Monday, February 27, 2012

Ahoy, matey!

Good morning everyone! How was your weekend?

Last Saturday was my two children's birthday party and we had a pirate theme... it was so much fun, but really an exhausting experience for me. I don't have pictures of the party yet, but I wanted to share with you a few of my Instagram shots while preparing all the details...

from left to right: 
wooden pirate cake toppers from The Better Toys Store {S$3.90 each},
Mathias' customized pirate costume, Chloé's pirate outfit and pixie dust pouch,
bunting banner in the making

I worked on every details for this party including the decoration, sweet table, activities, costumes, etc... which is most probably why it was so tiring. I custom made my kids costumes using their existing clothes or dress up outfits. I also made 12 meters of bunting banner to decorate the {huge} room. All I can say is that my sewing skills came in handy!

I was happy to source out the birthday cake this year and ask for help with the photography of the party {I always end up with next to zero photos as I am so busy entertaining my guests}. I will share all details as soon as photos are available...

Stay tuned!

©All photos via Etincelle Creative Studio

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sweet Gift Thursday... /// Petit Cadeau du Jeudi

Soft Gold Leather oxford shoes {handmade} by elehandmade

How comfortable do these shoes look? I can think of a billion ways to wear them. Bye bye ballerina shoes!

SOON! Embroidery Workshop {Singapore}

Just a little bit more than a week before my first beads and sequins embroidery workshop... If you haven't signed up yet, you can sign up {here} or {here}. We have also come up with a special offer just for you: sign up with a friend and enjoy a 10% discount until March 2, 2012.

Embroidery workshop - Saturday, March 3 from 1 to 3pm

I am very excited to teach how I lay my beads and sequins and how I approach each project with the same enthusiasm. I hope to share with you my love for colors and everything that glitters and shines...
Have you signed up yet?

More information and details about the workshop:
Each participant will receive a sewing kit including:
- hand-cut flower base in cotton fabric + matching felt base
- a wide choice of sequins and beads to choose from
- needle
- embroidery thread and common cotton thread (again in different colors)
- a mini-pair of scissors
- brooch pin

Cost of workshop: $45 {including take-home kit}
Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: from 1 to 3pm
Location: at The Little Happy Shop, #02-07 Holland V Shopping Mall (over Bread Talk)
* In the event of more than 5 pax sign-ups, a bigger activity room will be booked nearby {at no extra cost to participants}.

I hope to meet up with you soon!

Have a lovely day everyone 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Featured on Mom Story {Bloesem Blog}

I am very happy and proud to let you know that we were featured on the Mom Story column on Bloesem Kids Blog yesterday! Vite, vite, check it out now if you haven't already... I am sharing photos of my home, my kids and what is our life like...

Mom Story: Marie from Etincelle Creative Studio

Thank you to Irene for having me on Bloesem Blog, and a big thank you to Tiffany of Five Hundred Miles {and an editor for Bloesem Blogs} who put everything together and made it all possible!

Hope you like it!

NEW :: Addition to the Mini Me dolls family

Nothing is stopping me at the moment... custom orders and belated gifts are making me sewing and creating new dolls ever single week! Welcome to the family Ilaria...

New Mini Me doll in her polka dot outfit {here}

This doll is made to order and can therefore be customized/ tailored to your needs. I can hand embroider the name of your choice, or even short words such as "hugs & kisses", "with love", "je t'aime" etc... Get in touch in the comment section or by email for more information: marie[at]etincellecreativestudio[dot]com

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sweet Gift Thursday... /// Petit Cadeau du Jeudi

The most unique and amazing mirror I have ever seen... Such a lovely idea!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Now Planning {A Pirate Party}

Most of the invitations to my kids upcoming birthday party {on the 25th of this month} have been distributed or sent out, so I feel it's time to unveil them and show you the fantastic job done by Jaime of FinePrints on Etsy. I had spotted this invitation {and many others} when browsing the site but it was not matching my color scheme. I kindly asked Jaime to make some changes, then I brought everything to my local printer, et voila!

Pirate party invitation with matching red envelop

Invitations, favor tags and cupcake toppers were printed on cardstock

I am expecting more than 35 children at this party, which is not very reasonable... who wants to help me to lead the activities and take pictures? I am currently working on the decoration details, the party games and, of course, the food. I have no idea yet what to do for the party favors, what would you suggest?

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Colorful Russian Dolls Party

Remember my two previous posts when I was sharing with you inspiring photos to plan a Russian dolls birthday party? {here and here}.
Well, the party took place a bit more than two weeks ago, and I am now very proud to share with you the photos I was able to take once the styling was done. The little birthday girl,  Salomé {what a pretty name, don't you think?} was turning three, and I think she had a really good time with her friends!

 Family heirloom: the Matryoshka dolls on the left were bought in Russia 
by the grand-father of the birthday girl

I was asked to style Salomé's party the day I actually styled the robot party last year in September {here and here if you missed it}. I suggested the theme as the little girl didn't have any special request, and I had been willing to work on a Russian doll one for a long time. I started pinning ideas and inspirational photos soon after and really started working on the details in December {discover my Pinterest board here}.

 The lovely Matryoshka card inspired a photobooth...

I had spotted very lovely Matryoshka cards in a local shop I particularly like in Holland Village {The Little Happy Shop} and suggested to my client to use them as invitations. She didn't necessarily want a completely coordinated paper party set {usually including invitations, cupcake toppers, thank you cards, banner etc...} and I was able to source many free printable paper goods online later on.
The invitation inspired me to create and make the photobooth as shown in the picture above and I also based my party color scheme on the invit.

Top: Happy Birthday banner, a free printable designed by Two Brunettes for Ruffled Blog;
Below: photobooth inspired by the invitation

I quickly found out on the gorgeous Ruffled Blog an alphabet bunting banner ready to print. I would recommend anyone to bookmark this post, or even better, save every single letter as it will come in handy for any party really. I got it printed on cardstock by my local printer {S$2/ A4 sheet}.

We had planned a party by the pool, as the compound includes a gorgeous one, and kids always enjoy a dip in the water... On the day itself however the weather was very unsettled and it took me while to decide if I should do the set-up in or out. I took the leap to do it outside though, and I was inspired to do so: it didn't rain!

 Buffet table: polka dots and healthy bits... Crepe paper garlands {in the background} inspired by this tutorial on Oh Happy Day

At the menu {food was catered by Salomé's parents themselves}: salmon & cream sandwiches, fruits-on-a-stick, financier à la framboise {almond mini-cakes with raspberries}, vanilla cupcakes, quiche, pizza and the birthday cake of course! The latter was made by Tatiane Rodrigues, a talented friend of mine whose hobby is to craft birthday cake :-)

Another free printable sourced online was the cupcake toppers and little Matryoshka dolls that I used to make a garland for the table. Matching invitation, thank you note and paper plate were also available but we decided not to use them. Check out Babalisme blog, from Indonesia, for all details and files.
The cute white plant pot is from IKEA, I actually bought four of them as props. Aren't they gorgeous?

Handmade paper lanterns and garland

I had spotted - thanks to Pinterest {again!}, these gorgeous paper lanterns by the craft department of Martha Stewart. I didn't have the time to order the tissu paper circles - not available here in Singapore, and I wasn't even sure to get them in the theme colors, so I hand-cut them all by myself after buying the tissu paper at wholesale price from The House of Ribbon in Arab Street {S$3.20 per pack of 20 sheets}. I needed about 100 circles per lantern, but it was quite fast to cut them all, and fix them on the three IKEA paper lanterns {S$6.90 each}. The result was stunning and worth the time spent making them.

I made the pink flower garland using crepe paper and ribbon. I have already been asked for a tutorial on this ones, so I may oblige very soon...

A party by the pool and fish your party favor before you leave!

Last but not least, and that was the most time consuming thing I have done for this party: I sourced these gorgeous DIY  Matryoshka nesting dolls online {here at US$3 only}, got them printed on cardstock at my local printer and then... cut and made them all myself {32 dolls in total}. They were filled with Haribo candies that came directly from France. Each guest had to fish them before leaving to be entitled to the sweet favors...

It was the first "girl" party I planned and styled for a client, and how much fun did I have. Thank you Anne and Sam for trusting me and giving me a chance to create a beautiful event for Salomé!

By the way, this was the inspiration photo for this party:

                                    Inspiration picture by amazing photographer Charla Anne

Next will be a PIRATE party for my two children who are turning two and five this month! Stay tuned as I will share their invitation this week...

All details in short:

- Party invitation purchased at The Little Happy Shop in Holland Village {Singapore}{online shop}
- Matryoshka paper goods by Babalisme {free downloads}
- Alphabet bunting banner by Two Brunettes via {Ruffled blog}
- Paper lanterns tutorial on Martha Stewart {here}
- DIY Matryoshka nesting doll by My Fantastic Toys {here}
- Coordinated party ware - cutlery, napkins, plates - from a party shop {V-Force Novelties and Toys Trading, #01-37 People's Park Center, Chinatown, Singapore}
- All ribbons and tissu papers from The House of Ribbon {Kin Soon Company, 36 Arab Street, Singapore}
- Polka dots fabrics from Malin Textile {#02-1122, People's Park Complex, Chinatown, Singapore}

Tavolo Tavola {Japanese Online Shop}

I am very proud today to introduce you to my first online retailer. Tavolo Tavola is a very cute Japanese brick-and-mortar shop and {if you can read Japanese}, there is the online version as well. Now the amazing part is of course that Tavolo Tavola is carrying some of my creations!

Etincelle Creative Studio's page on {Tavolo Tavola}

I am very honored and proud to have been selected by shop owner Mai and I find it very encouraging to get such great support. I would like to take the chance to thank everyone who has been supporting me since the beginning and everyone supporting me now. It takes a lot of efforts to bring every single creation to live and even more to the whole world! 

But together we can conquer the world!

Thank YOU

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Greeting Cards 2012... /// Cartes de Voeux 2012

I have been meaning to share this photo below for at least a month if not more, but I couldn't do it before our families had received the cards. I didn't want to spoil the surprise completely... I write "completely" as I did take a pic on Instagram and posted it on my personal Facebook wall last month... oups!

Maglaque family's 2012 Greeting cards by lepoetikstudio

My plan was to send my greeting cards early for once {before Christmas} when I found out about lepoetikstudio's shop on Etsy. I am in love with her sensibility and her work!

I soon realized however that I had no nice portrait of my little ones together... and the end of 2011 being what it was {very very busy}, I really didn't have much time to set up a shooting session at the park. Holidays came and magic! I happened to take a rather lovely picture of Chloé and Mathias in Melacca that I thought would be suitable for my cards.

Of course Christmas was over so I updated to New Year's greeting cards instead. I edited the picture to obtain the B&W version... et voila!

What do you think? are you writing letters and cards to your family and friends?


Je voulais partager cette photo ci-dessus avec vous depuis au moins un mois, mais cela était impossible tant que nos familles n'avaient pas recu les cartes. Je ne voulais pas gâcher l'effet de surprise bien sur! bon, ceci dit, j'ai triché un peu quand j'ai pris une photo avec Instagram et que je l'ai posté sur Facebook, hein...

Au début j'avais prévu d'envoyer mes cartes en avance pour une fois {avant Noël}, à vrai dire dès que j'ai découvert la petit boutique en ligne sur Etsy lepoetikstudio. J'adore sa sensibilité graphique et tout ce qu'elle dessine!

Mais j'ai vite realisé par contre que je n'avais pas de joli portrait des enfants ensemble, et la fin de l'année dernière étant ce qu'elle a été {beaucoup beaucoup de boulot}, je n'avais pas du tout le temps de monter une session photo au parc.
Heureusement les vacances arrivèrent et magie! j'ai par hasard pris une photo de mes deux loustics dont j'ai pensé après coup qu'elle servirait parfaitement bien pour mes cartes.

Bien sur, Noel étant passé j' ai tout de suite opté pour des cartes de voeux pour la nouvelle année. J'ai retouché la photo pour en obtenir une en noir et blanc... et voila!

Qu'en pensez-vous? est-ce que vous aussi vous écrivez des lettres ou des cartes à vos familles/ amis?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sweet Gift Thursday... /// Petit cadeau du Jeudi...

Lovely necklace spotted on Etsy earlier today - it made it to the front page in this lovely treasury by London based illustrator Sophie Parker. Check out her shop if you need some art to decorate your walls.

Laying beads & Sequins {Embroidery Workshop}

Embroidered brooch {here}

Shall I assume that pictures can speak for themselves? Here has come the time to announce my second workshop, held at The Little Happy Shop in Holland Village. I am very excited to be given the chance to show others how to embroider beads and sequins the way I do it for my bags.

In this workshop you will make by hand a lovely flower brooch {same base for everyone}, the highlight being how to lay sequins and beads. You will be totally free to choose the colors of your beads and sequins {I will make sure to have to widest choice possible} and I will show you where to start and how to "play" with them.

Here below is a photo of one of my most recent bags, so that you can see what a more complex design can bring. I have used beads, sequins and "fake" gems to enhance this bag.

Un weekend à Paris net shopper bag {here}

I have planned to include as well some basic embroidery stitches such as running and stem stitches for those who wish to learn them and enhance the details of the brooch design.

Each participant will receive a sewing kit including:
- hand-cut flower base in cotton fabric + matching felt base
- a wide choice of sequins and beads to choose from
- needle
- embroidery thread and common cotton thread (again in different colors)
- a mini-pair of scissors
- brooch pin

Cost of workshop: $45 {including take-home kit}
Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: from 1 to 3pm
Location: at The Little Happy Shop, #02-07 Holland V Shopping Mall (over Bread Talk)
* In the event of more than 5 pax sign-ups, a bigger activity room will be booked nearby {at no extra cost to participants}.

Suitable for all, 
beginners or more advanced/ skilled crafters. I have chosen a base with shadows and lines that will help you keep in line your beads and sequins {which in return gives you the best result}. 

Now I have a surprise for all of you! Early birds will save 10% of the cost of this workshop by signing up before Saturday, 18 February.
-> 10% off will be offered until Friday, 2 March  for two or more packs signing up together.

For more information, please contact me by leaving a comment, or by email: marie[at]etincellecreativestudio[dot]com
or Ruth at The Little Happy Shop: 6466-8995

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sweet Gift Thursday... /// Petit cadeau du Jeudi...

Sequins top by TheArborVitae - US$30 {only!}

* I am in love with this top, and many other items in this gorgeous vintage shop on Etsy. Make sure you check it out!