Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Romantic Country Magazine

Okay, I have been receiving the emails from you sweet ladies asking what happened to my Christmas home photo shoot that was shot for Romantic Country Magazine last January? Let me preface by saying that it was tons o' fun meeting Fifi and Dan (& Chitsu). When Fifi first had contacted me about doing a shoot here after seeing my home in some of my website vignettes....she asked what the possibilities were of shooting Christmas right after the holiday. That wouldn't have worked for me, as our girls were home from college for their break at the time....which meant a big mess and lots of friends coming and going. So....we left the Christmas decor up for what seemed like an eternity!! I think that it was mid~January when the crew arrived, and that shoot was done in about a day and a half. Then everything was literally thrown into the garage to do the "regular" home shoot....leaving me with a Christmas mess to sort out later on. Apparently since that shoot was in the last issue with an eight page spread, and there was only so much room for Christmas~they are holding the shoot here until NEXT YEAR! A long time away, but that's how it sometimes works in I have come to know as a writer as well:-). There were a couple of shots taken here placed in the issue that I will share below.....these were from my home, although not mentioned as such:

As it gets closer to Christmas I will share more, along with some projects and decorating tips here on the blog.

There definitely was some lovely eye candy in the magazine, but I am not sure what to think of Rachel Ashwell's new style??? What do you ladies think? My sweet blogless friend Debbie LaFrance who has done some work for the Shabbyfufu website in the past as a guest artist had her Christmas home showcased~Beautifully! Without going into detail, her family has been going thru one of life's toughest moments and can use some prayers~if you are so inclined I know that it would be appreciated.

That's it for today my friends, I have been holed up in my studio with some projects this week that I need to get back to. Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Autumn Dining On The Southern Coast

Here is a reprint of an article that I had written awhile ago. I hope that you enjoy and perhaps take some inspiration. It's going to be 90 degrees here today once again!

The Fall Season here along the Southern Florida Coast is one of subtle nuances, barely perceived by a new resident, however those of us who have called this region home for years find delight in the change! With the promise of Fall in the air we look forward to throwing caution to the wind, flinging open the windows after months upon months of abysmal humidity and oppressive heat. Afternoon rumblings from the Everglades bringing daily torrential downpours start to cease, with the promise of yet another hurricane season's demise a clear light at the end of a tunnel. Lush landscaping has filled in from the rains of summer, annuals can once again be freshened and replanted, and a good Fall cleaning can be given to our porches and patios suffering the blight of mildew from a summer of daily rains. While we don't have the splendor of turning leaves or colorful harvests, with a little creative home staging and the use of vignettes incorporating bolder autumnal colors, textures and scents, we can bring welcome changes that will warm the spirit and appeal to all of the senses here on the Southern Coast.

In the Dining Room, textiles that bring warmth and a cozy feeling of comfort are a must have in any decor, and donning deeper toned dressings will help set the scene for building upon with your finishing touches Slipcovers run the gamut from fussy to fashionable, and can give furniture a whole new look with each of the seasons. With the start of a new school year, white slipcovers in the dining room are tucked away, replaced by autumn slipcovers with a warm and inviting mix of rich Ralph Lauren florals, faded green gingham and washed denim. Pretty and unpretentious, and just about as comfortable as they come! Ready to use slipcovers are often seen on the market these days and will provide a fresh change, while respecting your budget. On your dining room slips, tie or pin some raffia on the back with a grouping of silk autumnal leaves and a small assortment of beauty from the sea. Table transformation is achieved with rich toned cotton tablecloths from the 50s featuring fruits and mimicking natures bounty. Tablecloths can be layered cloth upon cloth or a colorful cloth laid on the diagonal over a white or single colored dressing.
If short on vintage tablecloths, new will serve the purpose or opt for something other than intended use~such as a bedsheet or an old faded quilt in seasonal palettes. With an abundance of sea shells readily available to not just a coastal decor, but in your local craft shop, adding sea shells to the mix is a favorite all year round. For the Fall months, an oversized clamshell holds a mix of such, along with silk maple leaves (or freshly fallen), beach~glass, or other small trinkets, bringing the soft tones of the out of doors inside.

Dont forget to add finishing touches throughout the dining room, bringing on the candles for ambience, and with the Fall season there are a great variety available in delicious and homey scents, such as pumpkin and vanilla cookie. Candles can be floated in water with a few drops of food coloring tinted like the sea, perhaps adding a few sea shells to the bottom of the dish or some sand saved from a vacation to the beach. Utilizing a sideboard, hutch or side table is a great place to display a variety of seasonal accessories. A rustic ancient drawer holds a simple birds nest leftover from summers avian visitors, a bit of lace, a few silk maple leaves, more sea shells~all under a glass cloche for an attractive theme. A simple bowl in tones of the sea can hold a variety of seasonal fruit or vegetables for a feeling of abundant harvest. Finally, keep in mind that whether your home is plush with decadent antiques or in the shabby cottage style, its the special attention to details and unique decorative accents that can bring a taste of Coastal Decor into your home.

Finally, keep in mind that whether your home is plush with decadent antiques or in the shabby cottage style, its the special attention to details and unique decorative accents that can bring a taste of Coastal Decor into your home.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Abbreviated Week, Long Weekend

Short weeks and long weekends are the best....don't you agree? After a hectic week of much packing and shipping, finishing some orders, getting new things together for SHABBYFUFU and another SECRET writing assignment....we will be off in the morning to see these cuties (older daughter Fufu and her guy) at their new place this weekend. I hope that I can get some antiquing in!

I thought I would leave you tonite with a collage of just a few of the MANY Romantic Dress Forms that I have made over the last ten years. That's a lot of FUFU!

Whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend and will TTYS!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fit To Be Tied

Good morning dear friends.....I hope that you are doing well and have some plans to enjoy the weekend ahead! Thank you so kindly for the lovely emails and comments concerning Hurricane Ike.

As you probably know by now, we escaped a direct hit, and although our weather has been affected all week long, we had some power outages and my darned computer screen and clothes dryer took a nosedive....thankfully that is it. I am going to think good thoughts and send good vibes to my friends out in Texas~especially the Houston area, where this storm appears to be headed next.

I have been cutting back some on the blogging lately, but am still here and love to chat with you and see what you have been up to. Been doin' a lot of thinkin' lately and pondering life's moments. It's really easy to get caught up on being on the computer too much, and I have to pull away some for now to save some of my sanity that is still left! I have been on the internet for 10 years now....and although I don't plan on going anywhere as far as the blog or my website at SHABBYFUFU are concerned, it's time to focus a bit more heavily on some other aspects of life as well.

One of those would be physical, as in FITNESS. Sitting in this chair and writing, etc for long stretches and standing/sitting in my studio for days at a time have taken a bit of a toll. I have been getting too many headaches lately with too many down days and am making a concerted effort to try and fix that if possible. Although I don't feel it and have been told that I don't look it, I am 50+ yrs.... so now is the time to get back to optimum health!

It's a bit personal.....but one of the steps that I have taken is to start on bioidentical hormone therapy. I have been on this regimen for awhile now actually, and it does seem to help me sleep well and have much more energy. You can read about bioidentical hormones in this book:

and if you are of "the younger set" then tell your Mom about it:-). I go to this place (clickable link):

I just had a food/enviornmental sensitivity test done (blood draw) by my Dr. at Body Logic (above link) to try and hone in more on the headache issue. Very seems that some of the common things I am extremely sensitive to I would have never thought of in a million years~like flouride. Good ol' toothpaste....who knew that could cause a reaction! Anyhoo, I just started on a "rotation diet" to eliminate my particular food I will let you know how that goes later. If I can loose 15 lbs that would be a great plus!

Having always been naturally thin and fairly physically fit, it's time to ramp it up a few this is a goal that I have set to work on. I really messed up my knees playing almost daily competitive team tennis in my 40's, and now I am paying for it and need to get the rest of me stronger. So....I will be using this as more than a decorative feature:

Keeping up with Mr. Fufu and his passion for speed is not an easy task! We just bought a pair of these objects of affection to tool around the hood with:

The mint green shown is 2die4....but out of stock, so I got the baby blue. I love PINK as much as the next gal....but didn't want it to look too much like a little girl's bike:-). Mr. Fufu ordered the bad to the bone black!!! Speaking of the Mr......we are also doing a fabulous Pilates class that is taught close by, and I am proud of him not minding at all that he is the only guy in a sea of estrogen!

Well that's enough of me blabbing on about exercise and such.....I hope that I didn't bore you too much:-). As for the creative side of my brain (right side I think?!), I have been working on a custom Romantic Dress Form for a SHABBYFUFU client this week and another for the website that I hope to post by the end of the weekend. Our order (or at least part of it) has arrived with the French inspired items, so look for some wonderful things to be posted this weekend including the coveted Crowns and some new arrivals including these:

About some friends:

My dear friend Barbara Jacksier, who was the previous editor Romantic Country Magazine and Cottage Style Magazine had emailed me last week addressing the fact that her upcoming book WATERSIDE COTTAGES has been put on the back burner by the publisher due to the slow state of the economy. Now I know as much as the next one how poorly the economy is doing these days....but PULEEZE leave a comment on Barbara's blog for the publisher if you haven't done so yet. We want this book in print!!

Speaking of books.......I have know about this for sometime now, but since she has "spilled the beans" I want to say CONGRATS to my dear friend
who is about to embark on a new journey with her book writing venture. Kudos Tara Frey!

And last but not least, I was given this award by my sweet friend Joy of The Joy Of blog fame....I so appreciate it:-). I have several of her creations in my home~she has a great eye for Modern Vintage and is so creative!

Be good to yourself and take some time for your own passions this weekend. Talk soon.......I am off to Whole Foods now:-)


Friday, September 5, 2008

Trouble In Paradise?

A warm hello to all of my dear friends! I have been occupied with some "secret projects" for the past week, getting orders shipped out and working on a few custom orders for blogging and visiting blogs has been on the back burner. I had planned on writing a different sort of post today, but I can't think straight. As many of you know I live in Miami, which is a true tropical paradise as far as I am concerned. Just look what I saw up in the palm trees in my yard yesterday! A beautiful pair of wild Macaws (they mate for life:-) eating coconuts!

Living down here is mostly good, but it means that you have to be prepared for something that we all dread.....hurricanes. We have one that appears to be headed directly for us (Hurricane Ike), and this weekend it's going to be time to prepare. Living here for most of my life I will never get used to them. Our house was destroyed back in '92 with Hurricane Andrew and we were in it at the time with our young family all hiding out in a bathroom with everything being torn apart around us.....a scary experience to say the least. We rebuilt and it's stronger now, and thankfully the kids are off with their own lives in cities further north in our state. Hopefully this one won't be as bad.....please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

I will be working as long as the power remains on, and the storm isn't due to make U.S. landfall until hopefully I will get lots posted on the website between now and then. Will talk to you soon and hope that you enjoy your weekend~