Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays To All

Happy Holidays to all of my sweet friends from around the globe! Here is a little collage of some of what we have been doing, here in our hometown of beautiful Miami:


May your cup runneth over with every blessing and may all roads lead to peace on earth~

xoxo,
Janet

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Eating

This little ditty below is strictly fun.....sent to me by my Mom. In keeping with the tradition of overindulgence, I have been doing my part today by cooking and baking up some treats today that are not exactly on the normal eating routing in the Fufu household.......where normally we are a bit of "health freaks". I am an instinctual cook and don't often follow recipes, but this one is sooo divine! The recipe (below) is from an old friend, and I have prepared it to give out as extras for some special people during this Holiday Season. First........this:

HOLIDAY EATING TIPS
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas! 3. if something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat. 4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. 5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello? 6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. 7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again. 8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day? 9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. 10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Pam's Carmel Crunch Serves 4 Quarts

Ingredients:

12 Cups Popcorn (I use microwave, as it's fast)
1 Can Honey Roasted Peanuts
1 Can Toasted Chow Mein Noodles
1 1/2 Cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

To save at least a FEW calories, you can substitute with no oil popcorn, light Karo syrup and this nifty new Brown Sugar blend made with Splenda



Combine first 3 ingredients in a lightly greased (Pam Spray) LARGE roasting pan. I use a disposable pan, as it creates a sticky mess.



Combine brown sugar and next three ingredients in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until mixture boils. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda (mixture will bubble).


Pour over popcorn mix and stir lightly with a long handled greased wooden spoon.

REVISION!
I was asked on the COMMENTS about whether the brown sugar should be mixed in to the saucepan and heated or added to the dry mix. It works best if heated with the rest of the wet ingredients, but honestly I have done it both ways and it works just fine. Recipe above has been revised:-)

Hey Mom.....will you please drop some of that for me?


Bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.

Pour out on wax paper and break into clumps as it cools.

I like to pack this to give as gifts in the little decorative Chinese food take out containers with a bow on top. It will fill several....but I am out, so off to Party City I go. I should walk there.....it will burn up some calories after snacking on this stuff along the way:-)

xoxo,
Janet


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Passion For Roses

I have always had a passion for roses, yet living here in South Florida as I do...they are decidedly difficult to grow. Many moons ago right after I graduated from college and was just starting out, I lived in the most adorable rental cottage in Boca Raton...that was strewn with roses in every tiny bit of garden enclave. I fell in love with them, thorns and all...and tried my best to take over the care from the elderly couple who lived in the main house on the property. Ebony coated thumb have I it seems, as the roses suffered from all sorts of blight and did not survive a harsh Florida winter that year. It was then that I started directing my love for roses to the indoors..... with flea market plates, fabrics and collectibles.....and I have decorated in this style way before it became the fashion du jour. Over the years I have bought and sold, thinned and widened my collections to suit. I sell what I love, roses are certainly a big part of that!
In celebrating the "World Of Treasure"
party over at Cielo's House In The Roses blog that starts on SUNDAY (I am out of town at the moment, publishing this post remotely a day early), I will set out to share some snippets of my collections with you. Click on the party name to be whisked away to the fete.


One wall of my living room is devoted to Victorian Rose Oil Paintings, which I truly treasure. Often called "Sunday Paintings" they were painted on that day of the week by ladies with no formal training, as an outlet for their creativity on their day of rest. Not perfectly executed, but perfect for my aesthetic!

Just a portion of the aforementioned wall.....too large to get it all in to a normal size blogging photo

This one has a bit of a story. Some years back we were on a family trip in California and I forced the Fufu family to the Rose Bowl Flea Market (lol!). The girls were young at the time and were too tired and uninterested to shop for "junk" in the wee hrs. They slept in the rented SUV, while Mr. Fufu and I shopped for my business. I nabbed this painting as the dealer was pulling it out of the back of his van...for $20! Dated early 1900's and signed, it was too good to pass up....so I took it off the stretchers and rolled it tucked into my suitcase for the flight back to Miami. Frame is from something else. It's not the fave in my collection, but it has some memories of a fun vacay attached.

Don't hate me.....I just spied this tattered beauty last weekend in the window of an antique shop, when we were off on another Shabbyfufu Buying Trip. What a great find at $30, I almost fell over backwards when the shop owner quoted that price!! Sorry, not for sale...it's a keeper:-)

I enjoy flower arranging, and have quite a few large baskets, pitchers and whatnot containers scattered about with silk roses and other florals.

Sometimes I paint, but not much time these days to remain very skilled at it. This is Rosy all decked out for the Holidays. She is a Vintage Dress Form that I painted years ago.

By now I think most everyone is familiar with my Signature Vintage Millinery Romantic Dress Forms. I have been designing and selling these ladies for many years now~always a rose overload!

I was fortunate to snag this HUGE Vintage Pink Tole Tray years ago, before they became so sought after. I have had sooooo many emails asking me to sell this beauty, as "she" is often seen in the background of some of my photos.


A few other ROSE collections........

Antique Flower Basket Door Stops spilling over with Roses and fleurs. I have many of these that have been purchased over years of collecting.


English Bone China Posy Pots. Sorry for the poor photo, I didn't want to take them all out of their "home" (cabinet).

Scads of Pink Rose china is scattered around here! My favorites are the antique rose chocolate pots that I like to mix in vignettes.

More china, in a cabinet in the dining room. These old French Limoges teacups are my favorites with the pink roses and raised beaded detailing. In front of them is a set of Salt & Pepper shakers painted by the Shabbyfufu porcelain painter Farnaz...and were a gift to me I think a couple of years ago at Christmas. I love her work:-). The pitcher was my grandmother's and is German marked.

A single Pink Rose on this painting is so captivating in this vintage frame that I painted pink. It hangs mixed in with a few of the vintage "daily bread" plates that I collect as well...all with Pink Roses (of course!).

By my dear friend Australian rose painter Gail McCormack (we offer these on Shabbyfufu) in my opinion....she is amongst the best contemporary rose painters around.

This is my living room rug. It dates to around the 40's or so and is HUGE, and the roses are so gorgeous set against the blush pink ground. The scrolly things are the legs of the coffee table, which is actually from an antique garden table that lost it's top. We covered it with a leftover cream marble slab that my husband was given by a client. The style of decorating that most of us profess to is all about combining, salvaging, marrying and making do!

Studio Stash...always on the hunt for Vintage Millinery Roses; be it hats or handbags

More Studio Stash. I have loved and collected vintage rose barkcloth for years and have cabinets full!

That's it for now ladies........see you soon!

xoxo,
Janet
www.shabbyfufu.com

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Little More & Contest Winner

Dear Ladies.....or, should I say Ladies and Gents~as I have had a few calls, emails and sales to the significant others these past couple of weeks. Aren't you guys the best shopping for your ladies:-)! I finally got around to randomly drawing a winner for the $100 Gift Certificate to the website at Shabbyfufu. There were 52 Blog comments submitted and 128 website comments submitted.....for a TOTAL of 180 even. Using Random.org, it came up with the comment left on the website by Sharon Rooney. I am going to email you the good news Sharon....so if you read this first, CONGRATS! Thank you to everyone who entered. There were some truly gushing and heartwarming comments left on the website link and I did read every one and am so extremely grateful to you guys....and I wish that I could give you ALL a prize, but will do another soon.

I am super busy this week, so I don't have time to say much else......but here are a few more photos of some of the Christmas vignettes around Fufu land. I received some lovely photos from customers, and if time permits perhaps will post those here soon. I wish that there were more hours in each day....don't you?

XOXO, have a great week!
Janet




I have been invited in to join Cielo of The House In The Roses Blog, as she is hosting a Blog Party on collectibles (one of my favorite things in life!) this Sunday, Dec 14th. You can click on the photo below to join in on that day. See you then, with my next Blog Post....Collecting Roses!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Girls

Every now and then I have to gush about "my girls". This time I don't mean my girls.....as in "my daughters"~rather, my talented girls who are part of the website team on Shabbyfufu. These girls are wonderful ladies and have become great friends....and their talents add some extra dimension to what the website vision is about. No, I don't make much from their efforts.....certainly the items that I purchase on a wholesale level or my own projects add more to the proverbial pot of running a business venture. It's about bringing their beauty to the clients and helping these girls that brings the rewards to me. I definitely feel like the Mama Hen around here. So....thank you Farnaz, Kristen, Julie and Laura~you are much appreciated for what you bring to the table.

Here are some of the pieces that these girls have to offer at the moment, so I hope that you can come over for a visit. You can actually click on any of these photos below to go to the website boutique where the items are showcased.

Tomorrow I am off on a Buying Trip for a few days, so I will catch up with you next week! By the way, there is still time to enter the drawing for the $100 Gift Certificate to Shabbyfufu.....since many of you have asked.

Talk soon,
xoxo~
Janet

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Sure as one shootin' match is over the next one has gone into full gear around here, probably the same for you! I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are fully stuffed as the bird that has come to symbolize the National Holiday. Ours was just a family affair, very quiet.....here are just a few pics taken by my lovely daughter with the beautiful blue/green eyes:-)

I admit to being a slacker work wise for the last week, but have gotten back into the Studio and have lots coming to the Shabbyfufu Website probably at the end of this week. If you pop over and visit the front page of the website you will get a sneak peek at just a couple of things that are finished. Oh...by the way...there still is time to enter the drawing for a $100 gift certificate to shop on Shabbyfufu. I haven't had a chance to send out the website Newsletter yet, so once it's sent and my sweet "non~blogging" friends and customers have had a chance to enter.......we will draw a name from the pot. We are keeping track, so not to worry if you have already entered:-).

The Fufu family had started decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. Is that a tradition in your house? I would love to see your decorating, so if you leave a comment I will pop over shortly to see what's up at your place. Here is a bit of what I started in the living room (not finished yet).......my girly girl Fufu domain~no men allowed for the most part. I must admit that lately I have toned it down some~it comes with age I suppose. More coming later.....this is going to be a late night of working for me.


xoxo to all, and to all ~ a Good Night
Janet