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

donald_powell_work_in_progress

Donald Powell

 

We have the happiest guests in – today – from W.A. They have been watching the beautiful morning mists and gentle rain in the valley.

The sound of water falls in the forest below… Even the cows came to visit on the green hill below.

Green Hills

The cool mountain air has given a new lease of life to weary travellers earlier in the week after a long haul flight from the USA. They are bouncing around ready for new adventures.

Mount Tibrogargan 364m track is a strenuous walking climb, even if it is in the national park. This is a climb, you will need your hands, some good leg muscles, strong heart and lungs with a decent level of fitness to make it to the top.

With it’s ape-like appearance, Tibrogargan can bee seen from the sea, [named by Captain Cook in 1770]  Scarborough, Bribie Island and the Caloundra and when your up on the Hinterland  be amazed when looking over it in the distance.

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Tibrogargan is an Aboriginal word believed to mean ‘biting grey glider’. Like the other Glass House Mountain peaks, the mountain is held sacred by Aboriginal people.  Glass House Mountains.

This is the ultimate adventure for any weekend adventurer on foot. Be prepared and tell some one or notify the parks and wild life that you will be up there on a certain day.

Good footwear, good sunscreen, plenty of water and a snack.

This isn’t a gentle, elevated stroll up a mountain. This is a sweaty task – but the view is awesome from the top .. .now the return trip back down….. mobile phone working — wonder if the helicopter will come and rescue me….!.

Disaster strikes Maleny on Australia Day weekend.

Our office was without power, mobile phone reception, TV, landlines or internet communication.

Many fallen trees over power lines gave the district NO essential services, water, phone, electricity or internet from Sunday 7am 27th up to Wednesday 30th January  noon.

Big Storm from x- cyclone Oswald  – sent disaster through Queensland and our home town Maleny, Witta and Conondale areas.

Australia_Day_2013_floods

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No contact with the outside world – but we were safe and our guests experienced camping in style by candlelight. They certainly said they rested well with no distractions.

Luckily we invested in a generator and could cycle power to lights and kitchen and the pumps that run the water for guesthouse bathrooms.  We managed making breakfast and meals for guests while the wind and rain stormed down on us.

Any one trying to contact us during this time – We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this act of nature.

Our well wishes and thoughts are with the people who have experienced disaster to their homes and business during these hard times.

Sun is out and cleaning has begun… helping hands are every where. Every thing looking pretty nice now. spick and span.  Trees and garden look abit ratty… but with the heat I’m sure they will burst with new leaf very soon.

Next thing – It will Easter – lots to do ..