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.

 

Bed and Breakfast Gift Vouchers for all guests that can be really useful for Birthdays – Anniversary – Weddings – Christmas – Easter – Valentines Day – Mothers Day – Fathers Day. Gifts for engagements, weddings and retirements.

Great News! All our 2nd return guests will be in for a treat in the coming 12 months.

Here are a few ideas  how Artisan Spa Views is Celebrating.

For all Our Loyal Repeat Guests who book and stay in the next 6 months will receive a Thank you Gift Basket with a surprise voucher to use on their following stay in 2013.

Once this financial year is ended and bookings organised for July – will have some more news to blog and Facebook twitter for Artisan Spa Views Maleny

Keep watching in the next month for Specials for Spring and Summer Months Early bird bookings.

Maleny Town has a lot of options for restaurants and cafes, many of them interesting and varied in flavours, especially around the outskirts of the township.

Every now and then I make a vow ‘Must try the new restaurants to keep life interesting’ … and to make sure there’s something new to blog!

Also Remember we live here, we’re not on holiday!  And we are often  busy organising the guesthouse and cabin for guests – so this winter decided to be more pro-active in the dining out. I’m all for that!  Cheers

Maleny is not big on night life, while the community centre is being renovated and will have a brand new movie house and function rooms later this year – it will be a welcome event.

Weddings are becoming the talk of town. There is word that a Wedding Expo is happening on the Hinterland late July.

Will find out more on this too.   One of latest wedding parties at Artisan Spa Views. …. Great day had by all….

Wedding Images

Congratulations to our lucky winners: Mr and Mrs. CyndH. were drawn out of 54 entries . The couple  have declined their names to be publicly known and wanted no publication.

congratulations

However, we can tell you ‘They will be escaping from their busy life and enjoying  two nights on us and  have booked  for extra nights for a week holiday stay later on in the year.

Our thank you and gratitude go out to all our Reviewers. We had scored 51  Five  Star Reviews out of 54 .

Remember Reviewers: Identify your next booking through our comment box that will give you the ‘Reviewers Bonus Arrival Pack’ on your next stay at Artisan Spa Views.

2012 Trip Advisor  Reviews will be Drawn on the 31st December 2012 ;; For a two night stay in the Penthouse Jacuzzi Cottage in 2013.

Also, this year we are working on a prize for the best photograph  taken by our guests at Artisan Spa Views placed on Trip advisor or any other Review websites.

1. Views.

2. miscelaneous.

Prize: two night king spa Stay and play with wood turning lesson with Randy DeGraw.

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Our aim is to reach 100 x 5 star Trip advisor reviews in 2012. Click onto the Trip Advisor icon  to take you to Trip Advisor – then click onto ‘Write A Review” button.

We now are the proud owners of 2011 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Thank again our special guests.

Certificate of Excellence
2012 Winner

Wishing you a wonderful 2012.     

Maree and Randy.