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

Putting smiles on faces, one at a time…

Come year end, we all start fretting about shopping for gifts. Some of us fret all year round with endless birthday celebrations, but that’s where the challenge is! Everyone has different likes, dislikes, different tastes, needs, the list is endless. This can make shopping for something ready-made a real nightmare, plus it can take up a lot of time. Have you ever found yourself hopping from store to store to find something appropriate, only to end up buying a huge teddy bear?

It can be as simple as giving me an idea, and having the finished product shipped directly to you, anywhere in the world. :)

My aim is to make customisable gifts affordable for everyone, and yet bring bigger smiles to your loved ones than any store bought teddy. There’s just something about handmade, the personal touch, knowing it was made by a person and not pressed out of a factory machine. There’s just something about it that you can’t put your finger on. They’ll always think of you when they use their gift. And I guess my customers will think of me too? *laughs

Ada’s collage of her pluggy purchase.

A lot of work and time goes into creating a handmade piece, but when the product is ready, shipped out, and received, I know it’s all worth it.

My customers are the “proof” that this is so. :)

This email came in last night from Nadiah. She had a keyring customised for her bff and a cosy for her mum’s birthday that’s over a week away.

“Jean thank you again! My friend was speechless! I really can’t thank you for the effort! The box and card all! Thank you Jean! Ill always pray god blesses you! You’re too nice already! Will order again in nov okay! Heh I got too excited I gave my mom her present also! She was like “omg!!!” I gotta thank you again Jean! Terribly happy! Xoxo!”

If you would like to order customised gifts for the year end season, you might want to do so ahead of time so that I will have adequate time to work through your orders. Every piece is handmade with lots of love to go around. :)

SHOP : Jeanine Gabrielle

Feel free to email me at jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com
♥ Follow me on Instagram @jeaninegabrielle or search #jeaninegabrielle to see what others have posted!

Have a great weekend everyone!

much ♥, jean

Featured on Caffaccino!

Recently, I got a new customer from New Zealand! Always excited to get new overseas customers. :D Catherine is a fashion “blogger” of sorts, more so on Youtube. Here she shows off her YSL-inspired artsy ring.

Her “review” at 10 minutes 30 seconds in this video!

Thanks Catherine for the mention :)

She does monthly style haul videos as well as fashion lookbooks, so do check out her other videos on Youtube! xx

What Makes You Happy?

We all have different things in life that make us happy, and not all of us derive full satisfaction from our careers but I’m glad I do! :)

It’s little things like these that put a big smile on my face no matter how pressurizing it can get to deliver something that will meet expectations.

Reviews from my customers! And…

How they totally rock their accessories.

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Happy Sunday! ♥ jean

Love from The UK!

amanda purchased the cheshire cat iphone cosy and the drink me ring, and sent her love all the way from the uk!

thanks much amanda, for the sweet gesture :)

ps : if you can’t get enough of alice in wonderland, more alice-inspired items to be released this week! i won’t say when, so stick around!

love, jean