Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Rompers

These Rompers are definitely being filed as "WHAT" I love!! I purchased the pattern for these rompers from one of my favorite pattern makers. It was so easy to make! I chose fabrics that I have got to say I was not sure if I was going to like but boy...they turned out stunning!!!

All Hair Accessories were custom made by my girls over at Aly&Evie.

And Yes....this is FiFi once again! All Photos were taken by Enchanted Forest Photography.

Rompers are available for sale on Etsy. I will have some already made available in the boutique on Saturday.

Honorable Mention;

Whimsy Couture Sewing Patterns

Whimsy Couture has an excellent selection of patterns! Each pattern is accompanied with a step by step tutorial. You will never want to use a Simplicity Pattern again!

They currently have a new pattern out today for an Empire Waist Dress, It is 30% as well! Enter Code "EMPIRE" to receive the discounted price.

Should you decide to purchase a pattern, please let them know Kim from FiFi Ruffles referred you!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


How it began----Sitting down at a local coffee shop brainstorming with someone as enthusiastic and passionate as I about clothing and photos and styled shoots. (DUH!). Let's not forget the love of  Dr Suess.....AND the love of the Holidays of course! We thought, why not bring these to things together and give those out of the box "ya-sayers" something to squeal about!! Sheri with her amazing photog skills and I with my desire to create and sew, sew, sew decided to join forces!

A Deadline was slated ;O

We began stalking Etsy and a couple online fabric stores for inspiration..and oh boy did we find it!! Two collection by different Designers complimented each other so harmoniously.These prints including pink and white swirls, red with white trees, red reindeer and pink presents on a aqua background. The next was just as gorgeous and non traditional as the first...polar bears and circles of teal, gray and red, red with big white beautiful snow flakes and multi-colored stripes!! Just take a look--HOW stunning?!!

The mission was on! I created 3 dresses with matching pantaloons, 2 vests and ties and several hair accessories. I worried the entire time sewing these little creations..."are these as fabulous as I think they are"?!! On pins and needles I revealed the little collection to my cohart..she gushed..I gushed..we all gushed;) Full steam ahead!!!

We found some amazing adorable little ones and very patient Mommies and Daddies to loan us their little ones for two test shoots.
Personality was none the lacking with these little squirts!!
Can you tell?! I love the less obvious, candid shots

that Sheri was able to capture. 

Other than sharing this process I wanted to share the journey that I (we) had to make this all happen. I think it's important to realize that not all things go perfectly or smoothly and the person behind the scene maybe just as terrified as anyone else!!  So, I say, GO FOR IT!! You may be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Another Man's trash is another Man's Treasure!

We live in a community that was formerly "retirement" a couple decades ago. So as you can imagine, there are still quite a few retirees in their 70's, 80's and 90's still residing in the condos they bought 20 years  ago or more. At any rate..I have watched for the past 8 years as these owners move out or get new things, throw away some GORGEOUS vintage furniture. I always want to scoop them up and my husband always shoots me down with the "where are we going to put it" come back--so of, course he wins! He's right, no garage or yard to refinish it (darn).

About a month of another pile of furniture was just sitting next to the dumpster for pickup. This time I acted FAST!!. There was  perfect side bureau, 6 drawers with fantastic hardware and a matching mirror. It was in perfect condition except for one drawers was broke and the color..well..was just UGLY.  No weird smells or rot or anything. AND...we had a relatives place to refinish it at.

We forgot to get a pic. of the entire BEFORE but you will get the gist. I would love to say I did this all myself, but I did not ;O I did help my hubby tho..his perfectionist tendencies drive me insane sometimes,  but I've got to say that is probably why he always amazes me with his talents!

Drum Roll....

I am in LOVE with the end result!! We paid a 1/4 (if not less) to do this project than we would've buying a new piece for the boutique,  we recycled and most of all, the gratification of making something you're proud of surpasses any monetary value ;)

Worker Smarter NOT Harder!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Angels After Dark- Get your holiday shopping done early!

I am so excited to tell you all about a great event coming up soon (11/2) here in Downtown St.Pete that FiFi Ruffles will be participating in!


Angels After Dark, the holiday gift mart, is on November 2nd from 9am until 7pm at The Tower at One Progress Plaza (200 Central Avenue).

We will have a ton of cute goodies from the shop, so mark your calendars and get ready for the St.Pete shopping event of the year! 

Hope to see you there!