Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DIY | FITTED SHEETS


It all started with a foam mattress, the one that came with the second-hand cot that we bought for Audrey. Well... it started with the foam mattress, my love for vintage sheets, and the need to personalize Audrey's room a bit...

Monday, March 30, 2015

STILLS | AN UPDATE

By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.

 1. My little buddy. My grown up Lady Baby. My constant companion (even at 3am). My baby girl. Always surprising, often delightful, always entertaining. Little Pip was the most placid of babies. Fitting in and sleeping soundly no matter the location or occasion. While she'll still 'nod off'…...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

WEARING | ZEBRA STRIPES AND LEOPARD PRINT



By Emily Beetleshack
The 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. 

Interrupting your normal scheduling to bring you this Copy Cat post…

Friday, March 27, 2015

A MUTED PALETTE

By Jo Lenton
Jo 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.


Happy Friday Everyone! If I'm lucky enough to be heading out this Saturday night, this is what you will see me wearing. Teamed with the stunning jacket below-

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LAVENDER AND HONEY ICE CREAM

By Sophie Hansen
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.

'I tried again each time reducing the amount of lavender, and finally, here we are and it's the most beautiful gentle dessert...'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WEARING | THE DROP CRUTCH

By Emily Beetleshack
The 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. 

These are my favourite pants...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PROPAGATING LAVENDER


By Emma Steendam
'Emma is a blogger, crafter, baker, farmers wife, Mother, photographer-by-trade, many hat wearer. Most days she can be found digging about in her garden, talking to her chickens or brewing a strong pot of tea in her little farmhouse on the hill. You can join Emma as she makes, bakes, sews and grows at She Sows Seeds. Other days can find her pointing her lens at chubby babies, people in love and local businesses with Emma Steendam Photography.

Perfect if you don’t want to spend a fortune on your garden but fancy a lavender bush… or seven....

Monday, March 23, 2015

FOREVER FURNITURE (and a GIVEAWAY)

By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.

Our dining space is petite and our old table really was too large for the area once we factored in 3 young kids. We literally could not walk around the table and we found that often, half of it was covered in washing, sorting, spare papers and general junk.

Friday, March 20, 2015

WEEKEND WISHES

Gorgeous photos of Kesh and Roo by the incredibly talented and renowned photographer-
 Tim Coulson


Would anyone else like to escape to Bali this weekend? These images will definitely take you there...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

LAUREN MERRICK ILLUSTRATION

By Lauren Merrick
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.
Hello lovely readers...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WEARING | HUNTING ATTIRE

By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.

I wear this combo SO much. As a busy mum I really need garments that are easy wearing, machine washable and preferably flattering, but that's not essential. Pieces that look 'dressed' but don't feel it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SIT STILL | YAO DANCE

Photo via Pinterest
By Jo Lenton
Jo 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.

Sit still? Who does that?

Monday, March 16, 2015

CASE IN POINT

 By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.

'I am both loved and completely and utterly disrespected each and every day. My life is nothing like it was and I am nothing like I was.'

Friday, March 13, 2015

PATTERN CLASH

By Jo Lenton
Jo 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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LIFE CAPTURED PROJECT

By Ronnie Mason
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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WEARING | THE DARLING DRESS

By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT BLINDBERRY FARM

By Dave Beetleshack
With 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.

Monday, March 9, 2015

THROW-IT-ALL-IN CHOCOLATE BUCKWHEAT MUESLI

 By Claudia Martin
Photographed by Theresa Sheilds
The 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).

Friday, March 6, 2015

EARLY AUTUMN STYLE | JENELLE WITTY


By Jenelle Witty
Photographed by: Jiawa Liu
Jenelle Witty is a creative who has worked in the fields of Costume Design and Set Design for Theater, Event Design for Arts Festivals and Interior Design. Her blog Inspiring Wit explores topics including culture, travel, food and beauty as well as fashion. Incorporating real life experiences, a desire for adventure and a cheeky sense of wit, Inspiring Wit is a trusted friend online and valued contributor at The Beetle Shack.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

RENOVATION | GETTING STARTED

 By Kate Dyer
A child of the 80's, Kate was raised on country music and family camping adventures. She documents more recent adventures on her blog This is My Family. When she's not pulling her house apart, Kate aims to rid the world of cheesy family photos. Find out more at Urban Safari Photography.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WEARING | BELLE BLOUSE

By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SHORT BREAKS (WITHOUT KIDS)

Imaged via pinterest
By Jo Lenton
Jo 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.

Monday, March 2, 2015

MALTEASER CAKE

By Briar Stanley
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.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HOW TO WEAR YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER PIECES IN AUTUMN


By Emily Beetleshack
The 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.