Free Chalkboard Style Calligraphy

Gosh, I have so many ideas for a wedding now that I really wish I had 3 years ago. For my own wedding. I wish I was already doing calligraphy, and sometimes I wish I have painted our invites instead. Or wrote every word by hand instead of churning out a design and eventually throwing it away to start on a new one.

It’s more difficult to plan your own wedding than somebody else’s. For real.

For my calligraphy, I’m trying another hand right now – something more fluid and playful, a bit more carefree. I always write with my own style which is a bit upright. I try to follow the lines more closely. On the other hand, ‘carefree’ writing makes me feel so free and easy that I actually enjoy it!

Free Wedding Printable via Happy Hands Project

If you or anyone you know is getting married in the next few months or so, here’s a free printable! It’s in A4 size and can be framed and placed on the table beside your guest book. Display it by your wish tree, if you have one (I think this is a fabulous idea). Then display it in your living room after the wedding. Black and white chalkboard art will blend nicely with any color, right?

Download your printable calligraphy here. Oh, and just in case, I also have a free downloadable calligraphy Photoshop brush here. Spread the love!

Hello, Bohol. Hello, Summer!

Hello Summer! Wading at the beach.

These pictures still make me smile. Last month, my little family and I flew to Bohol, Philippines to spend a few days at the beach. It was our first time there, and the island is just beautiful. I’ve seen pictures of this place before but nothing beats being there in the flesh. As much as I do not want this to turn into a travel-related blog entry, I can’t help it! I have to let you in on how we spent our Summer this year.

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We stayed at the Bellevue – a new resort on the island and they have a nice infinity pool which we enjoyed very much. Of course we had to stay at the 2 feet-deep pool, but my girl had a blast – so 2 feet it is! I’ve never had so much fun in a kiddie pool.

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The view from our suite is that picture above. Absolute beauty! You can walk out on the balcony and just stare at the beach. It’s that nice.

We went on a day tour around the island as well. You cannot miss that one. I’ve being seeing the famous Chocolate Hills on TV for as long as I can remember, but being up there on the viewing deck is beyond compare. It was breathtaking! Well, yeah, literally, too because we had to climb hundreds of steps to get tot the top. The climb – and the view – will take your breath away.

The Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

View from the Loboc River Cruise, Bohol, Philippines

We hopped onto a boat for the Loboc River Cruise as well, went to the Baclayon Church Museum to see artifacts which included Catholic priests’ garments embroidered in gold thread. And gigantic song books all written in calligraphy! On carabao skin! The church was an artifact in itself, too, because of its old Spanish architecture dating back from the 1700’s.

Museum sign at Baclayon Church, Bohol, Philippines

If given a choice, I wouldn’t want to leave. Even my daughter wanted to stay – there was a playroom at the hotel basement and she can spend hours there if given the chance. I haven’t even mentioned the spa yet. Carrying my toddler around under the scorching heat of the Philippine sun made me so deserving of a massage! The spa at the Bellevue surely gave me a chance to unwind and relax. Oh, my back!

So here’s to hoping that our next summer will be as fantastic as this one. To those still enjoying the summer heat, I hope you’re all having a well-deserved break basking in the sun!

The Bellevue, Bohol, Philippines

 

Perfect Pretties {02}: Black and White

Wow. Things have been pretty hazy from where I am. Let me tell you about what’s been going on lately here on the tiny island of Singapore. Thick smoke blowing from forest fires in the Indonesian island of Sumatra is being blown by winds to Singapore and Malaysia, and the air is just bad. Really bad. Everyone’s walking around in surgical masks, and as of last night, I could no longer find a single box in the 3 drugstores I went to. Sadly, there will be no outdoor activities in the next few weeks or so for us. I know, I know, I’m too lazy to jog nowadays – but my daughter misses the playground and doesn’t understand why she had to stay indoors!

So anyway, while we’re all staying inside the house, why not check out these lovely things I’ve seen around the web? This week we’re going back to basics with this collection of black and white pretties. Yes, I do love a burst of color every so often, but one can never go wrong with black and white. Over at my Etsy shop, the most popular items are always those set on a chalkboard background. Here you go! I hope you’ll like these as much as I do!

Perfect Pretties {02} via Happy Hands Project

1. Buntings by Happy August :: 2. Graphic Print by Therese Sennerholt :: 3. Wrapping Paper Ideas via Scandinavian Deco :: 4. Wooden Dala Horse by Story North :: 5. Fabric Tote by Butter Design Lab :: 6. DIY Chalkboard Painted Bottles via Bell’alimento

Postal Travels Magazine – A Pen Pal’s Best Friend

I remember having a pen pal when I was about 10. Her name’s Tara and she was from the UK. That’s all I remember about her now, but I have an amusing recollection of how excited I always was whenever my Mom hands me something from the mail. Oh, I guess old habits die hard. Until now I still love to write. And still get very much thrilled when I have something waiting for me in the mail box!

Postal Travels Magazine via Happy Hands Project

With the resurgence of snail mail and pen pal writing, while doing some research, I have stumbled upon Postal Travels Magazine. Tee and Karina are the ladies behind this online publication, and I must say they are very enthusiastic about the art of snail mail. The magazine features DIY crafts, stationeries, letter-writing, pen pal ads and stories, interviews, and my favorite – giveaways!

I am still beaming (slightly on the outside, but mostly on the inside) because they featured the Happy Hands Project. Yup, I have an interview in the Postal Travels June issue, so I hope that’s another reason for you to check it out.

They currently have this Traveling Notebook project which I think is a fantastic idea. It will be passed on to different people from different places, and each person gets to write something creative on a page or two. Then the notebook will be sent to another place again. How exciting! I am definitely signing up. If you need to know more, flip to pages 18 and 19 of the June issue.

If you haven’t gotten into the pen pal writing thing yet, Postal Travels might just be the inspiration you need to get started.

 

Hello, Calligraphy Photoshop Brushes!

I have been practicing with my new scarlet ink a few weeks ago, and had a grand time writing a bazillion ‘hellos’. I had to figure out a different way to share them, and here they are! I came up with 3 new Photoshop brushes that you can use. You can adjust the opacity in Photoshop and use them as photo overlays, or you can make note cards for people you simply want to say hello to. Any day is a good day for sending mail, I say.

Hello Photoshop Brushes via Happy Hands Project

I hope I’ll get to see what you make of them! Tag me on Instagram, I’d be very much delighted to see them. Download your brushes here.

If you need help loading these brushes, check out this video tutorial from Creature Comforts. I always link to this video – I find it way cooler than just reading step by step instructions. I have another set of brushes here, if you’re into watercolor circles. Have fun and spread the love!

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Happy To Be Back On The Blogosphere!

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I’m not sure if any of you noticed, but my blog suddenly turned non-existent for a week at least. E-mail accounts were down as well, and I was in cold sweat. The saddest part was that my blog entries that were supposed to be posted on schedule were removed from the face of the Earth. We could not retrieve it.

I will not go through the technical nerdy stuff, for I myself do not understand what exactly happened. I am just amazed at how my friend, who developed my site, migrated it to another server, re-coded everything (the codes, too, were nowhere to be found), and tidied it up according to my requests.  It was really awesome.

So anyways, you can now get in touch with me through e-mail again! I have a lot of things lined up and I’m happy to be back in the game – though I’m still catching my breath because well, I have a lot of catching up to do. Thinking of how to rewrite at least 4 entries makes me want to cry.

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Meanwhile, the latest wall art that I have in my shop is very timely. Think happy, stay happy. Nothing can be more apt for me right now. Despite the online mayhem, I’m just happy to get back on track! Good to see you here, and welcome once again to the Happy Hands Project!

Happy Art: ‘Love Is Spoken Here’ Print

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Often times, I am amazed by the generosity of artists who share their works online. What’s more amazing is when these artists make such an effort to help someone in need.

I came across this print at P.S. I Adore You as a collective effort to give financial support to cancer patient Brielle. The site is not just your average ‘daily deals’ source – these Moms do showcase wonderful products for great prices everyday but it’s also their way to educate people about chidhood cancer. I purchased a digital file from Hillary Henslee of The Painted Arrow, and it’s now printed, framed and displayed in our living room.

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Don’t you just love how beautiful this painting is? I am swooning over the colors, and the message is such a joy to see. The fund-raising drive has long been over, but make sure you check out The Painted Arrow for DIY tutorials and free downloadable goodies. While waiting for her shop launch, you can reach Hillary through her blog’s contact page if you’d like to get your hands on the ‘Love Is Spoken Here’ print.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Card

 

We will all be celebrating motherhood soon! Even though I am miles away from my Mom, I’m sending a card out to her today. I’m looking forward to celebrate with her when we see each other three weeks from now! I’m super excited with our upcoming trip… but I have to stop myself because that’s another story.

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I was trying to check the spelling for Mother’s Day earlier. Should it be spelled as ‘Mother’s’ or ‘Mothers’? Well, Anna Jarvis, the founder of the holiday, specifically noted that “Mother’s” should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.”

Can’t argue with Miss Jarvis on that, so here’s a printable card to commemorate the wonderful existence of our own Moms. I’ve been having fun with brush lettering lately, and this was originally done in watercolor. Download yours here! Let her know how awesome she is.

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The 80’s and Milli Vanilli

 

Yes, I totally understand that by using the title above somehow gives my age away. And yes, I’m one of those people who was born in the 80’s. I’m either too old or you’re too young, though for obvious reasons I’d prefer the latter. Oh, what an amazing time it was – I get these really cool Michael Jackson and Madonna vinyls! The Sesame Street soundtrack on cassette! I get to dance whenever I want!

When I was on third grade I joined the Dance Club. In school we were supposed to participate in at least one school organization, and at that age I couldn’t think of any other club I’d rather be in. I guess it’s quite obvious now that at a young age all I wanted to do was dance (that’s my husband’s cue to cringe). So anyway, the big performance came and my group decided to dance to Milli Vanilli‘s ‘Blame It On The Rain‘. In tight cycling shorts, because that was really hip then.

My lovely parents saw me perform and it was one of my proudest moments ever. Luckily I didn’t have any major boo-boos, except for that one time when I lost count and failed to switch to the next move. I was assured that nobody hardly noticed.

Blame It On The Rain Print {Happy Hands Project}

I’m always racking my brain for what to write for my lettering, and this funny memory suddenly came to mind. It’s silly, I know, but ‘Blame It On The Rain’ has got to be one of my favorite songs then. For the record, I wasn’t ware of the lip-synching scandal at the time. It’s even sillier that I’m considering uploading this as a digital wall art on my shop! Well, you’ll never know, there might actually be somebody who would love to be reminded of how cool growing up in the 80’s was. Like dancing to Milli Vanilli in cycling shorts.