Business is a labour of love

Crazy Teapot’s Brenda Lui with a few of the items available from her online store.
Crazy Teapot’s Brenda Lui with a few of the items available from her online store. Tony Martin

FASHION lovers take note - there is a new online accessory store that's feminine, pretty and just a little bit quirky.

Owner Brenda Lui describes her business as a labour of love.

"This is what I've been working towards all this time - having the online store up and running," Ms Lui said.

There are no rules when it comes to fashion design, Ms Lui said.

"You can just sit there and create something... don't have to draw a design," she said.

A bit of straw or a piece of material can often lead to an inspiring design, Ms Lui said.

"Once you start playing with it, the creative juices start flowing and it takes form in front of you."

The website was launched in October, however, Ms Lui said the concept had been a work in progress since 2009 after the birth of her first child.

With a passion for fashion, Ms Lui has a background in fashion design.

She diverged into accessories after discovering a love for them while working for a bridal company in Brisbane.

"I was asked to do the headpieces for fashion parades and photo shoots for the label... from there it developed in making actual headpieces for the brides," Ms Lui said.

After having her children, when Ms Lui wasn't able to go back to a full time design position, she took up this venture.

"Headwear is becoming more fashionable to wear everyday," she said.

"I also do broaches and corsages.

"And I'm in the process of working on adding a vintage and pre-loved section to the website," she said.

The name - Crazy Teapot - was derived from a shared hobby Ms Lui had with her mother and her love of anything pretty and feminine.

Ms Lui said her mother helped her with a crazy teapot collection, which was an assortment of different saucers and pots.

Ms Lui has found a stockist for her items in Townsville and in Brisbane and would like to find one locally.

"If anyone is interested, let me know," she said.

Check out Crazy Teapot at

Topics:  fashion

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