In my previous feature, I've shared with you some of my cutest findings from Etsy. It was so much fun and I've decided I should do this more often. This time round, I'm going to feature some of my favorite jewelry.
First of all, let me introduce you to jacjewelry! I bought a pair of Bon Chic Agate earrings from her after winning her giveaway. The package arrived with a lovely, hand-written notecard and some sweet- smelling dried petals. Thank you Janna! I love the cut and the feel of these gemstones. (Agate strenghtens victories of all kinds. Gives courage, strength, aids in awakening the inner self for receptiveness. Protects and wards off the evil eye, keeps away bad dreams, cures insomnia. Absolutely perfect for me!).
If you have a fetish for vintage jewelry, you got to check out MorningGloryDesigns's store. So many of her items are in my favorites that I had a hard time deciding which to feature. Apparently, the next piece of treasure I'm going to introduce is SUPER HIGH on my wishlist.
Are you going through your regular Monday blues? I bet the following pics will chase away the blues. But before you scroll down....
Warning: 1) If you are eating/ drinking, pls swallow your food or water first (I don't want you to get choked).
2) If you are holding a sharp object, pls put it down before you injured yourself (or the person beside you).
3) If you are at work and your boss is in the office right now, I'd suggest you close this window and read it when he/ she is not around (unless your boss has some sense of humor).
Seems like only yesterday...
Barbie doll has her 50th birthday this year.......
Tweety Bird is 60 years old! This is sad... :(
And what about all our other .... childhood SUPERHEROES?
Wonder Woman (touch of menopause here I think?)
Batman and Robin...
PS: Certainly not advisable to show these to your kids.
My lastest work! This was an assignment I did for Hyde Park Review of Books’ relaunch issue. (The Hyde Park Review of Books critiques promising poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from small, medium, independent and University presses. They also publish interviews, reportage, essays, and audio/visuals on bookculture and they've been featured in Utne Reader, Wired Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Arts & Letters Daily).
Theme: surrealist (ghost, Angel, papier-mache submarines, talking shoes, etc). Mood: sadness, lost, darkness and fear. I was really excited when I saw 'Angel' in the list. For those of you who have been following my blog, you should know about my extreme obsession with Angels. Needless to say, I picked Angel to work on.
rough sketch after some brainstorming..(this Angel looks as though she has got hairy legs! Haha!!)
This time I tried something different from my previous works. Instead of working solely on watercolor or pen technique, I did a mix media - watercolor and pen (plus a bit of photoshop).
water color for the background
pen on the Angel and other parts of the drawing.Finally, a touch of white (on her body/ wings) and red with photoshop.
she is broken, lost and sad...
What do you think of the finished product? I was hoping to try a full watercolor medium some time later. And perhaps add a few drops of tears on her face? (I hate datelines.. Argh!)
*Pls do not use any of the above image without my permission. Thank you.
The 5th person who commented in my blog ---->JAC JEWELRY!!!!!!!! Congrats, Janna! I will be contacting you soon. :) I think this is really funny. Last Sunday I was the winner of her giveaway ( I got a $10 gift certificate to her etsy shop) and exactly one week later, she was the winner of mine! Ha!
Everyone who has taken the time to participate, I hope you had fun. Thank you for sharing your dreams with me. Click here to view all the entries. I wasn't surprise to see a number of similar dreams - To be able to travel around the world to experience life, owning a company.. etc. However, I was deeply moved by two people in particular:
Holly (my blog buddy!) from Hollyrocks says: ''My dream is to be an awesome teacher who touches the lives of countless children and to never lose touch with my creativity, no matter how busy my life may be. I would also love to travel all over the world, experiencing cultures and lifestyles that are as different from my own as possible so that I can fully understand how small I am as compared to the rest of the planet.'' And Joyti from Indie.Tea says: ''My goal would be to start a school for intelligent yet unprivileged children in India. It would near the ocean, and I would live in a small yet dreamy cottage right near it.....''.
Their dreams have reminded me of why I wanted to be an artist.
1) I hope my art will inspire people from all around the world, in one way or another.
2) I want to travel around the world to bring love and hope to the less privileged children; to let them know that no matter which country they're borned in, how bad their lives 'may seem', everyone has the right to dream. In fact, I think everyone (yes, I'm talking to you) should be brave enough to dream and live their dreams.
3) I enjoyed drawing and listening to music at a tender age. My favorite musical instrument is the classical piano. I remembered having a music teacher in my elementary school who could play the song, 'Right here waiting' by Richard Max so beautifully that I'd always imagined I was the one playing. Sadly, the financial situation at home didn't allow me to take up piano lessons (I was fortunate enough that I get to take up art classes still). Seeing how badly I wanted to learn the piano, my mom said, ''You will have the money to learn it when you are old enough to go out to work.'' Now many years later, at the age of 27, I got my very own piano and is on my way to fufilling my dream! A friend actually asked, ''But, why now?'' My answer was, ''Then when?'' You see, the problem with many people (I was a victim too) is that, we have never taken the time to ask ourselves, 'What would I truely love to do with my life?'' I'm not saying what you can do, should do or must do, but what you would LOVE to do. See the difference? Often times, when asked why can't we do what we would love to, 99.99% of the answers would be ''Oh, I don't have the money.'' or ''I don't have the knowledge/ qualification...'' or better still, ''I don't even have time to sleep!'' You may be laughing at these answers now but seriously, think about this, if you are not going to do what you enjoy starting from now, what do you intend to do with the remaining of your life then? If it takes me 10 years (worst scenario) to master my piano skill, I'd still get to enjoy it for another 50-60 years. So, why not?
A few books I'd HIGHLY recommend to help you through your goals are, 'The Breakthrough Experience', 'How To Make One Hell Of A Profit And Still Get To Heaven' and 'Count Your Blessings', all by the great mentor, Dr John Demartini. (He's my hero!) For more info on these books, pls visit his website here.
Other of my dreams include: Living in a swedish/ cottage-style house with my beloved. Having lots of money so I can help more people/ animals...and the list goes on. For now, I hope I've set you thinking.. All the best. :)
''The purpose of life is a life of purpose.'' - Robert Byrne.
And now.. let me present you the pics of this new shop I'd consigned with.. Tah-dah!!! A BIG thank you to the very nice people at Forest N Trees, for having my works in their shop. (shoplocation: no. 2 Handy Road, The Cathay Building #03-02, Singapore 229233).
This shop is a love at first sight.. follow by an infatuation with this huge adorable door. I want to carry the whole door home!
Carrie Chau's works.. (for more pics on her works, pls scroll down to my previous post).
Mine on the lower shelf! :)
In my next post, I will be announcing the winner of my giveaway. Those who have not taken part, you're left with only two more days. Click HERE for your last chance to walk away with 1) a greeting card of your choice, 2) a byrheea print AND 3) a postcard. Good luck! :)
Two pieces of great news to share with you today. First of all, my works are being featured again! I am so honored to have two of my works featured along side other beautiful works on Indie.Tea's pretty blog. Thank you, Joyti! :)
Second piece of good news; Dollgift and Byrheea merchandise is now available in another retail outlet, Forest N Trees. This is no ordinary stop.. it is an exclusive store in Singapore that carry a full range of Carrie Chau, my idol's merchandise! Yes, I will be selling my works side by side with Carrie Chau's! I can't contain my excitement, I want to laugh and cry at the same time! lol (sob sob)..
Now I'm going to show you why I love this Artist so much.
About The Artist:
Hong Kong artist Carrie Chau claims that she can draw with both hands at the same time so that she earns a living at double speed and has more time for sleeping! Carrie believes that she has a past life as an alien on another planet, which is why she has difficulty communicating with human beings in this life. Her works depict the daily life as funny, positive, with an eerie touch of delicacy. Through her drawings and 3D sculptures, she represents swollen and joyful characters, and seems to be inspired of jumping jack, fairy tale where angels, imps, and all the animals from Noah’s Ark. “Sometimes I’m inspired by fairy tales; I like fairy tales such as Blue Beard, The Emperor’s new clothes. But not the Cinderella, snow white or such kind of story, too “sweet” for me.”
The Black Sheep Exhibition 2007 - Times Square, Hong Kong. (images taken from Pop The World)
If you like what you've seen, stay tuned. I'll be back with more information on where you can purchase her works.
Seriously, how do you stop yourself from all the temptations on Etsy? I was browsing through the site for some inspiration and the next thing I knew, I was busily adding items to my wish list! Just today, I have added several 'new friends'.
I love works that tells a story... ''Dijon is Mint Juleps cousin. They live on top of a snowy hill. Dijon loves to tease Mint Julep by throwing snowballs at his window in the wee hours of the morning. Dijon is a trouble maker.'' MeetDijon The Little Arctic Fox from sleepyking!
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” -- Morrie Schwartz
PAINT MY LOVE
Our First christmas together
“People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel” --Irwin Federman
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW! What a Ride!'" -Unknown
“We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.” -Mother Teresa
MY DARLING BOY - nono
''There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'' --Albert Eistein
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain