The Perpetual Spring Collection Revival!

I had initially planned to launch these updated and new pieces last week, but if you’re following my Instagram, I got totally derailed by the TraceTogether token! I started making cosies and simply could not stop, until now. I told myself I will not touch another ball of yarn until I get this done!

So I did! And decided to have some fun with it while I was at it! I found some old photos of the previous versions so I decided to do a before and after with 2 of them.

But first, Tulle Princess!

This is a Perpetual Spring Luxe piece, complete with a girly touch of tulle! Which girl doesn’t fancy a dreamy floral piece?

Tulle Princess in Nude Beige (SGD$42) is a neutral and versatile piece which can be dressed up or dressed down, okay it might just be on the dressier side but still great with casuals! This is a tweaked version of the one I posted in my previous post.

Ivory Rose!

This was “Pretty as a bride” first, before it became Roxy Rose. I decided to name it Ivory Rose (SGD$39) as it sounds more simple and well, who was Roxy?

The current version of Ivory Rose.

The Roxy Rose then —–>>> Ivory Rose now.
Tulle Princess in Nude & Ivory Rose
A really old photo I found of Sherlyn wearing The Roxy Rose!

Black & Blue

Last but not least, Black & Blue! (SGD$39) Okay I didn’t change the name for this one because, you really can’t deviate far anyway.


Black & Blue then and now.

I have lost count of how many versions this piece has gone through! There was also a felt version of this. And now I’ve brought it back and “updated” it again! Unlike the previous version which had a raw edge blue flower, this version consists of 3 handsewn fabric rosettes and 2 singed fabric flowers, one black and one blue. 

Which version do you like better?

Shop these florals and more here!

If you’ve been following The Perpetual Spring Collection all these years, you would have noticed that I lowered the prices of the pieces (Ivory Rose & Black & Blue included) and I thought I would share with you why I decided to do so…

When I “rebranded” to “Le Petit Cadeau”, we were pretty much in a terrible state no thanks to Covid19. With most people taking pay cuts, losing their jobs and struggling to hang on to their sanity, I wanted to make my pieces more affordable to everyone. After all, being in a pandemic situation doesn’t mean we should stop dressing well and wearing things that make us feel good about ourselves, right? The process of making them really makes me happy and getting messages from you when you have received your orders makes me even happier! I want to spread that love and joy as far as I can.

Remember, you don’t need to dress up for anyone but yourself, and we all know wearing floral pieces kinda makes you that much happier for some reason. :)
I’ll leave you with my latest stop motion animation short video!

Also, if you’re interested to get a TraceTogether token buddy for yourself, you can check them out here!

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I Believe in PINK.

The florals are making a comeback!

If you’re not sure how to accessorise with florals, keep scrolling…

Floral statement pieces don’t have to be kept for special occasions or for days when you are feeling a lil more fancy. In fact, they’re perfect for every day wear and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Ana wears Tulle Princess with a simple white top, jeans and sneakers for a really cute weekend look. Who said florals can only be paired with dresses?

I first made Tulle Princess as a custom order for Ana along the lines of pink and the love for ballet, hence the tulle! (Thanks to the extra length of fabric and tulle I cut off from a rather expensive dress I bought for a wedding last year.)

Here is the remake version in Nude Pink! Same color tulle but paired with a slightly darker shade of pink. I paired in with a basic white crop top and denim jacket, I would wear maybe a long satin skirt in a neutral to pink tone with this and add sneakers to create a casual yet dressy look.

I’m considering doing another version in cream… Should I?

Crochet Blooms has been one of the favourites over the years! Probably cos it is easy to match with most outfits, and it’s a floral piece that isn’t overly “loud” but relatively neutral.

The “original” 6 “petal” version is available in pastel pink.

I also tried a 5 “petal” version in the same color. Which one do you prefer?

Check out more Perpetual Spring in-stocks in store!

15% off selected designs!

Le Petit Cadeau

“Le Petit Cadeau” is French for “The Little Gift”.

A very similar sounding name is “Kado”, and it is believed that those with the name Kado have a pure, wild and fierce heart that is full of love.

Going about every day life, I believe it is not about grand gestures, but all the little things we do, no matter how small that truly makes the difference. Every little win in life should be celebrated, no matter how small. And the simple act of reaching out to a friend having a hard time should not be underestimated.

Just waking up to a new day might be an accomplishment for someone. Sometimes it’s okay if all you did today was breathe.

Technology has taken over our lives, and many of us have forgotten what it feels like to receive a handwritten note especially on a day when you’re feeling down. I hope to change that. Send physical cards instead of Whatsapp texts, they are two very different things. A WhatsApp text is but a text no matter how you word it, but putting in just a bit more effort to send a physical card says a lot more.

“You matter to me, You are worth it,

You are enough.”

I created Le Petit Cadeau with the hope to encourage you to reach out to your friends, even if it is just to let them know that you miss them, make someone’s day with a little gift filled with lots of love! :) ♡♡♡

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Sunflowers, the universal flower of happiness!

After much “battling” with technology, to be exact as an IT noob trying to configure name servers and what not, I decided to leave Jeanine Gabrielle as my blog page and rename the store “Le Petit Cadeau”. I think it makes sense since basically everything in the store makes a great little gift for a loved one. You will find my new paper flowers under the “Petite Fleur” tab in store. Of course, you can still shop crocheted items, accessories and quirky goods for your home.

Here are some ideals that this new collection revolves around.

1. They last FOREVER.

Paper flowers are by no means a replacement for real flowers, they are an alternative option. But the fact is that paper flowers are not going to die on you like real flowers do. I always feel reluctant to throw out flowers when they have withered, it just feels so painful to throw away something that was so beautiful just the day before! With paper flowers, you don’t have to worry about changing the water every day or leaving them in the office over the weekend. They’ll be fine on their own.

A custom order of Petit Pots for Teacher’s Day.

2. Highly customisable!

In the world of paper flowers, you are limited only by your own imagination. Green roses? Why not?

Petit bouquet customised according to recipient’s favourite colors!

It allows me to create pieces that are fun and unique in their own way. No two will ever be the same. Have fun! Mix and match flowers and colors or if you’re really have no idea how to go about picking a combination, just let me know what you need and consider it done. :)

3. They can be shipped very “discretely”.

This was one of the main consideration factors for me. Keeping them small means they can be delivered via normal mail which crosses out heavy shipping costs, and secondly, who would expect to receive flowers in an unsuspecting 15 x 15 box? SURPRISE!

Mini orchid and potted roses

4. Minimal Space.

On the topic of size, they also do not invade your space. The pots take up at most a 5cm square of space so they’re perfect for those empty corners too. I make them in such a way that they can stand on their own, of course you can put some double sided foam tape on the bottom to keep them in place as they are pretty weightless. (No they won’t double up as paper weights, unfortunately) I also have “hanging pot” options that you can hang up on your office desk board! Absolutely no vases required.

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5. Three Words, Handmade With LOVE.

Crafting is something that has been close to my heart for as long as I can remember. Like I said, it’s the accumulation of small things that people will remember in the long run. Handmade items just have that extra something, knowing that someone put time and effort into creating something just for you. If that doesn’t make you feel special I don’t know what will.

I always include handwritten notes in my orders, it just wouldn’t be complete otherwise!

If you managed to get to the end of this very long post, THANK YOU!

I hope “Le Petit Cadeau” brings you as much happiness and love as it does for me. :)

Calm Amidst The Chaos

To say that time flies would be an understatement.

A year and 3 months later, I find myself revisiting my old self. But why? Because, life happened.

And now, in the midst of this madness caused by the COVID-19 virus, I finally feel like I have time to myself. After all, the past year and a half has been a total whirlwind, time just flew past. I remember leaving beni, taking a break and then starting a new job at Shangri-la last January which didn’t quite work out. Before I knew it I landed another job and as cliche as it might sound, yes, the rest is history.

I always dreamt about working in the wedding industry, there was just something magical about planning someone’s big day. I finally got the offer to do that, although it isn’t quite as magical as I envisioned it to be, it is worth it in the end.

Due to the current situation, I’ve gained a lot more free time and putting work aside to be creative really helps to keep my sanity in a way.

It may seem like a daunting task at first but once you see what you can create with paper, you just want to keep doing more and challenging yourself to do better every day.

I’ve been going back and forth with the idea of creating a new crepe paper flower section for the online store, speaking of which I have neglected for the past year and only started updating over a week ago.

I’m trying my best to tidy up the site and maybe start building content on the blog again, but in the meantime, go check out my new airpod cosies!

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“But the reality is, times are unpredictable.”

How long will COVID-19 last? Until when will we have to practice social distancing? When will life go back to normal?

Amidst the chaos, I guess there’s a silver lining even in the worst situations such as this.

It all depends on how you make it out to be.

Crocheted Blooms Exclusives!

In this post…

Just a handful of in-stock pieces up for grabs!

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Crocheted Blooms in Baby Teal $24.90 (Exclusive) Pending payment

5 crocheted baby teal puff flowers embellished with glass pearls. 

One piece in-stock only, no remakes, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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SOLD Crocheted Blooms in Ecru $24.90 (Exclusive)

5 crocheted puff flowers in a unique wool blend, embellished with glass pearls. 

One piece in-stock only, no remakes, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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Crocheted Blooms in Peach $24.90 (Exclusive)

5 crocheted peach puff flowers embellished with glass pearls. 

One piece in-stock only, no remakes, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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Crocheted Blooms in Blue $24.90

5 crocheted blue puff flowers embellished with glass pearls. 

One piece in-stock with limited remakes, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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SOLD  Structured Blooms in Teal $24.90 (Exclusive)

A black-teal version of the previously sold out Structured Blooms!

One piece in-stock only, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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To order, please check the following options accordingly. An invoice will be sent to you within 24-48 hours if the item is available.

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The Crocheted Blooms!

Hey girls! Here’s a super mini collection of the previously sold out crocheted floral blooms! 2 pieces are unsticks and 1 more Ivory piece is available by remake.

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Crocheted blooms is a simple statement piece that is great for daily wear! Now in 3 colors!

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Crocheted Blooms in Blue $24.90 (By remake only)

5 crocheted blue puff flowers embellished with glass pearls. 

One piece in-stock with limited remakes, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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SOLD Crocheted Blooms in Coral $24.90

5 crocheted coral puff flowers embellished with glass pearls. Perfect for that weekend outfit!

One piece instock, no remakes, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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SOLD Crocheted Blooms in Ivory $24.90

5 crocheted ivory puff flowers embellished with glass pearls. Please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

Please drop me an email if you are interested in a remake! jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com

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To order, please check the following options accordingly. An invoice will be sent to you within 24-48 hours if the item is available.

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Floral Throwbacks!

Are you ready for a #floralthrowback?

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Many of you have asked if I still make floral statement pieces since I went back to the F&B industry close to 2 years ago, and the truth is I just haven’t had the time to sit down and really get creative apart from working on a couple of customised wedding bouquets. Now, waiting to begin a new job and adventure, I finally have some time to post items I made but have been too busy to add to the store and I have listed these at very special prices. :)

A BIG THANK YOU to each one of you for your support all these years! :)

*All items shown are the actual pieces and I won’t be doing remakes at the moment.

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(Top) Crocheted Blooms in dark blue, this design is only available in Ivory at the moment.

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Crocheted Blooms in Ivory $24.90 SOLD

5 crocheted ivory puff flowers embellished with glass pearls.

Only one piece in-stock, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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The Girl Next Door $36 SOLD

This one is a mix of blush/nude pink and a medium pink combination which comes very close to the original Girl Next Door!

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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downtoearthDown to Earth $36 SOLD

I would consider this a toned down version of “The Girl Next Door”, made with luxe satin fabric, this petite bouquet will add a floral touch to your outfit without being overly loud.

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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kaleidoscopedreams-blueKaleidoscope Dreams (Blue) $36 SOLD

A blue variation of the original Kaleidoscope Dreams ($45) from “The Carnival Collection“. Very much toned down for daily wear!

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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Black and Blue $36  SOLD

A remake of the previously sold out Black & Blue V3 ($45), a versatile piece that takes you from work to weekend!

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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Coral Blooms $28 SOLD

This is for the girl who loves a pop of color! Paired with black and grey fabric, this is definitely not your usual bouquet…

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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Poppy Party $21.90 SOLD

 The perfect piece for the weekend! These 3 blood red poppies will add a fun floral touch to that weekend outfit. Cord length is adjustable.

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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blackbeautySOLD Black Beauty $32

Maybe color is too much for you, but that doesn’t mean you cannot accessorise with florals! This Black Beauty is classy and the bow lends a preppy vibe to the piece, just don’t go black on black.

One piece only, no remakes once sold.

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Psychedelic Blooms $36 SOLD

This experimental piece is similar to the previously sold “Chunky Monkey Busy Bee”, just in my favourite color combinations. Heads will definitely turn with this one!

One piece only, no remakes once sold, please take note that colors may reflect differently on screen.

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Let’s Get Cosy!

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See ya later alligator pencil case $27.90

Measures approximately 26cm x 9.5cm with zip closure. Kids would love this one!

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Adventure Time Jake Card Holder $11.90

Measures approximately 7.5cm x 10.5cm, top slit to attach a lanyard.

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Lomo Camera card holder $24.90

Measures approximately 10cm x 8.5cm, back flap with button closure and side loop to attach lanyard or keyring.

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Crocheted Strawberry Coin Pouch $11.90

Measures approximately 8.5cm x 8.5cm (laid flat), back button closure.

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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

Not Your Average Ring Pillow

I’ve made a handful of ring pillows since I started working on wedding customisations. The most challenging one was the airforce plane I worked on some time last year; or so I thought. I received a request to have a ring pillow made to resemble a Hermès Birkin Bag. My initial thoughts were far from optimistic. It was a bag well-known for it’s detailed craftsmanship, how would I be able to replicate it, in a mini version no less?

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I spent hours studying the structure of the bag through photos from every angle I could find. It was no easy feat, but I did it, eventually. As they say, there’s nothing you cannot achieve if you put your heart and mind to it. Your brain will find a way to work things out if you are determined enough.

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Black Hermès Birkin Bag Ring Pillow

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I did a “mock up” so I could tweak the design and make sure it was feasible. The details show better on the green piece compared to the black. Personally, the green trumps the black; green just seems to have that Kate Spade “vibe”. It is ready to use as a ring pillow, or if you’re a huge fan of the Birkin, this definitely makes a cute keepsake.

If you’re interested to purchase it, feel free to send me an email at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com