Seasons greetings

Merry Christmas!
Are you all ready for the festive celebration?

Not quite over here.  Christmas is not celebrated in Cambodia so naturally we are having a low-key affair at home. Nothing beats being (in your) home(land) for Christmas. *cries softly and runs away*

Anyhoo, even if we’re not feeling the Christmas mood here, it doesn’t stop me from spreading holiday love. I’ve been quiet for a long time (not blogging) and here’s what’s making me busy (and keep my thoughts off the festive celebrations elsewhere):

Calligraphy and hand-lettering
I’ve been practicing a lot and now I can see great improvements. I was very much displeased with my output in the beginning but through repetition, it gets me to satisfactory levels. I’ve wanted to do calligraphy and hand-lettering for the longest time but didn’t know where to begin with before. Thanks to generous artists who put up video and text tutorials on their sites for free, I can say that I am getting results that I am happy with.

Here’s some examples of my practice:

Practicing letters "R" and "V", as in, Red Velvet. Red watercolour in ordinary unlined, white paper.
Practicing letters “R” and “V”, as in, Red Velvet. Red watercolour in ordinary unlined, white paper.
Mail for my penpal. The envelope was designed with tribal pattern in gouache colours.
Mail for my penpal. The envelope was designed with tribal pattern in gouache colours.
Feathering. Pelikan royal blue ink on low quality paper-envelope.
Feathering. Pelikan royal blue ink on low quality paper-envelope.

Holiday cards
Yes, there are still people who send Christmas cards in this digital age and I’m proud to be one of them! And they’re not just any card, they’re handmade by me 🙂

Just one of the cards inspired by the designs found on Pinterest.
Just one of the cards inspired by the designs found on Pinterest.

I do not have the moolah to grant someone’s wish for a snare drum or a gadget or what-have-you but I do have the time to sit down and create a card. Sure it’s a major effort, as one of my friends pointed out, but I love to sit down and take time to make cards by hand for family and friends. Handmade cards are more special. Anyone can just get a card from any shops but these cards are sent out with all the love and care of the maker (me!). What do you think?

And I’m really happy that I was able to finish the cards on time and sent them by mail before the holiday rush swept in. My in-laws in the UK and my parents in the Philippines have already received their cards. I’m still waiting for word from my friends everywhere 🙂

What I’m doing these days

Wow, it’s nearly the end of November and I can already feel December around the corner. So, where have all the days gone to? More importantly, how are you all?

DIY envelope treat bag
One of the gift bags I made. Papemelroti kalesa stamp on a DIY envelope-bag with jute twine and washi tape.

I have been amiss in my blogging duties lately because I was busy working on my little craft project. I also have been hearing about a certain Fairy Hobmother who spreads his fairy dust and grants bloggers wishes. Is the Fairy Hobmother for real? Will he ever come to faraway Cambodia?  I’ve never heard of the Fairy Hobmother before and the news of him visiting my friend Bag of Thoughts momma thrilled me for this shows that he has visited Cambodia! Now I have trouble deciding what I would like  to get myself – a Cricut cutitng machine? A stamp-maker machine kit? Or that new Samsung Galaxy note tab that I’ve been eyeing for as long as I can remeber? I can’t make up my mind, hahhaha, but for sure the gift from the Fairy Hobmother will be used to add to the budget. I guess I’d write my wishlist in a separate post, lol.

Christmas holiday is fast approaching. I have decided that, this year, I’ll make my own Christmas cards to send to family and friends near or far. I also had some labels and gift tags that I myself designed.  My designs are very limited because I don’t have the right tools. I try to make do with what I have at the moment but, for something fancier,  I resorted to using printables that are downloadable. For free. Oh, how I love them! The Internet is so full of them. Many thanks to those generous people who share their talents and works  online. I’ve chosen several designs that I can replicate (especially the stamped holiday cards) and arranged for  printing labels online for intricately-designed patterns.

It will be a busy time for me in the coming days. To work on these cards, I must devote my time {and my heart, of course} 100%. So I might not be able to blog regularly. Or maybe not.

Anyways, have a lovely weekend ahead.