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My designs are now available on other gorgeous gifts!

Woohoo! My designs are now available!

I’m so thrilled to have found several wonderful places where I can now sell my hand-painted silk designs printed on other gorgeous items!

Here are the first few and I’m thrilled to bits to see them!

What do you think?  Do they look ok to you? CLICK on any image to view each group in more detail.

My designs are now available on gorgeous mugs!

My designs are now available as gorgeous mugs for tea and coffee!

My designs are now available on gorgeous throw cushions!

My designs are now available as gorgeous throw pillows!

My designs are now available on long pillows!

My designs are now available as gorgeous rectangular pillows!

My designs are now available on tote bags!

My designs are now available as gorgeous tote bags!

My designs are now available on iPhone cases and skins!

My designs are now available as gorgeous iphone cases!

My designs are now available on iPhone skins!

My designs are now available as gorgeous iphone skins!

Skins are thin, easy-to-remove, vinyl decals for customizing your device. Skins are made from a patented material that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles for easy application.

My designs are now available on greeting cards!

My designs are now available on gorgeous greeting cards!

My designs are now available on clocks! Aren’t they gorgeous?

My designs are now available on clocks!

View them ALL here:  https://society6.com/teenahughes >>

Plus size shopping in Paris? You bet! Shopping Tours in the City of Love

Paris, France “ Plus Size Shopping Tours are now available in Paris, hosted by plus size Fashionista Teena Hughes

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How would you like to stroll the Parisian streets with me, try on gorgeous plus size clothing, maybe even sip a glass of wine or champagne at the end of the day? Ooooh la la, sounds fab, doesn\'t it? I look forward to meeting you!

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Mar 19, 2012

Attention plus size women everywhere – yes it’s true! You can find beautiful stylish plus size clothing in Paris!

The “Plus Size Shopping in Paris” Tours help you to find casual, classic, or more elegant clothing – there’s something for everyone.

The Shopping Tours start in Paris, and offers one day and five day options.

Nothing to worry about! Everything’s been arranged for the Five day/Four night Option which includes airport pick-ups, accommodation, breakfasts, champagne cruise on the River Seine on the first evening, before dinner in a lovely French bistrot. Shopping each day, with some free time to explore. Also included are the Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner, a fashion show, and more.

Dates for the One Day Shopping Tour – 22nd June and 2nd July, 2012.
Dates for the Five Day Shopping Tour – 26th to 30th June, 2012.

Imagine drinking champagne at dusk as we cruise around the Paris islands in the middle of the River Seine, in the heart of the city. We’ll glide by beautiful well-lit centuries-old buildings which line the shores, and see the Eiffel Tower. We’ll visit several plus size stores each day, and have lunch in cafes and afternoon tea in quaint little “Salons de The” (Tea Salons), and then out to dinner to sample the delicious French food. Comfortable walking shoes will be a must, as we visit the stores on foot, metro or bus (the best way to see Paris!).

Teena Hughes, Silk Artist / Fashion Designer of plus size clothing label http://AbfabDesigns.com, said, “Many women who’ve contacted me via my websites are nervous about buying clothes in a foreign country where they don’t speak the language. When they realise that I’ll be there to help with any language barriers, they are greatly relieved and very excited about my plus size shopping tours. The thought of finding chic, beautiful and glamourous clothes in Paris is exciting and very compelling, plus I love to show people around!”

When asked how the idea of these shopping tours came about, Teena replied, “I used to live in Paris and return in summer to catch up with friends and enjoy being back in the city I love. In my travels around the different districts I’ve found some truly marvellous plus size clothing stores with designs ranging from hip teenagers’ clothes to every day wear (Pret a porter) to chic and classy outfits to suit many occasions – so I decided to launch PLUS SIZE SHOPPING IN PARIS. I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve arranged for private visits in the Salons of several top French plus size designers as highlights of the tours.”

Here is a recent Plus Size Paris video:


For too many years plus size women have found it difficult to find beautiful, classy clothing, and unfortunately many designers have simply used the shape of clothing for size 10 or 12, and made it “wider” – without any thought to the depth of the sleeves, and the ‘fall’ of the garment. Plus size women are tired of black, navy and brown, and want to look and feel gorgeous in all colours, and the Designers in Paris have done a fantastic job providing so much choice.

Judi Lanza, one of Teena’s long-time silk clothing clients says, “Teena loves helping her customers choose the perfect hand-painted silk wearable art, and goes to great lengths to make sure they’re happy with her designs. I’m looking forward to shopping in Paris for plus size outfits and letting Teena organise everything else, all I have to do is book my flight – it couldn’t be easier!”

For a list of everything included in the adventures, and receive tips on how to buy clothes in French, what to say, and what everything’s called, sign up today – you’ll feel so Frenchy, so chic!


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Teena Hughes is a silk artist, textile designer and fashion designer who creates stunning unique wearable art and interior design collections. Teena creates gorgeous fashion in bright colours and bold designs. Teena founded the PLUS SIZE SHOPPING IN PARIS Tours in order to show gorgeous women how to find beautiful chic clothing in one of the top fashion cities in the world. Feeling and looking fabulous are the key to everything! Please visit
Launching my new website

Launching my new website!

Launching my new website

Finally launching my new website!

After all the great work my Virtual Assistant did, I’ve been flat out launching a different website and am now getting back to AbfabDesigns.com.

Yes! It’s time!

There’s still a lot to be done, adding new photos, new hand-painted silk and other items, updating the new blog on a regular basis, but I thought I should give it all a kick start TODAY and then I’ll be able to start on Phase 2 :-)

Let me know what you think of my new website!

Travel Troll Dolls

Handpainted Silk Travel Troll Dolls

Travel Troll Dolls

The Travel Troll Dolls started as a little idea germinating in the far recesses of my ever-busy brain racing with lots of new ideas :-)

I have lived in five countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Greece, France) and travelled to many, many more, so the thought of having a little lucky Travel Troll to tuck into my bag seemed like a good idea.

The design came from brain to my pencil and then onto paper, and within 24 hours I had created my first happy little Travel Trolls.

Each Travel Troll Doll is unique, and is hand-drawn by me – Teena Hughes – the silk artist.

You will receive a signed Certificate of Authenticity/Birth Certificate for your very own Travel Troll Doll with its own name.


  • Each Travel Troll Doll with be unique, and will be the same size as all the others, but will be painted differently. There is no need to choose – you will receive a named unique Travel Troll Doll.
  • Approx 8″/20cm high. Approx 1″/2.5cm thick.
  • Padding: toy fiberfill.
  • Machine wash with care, place inside a lingerie wash bag to protect the doll.

Ready to order? $US35.00 each + shipping

If you’d like to order several items, there is a Flat Rate shipping fee of $US15.00 per order.

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The Life of a Travel Troll Doll – from idea to delivery :-)

First sketch of the Travel Troll Doll by Teena HughesThe Travel Troll Dolls are drawn on silk, then handpainted by Teena Hughes Handpainted silk Travel Troll Dolls by Teena Hughes

How the Travel Troll Dolls are born

After I put my ideas on paper, I need to transfer them to the silk; here are the steps required.

  • I buy white silk, and stretch the silk onto large wooden frames.
  • If the design needs to be drawn on the silk, I do that with the outliner and let it dry.
  • I then apply the silk dyes by painting with a small paintbrush, as though I was creating a painting on paper or canvas.
  • It does take a long time but the process is so wonderful and I do enjoy it very much.
  • Once the silk dyes have dried, the silk is carefully wrapped in white cotton and placed inside a specially-made silk steaming machine for several hours.
  • After washing and drying, the silk is made cut out and sewn into Travel Troll Dolls (wearable art/clothing, interior design items like cushion covers, room dividers and paintings).

I can express my ‘joie de vivre‘ (joy of life) when I’m painting and listening to French music – I go into another world where all the colours are much brighter and the world is truly marvellous :-) Do you like my travel troll dolls? Would you like one for yourself, or a friend?