Petite Girl Sketch



So stuck on gold, glitter, browns, wood, rustic, vintage things since autumn started. It's a color palette and style I am embracing, it's even changed the feel of my photos..I'm so hooked. Here's a little sketch of a girl I did today..hmm it's already midnight here so I did it time flies by.





Such heartbreak when I heard the news. Paris has always been a place of wonder and inspiration to me in many ways. And after working for a French company in the past I have become entranced with daydreams of travelling there, taking photos, doing art, listening to French music..shall I go on?..I dream a lot of that place believe me. I pray that Paris will be filled with love, hope, and comfort even after the horrendous tragedy that occurred. It's times like these when loving hearts come together and help each other mend and find hope. Prayer does wonders and I send mines. x

I had this photo of my gold Eiffel on my phone for many months now and decided to share it on my Instagram. IG has such a great sense of community, yesterday and today I saw an outpouring of support towards the city of light..Paris. Puts warmth in my heart to see so much aloha.


Incoming Snail Mail | Mail from Japan



Sharing with you photos of my pretty mail from Japan. Can you believe all of these cute things that my sweet pen pal sent me?! There's washi tape, candy, pretty printed cello bags, stickers, memo notes...and she sent me more than just what's photo'd. Japan has the loveliest packaging and stationery I've ever seen. They're also the greatest in gift giving, they know how to make someone feel special. Thank you dear Liddy for always treating me to amazing gifts, I am wowed each time! x


Recycling a paper bag into an envelope for snail mail



Hello, hello! It's October 2015 can you believe it?! I've been away from my blog for sometime now but today is a new day and I wanna share a spur of the moment craft project I did this afternoon. I posted it on my Instagram but I'd like to share the rest of the other photos here.
What you're looking at is an envelope crafted out of a grocery store paper bag..what's up Safeway. Since it's now Autumn I figured the brown kraft would be a good color to play with. The colors of the seasons don't occur here in Hawaii so this is the closest I'm getting.

I drew my own address labels with a marker I'm loving at the moment: Marvy Extra Fine Tip Le Plume II Double Ender Marker Pen, Black. It's actually a brush marker which I intended on using for brush calligraphy, but since that failed I use it for drawing. I love how dark the black is. I also used Sakura Micron Pen, Black
 for words.

I also used Vintage Office Paper Tape by Cavallini
 which were a gift from Jacquelyne of Letters to Love By. The Central Park ticket rubber stamp which I adore, was a gift from my co-worker. 

And let me tell you, I'm the weirdo that saves postage stamps from my mail. I turned these stamps into stickers using my little Xyron 150 "X" Create-a-Sticker And it just so happened that I needed them to decorate this envelope. No, I'm not mailing this envelope, it's just for mail art for me to look at.

The other things I used were miscellaneous washi tapes and stickers from my sticker stash. I wrote words onto white paper, cut them out, and glued them down.

Now to catch up with my snail mail...


Painting • Girl and Flowers



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...


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.


Getting Crafty | Making A Greeting Card



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.


Japanese Rubber Stamp Book



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!


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!


Snail Mail | Valentines exchange from calligraphers around the world



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


Stationery | Greeting Card. Forever Friends by Hallmark



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


Snail Mail | February 2015, Part 1



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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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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