Category Archives: Etsy

First day of March

This morning I drank strong Italian stovetop coffee, admired my flowers and thought how exciting it is that Spring is just around the corner. Happy Friday everybody! ♥

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unicorn

flowers

flowers

dream catcher

dream catcher

Unicorn cup by Superfumi.
Gypset travel book by Julia Chaplin.
Dream catcher from Denver, USA.

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Nest of the Bluebird

Genevieve from Nest of the Bluebird started creating when she checked out a stack of books from the library on ethnic adornments from around the world. African tribal beadwork, Oaxacan embroidery, Hmong Hill Tribe needlework, the colors used by the Morrocan Berber, the brightly hued silks of India. They all coalesced in her mind and what emerged was her current collection of designs. She started making these pieces based on her own desire for a bold pop of colour to enhance her often neutral wardrobe. She wanted something lightweight and comfortable even when the pieces are larger in size.

Her process begins with her favorite part, the selection of colours. Much of her day is absorbed with care of her impish 2 year old daughter Vivian, and as they play with blocks or she watches her play at the park, her mind is a flurry of colour combinations. She finds inspiration everywhere she goes. Textile prints, nature, children’s books, art, and photography. When she finally lands on the “right” colour combination, it’s like she has written a little melody that she just wants to keep humming. Each colour arrangement has the ability to evoke a particular mood or emotion.

She loves the process of creating something handmade and then sending it out into the world. She hopes the wearers of her creations feel energized, confident and maybe even a little sassy. Perhaps they will feel the good vibes infused into them by her hands as she happily created them. She has so many ideas for future creations so stayed tuned!

What a great message to pass out to you before the new week starts. Isn’t it lovely to hear that there are people out there that love what they do.

Vintage Ganesh painting

Vintage Ganesh painting

Our home

Our home

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Vintage Ganesh print from India

Vintage Ganesh print from India

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

Nest of the Bluebird necklace

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Cleopatra’s Bling: Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon

I’ve been having so much fun styling the new collection in my boutique called “Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon”. Here are some of the photos- what do you think? Some of them have sold, but I have an enormous amount left. We go to India on Tuesday so get in your orders quick if interested. If there are any rings that you wish to purchase please email me on olivia@oh-la-la-livia.com xoxox

Cleopatra's Bling

Cleopatra’s Bling

Cleopatra's Bling

Cleopatra’s Bling

Cleopatra's Bling

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Cleopatra's Bling

Cleopatra’s Bling

Cleopatra's Bling

Cleopatra’s Bling

Cleopatra's Bling

Cleopatra’s Bling

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Vert Cerise helps with Christmas

I came across this shop on Etsy- it’s as cute as a button! I was kindly sent two mini cahiers. Laetitia, a charming French lady, is offering a discount of 20% for my readers on her Etsy store so when you are checking out put in the code “OHLALA20″. Get your orders in quick before Christmas. I really love her stickers. All her pieces are handmade in France. I love the idea of that. Add some originality to your wrapping this year, it changes a gift completely!

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

Vert Cerise

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Christmas and Cleopatra’s Bling

It’s been so busy here. Why at the end of every year does everything get so hectic? I don’t know why people think that the world ends every Christmas, it should be about having fun!

I absolutely adore wrapping presents. It’s something that I look forward to. I get very elaborate… rose petals, cinnamon sticks, dried Autumn leaves, handmade cards. I have been wrapping orders today from my boutique Cleopatra’s Bling. Then I send them off to loved ones and everybody is happy. I don’t know anybody that doesn’t enjoy receiving a present in the mail, do you?

Cleopatra's Bling Cluster Rings

Cleopatra’s Bling Cluster Rings

Cleopatra's Bling Cluster Rings

Cleopatra’s Bling Cluster Rings

Cleopatra's Bling Cluster Rings

Cleopatra’s Bling Cluster Rings

Cleopatra's Bling Christmas Wrapping

Cleopatra’s Bling Christmas Wrapping

To see the whole collection, like my facebook page and check out the album Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon. It’s so dreamy.

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In other news, we go to India next Tuesday- cannot wait to start updating you from there. I cannot begin to express my excitement.

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Fun with felt accessories

Christine has a precious little online boutique on Etsy where she sells all kinds of gorgeous accessories that would suit any occasion- parties, photobooth strips, cupcake toppers or super striped straws.

I think they would be perfect for a photbooth themed wedding, don’t you?After having seen moustache accessories in $2 shops, I can assure you that what Christine does is a thousand times more aesthetic.

After a few glasses of wine, everything feels so much funnier. I decided to share some of our fun photos with you all. See? We’re all just big kids afterall. Meg from De Quelle Planète Es Tu also put up photos from our fun gig.

It’s important to notice the people who have small businesses who put their heart and soul into what they do. Etsy is the perfect place to start (see my boutique here and here). Christine’s boutique on Etsy really stood out to me because I could feel the passion behind what she does, even in the simple precision of her photos.

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Antonin + Margaux

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Je suis tombée sur le magasin d’Antonin and Margaux et j’ai trouvé leurs petits carnets aaaaaadorable! Dans un monde où tout le monde parle de la crise, je suis toujours ravie de voir les gens qui suivent leur rêve. Ils m’ont envoyé un petit sac “Thank God it’s Friday” et deux carnets adorables qui vont me servir pendant mon voyage à Pondicherry en Inde dans quelque semaines. Je me demande toujours comment se lancent les personnes qui ont des petites boutiques (comme moi!) et donc je leur ai posé quelques questions:

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1. Comment avez-vous trouvé l’inspiration de commencer votre boutique?
À la base on est tous les deux graphistes et on s’est mis à faire de la sérigraphie dans notre jardin parce qu’on trouvait ça cool de pouvoir imprimer nos visuels nous même.
On a commencé par faire des tee-shirts pour nos copains et puis quand on a eu fini nos études, on a monté Antonin + Margaux.
C’est d’abord une société de graphisme mais on a décidé d’ouvrir une boutique en ligne sous le même nom. Au début, on avait juste deux motifs, Thank God It’s Friday et Holy Shit It’s Monday et on ne les sérigraphiaient que sur des sacs en toile. Puis on a er des commandes qui nous ont permises de développer ce côté d’Antonin + Margaux, maintenant, on vend des sacs, des tee-shirts et de la papeterie. Et on souhaite développer encore plein de nouvelles choses !

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2. Depuis quand avez vous votre boutique?
On vient de regarder et ça fait tout juste un an ! Donc on a ouvert notre boutique le 28 novembre 2011. On l’a un peu laissée en jachère pendant plusieurs mois, on s’en occupe vraiment à fond depuis six mois.
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3. Où trouvez-vous votre inspiration?
Ce serait trop facile de répondre partout, mais c’est un peu vrai.
On est toujours à l’affut, on est de très gros consommateurs d’image.
On se balade beaucoup sur internet et on a une grande bibliothèque dans notre atelier.
Souvent, on griffonne un truc sur un coin de papier quand on est au téléphone ou en réunion et on se dit ” Ça, c’est cool ! On va en faire quelque chose pour la boutique !”
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4. Qu’est-ce qui vous plait le plus dans votre travail?
Le processus de création, c’est à dire partir d’un griffonnage sur un bout de papier, en passant par le choix du support et enfin faire les photos pour la boutique.
Et puis on est aussi contents de pouvoir choisir ce que l’on fait, on a la chance d’être indépendants.

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5. Quels sont vos aspirations pour l’avenir?
Continuer à alimenter notre boutique avec des nouveautés, faire de nouvelles collaborations enrichissantes et faire des voyages inspirants !
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Je vous invite de vous rendre sur leur site et magasin Etsy ainsi que leur page facebook!

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A unicorn and deer afternoon in Paris

To make life sweeter, I love my afternoon latté and a little treat. On Thursday I decided to get myself a handful of choukettes (a delightful little puff of French pastry with sugar on top- not to be overdone in quantity). Coffee time is so cosy at the moment here in my apartment because the sun goes down early and I turn on the big lamp on our living room which gives a honey glow to the room and I sink into the couch with my latté.

I am so smitten with my new cups from Claudia from Superfumi.

Being Australian, I absolutely love European animals because my childhood was koalas, kangaroos and possums. I find deers so precious. Their big eyes! Obviously my unicorn obsession is just because I’m a girly girl.

 

I highly reccomend you visit her Etsy shop here because she has a new range that just came out. All of the products are handmade in the UK.

What treats do you have planned for the weekend?

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Adorbale Cupcake Toppers to Brighten up Any Day

These cupcake toppers are made by a lovely lady who is supporting her family because she is an American Army Wife. I cannot imagine what this must be like but what better way to make her role as a mother and army wife meet by being crafty to support her family. Her Etsy shop is filled with cute cupcake toppers. She is offering a 10% discount for all of my readers on her Etsy shop for the month of November with the code: PARIS10. Why don’t you stock up for Christmas?

She sent me koala toppers because I am Australian :)

And frogs for my Frenchman, J.

They are really well made, strong, perfectly cut and do not bend easily.

I cannot wait to make cupcakes with them and to post photos for you all.

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