Here's one of my newest card designs - a thank you card for all monkey-lovers and those born in the year of the monkey (that's this year!). I couldn't find a thank you card that I liked for my obstetrician, so this was the result. A "thanks a bunch" from our cheeky little monkey who is due to arrive any day now! You can get your hands on a copy here.
Found this little doodle from December last year. My little tribute to the shiny one we called Black Bear (for the lack of a more creative name). He was exclusively made by Gund for Jan's Bear Essentials and is no longer for sale. If you didn't know, I'm a massive Snuffles fan. Not the new ones. The ones from the 1980s that I grew up with. Preferably the ones still made in Korea.
I was going to meet a very special little girl, the daughter of a family friend. We hardly get the chance to see her and she was so excited to surprise us with her visit so we decided that it was only fitting to gift her with something just as special to us. Black Bear it was. Bye bye Black Bear, I miss you tons but I also know you're being loved to bits by a little Japanese girl and that makes it better.
Aside from the Color*Away collection, there are three more designs in color that will be turned into tea towels in the future. Have mastered the basics in sewing recently, so that's a good start I think!! :)
They're here...the Color*Away fabric collection! I have a small stash of each pattern in lovely organic cotton sateen that I'm hoping to turn into tea towels at some stage. A wee bit more is exclusively available through Piggledee as little pouches, bags and totes with plans to offer small fat quarter bundles later in the year for those who have their own projects in mind. Can't wait... imagine the hours of fun for you or your little ones trying to decide what colors to use and where to color in! :)
Hello, new year! Here's to more lovely things to look forward to this year! What's on your list for 2016?
After a whirlwind week of staring at Pyrex and pepper inspiration, challenging myself creatively and learning a few extra bonus tips and tricks on CorelDRAW, this is the final piece I submitted as my assignment.
Let me backtrack a bit..
I uhmmm-ed and ahhhh-ed for months and months last year about investing in myself. Finally bit the bullet and joined Lilla Roger's online class a few weeks back and class is currently in session! It's been so long since I've attended class of any sort, so I was nervous with giddy excitement on my first day. I'm so glad I joined. And I'm so glad I mulled over it for such a long time. This is 5 weeks of commitment we're talking about here! Personally, if I hadn't had the time to convince myself to go for it, I wouldn't be in the right mindset to tackle this course and get the most out of it.
Moving onto now..
We had a mini assignment to get our mojo going and you might have seen my pepper doodles from last week. As much as I wanted to incorporate them into my final design, I just couldn't make my little pepper guys work in a way I was happy with.
This was my other design that didn't get submitted:
Yes, they're drastically different. I know!! Had such a hard time choosing between the two, but I ultimately felt that the main design in this second collection was too similar in style to what's already out there. That being said, these brighter, bolder colors are a step away from my usual norm of a softer color palette so whatever the verdict, I'm happy to say that my creative comfort zone just expanded by a wee little bit.
Which one's your favorite? Or do you already have a favorite surface pattern designer? I'd love to meet them!
We didn't brave the crowds this year and instead, stayed comfy at home watching the live streaming on our computer of the 9 o'clock fireworks. Continuing our tradition (well, we've been doing this sans one New Year's for the past 5 years... that counts as tradition, right?) of an intimate New Year's celebration, the Hubbs and I huddled at our usual spot at the window by the fire escape door and waited for the countdown to midnight. And then, we stood there in complete darkness in our secret little corner to admire the beautiful fireworks happening over the Harbour Bridge and enjoy the happy whistles and yells from neighboring revelers down on the streets and nearby parks. Perfect New Year's for a pair of introverts like us :) Happy 2015 to you!! May it be filled with plenty of sparkles, smiles in spades and oodles of love!!
Whoa! Where has the time gone!? It's been 2 crazy months and I'm ready for more!
So what's been happening?
Newsletter subscribers would have gotten a glimpse of the craziness (as well as monthly special sales... why aren't you subscribed yet? Sign up here!). I've been on a whirlwind 2 week trip to Singapore and Taiwan where we attended a beautiful French-Japanese wedding and laughed until our bellies ached, re-arranged my entire studio and living room so everything is organized and accessible, learnt how to cook rice using a rice cooker for the first time (I've been using the stove-top method all this while, call me archaic!), been deathly sick with a mysterious illness that left me with horrible nausea and fevers, became awestruck by Cirque du Soleil's Totem, and has been accepted to participate in Etsy's pop-up markets at The Rocks Village Bizarre and at David Jones in the CBD.
Phew! What a mouthful!!
The Rocks Village Bizarre spans several weeks right into December and it's one big giant carnival! Street performers, mysterious characters, tons of food stalls, art installations and giant white rabbits are all part of it along with the Etsy pop-up markets. There are 6 - 8 of us there every Friday night between 6:30pm and 10pm and my turn is this coming Friday, November 21st. Am completely humbled to participate in such an awesome event, knowing full well the sheer number of people who applied with their beautiful wares and the limited spaces available.
Lots of new goodies will debut at my Village Bizarre stall in a few days, so unless you want to cross your fingers and hope there are some left over from these initial runs and batches, come join the Village Bizarre and see them for yourself!
New limited edition Australian-themed Christmas cards (limited edition, only because it's studded with sparkly Swarovski Elements flatback crystals for this first print run) and lots of wooden brooches and Daruma ornaments will be there!
Also, if you're in the area, come say HI!! between December 4 - 7 at David Jones, Elizabeth Street, Sydney at the Unwrap Etsy event! I'd love to meet you!
If you didn't already know, I started out a little challenge for myself over two months ago. I call it my "Share A Thanks A Day" and you can find it on Instagram under the hashtag #shareathanksaday. (Come on and join me!!) It's a combination of the 100 days of happiness challenge that's going around the internet right now and the doodle a day thing I've seen on Instagram.
You have no idea how big a smile you've all put on my face each time you've let me know one way or another that you can relate to my little doodles and daily odes of gratitude. Thank you :)
Some days are harder than others to come up with something to be grateful for, or something that made me smile... but I guess that's life for you with a roller coaster of ups and downs, eh?
I've gotten to the point where some of my doodles resonate with me more than others, and I've decided to turn some of these into thank you cards. After all, isn't it nice to feel appreciated and get cards telling you so.. just because? :)
This is a sneak peek at one of the designs I'm working on for the cards. I love that you can decide what you'd like the card to mean. Like this one.. it could mean "Thank you for... being my rock." Or for... grounding me. Or for ...never letting go. And more! Which ones would you like to see join this series next?
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