I Can't Mix Creativty + Deadlines

YES! Deviled egg plates make a perfect watercolor paint holder.
Secret Valentine's Welsh Terrier ;)
Knit swatches of my spun yarn; note the improvement :P
Anyone else have a meddling kitty?? Dude, I need to finish those handkerchiefs.
Turn it into a photo op! Happy New Year again :)
I would make a terrible freelance artist/creator. Things would fall to the wayside, nothing would get accomplished on time! I don’t like to rush or push creativity (don’t worry: I’m a diligent employee, in the professional world HAH).

Yet, last year I was drawn to the Secret Valentine’s Exchange that blog writers Sanae and Ute put together. I love sending snail mail as much as I love receiving it. Us 90’s kids are probably the last generation to enjoy snail mail on a wide, common scale. 

 I don’t give a hoot about the commercial holiday that is Valentine’s, but this was an opportunity to have a little fun with the international Internet creative community. 

Like my partner last year, my secret Valentine’s recipient is a dog lover. Her family’s pup was lots of fun to draw and paint! I have a few other little goodies to put together and mail off. Unfortunately, I’m gonna miss the deadline (UGggghh), because my recipient is overseas (I’m so sorry!!!). I can post her painting here since she likely won’t be reading my blog before she gets this ;) 

2016 - Year of the Monkey

Happy Lunar/Vietnamese New Year ~!

I forget what type of tree this is from!
Bánh chưng with pomelos and air plant. The middle pomelo was grown by my boyfriend's mom. Oh and she made that bánh chưng. Yes, she's a badass.
I love lion dancing performances. These are some postcards I painted up to send out :)
Contrary to what mainstream media spews, it's not just Chinese people who celebrate the lunar new year: numerous other ethnic Asians follow the lunisolar calendar, including the Vietnamese.

Tết celebrations mean eating yummy Vietnamese home cooked dishes from family. YESSS! I'm so excited. It's better than receiving li xi (red envelopes with money), although as a kid, the money was definitely the best part. I think I spent considerable amounts of that cash as a youngster in my local Sanrio store. According to tradition, once I get married, I have to then give out red envelopes so I will enjoy my unmarried status while it lasts :P

As I've aged and moved beyond the money, I've come to appreciate the traditions in Vietnamese New Year. Ideally, before taking the red envelopes, you must first wish the elder good fortune and health. And, an elder who gives out lots of envelopes is rewarded in turn by receiving lots of good fortune. Isn't that a lovely exchange? 

Also, did you know that the Vietnamese zodiac is also different from the Chinese zodiac? We have a few different animals that make more sense to the common fauna in Vietnam. I, for example, was born in the year of the Cat which is equivalent to the Chinese Rabbit Zodiac. The other different animals are: goat in place of sheep/ram, and water buffalo in place of ox.

For this Year of the Monkey, I wish everyone lots of love in their lives, golden health, and strength to overcome everything that may happen. Do you and your family celebrate Lunar New Year? I'd love to hear some of your traditions!


"Happy 63rd Birthday Papa Bich"

Ayako really likes Shiba Inus and the ocean. 
Slowly painting and transforming the blank watercolor postcard pad I bought into greetings for family and friends.

I have a lofty goal to send out Lunar New Year/Tết (Viet New Year) cards, but we’ll see how far I make it :P