Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Some Pretty Things

Thank you for the entries, emails and F/B comments about my photography.....always a work in progress and a long time love of mine. 


The winner of the 5x7 print that was randomly chosen is pink*cherub*moon....so please contact me with your mailing address and photo preference and I'll send it out!


I'm trying my best to get my website back online again, after deciding to close down for the month of January...and truthfully I'm just not getting anywhere very fast! I've been working in my studio on some pretty things. These are all custom orders, including a couple of my now well known Mason Jar chandeliers......

and a customized candelabra......
and this romantic dressform......
So yeah.....I've been busy, but I'm not going to stress....as one of the promises that I made to myself this 2012 was to take it as it comes and try and enjoy each day.

"Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions" Dalai Lama
I hope that you have a great rest of the week....I'll be back next week with another post I'm sure!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shabbyfufu Photography Giveaway

Hello everyone......it's time for a little giveaway here on my blog! 

As you may know I've been contributing my photography for quite a long time to several of the feminine magazines that we all love to read. Lately I've been enjoying exploring the more artistic side of photography and editing....and participating in some local photography events & shoots locally. So this petite giveaway will be your choice of a 5x7 fine art photograph of any of the prints below....your choice! 

Just leave a comment here to win and tell me which one you would choose. I'll select a winner randomly in the next few days. Of course if you post on Facebook, Tweet this or share on your blog there are extra chances to win.....

I've just come back from a website Buying Trip of several days out on the road and am bushed...so I'll see you again soon!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Growing, Seeking, Dreaming....

I may be MIA here on Bloglandia over the next couple of weeks....working hard on getting the website back open HOPEFULLY on Feb 1st! 


Things will be a little different as most of what our customers seem to want are the one of a kind pieces, so that's what I'm mainly focusing on right now. Things have definitely changed over the years since I've had an on~line shop (since 1999) and I've thankfully been very busy with custom orders. I need to slow it down a bit too, and am focusing on personal growth & fulfillment, health and family. I've lived many of my dreams....I'm not stopping to seek more, growing, dreaming.....


"Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I grow, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be"....unknown

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Spare Hands Needed....Shabbyfufu Shop Updates

Happy weekend everyone....thanks for stopping by today. 


If you are familiar at all with my website SHABBYFUFU, then you know that I'm not the new kid on the block by any stretch. Since opening in 1999, I have NEVER closed up shop before. Honestly the last couple of years with the economy being on the rocks and with all of the new places coming on line all the time, I've thought about making it a permanent decision several times....but then the artist in me wants to keep creating and you guys who send me emails asking when more things are coming make it seem more like my life's work. I thank you for that...you know who you are:-). I have not been able to reopen just yet with quite a few custom orders for various things. I am grateful for that....you know who you are:-).


For those who asked...I hope to reopen on or around Feb 1st. It's going to be gorgeous....promise!


I've been sewing....
I've been antiquing......
I've been wiring, painting and shopping for parts.......
Really can use some spare hands around here, but thankfully for some projects and general love and support I have his......
In the meantime....come connect with SHABBYFUFU on Facebook or leave a comment here on the blog.....


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Romantic Homes Winner And Shabbyfufu Shop


Hello everyone...I hope that you are having a great week so far. Although I'm too busy working on updates for my shop at SHABBYFUFU for a full inspirational blog post, I wanted to select a winner with Random.org for the Romantic Homes Magazine giveaway before the issue is out of date! Thank you for entering...the winner is # 4...Lulu Kellogg
Send me your mailing address and I'll get this right out!
I received some very exciting news yesterday and can't wait to share....but common sense tells me that for now I must:-).
Enjoy your day....and don't forget to add some romance to your life...♡

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Quick Romantic Homes Valentine's Issue Giveaway

A quick post and a quick giveaway! 


As I mentioned in a previous post, I was quite honored that Romantic Homes Magazine asked to feature me as one of the "Romantics" in the new February issue!


A couple of the nice peeps there sent me extra issues and I will choose one person who comments on this post to receive a gratis copy. This giveaway is open worldwide.....just leave a comment to win and I'll draw a winner in a few days. 


For now...I am off on a Buying Trip, as my website will be updated soon and filled with lots of new things!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

French Farmhouse Table Deux.....For The Beach

I've done something daring today....after all it's a new year, right? 

I decided to basically take down my website at Shabbyfufu for the time being for a revamp! I need a little break.....just not sure how little, how long or exactly where I'm going...but I'm thinking and planning. For now I am still taking orders (and have a few to work on) and will keep my small and abbreviated Etsy shop open. You can always reach me through the Contact page on the website....that content is still there.

What does that have to do with the photos below? Nothing actually....the photos are of the latest French Farmhouse table that we built in a day's time...whew! I'm not going to print out a whole lot of instructions on the build part of this, but I think you can get the idea if so interested. 

A few notes.....

I finished it to LOOK LIKE DRIFTWOOD and used MILK PAINT & WAX.

We purchased the legs and the wood (2 x 8) planks of Southern yellow pine at Lowes. 

The table cost us about $100 (more or less) to make.

My husband is very handy with power tools and won't let me near them...but my talent lies in design and finishing.

We built this table in the garage of our home and then had to disassemble it, transport it and reassemble it...as it was for our beach home a few hours away.

THE MAKING
As I said, I always do the finishing. I wanted the look of aged driftwood and a learning curve was involved....so I practice several methods on some leftover scraps first. 

The base was simply sprayed with a white primer, and then given 2 coats of an oil based house wood trim paint. I know, not very eco friendly....but being right on the beach everything that we have takes quite a beating and needs protection from the elements!

We agreed that we wanted the knots and natural grains to show through, so painting the top white was not an option. 

For the TOP...
First sanded by hand with the grain. Then I used Milk Paint...which I do have quite a bit of experience with over the years. My favorite is from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company....you can learn about them HERE. I am not being compensated, just so you know. I made a mix of about 25% milk paint in White and 75% water. Normally you wouldn't want it so thin, but as I said I didn't want to completely cover the grain. One coat seemed a bit too thin, so I gave it another. It dries quickly and is eco friendly and all of that.

Next came darkening down a bit with Briwax. I LOVE Briwax and have used it for years and years. Click HERE if you want to learn more about it...and no, I'm not being compensated by them either! I used their Original Wax product in a Dark Brown stain first...one coat. I use old soft t shirts to apply the wax and fresh ones to buff down.....and buffed this quite a bit to give the stain a soft glow. I then gave it two coats of Clear Briwax in the same fashion....of course allowing sufficient dry time inbetween all coats of wax. Thats it, DONE...in a day!

THE FINISHING

THE REASSEMBLING
 Now I can't wait for the new chairs to arrive from Restoration Hardware...I'll show you the whole look in another post down the line.......


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