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Holiday Cheer


Christmas is a time for family gatherings, remembering friends and fun for the kids!  As we toast to the end of another fantastic year, I would like to give thanks to friends and clients who have supported Il Mare Atelier... here is wishing you great health and happiness in the new year!  Cheers!

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5 Ideas to Plant a little Love

If you are looking to be creative with your plant arrangements, check out these ideas below.

1. Planting seeds in an ice-cream cone is definitely a bio-degradable way to conserve the environment:

2. Learn how to set up your DIY book planter here:

3. Can driftwood go with succulents?  Take a look at this sophisticated arrangement below!


4. How would you like to makeover a vintage bird cage:


5. Fancy an egg shell garden?  How cute is this:

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Save your ears!

Did you know that earlobes tend to sag with age?  The earlobe starts to lengthen and wearing heavy earrings can only make it worse.  Or if you have thin ear lobes, you may find that drop earrings tend to "fall" forward on your ears.

What solutions are out there?  Fillers can help and so can totally needle-free solutions such as BlingDots and Ear Lift.

But how about my earrings, you ask.  Can I still wear them?  Yes, but go for alternatives such as ear leverbacks that fit snugly to ear lobes with a secure click.  You won't need to worry about losing them, especially if it is an expensive pair.  On the other hand, post style earrings can help to cover the lengthened piercing and droopy ear lobes.



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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

We will buy very pretty things
A-walking through the faubourgs
Violets are blue, roses are red
Violets are blue, I love my loves.
 Les Miserables, Fantine, Book Seven, Chapter Six

Sweet Violet Bride

The sun setting on a gorgeous lavender field +

Purple Sunset on Etsy and Artfire

A non-traditional wedding gown, heartstopping nonetheless +

Always a fan of letterpress printing, I swooned over these gilded elegant invitations at Oh So Beautiful Paper

Finally ending off with this charming quote:

"The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily
do not rob the little violet of it's scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness."
― Therese de Lisieux

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Pretty as a Pearl

"Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
A pearl should wear against her skin,
Who's innocence many a heart shall win."
~ author unknown

Well said, Poster Pop :)

"You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you."
~ Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's

Pearls and Sapphires ~ an irresistible combination always

How to wear a strand of pearls

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A Joyful Life

Discovering the films by Jubilee Project was one of those feel-good happy moments in life.  Film has always been a great medium to tell a story and I chanced upon Love Language as the first Jubilee Project film I watched.  It is still my favorite today.

The founders describe their mission as "ordinary people can do extraordinary things; and that doing good is contagious".  And what an impact they have created, especially in this 8-minute film below where communication transcends culture and language:

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Inspiration :: Bohemian Gypsy

Drawn by the mystery and adventure of gypsy stories and the curious mix of colours and textures that make the bohemian style, I felt inspired to create a piece that would translate bohemian into modern wearable art.




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Bohemian Tassel earrings on Etsy and Artfire

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Shopping for a Mother's Day gift do require some thought and planning ahead. Besides a lovely card for your favorite lady...

Here are some awesome treats to make her day:

Nudge Mom out of the house often with these lovely coral pink Nike sneakers 

If Mom's outdoor-sy, shade her eyes from the sun with these cool Tiffany era aviator sunglasses

For a house-proud Mom, this Peony Portrait Platter is just awesome!

Give Mom a well-deserved beauty treat with Clarisonic Aria Anti-Aging collection

Thrill Mom and make her heart flutter with this vintage Chanel number

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By the Light of the Moon

My latest inspiration... made of whimsical dreams and ethereal beauty... 

‘Like a Painting’ Vogue Italia February 2005
Model - Lily Cole; Photographer - Miles Aldridge

Natalia Vodianova by Steven Meisel 

Natural Beauty - Inside and Out by Ann Street Studio

Moonlight by Il Mare Atelier on Artfire and Etsy

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Clouds, Lakes and the Sky

Have you ever fantasized about living in the clouds?  I know I have... then I read this:

"But then in middle school science, Mr. Martinez asked who among us had ever fantasized about living in the clouds, and everyone raised their hand. Then Mr. Martinez told us that up in the clouds the wind blew one hundred and fifty miles an hour and the temperature was thirty below zero and there was no oxygen and we’d all die within seconds.”
~ Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars

So I decided to mull over these instead:

Mood Indigo is a story about a woman who suffers from an unusual illness from a flower growing in her lungs.  One of my favorite actress, Audrey Tatou stars in this film.

Lake Wanaka from Mt. Roy, New Zealand

Nothing but Rain

Clouds in the Sky by Il Mare Atelier on Artfire and Etsy

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Valentine's Gift Guide - One of A Kind

On this Valentine's Day, give your sweetheart an extraordinary gift made with love... here are some ideas... all in the color of the season:

Let her entertain in style with Gold Trim Agate Coasters

Adorn her ears with the Scarlet earrings by Il Mare Atelier

Walk with her in Leather Oxford Shoes by BaliELF

Make her a dish of Edible Flowers by Line Klein

Give her not the moon but a castle (by Vicki Ambery-Smith)
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