Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hello Again!

It's ME! Andrea, and it's been far too long since I have blogged and designed.

I really needed the past year off to refocus on the "balancing act" of work at-home and family.  I have taken much needed time figure out where I really want to take my business (Fleur L'enfant).  I thought about closing up shop after 11 years but realized I can't do it! My love for designing and creating needs to be filled.  SO, here I am, again, blogging and designing, although on a more limited basis.  From time to time, I will open my shop when I've got some new goodies to share.  Most items will be readymade ~ that seems to be the only way to find a balance.
Part of my new approach is taking a little time each day for ME! Trying new things, keeping active and making more time for my friends.  Family is always number 1! Started tennis lessons with a good friend last Fall (having never, ever played) and fell in LOVE with it, plus I love spending time with her and meeting some fabulous new friends too. A little tennis elbow won't keep me from it now :)

The family is growing like a weed!  I just love them to pieces and am enjoying each and every day with them.  Our new "thing", when they don't have games or practices, is to spend an hour a few times a week rollerblading, running or scootering......while I walk the dog and "maybe" scooter :) It's great family time and part of our getting healthy together routine!

We spend lots of time decorating (me) and remodeling (hubby) our antique farmhouse (circa 1779).  Totally unliveable when we bought it years ago........but now our forever home!  My husband is finishing a family room in our barn and is saving a special space in it for my studio.  He is not a carpenter by trade, he is in the medical field but happens to be extremely handy and a perfectionist.  Finally, my dining room won't look like a sewing boutique!  Covered with fabric, notions and my machines.  I just can't wait!  Will share before and after pictures soon!  Spotted this amazing sewing studio at IKEA! I am totally inspired!
We currently have 12 hens and 5 call ducks residing in a special nook off of the barn! They all have names such as Daisy, Snowball and Tunisha.  The kids LOVE them and we love the fresh eggs.  We have nearly 2 dozen wiggly duck eggs due to hatch any day now.  You know I will share pictures with you all. Here is Emma modeling a new outfit with "Daisy".
Well, I guess that's it for now.......hopefully it won't be another year before I blog again.  Would love to share some decorating I've been doing.
How have you all been?  Would love to hear from you.  Any great DIY projects you'd like to share, let me know!!!

Oh, and don't forget to check out what I've been working is open today!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Welcome Changes plus my new Vintage Denim Ruffle dress

Hello!!! I just wanted to share some exciting new changes coming to Fleur L'enfant this year.  Oh, and a look at my new dress coming to my website soon.

Keeping the business small and keeping it FUN!  This year there are many positive changes coming to Fleur L'enfant.  With our children growing up so quickly and busier than ever with school, sports and friends, I have made the decision to scale back on my sewing to spend more time with them. 

When I started sewing children's clothing 11 years ago, I was sewing up one or two dresses a month, that gradually that increased more and more over the years.  I looked into manufacturing last year to keep up with demand.  After extensive research, I realized it would take too much time away from my family and they are growing up much too fast.  Growing my business had become more than a full-time job when my true passion is taking care of my growing family.

I am focusing on my family and my love for cooking, photography and decorating. I will blog from time to time some favorite recipes, decorating ideas, and of course, my handmade clothing. 

All of my listings will be readymade and handcrafted, not manufactured (some that have been in the works for months) but will no longer be taking custom orders. Some designs will be  one-of-a-kinds that I was inspired to make ~ just once, not a dozen times.  My mailing list subscribers will be the first  to know about new listings and sales so don't forget to join.

I am really thrilled to share these changes with you and excited about my new journey :)

okay, now, here a picture of the dress my little Emma will be modeling soon for my website......we have the sweetest match leggings too!  There will only be a very limited amount of these and they are finally finished which means they will ship out right away.  The trim is imported and GORGEOUS!  layers and layers of denim, trim and ruffled fabric. I spent lots of time on each and every one of these and hope you love them!  I designed new embroidered labels, see the little crown? Love crowns!

Thank you for always supporting me in my endeavors!  I have met so many talented and wonderful people!!!! 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!! Giveaway winner announced!!!

***Winner of last weeks SURPRISE giveaway is.................Angie Alford!!!!  Congrats Angie!!!  Please email me within 48 hours to claim your surprise.   I will be away from my computer today but will get back to you tomorrow. Email***

Happy New Year everyone!!! Wishing you many blessings this year!!!!!!!!!! thank you all for your continued support in allowing me to do what I love.

My favorite gifts are always the homemade ones...........these take the most thought and time.  Don't you just love a fresh batch of cookies? homemade pie?  A dear friend of mine made a beautiful tote bag for me last year and just knowing the time that went into it was so special.  It's truly one of my favorite gifts. 

My daughter Abigail (12) created these beautiful ornaments for us this Christmas.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus.............we will treasure these forever.  She got the inspiration here, on Martha  Mrs. Clause even has ice skates :)  inspired by Abigails love for hockey maybe?

Would love for you to share your favorite homemade gifts too!!

Okay, time for the big took awhile to find the winner as I do not know how to number comments yet on blogger.

True Random Number Generator Comment number 249

Meredith said...
Wishing you a wonderful New Year's! Meredith K

December 31, 2011 9:17 AM

Please email me within 48 hours to claim your vintage denim ruffle set. I will then create the set and post a sneak peek of our new vintage denim ruffle dress and leggings for everyone to see. It may even be offered as a Spring pre-order this time around.

Since there were so many entries........I am going to pick a second winner for a "surprise" from my current stock.  The "surprise" piece chosen will depend on size needed :)
 To be included in this little surprise giveaway, simply leave one comment with your favorite handmade gift, either given or received :)  Winner to be chosen this week!!!

oh, and if anyone knows how to number comments and add the widget with winning number, please email me :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fleur L'enfant Holiday Giveaway is here

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! THE FLEUR L'ENFANT HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY IS OVER (AS OF MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT).  Thank you for all of your entries and kinds words!!!  I am going to make a new post on my blog today with the winner which will be chosen by :)

stay tuned...............................................................................

**NEW ** you can share this giveway on your facebook page up to a total of 5 times before the giveaway ends for one chance each time ~ just comment each time you do :) ALSO, any new fans that you send to my facebook fan page between December 4th and the giveaway will earn you another chance for each new fan sent. Just comment with each new fans name below :)

I know things have seemed pretty quiet over here but that is because we have been really busy working on some spectacular new Spring/Summer items. The Spring/Summer collection will be smaller than last Spring but really impressive!!!!! more sizes available too!!!! something for mom as well!!!

The Fleur L'enfant giveway begins today and will go until January 1st, 2012! There will be lots of chances to enter! Fleur L'enfant LOVES it's fans!!!!

Remember the vintage denim ruffle dress we offered last Summer? Here is Harlow modeling it!!! She is ADORABLE!!! This one sold out right away!

We have a new dress in the works "inspired" by this past won't be available until Spring but we are giving away one (available in size 12months-8 years)  AND, the winner will also receive  "custom-made" leggings to match the dress!!! Valued at over $90!

"If" we get more than 300 entries, we will pick TWO winners!!!

Here's how to enter the giveaway............

You can comment once a day, everyday until the contest ends ~ one entry per comment, per day

Follow our blog ~ one entry

Follow us on twitter  ~ one entry

Like us on facebook  ~ one entry

"Share" the giveway with your facebook friends and come back here and let us know you did! ~ one entry

"Suggest" our facebook page to your friends ~ one entry

Send your friends to our facebook page to say "HI" and who sent them. Just be sure to mention in the comment section then did ~ one entry per post

Post a customer cutie photo of your little one a Fleur L'enfant design our facebook page ~ one entry per day (yes, you can post more than one photo)

Join the Fleur L'enfant Mailing list here.  If you are already on our mailing list, let us know and  leave your email address ~ one entry

Add my Etsy shop to your favorites ~ one entry

"Like" the Fleur L'enfant Resell page on Facebook ~ one entry

"Suggest" the Fleur L'enfant Resell page to friends ~ one entry

There are so many ways to earn extra chances!!!! If you leave an "anonymous" comment, be sure to leave a name and email address in case you win.

The winner will be announced here on January 2, 2012 and will have 48 hours to contact us. If we do not hear from them within 48 hours, we will pick another winner.

The vintage denim ruffle dress and leggings will be shipped to the winner in February and won't be available to the public until April.


This giveaway has no affiliation with Facebook.  This is a giveaway directly from Fleur L'enfant