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Our Story So Far

After seventeen years of retailing in Caboolture, my husband Steven and I sold our shop in 2007 to pursue our ‘Whimsical Imaginings’ and now, after an 11 year break from retailing, we have just opened a brand-new store at Old Petrie Town at Whiteside.

I also hold craft workshops; create custom-made gift-lines; do visual merchandising and window displays; run my web-site and host Tea Parties. We also do exhibitions and festivals together and function co-ordinating; and I manage four Facebook Pages; host an annual Magical Christmas Wonderland Exhibition called Do You Bee-lieve? and all whilst Steven works full time as well ...... oh my goodness, our life does sound crazy doesn't it?

We have been renovating our 100 year old house for the past 15 years, in amongst our chaotic life but, it is still very much a work in progress, but then so is 'life', don't you agree? We pretend that everything is perfect just the way it is and use our best china every day, because 'life' is a special occasion!

I am often asked what my decorating style is called and I find that the best description is ‘Victorian Fantasy’ as I love all things vintage, whimsical and nostalgic including roses, cherubs and faeries and of course anything that glitters and sparkles! Steven, on the other-hand, loves his motorbikes and collectables but we both have a shared passion for a happy life and our 40 years together is a testament to that.

We may be Bohemians at heart with an eclectic range of tastes but we have found what works for us and that is to share our lives with others. We encourage all of you to ‘remember to play’ and to have fun in your life because growing old doesn't mean you have to grow up! We are blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful family, a fabulous bunch of friends and an amazing group of loyal customers and we wish to thank all of you for making our lives so special.

Jule and Steven Barten



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