Saturday, 11 April 2015

A run for life!

"If you sometimes feel a little useless, offended, or depressed... Always remember that you were once the fastest and most victorious little sperm out of millions" I believe to have heard this quote into a Woody Allen's film... I am not sure about, but it fits exactly with these couple of brooches! You can find both on my etsy, please check them out here!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter everyday! DIY amigurumi maracas project tutorial

For Easter, I would like to show you a cute project that is dedicated to a person who can be considered the "King" of Chocolate and who has recently passed away: Michele Ferrero. He not only invented the Nutella, but he also created his little "Kinder Surprise" chocolate egg that, as he claimed, he made possible the Eater everyday. Actually, this little chocolate egg, like the Easter egg, contains inside a little "surprise": either a little toy or a special collectible figurine.

Whole generations of children throughout the world loved and love Kinder surprise. Gemma as well has been captured by the charm of the magic little egg... thus the collections of little figurines that I gathered during my childhood can be continued! And, in order not to put anything into the rubbish, I have found out a way to re-use in a kawaii way the yellow plastic capsule that contains the surprise into the eggs!

In order to turn this plastic capsule into a kind of maracas, it is sufficient to full the capsule with anything that makes a sound shaking it: some dry beans or little stones, rice, sand... The sound changes accordingly to what you put inside and to the quantity of stuff that fills it. Using different maracas with different sounds, the child could improve her or his sense for the music.

Once you have filled the capsule, you can crochet a "cloth custom-tailored" for it. Here you can find here some photos, which I have found in a book, about how to make an "amigurumi" in a simple and step by step way. But I am sure that the easiest thing is just to ask around you to mums, gradmas and aunts... to crochet or knit was so widespread and I am sure that in each family there is someone who is able to do this! Moreover, it could also be a cute way to spend the Easter or another together with our beloved.

Me too, I discovered that my mother was gifted of real talent in doing these little crochets and she immediately produced these three little cuties! Actually, I have added the eyes and the rest of their pretty little faces, which I have made with some felt. The only thing to keep in mind is to use a crochet hook littler than the size indicated on the thread, just in order to make a thicker weave.I hope you will enjoy doing these ones!! It is obvious that Gemma adores them all!!!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The little brown soots of the sand!!

Before coming back in Paris, in my home-town I enjoined the beauty of the beach during the Winter. When the Summer ends, the beach always comes back its natural and wild shape without the clumsy beach umbrellas and deckchairs. Walking around in the shore it is possible to find little treasures, which the sea brings up during along with its waves and storms, such as little glasses, shells, canes with the greatest variety of forms, and, above all and if you are lucky... the little brown soots!

These little brown creatures are far cousins of the little black soots (the ones of the cartoon My Neighbour Totoro) and, like them, the usually pop out only when there's anybody (or nearly). However, unlike the black soots, which are the sons of the dark, the brown soots are the sons of the sea and you can find them at the beach during the Autumn and the Winter. Even though they are rather shy and moody, they also love to be pampered and, once they gained confidence, they become inseparable and loyal friends!

These little brown soots have followed me at home, then they travelled with me to Paris, and now I am trying to find a new home for them, where someone could take care of them. Looking at these seven little guys, I have noticed that each of them has a specific mood:

There's Zigulì, who is the smallest of them (he measures only 1.5 cm), but do not trust the appearances because this tiny soot is full of power and vitality. This tireless friend is always on the move and he particularly fits with dynamic people, who likes stay out for long walks!

Then, another one is Big Boy: he is the biggest of the crew, unlike Zigulì, he is very lazy. He spends much time sleeping or leaving himself to be carried out by the wind. Yet, as soon as he sniffs some food, he reactivate himself because he is a big glutton. If you'd like to adopt it, keep your foodstuff at safe!

Vik is the rebel of the group. He is intolerant with any kind of constriction and the he does not like the conventional behaviours of the middle-class society, criticising social and moral systems. In his dreams, he would like to live in a beach on which each little brown soot could be free to contribute with his or her own capacity to the collective welfare; a beach of equals, freed from prevarications. In spite of his small dimensions, Vik is gifted with a big charisma and he is able to awake the consciences of the other soots!

Another soot is George, whose curiosity if often a source of danger for him. Such as that time when, becoming curious about the elegant flight of a seagull, he followed it whirling away for many miles staring at amazing panoramas... but getting lost! Hopefully, the seagull itself was sympathetic with this little one and it brought it back at home... of course, the life in company with him is not boring at all!

John is the most shy soot of the group. Not only, he is also very discreet. He loves to observe at things that surround him and to overthink about what he saw... constantly wondering bizarre things such as how waves are generated, or who has generated the first wave, or again how much grain of sand are in the beach and so forth... For this reflexive soot even the most banal thing is turned into a philosophical source of thoughts

Cookie is tender and pamper, I would say "mushy" for his case. Maybe he is not very self-confident, he needs tons of caresses per day because, without them, he will end up with feeling alone and left aside... and he also become mournful and irritable!

Finally, Sebastian is a real grumpy! His stubbornness arrives to such an extent... he wants always to be right, the other soots feel so sad when they discover that he is very often right! In spite of his grouchy and hypercritical nature, he will never leave his friends alone in a moment of need and he is always able to support them during the difficulties, offering his big hearth.

I hope you like these little friends, discover then all on my etsy!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

And the winner is...

I am glad to announce that the lucky winner of my special Xmas give-away is Karen, with the comment no. 1. Karen, please take contact with me to arrange the delivery. I take this opportunity to wish to all my readers and followers happiest holidays and a sweet new year!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Special Xmas giveaway

Finally Gemma has seen Paris in all its Xmas bright-fullness! During this period, this town is even more beautiful!!! My little one was really enthusiast, she pointed with much joy all the lights and decorations of the town. Also for me it was really thrilling to be back in my atelier under Paris' roofs.

In these days, I discovered a new address that opened in the meanwhile in Paris, which I'd like to share with you: the "Petite épicerie". Here you can find all you need to create cute handmade accessories. They also organise some courses for children and adults. A real "coup de coeur"! If you are in Paris, it worth to pop and see it (address: 74, rue de la Verrerie, 75004)... Since now journeys are end, my etsy is re-opening again with all the old stamps and other handmade stuffs: please take a look to all my stuff on my etsy!!

To celebrate this event, I organised a special Xmas give-away!! The prize is this hand carved rubber stamp set - made with the shape of cute Xmas balls - with which you could decorate your Xmas photos in order to made your sovenirs even more sweet! To participate is easy: write a comment on this post writing your favourite cake or, in alternative, a typical dish that is eaten in your region during this period. Then, I will assign an ascending number to each comment (1,2,3, and so forth) and randomizer will find out the lucky winner! You have until the Xmas day (25th December 2014) at 15h00 (Paris time) to enter your comment. Good luck!!!

Monday, 8 December 2014

One year together!

The 25th November was the first birthday of my little Gemma, she's already one year old!! She really enjoyed to open her gifts, to play with the balloons, to dance and, above all, to eat the cake... it is so impressive to state how many progresses a baby is able to do in only one year of life! It was not so long ago when she even did not move where I placed her, now she is a cute little earthquake (I would say "heartquake") that spread kisses, joy and smiles à go-go! Here below I put together the picture that, during this last year, we have taken all together for the monthly recurrence of Gemma's birth... she's becoming my little lady!

I use this message to announce that I will open soon (the 18th December) my shop, listing again hand carved rubber stamps and pins. I would like to apologise about this long pause, but travels and critical weather conditions (which closed the postal office) compelled me to put on hold my etsy. So, see you very soon with a lot of surprises and cuteness!!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Back from Shanghai with kawaii stuff

Here me back after this rather long silence... during this while, I spent about a month in the amazing Shanghai, in China, where Orient and Occident are able to merge together! Actually, it is impressive to observe the fusion into this town between the futuristic skyscrapers of the financial district, the Pudong, and the decrepit alleys of the old town, the Nanshi, in which old temples and shikumen survived with their old history and traditions.

With my big surprise, I found that I was in the real homeland for stamps. Actually, in China there's a far long tradition for stamps, which were carved into the jade since ages ago! Usually, they figure the name or the symbol of the family. Indeed, at the Shanghai museum, I could see some stamps that were made 6-5,000 years ago! Of course, I have fallen in love with this long lasting tradition, and I also committed my own family stamps to a traditional carve master!

Yet, I have to admit that in Shanghai I above all hoarded an impressive amount of cute and kawaii stuffs: pens, rubbers, beads, carillons, stamps, figures... the lovers, as me, of the kawaii things could take a wild shopping there, without get ruined. Also the food is often showed with very cute shapes and with logo insomuch cute as I decided to turn some of them in rubber stamps...

The one that you see here above is the logo of Want Want (click here to discover this brand). You can find the face of this funny child on milk cans, but also on sweeties and cakes. According to what I was able to understand, this character is a very idol for Chinese children; also for that I decided to open a little page, which will follow with other issues, about the "Shanghai cute stamps". I hope you like it...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Another summer fruit: strawberry

If watermelon is the king of the summer fruit, strawberry is maybe the queen! I love this fruit because of it is beautiful and tasty at the same time. Thus, here's its stamp version: this set is formed by two little stamps, which have been separated to make easier to print it out in two different colours (green and red). Also a little fabric pouch, on which I stamped on my strawberries, come along with this set!

Even if it is tasty and very healthy, Gemma is compelled to wait a while before eating strawberry... at least until next summer! So, for the moment, she will pleased by only "wearing" strawberries on this little and cute bandana/bib, that I have sewed and decorated with this new set of stamps.

Here you can download for free the template to make yourself the bandana/bib. I found this kind of accessories very useful for the little ones, as Gemma, who are struggling with the little complaints linked to the growing of their little teeth!! The stamps set is available on my etsy, please check it out. I hope you like them!! 

Monday, 18 August 2014

The fruit of the summer... watermelon!

Watermelon is definitely the king of the summer fruits. Fresh and delicious, it is able to refresh everybody and to bring happiness during the hot summer. A slice of watermelon is the perfect ally against hot and distress, but also the perfect design with which to decorate our summer stuffs, giving a touch of colour on postcards and diary pages of these last days of summer.

Yes! Because this fruit, more of being very tasty, looks also so good... its colours and unique shapes inspired me to carve a new set of hand carved rubber stamps with which to decorate everything with cute and little slices of watermelon!!

This set is so cute and tiny that it is perfect to create amazing patterns on fabric. It is sufficient to use the right suitable ink pad for fabric, iron the outcome for 10 seconds (in order to make the print permanent to washing), and the game is done! You will have a unique fabric, with which to do original and amazing projects. You can fin this hand carved rubber stamp set on my etsy.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Travelling with fantasy... on a paper boat

Summer is often synonymous with travel. A journey that could be to exotic and relaxing destinations, where it is possible to rest from the tiring and stressing winter... It is possible to travel by many means: by car, by train, by pane, by boat... but above all, it is possible to travel by fantasy. It is sufficient to come on board of a little paper boat and to be cuddle by the unforeseeable waves of a limitless imagination.

This new stamp is especially made for all the dreamers who love to travel with their imagination. It enables to create poetic paper boats on diaries and other paper stuffs, but also on fabric - like I have done to decorate this handmande bloomer (here if you need a cheap tutorial) for my dear little Gemma. If you'd like to do an origami paper boat, you can download this tutorial here.

I hope you like this new stamp, who can fin it on my etsy. After all, we are in the same boat, sharing the same dreams, fears, wishes, hopes, while we are floating toward an uncertain destination.

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