Awesome views after the rain storms

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Sunset

Summer holiday Views Artisan Spa Views Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland Sunset

Welcome to our sub-tropical summer holiday bed and breakfast news. Dramatic views and spectacular rain on the mountain ranges as the sun sets in the west. After a long dry winter and spring, Artisan Spa Views Bed and Breakfast now have fresh filtered rain water for the spas. With all the great wedding party groups this spring and guests from overseas, Randy and Maree have had a bit of time to   spring clean and set up the gardens.

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Gardens after the summer rains

Randy has been making some great pieces of art work in wood and stone and for sale on show at Gary Myers  Gallery and Peace of Green Gallery  Maleny, Opals Down Under Glenview and Montville Woods and Montville Gallery.

Randy DeGraw with his latest piece on show at Peace of Green Gallery Maleny

Randy DeGraw with his latest piece on show at Peace of Green Gallery Maleny

During Spring Maree’s Millinery had time to make outrageous hats and cocktail fascinators for the Melbourne cup.

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Cocktail Fascinator ready for the races in November.

DIAMONDTINA.HAT 2014

Summer Hat called The Diamontina

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Beautiful bride with fresh water pearl headpiece an ivory veil.

Her Summer  hat collection is now on show at Birdys Fashions in Maleny.

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The self-catered Jacuzzi House has been most popular with 2 couple bedroom getaways this past year.  Lots of relaxing happenings.

 There is still some availability in January and February 2015 for that special break as a couple

or just for some peace and quiet for your self.

Book early for Summer: Use this  Promo Code type in  stay2015 on the booking  page for best deals this summer.

Lounge room in Jacuzzi house

Lounge room in Jacuzzi house

Private BBQ gazebo with mt. views

Private BBQ gazebo with mt. views at the Jacuzzi

Extract from the Spring Salt Magazine Sunshine Coast

http://www.saltmagazine.com.au/articles/web-exclusives/an-artisan-oasis.aspx

“IF IT IS LUXURY YOU ARE LOOKING FOR then look no further than this Artisan dream

in the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland.
When owners Randy and Maree DeGraw moved to Maleny nearly 20 years ago, what is now Artisan Spa Views was a bare block of land overlooking the spectacular valleys and ranges.

Over the past two decades Randy, a woodworker

Artisan Randy DeGraw stone rim Shield

Artisan Randy DeGraw stone rim Shield

and Maree a milliner,

Maree DeGraw Millinery designer hat

Maree DeGraw Millinery
designer hat

have created a bed and breakfast style accommodation that keeps bringing guests back.

Bare block to full house

Aerial Photo of Artisan Spa Views

“The most guests have visited has been 25 times,” Maree says.
“There is a couple from the USA who have stayed here 12 times, they visit every year.”
Unlike a traditional B&B the suites at Artisan Spa Views are private, making it a perfect retreat for couples”.

Continue your read by clicking on the link below to the Salt Magazine on line.

http://www.saltmagazine.com.au/articles/web-exclusives/an-artisan-oasis.aspx

http://www.mareedegrawmillinery.com

Thank you for visiting  Maree DeGraw Millinery

Be-sides my other life time skills as a Guesthouse bed and breakfast owner at Artisan Spa Views Maleny

- I make hats!.
Whether it is full hat, complete wedding set, crown and veil or a ‘Wow-factor’ cocktail fascinator for a special occasion;

 my studio is available by appointment for you to talk hats, try hats and wear a headpiece that will suit you and your outfit/s.

My Spring “Designer Collection” will be available soon ‘headpieces to suit any dress wear and occasion.

Vintage bride head piece 1969

Vintage style fashionable head piece for wedding day

Creating one-of kind head pieces inspired by my travels across USA and Australia in 2013-2014 and people I met on the way.

New York fashion hats from the 1920's style

New York fashion hats from the 1920′s style

My story as I start wandering down memory lane with all my past life skills – I felt I need to share this life journey so far-

Fashionable Brisbane Girl

Fashionable Brisbane Girl 1969

I originally was a florist in humble beginnings from my parents farm at Boondall in the 1960′s while still at school,

Growing up and working on a small crop and flower farm ‘ The 60′s’

before learning my millinery trade at Deons Bridal Salon in Brisbane from 1969 – 1972.

Spring Bridal Hat and Veil

Spring Bridal Veil and Hat

I made Bridal wear and headpieces to veils, bouquets and decorating full churches and reception rooms from 1973-1979 in Emerald.

Florist and Milliner

Florist and Milliner

change of life plan – 1978 – then I became a Technician for Telecom till 1991,

1978-1991 Telecom Technician

1978-1991 Telecom Technician

delving in my husband’s wood artistry and furniture making from 1985  Randy DeGraw

Wood Artistry -

Beginning of Wood Artistry -

1995, Finally moved to Maleny from Maryborough

and building a Cafe -Gallery- Work Studio with husband Randy,   

Open day 1999 Gallery director, Beading jeweller and Office manager.

Gallery and Cafe owners  1999 - 2007

Gallery and Cafe owners
1999 – 2007

2001 Built and became a Guesthouse owner, Cook- bottle washer - housekeeper to receptionist…

Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast

Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast Owners  2001-

After closing the Gallery- cafe 2007, working on the accommodation

I  felt personally - If I can’t figure out the purpose -

I then figured out my passion and it doesn’t become work anymore…

Two of My favourite brides staying at the Jacuzzi House gave me the inspiration to make bridal millinery again.

Kathryn – one of my favourite brides at the Penthouse

when brides  started coming to stay and seeing their beautiful outfits and headwear -

I knew my direction again in life.

 the  Purpose in life was the Passion – of making Millinery – HATS – Bridal head wear!

Beautiful Maleny is just over an hours drive north of Brisbane and only 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. With an average elevation of 450m, the cooler climate offers unique attractions in each of the different seasons.

Artisan Spa Views is ideal for a Winter and Spring Break 

and visiting the nearby areas, sightseeing and just relaxing.

These charming, historic towns and villages of Maleny, Montville and surrounding areas, are rich with skilled artisans, innovative professionals and vibrant businesses, all passionate about their local community and environment.

http://www.hinterlandtourism.com.au/maps/maps-downloads/ Winter fog morning across Maleny

Official opening of the Gary Myers Maleny Gallery and Shop

show casing Randy DeGraw wood arts and furniture
Saturday 3  and Sunday 4th May 2014
Gary Myers Gallery at Maleny Community Centre Maple Street Maleny

Gary Myers Maleny Gallery and shop

Gary Myers Maleny Gallery and shop

See Maleny come alive as the mobile mills fire up and fresh sawdust flies at the 2014 Maleny Wood Expo.  so much to see and do for the whole family

Maleny Wood Expo 2014

Maleny Wood Expo 2014

The Expo showcases local rainforest timbers through the work of SEQ’s best woodworkers, while the beautiful rural setting and friendly volunteers ensure a safe and family-friendly day out in the Hinterland’s green hills.

With thousands of visitors set to converge on Maleny over the weekend, woodworkers are slabbing, cutting, joining, polishing and burnishing the myriad of pieces to go on show.

From fine furniture to bbq settings, there is an extraordinary range of furniture, sculptural pieces, artworks and everything else that can be fashioned from timber.

 

Randy has just finished and delivered his latest commisioned piece!

Bed

We were sad not to be setting this up in one of our own suites.

This beautiful bed is made of Australian Rosewood, boasts three sliding drawers on either side and has an amazing shield design set into it’s natural timber slab-style headboard.

Perfect for anyone that needs some extra storage space and/or doesn’t want a dresser standing in their bedroom. Luckily it was made to break down into five manageable pieces for easy transport and installation!

To see more examples of Randy DeGraw’s work visit Randy’s Work Studio  or when visiting Maleny, stop in at Peace of Green Gallery and Tree Frog Gallery or for the ‘Art Deco’ at Opals Down Under  on the Sunshine Coast.

Watching from the balcony of the Jacuzzi House at Artisan Spa Views, I was  looking towards the  Conondale ranges and saw a truly amazing sunset  with the storm cloud and rain as the sun set slowly in the west.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Sunset

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Sunset from Artisan Spa Views

With only 12 weeks to Christmas – You will need a break before the big event of the year. Take the time out  to relax and walk in the forest and feel the cool water falls of the Obi Obi Creek.  Maleny is where you can see lots of birdlife on these walks including Gardner Falls, Mary Cairncross and the town walk along the Obi Obi Creek.

Life is for ever looking across the valley

Life is for ever looking across the valley

Breakfast in Bed Maleny

Maleny Wood Expo

Two days of clean country family fun hosted by Barung Landcare, the Wood Expo showcases sustainable timber production and our beautiful native timbers through the work of local wood artisans.

http://www.malenywoodexpo.com.au/woodexpo/

Now including local Maleny produce; sustainable alternatives for the home; natural resource management displays and much more. Smell the distinctive spicy aroma of newly milled timber and watch live demos of chainsaws, woodworking, trade tools and more.

Pull up a hay bale and enjoy great food and fabulous local music.

There’s entertainment for everyone!

http://www.malenywoodexpo.com.au/woodexpo/woodshed-workshops.php

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Donald Powell