Tuesday, October 26, 2010

young at heart

Are you looking to redecorate your child's room?  Or are you a voyeur that just likes looking at other peoples homes like I do? In either case, I've put together a brief Ideabook of whimsical kids rooms on Houzz for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

close to my heart

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for lockets. Have been for some time. My mother gave me my first real locket as a college graduation gift. There is just something so personal and so intimate about them.  What better way to keep a memory of someone close to you?  Even if you don't fill it (which I often admittedly don't)... the space is there... and somehow you know how you would allocate it. And that is nearly as just meaningful.  

I was curious as to the origin of lockets and wanted to see if there was something outside the obvious, and there wasn't really, but I thought I'd share some of what I found here. And then I wanted to assure you that our zuzu girl handmade lockets are most definitely poison free!

..."In times past a locket was used to carry around small things that had some value to the wearer. Medicine could be kept inside them as well as poison. Ancient times could be very dangerous to live in and the act of poisoning someone who was a threat to you was often a means of disposing of them. It was a lot more common than you might think. Lockets were also used by those who held certain beliefs in herbs and like charms to ward off evil and sickness. The hair or ashes of loved ones was often kept inside a locket as one of many items kept as a keepsake.

Lockets were often used to put a miniature hand painted picture inside. These tiny images of the person inside were very tedious work, but done by an expert artist the result was a beautiful work of art. In the past hundred years or so is when the most popular use for lockets developed so to speak. Placing photographed pictures inside them became their most common use and photos could be had by almost anyone...."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
~Marianne Williamson

Just in case you, too, need a little inspiration this morning.  Now read it again.  And then go shine!


OPEN for business!

The new, grown-up zuzu girl handmade reopened last night.  Consider yourself informed!  I only had time to get eight listings up last night (I forgot how tedious the process is!) but I've got at least two dozen more beauties ready to list... and so many more to make for you.  Please keep checking back and we'll do our best to keep you informed here about the pretty little goodness at zuzu girl and all around us.

We're so happy to be back.
Happy Hump Day!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

ooooh, orange!

How cool is this orange epoxy concrete floor?  Not sure I'd be daring enough to do it myself so I'm just gonna keep staring at this fabulously cool flat highlighted by Dwell a little more...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

casting off?

 Loving this article from ohdeedoh about the "cast-off" furniture trend.  I'll admit it.  I had a cinder block & 2x4 book shelf in my college bedroom.  And it was tres chic at the time.  But now I'm head over heels in love with this pallet bed and spool coffee table.  Want them.  If anyone would like to cast them off to me I'll take 'em both...

zuzu girl grows up

It's official.  After just one short month of announcing that we were closing our shop... we are reopening... with a whole new look!  
Now, you should know that I am not schizophrenic.  Pretty little pinky swear.  We just... Well, we just have a hard time doing nothing. (As if I'm ever actually doing nothing even when I am "doing nothing".)   
We are still waiting for most of our supplies to arrive but we've whipped up a few favorites for your viewing  pleasure.  The look is inspired by, well, me.  It's California bohemian meets urban chic.  It's looking hip while riding your Mundo to school pickup or feeling sexy while sipping cocktails with your best gals at a swanky restaurant.  Sometimes in the same outfit.  It's making a statement without making a fuss.  Effortless beauty.  Unique style.  It's the new, grown up, zuzu girl handmade.
And we hope you simply adore it.

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