Monday, October 27

Halloween Cookie Decoration Workshop

Super cute Halloween cookies made by one participant...

Hello everyone!

Here I am today to share the pictures of the two cookie decoration workshops that I hosted last week for Niki's Kitchen, with guest instructor Chikako Yamamoto of DDBistro.
Chikako and I worked to provide our participants the best possible experience, and I am glad to report that everyone seemed really happy with their creations.

I served an Autumn themed lunched using local and seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin, carrots, beetroot and chestnut. On the menu was a pumpkin soup with a twist - the recipe involved coconut milk and curry powder, it was delicious, a pumpkin pie with blue cheese, a beetroot salad with feta cheese and walnuts and I made Mont-Blanc desserts. I also served a homemade grenadine sirup. It was a rich lunch, but after spending a few hours decorating their sets of cookies, everyone was happy to share this meal and chat!

©Photo above by Nao Lincoln
©Five photos above by Nao Lincoln
Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie & beetroot salad and Mont-Blanc sweet

My next series of workshops for the month of November/ December is already open for booking on Niki's Kitchen website, we will make mini Mini Me dolls with pretty polka dot and flower fabrics!

Date: November 19 (Wed)
Time: from 10am to 3pm
Location: in Denenchofu (at my home)

Book now, click HERE!

©All photos by Marie Maglaque for Etincelle Creative STUDIO 
unless otherwise stated

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.

こんにちは!  だんだん寒くなってきましたが、いかがお過ごしですか?  


二人のクリエイティブな女性が立ち上げたA Little Lovely Companyは、毎日の生活をもっとユニークで特別なものにするアイテムを取り扱うドイツの会社です。この手書き風の文字を使ったA Little Lovely Bannerで、あなたも自分だけのバナーを作ってみましょう。

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!

パッケージには全部で147の文字、数字、シンボル、そしてクリップが入っており、再利用できるのでいろんなシーンにいろんなメッセージを作ることができます。わたしは今回、写真のようなハロウィンのスタイリングに使いました。(猫は含みません。)他にも、バースデーパーティーやサプライズなお知らせ、I love youのメッセージ、子供部屋など、様々な使い道がありますね。

Things you could write with this banner:

☆Happy Birthday☆
♥I Love You♥
You Are My Sunshine
Happy Halloween
Merry Christmas
Be Happy
Have Fun
Paris is always a good idea
Live your dreams
All you need is ♥

"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!

Japanese translation by Nao Lincoln. Thank you!

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.



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. 


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?


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。)

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?

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 

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!
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!


締め切りは、2004年10月18日 日本時間午前0時。


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


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!

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