5 days into 2013.

Time flies really fast these days, too fast, perhaps?

It feels like just yesterday that we were preparing for Christmas, but the 12 days is almost over and we’re already 5 days in to the new year; not to mention it’s already the first weekend of 2013. Really?

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I’ve been trying to make the most out of everyday. I want to live in such a way that, if my life were a novel, there won’t be a single boring day. Saturdays are meant for sleeping in just a wee bit longer. :)

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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” Neil Gaiman, The Sandman vol.9: The Kindly Ones.

The transition from being in a hopeless holiday mood back to work is not an easy one, I’ve been trying to come up with new designs every day to beat the holiday bug. And if you haven’t heard, I’ll be launching The Perpetual Spring’s “Luxe Editions” next week! :)

My first paper flower bouquet is sitting pretty in my room, with a slight hint of Vera Wang’s “Princess” fragrance. Wouldn’t you want these in your home? They last a lot longer than fresh blooms, and have a softer, warmer feel than artificial flowers. Did I mention you can use them as fresheners with a tiny spritz of perfume? *grin

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“Someday”, she said. “Someday, I’ll meet you in a pretty white dress & a bouquet of pastel flowers in my hand.”

A league above paper bouquets, the satin blooms. I’ve wanted to go into weddings since like forever. It’d be great if I could use my own wedding as a try out but no, not anytime soon for me. If you know anyone who needs anything at all for a wedding, and would like to try something different from store bought bouquets, please feel free to drop me an email. (jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com)

Corsages, bridal bouquets, money boxes, ring pillows, floral hair accessories for the bridesmaids, I’d love to try them all! Really!

Teal bouquets for a Tiffany-themed wedding, perhaps?

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We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.” – Brandi Snyder

This week tons of stuff arrived for me! (Partly cos I’ve been OD-ing on retail therapy) My latest online order from Cotton On, sponsored products from Bioré and Organix, and then there was this mysterious package that was oddly light. To my absolute surprise, it was a bunny from one of my regular customers, Ronelle.

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The package arrived when I was working on this fabric flower, so naturally I had to pin it on the bunny for a snapshot!

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She even wrote me a thank you note; to be honest I was on the verge of tearing. It’s just the little things like these, you know? It makes you feel like you are actually appreciated for what you do, even if someone else doesn’t. There will always be people who will stand behind you and be that push you need sometimes, there are people who will always have faith in you even when you’re at your lowest. We just need to believe it, and more importantly, believe in ourselves.

To others it might be just a stuffed toy, but it’s really the thought and the effort that counts. I guess working doubly hard through the festive period to meet all those orders paid off after all. Which reminds me of another bunch of customers, but I’ll save that for later. I’m just thankful to have such warm customers to work with.

LOVE YOU ALL! And for that I promise even more awesome stuff in 2013! :)

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The harshness that is the reality of life. Admit it, we’ve all felt hopeless at some point. If you noticed, Snowy’s heavy paws actually do a pretty good job keeping the page down! Who said stuffed toys are only for kids, huh?

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And of course, Fifi. Resident cutie pie and my “in-house model”, occasionally. What a face, I still wish toys could come alive. Oh, imagine all the fun we’d have! Imaginary friends, they never leave.

2013 has been pretty good so far I reckon, apart from stabbing my finger yesterday and burning myself two days ago, everything else is looking rather peachy. I’ll be doing another post soon about how to get the most out of your shopping, DIY style. Now let me go hunt down some new shoes to match all my new threads! Later! xx

Have a little faith.

Unknowingly, I picked up a book last night…

“….things which grow quickly are often more easily destroyed than those which take a long time.” From the book “Have A Little Faith” by Mitch Albom.

Weeds grow fast, but are fast destroyed because they are but unwanted plants… A rose bush takes a long time to blossom, but with love, care and constant effort, it blooms into something beautiful. When the rose dies, the bush goes on living, and is nurtured all over again, cos something so beautiful is worth the while. xx

One Day…

I bought the book a couple months back but I simply haven’t had to discipline to finish reading it. I’m not even halfway through the book, and I just realised they made a movie out of it. Now, do I rush through the book and then watch the movie? I’m leaning more towards putting the book aside and wait for the movie to open, watch it, and then read the book as a refresher.

Sounds like a plan.

 

 

What Wo(Men) Want

I have tons of mags lying around, just picked one up today and i just had to share this article. It may just be an excerpt, just I’m quite convinced we all have alot to learn; even about ourselves.41lckuw2ysl_sl500_

414grpr721l_sl500_ Its taken from the books “For Men Only” and “For Women Only” by Jeff & Shaunti Feldhahn

For the girls…

He isn’t as strong as he seems
Behind your man’s strong facade may lie uncertainty and the fear of failing. Sometimes, he is unsure about what he should do in a situation and feels inadequate to provide solutions or comfort, but he masks his insecurities and “acts tough”.

So what can we do? For starters, don’t taunt him or tear him down when he tries to help. Rather, encourage and affirm him by showing your appreciation, especially in front of others!

How you look matters to him
Dressing up for your man is one way of showing him how much you respect and love him. We’re not saying doll up to the nines just to eat at the nearby kopitiam, but some basic personal grooming can go a long way.

If you thing you’re fat, don’t just complain – do something about it! Aman does get frustrated when the woman in his life anguishes endlessly about her appearance.

He loves you
If there is one thing a man most wishes you knew about him, it’s that he really loves you. Often, he may want to express his feelings to you, but he worries that he will not do a good job.
To make things easier, let him know what makes you feel most loved! Appreciate him for the times he does try to show his love for you…

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Now for the boys…

She can’t shut out her emotions
Surprising fact : Most women are like Macs, and most men are like PCs! Like a Mac, there are many “windows” open (thoughts and feelings) on the screen of a woman’s mind at any one time. Vs the “PC” mindset of a man, who is able to close each “window” on his screen before going on to the next one.(On the other hand, that’s why most women can multitask, and most men can’t!)

Don’t say “Just don’t think about it.” (She can’t)
Instead, listen, reassure and encourage her in any action that needs to be taken to resolve her concern.

She wants your empathy
“I don’t want you to fix the problem; I just want you to listen!” Sound familiar? What she FEELS about the problem is actually more important to her than the problem itself. The problem is not the problem; the feeling is the problem. You need to learn to filter out the problem to focus on her feelings. Only after you have acknowledged her feelings will she want to focus on working on a solution.

She needs to feel loved
Most women feel insecure about whether their man really loves them. Whenever this insecurity is triggered, she may respond in ways that confuse or dismay you, until she feels reassured. Constant romancing of your woman, whether in little or big ways, will tell her that you desire and care for her, thus lessening her feelings of insecurity.

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