Friday, January 28, 2011

Wishing You Love

Dearest Friends,

I have decided to take a blog break for the month of February. 
I'll post randomly because I can't bear to be away from you for too long.
I've decided that I need to focus all of my time and attention to fully making this The Year Of The Fire Engine for me. 
I've been feeling awful bad about myself lately and I need to re-group and re-charge.
My hopes are to be able to really help us all feel better about ourselves.
Sometimes we need to step back and put in a little bit of effort to be happy and content.
Wish me luck on my journey.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lucky Thursday

Today I spent some time with my friend Jill of Jillustrated.
She loves to take photographs and I love learning from her. 

Bono Baby is getting into the February spirit of things.
A little bit early, but who cares, he's feeling the love.

I am so thankful for dear friends.
I learn so much from all of you.
I admire you so.

love love,
Fritzi Marie and Bono Baby too

p.s. We saw three armadillo's on the way home today.
Good Luck times three.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Love Love Love

Today I am in love with this Giant Dwarf Mini Heartlette Crown
It's sparklie and it reminds me of Dorthy's shoes from The Wizard of Oz. 
I'm getting excited about Valentine's Day. 
I won't start celebrating until February 1st but I'm getting prepared. 
Tonight my main goal is to make Bono Baby a bow tie for our little Valentines photo shoot.

Dear Amanda just sent me a link to this lovely print, Homestead from Spread The Love
I am seriously tempted to get it for my Daniel.
It reminds me of our camping trips in the Smokies.

I hope you too are feeling the "upcoming" love in the air. 
I will be very happy for January to be in my past.  
Though, I had my hair done today so things are looking up.  

love love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Do you have any special Valentine's Day traditions?  
I'm hoping to make heart shaped cookies, fancy up my mantle, spoil my man, spoil my Bono, wear a lot of red, and send out love notes. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Your Heart Understood Mine

Dear Friends,

I've been feeling like I need to open up a little more and express some things.
This Year Of The Fire Engine business is really sinking in.
You see not only do I want to feel like I look better on the outside but I desperatly want to become a
better person.
I want to feel like a Fire Engine inside and out.
I am too hard on myself.
It's something I struggle with everyday.
I feel like Joe March, always working on perfecting oneself.
I think we all need to take a minute to ourselves and really think about how amazing we are and how wonderful are lives are right NOW.
We are beautiful, loving, giving, creative, smart woman and we deserve to stop being so hard on ourselves.
So, please give yourself a minute to remind yourself of that.
You deserve it.

love love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. I promiss that I too will take a minute to remind myself of my good qualities. 
"I am hopelessly flawed."
I have a hard time taking my own advice.  

Sunday, January 23, 2011

We LOVE You!

Dearest Friends,

How was your weekend? 
Bono Baby, Daniel, and I spent most of our time cuddled up. 
Have I mentioned how much I love my boys?

I hope you all know how much you mean to me. 
Here's to a brand new week, full of possibilities. 
I am determined to make the January blues disappear. 
For all of us.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy Weekend Dear Friends

Today is one of those days where I feel like window shopping. 
Do you have those days too? 
This framed cross stitch by Chez Suche Chez makes me happy.
Daniel made me a mix CD of "our songs" for Christmas. 
This song was on it. 

We spent our afternoon sitting in a cafe with our laptops this afternoon. 
Dan worked on his classes and I listed some treasure in our shop.
I don't have a laptop bag so I went on a hunt.
I fell in love.

This dress is on my wish list, I'm saving my pennies for it.
Michelle Tan has an amazing Etsy shop featuring custom made retro clothing.
Red and Blue are my favorite colors to wear in the summer time.
I am afraid of summertime in Alabama.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. 
I've been busy reading Water For Elephants for my very first book club.
I get to host our first meeting so I am running with the circus theme.  
Oh, how I how I love to plan a pretty get together. 
love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Do you have any book recommendations for my book club?

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Dear Friends,

I am still hanging on. 
Here is my self portrait for today to prove it. 
My baby brother gave me these elbow length leopard print gloves for Christmas.
I love them.
I hope to still be wearing them when I'm a little old lady.

I had so much fun reading about who your fashion icons are.
I love that so many of us are looking to the past for inspiration. 
Bono B. picked the winner the The Year of the Fire Engine's second giveaway.
SkarletGrrl of Stuff-N-Thangs you are the big winner.
I hope you'll send us a photo of your wearing your velvet leopard print belt.
I can't wait to wear mine. 


Please forgive me for being a grump. 
I promise to be a better friend next week. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s.  I did almost everything on my list so things are looking up. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January Doldrums

This "time of year" is wearing me down.
I'm feeling stir crazy and  uninspired.
I feel like this little boy, poking at rocks, waiting to see what happens next. 

Here is my perk me up list:

-Impromptu date with my mister man.
-Put make-up on.
-Plan a mini road trip for this weekend.
-Finish some care packages for friends.
-Take Bono Baby on more walks.
-Meet up with girlfriends for lunch.
-Go to the local art museum this week.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Am I the only one feeling this way? 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Leopard Print Giveaway

One of my favorite ways to feel like a fire engine is to wear leopard print. 
I love it as an accessory.
In moderation, of course.

I don't wear a lot of color so it spices up my wardrobe.

It makes me feel sassy.

I think every fire engine needs a go to leopard print piece.
So for our second Year Of The Fire Engine giveaway, I am gifting one friend a velvet leopard print belt from Pin Up Girl Clothing
I'm getting one too so we can be twiners. 
To enter, be a follower of Fritzi Marie and leave a comment telling me...who you  look to for fashion inspiration.
Obviously I look to Bettie Page and Cyd Charisse. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Normally I would space out our giveaways but I am worried that these super cute belts will sell out too soon and I can't help myself. 
Bono B. will pick the winner next Thursday.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Weekend Dear Friends

Bono Baby has been on pins and needles all day today.

He picked a winner for the first Year Of The Fire Engine giveaway of this year.
He wanted me to send you a big ol' Bono Baby kiss and this is what we came up with.  

Dear StitchyBritt, you are the big winner. 
 We hope you love your new lipstick. 

Thank you for entering our little giveaway dear friends. 
We hope that this year is one where you truly do feel like a fire engine. 

We adore you.

love love,
Fritzi and Bono B. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Help Me Keep My Promise

One of my goals for this year is to be better about listing treasure in my little shop
I love treasure hunting, photographing the items and putting packages together but listing them is not my favorite task. 
Dear Ashley modeled these items for me before Christmas.
Isn't she beautiful? 
So, keep an eye on the shop because I need you to help me be accountable. 
I need to clear out the goodies so I can hunt for more. 

Oh, friends are the best.
I adore you.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. The giveaway ends tomorrow. 
Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


My dear friend Amanda sent this to me the other day.
I am in LOVE with it. 
I feel like it is meant for all of us. 
I hope that you too have decided to take this lucky year 2011 on as The Year Of The Fire Engine
I will be giving tips on how to feel like a fire engine all year long. 
I still remember my Daddy telling me, "Fritzi, you're a fire engine, you just don't know it".
I miss my Daddy so much.   
I want you all to know that I think you all are amazing and beautiful. 
You are all fire engine's to me. 

Now on to business,
Amanda dear has two amazing giveaways on her blog.
The giveaway for her print ends tomorrow so hurry up and put your name in her hat. 
The other one is for a print from her friend, Ellen's shop featuring Grace Kelly. 

My friend Micaela is having a virtual date on her blog, inspired by The Year Of The Fire Engine
She is accepting photo's of you all in your favorite shade of red lipstick to feature on her blog next week. 

Now this is the most important news of all, Alyssa is hosting a swap to fight off the winter time blues. 
The quickest way to feel like a Fire Engine is to send some love out into the world and make a new friend. 
Go here to sign up. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy 1/11/11 Wishes!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite homemade goodies that I received over the holiday season. 
I am obsessed with these booties right now.
My friends Twyla and her daughter Lindsey make them for their Etsy shop, Fancy That.
I have been living in mine and I can't wait to order more.
You get to pick your own colors and they are made to fit you perfectly. 
My favorite thing about them is that they are made with love. 

My dear friend Kristen sent me this "Kitty" Dollie necklace. 
It makes my heart happy. 
I love anything that looks like me.
Yes, I just said that.
I have her in my art room to inspire me.
I'm going to wear her out on the town in the springtime.
Kristen makes pretty silk flower broaches/hair clips and dollies in her Etsy shop, More Than the Mulberries.

Dear Chrissy sent me this broach last week.
It was so excited. 
I have been wanting to order one for a while and she surprised me.
I felt like she read my mind. 
Chrissy has a lovely little shop, Whimsical Poppysmic, filled with felt goodies and beautifully knitted ear warmers

My friends amaze me with their talents.
I adore handmade goodies.
Did you get any neat "made with love" gifts this year?

love love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Dan and I are going out to celebrate 1/11/11. 
We hope all of your wishes come true today.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Motivate Me, Cyd.

Happy Monday Dear Friends.

I just wanted to drop by and introduce you to Poppy, from Lipstick Queen.
I am kickstarting the year of the fire engine off with a goal to wear lipstick more often and a Lipstick Queen giveaway.
In this video, Poppy, discusses her top three myths about lipstick.
I think you too will be motivated to "put on your lips" after watching it.

I'm under the weather in my ice covered cottage, in my jammies, and I need all the motivation I can get. 

What lipsticks do you love?
Do you have any special tricks?

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Sunday Adventure Postponed Due To Ice

We didn't go on our Sunday adventure drive today because we are preparing for our first Alabama ice storm. 
Daniel gets to stay home with me for one more day.
His classes were canceled due to weather.
So, dear friends, we will be "bunkered" down.
It feels like we are back in Mississippi waiting for hurricanes to go away.
I think Dan is secretly hoping that the electricity goes out so we can play board games all day. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. What would you do if you had a day with no electricity?

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Flea Market Finds

I've been holding back on my treasure hunting lately.
I have so much that needs to be put in the shop and I'm feeling like a bit of a hoarder (of treasure).
I had to have this vintage Valentine. 
That little girl is Fritzi Marie!
Daniel bought her for me and we decided that she was an early Valentine card.

I also found these rose gift toppers. 
My head is spinning with all sorts of plans for them. 

I happened upon a few little things for gifts too.
Have you been having in luck in the treasure department? 

Happy Hunting Dear Friends.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. I'm going on a hot date with my Daniel tonight. 
I can't wait to get dressed up "fire engine" style. 

Friday, January 07, 2011

Fire Engine Red Giveaway

The year of the FIRE ENGINE has officially begun. 
I figured it would be easiest for us to take baby steps so let's start with lipstick.
I love Lipstick Queen lipstick.
It's subtle while still looking amazing and makes me feel pretty. 
Daddy said to always wear a little bit of red so hello, Fired Up lip gloss, here we come. 
To kick off a year of loving ourselves more, I want to give the winner a tube of Fired Up lip gloss.
(If you think you need another shade we can talk about that later).

To enter, be a follower of Fritzi Marie and leave a comment about something you do to make yourself feel like a fire engine.
Bono B. will pick the winner next Friday.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Wear a little red today, let's shake things up.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I'll Be Your Cover Girl

I haven't been feeling 100%. 
I'm just tired, grumpy, unmotivated, and out of sorts. 
I need Gene to tap dance into my dreams and give me a kick start. 
Are any of you in a funk too? 
Is it the time of year?
I pledge to you to "officially" start the year of the fire engine tomorrow.
Do any of you have any suggestions for me?

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. I think that we need a giveaway to kick it off.
Oh, how I love a giveaway.
I'm off to find the perfect Fire Engine Kickoff giveaway surprise.
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Home Is Wherever I'm With You

Daniel gifted us this new radio for our family Christmas present. 
We have been on the hunt for the perfect radio (to listen to NPR) to match our living room.

Our sofa arrived (newly reupholstered in grey velvet) two days before Christmas. 
He have been enjoying lazy afternoons cuddling on it with lots of quilts and snugly Bono B. 
(We'll be sad when Dan goes back to work next week.)

I am working on making throw pillows to go with our new sofa. 
To JAZZ it up.

Our chair fabric turned out a bit darker than I had expected.
It is growing on me. 
I'm on the hunt for the perfect little pillow for it. 

Our little Alabama cottage is finally starting to feel like home.
Now we need to find a rug and curtains. 
I love the hunt. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Lucky 2011 Armadillo

Daniel and I have a "thing" with armadillos. 
While living in Mississippi we wanted to see one alive so bad and we wished for it often. 
We only saw their sad remains. 
When we first moved to Alabama we sighted one in our front yard (chatting it up with the gnomes) in the middle of the night. 
Well, hello lucky 2011!
 Yesterday we met one up close and personal in the daylight. 
It must be a sign. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Dreams and Marlon Brando

Daniel and I watch a LOT of movies.
I think it is one of our favorite things to do. 
I wish we could cuddle up at a drive in but usually we are cuddled up on our couch. 
Especially since we live in a place where most of the movies we want to see don't arrive.
We are anxious to see Howl which is coming tomorrow via Netflix. 
At first we weren't very excited to hear about On The Road being made into a film. 
We read a letter that Jack Kerouac wrote to Marlon Brando and I am so fascinated with it. 
If only that movie had happened. 

"All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together."
-Jack Kerouac

Happy Tuesday Dear Friends.

love love,
Fritzi Marie

Monday, January 03, 2011

We Are Smitten...

Bono Baby is our whole world. 
Yes, we are that couple.
Our life revolves around a nine year old puppy.
The gift I was most excited about giving Daniel for Christmas this year was this custom portrait of Bono and me.  My dear friend, the talented Miss Amanda Atkins did it for us. 
We are in LOVE with it. 
I think that images of Bono Baby makes any gift that much better.
I gave Dan the small portrait/pendant (in the top right corner) from Bean Town Handmade to Daniel for Fathers Day last year.

Daniel has declared that house wear items, clothing, and prints are not gifts. 
They are necessities so they don't count for Daniel.
He only wants books and fancy pens.
Anyhow, I can't help myself and I like to give him these things anyway. 
I gifted him this print of books by City Light Photography for Christmas.

This custom painting of Bono Baby came into our home last night.
You see, we took Bono to Woofstock when we first moved here.
We fell in LOVE with her portraits and put our name in the little raffle she was having.
Bono Baby won. 
He is a lucky charm you know.
We are in love with this portrait. 
She captured Bono's sweetness and it melts our hearts. 

We feel so lucky to have such a sweet spirit in our little world. 
We are smitten with a little black and white chihuahua named Bono B. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. Daniels declaration on gift giving has been working out well for me too.
I love "necessities".

Saturday, January 01, 2011


I am so excited about this new year. 
Eleven is my lucky number and I just know that this year is going to be magical.

Full of adventure.

We are filled with optimism.
Our lists have been made.

Daniel made our "lucky" meal and we ate it in the twilight (our electricity went out earlier).
Cornbread, black eyed peas, and collard greens never tasted so good.
Thank you for helping me make it through 2010 dear friends.
It was hard and you helped me so much. 
For that I am yours.

Fritzi Marie
p.s. I can't wait to make my 11:11 wish tonight.