Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hunnah-Lea Tea Dresses



Love feminine vintage frocks? So do I. That's how I came across the lovely Hunnah James and her etsy shop Hunnah-Lea. To look at, you would think her beautiful tea dresses were created in countryside England, not a little island off the coast of Northern Australia! Her dresses are made to order from size 6-18, she takes orders for bridesmaids dresses and ships internationally. Always a sucker for vintage fabrics, I asked Hunnah-Lea if she would answer a few questions about herself and her creations....


Hunnah-Lea Tea Dress Bridesmaid


Tell us a little about yourself and what you make...




My name is Hunnah-Lea and I live on a little island just off the coast of Northern Australia, with my hubby and 3 beautiful boys. Living in a house full of boys I find it’s very important to hang on to my femininity as much as I can. The label Hunnah-Lea is a vision of all things pretty; I wanted to create a label inspired by vintage shapes and fabrics for all the romantics at heart.





Hunnah-Lea Tea Dress



How did you get into dressmaking?

I started sewing when I was 14. Being 14 I had no money to buy all the beautiful clothes I wanted, so with the help from my mum and our neighbor I started making replicas of things I liked by repurposing fabrics and old clothes from op shops, it really just blossomed from there. When I left school I went onto study at RMIT in Melbourne to refine my skills and learn pattern making and grading. Enabling me to know and make everything from design to final product.





Hunnah-Lea Tea Dress Vintage Fabric



Tell us about the fabrics you use...





I love floral fabric, especially florals from different eras. Finding an amazing vintage sheet still in its pack from the 50’s is like Christmas, they seem to tell their own special little story, making the dress they become just that little bit more special as well.


Hunnah-Lea Tea Dress Vintage Fabric


Who will wear your dresses?

Anyone can wear a Hunnah-Lea dress, that’s the beauty of a humble tea dress, they style suit all shapes, sizes and most ages. 





Hunnah-Lea Tea Dress Vintage Fabric


How would you describe your own fashion style?




I’m not sure I really have my own particular style; it’s more of dress to how I feel that day. Living in such a warm environment I usually opt for summery style dress, like the Polly Petal dress which I love to team with leather belts and bohemian style accessories, but then other days I’ll wear a black t-shirt with a floral skirt ☺ really does depend on my mood.




Hunnah-Lea Knickers Vintage Fabric


Whats going to be happening in 2014?




2014 for Hunnah-Lea is going to be so exciting, Sticking with my floral theme I am just about to release a series of hand painted petal dresses along with some very special pattern ebooks, and hopefully my own digital floral prints. 




Hunnah-Lea tea dress Vintage Fabric



Where can we find Hunnah-Lea creations?
 


 www.facebook.com/HunnahLea
 www.hunnahlea.etsy.com
 instagram @hunnahlea



Hunnah-Lea tea dress Vintage Fabric

Sunday, January 26, 2014

7 Simple DIY Shelving Ideas



A collection of really awesome yet ever so simple DIY shelving ideas that those at any level of DIY prowess can pull off to make an interesting feature in your home. 

Each picture is linked to the original website complete with instructions (one is in German and one in French so translations may be interesting).  All of these blogs are also awesome in their own right for DIY ideas so make a coffee and have surf.



Emma xxx




Pallet Shelves from REAL LIVING MAGAZINE
Pallet Shelves from REAL LIVING MAGAZINE



Peg Board Shelves from APARTMENT THERAPY
Peg Board Shelves from APARTMENT THERAPY




Rope Shelves from RECREATE
Rope Shelves from RECREATE



Scandi Plywood Shelf from SCANDI HOME
Scandi Plywood Shelf from SCANDI HOME



Recycled Belts and Wood Shelves from DESIGN SPONGE
Recycled Belts and Wood Shelves from DESIGN SPONGE


Ikea Hack Mountain Shelf from CARNETS PARISIENS
Ikea Hack Mountain Shelf from CARNETS PARISIENS


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014


Yummy!

I've just discovered another gorgeous Aussie swimwear designer - Kirsten Black, who is behind the quirky label Molly and Polly Swimwear.

Great prints and stunning cuts totally make her quirky creations stand out from the norm.

Think flamingos, pineapples, ice-creams and even the great barrier reef meet soft pastels and bright neons. Styles range from 50's inspired high waisted bikini bottoms and balconette tops to high cut 80's look one pieces.

Made from high quality Italian lycra and made here in Australia, you can find Kirsten's designs and shop at the website here - Molly and Polly Swimwear or share a little facebook love here or follow on instagram.


    Emma xxx


Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014




Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014




Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014




Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014




Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014




Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014





Molly and Polly Swimwear 2014



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Support Local Design Australia



Monday, January 20, 2014

I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels




I have been crushing on these for some time now. Turkish hammam towels, otherwise known as pestemals, are traditionally made from 100% cotton, are lightweight, absorbent and dry very quickly. 

As a lover or fabrics, I think they are just beautiful to look at as well as to touch. Rustic woven sheets in soft hues and colours.

I am the proud owner of one - yes one - pestemal. 

I bought a lovely mustard coloured one with thin white stripes directly from turkey via ebay (I think it was about $15 inc postage? bargain!) to test it out. I absolutely love it. 
I take it to the beach to sit on, dry myself with, wrap it as a sarong.  I have also used as a throw for my lounge and on the guest bed.

They are perfect for our climate. I live by the ocean and after one wash and hanging on the line of regular towels they get crispy and scratchy (I am told that drying in a tumble dryer keeps them soft, but (a) I don't own one and (b) even if I did, It's a total waste of energy) and so I also rate the pestemal as being environmentally friendly. 

So now I'm looking to put them in my bathroom, get some pestemal hand towels and some more for the beach.


Purchasing Tip: Many homewares stores in Australia are now stocking these and they retail from about $35-$80. Some of the links below are to online aussie retailers who stock some beautiful designs, but as I said, bargains can be found buying from Turkey on sites such as ebay if you are happy to wait for postage. 

Anyone for a swim?


Emma xxx





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Nine Lives of Mine




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
The Marion House Book




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Wayfair







Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Kasaba




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Nomadic Son





Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Temple and Webster




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Nomadic Son




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - I'm Loving - Turkish Hammam Towels Pestemals
Kasaba

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Chat with Kalaurie Karl-Crooks of Little Skout Vintage Knickers




I recently had a chat to Melbourne's Kalaurie Karl-Crooks about her stunning vintage knickers label, Little Skout. I absolutely adore these feminine ruffle knickers and the vintage fabrics they are made from. Don't you think they are just damn pretty?

Another stickler for sustainability, recycled fabrics and the handmade movement, Kalaurie talks about what inspires her and her plans for the new year.

You can find the Little Skout shop here and jump over to give her a little facebook love here.



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - A Chat with Kalaurie Karl-Crooks of Little Skout Vintage Knickers
Vintage fabrics cut and ready to be sewn
Photo courtesy of Little Skout




- Tell us about Little Skout and how your business was born...
Little Skout is a independent label run and sewn all by myself from my home studio in Melbourne. My business was born early last year when I decided to take my hobby of sewing knickers more seriously whilst I was studying fashion design. I wanted to keep myself busy and inspired. Things started getting busier and busier so I deferred uni to just focus on the label. Since then I have worked on some amazing projects and with amazing photographers- We have a coming editorial feature in sustainable mag Hessian and launch at vintage lingerie parlour Dames of Distinction... Wow huge. 

- and a few things we should know about you?
I live and breathe sustainability, from the vintage and recycled fabrics I sew with to my organic veggie garden. I also adore cats, vinyl and endless cups of tea.

- What are you passionate about? 
I am completely head over heels passionate about fashion. I am hoping to add to the collective of amazing talented people who are pro ethical, pro australian made, pro sustainable, and pro artisan (meaning say no to massive produced). Hopefully we can change the nature of the fashion industry once again. When I finish my fashion degree I will take Little Skout to a larger level including a full collection and I hope to one day create jobs in Australia within the fashion industry.

- What do you look for in the fabrics you choose?
I mostly work with vintage fabrics. I work heavily with prints. Anything floral and whimsical. I am consistently scouting around for new fabrics. 

- In three words - what sort of woman wears Little Skout?
CONFIDENT, CURVY & SASSY

- What do you love about creating cute knickers?
I've always been obsessed with undergarments. I studied costume design for awhile and it really feed my love for knickers. Knickers are the funnest to make. I love cutting them out of beautiful fabrics and making something adorable and whimsical. One of the biggest highlights is the lovely feedback I get from my beautiful customers about how good the knickers make them feel about themselves when they wear them. 

- What are you hoping to achieve for 2014?
I can feel 2014 is going to be a big year. I am hoping to add garter straps to all my knickers, get a proper website up and running, release a line of 20's inspired tap pants, and finish a big chunk of my fashion degree without being too distracted.



High Waisted Ruffle Knickers $35
Photography by Cam Attree, courtesy of Little Skout






Red and White Polka Dot Knickers $30
Photo courtesy of Little Skout






Bespoke Vintage Knickers $35
Photo courtesy of Little Skout



Floral Ruffle Knickers
Photography by Simon Russell, courtesy of Little Skout






Black Floral Knickers $35
Photo courtesy of Little Skout






Purple Floral Mid Waist Knickers $35
Photo courtesy of Little Skout



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Moody Blue Hues

Every now and then I just want something beautiful to look at....






Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
Photographer unknown
via Brown Dress With White Dots



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
via Atelier Rue Verte




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
Elephant Ceramics




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
Dark Grey Wall
via Herbers Lifestyle




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
"Wasted on the wayside" fine art photograph
by Amanda Rae K via etsy



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
Bloom Papers wall mural
via Decorology


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
Photography by Paul de' Luna
via Fashion Rogue



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Moody Blue Hues
Plain English Joinery
via Prairie Seed


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My House - Our Bedroom Makeover


Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - My House - Our Bedroom Makeover



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - My House - Our Bedroom Makeover
After Stella was born, I decided it was time for a bedroom make-over. I had spent that last several months of my pregnancy madly creating the perfect nursery and everything to go within it (the term "nesting" doesn't even cover it) and realised that if I was to be sleep deprived, I most certainly needed and deserved a restful bedroom for myself. I threw out our old mattress and replaced it with one that makes you feel like you're sleeping on clouds (two years later I still adore crawling into this bed) and decided I was going white. 

Dulux "China White" went on the walls and "Vivid White" gloss for trims. The leftover paint I mixed with water and used to faintly white-wash the floorboards. As if that wasn't enough, I decided that this would be a great time to experiment with floor stencilling (if your thinking "hormones" right now I would like to agree with you, however I'm like this most of the time - its a genetic thing). You can find my floor stencilling DIY post here.

Curtains were made from three pieces of material in the accent colours I wanted - dusty pinks, mustards and reddy browns - and the indian material was actually from a piece my mum had given me which her and dad had used to line the walls in their first house! Oh how I do love a little nostalgia.

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - My House - Our Bedroom Makeover


An attempt at a Klimt copy of "The Kiss" from my foray into painting years ago fitted beautifully above the bed, a coat of "vivid white" gloss on an old chest of drawers provided one bed side table, while the other is an old chair the neighbours threw out in the last council cleanup. 

Some lovely linen and a cushion handmade from an op-shop vintage sheet completed the bed and I hung two white paper parasols left over from our wedding on the ceiling over the light. They are constantly and gently turning in a hypnotic fashion. Oh yes, and I hung my wedding dress in the wall. kitsch, maybe, but I can't fathom hiding such beauty in the back of my wardrobe! A pair of old brown boots on the floor below brings it down a notch.

I love this space now. It's as calming as I had hoped. I just hope my landlords don't mind too much about the floors...whoops...


     Emma xxx