Saturday, 21 April 2012

Little Bonnie

I've been away from my blog for a while, about a year!  I was just hoping everyone was following Maiikestore blog instead.  But suddenly I feel like chatting.  Bonnie Xuan was born last July, bringing our family to 4.  She's a tough little girl who bounces right back from head-lock-hugs.  She's just started waving and saying ba-ba (bye-bye) and knows clap (in Vietnamese of course) after starting grandma-day-care renently.  Anyway, I'm now finding more time for work and dreaming about new creations.
Oohh, and you can just see my Cloud Blanket in the background that I had knitted here in Melbourne.  You can see them in their full glory here.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Maiike Linen Set

Linen Set, originally uploaded by MAIIKE Soft Things.
from 2008 photo shoot by Thuy Vy

bed made of driftwood collected from Phillip Island by Mick

crochet bed spread is mine

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Wild Animals

a beautiful self published book by Rop van Mierlo
<> , a graphic designer/illustrator from the

Monday, 24 January 2011

New Blog To Follow

When my new website was uploaded (which coincided with Maiike Store opening) the blog link on my website was changed to  ......I am a contributor to this new blog, although I haven't contributed anything yet (no surprises there).  Feel free to follow this awesome blog that is faithfully maintained by Feride!...and feel free to pop into Maiike Store at 54 Church St, Hawthorn too!

x Aly

Monday, 18 October 2010

Show Birds

An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds
Photography by
Luke Stephenson

Saturday, 2 October 2010


a beautiful, functioning, miniature 1950's sewing  machine i saw at the market today and didn't buy and am now regretting.
"a real sewing machine for the little seamstress"

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Badour 45rpm

late last year while in Tokyo we chanced upon a shop 45rpm stocking a beautiful range of mens and womens wear in natural fabrics, indigo died garments and raw indigo denims.  The current seasonal lookbook continues their amazing natural taste with ethnic, oriental influence and details.

Sunday, 26 September 2010


my favourite part of spring
various shades of pink
blossoms and magnolia magentas

Friday, 24 September 2010


Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air
blossoms are out
keep a keen eye
you'd be surprised at what you can find

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Lovely Lucy

One of my favourite bloggers; the lovely Lucy at The Design Files,
has blogged about MAIIKEstore!  AWESOME!!

warm words nice night

It was fitting that a on such a cold night as last Friday, Maiike opened it’s nice warm doors to celebrate the opening of the labels first retail shop.
A joint venture between Aly Peel and Feride Peel, the store itself is warm, inviting and beautiful to cosy up in.  Cleverly put together from an empty shell (in a whirlwind matter of months) and carrying on the unique theme of the brand. From floorboards that were pulled from a tired old house, to recycled furniture and mismatched ornaments. It’s the type of place where everything has tactile appeal- the toys lined up like soldiers in the window, to the funky little rompers and even adult sized wears- and an abundance of small children adorning the floor space (not a permanent fixture).
Nice words by: Meg Hutchens who interviewed me on the opening night of our shop.
click here to read what silly things I say after a 'few'.

Monday, 16 August 2010


...has opened it's door, which is located at 54 Church St, Hawthorn...but don't get confused with Church St, Richmond because they are unrelated.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010