Friday, 14 January 2011

New Year, new resolutions..?

Happy New year to you all, first of all!!
I know, it's already mid January, but better later than never..:)
Aaawww..It's been a busy time, so far.The first of December my partner has come home from the hospital.He's doing well, his chest is still sore, but this is completely normal.In this last month we have been flat hunting, we found a tiny flat, we moved in, we refurbished it (well..sort of!But it was totally unfurnished!!), we did very little Xmas shopping and we ate a lot (thanks mum!)!!!It's nice to see that he's put on some weight, after the hospital.
The flat we moved in is really tiny, basically it's a studio flat, but with a separate bedroom.And..ta-da!!! There is a balcony!!!!Not too large, of course, but we can eat outside and we have room for a cabinet for our tools and things.And it is sooo sunny!
So, however small the flat, I'm very,very happy. I think of it as a new start, our new life starting to shape-up.

Here you can see one of my (two!!)favourite corners, so far: just above the shelf lovely pics hanging from pretty little wooden pegs..some candles, of course..I can't do without candles! And our first Cyclamen!!We have a second one now, that we rescued from a Brico shop, where they were letting it die.Now it is a gorgeous, proud boy, I'll show you the pics soon.
Little by little the flat will look nicer and nicer, we're off to a good start and we'll make a cosy nest out of it.I'm also thinking about resolutions, too. It is not really a "new year's resolution"-thing, rather a "new start as an occasion to change things" thing..if you know what I mean.But I won't tell you about it now. Not yet.
Instead..more pics coming up soon :)
Next post will be about crafts, promised, but I was too thrilled about our new little place!
Have a great weekend,

Friday, 19 November 2010

Fall in Rome

Hi there!
Hope everybody is well :)
As you can see I changed the location on my blog's now Rome and not London anymore.It feels a bit strange, but..hey, that's life,and changes are just part of it! There has been a lot going on lately.I lived at my mum's for a while, started a new job, drove a car again (!)..but most importantly I have my partner here, now.Permanently.And I can tell you that this feels weird!He's been here with me before, of course, but it's just funny to plan a life together here!It's not for few days, this time..we're trying to settle down, it's real life!it's job hunting, it's food-shopping, it's....real. And I love it, and hope he does too.Just so you understand..I never had to find a room to live in, here.I had my room,I actually had a flat,once! I don't have a clue about how things work in job hunting,supermarkets (which one is good, or expensive,etc..).I know I lived here before, but it was a different life, at home with mum and dad.Anyway..
We're having a couple of rough weeks now; my partner is at the hospital, he had an emergency operation and he's now awaiting the doctors to decide whether he's got to stay a bit longer at the hospital, to have another operation, or to go home.
It must be really a dreadful moment for him..he had just arrived, he was looking for a job and suddenly..he's in the hospital,in a foreigner country, all alone all day with nobody who speaks his language. And in pain. I really hope we'll pass through this quickly.
For who's in or around Rome I've got a great news: I'll be at the Piazza verdi Market on Sunday 28 November!!! It would be good to see you there ! I'm making some new lines of jewellery, mainly leather and pearls, in addition to my chain jewellery, of course.
Well.. I guess it's all for today.
I wish you all a great week end,
love xxx

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Long time... and time for changes.. :)

It's been over a month since my last post, I've just realized.A month full of things, events, strong emotions and many other things.
I'm leaving.I'm leaving the UK for a while and moving back to Italy.I don't know what is going to happen once I'm there, but I really needed to do this moving.So..I'll leave,while my partner will stay here, so PetiteChacal will double.It will add Rome to London and New York, let's see it this way.I'm trying to understand how I feel about this.Mixed feelings, I guess..I'm thrilled, curious, excited..and sad and heartbroken, and worried. I reckon it all sums up to the natural process that goes along with great changes.I tried to write down pros and cons,I came up with the silliest things, and somehow found a little relief.Let's see the bright side:I'm going to have fantastic food and great wine (;)); I'll leave in the sun! I'll have at hand Italian silver and lampwork beads!!Great supplies!!!! I'll see the sea often!I'll finally walk again my lttle dog, I miss her so much! I'll be somewhere else, and changes are always good (well, changes of this kind,at least), they bring excitement,inspiration,different perspectives.
I'll see my very self in a different perspective, for the simple fact that I'm going back to where I supposedly belong after six years, and I know that I've changed , but just can't measure these changes living the same life as ever.
Being back will help me understand what I've become, as I'll be facing something that in my mind, and in my life, have stayed the same.
So...this was the big news.Concerning PetiteChacal, things won't change much, at least for the moment.Only the shipping may vary (only location-wise,I reckon). I actually think that it'll be good for the business too, to have some different input.Anyone has had a similar situation?What were/are your feelings about it?
I leave you reaching for your handkerchief, and I leave you with some pictures of one of my latest work..
Love you all!
xx PetiteChacal

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Ring Tutorial

I've just come across this tuto to make a silver ring out of a coin.Thought you may like it..enjoy it!!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Little preview..pearls again..


Just wanted to show you a quick preview of one of my last works..
I'll tell you the story very soon, it's amazing..
Night you all,
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Selfish T-shirts !!




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New T-shirts online!!!! I've finally released this new design, the "Selfish"T-shirt..not many people got the wordgame straight away, but I've still received many compliments and sold two Tees..I love them!
This time I wanted something more feminine for my girls,so I chose a nice,casual sleeveless top from Continental clothing; I threw in few spaghetti tops from American Apparel and few boys and girls' classic T-shirts always from American Apparel.Oh, and teo long vests/tops, from Continental, in extra fine jersey..I love these two dearly!I can picture them on a pair of jeans or leggings,with a chunky belt and a nice long necklace..aaawww!! :)
Also the colours are different this time:hot pink and the uber-trendy aubergine!
I'm still struggling to find the right place to sell them.For now you can find them on Folksy, together with my lovely bags ( and on my website
Guys,will you give me some feedback?Do you like them?If not,why?
Have a lovely eve,

Friday, 9 July 2010

Preview..cute handbags from PetiteChacal!!


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Petitechacal's handbags!!!!!These lovely bags are hand-sewn by a French designer, M.lle Delphine Ragonnaud, who has previously worked for important French maisons the likes of Dior etc.She's so young and very talented, and she kindly accepted to realise some models for me, given that I can't sew (yet!!;)).
So, these are the products of our collaboration..together with the cubes necklace (see my Etsy Shop), and some bracelets that I haven't posted yet. She's working at her own website at the moment, it will be up and running soon! In the meantime you can see her here: And, of course, we'll give her some space for a lovely feature once she's set up everything.
So..the bags are not finished yet, I must add the chains and a few details, but..hey, this is a Preview!! :)
The fabric comes from a very famous stores in central London, Peter Jones..hope you like them, but wait to see the final versions!!
Wish you all a beautiful eve and we, enjoy this glorious sunshine (and don't drink too much Pimms... !)
xx Petitechacal