Daily Lemonade #1


My little chestnuts, 

Some time ago I promised you this new making of section, well the person who is going to handle it is Charlotte S., I hope you’ll enjoy it! Without another word I leave it to Charlotte who is going to animate this section, you cannot imagine how stressed I am since I’m not great with all this delegating process, but I know Charlotte will be perfect, she proved it to me a hundred times before…

Time has come to finally start this new section that I’m proud to write: as you probably already know these past few weeks were full of strong emotions for Lisa and I with moving out and moving in and every other daily adventures. So it is only today that I can share all of it with you and who you some Make My Lemonade backstage. Some pictures are from a few weeks back and it’s true we were overwhelmed but I promise to fix all of it really soon. We noticed you enjoyed the Comptoir des Cotonniers video and other « Making of » moments so I hope you’ll like the section and I’ll be able to make it a regular thing!

I felt like I had to make Frida star of the first picture with this perfect moment from the vide-dressing where it was quite hard for her to let some things go. This vide-dressing was such a good time, you were numerous to come and it was definitely lighter on the moving out part! Frida had quite a hard time with it but let me reassure you, she is now fully happy in her new home and she’s almost completely stopped chewing tape…




Day 2 after moving in: in the middle of the « assembly of IKEA furnitures » session, Lisa never wastes a minute and her phone never stops ringing ! And because we are evolving all the time, like little pokemons, we are now the pro of furnitures assembly.




Frida, everyday our best ally, tries everything we want her to. She is our fan #1 and our best support, almost always ready to give us a paw. Here she wears the first prototype of a paper shoe, you might have discovered the final version in the last Newsletter (and if you still haven’t subscribe yet you know what you have to do).




We are finally in: the new office! It really wasn’t an easy deal but as Freddy would say: « we are the champions my friend » ! So okay we still have some tidying to do but this office is like the Graal: Lisa has been talking about it for months, because working on her couch is nice but it sometimes prevents us from being productive (yes because playing with Friday takes at least an hour a day…). But we now will be able to be at our best and to flood you with new posts! Frida, if you read this, know that my heart hurts from not seeing you anymore but we had to… Don’t question yourself it’s not you it’s me…




You might have already seen it on Instagram: last friday we spent the day at Disney’s! Okay let me stop you now: it was for a good cause! A few days ago the famous attraction « It’s a small world » turned 50 ! 50 years old of dreams for everyone in the family and 50 years old of the same catchy song… Anyway for the occasion Lisa was asked to imagine a new outfit for a doll ! She accepted without a second thought and we decided to dress the nice Japanese one !




As you can see I’m quite « the doll whisperer ». Since Lisa was in Australia at that time, I was in charge of the production of the dress (with Lisa as an inspector at the end!). With a few days of work and lots of paper cut, our doll came out with a nice kimono covered in hundreds of paper flowers. Every designers’ doll are available to see at Disney’s until summer and will then be sold at auction to bring – hopefully – lots of money to Unicef.




Yesterday was for us the occasion to see our doll exhibited but mostly to discover a place that everybody has once dreamed to know if it existed: the Disney’s costumes creation workshop ! I’m not going to say another word, you’ll discover it in a while… 




Okay so that was a little recap of our last adventures. Sweet kisses and I’ll talk to you soon! (I think about a little nickname for you, I hope you too one day will be my little cats or my little otters…)

Charlotte S. 





Thank you my little cupcakes ! 

I think that all I wanted for me to happen since January is actually happening… I mean, have a awesome assistant, a new flat, an office (YEAAAHH!)… I’m grateful. Exhausted but extremely happy, there are tons of topics that I’d like to share with you and it seems that conditions are great and favorable to the creation of lots of new posts! I want to develop the DIY section with DIY made of paper and we start today.




But first of all I’d like to thank you for your love and patience. I was lucky to meet some of you last wednesday. It was a little bit crazy, I thought I was Johnny Halliday or someone like him (all proportions kept…). Though I wasn’t very at ease with this real character of myself – because yes when I started this blog I chose to hide behind my computer screen, and suddenly it was chocking to find myself deep into reality. Thank you for your looks, your words and all the kindness you displayed during the night. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate the 2-years-old anniversary of Make my lemonade than meeting you…




Okay back to our topic, I’d like to talk about Little Fashion Gallery with whom I work on a regular basis. A while ago they launched their « MIAM » collection (I’m dreaming about the « MIAM » sweater and hope it could exist in 16-years-old) and their awesome new website. For this yummy collection I imagined a whole set with french fries, burgers, giant cupcakes but also donut headbands and hotdogs: as you see everything is just fine with my head. I literally loved making the stylization of this series, the collections on the website are really fresh and I regret not to be 6 in 2014. But luckily lots of babies are arriving in my family and friends and I’m about to enjoy it! Pictures were taken by Gaetan Bernard and the modifications made by Charlotte Evrard, the stylization assistant is Léonie Escolivet and the set design assistant Charlotte Sagory. Make up and hair were done by Nelly Chatagnon from the great Make my beauty.




Today it is a double post: a little of EYE CANDY and a little of DIY because yes today you’re about to know how to make paper donuts from this Little Fashion Gallery series set design. You can offer a range of those donuts as for a photocall, invitations or fill them with confetti, once again have fun!





Cost: nothing since it’s just paper

Time: less than 30 minutes for the first one, and even less for the following ones ! 

Difficulty: easy if you’re not watching Game of Thrones at the same time




To make this DIY, you will need: 

  • 9 stripes of beige paper (template to download here)

  • 9 stripes of pink paper (or any color you want the icing to be, template here)

  • Confetti or glitter! 

  • A ruler

  • Some glue

  • A blunt scalpel




In the first phase use the ruler and the blunt scalpel to draw grooves and make the folding easier (use the notch as markers) 




Then fold every part and repeat the drawing operation with the icing part ! 




Glue the pink icing onto the bauge paper, edge on edge ! (You can choose to make your icing with paint if you want) 



Roll up every strip and glue it in order to obtain the 9 parts of your donut. 




You can already catch a glimpse of the future donut !  




Put some glue onto the parts’ stripes. 




Be precise and patient to get a neat result: slot the parts together and wait a few minutes for the glue to dry. 




Once your donut is entirely made, you can go to the confetti step. 




Drop some glue onto your confetti and glue them one by one onto your donut, either randomly or not ! 

And TA-DA !!







Happy Friday! 

Oh thank you for all your sweet words from last article, I’m saying again it but you are the best, definitely I can’t wait to meet you next Wednesday! In the meantime, I’d like to talk about another pretext to meet: WORKSHOP! And the last one was one of the best ones with Petit Bateau! This workshop was actually more than one because with Léo, whom I work with on workshops, we visited a few cities to meet the best Petit Bateau customers and their children and we made endless DIY! It was so nice to do that with kids, if you knew how smart they are, very at ease and here they were taking more to make at home! We so are the DIY trailer!




For all of these workshops I tried to work on the Origami and folding theme because Petit Bateau set up a beautiful campaign called « Ready to fold », the brand gives an origami set for every visit to the shop even if you don’t buy anything. This set contains a book and every character is available to make in origami… So adorable, but how to make origami with some fabric with no iron nor sewing machine (security matters, it would be too easy otherwise) well I schemed with a baize windmill to clip with press studs and it was nice to watch the children customizing their striped-shirt happy like adults! Today I’m reviewing the workshop with you my dear readers!



Well for this session we customized Petit Bateau marinières, essential and emblematic pieces of the brand. The first thing was about making these famous windmills, a stretching exercice, disturbingly easy and as a matter of fact I’ll make a DIY about it very soon. On another marinière we made cockades with subliminal messages with the help of badge-maker, and to remain in the Origami theme, after folding some baize and some ribbons, we made little paper ice-cream to then make a mobile. Given the excitement resulting its realization I also think it will be a pretext to another DIY post. I must admit that bringing the « Silhouette Cameo » machine which cuts the paper might have helped a little.




It was also the first time since the beginning of workshops that I felt so at ease, much more relaxed, a little less impressed than the previous times. A beautiful afternoon with a joyful and colorful mess, « newly » ice-creams were siding with divine Marlette cakes, I didn’t want to go home, I could have folded ice-creams until dusk and drunk liter of tea… But all good things come to an end… Rendez-vous in less than a month for the next one!



I’d like to say thank you again… To Karline and all the Petit Bateau team for their tryst and help with this DIY tour, and btw tomorrow I’ll be in Aix-en-Provence! To Kusmi Tea for spoiling us, to Malette for feeding us, and btw you should all run to the Marlette Café, 51 rue des Martyrs! Find all of our partners from our workshops here! To Franck for its welcome in the Encore restaurant. To Léa for this beautiful short video! To Léo for its perfect sense of organization and to Charlotte S. Russo for her saving of the workshop from catastrophe! You can see all the pictures of this workshop here!




During this session I was amazed to find a participant from the last session with Tara Jarmon, how tenacious and fast with internet you are Mélanie ! So yes, how to participate in the next workshop ? Well it’s simple, you simply need to subscribe to the newsletter and you’ll be told about the next sale date, you’ll just have to stay in touch… The next workshop will be with a brand with a name starting with an S… It’s a mystery but if you are as obsessive as I am you should like it! 





Jumpsuit Anna Studio, Tshirt Yazbukey, jacket April May.

My chestnuts, my kitties, my butter biscuits, my birdies… 

Okay, I don’t know how many times I tried to write this articles… Last month, Make My Lemonade turned 2… And I think you realized my life is quite « out of control » lately… but TWO YEARS OLD !!! Do you realize how fast it went ? Two years in a infernal hurly-burly of love, hard work, amazing encounters, princesses’ trip, crazy collaborations, and a book… And soon more will come! 

Sometime, I think about my life before the blog and the person I was (and still am hopefully… But it’s undeniable that I’ve changed) and even though all this is just an URL address, a website within the immensity of the internet, well I’m fulfilled because you and me we found each other. You words truly get to me, they make me grow up, get confidence and they especially make me want to go further, to be a better person and to develop a bigger creativity every day. When I doubt, I look a few second back and I move forward, I don’t ask myself a 100 questions anymore and for that THANK YOU, and for the rest THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…



Dress Petit Bateau, Denim jacket Petit Bateau, Hat Etudes

So of course I have great ambitions for this website, crazy ideas, I feel like I say that every month but I think I’m getting there for real, with the arrival of an office in my life, a space for the « lemonade studio ». The blog’s new design will be here soon, very powerful with great goodies for you, a shop with some things and all… My, I am only love ! 

And to make things even better today, the Exception, the awesome e-shop, and I are associating to invite you to a POLKA PARTY for the 2 years anniversary of the blog, at Carmen, 34 rue Duperré, 75009, station Pigalle, on Wednesday 16th at 9 pm, which is actually next week ! Come as you are with polkadots or stripes… Subscribe ! And you’ll be spoiled because we are organizing a huge tombola, a great tombola even with about 30 presents, jewelries: Alice Hubert, Yazbukey, Anne Thomas, Adeline Cacheux, designers clothes like Ambrym, When I was, By Zoé, Nailmatic nail polish sets, a make-up class shu uemura, My jolie candle candles, Champagne Zarb, Tammy & Benjamin handbags, shoes and more ! Lots of surprises! Thank you to Régis & Maeva and to all their L’exception team to make it possible!



And these two years allowed me to have amazing encounters, on the top of my head I’m thinking about Mai from superbytimai, Fred from Cut by Fred, Lili from ma récréation, that’s for my personal squad. But there is also Nardjisse from mots de mode, my rock, who set me straight when I have a light moment of doubt… And Anne R., the sweetest and kindliest person there is and working with her is always so peaceful. And of course Charlotte S. Russo, who became vital to this small company… So is Tania Houlbert, amazing film-maker! And these aren’t encounters but I have to tell them how important they are to make my lemonade (and to me, on a side-note) my sweet mom my auto-correct, Mariloulou my brilliant translator, Alexandra B and Justice B… Because they know why… And to all the other bloggers I meet whenever I go out, even though I never stay late I’m always glad to see you, to exchange a few words and of course to have a great laugh. Small edit because of course I forget a lot of people, I’d like to thank Léo for its support and flawless professionalism even I can sometimes be totally annoying, it doesn’t mean I love you less… I’m so so sorry for this oversight.



Top Constance Boutet, pants JCDC and earrings Yazbukey

And thank you to Nelly from Make my beauty, to Tania for this short movie (god I love this song!!), to Manu Fauque for the pictures and gifs! and thank you again to Régis for being a super « gif-maker », to Maeva for that day’s soundtrack! THANK YOU!!!