Monday, September 30

We have a winner!

There is a winner to the giveaway that I announced two weeks ago - subscribers to my newsletter stood a chance to win one of my new designs, a Mini Me doll charm. My son picked the winner early this morning: Melani of MagsBeadsCreation from Singapore is our lucky winner today! Congratulation Melani, you can expect an email in your mailbox from me today!

Remember to subscribe to the newsletter to enjoy special promotions and giveaways, not to mention staying updated with the studio projects. Sign up here. Thank you!

Today Melani A. is winning the above doll charm (left). I have more charms available in my Etsy shop if you would like to have a look... it's over here

Have a lovely day friends ~

Saturday, September 28

Lucky draw tomorrow!

Will you be the lucky winner?

Hello everyone, I hope your weekend is going well... I've had yet another productive day today, with a great meeting in the afternoon... I hope to be able to share more about it later next month!

A quick reminder that subscribers to my newsletter will be part of a lucky draw tomorrow, I am offering to the lucky winner a lovely Mini Me doll charm to adorn her bag... If you haven't already, please kindly sign up to the newsletter to qualify: it's here >>>> lucky draw!

The winner will be announced on the blog, Facebook and Twitter on Monday by noon (Japanese time). I will contact her/ him by email immediately and the prize will be mailed shortly during the week. 
Good luck!!

NEW! Mini Me doll charm

I have also just completed listing all of the new items in my Etsy shop, I hope you will like them! Feel free to leave me a comment below, I love to hear from you!

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday!

Thursday, September 26

Upcoming workshop: Soap Making with Mayumi Nikaido

I am extremely happy to be collaborating with Spa therapist Mayumi Nikaido on this upcoming workshop as she will teach us how to make our own soap. Mayumi, who graduated in the USA, started making her own organic 100% vegan soaps  because of her daughter's skin condition - a very dry skin that led to skin rash. 

Mayumi will teach us how to make Marseille soap, a completely natural and traditional soap made in the South of France since the middle age. Since Halloween will be upon us when the workshop takes place, we thought it would be fun to have an "Halloweeny" workshop and create shapes & colors around this theme. Thus the ghost, cat and pumpkin shapes that you see in the last picture below. The second part of the workshop includes a gift wrapping exercise, when I will demonstrate how to come up with pretty packaging. Your soaps will make very cute favors for your kids and friends this year!

[ Details ]

Date: Thursday, October 17th
Time: from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: at my home in Denenchofu, Tokyo (address to be sent once you have signed up)
Fee: ¥4,800 including refreshments and homemade food throughout the workshop
Language: Japanese & English

[ How to sign up? ]

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop, please email me (Marie Maglaque) at marie@etincellecreativestudio (English) or Mayumi Nikaido at (Japanese).
Payment can be processed on the day of the workshop.

Let's have fun! 
Halloween Soap making Workshop
October 17, 2013
Denenchofu, Tokyo

- All details here - 

Wednesday, September 25

Robot Party {Featured}

My Robot Party was recently mentioned on Smart Party Planning, an Australian based site dedicated to planning parties. Although I have shared this party on the blog with you before, it's been a while now so I am posting a couple of pictures again today to cheer you up. I planned this party, which took place in Singapore, for Oliver who was turning 5 and we had a blast planning it with his parents - who prepared the delicious food!

I selected the party stationery set on Etsy at Jaime Marie Designs, and designed the whole party based on the color scheme navy blue/ light blue/ orange which we found very suitable for this theme. The cake was designed by a local pâtissier in Singapore and organized by Oliver's mother. I worked on the  robot center piece, imagine craft kits for the kids to enjoy and made the party favors as well - pencil cases in a robot fabric I had sourced online.

Check all the pictures of this party here and here.

©All photos - Etincelle Creative STUDIO 2013

Lily's Closet {Daikanyama - Tokyo}

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Lily's Closet (thank you Mari!), a shop nestled in the lovely neighborhood of Daikanyama. Dedicated to kids fashion from 0 to 6 years old, it mainly carries European labels such as Le Petit Lucas du Tertre, Tartine et Chocolat, Gold Belgium, Cordelia de Castellane or Condor (colorful tights). I could also spot Atsuyo & Akiko's poetic designs, and the shop's very own line, called Le Rêve de Lily with lovely classic designs in Liberty prints.

from left to right: dress by Le Rêve de Lily, coat by Gold Belgium, dress by Patachou

All by Gold Belgium 

I particularly loved the collection by Gold Belgium (a label new to me), with their bold colors and cute details. The materials used are exquisite, and the knitwear pieces such as the one featured above are so lovely I'd like to wear them myself. Are you familiar with the collection?

Jacket & purple knitwear by Tartine et Chocolat, colorful tights by Condor

And did I mention that the shop owns its name from the cute little Lily pictured above, who is the owner's daughter? 

Lily's closet :: 26-8-2F Sarugaku-cho
Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0033, Japan
Tel: +81-3-6416-0561

Tuesday, September 24

The Handmade Marche - Tokyo, September 2013

The Handmade Marché which took place last weekend at L'Amusée - La Keyaki in Shinjuku is now over! It has been a very busy and exciting time for me, and I am very grateful to the organizers for welcoming me so warmly and to my friends Yuko-san and Yuka-san for helping me throughout the event by introducing me to their friends and explaining my work to visitors.

Needless to say I have been practicing my Japanese all the time, and I realized that I am able to communicate much more than I thought - what a pleasant surprise indeed. It's now time to practice further and work on those skills to be even better prepared for the next event!

We had a get-together dinner at La Keyaki the night before the event started, right after the set-up of our booths. That was such a great time to get to know each other in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Of course everyone had to introduce her/himself to the others (in Japanese!), I surely did my best - but needed a bit of help ;-)
The delicious food was prepared by Maiko Shindo, owner of my-an cafe and cook extraordinaire. It was truly amazing, tasty yet simple - and vegetarian. Maiko-san runs cooking classes and two cafes, and she also helps her husband to produce wine. Make sure to check out her Tumblr!

Above are photos of some of the items that were on sale at the market:
1. Colorful scarves, bags and stunning jewelry pieces from India sold by my friend Yuka-san 
2 & 3. Handcrafted silver jewelry, woven baskets and textiles from Mexico by my friend Yuko-san of Trensa
4. Gorgeous hand-woven bamboo baskets by Japanese artist Tamotsu Nishimoto. Please check out his Facebook page as well to have a better idea of his work. 
5. The cutest dolls keychains, pouches, bags and accessories by Wagamama

I took more pics but unfortunately they don't look very good so I can't publish them here. Other artists  or sellers present at the event were:
- car*g*mom with outstanding fancy jewelry pieces made of crochet, buttons etc...
- Dig into the mysterious world of vintage buttons from France and England at CO-'s. Expect to hear more about CO- in the coming weeks as I am planning a visit to Kozaka-san's shop in Tokyo.
- Pretty handmade soaps by uzumakido
- Delicious jams with the most unexpected flavors (kiwi, orange + ameretto, pear + balsamic vinegar...) by Jam Marche

Listening to French live music in the tatami room... 

Massages and fortune telling were also available during the market, I had no chance to try them out unfortunately. And Okamedo cafe & bar was selling drinks on the terrace together with some really good homemade baked goods. Since the weather was quite hot, that was very welcome indeed!

I presented three of my current projects at the market: 
- my embroidery accessories
- upcoming workshops in October (more details on the blog tomorrow) 
- my party styling work, with mini books introducing six parties I created in 2013 for Beautiful Revelry

The next edition of The Handmade Marché is in March 2014, I may participate again and I will make sure to let you know about it! In the meantime, let's get back to work, there is much to do in the coming months with Halloween and Christmas right around the corner...

Playtime Tokyo report on Paul & Paula {part 2}

Summer 2014 by Le Petit Lucas du Tertre

Part 2 of my report about Playtime Tokyo is now on Paul & Paula's blog! Check out my favorite finds at the fair, including several Japanese labels such as Arch & Line, Cochae, Enn Hut or Cotona. I also loved the print at Le Petit Lucas du Tertre and the gorgeous collection by Les Enfantines, a French label to follow up...

Happy discovery!

Tuesday, September 17

Playtime Tokyo report on Paul & Paula! {part1}

The part 1 of my report on the kids fair Playtime Tokyo is live today on European kids blog Paul & Paula. Discover the trend spaces and a couple of kids labels that were new to me. In part 2 I will share with you all my favorite finds. Go now - click here!

Drawings pictured above by Japanese artist Masami Shinkawa.

Tuesday, September 10

Studio update!

What's up at the studio you may wonder? Well, I have been busy planning a few events happening in September/ October as well as brainstorming about what workshops to offer until the end of the year. I want to explore new directions, start collaborating with other people and hold my workshops outside of my home. In short, it's time for more ACTION! Here below are some of my latest creations, which will sell at The Handmade Marché in Tokyo soon [click here for more details]. 

The earring projects however are kind of old unfinished ones, but I may propose an embroidery workshop to make earrings soon so I am currently working on them again... That one may not be for beginners though!

Happy week!

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