March 29, 2010

Press - Romantic Homes Magazine

Happy Monday to you! Just getting back to reality after spending a few days over on beautiful Sanibel Island over on the West Coast of Florida. Mr. Fufu's Dad lives on the beach over there and we got together with family for a visit. A gorgeous island that is known as the "shelling capital of the world". Soooo many people there right now, but we were able to relax, unwind and enjoy one day of fabulous beach weather......
Definitely the star of the show this weekend was this guy named Toby. Isn't he adorable (albeit a bit dirty from the beach)!!
Back to the real world this week, lots of packing and shipping and making up custom orders.
GRATEFUL to my customers:-)

Grateful for this too....ALWAYS grateful for press over the years.

Thank you to ROMANTIC HOMES Magazine for selecting SHABBYFUFU as a Favorite Shop!

Back to the real world of paperwork (yuck). BTW, several of you asked about MY CAMERA that's for sale and to be honest I haven't had a chance to do anything else about it, and I WILL email you the details today.

Have a beautiful week

March 24, 2010

Necessary Home Upgrades In Progress

Hello my blog friends....I hope that you are having a good week so far and are all set to enjoy the first full weekend of SPRING!

I mentioned in a previous post that we are spending what seems like a king's ransom doing some much needed updates to our home. We have lived in this house for twenty years, hard to imagine.....raised our kids here for the most part and LOVE this place!

Not doing much inside at the moment, but outside needs some fixes. The costliest fix is the new roof. We REALLY have needed to do this for sometime.....too many leaks and far too many bandaid patches by a crappy roofing company, I won't go into that.

We have a ranch style home, meaning everything is on one level.....we DON'T live on a ranch! Four bedrooms, three and a half baths, living, dining, family room...a good size home for our family and enjoyable for these now "empty nesters". We went from this white tile roof:

To what they call "French Grey" tiles. Depending on the time of day and where the sun can look like a slate grey to close to black. Mr. practical Fufu knows his stuff and said that it will not be any hotter having a dark roof come the Florida summer...I have complete faith.

You would think that since I am in the business of letting old things go as an antique dealer that I wouldn't mind the next update to come to our home.......BUT I am having a hard time thinking about losing these:

The two large sets of "ten light" French doors will be history in a few weeks.....oh boo! I LOVE them, but the reality is that we do live in a hurricane alley down here, and Mr. practical Fufu is trying to shore things up. He ordered new French doors without the mullions....solid glass that is impact resistant and should at least be safer, leakproof and quiet. We already have two sets of those on the back of the house, so now it will look a bit more consistent.

These doors with the jalousie windows are original to this house built in the sixties and will be history soon too. Love 'em, but they don't work well any longer and need to go.

New windows coming too....same deal, no mullions:-(
I'll take some pics after the fact.

A couple of things that I DON'T have a hard time letting go of. I am selling my trusty 2 1/2 yr old Canon EOS Rebel XTI. I have a couple of different cameras....both Canon, and am upgrading at this time. If you are me at Condition is excellent (it's silver toned..can email you pics), well cared for...never dropped or banged. I have the Original Box, and it will come with the 18~55 lens, high performance memory card, extra battery pack and strap. You can see on my receipt that I paid $795.14 and my price will be very fair, just email me.


Winner of the Doll drawn by is #16 Julie of this blog: Congrats Julie, I'll contact you and off she goes!

March 22, 2010

Snippets From Shabbyfufu

Happy Birthday to my Mr. Honey (Mr Fufu:-) who is the greatest guy around and just as darned cute as he was back then:-)

You are the BEST husband and Dad unsurpassed, and we BOTH have to get over these darned colds that have been dragging on for that we can get together with our darling girls and their guys this coming weekend to celebrate your B'day. We all can't wait to shower you with lots of the attention that you deserve!

So for now I'm trying to work in my Studio and then get some pictures taken of product....despite the rain today, trying to persevere.

Studio snippets as I work away.

There's still time to enter to the drawing for one of my Salt N' Peeps dolls if you haven't done so yet......leave a comment.

Have a beautiful and inspirational week and come on over to the site at SHABBYFUFU later this week to see what I have been working on!


March 17, 2010

Altered Doll Art

When I start getting the emails of "where have you been", it must be time to come out of hiding.

Actually this week I have been basically laying low, trying to get over another nasty cold with no voice at the don't call me~lol! I don't get sick very often, so I'm not sure why I have had two colds in the last month, sheesh!

Anyway, starting to come around and have been busy packing orders and playing catch~up. Ummm, thanks to the Shabbyfufu customers who have been so patient, much appreciated!

Other than that, I am working on a "special assignment" and then this weekend I HOPE to get into the studio to work on some things the customers have been emailing me about......including some of my Altered Dolls. Specifically I plan on making some of my original "Salt N' Peeps" that I've done for awhile now and usually go pretty quickly. Fun to do, and collect!

Would you like one??? I am having a GIVEAWAY on my blog, if you'd like a chance. They won't be exactly the same as the ones below, as they are always OOAK........but for a chance:

1. Leave a comment
2. Post it on your Blog for TWO chances
3. Follow me for another chance
4. Tweet this for yet ANOTHER chance!

Speaking of following....I had some down time while laptoping in bed the other day to finally try and follow some of the bloggers who are so very kind as to follow my blog. I don't really know what I am doing with following.......SO, if you are following me and I'm not following you.......LET ME KNOW!

Okay, now off to rest up so I bid you adieu for the evening. Winner will be drawn at random....good luck!
xoxo~ Janet

Some previously sold pieces........

Shabbyfufu Salt n' Peeps

Shabbyfufu Bottle Dolls
More Shabbyfufu Bottle Dolls

March 10, 2010

Mango Bread Recipe and More

Well, well.......I don't think that I am going to need this dog eared LOVE NOTE any longer that I have been leaving out for Mr. Fufu as a gentle reminder of what a cold weather wimp this Miami girl is!
It's actually pretty toasty now (a/c back on!), so I am thinking about all of the good things that come in these warmer months and can't wait!

March 9, 2010

Blissful Bird Basket Tutorial For Spring

Dear friends.....I thought that I would post this tutorial for you again, for those who may be new to reading my blog. I am a former art teacher and so it's always fun to have a chance to share tutorials and have them published. This is a piece that I wrote a couple of years ago as a contributor to ROMANTIC HOMES MAGAZINE. They are inexpensive to make and certainly easily adaptable to your own style...

March 2, 2010

Romantic Dress Forms

Hi friends.....I hope that you are having a wonderful week!