Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: Our Sparrow Air Mail and Bird’s Nest Fragile stamps are now available at our Etsy shop.
We’re selling these illustrations as greeting cards and A4 size prints at the National Museum. Drop by our booth from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.
My next illustration is anothery charm from Japan. The Daruma Doll is a Japanese wishing doll modeled after the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls are usually purchased during the new year.
Most of the Daruma dolls are made in Takasaki City and they come with their eyes blank. You’re supposed to draw one of the eyes to upon setting a goal and you draw the other one as a sign of gratitude to the Daruma when you achieve your goal.
One of the things I want to do this year is to make more illustrations. What better way to start my project than to draw a lucky charm. This illustration is about the Japanese lucky charm called Maneki-neko or the Beckoning Cat. It is believed to bring good luck to its owner. If the left paw is raised, it is said that it brings customers to establishments and if the right paw is raised, it’s good luck and wealth.
The bell and bib signify material abundance and wealth. The gold coin is called Koban which is a currency during the Edo period. It is inscribed with the text, 10,000,000 ryo or a huge fortune. There are many folktales about the origin of this figurine.You can read them here.
This print will be for sale once we put up Prints and Illustration section in our in our shop. We’re still thinking if we’re going to offer digital files or prints like cards and posters. I’d love to make a series of illustrations about lucky charms. What are the lucky charms in your country?
As Valentine’s Day is approaching it can be difficult to come up with gift ideas for your loved one or friends. And there is no better place to look for gifts than from the handmade community on Etsy. Here are some fabulous Valentine’s Etsy finds for all different types of Valentines.
Cards for your secret or not so secret Valentine.
Fun Valentine’s for school.
You can’t forget about jewelry for your Valentine, and there’s plenty of it!
Personalized gifts are a fabulous way of showing that you’ve really thought about your Valentine.
And if you still haven’t found the right gift for your valentine, hopefully this will give you a starting point! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
We registered as sellers for the Public Garden Flea Market which was held at the second floor of the F1 Pit Building beside the Singapore Flyer.
When we got to the parking lot we didn’t see a lot of people around but when we got to the venue there was a good size crowd inside. I have to say that the Public Garden Team does very good marketing for the event. The location is a bit remote but the customers were there. Their social media reaches the right demographics and people were there to buy and not just browse.
We also met some great sellers and there were a lot of indie brands in the event. There were vendors selling pastries, ice cream, clothes, stationery, art and even books. The only thing lacking was someone selling cold drinks which we are very fond of.
We met one of the writers, Christine since she bought our wax seals. When I was able to walk around during my snack break I saw their table and popped by. It’s so interesting to meet authors. The book was a joint project between friends who wanted to bring a fresh perspective to interesting places in Singapore. We got a copy and we recommend you get yours. Visit their site at www.alter.sg
Milk Bar was one of the first stalls we saw when we came to set-up. They had their tables by the entrance. We tried the Raspberry Chocolate Cupcake which was so yummy. The icing was light and cool while the chocolate cupcake was decadent. See their products and get tempted at www.milkbar.com.sg
The illustrations from minifanfan caught my eye. The illustrations are unique plus the ladies manning the booth were quite friendly. Find more of their work at www.minifanfan.com
The necklaces and pins from the little drom store were just so cute that you had to stop and look around at the other things being sold at the table. Stop by their site at www.thelittledromstore.com
So it’s no secret that we love wax seals and we couldn’t help but just love the bags that Veira made. Support this local designer and buy her products at www.iloveveira.com
Mimipong plushies and pins are just so adorable. See more cute stuff at www.mimipong.com
Don’t miss the next Public Garden flea market. If your like going to bazaars you’ll like this event.
I’m thinking of making a series of posters and this is the first one I’ve made. It’s all our favorite accessories. I just can’t live without my flip flops and glasses while Lex loves his hats. So what are your favorite things?
I made this fan print of Audrey Hepburn a while back. I recommend it as a must-see for those that haven’t seen the film yet. I remembered watching the film and thinking how cute and crazy she was as Holly. She portrayed a little bit of something that is in each girl.