Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jardin Botanique

I'm always inspired by French conception, it seems. Those inspiring feelings possibly tige from my rich French heritage. Peut-être.
The Jardin Botanique savon est né from those thoughts.
Herbes riches and botanical icing parfumé with lemon grass, patchouli and rosemary. Charmant!

It's been un moment since I last posté. The hand made boutique has filled my days with inventaire and pricing, bavardage with nice humans and living in the fast retail lane.

Printemps seems an ideal time to freshen and renew.

Comment diable avez-vous été? Grand I hope!

Ayez un beau jour


Monday, May 27, 2013

nouvelle boutique

Our nouvelle boutique is open! I'm whipping up beau savon in a variety of jardin meadow saveurs.
Fabriqué à la main items line the tablettes.

It may be awhile before I post. The actif shop owner schedule is keeping me busy.
You may keep up at our big sister blog, bittersweet. 

Ayez un beau jour


Sunday, February 10, 2013


Fussy French has some wonderful nouveau nouvelles to share...
We're joining forces and opening a new savon shop. The new vente au détail stocker will be shared with a fantastique millésime boutique called, Aggieal's Attic Vintage Boutique!
We're more than excité to launch this new adventure and can't wait to open.
The boutique will offer unique minable goods and vintage trésors along with humidité rich savon and naturel home keeping essentiel under the name  Aigre-doux, Bittersweet.
Antique linens and  faded articles pour la maison and lavender will fill the new boutique apothecary.

 Ayez un beau jour


Sunday, January 13, 2013

journée de rêve

photo courtesy of pinterest

I hope you enjoyed a joyeux Noël. 
Isn't the picture stunning? A magical place indeed...
This temps of the year when the paysage is filled with teintes of gray and brown I yearn for them to be remplacé with the bright color of nature. Pink tulips and mushrooming trees surrounded by a champ de fleurs creates excitation beyond words. 
I'm  planification this seasons fleurs and herbs and méditant shades of pink and forget me not bleu. Two of my favorite fleur nuances. 
photo courtesy of pinterest
I'm holding on to those thoughts as I create. 
Thoughts of âgé wicker and sturdy twine as well as vieux wood and topiary's dance around. 
Are you  rêver about spring?
Winter will soon be left behind and spring will fill our days. 
Ayez un beau jour


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

vacances de Noël

Fussy français will be breaking during the holiday season. This is her big sisters busiest temps. She's wrapping, and baking and making and hosting a Joyeux Noël.
I wish you the very best during the de fête fêtes.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas chers.

Ayez un beau jour


Sunday, October 7, 2012


From the hémorroïdes of pillows to the beautifully rembourrés stool and then the rêveur fluffy bed I love this room and the French detail!
This image spectacles a less fussy look with simple lines and little embellissements. One thing remains the same, beau bedding and assez oreillers.
It's the tiny details that make a difference when you're décoration a room. 
Notice the ferme frais eoufs in the vintage egg basket. The simple but yet embelli furniture pieces. That beau lumière, stunning and the séché hydrangea setting. 

Détail to perfection.

Photo's courtesy of Pinterest.

Ayez un beau jour


Monday, September 24, 2012

automne lavande

Tomber isn't Tomber without bundles of  treasured lavande. I love using the fat faisceaux in my fall décoration. It brings a warm expressif touch to every chambre. Not to mention its lovely perfume that gently infuses my espace.

I'm having thoughts of warm pumpkin pain pulled from a hot oven and cinnamon crusted produits de boulangerie as well.

J'aime l'automne!
The simple joys of the season chéri and honored. A toast to fall!

This is a busy time for Fussy Frenchs' big sister, Bittersweet.
We're la création d' new savons in yummy toasty warm parfums like fenouil et d'orange. We're  inaugurant in the season with soft music and cool crisp dewy mornings. Little drips of dew line the potted rosemary and lavender plantes.
How do you welcome Automne? I know it's soulful and sweet.

Ayez un beau jour


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

gâteau aux pommes

I love automne!
The air is croustillant and the outdoor temperature is divin.
Since I'm méditant thoughts of fall it seemed only naturel to share a wonderful fall recette with my readers.


French Apple Cake
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan
and shared by Apricosa
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 cups apples (I recommend Fuji, golden delicious, Gala, or Pippin)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
3/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Using some of the melted butter, brush the inside of an 8-inch spring form pan and place it on a baking sheet.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in small bowl and set aside.

Peel the apples, cut them in half and remove the cores. Slice the apples or cut into 1- to 2-inch chunks.  (Note: the larger your apples, the fewer you will have to peel!  And, the smaller your chunks, the less fragmented your cake will be when you cut into it to serve it.)

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk or electric mixer until they are foamy. Add the sugar, rum, vanilla, cardamom, and lemon zest and whisk to blend.  Add in half the flour and when it is incorporated, add half the melted butter, followed by the rest of the flour and the remaining butter, mixing gently after each addition so that you have a smooth batter. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the apples, turning the fruit so that it's coated with batter. Scrape the mix into the pan and smooth out the top with the spatula.

Place the cake on a baking sheet and position it on the center rack of the preheated oven.  Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let rest for 5 minutes.

Carefully run a thin knife around the edges of the cake to loosen and then open and remove the sides of the springform pan.  Allow the cake to cool until it is just slightly warm or at room temperature. If you want to remove the cake from the bottom of the springform pan, wait until the cake is almost cooled, then run a long spatula between the cake and the pan, cover the top of the cake with a piece of parchment or wax paper, and invert it onto a rack. Carefully remove the bottom of the pan and turn the cake over onto a serving dish.

Delicious when served warm or at room temperature, with a vanilla sauce, ice cream, or creme chantilly.
Ayez un beau jour


Friday, August 10, 2012


This is a image of the inside of my great grandmother and grandfathers home 100 years ago!
Pondering thoughts about that énorme leather chaise. I have no doubt it was my great grandfathers chair!
This picture on its own is a treasure, but did you know that I also have several pieces of antique furniture from this chambre? The furniture was a gift from my mother, passed down from my father's mother, and her mother before.
Héritage passed down from generation to generation, doux indeed!
Notice how high the pictures hang in this image? Isn't that intéressant?
The placement of the meubles is also interesting.

Do you avoir soulful pieces that were remis down to you?

I believe these remis pieces are charmant et enchanteur.

Ayez un beau jour


Monday, July 30, 2012

des étiquettes personnalisées

I've been making des étiquettes personnalisées and sewing each into the nouveau  pantalons de couchage.
The custom labels are designed and then printed on heat transfer. Don't forget to make your image in mirror form on your printer.
I chose a shabby cabbage rose textile and then cut the tissu to fit the label.

In the next few weeks and months to come Bittersweet, Fussy Frenches' big sister will be whipping up nouvea fait à la main items.
We're already working on fall, winter designs, colors and motifs. Such fun, always!
Nouveau dessins are slowly appearing on the étagères and tables.

What kind of choses do you design?

Ayez un beau jour