Tag Archives: Illustrations

Daruma Doll

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.

Lucky Cat

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?

Guest Post: Valentine’s Gift Guide by Heidi

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.

via elSage

via elSage

via Letter Happy

via The Wallaroo

Fun Valentine’s for school.

via Jojo Bean Designs

via Write With Moxie

via kraze4paper

You can’t forget about jewelry for your Valentine, and there’s plenty of it!

via All Beta

via Dianth USA

via Glorious Girl Jewelry

Personalized gifts are a fabulous way of showing that you’ve really thought about your Valentine.

via Merriweather Council

via Lulu and Jayne

via One Reverie

via Oh Louise Designs

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!

Public Garden: F1 Pit Flea Market

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.

Our Booth with our DIY Wooden Display Stands

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.

Bought this informative little book from alter:sg

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

Loved the Raspberry Chocolate Cupcake

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

Illustrations and prints by minifanfan

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

Cool items from the little drom store

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

How can you not love these faux wax sealed clutches for Veira

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

Plushies, pins and other cute things from Mimipong

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.

Audrey Hepburn fan print

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

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.