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My First Visit At Hobby Lobby

For my family and close friends who know me too well, I live, and breathe (and even eat for breakfast!) anything arts and crafts, and the many supplies that go with them. They all know that when I am in the US, one of the first stores I go to is Michaels Arts, and of course, the outlet shops. That is the case, as soon as we arrived in Riverside, California during our recent US summer getaway.

As soon as we freshened up at my Aunt’s place, we headed to Michaels and bought the stuff I have to buy for myself and the dear princess daughter. However, I was not aware that there was a Hobby Lobby that would soon open while still in Riverside for the vacation. My aunt mentioned it few days after and I am glad we did visit the opening day of Hobby Lobby because if not, I would have missed a lot! I mean, the vacation is not complete without my precious arts supplies! No!!!

So, 30 August, we went to Old Navy in Moreno Valley only to realize that Hobby Lobby was just a stone’s throw away. And it was their opening day and SALE! They have extra 40-50% off in almost ALL of their merchandize, except for the arts supplies. I took the opportunity to buy some supplies for my Happy Planner, some Christmas ornaments (yes, they have gazillions already on display), and bought 1 owl statue or candle wax burner. I knew the owl just had to come home with me. The Christmas ornaments were bought out of impulse and the discount offer, and the planner supplies were to satisfy my addiction for anything/everything planner.

(I will not leave the store without this owl.)

 

(I seriously went cray-cray over these nutcracker display! I kept going around like a bee, choosing which one I like best, rather which ONES I love best. 🙂 Well, I didn’t buy because our bags were brimming and we were already excess in kilos. A nutcracker will be mine someday!)

 

I enjoyed my almost an hour going around Hobby Lobby. I swear, I could live there and not even mind not eating for a month just to get all the stuff I need for my arts and crafts. My visual satisfaction was super off the charts! I seriously got lots of ideas on what motif to do for our Christmas tree. I am quite excited.

 

(My hubby, aka The Financier, was already getting tired with my beelining around the ornaments and planner stickers. Good thing there were seats near the entrance!)

 

 

I was just starting to get very shy to my Aunt and hubby, most especially my hubby who is also my finance manager. He was very tired driving for how many hours from Las Vegas all the way to Moreno Valley in Cali. We headed straight to the area to grab some last minute shopping, and have lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

The Hobby Lobby experience is really surreal for me. I thought I only get high in Michaels but wow, I wish I had visited Hobby Lobby in other states too before. I am certainly happy that my Aunt introduced me to the place. It will be one of the must-go-to place whenever I am on vacation in the US.

 

Do you enjoy Hobby Lobby like I do? Echo your experience in the comments below.

 

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September 15, 2017
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Going Back To My Arts

I’ve been sidetracked for a while because of my new small biz (Nu Skin distributor) and I have given it most of my time the past months. Right now, I am just going back to my arts to practice and produce more illustrations and digital designs I can eventually offer to sell someday.

I am still not very good with Photoshop and Illustrator. However, I have sen major improvements in my skills because I can directly illustrate on AI (Adobe Illustrator) without using any of my penciled sketches as guide. Though my digital drawings are very amateurish and simple. One thing I can say about my work is that – they are definitely hand drawn.

I am building my stocks right now so I can offer some freebies every Friday for you to download and print or do whatever you wish. I guess, the only thing I would request from you is that, don’t claim the illustrations as your own. I think that is fairly simple and right thing to do.

Most of the stuff I will put in my Friday Freebies page are my own graphics that you can use to make stickers, name tags, bookmarks, labels, etc. I hope you will like them.

So, watch out for my Friday Freebies! It will come soon… Not very soon, but SOON!

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August 11, 2017
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Happy Fri-Yay Brush Lettering Demo

I have been meaning to video myself doing a simple brush lettering to encourage everyone out there who wants to get their hands on lettering, whether for professional means or just to get those creative juice cranking.

I love whimsical stuff. I usually just letter away without putting much emphasis on the “rules” and the anatomy of a typography and the letters. If I do that, I will never be able to do something as free as I want. Although, it pays to know the basics of lettering and typography, and it is also best to know their anatomy so you will understand the different types and styles in letters.

I always draft my lettering. I am not as good as the others out there who can just letter away even without a draft or sketch of what they will hand letter. It is something I want to learn too but for now, I enjoy sketching on a light coloured pencil so I can erase later on. Sometimes, I just leave the marks there when they are not very visible.

So, here is a brief demo of my brush lettering. I decided to write “Happy Fri-Yay” for Happy Friday. I have been sick for a while and the weekend is all I have been longing for, and of course, some therapeutic time with my crafts. I already sped up the video but it took me around 2 minutes to finish the lettering.

What you need:

  • A smooth paper or pad (to protect your brush pens, to prevent “ink” bleeding, and for a smoother flow of the pen’s movement) I recommend Rhodia brand for your paper or pads. It has very smooth surface.
  • Tombow Dual Brush pens or any brush pen (I prefer this brand and the Kuretake Fude pens)
  • A flat surface where you can set your pad and write on (I sometimes use my laptop as a leverage. I know, that’s bad but I am comfortable with the added height it provides, but don’t follow me on this one hahaha)

Enjoy!


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June 10, 2017
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My First Attempt To Digitalize My Brush Lettering Art

I must have read tons and tons of resources for how to digitalize your art or hand lettering. I even subscribed to a lot of YouTube channels for the tutorials. The information out there is overwhelming and they seem to look very easy until you try it hands on.

Well, it took me several hours to complete the process few weeks ago. It is a rough digital attempt but I am happy of the outcome. I know there are still plenty of rooms for improvement but they say, you wouldn’t really know something and wouldn’t get accustomed until you do it. More practice and more watching of tutorials to get the tips and tricks and apply them all later on.

This is the brush lettering on my pad.

 

After digitalizing it using Adobe Illustrator

 

 

I just added the flourishes for effect.

 

I got the quote from the internet. I love it a lot because I know a lot of “gits” around who could use some manners. This is for them, a constant reminder to be respectful.

Well, I am still happy with how the outcome looked like. I even felt I didn’t follow the process correctly. The process is still a bit complex but with more practice, I am pretty sure I will be able to make more of these in the future that I can offer for free download or even sell on my future creative studio. Wish me luck!

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June 2, 2017
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My Christmas Wishlist for 2016

I always have a secret wishlist every Christmas, year after year. I never really tell anyone about them until now. I felt, I had to let them out and send them to the universe! Maybe Santa Claus or a generous sponsor will anonymously present me with any of the items I need (or maybe all! hahahaha!).

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(Artwork by ©Ria Cervantes/themommalogues.com)

Items:

  • iPad Pro
  • Apple pen
  • iMac
  • Calligraphy pen set
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens

 

I need all of them actually for my “biz plan.” I have been diligently practising on my craft, learning online, reading books, and practising some more. I need to hone my skills in hand lettering, sketching, doodling, and watercolour art.

I want to be able to put up an e-commerce business by 2018-2019, before I retire from the corporate world. I want to be my own boss. I want to open up jobs for others and I want to work from home. And as early as now, I am paving my way to get there. It’s not easy but every victory is shrouded with thorns, right?

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And this will be my home office! 🙂 (Photo credit: tifaq.com)

So yes, I need them. They are not “want” but “need.” Good luck to me!

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October 14, 2016
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Free Downloadable Crafts And Earn From CraftsUPrint

I love arts and crafts! And if  you’re like me who loves arts and crafts but don’t want to spend much on the resources and supplies (let’s admit it crafters, the supplies aren’t cheap!) then you’re in for a wonderful surprise!!!

CrafsUPrint.com is a site that I frequent to when I want to download some resources I can use for my card making and other crafts. The good thing about this site is that, all you download are legal and free to use for your projects and crafts. Aside from card making stuff they give out for free, you can also download for your papier mache or other handicrafts.


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October 8, 2016
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Watercolour Art To Destress

I have always been inclined to arts. It’s probably a gene thing because my dear Aunt Raquel (RIP Auntie) was blessed with good eyes for beauty and graceful and skillful hands creating nice handmade crafts. She was also very good in hand lettering, actually most of my mum’s siblings were good in hand lettering. My dad was too. So, I think I got it from them.

I tried my hands in sports. It wasn’t for me. I didn’t have the arms and legs coordination. When it comes to arts and crafts, I am in one with it and everything just coordinates and falls into the right places.

I have been doing watercolour art aside from brush and hand lettering of lately. I am so obsessed with it. I find myself in that direction where I can turn my passion into my other income. Well, it’s always my dream to open up a creative studio where I can turn my creativity into $$$. LOL! Well, not exactly but yes, I want to earn on the side too.

I have plenty of inspirations lately. I just don’t have the techniques to apply and use when doing my watercolour art. I feel I need to practise more. But even if I have to, I am enjoying it and I get so calm when I am holding my watercolour pad and brushes.

I need more honing of skills though. I still feel I can do better but when I am into my arts, I am just in bliss!

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July 16, 2016
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