If the quote below is true, I guess my current soundtrack would be a very fast-paced dance song. And yep, I’m ‘singing along’ but I’m getting a bit breathless from trying! For the Moms who read this – do you remember when the old-time parents used to tell us that we should be prepared when we have our own kids? Do everything you want to do, go where you want to go, because when you start having kids, it’s game over?
I don’t agree with ‘game over’ (I love being a Mom and enjoy every minute of it) but my toddler who just turned two has been challenging my stamina lately. A few weeks ago, we were at a play gym for a complimentary class. It was a wonderful mommy-and-daughter bonding time. She was very enthusiastic and absolutely loved the place. All the kids and their moms were in place, seated together in a circle. Oh, we were seated quietly, too – for maybe two minutes max. She was up running around and exploring all the other equipment in the gym.
The best part was storytelling. She loves stories and is very fond of bedtime reading, but at the gym, music was blaring and she would rather dance around to the songs rather than listen to the story! All the kids were seated, as always, while she dances in the middle of the circle. She was dancing without a care in the world! I didn’t try to restrain her or anything. I just sat back and watched, and reveled in one of the happiest moments of my life.
Are you ready for some magic? I am starting the week off with a fabulous art find from Russian artist Julia Grigorieva. I guess I have always been fascinated with whimsical artworks ever since I was young (not much of realist, sorry!) so this kind of creativity always has a moving effect in me. As a kid I am all eyes and all ears watching fairy tales and fantasy which probably explains why I am always attracted to anything ‘magical’.
Julia Grigorieva does paintings and illustrations for children and adults alike. How I would want to get my hands on the children’s books that she has oh-so-beautifully illustrated! And if you want something for free, she is generous enough to have 2 seamless Christmas patterns for download which are perfect for the coming holidays. Below are a couple of her paintings that we can feast our eyes on. Enjoy!
I am very, very excited to show you something new! I’ve added a Calligraphy section to my Etsy shop, and I’m working hard to come up with more items to fill it up. This is one of my absolute favorites, and I’m going to add more styles in the months to come. Here is the first of many (fingers crossed!) wedding invitation styles that will be available here at the Happy Hands Project. And yes, I have a lot of plans for next year and they’re just swimming in my head… so I need to organize every single thought and put each one out there!
Okay, I know that I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say this again. If I’m getting married now, I’d love to have this for my wedding. I think there’s something very intimate about handwritten wedding invites. This is one of life’s most important days, and I believe it deserves some handwritten elegance.
I really had a great time conceptualizing the calligraphy for this invite. I’ve been practicing a lot lately, and I am very comfortable in this writing style because it’s very close to my natural handwriting. By ‘natural’, I meant writing with a regular ballpoint or pencil. I’m so glad I’m finally able to share this!
You can always send me an email if you have any queries – ask me anything! You may order this directly through email, or through Etsy. If you or someone you know is getting married, I’d love for you to help me spread the word!
Hi everyone! I’m quite busy preparing a calligraphy post today – a new service I’m very excited to offer! I’m still up to my neck with lettering and logo projects and I can’t wait to show you the latest ones.
I did take a break, though. One moment I was working on Illustrator… the next moment I’m on Pinterest. Well, we all need a bit of eye candy, don’t you think? I desperately want a new desktop wallpaper so I scoured lovely blogs and could not decide between these two.
Aren’t they fabulous? You can download yours here and here.
I hope you’ll check back in the next couple of days for a new calligraphy service I’ll be offering!
I finally gave in and started offering printed items on my shop. First up will be these set of 12 recipe cards!
This started out as a personal project of mine. I love to cook and bake, but I just don’t have it in me to whip something up from scratch. I need recipes. Easy, quick ones. But they’re everywhere – bookmarked in my browser, scribbled on a notebook, typed on file. More often than not, I couldn’t find what I was looking for.
I remember my Mom had these recipe cards typewritten (yes, typewritten) on index cards and we refer to them all the time. I’m sure she wouldn’t give them to me (Mommy?) so I decided to design a recipe card with my calligraphy. I’ve printed quite a few and thought, I should share these. So here they are!
I hope you like them as much as I do! Check them out here.
We all have our own vacation memories, be it our first trip on our own, our romantic honeymoon, or that backpacking adventure in Europe. We have our own favorite cities that we wish we could visit as often as we could. Paper and Place is this wonderful shop located in Dallas, Texas that customizes jewelry, accessories and housewares with maps of our favorite places. I think her products would make wonderful favors for a destination wedding!
Erica and I worked together to design her logo – a wispy, flowy script with minimal flourishes. She also has an Etsy shop, be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a unique handmade gift for yourself or someone you love.
I wrote all these logos with a traditional dip pen fitted with a flex nib and my trusty black Calli ink.
So it’s my first time to see my calligraphy on a pair of pillows. To say that I was very much excited to see the finished products would be an understatement!
Kathie owns a couple of online shops, Brush and Feather and Pillow Art Designs and proudly paints all the designs on her products by hand. She asked me to do calligraphy that would be perfect for weddings, or a gift for the newlyweds. Heck, I’ve been married for a few years now and would still want a pair of those.
After a few design samples, she decided on this wispy, slightly flourished writing and I couldn’t agree more. Drop by Brush and Feather on Etsy to see more of her handmade creations.
I currently have a deep, indescribable fascination with white and gold lately. I love the purity of white, and the sparkle of gold. I’d say everyday is a good day to shop, but it’s better if it’s handmade and created with love. Check out this list I created on Etsy:
I am very happy to be able to play a part in the branding of this wonderful cake shop in Long Beach, California. The woman behind all those delicious-looking goodies, Ariane, got in touch with me through Etsy. She wanted a feminine-looking stacked logo for Spilled Milk Cakery and wanted to have her logo ready in time for her shop’s launch in September – which also marks her daughter’s birthday.
We talked about swirls and simplicity, which somehow mirrors her very own personality! We finally came up with a logo with two variations – one with a cake stand and another one without, which you can see on her site. The cake stand version is both our favorite, and will be used for her other marketing collateral.
Personally, the best part in writing a logo is seeing it come together with all the other creative elements. I love how it blends with the overall branding of a certain business or product. And I am in awe at how pretty the Spilled Milk Cakery website turned out to be! Ariane’s creations make me wish we’re neighbors so I can offer my exceptional taste-testing skills. But knowing my tremendous love for all things sweet, I’d probably give her the go-ahead. Every. Single. Time.
Oh, Peach & Madison. This was quite a long logo to write but I just realized that the longer the name, the more fun I can have with it. This was meant to be for a fresh, new online fashion store – the brainchild of 3 women who want to offer a casual, carefree yet carefully selected pieces of fashion. For someone who loves clothes and shoes, writing a logo for such a shop is a dream!
This is sadly the logo that never was. We were down to designing the business cards when it was decided that they will not open shop for now. However, I think that the logo they have chosen (and get to keep, yes) deserve to be known! It’s flowy, feminine, clean. Something uncomplicated. Exactly how their fashion would have been. Exactly what my style is!
Anyway, I have a few logos to feature here in the blog soon! I do have extremely happy hands right now. They’re cramping, too – but I’ve been happily busy creating lettering and calligraphy for awesome, lovely entrepreneurs. I seriously can’t wait to share them with you all real soon! In the meantime, another logo that I’ve done in calligraphy can be found here.