Monday, August 8, 2011

Thank you ... You're Fabulous!

Have you ever thought
of how many "thank you's" we sprinkle here and there
throughout our day? ...

The glamorously fun illustrated city girls
we've created for our cardline
would certainly have cause to sprinkle quite a few ...
and I'm sure you do too ...

The Ooh La Frou Frou girls'
 "thank you's"
would begin early in the morning as
they step from their lovely apartments
onto the busy city sidewalks ...
Their ready response to the doorman's pleasant greeting of
"Have a wonderful day, miss" ...
would most certainly be
a smile and a simple "why, thank you!" ...

And how many times from day to evening
would the girls rely upon catching a taxi?
"Oh, taxi! Please, please stop for me?" ...

"Thank you, Mr. Taxi Driver!"

Yes, thank you's spill from our mouths
so many times a day that we never really bother to count them.
How many thank you's do think you probably gift someone with
while shopping?  Many, I bet.
"Oooh ... thank you for that free sample!  ..."

... and, of course, we show our appreciation for
the brave souls that dare to clip away at our tresses! ...
"Oooh, thank you!" ... hopefully quickly followed with ... "I LOVE it!"

And it never fails to delight
when someone pays us an
unexpected compliment, no? ...

And our response most often is ...
"Oh my gosh, thank you SO much!"

Of course, there isn't anything quite as moving as
an unexpected gesture from someone very special ...

... those gestures never fail to make our heart melt ...

and those sweet gestures deserve a
very special
"thank you, darling."

If you are a fan of
our fantasy world of Ooh La Frou Frou,
you know that a busy shopping day in the city
usually results in the girls collapsing into
comfortable chairs for tea or lunch ...
like these inviting chairs at Bergdorf Goodman ...

"Oh, handsome waiter ...
thank you ever so much, darling for that mouth-watering scone ...
and the clotted cream ...
and the tiny sandwiches ...
and the tea ... "

And then there's the thank you to the hostess
as she leads you to that special intimate
table for two by the window on date night ...

It almost seems as if there are are as many
"thank you's" in each day
as there are lights sprinkled over the city at night ...

But sometimes an extra-special thank you is required.
More than a quick "thanks."
More than an air kiss.
Sometimes nothing says "thank you" better
than your written words of appreciation
sealed in a pink envelope
and sent off to their mailbox ...

Our illustrated city girl Violet looks quite chic on our new
Ooh La Frou Frou Collection
Thank You Card
"Thank You .. You're Fabulous."

Violet's hair has been pulled into a low ponytail,
and she's backed by the excitement of the city with its
taxis and golden windows as she
drops a pretty pink envelope in the mail.
Today we're also introducing somethig else new ...
we've given Violet a dog
to keep her company on those errands ...
a very elegant Afghan named Parker
(in honor of Park Avenue as well as Central Park)!

This beautiful card is embellished with
glitter and also has crystals on the dogs collar
and on some of the purses and shoes in the windows.
Message inside:
Dropping you a little note to say
thank you ... you're fabulous
If you'd like to order this card,
just go here.

Thanks for joining us for the fun today, lovelies!
I can hardly believe that in just a few days, this blog
will have its first birthday!
I've so enjoyed our first year and
there's much more fun to come.
Thanks so much to all of you for
joining in the fun!

It seems that August has come
with a few surprises for me ...
my husband will be starting a brand new job in September
and to shorten his commute,
we are moving this coming weekend ...
so you know what that means ...
I'm knee-deep in boxes
and packing up everything,
including the studio!
And following moving day,
it will, of course, take me
a few weeks to get settled.
So I am going to take care of the business of moving
during this month and the blog will be back
when life settles back down ...
in September! 

I will be reading all comments (I love them!)
and I'll keep everyone updated
via Twitter and Facebook ...
so wish me well ...
now ...
where did I put that packing tape?

Images via:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Image 7 (Illustration of girls at perfume counter)
is by Sandra Shelton Markwalder,
artist and creator of the Ooh La Frou Frou Collection
Images via: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,
Image 15, the "Thank You .. You're So Fabulous" card illustration
by Ooh La Frou Frou artist and creator,
Sandra Shelton Markwalder
Image via: 16


Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Good luck Sweets with the move. Hope everything goes well. Look forward to still chatting with you on Twitter ;-)

designchic said...

We are on the same wavelength...such simple gestures that mean so much!! Hope you have a wonderful day ~

Raicreations Designs said...

I missed your blog and glad to be able to read this lovely one today, are you moving too?

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Vanessa at Luxuria: Thank you, Vanessa. I hate taking any time away from the blog, but everything happened pretty suddenly and I have so very much to do to get moved and settled this month. We'll be renting till at least next June in a lovely condo in my hometown. It has lots of light so I'm looking forward to changes! xoxo

Design Chic: Thanks so much for dropping by, sweetie! Hope you have a lovely week! xoxo

Raicreations Designs: Welcome back to blogland, darling! So glad to "hear" your voice again! Yes, I am moving ... not far away, in the same state. Actually moving to my hometown, so that will be fun! Everything came together suddenly so it will be a very hectic month! I'll keep my Twitterloves posted on happenings ;) xoxo

classiq said...

A simple gesture can go a long way. A simple "thank you" has put a smile on my face in certain moments when I was feeling a little down and just made my day. Good luck with all the packing and Happy Blog Anniversary! xoxo


I love it!! Parker is just PERFECT! Gosh, how cute is he? Happy Moving...I know it can be an exciting and tiring time! I'll miss your lovely glamorous blog posts this month but I'll just pop over on twitter to get my glamour fix...heehee... Kisses!

Anonymous said...

I hope the move goes well for you! Crazy fun times!

I was watching 'My Fair Lady' the other day and I thought of you <3 I wonder which of the girls also thinks Jeremy Brett is amazingly handsome in that film? ;)

Taj Acosta said...

I love that pic of the girls at the perfume counter! so glam!
good luck on the packing! and Happy 1 year to the fab blog!!! xo -Taj

Fashion-isha said...

Another lovely post! We will miss you. Good luck with your move...hope it goes easy!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Margarita Bloom: Hi lovely! So glad you like Parker, Violet's new pup ... I see her walking him around town with his hair blowing in the breeze ... sooooo glamorous, no?

Sarah-L-B: haha ... now you make me want to watch the movie again!! Thanks, sweetie, for the well-wishes on the move.

Taj Acosta: Hi Taj darling. I love to shop and doing that illustration of the perfume counter made me feel as if I was really there ... which is what happens with every illustration I create ;) Thank you for your well-wishes on the packing and your "Happy Birthday" to the blog! xo

Fashion-isha: Thanks, Sharon. Hated to take the month, but when you do the kind of work that I do, you need to know where all of your paints are! ;) I'll chat with you on Twitter, I'm sure, and be back before you know it! xo

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

Love it! And as always thank you for the post! Congrats on the job, best of luck on the move and we all shall miss you during the time it takes to get settled, but do take that time! xx

kristina@beancakes ❤ said...

sandy ~ good luck with your move!! i just did one myself so i know how it is ~ all of those boxes!! i loved this post, once again ~ your imagery and story lines just put me in a magical trance ~ they are just so perfect!! hope to see more of your beautiful posts!!
xo ~ kristina

pretty pink tulips said...

This new Thank You card is just fabulous!!! Who wouldn't love to receive that in their mailbox.

And a move! Exciting! Good luck with everything and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in September!!

xx Elizabeth

Angelica Ng said...

What a FAB post! Come to think of it, we do say thank you often everyday. And it surely pays to make put more effort into a very special thank you. Love that first taxi photo you have, and love the one for the "thank you darling". lol. Anyway, good luck with the packing! It can get quite messy!


Awh this just made me smile! Gratitude is everything :) Love the new card, Sandy. And good luck with the move! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Ruby@RubysMusings: Thanks, Ruby sweet. You can tell by my tweets that this has been a very busy week and the rest of the month will be so also as I get settled ... but I'll be back soon! xo

Kristina @ Beancakes: Thanks, Kristina darling. Yes, you'll definitely see more of my beautiful posts ... just had to catch up on getting settled in a new place and reorganized once I get there! It makes me feel so happy to know that the imagery puts you in a magical trance ... what a lovely thing to have happen ... and just what I aim for, so thank you.

Pretty Pink Tulips: Hi darling Elizabeth. Thanks so much for you're compliment on the card .. so glad you like it. The move came sort of suddenly ... one of those things where all of the pieces just sort of fell together. Husband got new job, someone wanted our house, we kind of wanted to go back to our hometown again so that's where we're headed and will be renting a light-filled condo for a year to decide on where to settle ... so yes, you're right ... exciting! I've loved our house, but a change feels right.

Angelica Ng: Thank you, sweetie ... I can't believe how many boxes you can go through when packing! Geesh, I have a lot of things! ;) xo

The Alternative Wife: Thank you, Dawn. So glad you like the card. I've been so busy packing this week that I'm looking forward to the second part of UNpacking! Be back soon! ;)

Fashionista622 said...

Hi Sandy!
Welcome back you were missed. Congrats on the year the site's first Birthday and on your hubby's new job. Wishing you a smooth tranisition and move. Love the drawings and the Thank you card looks nothing short than Fabulous! Best wishes darling.

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

First of all congrats for your husbands new job and your move this weekend! That's so exciting. I wish you much luck and hope it goes fluently. Second, I LOVE your new card (how could it be different right;). The doggie looks beautiful too, so nice she has one now;)
And you are right, unbelievable how many times we say 'thank you'...
Good luck Sandy!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love this post, and that gorgeous shot of the NYC cabs is just wonderful. Oh and that little envelope locket--adorable! Good luck with your move Sandy, it's always wonderful to be finished with a move but not so much to be in the middle of one! Have a great rest of your summer and see you again in Sept!
xoxo Mary Jo

Kristin said...

Best of luck! And I love Violet's leopard scarf!

SoapyMermaid said...

hi! it is so important to say "thank you" to other people, to life!I love this card with the afghan (I love that kind of dog). it is very tiring but so exciting to move. good luck for your move! see you very soon!

Veronika said...

Happy Brand New Home, beautiful Sandy! You are loved & wished a lifetime of Love, Laughter, & your Happily Ever After. May your home be FILLED with everything & everyone you love most! All my Love & VERY BEST WISHES! XO
Calling All Dolls!

Anonymous said...

I love that orange jacket she's wearing, that's going on my wishlist! Good luck with the move, I still remember mine, nearly a year ago (already!). Wonderful pics, a great escape x

Pink Champagne said...

Thank YOU for all the sparkle and glitz you bring into our lives. YOU are fabulous! XOXO

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I hope your move went smoothly Sandy! Are you doing a box of thank you cards? I will get some when you have them ready.

xo Mary Jo