Staycation with a New Baby

When the husband surprised me with a staycation for our 3rd wedding anniversary, I was a bit doubtful that we’d be able to pull it off. We’ve been having a hard time with the new baby in our lives, and I didn’t want to waste money that would be more appropriately used to buy practical things. Like diapers!

But the husband convinced me THAT WE DESERVED THIS break, so I just closed my eyes and got myself excited for this new experience.

Despite the logistics challenge and figuring things out for the first time, I’m glad we went for it. It was a great way to spend some quality time together, and to let Oliver experience another first. He won’t remember it, for sure, but we’ll have lots of pictures to show him when he’s older. Continue reading

Mommy and Baby Favorites #1

I thought, what better way to revive my Favorites series than with a Mommy and Baby list? It was a great way to blend my old life with my new life – watercolors and motherhood.

My style for this has changed a bit since I haven’t done it in a while and I wanted to experiment with sorely missed art materials. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, despite painting it in installments (meaning, whenever the baby would give me the time to do it and the husband wasn’t too busy with his own work).

If you’re a mommy too, what are your own favorites? Do you use any of these products?

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FREEBIE ALERT! Lorra Elena x SheenaLovesSunsets Collab

I don’t get to do much painting these days because of mommy duties, but I’m super thankful that creative friends still remember me and ask me to do simple collaborations with them.

A couple of weeks ago, Sheena Sy of SheenaLovesSunsets.com asked me to create some lettering to go with her illustrations for a travel-themed downloadable set for YOU! Yes, YOU!

We made a wallpaper for your desktop computers, laptops, and phones. All for free! Continue reading

A Little New Year Experiment

Just a quick way to usher in the new year! May 2016 be even more spectacular than 2015, in life, learnings, and love.

Materials Used:

  • Canson Montval (cut to size)
  • Sakura Koi watercolor palette
  • Robert Simmons Sapphire Round brushes (5/0, 0)
  • Daler-Rowney Graduate Round brush (1)

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November 2015 Favorites

November has been such a full and happy month of events, memory-building, and errands! We were just two months away from our due date then (just one more month now), so a lot of the things we needed to do were for the baby.

But the husband and I have also talked about making sure that we still spent time on things that make us happy individually and as a couple. Basically, to not forget the life that we’ve built before the baby. Instead, build on top of it.

That probably won’t be as easy to do once the baby is actually here with us, but I’m sure it’s not impossible!

Aside from that, when I made my November 2015 Favorites canvas, I also tried out my new Joby phone stand and recorded the entire process. Play the video below to watch.

What do you think? Are there any other videos you’re interested in seeing from me? Let me know in the comments section below! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my uploads and see the latest ones right away.

I’m glad that I’m able to share this list before the year ends, and hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same for my December favorites too.
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October 2015 Favorites

I don’t know if any of you are wondering but I’ve moved on to using Canson Montval, almost exclusively, for all my watercolor needs. And that means a bigger canvas to play with for my favorites!

I used to paint my monthly favorites on a smaller sized Berkeley watercolor pad but they’ve since changed their quality and their paper doesn’t work for me anymore.

Montval is a much more expensive pad but that also forces me to up my game whenever I paint something, whether it’s an exercise or for a more important project. I see that as a great learning opportunity!

Anyway, here are my October 2015 favorites – which are mostly sweet food items because, well, read on and find out!

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July August September 2015 Favorites

I’m allowing myself to cheat here and combine these three months because nothing much really happened anyway. Mostly because I was just a hermit at home, plagued by fatigue and a heavy dose of laziness.

This is the Pregnancy Edition, by the way, because I was really only exposed to pregnancy-related things for those three months. I’m sorry!

Sometimes I feel that this pregnancy is taking over my entire life, but I’m always reminded of how blessed we are to be expecting. So excited for this baby to come into this world!

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June 2015 Favorites

Hola! Are you still on a summer groove? I’m not really still stuck to summer, maybe my least favorite season too, but my favorites are! Because they’re delayed haha!

June was a really fun-filled month though, despite the intolerable heat and humidity. We got to spend the first few days of that month in Singapore to attend the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, where the husband was a panelist for two sessions and gave a comics workshop as well.

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End of 2015 Events

As soon as October rolls in, I always get the feeling that the year is already ending. Even with three more months to go!

It’s usually a very busy time for freelancers like myself, with clients asking for artworks and designs for their Christmas-related projects. However, this year is taking busy to a whole new level!

Aside from the projects that need to be finished before 2016 arrives, I’ve also committed to several events (both personal and professional) and I’m already super excited for all of them! Continue reading

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