Monday, July 25, 2011

Dream....Rêverie* Dance The Summer Away

Dream....rêverie
Dance the summer away!


I'm going to be busy filling and packing orders this week, after spending the weekend in the studio working on a few new pieces for the website. I welcome you to come over to the site for a look, and thank you to all who purchased over the last few days...

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead, I'm joining in on Kim Klassen Texture Tuesday this week

Friday, July 22, 2011

Romantic Living At Shabbyfufu

Hi everyone....hope that you are surviving the drastic heat wave. We are used to frying and wilting down here in Miami, but I really feel for you guys in the Northeast and Midwest that don't have the thin blood that we do. Here is a little picture that I took over the ocean to cool you down......
Before the internet was around, those who know me locally might recall my clothing business "Pour It On Productions". As I've said in previous posts, I have done it all in terms of art over the years and making (and selling) clothing was one of them! In fact I made most of the outfits for my girls when they were young, as well as their nursery items...bedding, etc. I did really well with Pour It On for quite some time and did the show circuit down here, as well as selling to boutiques and private clients. Lots of hand painting, tie dying, lace...etc. What can I say... that's what was en vogue back then, haha.....
So I've had an itch to do clothing again, and started doing some sewing a couple of months ago and finally got around to posting a few things today on my website. Not sure how these will do, since of course now there IS an internet, and thus there are so many shopping options, but I may do a few shows in the Fall as time permits.....


Lots of "upcycling" and reusing of clothing both old and new....and I have tons and tons of antique lace and fabrics that I've gathered over the years. I like to think of these as dress forms of mine that you can actually wear..... 


Just one thing that I hafta say....why anyone would want some of the fashions that are currently en vogue and make you look frumpy, I don't know? 
It's really about Romantic Living for me.....
If you are interested, please visit the shop at Shabbyfufu.com and have a great weekend....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Romantic Feminine Floral Photography

Hello everyone....I hope that your summer has been smooth sailing so far. This is just a quick post and I'm once again removing the comment section. I know that everyone is busy and I don't want you to feel obligated to leave a comment.
Just sharing that I have added some of my "romantic floral fine art photography" to the website and if you'd like to take a look you can click HERE........
These are so lovely framed, especially as a grouping for a wall of romantic art. With any purchase of 3 prints I'm offering any ONE FREE to my blog readers. Just indicate which one you'd like free at checkout. Shipping is included in the price of the prints......and bulk orders as well as wholesale is available.....

Friday, July 15, 2011

Removing Myself

Removing myself from blogger for a bit as I work on our new line, but wishing you a happy weekend! Photo collage courtesy of my shop.........xoxo

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rêves de France Sur le Bastille Day

Bonjour mes amis.....it's Bastille Day in France tomorrow, so I'm just popping in with a quick post of a few photos that I shot in Paris at one of my favorite flea markets last year. I hope to go back again soon...



Right now I am buried in my studio working on a couple of new lines for the website to come later that involve lots of hand work and time. Hint....I'm using many of the lace trims that I brought back from here:



...à bientôt from my Shabbyfufu Studio.....

Monday, July 11, 2011

Shabbyfufu Mason Jar Chandelier Update

Hello everyone.....I hope that you had a better weekend then I did, as I had some sort of a reaction to my dinner on Friday night and well....let's just say that I spent most of the weekend not feeling up to par. Back on track this Monday and I just wanted to share something that I added to the website today. 
Do you remember this?
As I mentioned that thing went viral and was all over the blogs, forums and Pinterest and I had several offers, but at this point it's still a keeper in my home. So.....I made a couple of very sweet and simple vintage Mason Jar Chandeliers that I just added to the website and they would be perfect with just about any decorating style from shabby chic to beach cottage to traditional. 

Here is the smaller one......no muss, no fuss, just cottage white and aqua




And here is the larger one....oh yeah, the one that is the fancy original design is a "candeliere" but these two are both electric and so more functional for better light.....


They are very affordable and you can find them HERE
That's it for today....losing the entire weekend I have plenty of catching up to do! I hope that you have a great week....

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Message Of Heartfelt Thanks


I think that it must have been my previous post that prompted her to write this, but I forgot to ask (read on)....

With an online presence of my shop at Shabbyfufu for over 12 years now, I have literally seen it all, done it all and heard it all. Or so I thought...

I received the most touching email from a customer this week that truly brought tears to my eyes. I asked her if I could share this anonymously with my readers and I do have her permission...


A Message Of Heartfelt Thanks


Hi Janet!


I have ordered some pretties from you previously and will again. You clearly love your journey in life and I am even MORE delighted to see that you are also contributing writer/photographer for my absolute long time favorite magazines:  Romantic Homes and Romantic Country.  No wonder I love those inspiring publications so much, you have a hand in it, with all the gorgeous lay outs and yummy photos.  :-)

Why am I saying all this?  My husband has battled colon cancer for two years now, since he was only 47. It is now stage IV and spread to 3 organs.  We will be at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. most of the summer and I always take my little "notebook" computer.  So let me tell you, as I sit in hospitals and am at home caring for him, your boutique and website is TRULY a blessing of beauty to me.  I immediately feel myself relax the minute I click on your website and the passage of time is serene, soft, delightful and so so appreciated!!  As soon as I am able to return to my career, I will indeed be back to shop in your gorgeous boutique.  I just thought you might enjoy hearing how your creative, beautiful talents touch us in other ways too!  My home is my haven and I try to create a lovely place for family and friends---but I also can take all the beauty you offer on the road with me, only a click away and I am transported to a vision of roses, softness and calm.

One romantic story you might enjoy:  as my husband was in the middle of a grueling chemo regime two months ago and terribly weakened (this is a man who owns a business and works 6-7 long days a week and never sits still), he still insisted on creating a "secret rose garden" just for me, for our 17 year anniversary, in a spot right under a large decorative window in our breakfast nook. It can only be viewed from our back yard and tucked in a sweet spot. I watched with tears of both sadness and joy as he and my 16 year old son dug out grass, hauled in bricks to frame the rose garden, laid black paper down, the whole bit---and dug holes for all the glorious rose bushes, as I choreographed the "rose-scape." We moved in to our new home a year ago so we continue to landscape and create outdoor vignettes every summer. He did all this, stopping to bend over and wretch, all day until this gift was finished.  I have never been so humbled and touched---and I will treasure this lovely gesture of true love for the rest of my life. THAT is what your work does, it inspires so many of us in every day life, to create beauty and APPRECIATE the beauty every day.

I just wanted to share.  :-)

Thank you for bringing a spot of beauty to my sometimes sad days.  Truly.

God bless!
"A H" in Iowa


WOW, right?
Truth be told I don't have my hands in the magazine pies much anymore these days......as my focus is more creating in my studio and enjoying life's moments and embracing life......


I'm touched, honored and humbled by this email. When I sigh at the state of our feeble economy or lament the fact that the internet is overcrowded with new sellers (thus thinning it out for us long time retailers), I will read her email over again. I am blessed to enjoy good health, a roof over my head, good food to eat and a wonderful family. In terms of my "career", the older that I get I embrace even more a most sincere intent to bring beauty to the days of those who land at Shabbyfufu. No amount of money, a good day of sales or notoriety can beat that for me.....

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Romantic Country Magazine Fall 2011....And Summer Fun

Hi everyone...I hope that you enjoyed the 4th!....


I want to thank Romantic Country Magazine for selecting my website at Shabbyfufu in their favorites section. Very grateful.....press unsolicited is always indeedy so very lovely to see!!....


Okay...so, back to the real world for most of us today....but it sure was nice to have some extra time off. We really enjoyed our long weekend a the beach, and surprisingly it wasn't too hot...even for Florida in the summer. We enjoyed spending time with family and some friends, and got to do plenty of this....
Mmmmmmojito
Husband (and one daughter who was with us) got to do some of this.....
Nice to have friends in "high up places" to hitch a ride with
See loads of nature's beauty like this.....

And finally....

I'm working on some new lines for the website.....so not sure if I'll have another chance to post this week on the blog. If you are on Facebook, please "like" our Shabbyfufu page (see the F/B badge on our sidebar), where I do post more often these days.....