Saturday, October 25

A Lovely Little Banner

A Lovely Little banner by A Lovely Little Company

Hello everyone!

How have you been? I have just wrapped up the last workshop of the month of October today,  it was just wonderful. I will write a blogpost about it later this week, stay tuned!

In the meantime I have prepared a product review for you of the black word banner by A Little Lovely Company that arrived two weeks ago from bcbasics - wonderfully curated Japanese online shop dedicated to kids designs.

A Little Lovely Company, a Dutch company run by two very creative ladies, offers a wide range of items to enhance your everyday home into something a little bit more unique and special. Thus A Little Lovely Banner, which is the perfect product with original cardboard letters to make your own unique banners.



The package contains 147 cardboard letters, numbers, symbols and metal clips and each letter is re-useable so your message can change as many times as you wish! I thought it would be really perfect for Halloween and I used it in my styling (see photo below - cat not included) but this would be perfect for a birthday party, a surprise announcement, a love message, a nursery or child bedroom or just because you love decorating your walls and play with words!

Things you could write with this banner:
☆Happy Birthday☆
♥I Love You♥
You Are My Sunshine
Welcome
Happy Halloween
Merry Christmas
Be Happy
Have Fun
Paris is always a good idea
Live your dreams
Eat-Pray-Love♥
I ♥ NYC
All you need is ♥
breakfast@7
#manger
...


"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn

Each letter is perfectly cut and has two holes 
to attach them to each others using the metal clips.

Happy Halloween!


My styling shows you every unique letter/ number or symbol available in one package. Every letter/ number/ symbol is available in 2, 3 or 4 copies which allows you to create several words or messages. 

What message/ word would you write with this banner?

A little "behind-the-scene" of how I work and shoot most of my subjects...


* In Japan this product is available online on bcbasics, check it out here!








Friday, October 17

4 easy craft projects for Halloween!

Halloween Monster Drinkware found on Martha Stewart, 
perfect for kids & adult alike.

I am completely in the Halloween mood, my home is almost finished decorating and my kids are super excited about the whole thing: they will celebrate Halloween at school with dress up and parties, and we will also be doing trick or threat in the streets near our home on the 31st of October! I still have to plan for their costumes though, we will have a vampire and a Michael Jackson (!!) this year (last year it was a witch and a super-hero).

I have made a selection of very inspiring and easy projects for you to work on if you are feeling a bit crafty in the coming days. Click on the link under the pictures for explanation and the source of each project.

気分はすっかりハロウィンムードになりました。わたしの家のインテリアも、ハロウィンの飾りつけがほとんど終わり、こどもたちはウキウキワクワクしています。10月31日のハロウィン当日には、二人ともそれぞれの学校で仮装してハロウィンパーティー、夜は近所をトリックオアトリートしてまわります。今年は娘は吸血鬼、息子はマイケルジャクソンになる予定です!(ちなみに去年は魔女とスーパーヒーローでした

さあ、ハロウィンデコレーションにぴったりの、かわいくて簡単なクラフトをいくつか選んでみましたよ。詳しい作り方は、写真の下のリンクをクリックして下さい。説明は英語ですが、写真も豊富なのでわかりやすいと思います。


Styling idea using painted branches, mini pumpkins and black/ orange papers,


I would craft the "Happy Halloween" banner with black paper and you can print the letter that you need with your printer, then cut and glue them on top of each triangle. If you aren't confident to draw other shapes (such as bats, cats, pumpkins etc...) on paper, you can search on the internet for templates to print (click here), then use them to cut as many shapes as you need to create garlands (project #3 below), place card holders, wall decoration or glue on balloons (project #4 below).

黒い画用紙を使って、バナーを作ってみましょう。ご自宅のプリンターで、Happy Halloweenと大きな字でプリントし、一字ずつ切り取ったものを三角に切った画用紙に貼りつけて下さい。簡単にハロウィンの雰囲気の出るバナーのできあがりです♪  コウモリやクロネコ、カボチャの絵を描くのが難しければ、ネットで探してみて下さい。(こちらをクリック)たくさんプリントアウトして、下の写真のようなガーランドを作ってもいいですし、名札スタンドや、ウォールデコにしたり、一番下の写真のように風船に貼りつけてもかわいいですね。




The silhouettes on the balloons below are cut on vinyl before being applied on each balloon. Very fun way to decorate the entrance or a wall. 

下の写真のシルエットは、薄いビニールシートを切ったもの。玄関に飾るとゲストの目にとまって楽しんでもらえますし、壁に飾っても素敵です


Halloween silhouettes on balloons found on Nest of Posies


Are you celebrating Halloween in your part of the world? How do you decorate your house?


あなたのおうちでは、どんなデコレーションをしてハロウィンのお祝いをしますか?



Japanese translation by Nao Lincoln.



Saturday, October 4

Giveaway - a Japanese Craft Magazine & a surprise gift!

 

Hello friends! I have prepared a great giveaway for you all, to celebrate a little milestone and also the fact that the Mini Me dolls are currently featured in the last issue of tukutte magazine (check out the feature on this blogpost). Oh, and we reached 800 fans on my Facebook page! Wow!!

みなさんこんにちは! このたび、手芸雑誌tukutteの最終刊に ミニミー ドールが掲載されたことと、わたしが初めて日本に来てから先日でちょうど10周年となったことを記念して、プレゼント企画を開催します。(ミニミードール掲載についてはブログをご覧下さい。)
そしてなんと!Facebookページの「いいね!」が800を超えました。ありがとうございます!


Celebrating 10 years of living in Asia!


Exactly 10 years ago, on October 4, 2004 I was leaving my home country (France) to work in Japan. To this day I still remember my first days in Tokyo, as there was a typhoon the weekend I arrived and I had to stay in my shoe-box apartment all alone and with not so much food in my fridge... I wasn't scared though, it was all too exciting! it was also my first typhoon experience :-)

I stayed in Tokyo until the end of 2005 before being asked to move to Singapore by my company. The rest is history: I met my husband in Singapore and since then together we have lived in Bangkok (Thailand) for 18 months, Singapore (again) for 4 years and now Japan (coming to 3 years). We also made two babies, a life-changing experience as everyone knows.

Realising that it's been 10 years since I made my first move to Asia is something to celebrate about, right?

アジア移住10周年記念! 
10年前の2004年10月4日、日本でお仕事をする機会に恵まれ、フランスを去りました。日本に到着してすぐの週末。東京を、台風が直撃したのです! 産まれて初めての経験でした。笑 
小さなアパートで、一人ぼっちで、冷蔵庫には食べ物もない状況。怖くはなかったけれど、とってもワクワクしたことを、今でもはっきり覚えています。 
その後、2005年末に当時勤めていた会社の転勤でシンガポールに引っ越しました。そこで主人と出会い、バンコクに18ヶ月、再びシンガポールに戻り4年、また日本に戻って3年が経とうとしています。その間に、二人の子どもたちを授かりました。 
フランスを去って、アジアで暮らし始めてから、今年で10年。みなさん、一緒にお祝いしてくださいね。


Celebrating 7 years of making my Mini Me dolls!

Well, as explained in the DIY feature in tukutte magazine, I first started making the dolls after my daughter was born out of the fabrics I used to make her dresses and tuniques. To this day I have of course kept the first two dolls I made for her, and the clothes of course! 

I was really happy to be asked to share with the tukutte readers a step-by-step instruction of my dolls in the 3rd issue of the magazine, and I hope some of you will attempt to create your very own doll! 
I will also conduct 3 workshops in Tokyo in November/ December 2014 on this project - dates and booking details to be announced soon!
ミニミードールが生まれて7年!
tukutteのハンドメイドのコーナーに掲載されている通り、 ミニミードールは長女が産まれたとき、娘に作ったワンピースやチュニックのあまり布を利用して作り始めました。最初に作った2体のミニミードールとお洋服は、もちろん大切に保管してありますよ。

今回、ミニミードールの作り方をtukutte最終号に掲載していただいて、とても光栄です。皆さん、ぜひ作ってみて下さいね! ドールを作るワークショップも、東京で11月と12月に開催予定です。詳細は追って ご連絡します。 


So let's get to the most interesting part of this post: the giveaway! I have decided to offer to one of you the last issue of tukutte magazine (which includes a free spool knitter) + a very special SURPRISE gift. 

The giveaway will run until Friday, October 18, 2004 (12am Japan time) and a winner will randomly picked up via Rafflecopter. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and blog and request her/his address in order to ship the prize. No cost involved on your side, I am happy to spoil one of you this month!

To participate, please use the Rafflecopter below - you can sign in using your Facebook account or
email address. Good luck!

さあ、最後に、みなさまお待ちかねのプレゼント企画のお知らせです!雑誌tukutteの最終刊(リリアン編み器リリーちゃんがついています!)と、スペシャルサプライズプレゼントをセットして1名様に差し上げます。

応募は、この下に貼付したRafflecopterをご利用ください。Facebookのアカウントまたはメールアドレスを使ってログインして下さい。わたしのFacebookページをいいね!していただくと1エントリー、ブログに好きな色を二つコメントしていただくともう1エントリーできます。
締め切りは、2004年10月18日 日本時間午前0時。
当選者は、Facebookページ、Instagram、Twitter、ブログにて発表します。
当選者の方には後ほどご住所をお伺いします。

たくさんのご応募、お待ちしております!



Edit: this giveaway has ended. The lucky winner of our October giveaway is Joanna N. (entry #10). Thank you everyone for participating!


Japanese translation credit: Nao Lincoln


Thursday, October 2

Halloween Cookie Decoration with Chikako Yamamoto

Design, execution and photo by Chikako Yamamoto of DDBistro

Hello!

Let's kick start the Halloween season with this post announcing the series of workshops for the month of October. I have teamed up one more time with Chikako Yamamoto of DDBistro to bring you two exciting workshops about cookie decoration. The workshops will be run by Chikako, and I will prepare a delicious lunch for all participants to enjoy after the workshop.

These workshops are organised in collaboration with Niki's Kitchen, and all booking details can be checked out here (in Japanese only). Both workshops are already fully booked, but feel free to sign up for updates, or put your name down on the waiting list may a spot become available.

I am planning some posts in the coming weeks to help you plan your Halloween celebration, starting with some decoration and costumes inspiration. 

My kids want to dress up as a vampire and as Michael Jackson... Let's see how I will meet up with their expectations!





Tuesday, September 30

DIY Mini Me dolls in TUKUTTE #3

tukutte #3 - front cover

Let's face it, I am a little bit late at sharing this feature of a DIY ( it stands for "do-it-yourself") of my Mini Me dolls in the 3rd and last issue of tukutte magazine (p.50). 

tukutte first launched in April last year, and I was extremely pleased to be part of every issue - you can check each and every project here and here. I was also able to exhibit my party styling at the last Hobby Show in Tokyo with other contributors to the craft magazine - read about it here
I am quite sadden by the news that the magazine will no longer get published, but I am proud of the work accomplished this year and the experience gained along the way!

Here below are some photos of the two-page feature, I hope you'll like it... Feel free to leave your comment after the post. 

the magazine always comes with a free gift, this time a cute spool knitter 
- also called "tricotin" in French.


I first started creating my Mini Me dolls shortly after my daughter was born (in 2007), using the fabric scraps left from the dresses I was making for her... Of course their design has slightly changed over the years, but the inspiration is the same: Russian dolls, colourful fabrics, flower prints and polka dots make for pretty little dolls! 


We shot the step-by-step instruction (photo above) in the publisher's in-house studio, it was such a great experience for me. I had planned every step ahead of the shooting day, preparing as many pieces as necessary to illustrate every step. Everything ran very smoothly and fast thanks also to the wonderful photographer. One lesson learnt here: getting my nails done before shooting day! 


Then here is one more feature p.76 on a private workshop I held for the tukutte team last June. Of course we tested out my DIY and everyone created their own Mini Me doll! It was a fun morning, everyone had a wonderful creative spirit and we all enjoyed it!



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Friday, September 26

Masquerade :: September Workshops {Tokyo}

 
 ©Etincelle Creative STUDIO 2014

Hello everyone,

September is coming to an end, and wow, hasn't it been a busy month? So much has happened since I came back from France, that I am kind of happy to finally be able to slow down a bit. I wrapped up my last workshop for the month of September last Tuesday, we made felt masks delicately embroidered with beads and sequins. The house was decorated, and I cooked a healthy lunch for all to enjoy after several hours of concentration and hard-work. 

I am more than happy to have many picture to share with you today, thanks to my friend Nao Lincoln who took all of the photos of this post (unless stated otherwise). A big thank you to Nao for allowing me to share them all on the blog today! 

This workshop was organised in collaboration with Niki's Kitchen, thank you Niki-san for your help and support. 

Now let's check out the photos, and please share your comments with me!


Photos above ©Etincelle Creative STUDIO 2014


Everyone created their very own mask selecting the color combination that best suited individual tastes and I loved seeing each piece coming together! Here below is what my first group of participants created... which one is your favorite?

Series of 7 photos above ©Nao Lincoln 2014

I had created a little photo booth on one wall of my living room, and the plan was to take photos with the masks once finished... Not everyone was up for it, but we did manage to get pretty pictures of our participants! I used mt masking tapes to create the stripy effect, the word banner is by OMM-design (shopped on bcbasics) and the honeycombs are from WRAPPLE store in Parco Shibuya.

©Etincelle Creative STUDIO 2014

On the menu for this theme: green salad with olive oil & balsamic vinegar sauce, zucchini flans, minced beef stuffed capsicums, homemade focaccia and a pear + chocolate royal shortcake (also called charlotte in French). I also served a homemade pomegranate sirup with sparkling Perrier water as a drink. We all appreciated a good lunch after spending 3-4 hours of sewing!

Series of 10 photos above ©Nao Lincoln 2014


Thank you to everyone who participated, I hope to see you again soon! Happy weekend!



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In October, we will celebrate Halloween with Chikako Yamamoto of DDBistro, who is going to teach us how to decorate cookies... Both workshops are already fully booked, but you can check all the details out here.

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