Monday, February 16

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Workshop

 A shower of hearts as a backdrop 
for a simple, all-white table setting...


Hello everyone!

We wrapped up our series of Valentine's Day workshops with guest teacher Chikako Yamamoto of DDbistro last Thursday and it was great! 
Organised in collaboration with Niki's Kitchen, we welcomed 30 participants over three days and I believe everyone left contented and happy to have spent a creative morning with like-minded people.

While Chikako was in charge of teaching the cookie decoration with sugar paste to the group of participants, I was busy in my kitchen preparing lunch for more than 10 people. On the menu was a carrot salad served with roast pork in its red wine gravy, gratin dauphinois (a potatoes gratin slow-baked in milk and cream) and an apricot tart for dessert (with almond filling). I had also prepped up the house and made some paper-based decorations for a Valentine's Day table set up - you can check my post about it here.

We were lucky to get the assistance and photography service of Nao Lincoln, whose wonderful photographs are illustrating this post, thank you so much Nao!



Above, a paper heart adorning a paper straw, made with a Martha Stewart puncher. I used the same puncher to make the heart garlands for the backdrops, very useful indeed! 


I had kept the festive and colorful paper garlands hung for my son's birthday, initially purchased a couple of years ago in Amsterdam, Holland.


Above, a name card also created with a Martha Stewart puncher, the heart lace craft puncher. Find the pretty polka dotted paper at one of my favorite craft supply store at Parco Shibuya, WRAPPLE, in many different shades. I love it and use it regularly. 

Apricot amandine tart for dessert

Dessert... since we were more than 10 people to eat lunch, and we held three workshops, I baked 6 tarts within a week. I love this dessert with its almond-based crust and filling. Next time I will try it out with pineapple instead of apricots...

Below are some of the super cute cookies that participants created. Every single participants creates her own set of 10 cookies with personal designs and inspiration.


And finally pictures of the lunch set as served to every one... does it look delicious?

 



© Photography courtesy of Nao Lincoln 



Friday, February 13

Valentine's Day Party Styling



Happy Valentine's Day friends!

I worked on a simple yet cute Valentine's Day table setting with the help of my Martha Stewart punchers - used for the heart paper garland last week. I am showing you below two other ways to use the paper hearts, glued on paper straws or used to create cute greeting cards.
The name cards were made using another tool: the lace heart puncher, also by Martha Stewart. It's very useful to decorate the edges of cards, coasters, name cards etc... 
The red heart on the glass bottles were made using the same technique as for the window stickers -  you can check the DIY post (click here to read).

Are you preparing anything special for Valentine's Day?



If you are interested in purchasing the two punchers used in this styling, you can check online on Amazon or in your local craft stores.

Martha Stewart Heart Craft Puncher - available on Amazon here.
Martha Stewart Heart lace Craft Puncher - on Amazon here.

In Tokyo, I like to shop for craft supplies at WRAPPLE in Shibuya Parco (3rd floor) - check it out!




Tuesday, February 10

DIY Glass Deco Stickers

Glass stickers are perfect to adorn the glass bottles 
I am using for my party styling!

Hello friends!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I need to post this little DIY for you to try at home. It all started when my daughter received at Christmas this craft kit to make window stickers. I adapted the shapes for my son, and naturally imagined that it would make a very nice window decoration for the upcoming Valentine's Day an my workshops - I like to introduce new crafts and decoration ideas to the participants. 

The kit didn't include the colours I needed for the craft, so I went to the shop (Yuzawaya) to find something similar. I didn't want to outline the hearts with black so I set my choice for the three colours featured in my photo below. 
Kids, especially girls, will enjoy this craft. My five-year-old boy made a couple of cars & trucks stickers to decorate his bedroom windows and he was very proud of it!

Check out the simple steps of this DIY below and get some of "glass deco" products next time you are at the craft store!

#1 Materials

> prepare as many colours as requested for your project. I was drawing hearts so naturally went for pinkish shades. I chose a dark pink for the outline (which turned out to be red once dry), and a light pink + white to fill up the hearts. 
> red glitter for the glam
> a plastic sheet - you can use a plastic folder for instance.


#2 Outline the shapes

> I didn't use any template to draw my hearts, but if you are tackling a more complex subject or if you don't feel confident enough to draw, I recommend that you search and print some templates from the internet or books first. 
> Once you have drawn the outlines, let dry for a couple of hours - drying time varies depending on each product, please check the instruction prior to starting this craft. Mine was about 2-3 hours. 
> If you are doing it with a child, it's best to explain first that drying time is necessary - set  some expectation to avoid frustration!


#3 Filling 

> Once the outlines are dry, you can start filling up the shapes - carefully and without going over the lines.
> If you are using glitter, it's the time to apply some too. 
> At this stage I typically left my stickers dry over night. 


> I went out for a lace-like, fancier design as seen in the picture below. Just make sure that lines stay connected and that they aren't too thin.


Once dry, the stickers are easily removable from the plastic sheet and can be displayed on your windows, or as shown below, on glass bottles. I haven't tried it yet but you could try to write names or short messages too. 

Let me know if you try it out!
Bisous♡



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