Painting • Girl and Flowers

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7.10.2015

Finally got out the paintbrushes and paints and created something beyond a sketch. Here are photos of my work in progress. 

So the story behind this canvas, I had it sitting around unfinished from many years back. I stretched it by hand, gessoed, and laid out a pencil sketch, and I must've felt really uninspired by the current sketch because I left it to have some alone time for years. If you'd like to know, it was a street art style of sketch which I was very into 7-8 years ago...but now my likes have changed...















At the beginning there was a rough sketch...



Then I decided I didn't like her eyebrows so I waxed them off... or painted them off rather.




And fast forward to many brush strokes later, here's a look at her drying outdoors...

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And a video I spent the entire day figuring out how to make. Discovering the different free video editing apps in the app store trying to see which ones I can comprehend. Me and technology...not my generation.




I'll be adding more layers to her, mixed media style, so she's just half way completed. Are you interested in seeing more of what I do with this canvas? Let me know and I'll share more photos along the way.




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Getting Crafty | Making A Greeting Card

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6.07.2015

Thought you might wanna see the result of a crafty afternoon or crafternoon as I sometimes call it. Using scrapbooking paper elements: a yellow vintage rose, pink flourish cut out, Remember You Are Loved quote, and a butterfly; mixing up paper to create a little story can be so much of an enjoyment to me. It's sort of like collage. I think I will do more cards, I just like the feeling of placing things down on paper and it's almost like putting together a puzzle.





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Japanese Rubber Stamp Book

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5.11.2015

How awesome are Japanese craft books? This awesome; they come with cool freebies! This is a book about rubber stamping by several handmade rubber stamp artists. I purchased it from a local Japanese book store in Honolulu. Purchased, stored, then forgotten up until now. And what perfect timing, I needed tiny stamps to decorate my snail mail with and then voila!
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And yes, see the price sticker? Books from Japan aren't cheap in Hawaii. At today's yen rate the price of this book in Japan is $11.36; the price I paid in Hawaii was $26.65 plus tax. Anyways, besides the price, the reason I took a photo of the back cover was to show you these beautiful hand carved rubber stamps. Love them!


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Atelier Gargoyle | Sealing Wax

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4.22.2015




Little details are things that I love when it comes to snail mail and gift wrapping. When it comes to adding a special touch to a letter or package there's nothing that says elegance more than a wax seal. I wanted to share with you photos of the beautiful parcel I received from Linnea & Ward at Atelier Gargoyle. To me these waxes are luxurious wax couture, they're crafted by hand with a lovely if not romantic fragrance to them, ahh details. Boy did I savor opening my order as each layer was thoughtfully put together with such care. And oh the presentation!



I'm forever keeping this sample card of the colors I purchased. Aren't they just so beautiful to look at? I really, really admire the time and hand done details so much.

Have you ever used a wax seal before?


p.s., this post was just me sharing my appreciation for fine things, it was not sponsored. Just wanted to spread the love of beautiful mail and even more so an art form continued by a wonderful company. x



For more information visit:
www.AtelierGargoyle.com
Half Moon Bay, California, USA


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Snail Mail | Valentines exchange from calligraphers around the world

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3.13.2015

I first wanted to start off backwards, with photos of the pretty details from a few of the envelopes I received as part of the calligraphy exchange with the Flourish Forum during Valentines 2015. I was so pleased to see a bit of gold in the form of waxed seals on these pretties from Singapore, Idaho, and California. Isn't it such a nice touch!

More of the exchange on the way...







Left (lavender envelope): Mapet // Left bottom (glassine envelope): Sarah Pearl Studio // Right (wrapped package): Twig & Fig

Photos by me. x

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Stationery | Greeting Card. Forever Friends by Hallmark

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3.09.2015

Sharing a recent greeting card I found while browsing the drugstore. This one is from the Hallmark line for Japan, I was surprised to find it here in Hawaii. And guess what, it's a tiny pop-up card..aww. I recognized this bear but could not figure out where I'd seen it before until I Googled and found that it was around since the 80's, now it made more sense. It's the Forever Friends Bear! 

The front cover is glittered with an iridescent pink glitter. When you open the card a mini envelope in polka dot blue pops up to reveal a tiny bear holding a heart...double aww and enough reason to buy.






Card: Forever Friends Vintage by Hallmark for Hallmark Japan // Photos: me, taken with my iPhone



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Snail Mail | February 2015, Part 1

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3.04.2015

Wanted to share a few photos of some of my February incoming mail. Lots of hearts and snail mail love from my gals in the states. x

Received a warm paper hug from Shelby.

A red bag of goodies with a wax heart seal from Kate Rose who knows I love washi tape and stickers. What a lovely Valentines treat.
And this really fun clear envelope from Melissa H. was hand sewn. So nice to see the pretty Valentine themed contents inside. I'm sure the postman had fun looking at it too.




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How I Decorated my Kate Spade Planner for Valentines

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3.03.2015

It's already March! I will be rolling out my February photos here in several different posts. I have some snail mail coming up, my planner decorated for Valentines, gorgeous calligraphy mail from calligraphers around the globe, stickers I bought, ...lots of stuff so come back often to check what's here.

First of all I'd like to start with my Kate Spade planner. I wanted to decorate the front pockets and then onto my February pages...which never happened, but at least I got to the front pockets, ha!! Hopefully March will have more progress.





and a photo from my Instagram: merissa_cherie




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Crafting | Painted Confetti Dots on Moleskine

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2.06.2015

Today I am painting confetti on my blank Moleskine Cahier. Pink, white, aqua, and yellow. Making circles with a paint brush.

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Handmade Valentines & Pink Envelopes

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1.31.2015

These blank pink notecards that I purchased at a gift shop in Honolulu were sitting in my stationery stash for years now. Finally I figured out what I was going to use them for, making Valentines cards!! Using a black marker I drew a heart in the center and then went to town with my stickers, some old, some new. Many February's have past since I finally began using some of them. I collect stickers for a reason, to use them in projects just like this... #1 excuse I tell my husband. I'm lucky he lets me buy them...with his money ;P


Then comes choosing envelope colors. Luckily I have several pinks on hand this time around. I like mixing up the colors with envelopes.

Check back because I'll be sharing more photos of the rest of my handmade Valentines cards and envelopes soon.

Are you making your own handmade cards for Valentines this year? x





// Photos taken by me with my iPhone (I love the square format).

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Hi there! Photography and art featured on this blog, unless where noted, came from my camera and were made or styled by my hands. You may not use my photos for profit or on commercial websites, but we might be able to work something out with a dozen chocolate macarons, and a juicy deal. Do not remove my watermarks or copyright markings from my photos (please see previous sentence). I won't bite, well unless you infringe on my copyright. But really, send me an email, I'm pretty nice. The snail mail on my blog includes my mail or the work from other artists and pen friends. I do my best to give everyone credit. But, in the case where I have missed the proper credit please contact me to address it. If you would like to re-blog or pin any of my original works please be the awesome person that you are and give me a shout out a.k.a. proper credit, and link it back here. Speaking of links, I do on occasion link out to other sites, however I am not responsible for the content you find on those sites. Sometimes clicking on a link I’ve provided may be a link to a site that will give me a small commission if you buy something from them. Which means that I might get paid (hopefully not in gum) if you click on that link, whoo-hoo. Reason why I’m telling you is because I want to be honest with you and frankly, because it’s illegal not to. That said, I promise to use any affiliate commissions earned for good cause: like stationery hauls and lattes. Thank you kindly, Merissa
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