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

Earth laughs in flowers.

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Earth laughs in flowers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am surrounded by flowers everyday. While they’re not real life living breathing flowers, they still make me happy all the same. It is no surprise I am so in love with what I do.. I’ve been trying to experiment with different types of flowers lately, so I thought I’d share some floral love!

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I tried making some really cute paper roses! I think these would be great for adding a pop of fun and color to a house party, you know, birthdays, baby showers.. or even a DIY wedding party! Strung together I think they would make some pretty rad rose garlands!

Would you use paper flowers around your home? Share your thoughts! :)

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Camellias… Made famous by Chanel no less! I started making these last month and I must say these are quite a popular pick for bridal hair accessories. I can’t wait to see the photos from the weddings, will definitely share them when I get my hands on them. :D

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A quick update!

If you missed the previous Black & Blue V3 remakes, good news! I’ve restocked the fabric and remakes are available, place your order {{ here }} or drop me an email at jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com :)

Follow me on Instagram {{ @jeaninegabrielle }} for sneak peeks of the upcoming Carnival Collection!

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I’ll leave you with more flowers for now!

Have a great week everyone! xx

Shades of ivory, pink and topped with pearls on top

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After working on a couple of bridal bouquets, I’ve realised that shades of ivory and pink seem to be a favourite amongst brides. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll stick to the norm when my turn comes (eventually).  Everyone loves this latest bouquet, I had a customer tell me this bouquet is fit for a Princess, and I think I have to agree! *cues Disney princess song*

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I’m all about uniqueness and exclusivity, so I like to make sure that no two bouquets are ever the same. In fact, no two flowers are carbon copies of each other; each and every flower has it’s own identity, just like nature intended it to be.

I still get people asking me if these are real flowers, well, as alive as they look, they are actually made of fabric. The advantage? These will outlive and outlast real life flowers, and you can do tons of stuff with it after you walk down the aisle. Take the bouquet apart after your wedding and rearrange the flowers in simple mason jars or leave the bouquet as it is on your bedside table and relive your wedding day every single day. That actually sounds like a great daily reminder as to why you said “I DO”.

What would you do with your wedding bouquet if it could last a lifetime?

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To Dao Bin & Wei Yen, my heartiest congratulations, and may married life be everything you expected and more! xx

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Are YOU planning your special day? Or know of someone who is? Feel free to contact me should you have any questions at all, jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com

Please note that the colors featured in this post may not be available at all times, and depends solely on fabric availability at the time of your order.

Once in a lifetime, one chance to create memories that will last forever.

At the beginning of the year I decided that I would start working on wedding related products this year, and I did! Bouquets, corsages, hair pieces, I just haven’t had time to sit down and document everything properly so here goes nothing.

This is the latest bouquet I’m working on, and it is one of my favourites personally.

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Unlike previous bouquets I have completed which leaned more to safe colour combinations, this one is a lot bolder and unconventional. It is still in the works though, but I’ll definitely update again once the arrangement is finalised.

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My very first bouquet for Danny & Valene, I heard they got tons of compliments while doing their pre-wedding shoot in Taiwan!

And that’s just one advantage of having a fabric bouquet, you can get it months before the actual wedding, use it for shoots, travel with it, and then take it down the aisle on your special day. I can’t wait to see their wedding shots!

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The second bouquet for Seng Wee & Xin Yi, a subtle, sweet bouquet of baby pink and ivory roses and peonies.

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Luscious ivory rose hair pins that were made for Valene. These are so versatile, you can pop on into a high bun or classy chignon any day! Who says only brides can wear flowers in their hair? :)

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Spencer and a previous lot of peony flower corsages.

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The question people most frequently ask me is, “Do you actually make all these flowers?”

“Yes, I do.” Each one handmade with attention to every petal, and as much hard work as they are, these flowers  never fail to make my day. Yes, making flowers from scratch compared to buying them off the shelf and putting them together in a bouquet is extremely tedious, but I believe there’s just something special about handmade that’s different. One thing is for sure though, these “forever bouquets” will make your memories of that special day last forever… :)

Are YOU planning your special day? Or know of someone who is? Feel free to contact me should you have any questions at all, jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com

Please note that the colors featured in this post may not be available at all times, and depends solely on fabric availability at the time of your order.

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

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