Monday, November 12, 2012

Links to our little Online Boutiques

Just a small post to give you the link to our little Ebay Boutique,

If you can't move from your home and still want to buy some Cuculapraline-Frenchic items, we are adding new items on this online boutique  several times a week.

A lot of vintage things but also clothes, vintage and new, 
and all kinds of funky collectibles. 

If you are more looking for handcrafted items, the one-of-a-kind things, you will find them on our Etsy boutique here:

And if you don't find what you were searching for, call us, or come to visit us on Eagle Rock Boulevard, 
we would be so glad to hear from you!


Monday, October 29, 2012

We Never Have Enough Scarves!!!

At Cuculapraline-Frenchic's, we are crazy about Scarves, Shawls, Wraps, Pareos, Spreads, everything soft, cozy and beautiful
Any outfit will look gorgeous with a great Scarf to enhance it. I have been obsessed by Scarves since always, 
not only because my throat is fragile, and they avoid me
several cold during the year, 
but also because I love playing with the colors, and enjoy the result. 

 I am showing here our last kind of Leopard Printed Scarves.
This bright blue is amazing and very vivid. It is gorgeous with black, but also with white or gray.
Or beige...

The Brown one is amazing because it almost looks like suede with its very soft look. It fits with any other color, since it is a neutral.

The Hot Pink is really bright and makes your face glow.
It can be worn with some white, black, gray, beige. Even all the blues, or a complementary color like a green-ish can be interesting with it, purple could be great with it as well.

This one, is a kind of off-white, and is the most elegant color.
It fits with anything, you can even wear it on your shoulders as a wrap, the sheer fabric showing slightly them.

 The Purple one is maybe the most difficult to coordinate with another color, however, it looks amazing with a yellowish green. Always very elegant with a tan, a beige or a black.

I will finish with this peachy pink which is a classic too.
If you come to visit us, you will still find maybe our celadon one, and we are waiting for bigger and less sheer striped Scarves like this one below, and in other colors as well,

I just love, love, love it, so pleasant and soft to wear, warm if necessary, fresh if it is too warm, and so flattering to the face!
I hope you will share with me this LOVE for Scarves? :-)

P.S.: I will be repainting the front of my store soon.
In which color? It will be the surprise!
I will keep you posted! :-)   

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We Heart Eagle Rock! or The Shop Small Day

On November 24th between 12 and 9 pm, we will be offering our crafted goodies with a 15% off, for the special invent linked below:

Basically, all the retailers of our block will be hosting this event 
during the Day "Shop Small", 
so if you are already searching for Christmas gifts, this will be a great opportunity to get good deals on wonderful things.

On top of my love for the Vintage finds and the History, 
Cuculapraline-Frenchic has the main vocation to offer a variety of handmade and one-of-a-kind things.
Every item is made with Love and meant to be used and enjoyed.
These items are recycled, customized, restored, transformed 
or created from scratch as well.

I hope you will enjoy them, as much as I do enjoy making them.

 In the meantime, I wish you
a Happy Halloween!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

CUCU ART GALLERY settling in our Walls

We are glad to have welcome a little group of young artists for an Exhibition dedicated to the Birds organized by Cucu Art Gallery in our walls. David Strother played for us and it was a great late night!
The exhibition is still lasting until August 24th, however, please call us in advance at 323-202-0672 if you want to visit it.

You can also see more images on the Cucu Art Gallery Blog here:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS at Cuculapraline-Frenchic's

The Workshops are starting in August 2012, 
please feel free to contact us for any questions or to give us any suggestion in this matter, if you wish so.

We want to create a unique space where people come to learn fun stuff and relax.
All skill levels are welcome, anybody is able to do something and actually Arts and Crafts are known to heal the soul, all the souls.

The two first hours are offered
to the person you bring with you, what allows you to actually pay half price and to be in good company!
You can contact me by phone, email, Facebook or in my store to register in any of the courses.
You will find all the information in the image below
See you soon!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 2012 Artwalk and Movie Shooting in front of Cuculapraline-Frenchic


Just a quick post to say that this Artwalk promises to be kind of different from the usual ones, we have a shooting just in front of our store, 
let's hope everything will work smoothly, otherwise, we will make our fiesta inside, that promises to be very interesting!!! :-)

We really hope to see you there!

Monday, April 30, 2012


I really hope you won't forget CUCULAPRALINE-FRENCHIC 
for the coming Mother's Day, 
I will show you how wide are the possibilities for gifts in our little shop, and much more is coming every day!

Firstly, of course, the Women Accessories are obvious, like these ones:
You will be celebrating the Mother-Diva, 
I am sure your mother will love this concept!

Unless you prefer celebrating Spring with bright and fresh yellow and orange colors?

You will find our vintage scarves, costume jewelry or even the travel cases to put these same treasures, in bright colors. 

You can also find India-style ideas like these ones :

The pendants are made by Louise Marler, and are presented in a box set, perfect for a present,
the scarves come from India and Tibet.

If your mother is more in the classy-classic style, here is what she needs :

The quilted bag was actually made in France, the brooches are vintage from the 50's for most of them, the floral purse is vintage as well, and the Crown leather bracelets are made my artisans-neighbors. 
These are the last remaining, we almost sold them all.

Or maybe your mother is more attracted to the Home Decor goodies? 
Here are a few suggestions:

 The frame is always an easy one, you can even tuck your photo inside. These Retro ones are made by Tracy Porter, the mosaic one is more funky and the gilded one, more conventional, you will find a few others in our store.

More ideas here:

 The coasters are always needed: from Morocco or Africa, the Japanese waste-basket, always convenient, we have different colors, and the tassels to hang everywhere! Who doesn't like them ? We received a whole bunch of them,

But your Mother is maybe a big fan of the vintage stuff?

So what would she think of the pale pink or golden yellow Depression Glass? Or maybe would she prefer a Florentine box or frame to hang?

You can also find Funkier vintage things like these ones:

A bright needlework with Roses or a daisies pillow, both from the 60's, 
salts and peppers in wood from Japan, 
or maybe blue Depression Glass for these cups and saucers and blue vases, Chinese or not, if blue is her passion?

Someone cute got lost in our shop:

 This little kitty on a Paint-by-Numbers from the 60's, vintage as well. 
We have, cats, dogs and horses, all vintage from the 50's or 60's,

Maybe your Mother prefers the handmade things? 
Here are a few examples:

My Collages of Marie-Antoinette are still waiting for you, some of them took the road via Etsy, thank you Etsy. You will find this French Queen on little frames, as on notebooks, offering a wide range of prices. 

The painted glasses can be used and washed every day preferably by hand, however the paint resists in the dishwasher as well, 
just avoid the microwave:

 The Tags with collages may be used as tags for presents, or as bookmarks, another possible little gift all by itself, and very affordable,

Or there are still these round cute things:

An adorned with flower ashtray (more to come), a crocheted "Cocarde" in brooch, a hand-painted shell, or a glass coaster with collages, here we have our yellow and orange again,

You will find other bits and bobs like these ones:

 The gorgeous exotic incenses, the marvelous mercury glass necklaces, the paper bells, we have not a lot remaining, the vintage matchboxes from France to light up the incense,

Or there is more:

The candles, hand-made or not, 
the golden eggs are remaining from Easter, the scented ones are to die for, 
and last & not least: 
David Strother's CDs playing violin, perfect if your mother loves music, 
they are very relaxing and cool, 
not really bits and bobs, but rather master pieces!
and of course, our usual little Tours Eiffel in gold, silver or bronze, the perfect little gift to remember Paris from where they actually come.

Just to let you know that Cuculapraline-Frenchic is a little metamorphosing these days, we are also becoming an Arts & Crafts studio, so a lot of handmade stuff will come very soon.
Our hours are: Tuesday to Saturday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, sometimes we are a little later still there. But also sometimes, a commissioned work forces us to work at the back or to deliver a client. 
So please, if you come from far and want to be sure to find us, don't hesitate to call us at (323) 202-0672 to make an appointment, if necessary.

Hope to see you soon, guys, there,
Take care, and don't forget to enjoy your life! :-)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The News at Cuculapraline-Frenchic' s, 
Valentine Day is coming 
and we have for sure a passion about the making :
another kind of Love.

We have spent a lot of time repairing and restoring old chairs that we have pulled out of our warehouse, we thought it was time for them to live their life and see the sky and the sun, even if the weather was not top-notch all the time...

Nothing can be done without some elbow grease, and they are far from being finished, you will follow the different steps soon. 
Other chairs, very different ones, are on their way for a new life too.

We also have been in the process to rewire French Lamps in the American mode, that is not our usual job, but we are learning fast! :-)
However, it happened that we found ourselves with quirky results like this one : not a French one, it is Japanese, but impossible to find the right bulb for this unbelievable lampshade!

Our Marie-Antoinettes had a lot of success on the notebooks especially, so if you are interested, come fast because we have only 4 remaining. There are still our tiny collages on canvas like this one. Can you believe how beautiful this young lady could be ?

In the vintage field, we are a little less "Porcelain Cups and Saucers", almost all gone, and more "wrought iron and primitive items in wood 
like these ones :

Love doesn't start in a wrought iron cage for sure, but it can end up with a baby who loves wooden primitive rocking horses!

And at Cuculapraline-Frenchic's there is always a space for soft and fabric items :

 Why Be Normal ? That was for Cuculapraline-Frenchic for sure, I'm less convinced by the Diva thing, but my customers will love that since Hollywood is not far!

Always a space for an exotic Shawl 
and some ribbon embroideries...

And just to let you know, all these tassels below are gone, but we just received a whole bunch of new ones, even more beautiful, with a wider range of sizes and colors.

Our Arts and Crafts Workshops are around the corner, I know we've been talking about them since a while, but we are closer and closer to start them. So if you want to learn all kinds of paintings, collaging, paper mache-ing and mosaic-ing, contact us or come by to talk about it. Your inputs are of course welcome.

 Wondering how we do that ? 
This will be taught in our workshops. This is decoupages on cardboard, but there is a little secret here...

 Start collecting all kinds of paper, personally, I am addicted to all the brown papers, they are so versatile, rich, amazing! 
Be prepared to transform your home in a junk of papers! That is the full Art life!

 This is the traditional painting on wood, 
a work in progress.

 Painting on Glass is so fun! Interested ? We do teach that too.
The paint stays on the glass even once washed, it lasts forever and ever. 

You can make some decoupage on glass too, I will show you this as well.

Don't forget,
we are at 4704 Eagle Rock Boulevard
in Los Angeles, CA 90041 USA

On next Saturday, February 11th, 2012 
from 7 to 10 pm
Our favorite DJ Ron Kane also named :
"Doma Beer Market"
will amuse us with the dealer's choice of Music, what means that he is the one who chooses the Music.

You can be sure to be at the right place, if you see our Bohemian fabric from far :

After all, my ancestors came from Bohemia!
So Romantic too...
Let's hope we'll have a warm weather...