Halloween Costume: Carl Fredricksen from “Up”

If you have been following what was happening with me and the Global Talent Search, and haven’t found out through my Facebook page yet, I hate to break it to you, but I didn’t get into final six. Because of that, it gave me all the time in the world (well, not really) to think about Halloween.

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Halloween became such a big deal after I had a child. I never really celebrated Halloween ever, and I don’t think I have ever dressed up. With a child, Halloween became “the event of the month” if not the year: You have to figure out the costume and predict if it is something your child would be willing and tolerate enough to wear; shop or make the costume/props, stock up with candy for trick-or-treaters, go to the zoo/aquarium/parties/wherever 1-2 weeks in advance and dress your child in the costume, go to school and dress your child in the costume, and then the Halloween night you take carry your kid as you run around the neighborhood. Even after Halloween, you still have to handle it by skillfully eat destroy your child’s candy without him remembering where did the candy go. Such hard work.

It is that time of the year again. I had some big ideas in mind, which I can’t share because I’d probably fail in executing it. I can, however, share what we did last year. It wasn’t original, but it was definitely pretty fun.

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Global Talent Search: Round 2

So the story was, yours truly got in to the second round for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search !! You can see the 50 semi-finalists here. And here are the 999 entries for Round 1.

Before you know it, I submitted my entry with trembling fingers last week, and the public gallery for round 2 has just opened this morning. This time there is a voting option. In my heart of hearts I know I am not going to make it, but I am still here begging for your votes (so at least I wouldn’t end up with 0 votes, yikes)! The gallery / voting will be closed on 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on Friday 12 September, and the six finalists will be announced on Wednesday 17 September.

This was my entry, and I thought I’d share on how my piece come to be.

Lilla Rogers GTS Round 2 Entry by Irene Chan

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The Emotional Coaster Ride known as The Global Talent Search

So the emotional roller coaster ride begins…

GTS Submission: Irene Chan

My Final Submission at Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search

Entering Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search is my goal of the year. In fact, I joined MATS A and Bootcamp classes because I wanted to join GTS! It is my dream to be represented by Lilla, and joining GTS is probably the one and only way to seek this opportunity nowadays.

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: The “Father and Child” Blurb Book

So, this is actually a Christmas gift I created for my husband, but as I was making it, I was bummed because I should have saved the idea for father’s day! I hope this gives you some inspiration for your Father’s Day gift.

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Make Art That Sells (A): Children’s Picture Books

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Ahem, *Bragging alert*.

Many people have said this week was the most challenging, and even Lilla mentioned this week was one of the toughest weeks, but I am not feeling it. I must say, in these past two years, I have become the expert of children’s books. This was the easiest week for me, and the week I enjoyed the most so far. HAR HAR HAR (villain laugh).

Since my son Connor was born, I shopped for books everywhere: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, second hand book stores, Taiwanese online bookstores (for Chinese books), you name it. I went to mommy blogs to find out which ones are the big hits for each stage, and which one are the classic must-haves. Connor had his favorites since he was a newborn, and his preference changes as he grows. My husband and I have been trained to know exactly what books work and what doesn’t work. I read them aloud from 15 minutes to an hour or more every single day. If anything, I am the target audience.

On top of that, I always love to draw little characters.

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“Make Art That Sells” Bootcamp: March Assignment

Jellosaurus Rex: Jello Party Crash

As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I have joined Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, where we are given one assignment each month to complete. This has been what I’ve been living and breathing these days!

March is over before you know it. This is one of the most overworked assignments I have done, and I am still not happy with it… partly because no matter how hard you tried and were satisfied with what you did, you look at what your classmates are doing, and they just blew your mind. Sometimes it made me want to dig a hole, hide and cry, and just forget about drawing and go flip burgers in McDonalds.

Regardless, here is the round up.

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Society6 Artist Promotion: $5 Off Per Item + Free Shipping

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Even I am shopping my own products on this deal! Click on the image above to go to my shop and you will get free shipping + $5 off each individual item in my shop! Or, click here to go to my shop.

Promotion expires March 9, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time. *Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

I am excited! Happy shopping!

DIY: Ella’s Birthday Card

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One of Connor’s classmates, Ella, gave Connor a big toy truck for his birthday. Connor loves it so much! We want to do something special for her big day as well, which is today.

Apart from buying a gift, I quickly doodled up a birthday card that is semi-customized. I reused the illustration I created for Connor & His Yoga Babies Friends, changed the hair style a bit to make her look more like Ella. To be very honest, I don’t know Ella too well as I only see her occasionally at daycare pick up / drop off time, so I can’t say this reflects how she is like at all, but it is cute nonetheless! I also added more birthday elements in vibrant pink and blue.

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Times When I Wish I Had a Daughter

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I came across these via my Facebook News Feed. And oh boy. The times when I wish I had a daughter!

Oh wait. I don’t think I could ever be that handy, crafty or creative. Never mind.

I clicked over to the link that led me to this: e-Creativity, then Huffington Post, to the ultimate creative mama, Angie at FashionbyMayhem. Her entire collection of paper/board dresses can be viewed under her Instagram account @2sisters_angie.

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Valentine’s Day Class Gift Idea

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With a little research ahead of time and some DIY, you can do very nice, unique and one-of-a-kind gifts with very little money. I am becoming quite an expert in this! Here is a mini-DIY project for you and hopefully it will help you on the next Valentine’s Day for your little one. Free printables are available for download.

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Greeting Cards with Custom Portraits

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I have met three very dear friends from my prenatal yoga class, they all had the same due date as I did back then. Needless to say, our babies have grown to become adorable little toddlers together! We have just had our joint birthday celebration not long ago, and I wanted to recap the little custom portrait cards I have created for them.

A few weeks ago, I have created a custom thank you card with Connor’s illustrated character saying “thanks!” on the cover. So, during Connor’s naptime, I changed the hair and clothing on the illustration, and made three more characters that are custom designed for each of my toddler friends.

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Birthday Collage Announcement / Invitation

Happy Birthday my big boy!

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Here’s another DIY project for you. There are 12 slots on this collage, and I select a photo of Connor’s each month to show his subtle growth (they go from top left to bottom right respectively). I have seen and liked the idea where you take a photo of your child, and make a list of what they enjoy at the moment, so I incorporated it with the collage too. It will be fun to look back! Continue reading

Train-themed Birthday

Train theme DIY birthday party (Printables)

As I was recapping our baby’s 1st year photo shoot, I found myself already slaving to create something special for his second birthday.

I don’t think Connor would remember or appreciate a birthday party yet, so I am not crazy about doing a real birthday party. A friend of mine had an idea of having a mini party at daycare, where we’ll order cupcakes and such, and go by during their 3:30pm snack time to have a small celebration. Our little ones are only 5 days apart on their birthday, so I begged her to take me on for a joint party. Continue reading