Life is a Song. Are You Singing Along?

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?

Life Is A Song Calligraphy via Happy Hands Project
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.

What song is your life playing right now?

Julia Grigorieva’s Whimsical Art

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!

Julia Grigorieva via Happy Hands Project

Want to see another amazing artist? A print of Hillary Henslee of The Painted Arrow was featured here.

Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

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.

Calligraphy Wedding Invite via Happy Hands Project

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!

Free Desktop Wallpapers? Yes, Please!

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.

Patti Murphy Designs Free Desktop

Breanna Rose Free Desktop

Aren’t they fabulous? You can download yours here and here.

P.S.
I hope you’ll check back in the next couple of days for a new calligraphy service I’ll be offering!

Calligraphy Recipe Cards: Etsy Exclusive

I finally gave in and started offering printed items on my shop. First up will be these set of 12 recipe cards!

Calligraphy Recipe Card via Happy Hands Project

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!

Calligraphy Recipe Card via Happy Hands Project

I hope you like them as much as I do! Check them out here.

‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ Calligraphy

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.

'Mr' & 'Mrs' Calligraphy via Happy Hands Project

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.

Photo credit: Kathie of Pillow Art Designs

Etsy Great Day to Shop: Dreamy Gold & White

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:

 

Gold and White List via Happy Hands Project

Top row, from left to right:
Paper Maché Bowl by etco | Holiday Card Set by CraftColorfully | Chilled Eggnog Eyeshadow by BeneficialMineralsCo

Center row, from left to right:
Gentle Reminders Pencils by AmandaCatherineDes | Vintage Inspired Gold White Crown by adamsblankie | Handpainted Stick Earrings by vickygonart

Bottom row, from left to right:
Organic Cotton Hemp Lumbar Pillow by melongings | Coconut Milk Bath Powder by AmeliaBathandBody | Yoga Eye Pillow by RLFNest

Aaah… don’t you just love Etsy? Check out the rest of the curated list here. Have fun shopping!