Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A collection of Fairy Tales

One of my dear friends that I have known since first grade is a very talented artist. Nicole has been creating forever, and I am very pleased that she started her own etsy shop a few months ago. She's been very popular ever since, and for good reason!

Today we received in the mail a custom painting that she made for my Daughter, Eden-Violet. What a big beautiful painting! And it looks just so amazing in Eden-Violet's room! This painting features a fairy tale castle, a book of fairy tales, and a unique tree that features a symbol from a different fairy tale at the end of each leafy branch. Shimmery Paint, Glitter, and yes, even some bling complete this wonderful Gift. I am so happy and feel so Blessed, and Eden is just dazzled with it, as I am sure she will continue to be until she is much older than I am now. ;-)

Hot Javva Studio Dream Based Art

The great thing about Nicole and her art, is that she is constantly creating new things, looking for new inspiration, and yes, she does custom work. Please also check out the Hot Javva Studio Blog

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holiday Time Off!

Phew! What a whirlwind the months of November and December were for Posh Bijou!

It was so amazing to take a couple of days off of work--that is, no creating, no listing, networking, etc. Hmm....now to think about Valentine's Day! (laughing....laughing....) Amazing how owning and running a business will change your entire perspective on Holidays!

Posh gets in a huge shipment in two days with all of the bottles and potions to make new products--Bubble Baths, Shower Gels, new soaps, but more about that on another day!

I've decided that it is finally time to do something that is still creative--BUT is something much more personal and hopefully a whole lot of fun. For the last two and half years, I have been seeing (and collecting) such cute scrapbooking papers, stickers and accessories, AND a great family friend, JulieAnn, was kind enough to donate many great tools and items as well, so since I still have a couple days off, time to finally start! YAY!

Growing up, it was so much fun to look at the family photo albums of Birthdays and Christmases gone past....how much more fun is it nowadays that we have all of these Fun things to play with to make backdrops for our photos? Amazing....hopefully I will be creating things over the next several years that will not only leave a legacy behind, but my children and grandchildren will love poring over for hours.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Turkish Delight

Anyone who knows the story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has heard of Turkish Delight.

If you are lucky enough to have had some, my darlings, you are probably as in love with them as I am. There are two ways to have Turkish Delight-it can be enjoyed in the fantastic cubes coated in powdered sugar, or coated in chocolate. Both are fabulous depending on what you crave at the time.

Traditionally, Turkish Delight comes in Rose, and Lemon. I've also seen Strawberry, and I really suppose that they sky could be the limit...

I am so obsessed with Turkish Delight that I can not seem to stop making Turkish Delight themed products, and wanted to share not only Posh Bijou products, but a couple cute finds from other etsy shops!

Some may find it a bit unorthodox for a seller who makes soap themselves to promote another seller who does, but come on! This Turkish Delight Soap from Clean Confections is totally awesome! What a gorgeous and fun replica of Turkish Delight candy! Can't you just smell the Strawberries? Love it!
Clean Confections

Speaking of replicas of Turkish Delight...oh.my.goodness......This doll sized edition of Turkish Delight from She Counts Crows is just too great for words! I know a certain blonde bombshell of a doll in my house who would love to have these! Do you?

Turkish Delight lip balm-YUMMERS! This lip balm from Morgan Street is modeled after the yummy chocolate and rose Turkish Delight, specifially Fry's that comes from the UK. (a very glamourous version of the candy bar, I suppose) Rose and Chocolate is an absolutely fantastic combination, so it's wonderful that they have made it in a take everywhere, treat yourself at any time lip treat! How beautiful are the labels, too?

These next two soaps are from my shop, Posh Bijou. They are both Turkish Delight, my own version is a wonderful infusion of Pure Rose and Pure Lemon. The top soap is an exfoliating bar that has ground lemon peel and rose clay, and the second one is a simple, creamy bar.

Posh Bijou Turkish Delight Body Soap
Posh Bijou Turkish Delight Soap

Here is my Posh Turkish Delight Jelly. I feel so fancy just having this jam in my pantry, and I love to gift my friends with it as well. Keeping with my lemon and rose theme, I made this decadent jelly from real rose water, and freshly candied lemon peel.

Posh Bijou Turkish Delight Jelly

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pink and Black and oh so Posh

Hello Darlings!

Here in the sugary, sparkly dreamland that is Posh Bijou, we LOVE pink and black. So much so that the company colors are Pink and Black. Although I do love all colors, especially dreamy pastels, today's blog is all about the clever combo of Pink and Black.

I sat in my dreamy office scouring etsy over the last week for some great finds that fall under this theme so I can share them with all of you! Here are some of my favorites:

This fine art piece is entitled Hollywood Cerise Nebula by hotjavva. I love the fresh, crisp, modern feel to it, while it still captures my love of girly dreams with it's pinks and glitter.


This item from MaryJanesandGaloshes is by far one of the most interesting gifts that I have seen on Etsy. Where was this a few a years ago when one of my Posh Lady Pal's were going through a divorce? Although divorce is a touchy and sad subject, come on ladies--it is also a brilliant new beginning, a celebration of a new stage in womanhood, no matter how old or young you are or the circumstances. This gift says "You are STILL fabulous, let's celebrate you and keep it up!"

This quilted pillow cover I found in BerryLane's shop tickles my fancy because it's a great meeting of modern glamour and shabby chic. I love both of those styles, and I think a lot of you do, too. It also reminds us that quilted items don't have to scream Country Cabin, they can lightly call out Chic Apartment! It's also a great choice due to the fact that you can use it to cover your favorite type of pillow, be it down, organic cotton, or memory foam.


I love pretty things. I also, believe it or not, love cleaning. These genius gloves from melanie800 combines both of those loves for me! Someone, please, please buy these for me! What a special gift these would also make for someone who loves glamour, but isn't necessarily keen on cleaning-these would really jazz up chores!


This necklace from mariaelenasjewelry is sharp, classy, and fun! How great would this be with an all black dress or outfit--the splash of pink from the rose is unforgettable. If you're like me you could do something really fun like coordinate hot pink shoes and purse to go with.


I Love Love Love this three piece personalized diaper bag set from treasuredtotes08. Thank goodness, gone are the bad days of the 90's when being a Mommy meant Baby Looney Tunes Diaper Bags. (Scary) Now anyone can be a Posh Mommy, especially thanks to sweet Damask and Polka Dot sets like this!


Happy Shopping, my sweet Darlings!

Monday, November 23, 2009


From Webster's online Dictionary. = )


Definition: Bijou



1. Small and elegant; "bijou villas"; "can Americans be persuaded to pay out dollars for bijou cars?".


1. A small and delicately worked piece.

Source: WordNet 1.7.1 Copyright © 2001 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

Date "bijou" was first used in popular English literature: sometime before 1844. (references)

Etymology: Bijou \Bi*jou"\, noun; plural Bijoux. [French expression; of uncertain origin.]. (references)

Synonyms within Context: Bijou

ContextSynonyms within Context (source: adapted from Roget's Thesaurus).


Pea butterfly; garden; flower of, pink of; bijou; jewel; (ornament); work of art.


Tidbit; gem, gem of the first water; bijou, precious stone, jewel, pearl, diamond, ruby, brilliant, treasure; good thing; rara avis, one in a thousand.


Noun: jewel, jewelry, jewellery; bijoutry; bijou, bijouterie; trinket;fine jewelry; costume jewelry, junk jewelry; gem, gemstone, precious stone.

Source: adapted from Roget's Thesaurus.


Crosswords: Bijou

English words defined with "bijou": Bijoux. (references)
Etymologies containing "bijou": Bijoutry. (references)
Non-English Usage: "Bijou" is also a word in the following language with English translations in parentheses.

French (bijou, brooch, jewel).


Modern Usage: Bijou


Movie/TV Titles

Bijou (1972)

Le Bijou (1946)

Source: compiled by the editor from various references; see credits.


Commercial Usage: Bijou


  • Bijou Brigitte Modische Accessoires A.S.: International Competitive Benchmarks and Financial Gap Analysis (reference)

    (more reference examples)


  • Apex Treasury Bijou Comix (reference)

  • Bad at the Bijou (reference)

  • Bijou Dream (reference)

  • Bijou Video: The Complete Reference Guide of Gay Adult Films. over 3,500 Gay Films Reviewed! (reference)

  • Saturday Afternoon at the Bijou, (reference)

    (more book examples)


Source: compiled by the editor from various references; see credits.


Image Slideshow: Bijou

Computer Images:

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Subject(s): ... jewel, gem, bijou, cubic ...


Photo Album: Bijou

ThumbnailDescription & Credit

Bijou. Credit: Library of Congress.

Source: pictures compiled by the editor from various references; see picture credits.


Usage Frequency: Bijou

"Bijou" is generally used as a noun (singular) -- approximately 91.30% of the time. "Bijou" is used about 23 times out of a sample of 100 million words spoken or written in English. Its rank is based on over 700,000 words used in the English language. Some parts-of-speech are not covered due to the samples used by the British National Corpus. (note: percents less than one-hundredth of one percent have been omitted)
Parts of SpeechPercentUsage per
100 Million Words
Rank in English
Noun (singular)91.3%2176,261
Noun (proper)8.7%2245,945

Source: compiled by the editor from several corpora; see credits.