BonjourPoupette

The Menagerie of Inscrutable Magic

Garibaldi, Oregon | 3505 Sales

BonjourPoupette

The Menagerie of Inscrutable Magic

Garibaldi, Oregon 3505 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (1563)
Sofie Skein

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  • undergroundlight on Mar 22, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I'm really happy of the set of foxes that I just received from Sofie. She was more than great and allowed me to exchange my initial set of figures for different set. They were very well made and cute. My fiance and I are really happy. Thank you so much!

  • jmisholy on Mar 22, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Literally cutest thing I've done yet for my wedding planning and CANNOT WAIT to put it on my cake. Worth every penny. Highly reccommend for anyone interested in nature, whimsical themes and cute things. Great with communication and processing time was super quick. The otters came packaged neatly and safely. Thanks again!

  • Chris on Mar 21, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sofie created a beautiful custom piece on a short timeline. Thank you so much!

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About

Welcome to the Menagerie of Inscrutable Magic

"Bonjour Poupette" is what your French fairy godmother says every time she greets you, with a smile on her face.

"Bonjour Poupette" could be translated as "Hello Little One" but to me it means that you are recognized and loved, right now, for all that you are.

And yes, "Bonjour Poupette" is a menagerie of enchanting little animal people - 'Habitants délicats des forêts de nous-memes. (Sensitive inhabitants of the forests of ourselves.)' - Jules Supervielle

My Poupettes are spirited renditions of animal people and other magical creatures. Every figurine has a unique personality that emerges as I work, which truly makes them one-of-a-kind. Indeed, they have evolved over time and will certainly continue to do so. This is why I take the time to photograph each figurine, list them individually and only make items to order by request. I list new figurines regularly and make a limited number of custom orders each month.

Each figurine is made one at a time, by hand. I sculpt them with a premium, non-toxic, heat-cured, polymer-based modeling compound. I custom blend the polymer with pigment, mica, and metallic leaf to create unique colors and textures. Although polymer can be painted, I prefer the challenge of creating color variations through meticulous layering and blending of the material itself and rarely use paint. Properly cured polymer is an exquisite archival material and you can expect your Poupette to endure for generations.

Bonjour Poupette was a Featured Shop on the Etsy Blog: https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/featured-shop-bonjour-poupette/

I've been honored to have photos of my figurines published in Mollie Makes Woodland Friends, and Polymer Clay: Global Perspectives.

My wedding cake toppers have been featured in The Vintage and Handmade Bride Magazine, Seattle Met Bride and Groom and The Etsy Blog: https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/meaningful-wedding-details-made-just-for-you

You can subscribe to my seasonal newsletter here: https://tinyletter.com/BonjourPoupette

All artwork, text and images Copyright © 2010-2018 Sofie Skein-Hall

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  • Sofie Skein

    Owner, Sculptor, Shopkeeper

    Bonjour Poupette is my full-time occupation. I am personally responsible for every facet of this shop: sculpting all the Poupettes from start to finish, photography, all communications, and shipping. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Last updated on Mar 2, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Do you accept custom and personalized orders?

Yes, I accept a limited number of custom orders every month. I require payment to schedule the shipping date and I send photos when it is completed. Please contact me for more information.

By the way, I do not make anything shaggy or bristly, nor animals with complex markings, as they do not look good in my style (I wish they did!). I also never, ever copy other people's ideas, so please don't ask - thanks!

Do you accept payment plans?

Yes, I am happy to offer a payment plan by request. Let me know what kind of payment arrangement will work best for you and we can discuss the details.

Can I place this sculpture directly on a cake without an additional base?

Yes, my figurines are made of a professional-grade, non-toxic polymer and do not require toxic paints or varnishes, because the pigment is permanently suspended in the polymer. Therefore, they can stand directly on a cake. They are also waterproof, and can be carefully hand-washed with a gentle soap as needed.

Why do you require Signature Confirmation? What if I'm not at home to receive the package?

Signature confirmation is required for all shipments to prevent theft. If you are unable to be at home to sign for the package, I recommend keeping an eye on the tracking, and once a delivery attempt has been made, go to your local post office with the tracking number to pick it up. Back in the day USPS used to leave notices and attempt re-delivery, but this has become rare in recent years, and I wouldn't count on it.

How long will it take for my order to ship?

I ship all orders (with the exception of custom and express mail orders) within 3-5 days of purchase. If you are on a tight deadline, or purchase express shipping - please contact me directly and I'll get it out ASAP. Otherwise, I ship Mondays and Thursdays, with the exception of USPS holidays, when I ship the next day.

Can you tell me more about shipping to U.S. addresses?

Shipping to U.S. addresses takes from 2-5 business days, depending on the shipping mode selected at checkout and how far you are from a major city.

All of my shipments include a USPS Tracking Number which is automatically sent via e-mail as soon as the package has shipped. Priority Mail packages are automatically insured up to $100. Signature Confirmation is required to prevent theft. Priority Mail Express Shipping is available at checkout and takes 2 business days, unless you live in Portland, OR (which will be next day delivery).

Do you include paper invoices in your packages?

You will receive a digital invoice/receipt for your order through Etsy. For packages shipped within the U.S., I do not include a paper invoice, but if you would like one, just let me know and I'll be happy to include one. I am required by law to include 1-3 paper invoices with the purchase price in my packages for all international orders.

Do you ship internationally? How long does it take?

Yes, I regularly ship to countries all over the world. Delivery to addresses outside of the U.S. usually takes between 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of shipping selected at checkout. Be advised that actual transit times vary by destination and are not guaranteed by the Postal Service. I urge international buyers be aware of how your local Customs and Postal Service operates before making a purchase.

Can you mark my item as 'Gift' or alter the cost on the customs form?

No, I cannot mark international items as "gifts" or alter the cost of goods. All customs forms are accurately labeled 'Merchandise' with the actual cost of the item in compliance with international law. I cannot predict nor can I be responsible for delays in customs or any additional fees or taxes that may be charged by your local jurisdiction.

In the event of damage, what do I do?

For minor repairs, I recommend using a cyanoacrylate gel (also known as 'super glue'. I highly recommend Loctite Gel). If a figurine arrives damaged from shipping, I will repair or replace the figurine depending on the amount of damage. Simply let me know and ship it back to me, preferably in its original packaging. I will refund the shipping cost to cover the unforeseen expense and repairing your piece will be my number one priority as soon as it arrives. My turnaround time will be 1-3 days.