Tuesday, December 24

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dear All,

I would like to thank you all for your support this year again, it's been a pretty full and amazing year! I am very much looking forward to the new year and the challenges it will bring...
I have been very busy lately running my workshops and looking after my children and I couldn't update the blog as much as I wanted unfortunately. We are off on a little road trip again starting tomorrow, heading to Kyoto with stopovers in Nagoya and Nara. 

Merry Christmas to you and yours, enjoy the precious time spent with family and friends!


Monday, December 9

Christmas in Tokyo

Jiyugaoka's Christmas tree

I have meant to share these pictures for a little while, but completely ran out of time in the past two weeks... It's been really busy but fun and I have made many new friends, it feels good! So here below are a couple of pictures of what's happening during Christmas time in Jiyugaoka... Enjoy!

1, 2, 3, 4. Jiyugaoka's Christmas tree decoration 5, 6. Cafe Medewo 7, 8. N.11 shop 9. Idees
10, 11. Pain Fermier

Have a lovely week >.<

Friday, December 6

December Workshops: making a Christmas ornament {Tokyo}

In December I am conducting 4 workshops in collaboration with Niki's kitchen, all on the theme on Christmas. Participants are making a Christmas ornament made of a doily base and hand-embroidered with sequins. We then share a home-cooked lunch together at the end of the workshop. 

I had the first two workshops this past week (on Tuesday and Thursday), and it was fantastic! I served  spinach quiche, vegetable soup, a cake and vin chaud for lunch and we all spend a very great and creative moment. My participants were friendly and they enjoyed making new friends and sharing a couple of hours together at my home. Here are a couple of pictures taken during the two workshops. I haven't taken any pics of the finished projects, as I was as busy as a bee in my kitchen getting our lunch ready to be served. I will do better next time!

The chocolate cake above is a recipe by Nigella Lawson, her infamous old-fashioned chocolate cake that was passed on to me a couple of years ago by my good friend Hilary. Scrumptious!

If you live in Tokyo, check out Niki's Kitchen's website for the entire schedule of cooking workshops. My husband is starting is own cooking workshops next weekend, also via this website ~ tanoshimini!

Giveaway: we have a winner!

We have a winner to our giveaway with Bonbon Paper! The lucky winner will receive a set of 4 handmade cards by Bonbon Paper (worth US$24) together with a 30% discount on their next purchase AND a coupon code to share with a friend was well.

As you can see in the Raffle copter below, our winner is rosairosa, congratulation! Please get in touch with me via email at marie[at]etincellecreativestudio[dot]com as soon as possible to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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If you need beautifully crafted cards for your Christmas wishes, make sure to check out Bonbon Paper online shop. Gorgeous designs await!

Saturday, November 30

Feria de Canastas - Part 2 {Tokyo}

Let's continue the discovery of our Feria de Canastas event throughout the pictures that I took yesterday at the opening. My guess is that I will have even more pictures to share tomorrow, so you can expect a Part 3 coming your way soon!

Even though the event focuses on baskets of all shapes, colours and styles, there are many other gorgeous items to browse and buy - for yourself or loved ones. The doll below is on my wishlist, and so are the small baskets. There are silver jewellery pieces for sale as well, I will share pictures tomorrow. And how unique and beautiful are the candles?

Happy weekend to all of you!

Feria de Canastas
Gallery Aqui
from November 29th (Fri) until December 3rd (Tue)
10am - 6pm (4pm on Tuesday)

Friday, November 29

Feria de Canastas - Part 1 {Tokyo}

Hello friends,

Today was the first day of the Feria de Canastas event I am participating to in Tokyo. I was in charge of decorating the two windows facing the outside, and I also created a few accessories using Mexican materials. I loved working on the event, as it allowed me to do the two things I like most: decoration and creating accessories. I was very inspired by the Mexican handicrafts - it's very colourful and flowers are very well represented in the patterns, and I enjoyed coming up with unique ideas, embroidering simple hand-woven baskets, creating pouches using vintage re-purposed pieces of fabrics and bunting banners from embroidered table clothes.

I have many photos to share, so I have divided them into two posts. Here below is a glimpse at what you will discover if you come visit us this weekend... My friend Yuko Anderson, founder and owner of trensa, and the initiator of this project, has done a wonderful job curating all the objects on sale during the event and displaying them. 

Feria de Canastas is taking place at Gallery Aqui, a new space located in front of Komazawa koen, one of the loveliest park I know in Tokyo. The 1964 Olympic Games took place there so there are a lot of infrastructures left from that time and three fantastic playgrounds for kids to play (the pig-, horse- and squirrel-themed playgrounds). As you can see in my pics below, the atmosphere in the gallery is very mediterranean, warm and welcoming. 

I will publish the rest of my photos tomorrow morning, and I hope to see you over the weekend at the gallery - if you are based in Tokyo of course! I have added the access map (in Japanese) below, and you can also check the event page here (in English) and here (in Japanese).

Edit: Check out Part 2 here.

Feria de Canastas
Gallery Aqui
from November 29th (Fri) until December 3rd (Tue)
10am - 6pm (4pm on Tuesday)

Access map:

Wednesday, November 27

GIVEAWAY! with Bonbon Paper

Dear Friends,

I am happy to be back with a good news for you all! I have partnered with Bonbon Paper, a sweet online stationery shop based in the USA and run by two lovely ladies, Starlet and Lena. You may remember Starlet from my {Interview with} post about her accessory line called Meridian 110. Read about the story behind the label and enter our giveaway by using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post: you can win a set of 4 gorgeous die-cut cards (valued at US$24) + 30% off your next purchase and a matching coupon to share with a friend. 

Who is behind Bonbon Paper?
Bonbon paper is the result of an out-of-control obsession for paper and the creative collaboration between Starlet and Lena. We've known each other since College days, but lost track of each other after graduating. Luckily, we were able to reconnect years later via social media.

We had both racked up an extensive (online and offline) product development and marketing background. While Starlet spends most of her time in web usability & online marketing, Lena gained her experience in behind-the-scenes product development & design.

We can both spend excessive amounts of time finding cool greeting cards at local fairs, stores or online. Our behaviour in store like Paper Source is probably best described as kids in a candy store (minus the tantrum - well, mostly!).

What is the story behind your partnership, and why starting a stationery?
Our business idea sparked over cupcakes - most definitely a result of an intense sugar rush! We discovered our mutual love for beautiful paper, and paper designs, and the rest is pretty much history. We felt that despite the saturation of the greeting card market, there was opportunity for growth. Next to our unique design approach (with a heavy focus on die/ laser-cut designs), we have a couple of other ideas up our sleeves. Stay tuned for updates!

How did you pick the name of your business (I love it!)
Thank you! My goodness - what a tough adventure that was! It was the first real test of our business partnership! For about a week we were both brainstorming for something that would work for both of us. Our framework was, that it needed to include the word "paper", hint towards the significance of sending a handwritten note (hence our mantra: Deliver the Sweetness), and have an available domain. The domain was by far the most challenging hurdle to overcome.

This is a quote by Lena, which essentially sums up this challenging week:
"My mind is going crazy with domain names! If I was walking down the street, people would think I had issues because I am constantly mumbling under my breath..."

Between the thesaurus, lots of determination, and learning many new ways of saying NO to each other politely , we finally found bonbonpaper.com. We consider ourselves pretty lucky, that the domain was still available, and we hadn't killed each other yet :-)


Are you crafting the cards all by yourself?
At the moment, yes. From design to cutting, assembly and packaging - we do it all. As we grow and expand, we are going to mindfully delegate the production process, so we can focus on the design aspect and growing our business.

Please tell us more about the custom order option!
The underlying goal of Bonbon Paper is to keep the personal connection between people alive. We want to make sure that we live up to this ourselves as well, and offer our customers that personal connection with us.

We love custom projects - it's always a lot of fun! There's nothing better than giving a customer exactly what their want and feeling their gratitude for a custom design. You can see an example of our custom design process here.

To all the Etincelle readers: we would love your input, comments and feedback. Hit us with your questions, discoveries or product ideas. Connect via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or email - OR - send us a personal note and be featured on our blog. Check our website for contact info.

Now that you know more about Bonbon Paper and have fell under the spell of their delightful designs, make sure to participate to our giveaway, and stand a chance to win a set of 4 handmade cards (total value US$24) + 30% off you next purchase and a matching coupon to share with a friend. 
This giveaway will end next Wednesday, December 4th at 12am (midnight - PT) and the winner will be announced by Friday, December 6th on the blog and social media.

Good luck!

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Edit: Giveaway now closed. Thank you!
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