A little while back, we posted Dave's "how to" on building your own wood fired oven. Given that we are in the thick of the cold winter months (in the southern hemisphere anyway!), we thought it worth while to revisit an oldie, but a goodie - with a few updates. The oven in this post has been getting a real work out during the day while we work in the garden, and cooking our dinner in the evening while we unwind!

Why not get building yours now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


By Kate Dyer

Having a shed full of tools is very handy when you’re renovating, but the things I’ve found most useful so far might not be found in a tool box.

Monday, July 6, 2015


 Photo used with permission from TIM COULSON
By Jo Lenton

Last school holidays Jo gave us her top 10 tips for travelling with kids. We thought since we're in the throws of school holidays (and you are probably juggling the little ones AND the big kids) - it's worth re-visiting...

Friday, July 3, 2015


 By Talia Christine

Pickled jalapenos are one of my favorite condiments. I mean, they're right up there with ketchup, mustard, and mayonaise. We eat a surprising amount around here so it's no surprise that we prefer to pickle our own.
It's super easy too!  

Thursday, July 2, 2015


By Emily Beetleshack
 (... I'm pleased to announce I have recently had later hair removal on my chin whiskers...)

Easily, by a long shot, the best thing about being pregnant is the rapid and unprecedented hair hair growth… you know… on ones head… I did sprout some chin whiskers also, but that's a story for another day.

When expecting, hair growth is known to accelerate and shed less. It will become thick and glossy, falling effortlessly around ones plump, blemished face during the glorious 40 weeks of pregnancy. It might get oily too, but other than that, you're sure to look like something straight out of a Pantene add.

It's a wonderful thing to have a luscious head of hair. A special treat that can be enjoyed for approximately 3 months postpartum.

But you know what comes next, don't you?

That's right - the moulting.

When each of my babies have hit the 3 month mark, my hair has started to fall out. We're not talking about loosing the odd strand here or there either. Rather, for the past 6 months I've embarked upon a full blown balding process.

Every time I wash my hair I loose handfuls, to the point where the water can no longer drain from the shower - glamorous, I know. Don't even get me started on shampooing in the bath. It's the same with brushing and taking out a pony tail. Each and every time, literally thousands of hairs end up on the floor or in my hands. It's frightening.

My hair has gone from being too thick to tie up with a standard hair elastic to being so thin that I can now use the rubber bands usually reserved for kids with bracers (do they still use those tiny elastics with braces these days? The 90's really were so long ago).

Then there's the tiny, wispy new growth that sprouts forth around ones crown. A little miniature fringe growing on the oddest of angles. If you're lucky, like me, your new hair will prove to be grey, wiry and literally impossible to cover with cosmetic hair dyes.

Something MUST be done. I'm sick of my hair. It's time for a change*.

I'm contemplating going back to the pixie cut (platinum blond, please) or perhaps hitting up the grown out bob. I'm totally over balayage and the grey's that keep sneaking through.

What are you doing with your hair at the moment. How to you keep it looking 'not gross' if you're a busy mother?

* yep, totally writing a blog post about my hair. ehum. so here we are.