Friday, 26 June 2015

My Little French Riviera Box

 Another month, another Little Box review. I was excited to see the theme this month as this is once again where I come from. Here is what I got in my box and what I thought about it.

 This month again, my little world came in a poster form and although I did not mind this the previous months as it had on the back a poster size Kanako illustration, this month I was disappointed to see what looks to me as some sort of summer lookbook which I would not think of puting up on the wall. The contents of the magasine were not bad, there were some interesting looking tutorials.

 One of the goodies was this set of 2 pot covers. The prints on them are lovely, I love the colourscheme. Although they don't look like they would last very long if put outside I am hoping they will not fall apart when I start using them in one of my bathroom cabinets to keep smaller products together and organised.

 Those sunglasses were a very good idea ! I am very pleased they are not black and are light and comfortable to wear. They look like they would offer a very good protection. I will be testing them on my holidays in a few weeks and let you know how they were.

 This month we got 3 beauty products. A lovely blue nailpolish, a body scrub from my Little Beauty and a leave in hair treatments from Kerastase. The nailpolish is a nice colour, perfect for summer. The body scrub has a very fresh scent and a lovely light blue colour as well. Unfortunately as it contains a lot of silicones, I will not be trying the Kerastase treatment and will give it to my sister.

And last but not least, the print which I love. This one will definetely end up on my wall in my sewing room.

I hope you liked this review and if you would to see a video of me opening the box, you can find it just below :)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Taking the plunge

I have always believed strongly in two things.

1. that everything happens for a reason trust my instincts.

I haven't got a clue whether it is a good or bad thing but until now following this has led me to make choices that brought me closer to some of my goals in life. So unless proven otherwise, I will keep doing this.

When I embarked on this journey I never thought I could ever get to where I am now. I started Mademoiselle Poupette (at the time Julie's Crafty Creations) when I was pregnant with Eoghan. I had a very difficult pregnancy and was really bored so started to create more and more things. I was posting pictures of my makes on my personal profile on Facebook and my friends kept telling me I should sell them. A few months later (september 2011) I decided to create my Facebook page and see what happens. For the first year, most of the people who bought my creations were people I knew but after a year or so more and more people I did not know started to come to my page and placed orders with me. In September 2013, I made the decision to go part-time in my day job to be able to make orders part time and was pleased to see that it was a sustainable situation. It also allowed me to grow my little business until I had to take a step back to grow my little baby :)

In the past 6 months so many things happened that I felt like I was stuck at a crossroad for quite some time and I knew I needed something to change. Those have been the hardest 6 months of my life but they have helped me come to the conclusion that I should do everything I can to reach my ultimate goals. What are they, you may ask ? Well this will sum it up. I want to be able to give my family a happy life while doing something that makes me happy. Which leads to what I really want to tell you in this post.I am taking the plunge, I am becoming Mademoiselle Poupette full time ! As you may have noticed, I now have 2 pages on Facebook:  Mademoiselle Poupette for all my creations, orders etc and More Mademoiselle Poupette which is linked to my YouTube channel and where I share videos and photos of my daily life, product reviews and other fun things.

This might not work out the way I would like it to and I might have to reverse to 2 part time jobs if it doesn't but the only way I will ever know is if I do give it a shot. For the past few years, sewing has been my hobby, my job, my escape when I needed it. My sewing machine is almost like a therapist sometimes. It also allows me to be able to work while not missing any moments with my little monkeys, they grow up really fast and I feel very fortunate that I can be there for them.

I hope many of you will continue to follow me on my new adventure. Your support makes it so worth it ! I am still on maternity leave but will reopen my order book very soon and am also working on new designs which I hope you will like.

I will end this post with a picture of the 2 little guy who have been keeping me smiling when times were tough and are the main reason behind my decision.

Julie xx

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Family Holiday Day 4 & 5

Day 4 :

This was to me one of the best days we had during our holidays. We first went for a bit of shopping and then spent the day in Dublin Zoo. As we had been there last October we were expecting to not be amazed by our visit. But we were happily surprised to discover some enclosures had just been improved making the visit even nicer. Although I know animals are happier in the wild I find that compared to some other zoo the enclosures are much bigger, closer to their natural habitats and there is a real effort made with the plants and flowers all around the zoo. I would really recommend this zoo for a lovely family day out.

We then went back to the hotel and ordered a takeaway from a nearby thai restaurant wich wasn't nice at all. We then attempted to watch angels and demons but I fell asleep half way through so cannot tell you what I thought of it :)

Day 5 : 

For our last day, after checking out, we went to Dublin city centre. We had heard some very good and very bad things about the Wax Museum and decided to give it a shot. It was the one place I would not recommend out of our whole holiday. Not only was it very hard to recognise the wax figures but it looked dated, everywhere was really dark. To sum it up, it was rubbish lol. We then went for a walk around the town and stopped for a bit to eat before heading back home. This holiday was a great way to put behind us the last 6 months which had put a big strain on our lives.

We hope you liked to follow our adventures. don't hesitate to let us know in the comments xxx

Say hello to the new Fox Cushion

This is probably one of the designs that has been requested the most everytime I asked for suggestions. As it happened to be an animal I love I decided he had to be next to join the cushion range. This first one was already claimed by Eoghan but they will be available to order very soon. In the meantime, here are some photos of Eoghan and his new friend. I hope you like him xx

Friday, 12 June 2015

Family Holiday Day 2 & 3

Day 2 :

After a nice breakfast in the hotel, we headed to Imaginosity, Dublin's children museum. I think it was probably, Eoghan's favourite time of the holidays. The paradise of all the children who enjoy pretend play. I had picked an early afternoon on a weekday which was great as other children were in school and Eoghan had most of the place to himself.

We then went to Dundrum shopping centre and had a lovely dinner in Jamie's Italian. I had been wanting to go there for ages and was not disappointed.

Day 3 :

We had prebooked a car park in Dublin City centre for that day. We started with Dublinia, the Viking museum. James and I had been there before the first year we were together and it was strange to think how much our lives have changed since the last time we were there.

We then met with some of my friends and did a bit of shopping, went for a walk in a park and to a lovely coffee shop. We had first planned to bring Eoghan to the natural history museum but by that stage we were all getting very tired and we thought there was no much point in bringing a very tired little boy to do even more walking and headed back to the Hotel.

We ordered a takeaway from Eddie Rocket's in the nearby shopping centre and watched Interstellar before going to bed.

Follow the rest of our trip tomorrow and don't hesitate to leave some comments and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Family Holiday in Dublin - Day 1

After the madness of the past few months, we decided a little break was necessary to get back to a normal life. We go on holidays twice a year to visit my family in France but the last time we went on a holiday somewhere else was before we were even married.

We decided to go somewhere not too far and family friendly and decided on Dublin. Over the next few days you will be able to follow our adventures on the blog and YouTube.

Day 1 :

We left right after Eoghan finished school at 12. The trip took less than 2 hours which was perfect as I did not have to stop on the road to feed Alfie. He actually slept the whole time. Eoghan did not have time to get bored either. I had brought plenty of things to keep him busy in the car.

As we could not check in before 3pm and arrived early we went for a little walk around the nearby shopping centre before going to the hotel. The room was nice and the hotel had an on site indoor playroom, playground and swimming pool which was perfect to keep Eoghan entertained.

We went for dinner at the Italian restaurant of our hotel. Although it was really nice I thought it was a bit pricey for what you got but we enjoyed it anyway.

Once Eoghan and Alfie were asleep I had a nice relaxing bath with a one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush in it, The Conforter. I ended up having a bath every night when I usually don't really enjoy baths as i just get bored in them. But after a lot of walking each day I really appreciated them.

If you want to see more about our day, here is the vlog of day 1. Come back tomorrow for day 2 and don't hesitate to leave comments, subscribe to our Youtube Channel and like our facebook page to get updates when we post new content.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

My Little Provence Box (May 2015)

This post will be the start of a series you will find here every month. My Little Box is a monthly subscription box which is originally French but now is also available in the UK. It is something I really look forward to receiving every month. Some months are better than others but overall it is the best box I have tried so far.

This month, the theme was Provence. As it is where I am originally from, I was quite excited !

Most months, the box contains a print from illustrator Kanako. I love them and have been keeping them all to frame my favourites. I was very pleased about the print this month which did represent Provence in the summer quite well. 

For the past 2 months, My little world, changed from a magazine  to a poster form. It is a good idea as there are not as many ads, you still get the same content and also a poster size illustration by Kanako.

One thing I love about this box in general is the fun little goodies you get in it most months. This month a thing I loved (because I am a big child) was the magnetic dress up doll who now lives on our fridge and was named Maddy by Eoghan. Here she is, styled by Eoghan.

Next was a cuff bracelet. It came in a lovely box and 2 little bobbins of thread to customise it the way you want. In my opinion, it does not have anything to do with Provence more with summer and I don't know if I will wear it much as it is not really my style but I will certainly have a lot of fun customising it.

Last but not least, a bag full of beauty products. 4 products from L'Occitane (which I am guessing were the reason for choosing the theme this month) 2 of which I did not like simply because of the scent : Verbena. It is unfortunately a scent I really don't like. Now I have to admit I have tried the Verbena body lotion before giving it to my mum and if it smelt differently, I would love it. It is light, not sticky and feels very nice on the skin. I have not tried the Verbena soap yet. I will more than likely end up giving it away so wanted to keep it sealed. I loved the other 2 l'Occitane products, especially the "Mer & Mistral" fresh shower gel. It is a product I had not seen before and I love how fresh it smells ! perfect to use on a hot summer day! The last one, "rose et reines" hand cream is also really nice and perfectly sized to fit in a handbag.
Every month, a product from My Little Beauty is included in the box, this month it was a lovely chubby eye pencil in a coppery brown colour. I have been using it a lot since and I love both the colour and the texture. It goes on really soft and stays on very well throughout the day.

What did I think about the box this month ?

Was it a good month ? Yes ! Does it represent the theme well ? Not really... Did it bother me ? No! Although it is not what I would have put in a box to represent Provence, I think it was a very diverse and full box this month. I did not like some of the products but that is only because of a scent which would probably please the majority of people. They can't please everyone !

If you want to know what Eoghan thought about the box, you can find our video review below :

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Do you know the number of your GP ?

"Do you know the number of the GP?" This is how it all started ! Well to me anyway. For James it probably started a bit before when he felt that lump. One that was not there before and suddenly became the one subject always on the back of our minds no matter how hard we tried not to over-think it.

It was followed by a very long 3 weeks wait to be able to get a doctor appointment. As you do you (even if you know you shouldn't) you start to search the internet for every possible reason why there could be a lump and you try to reassure yourself with the fact that there is only 4% of chances it could be cancer. The GP agrees, it is probably nothing, just a cyst, but just in case she prefers to send James for an ultrasound.

And this is when it happened, the moment we will always remember, when the "C word" entered our lives without warning. I never thought we would have to hear it for another good 20-30 years at least. Not when we are 3 months away from having a new baby boy and we have a 3 year old at home. I never thought a 35 year old man who has never drunk or smoked, eats a healthy diet and exercises every day could be affected by cancer but it does happen. Testicular cancer actually mostly affects men between 15 and 49 and there is nothing in your lifestyle that makes you more prone to getting it.

The next day, James had surgery to remove the tumor, the operation went well and the recovery as well . The next weeks were rythmed by doctor appointments, scans, blood tests... Everything was going so fast we were basically following the instructions we were given and didn't have or didn't take the time to think. We did have to start thinking about what was happening when they announced he would have to get chemotherapy for 9 weeks in a hospital 45 minutes away from home as an in-patient for half of the time. To make it easier my due date was right in the middle of it. I think this is when we realised that for the next months at least, cancer would be ruling our lives whether we liked it or not. We luckily have received invaluable help from friends and family who became, cleaners, cooks, baby sitters, chauffeurs, counselors... for us.
Then came chemotherapy. As thankful I am for the existence of such a treatment watching one of the people I love the most on this planet go through this was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. As well as killing the cancer cells it literally poisons your body and causes an endless list of side effects I will not go into too much details about.
At the time I am writing this post, James has just finished chemotherapy, and as the side effects start to wear off slowly, our lives are becoming more normal again. The hospital visits and tests will obviously not stop there but at least the worst is behind us.

The reason why I decided to write this blog post is not to get compassion, pity or praise. It is to raise awareness about a cancer which affects mostly younger men. It is a cancer I did not know anything about before it happened to James. Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. More than 96% of men with early stage testicular cancer will be completely cured. So here is what I need you to tell your husbands, friends, or any man you want. check yourself ! and if you do feel anything suspect, go straight to your GP ! it will more than likely not be cancer but if it is, delaying it will only make it harder to treat, if treatable. I understand it is not easy to have to pull your trousers down in front of a stranger but think of the alternative ...

In order to help me get this message to reach as many people as possible, please share this blog post and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments.

If you want to find out more about testicular cancer or know someone who is affected, here is a link to a website that answered so many of our questions before the doctors could :

Saturday, 2 May 2015

An exciting new project !

Hello Everyone,

At the beginning of the year I posted a blog explaining what my plans were for the new year, it did involve more blogging... But that was before my life was turned upside down. I will talk about this more in detail when I feel ready. The mess and confusion also brought a lot of positive things. It pushed me to be brave enough to take the jump and start doing something I have been wanting to do for quite some time but was too scared to do. So here it goes ...

I am starting a YouTube channel! I will be making daily life vlogs where you will be able to discover a little more about my little family, crafty tutorials, sharing with you things I liked and didn't like every month and more. I will also be posting related posts on this blog.

As I realise it might not interest everyone who follows my handmade business, I have created a separate facebook page More Mademoiselle Poupette. This way you can decide to follow, one, the other or both. Do not worry I will also soon be back to making my creations again once my maternity leave is over :)

I am turning 30 soon and it is about time I stop letting my fears get in the way of what I really want to do. I hope you will enjoy following the adventures of our little family and while I finish to get everything ready, please share your thoughts about this project in the comments below and let me know, if there was one thing you would do if you stopped listening to your fears, what would it be ?

Julie x

Friday, 30 January 2015

The prettiest baby shower in pictures

 As most of you know I am sure, I will be having a baby very soon. For this occasion my best friend Therese (from Lena and the Hedgehog) organised a baby shower for us.

The tea party table looked so amazing, there was no way I could not share it with you. So here are some pictures of a fabulous afternoon with friends.  

One of my favourite things in the world, pistachio macarons !

My lovely little family

Vests decorated by our friends

Therese made the baby a really nice crochet blanket

Thursday, 15 January 2015

A New Year and a lot of life changes

Happy New Year 2015 !

It's been a while I have not posted on my blog and my main goal for this year is to get my blog under control. I will not make any promises about how often I will post as I know I will more than likely break them too quickly but I will try my best.

This year will be quite different from the way I usually work in my little business. As you may (or may not) know, I will be having a baby boy in March and am currently on maternity leave. It does not mean I am not taking any orders at all but I am taking only a few that I can make during my "keep in touch" days. I will though for sure not be making any at all between mid February and end of May as I haven't got a clue how much time I will have for myself with a new baby and a toddler at home.

So I am hoping to be able to spend a bit more time working on my blog in the meantime.

This blog is mainly a way for me to share a bit more about myself with those of you who like to know the person behind the handmade creations a little better. Share things I like and don't like, introduce some other small businesses to you... etc ...

I usually start the year with a lot of resolutions that are extremely precise and I do not keep after just a few weeks, so this year I have decided to give myself some more general goals to try to stick to.

1. Do more about what makes me happy
2. Challenge myself more to do things I have always wanted to do but never had the courage to do
3. Try a lot of different crafty projects

What about you ? Have you got any new projects ? resolutions ? goals for 2015 ? I would love to know !