Monday, July 28, 2008

Romantic Homes Magazine ~ Published Piece

Happy Monday dear friends! I am happy today for several reasons and have lots to talk about, but mostly I finally feel back amongst the living after enduring this nasty flu bug or whatever that I picked up in my air travels a couple of weeks back. Generally I am not the type to lay around and do nothing, but that's just what the ol' body needed apparently, and now I hope to be back at it full force ahead this week.

NEWS....I have known about this piece for some time, as writer and photographer, but just have seen it in print today....so now I can tell you about it:-). I have an article published in the new September issue of Romantic Homes Magazine...and I am pleased as punch with how it came out! It's a tutorial for you on how to make my Millinery Cupcakes, which I call Posh Petal Cakes. The article is entitled Sweet Tooth Faux Confections as one of the "We Love/Make It" pieces. I was slightly hesitant about presenting it, but since I have seen my ideas directly copied I don't do this one as much anymore...so why not. Anyhoo....enjoy, they are fun to make and maybe I will be spurred on to do some more for the website. By the way....the magazine is GORGEOUS~the entire issue!




Speaking of copying ideas, a lovely blogger~Andrea of the well known Velvet Strawberries blog had addressed this sensitive topic with true elegance and grace last week. I encourage you read it if you haven't seen it yet. As an internet pioneer myself (almost 10 yrs now), I have unfortunately fallen victim to a few imitators/idea takers as of late....I have gotten some emails, so I think that many of you know who they are. It's one thing to copy for your own use, another to do it for profit. Not great business or personal ethics, I will leave it at that~read Andrea's piece when you can.


Shoppe Talk....
I have been back in the studio a bit and have some new creations on the way, and orders from market are starting to arrive. Today I will be photographing and editing, and hopefully have at least the items on the front of the website that you see on the site by the afternoon. Here is a little sneak peek......more to come soon.


On family....older daughter Fufu is now finishing up college~yippee for her! She just moved to a darling cottage a couple of weeks ago with her guy, but is coming home today to spend a week with us before looking for a full time job. Man it's hard to believe how these years are flying by!

Talk to you soon~I hope that you are enjoying the wilting and fleeting summer!
xoxo~
Janet

26 comments:

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Bravo!
Congratulations on the article! How exciting, I can't wait to see it.
The millinary cupcakes look adorable, I don't if I've ever seen them before. Too sweet.
Your designs are so well done and are widely recognized, so I think most of us can spot the copycats. ;)

So glad you're feeling better. There's nothing worse than being sick during the busy summer months.

Kimberly :)

Simply Me Art said...

Congratulations Janet! wow, So Excited for you. I can not wait to get the Magazine and see the piece. I would be pleased as punch also. LOL, last week I also read Andrea's piece also and I really agree with you whole heartedly. She wrote what so many of us feel daily and she wrote it beautifully. It has happend to me on more than one occasion and it is tough and it hurts. So glad you are feeling better and your New shop goodies are Gorgeous as usual. Have a wonderful week, Jamie

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Janet, huge congratulations!

I received my RH dealer pack on Saturday, and tore right into it the second I pulled it out of my mailbox. I squealed with delight when I saw your feature. What a fabulous idea. Those cupcakes look too yummy not to eat.

By the way, thanks for the link to Andrea's post. It hit so incredibly close to home for me.

oxox
Jennifer

Cottage Rose said...

Congratulations on your article, how exciting for you. I can't wait to pick mine up. I have been a big fan of Romantic Homes since 2000. I sure so love what you have been working on. Such talent you have. Have a great week with you daughter, hope she finds the perfect job.

Hugs;
Alaura

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

AWESOME Janet!!! That article is beautiful, congrautlations!!! I CANNOT wait to get my copy and try those cupcakes! I love anything having to do with cupcakes, lol!

Your new shop items are just beautiful as alwaya.

I have been thinking about you and hoping you are feeling much better. I was worried maybe you had food poisoning or something!!!

Sending hugs,
Amy

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Gosh, you look pretty good for a "pioneer'! :)
Everything looks yummy! And congrats on your article!!!

M ^..^

NeereAnDear said...

Oh how I cant wait to get this magazine... and how thoughtful of you to share with us how to make such lovelies... what great Christmas presents they would make... very generous

I read Andreas article also... and as you know ...it hit close to home...

I find it sad that people cant come up with their own original ideas instead of taking from others.... but enough of that....

Congratulations on the article and I am so glad you are feeling your good "bad" self again

HUGS

JO

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Again Janet :) I had to come back and say, I got my Romantic Homes yesterday in the mail. Your article was wonderful and the cupcakes look like so much fun!!! I cant wait to make some!

Hugs,
Amy

Lolly said...

Congratulations on the article! I can't wait to see it! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that magazine!

Barb said...

Congrats Janet! I am so excited for you.

I hope you keep feeling better.
Rest!

hugs,
Barb

TattingChic said...

The article looks absolutely fabulous! Congratulations! I love cake decorating and your millinery cakes are absolute beautiful and original!
I love the teacup candelabra lamp!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Janet, Congratulations on your article. You deserve it and it was so thoughtful for you to share your how to's.
I just went to Velvet Strawberries and she soooo said everything right. I had to leave a little comment.
Hope you keep feeling better.
Bonnie

Judy said...

Congratulations!! I have the magazine but must admit I haven't had time to do much reading. I did notice your article though with the beautiful pictures.

Gail McCormack said...

Congratulations on the article Janet!!! The cup cakes look fabulous, I'm looking forward to drooling over the magazine article, although it arrives a little later for us over here in Australia. Andrea's post was so very true and didn't she ever address the issue with elegance and grace!
So glad you're finally on the mend, hope you enjoy eldest fufu daughter's visit

Joy Zaczyk said...

Hi Janet,

Glad to hear you are feeling better! The mag looks fabulous - can't wait to see it. :)

p.s. Those baskets you listed were adorable!

Joy

Beverly said...

Congratulations on the new feature. I always love all of your pieces.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Janet, hooray for the article! It looks stunning. Can't wait to get a hold of that magazine to drool over your creation and contribution! Good for you!

I've seen a few copycat situations out there myself, people claiming to be the originator of a concept or idea that they know darn well is someone else's.

I just quit looking at those sites but some people encourage them, even though they must know it too!

It is fine for a lot of us to have similar views or ideas, we don't own copyrights on every idea that we come up with and there are very few completely original thoughts anyways, most of us take a bit of this and a bit of that to form ideas. No biggie, those things are not malicious or intentional or even harmful. But outright and knowingly directly copying something to claim as your own and boost your sales or popularity is just unpardonable.

I hope more will speak out against it so it will happen less. I love people who come up with something or a style that is unique and original and share it with passion!

Happy day, and many congratulations!

Melissa

Jackie said...

I read, saw and loved your article! Congrats


So glad you are feeling better, I just flew back from Ohio and have a summer slug bug myself! Yuck!

Love your blog
Jackie

Tracie~MPMaison said...

Hi Janet,
I am so, so happy I stopped by today. Went for my walk this morning, everything's wonderful - then whoops, I think I caught your flu bug (or someone's). I'm beat and I'm giving in to it this afternoon. The good news is~ My Romantic Homes magazine was delivered maybe 10 minutes ago. I'm putting on my PJs, laying on the couch and reading your article. You go girl!
I will go check out Andrea's piece soon as I'm finished with your article. Personally, it's easy to spot a copycat once you've seen the authentic, quality pieces ;)
Glad you're feeling better. Ooh, maybe I'll do some shopping therapy later since I'm not...
Happy night Janet!
xoxo~Tracie

sita said...

I saw the article and was just tickled! What a great piece! Glad you are feeling better, I think it was something in Atlanta, I was sick once I got home and know of a few others as well. Bad thing was my kiddos got it too it was a yukky week.

Love Andrea's post, it is sooo true! That is one of the negatives of internet shops and blogs I think, we make ourselves vulnerable by sharing that side of ourselves and our newest creations online. When I think about not sharing though it doesn't make much sense either, what good is a lovely piece of art if no one ever gets to enjoy it?
I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!

Brook said...

Janet I haven't forgotten you!!! I have just taken some time off this summer to get some things done before school starts again.
I have two letters made for you and will get the other one done as soon as possible and get it to you.
I'll check out the magazine soon too. The cupcakes are ever so-o- pretty!
XO
Brook

Tara said...

Hey Janet! Just got my copy and your piece if fu fu fabulous, Congrats friend! ~xo

Daisy Cottage said...

Congratulations Janet!!
That is SO awesome - I haven't seen it yet, but will look for it tomorrow!

xo,
Kim

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I`m glad that you are finally feeling better!
And congratulations are in order...
Your article looks really adorable!
Well done!
Kisses Kisses
Debbie
xxx

NeereAnDear said...

Finally got to read your article... Love the delightful confections... would make lovely gifts any time of the year... NOTICE I said GIFTS ...not something for someone to sell...

I had an interesting talk with some ladies at a quilt shop on Friday and they dont get it... that you cant sell something that someone else designed...

There is such a fine line on this because of the internet... its getting harder and harder to keep people from "altering" your idea and calling it theirs..

Do love your piece.. congrats on a job well done

HUGS

JO

Shab-n-Chic said...

I picked up a copy on Fri. and saw your article..very *sweet* I only wish I had the time and patience to make those myself! My friend Lucy has a 12 page spread of her home in it as well. I just moved into Vignettes where she has nearly the entire room! Come to San Diego and visit us Janet. :)