Perfect Pretties {01}: Taupe and Salmon

 

Oh, I had such a rough couple of weeks! My daughter was fighting off the effects of her vaccine with some rashes and a higher-than-normal fever, when somehow the evil cough virus slipped in unnoticed. She was having coughing fits day in, day out and we all suffered from sleepless nights. It was so upsetting, seeing her in distress. My husband and I were worried sick for she wouldn’t drink or eat anything at all.

On the bright side, she’s much better today and I’m positive that she is now on the road to recovery. She’s still coughing a bit but the fever is gone and her appetite is slowly returning. Whew! So what do I have for you today?

I was very much anxious the past few days and what brought me some cheer was looking at pretty things. The word pretty can be rather subjective I suppose, but what I have rounded up here can be considered ‘universal pretty’. I love the mix of salmon pink and taupe so I scoured the world wide web to collect lovely things that will reflect this color palette. Here’s the Happy Hands Project’s very first ‘Perfect Pretties’ roundup. I hope these beauties will brighten up your day.

Perfect Pretties {01}: Taupe and Salmon Pink via The Happy Hands Project

1. Calligraphy by Plurabelle Studio :: 2. Salmon Pink and White Lace Dress by BabyTweeds :: 3. Crochet Dish Cloths by  Peanuts Creations :: 4. Calligraphy Photoshop Brush Set by Besotted Brand :: 5. Love Is A Game Print by Mandy Lynne Design

I created a Board on Pinterest specifically for this roundup, so if you want more eye candy, feel free to follow the board here. Spread the love, everyone!

Inspirational Hand-Lettered Wall Art + Freebie

 

I have never watched Japanese anime until I met my husband. I just didn’t like the animation itself, and that alone was a reason big enough to turn me off. The Animax channel was something I can easily live without. I grew up watching Disney – Minnie Mouse was my best friend.

Well, my husband changed all that. A few years into the marriage and I can proudly say I’ve seen two full length anime films and a few series that made me laugh and cry. I have to wonder how the Japanese can be brilliant in so many ways. Currently we are watching Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyoudai), and I have learned a lot about space flight and the rigorous tests aspiring astronauts have to go through to qualify. Set in 2015, it’s about two brothers who are as different as night and day, but share one dream – to become astronauts.

So before this turns into a geeky blabbery of something that will most likely bore my dear readers, here’s something I came up with last night.

Hand-lettering-HappyHandsProject

Well, I got so into it so I made it into digital wall art and posted them on my Etsy shop.

Chalkboard Wall Art - HappyHandsProject

Then I got even more into it so I made it into an iPhone wallpaper. I was exploring royalty-free vintage photos (taking the cue from How About Orange) and thought, hey, I can use these Astronomy images along with my lettering!

Of course you can download your very own inspirational iPhone wallpaper here. Even if you don’t watch anime, I hope my little artwork here would motivate us all to always look up, hold our heads high, and reach for the stars.

And if I may add, Space Brothers is really that good. You, non-anime viewer, should check it out.

Hand-lettered iPhone Wallpaper-HappyHandsProject

Bloglovin’ and Free Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

 

This is usually how my morning goes. I launch Firefox and go through my bookmarks – which mostly covers fun, lighthearted blogs from all over. I go through each of them so I end up with about eight tabs on my Firefox window. And it wasn’t even 9am yet! So anyway, I found out that my morning browsing will be considerably organized if I just signed up with Bloglovin’. After a few days of reading other users’ reviews, I took the plunge and signed up. Claimed my blog, even. I was surprised at how easy it is now to read all my favorite blogs (I know, I sound like a celebrity endorser but no, I didn’t get paid for this. And I’m no celebrity!). Click on the image below to go to my Bloglovin’ page so you can follow the Happy Hands Project.

Bloglovin Watercolor Follow Poster

As you can see, I even made an art work just to announce my new discovery. To think that I’m pretty late to the party on this one. I was experimenting with Photoshop brushes today and ended up making three watercolor circles that can be used, well, anywhere, actually! These are high resolution, good quality brushes! Here are just some of my ideas as to where I can end up using them:

  • A personalized notecard
  • A desktop wallpaper
  • Stickers in different colors
  • Gift tags

 

Free Watercolor Brushes from HappyHandsProject

 

My advise is this – go crazy with your brushes! Experiment with colors, play with different layer styles. Just make sure you use different layers in Photoshop for every click of that brush. Just layer it. You can thank me later. If you need help on where to save the file onto Photoshop, this is helpful. For more lovely (and free!) brushes, plus how-to videos, check out this post on Creature Comforts. These are probably just about everything you need to get started.

Now it’s time to download the Happy Hands Project watercolor brush pack here.

As always, for everything that’s on the house, these brushes are for personal use only and cannot be sold or re-distributed. I would appreciate linking back to my post if you would feature this on your blog, and not host them on your own server. Whew! I just had to get that out. Thanks for reading!

An Autumn Wedding {Robby and Maan}

 

Autumn Themed Wedding

Autumn Wedding Invitation Suite

Happy Day of Hearts, everyone! I’m starting off Valentine’s Day with a wedding that was lots of fun and full of romance. And earthy, orange hues.

When Maan, the bride and now officially my Sister-in-Law, told me that their wedding theme was Autumn, I started thinking about red and brown maple leaves and pumpkin spice. Some wooden centerpieces with orange flowers. What a lovely theme to work on! I have to say Maan was a very hands-on bride who has a good taste in design. She favored a hand-lettered script over fonts, so I came up with a flourish-y lettering for their monogram. Once it was settled, the design for the invitation suite soon came after. I designed the main invite and entourage cards, a reception card and the map.

Autumn Wedding Invitation Suite

Autumn Wedding Invitation Suite

My favorite part in designing the whole suite was the reception card. The orange cocktail dress, specifically.

The wedding was in November last year, and I have to say it was a terribly busy month for my little family. We flew to Manila, Philippines a couple of days before the big day. I was just so thankful that our little ‘un enjoyed walking along the Changi Airport travellator so much that she was asleep during most of the 3.5 hour-flight. Lucky, indeed!

Autumn Themed Wedding

Autumn Wedding Invitation Suite

Autumn Themed Wedding

And oh, it was a beautiful wedding. All the elements from the bridal bouquet, the gentlemen’s boutonnières, to the table centerpieces, just came together so elegantly. The orange ombré style cake was also a delicious eye candy (tasted heavenly, too!). It was certainly autumn at the Blue Leaf that night. Congratulations to the lovely couple! Thank you for making me a part of your wedding.

Autumn Themed Wedding

Autumn Wedding Invitation Suite

Autumn Wedding Invitation Suite

Autumn Themed Wedding

Photography: J Lucas Reyes
Flowers: Dylan Gozum of Vatel Manila

Ring and Coin Nests and Boutonnières: Cecile Roxas-Padecio of {etc} Handmade Goodness
Reception Styling: Kaye Cunanan of K by Cunanan Catering
Cake: Gervy’s Amazing Cakes
Kokeshi Dolls: Khristine Borbe of Handmade by Khristine

 

 

Etsy Shop for Digital Wall Art

 

I have finally opened my Etsy shop! Finally! I will be selling digital files of my letterings that I have prepared as wall art. I still have quite a few that I have yet to convert to vector but it’s no easy task – so I have just uploaded one with four color variations.

Do What You Love Digital Print-Black Green

I’m quite happy with this accomplishment, as I’ve been so busy with work and mommyhood. I thought it would actually take forever before I launch this shop. I just realized baby steps are all I need. Hey, if other artists can do it, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot, too, right?

You can find my shop here: www.happyhandsproject.etsy.com.

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Craft Haul From the Singapore Craft Fair

 

Inaugural Craft Fair Singapore

I have to be honest about this. Handmade Movement Singapore‘s inaugural craft fair made me giddy with excitement from the moment I learned about it – until days after it was over. See, I’m the kind of person who loves to shop. I go to flea markets, I shop for clothes even when I tell myself I shouldn’t… you get the picture. But this was my first craft fair visit. My first!

It was dark and rainy that day, the 19th of January, 2013. My husband and I trudged among puddles and muddy patches of grass to Fort Canning Green. I was amazed at how packed the tent was. Despite the heavy downpour, a lot of people still made it!

I specially loved the paper products there, but there were so much more – jewelry, baby clothes, hair bows and bands, pet clothes, food, pens… it was packed with handmade goodness! I went around and chanced upon Momo Shamu. My favorite item? Definitely the customizable camera bag. I will order from Momo Shamu when I finally buy a new cam! Aside from the fabric items, there were also some jewelry. I bought this oversized glittery ring in mint.

Craft Fair Singapore-Momo Shamu Ring

I bought a couple of post cards from these artists – E’von LeAngelis S and Chong Giin Song (below, respectively). These really inspire me to paint again.

Craft Fair Singapore-Evon LeAngelis PostcardCraft Fair Singapore-Chong Giin Song Postcard

I had a hard time choosing which post card to buy from Beatrice Ng of HodgePodge. See, she does these amazing papercut artworks. I have always been fond of Singapore shophouses, and this print in green is perfect.

Craft Fair Singapore-Shophouse Postcard

One cannot have too many notebooks, don’t you think? I was looking at the paper products from Murdoodles when my husband joined me, asking what I was about to buy. With a bit of embarassment (as he knows I have a ton of notebooks at home), I answered in a small voice, ‘a notebook’. Voice trailing, with a little uncertainty. I was so glad he agreed that I had to have that notebook! It’s in A6 with a canvas hardcover, unlined cream sheets, and beautifully bound.

Craft Fair Singapore-Murdoodles Notebook

Craft Fair Singapore-LoveSprouts Rubber

We spent quite a lot of time on LoveSprout‘s table. I couldn’t decide which handmade rubber stamp to buy. There we were showed a catalogue of stamps with different faces, with one that matches hubby’s features! We finally decided on a block of rubber. Bad memories from my rubber cutting exercises from my Fine Arts university days came rushing back so I had to ask, ‘Is this easy enough to carve?’. I was relieved when they said yes. So it looks like we’ll be spending an afternoon having a husband-and-wife rubber cutting competition. I’m just wondering who the judges will be. Anyone?

The craft fair was an experience that left me inspired and amazed at the very talented crafters I met. I can’t wait for next year’s craft fair! Well done, Handmade Movement SG!

Printable Valentine’s Day Card

 

When I was about 10, we had a craft project in school for Valentine’s Day. We were asked to bring old greeting cards and recycle them to make a new one. Oh, how thrilled I was! With school glue and scissors in hand, I cut up hearts and pictures to make a Valentine card for my Mom. I remember trying to make a heart (or flower, my memory is already a bit bleary) pop up when the card is opened.

I managed to make a small cardboard accordion and glued the heart (or flower!) on top of it. Kind of like a Jack-in-the-Box effect. The pop-up heart didn’t surprise my Mom at all, but it sure did make her happy.

YouAreLoved Card

As a tribute to my childhood tradition of handmade cards, I made a watercolor illustration last weekend for my Mom and Aunts. I’m sharing this with you so we can all extend some handmade love to the people we care about. Spread the love!

Download the printable card here.

Bee-Themed Birthday Party Invitations

 

First Bday-1B

What a year it has been! Our daughter has turned one! We celebrated this milestone at Shakey’s Pizza – and Lori enjoyed every minute of it!

My husband and I decided on a bee-themed party, as it was the most suitable for our girl. She’s very active, always a busy bee, always fluttering about. So once we had the theme down, I started on the invites.

We deviated from the predictable yellow and black and settled on yellow orange, lime and magenta… and everything fell into place. I had a lot of fun planning all the DIYs for the party. It wasn’t easy, but still a lot of fun! I made bee antenna headbands to serve as party hats, name tags and goodie bags with Thank You labels, plus an A3 sized framed poster. Since there was no available baker’s twine in the party’s colors, I made a few yards myself. I liked the way it turned out because it matched everything else!

First Bday-2

First Bday-6

The highlight of the party of course, goes to the hysterical magic show and pretty balloons by Leny’s Party Needs. A bee party will not be complete without a beehive cake! Gervy of Gervy’s Amazing Cakes designed a super yummy lemon butter cake and chocolate cake bars. The staff at Shakey’s Katipunan were very pleasant to work with. But the best part? Lori had the time of her life! Thank you so much to our family and friends who were there to celebrate with us.

First Bday-4 First Bday-3

First Bday-5

Photos courtesy of Liyan Aprieto

Washi Tape Covered Wooden Pegs

 

Pegs and Washi-3

I love washi tape. I can hear a chorus of ladies screaming at me now, saying, “WHO DOESN’T?”. It has now been a staple in my treasure trove of crafting supplies.

I remember buying my first six rolls of mt Tape in Tokyo a few years ago, not really knowing what I’d do with them. Fast forward to 2013, and I’ve got rolls and rolls of these colorful paper tapes! I order them from all over – from US and HK shops in Etsy to local shops here in Singapore. You might say I’m a bit weird, because I have this certain attachment to things. I love my washi tape stash so much that I feel that every project I use it for should be useful, and working on it should be simple yet worthwhile.

Last month I was thinking of putting up buntings with my little family’s photos attached to wooden pegs. Well, I must admit I never got to printing the photos yet (let alone selecting which ones get printed!) so I started on ‘prettifying’ my pegs first. And this is so not a tutorial. This is something so straightforward that it doesn’t need much explanation!

Pegs and Washi-1

All you need is a roll (or a dozen – that’s up to you!) of washi tape, plain wooden pegs, a sharp cutter or X-Acto knife, and a rubber cutting mat or a stack of newspapers.

 

  1. Align one side of your tape to one side of your peg. Don’t worry about not getting it perfect the first time as washi tape doesn’t stick to the wood like Superglue. Just lift it and re-align.
  2. Turn the peg over and trim off the excess (make sure your newspapers are thick enough so as not to scratch the table’s surface!).
  3. Turn your tape-covered peg upright. Do you see a gap there? Cut the tape that covers the gap and carefully tuck the tape within that space.
  4. Do the same for the other side of your peg!

 

Ain’t it so fun and simple? I cannot wait to use these wooden pegs now.

Pegs and Washi-2