Tuesday morning news

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to give you a small update on both the blog and Kirameku's Etsy shop. As many of you know, I'm now taking classes on web design so I want to kick up this blog design 4 knotches all at once. I was all ready to do that this morning, with my steaming cup of tea and my class notes on the side. But as it turns out I don't know enough yet to go play in those pages and pages of codes of CSS. Well, maybe this blog design will have to be progressive and changed twice before I can finally say that I am completely happy with it. So my apologies in advance everyone if you keep coming on this blog and finding it switched a few times. But like James Bonds says : practice makes it perfect. So this blog will become my test project to see how well I can put my new notions in practice.

Also, stay tuned for a very special and sweet post on Valentine's day! I have a little surprise for you and I hope you will fall in love with it. For my international readers, just a heads up, it is a lovely store that is located in Montreal, so if you ever come visit, make sure to stop by there! :D

But I'm not saying much more, it's a surprise! I will tweet when the article will be ready, but it is scheduled for Valentine's day.

And finally, I just wanted to say that I was so inspired but the latest Crate and Barrell's email newsletter that I just have to make a ring in those colours! The colour combo is simply too pretty to be put aside. Back to the atelier, I will make some more pieces for the upcoming spring : )

On this everyone, thanks for stopping by!
Your comments are most welcome, feel free to drop me a word or two : )


Kirameku interview + goodies giveaway : )

Hi everyone! : )

I hope you all had a wonderful week-end! I had a great one, I was at a very dear friend's chalet and it was simply amazing. I had the chance to recharge my batteries and fuel up on sun and nature. How perfect is that? : )

On this beautiful - but awfully cold - monday morning, I want to invite you all on my friend's Lisa blog, Fashion by the Min, to fuel up on glamour. She just released a wonderful 2.0 version of her fashion blog. It is simply gorgeous. She was super kind and made time to release at the same time an exclusive interview with Kirameku paired with a very special goodie giveaway. Curious? Simply click on the link above to read it all and discover her amazing blog.

On this everyone, have a lovely day! :D
And  thank you for stopping by!

* M *


School… Wait, what?!

Hi everyone!

Wow, I never thought I would say this so soon, but looks like I'm going back to school. Well, maybe I'm being too dramatic about it lol, but I feel like the wooden chairs are still imprinted on my bottom. (Remember, I graduated in 2011) Fine, it's only two months and part time and all but still, I guess it comes as a surprise to me too lol! It's a bit strange to think that I'll be taking web design classes with a pen and notebook, but nothing beats paper for me - media speaking.
But hey, I've got a bit of extra time so why not? New year, new skill, horray! : )

Oh and I just want to take a minute to say a bit thank you to Sarah of the AAA Support Team for making me the Shop of the day : ) It was really sweet of her and I also want to thank everyone who took the time to stop by my shop and promote. What a great way to start the year.

2014 sure sounds full of surprises! :D And stay posted, some new jewelry is getting listed this week. Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!


Ready for a Handmade Valentine's Day?

Hi everyone! : )

Valentine's days is almost here, countdown : 1 month. How about you create something special for this year? Everyone loves some handmade attention. I thought that I might give you a few suggestions to help you get started : )

Got a tiny budget? 
No problem! I've got a few trics in my pocket to help you out. And tiny budget doesn't mean cheap, no worries! Your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife will appreciate if you took your time to make something special for them that is full of your love. : )

For the foodie or the choco-holic :
Handmade truffles :
Truffles are really easy to make! And what's best, you can personalize them very easily! You can make them in advance so you can wait until your sweetheart is out of the house before making this delicious gift! You can store them up to two weeks, so the only worry you'll have is to hide them well in your fridge!  Here's one of my favourite from Martha Stewart website:

Love truffles but you want a healthier option? Check out this Avocado-based truffles recipe from Crazy for Crust blog.

Candle-light diner at home : 
If you want to have a more personal night than just going out to a restaurant, how about you cook his or her favourite meal, dim the lights, light up tons of candles and put on your sexiest pair of heels and dress? Take your time with your sweetie, take a break of all this crazy hectic schedule and enjoy every minute! 
Want to surprise them with an original meal? Here's my suggestion :

Sweet and sticky pomegranate chicken from How Sweet it is, with a simple salad
 and close with a delicious  homemade chocolate pudding from Buttered Side Up blog (tried this recipe and it's super easy and delicious!)

For the DIY-er in you :
As a few of you may know, I'm a pinterest addict - or almost lol! I've narrowed down three of my favourite DIYs from Pinterest for Valentine's day :

Got a bit more you can spend but there's no time for you to make something?
Your sweetheart loves flowers but you hate that they wither away? Make a stop by The Crimson Poppy website to order a unique, handmade paper flower bouquet that will stay forever pretty.

Copyrigts The Crimson Poppy
* All rights reserved to The Crimson Poppy

May it be for jewelry, for gourmet or lingerie gifts, Etsy is filled with gorgeous shops that are sharing their love for handmade and giving you more options than you can think of.

Here's my suggestions from Kirameku for this Valentine's day :

That's if for me today guys! : )  If you have more Valentine's day ideas, please feel free to post it in the comments below! :D


Kirameku in 2014

Good evening everyone ! : )

Oh yes, as I mentioned in my previous post, time has fly. But what about Kirameku you might say? Did you left it on the side too like your blog? Well, yes and no… I didn't had enough time on my hand to do as many new products and promotions as I wish I had, but I enlisted in more craft fairs than in 2011. Some were good and some were bad but overall, I love it as much as the first time I tried it and I want to do 3 craft shows at least this year. I'm very glad Etsy has a Local market prototype and I can't wait to use it! Basically you can put up in your shop the location of your upcoming craft fairs. That is awesome! 

Now, I've had more free time on my hands from the end of 2013 and for the beginning of 2014. So, as a good graphic designer, I wasn't totally satisfied about my shop's image, so I rebranded it! Let me show you, I'm so proud of it! :D

Here's the Valentine's day shop banner. A lot of my visitors loved the bookeh effect on the Christmas banner, so I decided to keep it for this one too.

 Here are the ads that you will see on a few blogs and websites.

And here is the wonderful mini-cards from Moo! :D I simply love Moo and I love their products  Quality print, affordable prices, funky options and made from sustainable sources …? What more can you ask?! 
And now I still have to work on my packaging. I'll keep you guys posted : )

''But, what about the paper earrings'' you'll say. ''I loved those!'' Well, a new collection is still in R&D, but I found some amazing new papers and I think they will be perfect for this fall! Right now with the scarves and all, I don't think long dangling paper earrings are such a good idea. I'm a big fan of those, but it's such a mess when they get stuck in your favourite scarf… :S

Yep yep, I sure kept busy! I've also introduced a wedding collection in my necklaces - those have pearls and Swarovski crystals in plus of the classic berry charm.

Also, last but not least, there was a lot of re-shooting my products in the last few months. It was a huge task but I think it was definitely worth it! I read a lot about online marketing and I want to share a few articles with you about it. But that's going to be for another time.

So, let`s sum this up ! 
Sales : 123
Twitter follower : 627
Blog follower : 92
Items : 69
Heart shop : 750

Thank you so much for taking the time to check all my hard work ! : )
Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions below! :D


2014 : New year, new life!

Hi everyone!

Hum…. first of all I have to apologize to all of you for disappearing like that for heurm, two years…(outch!) My sincere apologies to all of you dear readers. From my last entry ( my Illustration & Design vernissage) in 2011, my life took a very fast and might I say, unexpected turn.

From that summer with the vernissage, I ended up with a new job, a new home, then with another new job and pretty much with a new life.  The last two years have had their share of ups and downs and time seemed to have just disappeared from my schedule. I was alway busy - you had proof with my school years posts - but the last two years seemed hectic, with way too much to do and with way not enough time. And the ''me'' time seemed to have dissapered in the land of missing socks. You know it was there one day and simply gone the next.