The Bigger Plan.

“….I believe everything happens for a reason and is all part of a bigger plan. Everything has its own time and place, and I believe I am where I should be.” – New Year’s Day 2015.

4 weeks later, I am certain that everything that has happened in my life has led me to where I am and where I am supposed to be. Along the way, I learnt many life lessons, it wasn’t an easy transition after working from home for some 8 years, in fact, I never realised that it has been so long. What have I been doing the past 8 years? What if I did things differently? What if I led a different lifestyle and I never left the F&B industry in the first place?

Questions, too many to answer but I know one thing for sure; if I had lived any differently, I probably wouldn’t have met the people I got to meet, and the one thought that makes me cringe, what if I didn’t meet Robin? Thankfully, I did.

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Us during NYE 2011

The truth is, in life you need that one person who doesn’t give up on you even when you’re close to giving up on yourself. Someone who sees your potential, someone who keeps pushing you to be a better person and doesn’t hesitate to tell you that you’re not being the best you can be. It can be hard to take in, but we need that truth.

Thank you for being that person for me, love.

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The lights at Absinthe.

All these years I took so much for granted, that I would get a job easily with my qualifications for one. It turned into a 6 month long journey before I found THE JOB I was looking for. Sure I got offers, but interview after interview, I realised those jobs wouldn’t put me in the right direction, I wouldn’t grow the way I want to, so I kept looking. I always enjoyed doing events, so I decided I would pick up where I left off. There were times when I felt lost and on the verge of falling back into complacency, but I made a decision and I was going to stick it out no matter what. I learnt not to readily accept everything that falls into my lap if it won’t help me grow, I learnt to not let people determine and tell me what I am worth. I learnt that I should never settle for comfortable, and if things get comfortable, it means that it is time for a new challenge. Today, I am in Reservations & Events for the TRE Group, handling reservations and events for Absinthe Restaurant Franςais which is located at Boat Quay.

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Absinthe’s outdoor terrace by day. It’s a lovely place to be and especially so in the evening.

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Where will this new adventure take me? Only time will tell, but I will put my best foot forward, every day. No job is easy, but having a job you enjoy waking up to and excelling at makes all the difference.

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My daily view, the office at 46 Bukit Pasoh.

Some of you may wonder, what about the store?

The store is still “operating”. Orders for in-stock items are mailed out on a daily basis since I pass a post box on the way to the office every morning. Customisations will take more time though, for custom orders please email me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com.

For those who may have missed the update, the store is now at http://jeanine-gabrielle.myshopify.com

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Mini Amineko in Mustard $32.90 (London bus not included)

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Q : Do you still customise wedding bouquets?

A : Yes I do, however due to the limited free time I have on weekends, it is advisable to order at least 6 months in advance.

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A previous custom bouquet of roses and peonies.

Since we’re on the topic of flowers and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what IS everyone up to this Valentine’s? I definitely won’t be having a Valentine’s date since Robin will be out of town but if you haven’t made plans with your significant other yet, may I suggest you join me at Absinthe Restaurant Franςais?

Full details in my next post! :)

Absinthe Restaurant Franςais is located at 72 Boat Quay. Tel : 62229068

Sam The Dog (Link to pattern included)

A couple weeks back I was wrecking my brains trying to figure out what to gift to my niece who was turning 1, so I scoured through Pinterest and found a pattern for a “Sausage dog” designed by Michele Wilcox. I knew it’d be perfect since the body was perfect for tiny toddler hands!

Meet Sam the Dog!

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I was a little skeptical about using such contrasting colors initially but I like how it turned out!

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WOOOOOFFFFF!

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I can’t remember how long it took to complete, but you can definitely work this in under 3 hours.

Get the pattern for Sam the dog here!

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If you are interested in the frames I used in this post, I got them from Scrappy Cocoa a long time back. I’m pretty sure you’ll still be able to find the set of 7 still available for (free) download, otherwise feel free to drop me an email and I’ll be glad to send you the digital files!

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Toodles!

Have a great weekend ahead everyone! xx

Cupcake Party!

NEW ADDITIONS UNDER $30
+ UP TO 20% OFF SELECTED IN-STOCK COSIES!

I owe everyone my sincerest apologies for all the inconveniences caused due to the store move.

To cut a long story short, there was some misunderstanding/miscommunication with Yahoo with regards to the domain cancellation and re-registration process. Not only are they holding on to my domain (jeaninegabrielle.com), they have since completely ignored all my emails and emails that the Shopify gurus have sent them! (How’s that for professionalism, huh?) According to a domain check, they are not letting it go until 2015. I am just going to stick with the Shopify URL to avoid yet another URL change, until I get my domain back, or not.

Please update your bookmarks to jeanine-gabrielle.myshopify.com
For enquires, feel free to email me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com

No more store URL changes for the next year, promise! I hope you girls will enjoy the new cart system, you can also create a user account to keep track of your purchases. :)

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I’ve always wanted to create an “Apartment” line for everything and anything that’ll add fun to your homes, so I did! It’s a humble selection but watch it grow with time! For now, snag Check these super cute upcycled cupcake containers and handmade ring boxes. Feel free to suggest items you’d like to see in this section, I always value your inputs!

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– SHOP APARTMENT –

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If you’ve been eyeing these adorable passport cosies, it’s time to grab them now! Up to 20% off on selected in-stock pieces.

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See you in store! xx

Minions on the loose!

Minion spotted in the garden!

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This is a garden themed pen holder that doubles up as a trinket/jewellery holder I customised for Calista for gifting. Decorated with crochet flowers, a butterfly and a juicy pink strawberry!

A great way to brighten up any office desk or vanity table!

minionholderThe medium sized minion can be ordered (here) and the “Okay? Okay.” earstuds can be ordered (here)

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The Minion is removable to be enjoyed as a plush, so these guys took their turns with garden duty!

I made Carl without a pattern and it took a bit of figuring out but I absolutely love how he turned out! Bee do bee do bee do! (Carl is not for sale though.)
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This owl will be listed for sale separately! Hoot hoot!

PS: I am trying out Shopify’s two week trial since I am unable to manage the current store on Yahoo due to technical incompatibilities, and will update again if that goes well.

If you’d like a custom order of something similar, feel free to drop me an email at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com as jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com may possibly be terminated if/when I move over to Shopify. I might be able to reinstate it but you can always reach me on Gmail! :)

Meanwhile, have a great weekend everyone! xx

SHOP : Mini Minions & Cosies!

Update!

I’ve slightly tweaked the Minion’s eyes and goggles and here’s how they look! A tad neater, yes? :)

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“Bye guys!”

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If you’re following me on Instagram (@jeaninegabrielle #jeaninegabrielle), you would have seen these guys popping up in my photos once in awhile, and now they’re finally ready to find forever homes! Each one is carefully handmade with lots of love in a smoke and pet-free home.

Due to the handmade nature of the products, details may vary from piece to piece.

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These guys enjoy picking strawberries once in a while.

Please note that berries and all other “props” featured in this post are sold separately.

In this post, mini Minions and cosies sized up for your cards, phones and passports!

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You’ll find the order form for these items at the end of the post, enjoy the photos! :)

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This little guy is such a cutie!

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This smaller than palm-sized minion wants to go everywhere you go! Perfect for a minion photo bomb anytime, anywhere.

Add on loop and chain and use as a bag charm at no additional cost. Please indicate when ordering.

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Looks like someone got into trouble with the pony. UH-OH.

This rainbow mane pony has been sold, will not be doing exact remakes.

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*Please note that the in-stock piece for the small sized Minion is in dark blue. Please order a remake if you want one in lighter blue.

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Double scoop ice cream bag charm sold separately, look out for it in a separate post coming up!

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What a good buddy! Squish squish squish!

It really is quite therapeutic, a good excuse to keep one on your work desk.

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Pick from three fun sizes!

Super mini minion approximately 4.5cm tall S$14 // Small minion approximately 7cm tall $18 // Medium minion approximately 10cm tall $22

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Whether you’re a frequent business traveller or planning a family trip this June holiday, why not get a new travel buddy? This bright and cheery Minion passport cosy will keep you company wherever you’re headed on your next trip!passportcosy-minion

Minion passport cosy S$32

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Minion card cosy S$18 (right)

Fed up with having to take out your EZ-link card every time you take public transport because you have too many cards that cause errors? Hold your cards separately with this adorable Minion card cosy! Top “slot” for attaching to lanyards, great for kids!

Minion phone cosy S$28 (left)

In-stock piece measures 8.5cm by 14cm. Inner width is approximately 7.8cm.

Will it fit?

If you are unsure if your phone will fit, simply add up the sum of your phone’s (width + thickness) and compare that against the inner width measurement provided. Still not sure? Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com

Additional charges apply for larger phones and tablets.

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These guys are waiting eagerly to find their new homes!

Because I turn 29 this month, all local orders above $29 will enjoy free normal postage! (Not applicable for payments made via Paypal)

To order, simply complete this form, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hours. Thank you!

On a side note, if any of you are wondering why the store @ jeaninegabrielle.com has not been updated in ages, it’s cause I have no technical access to it to make changes! Yahoo Sitebuilder runs only on Windows and I use a Mac, and since my Parallels refused to work and I haven’t been able to fix it, I’m in the midst of looking for alternative options. If any of you have good ideas on how I can move the store to another provider or how I can host my WordPress blog on my domain please do let me know, but for now all updates will be here on the blog! xx

Hello, my name is Amineko.

Took these a while back when we were at Kino, and since Spencer was spending the day out with us, we thought it’d be fun to get some cute snaps!

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This is the book you should purchase if you’re looking to crochet your own Amineko. :)

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Oh Spencer, you’re such a cutie even though you’re just a toy.

I’ve been wanting to work on more amigurumi but I simply haven’t had the time and focus to do it. Soon, I hope.

The Girl Next Door Luxe Edition 6 + Hey There Delilah Luxe Edition 4 Relaunch!

I’ve spent most of March & April working on remakes and my new wedding bouquets which I will blog about soon, but I know you girls have been waiting patiently for new Perpetual Spring pieces, so here it is! Are you ready to add some sweet pink florals to your outfit? Lace & crochet dresses are all the rage these days, so what better way to accessorise than with a complimentary floral necklace?

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But! First things first, for those of you who are unsure about how this works, due to the limited availability of remakes, orders will be processed on a first comment basis. Some of you have commented before on earlier launches so your comments may show up immediately, this does not mean that your order is confirmed as there may be comments pending moderation before yours. Please be patient, you need not comment again if your comment does not show up immediately, especially if it is your first time joining us for a launch. Do refer to the things to note at the end of this post for full details. :)

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If you’ve been following my blog you might have read about “The Girl Next Door” designs last November featuring all the color combinations that have sold out. I promised I’d try to bring back your favourites, not exactly the same but identical. For starters I’m going back to where it began with the pink and nude blush combination!

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The Girl Next Door Edition 6 $45

(One piece ready to ship)

Please note that there are two variations for this piece, The Girl Next Door Edition 6 (above) &  The Girl Next Door Luxe Edition 6 (below). The difference? The same fabrics are used for both, but! In edition 6, the nude blush satin is reversed, giving you a “matte” and more down to earth look while the luxe edition spots a little sheen on the nude blush roses.

No price difference between the two, but at the end of the day it boils down to personal preference. Which one will you choose?


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(One piece ready to ship)

Only 18 remake slots available for The Girl Next Door Edition 6 & The Girl Next Door Luxe Edition 6 combined. Orders that come in after the 18 slots are filled will be put on a waiting list.
*If you can’t decide between the two, don’t worry! Place an order to secure the remake slot first, you can decide if you want to go simple or luxe upon receiving the invoice. :)

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ALL REMAKE SLOTS FILLED! Thank you!

Hey There Delilah Luxe Edition 4 (Relaunch) $45

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this since I first launched the design in February, here’s your last chance! I’m doing a relaunch so you girls know what the remakes look like, the difference between this and the original is that the second flower is not subject to fraying unlike the original version. So, for those who have missed out before, make sure you place your orders fast cos I’m only opening a maximum of 10 more remake slots.

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Things to note :

  • Orders will be processed on a first comment basis, all comments will be moderated.
  • Invoices for INSTOCKS will be sent out within 24 hours if your order is confirmed.
  • If the piece you ordered is only available by remake, I will send you an email within 48 hours. Please allow 1-3 weeks for completion of remakes.
  • Please note that invoices will be sent out on a FIRST COMMENT BASIS, and remakes will be processed by a FIRST PAYMENT BASIS, and not by order time.
  •  Prices listed do not include shipping costs. Items priced at $45 and above ship for free within Singapore by normal mail, AM mail/registered mail would be an additional charge of $2.80.
  • For orders below $45, the standard shipping costs apply. $2 for normal mail and $4 for registered mail.
  • Colors may reflect differently due to different screen settings, do allow for slight color variations. The pieces almost always look better in real life. :)

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To order, please leave a comment with the following ordering format :

Your name :

Confirmed items : (The ones you really want to get your hands on)

Second choice : (You know, in case the ones you listed above are sold out, this is optional)

Mail option : Normal/Registered

Preferred payment : DBS/POSB/UOB

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When you’re done, why not get to know Spencer a little better?

( Spencer, my first Amineko )

Spencer, my first Amineko!

You’ve probably met Koko the koala & Emmy the holland lop bunny, now meet Spencer, my very first amineko! Which also happens to be my favourite of the three. (Shhhhh) It took me about 3 days to complete cos I didn’t really work on it all day long. After I completed it the muscles in my hand were sore for 2 days, but it was well worth it and I’ll definitely be making more aminekos in future if time allows. :)

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20130509_172437_Fotor_20130511Spencer enjoys the occasional car ride…

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I hope Spencer’s first “adventure log” perked up your day! I’ll definitely be doing more posts like these, so follow my blog, and check back soon! :)

Happy Weekend! xx

Meet Koko, The Baby Amigurumi Koala! (Free Pattern Included)

After swooning over pages filled with amigurumi cuties, I decided to give amigurumi a go. I can knit basics, I can crochet basics, so amigurumi shouldn’t be that hard (right?) But what should I try first? I was spoiled for choice because patterns are so readily available online, although the nicer ones would require you to fork out a couple of bucks. After scouring tons of amigurumi sites, I found a koala pattern which looked simple enough for an amateur. I managed to complete the pattern within a few hours, and the result was…

KOKO!

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A little baby koala! Koko’s just a little shy…

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…but loves hiding and playing amidst my wedding bridal bouquets! ♥

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For those of you who would like to crochet a koala of your own, here’s the pattern!

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Do note that if you’re using safety eyes, you’d want to thread them on around row 7, but if you’re using beads you can figure out the positioning when you’re all done. I used 8 ply Marvel wool and a 2.5mm crochet hook.

Pattern credit to Woman’s Day. See the original pattern here