Doodling in down time..

Cursive writing – it was something we learnt in school from around grade 2, I think! It was the “expected” thing to know how to write with a cursive handwriting and join the alphabets to form neat legible words.

Calligraphy was the next step up. The art of using the flat tip markers/fountain pens to write headings that looked like gothic scriptures! I first saw calligraphy on a classmates year 9 summer project. Her mother had the most beautiful calligraphy skills and had hand scripted headings for each topic/section in the project. The teachers were in awe…. We students were in awe…. I was in love! 

Fast forward nearly 20 years!! 

I caught the hand lettering bug through Instagram late last year. That is why I commenced the @handletteredabcs challenge of practicing an alphabet each day at the start of the new year. 

Sadly I only made it to the letter “J” – then life took over!

Recently I’ve realized that finding the perfect “free” time to practice hand-lettering while at home might be hard… But if I carry a notebook and pens or Tombow dual brush markers then I can practice anywhere!! 

So here’s some things I doodled while at my desk – 

(1) Inspired by Anita Moorjani’s book that I was reading at the time – ‘Dying to be me’  
(2)  If I remember correctly this was one of the quotes shared by ‘Elephant Journal’ on IG

(3)  This one was inspired by @handletteredabcs challenge about “Travel” and someone had shared this quote that resonated with me so much that I had to write it down and doodle some pictures 🙂

(4)  Amy Tangerine shared this quote on her IG feed and it was a perfect quote to inspire and change ones mindset. I didn’t know where Inwas going with it when I started…. After a few takes it dawned on me that hardwork could be that ladder one walks to get to our goal/success! So here was that doodle….

Do you think I like silhouette figures much? Is that what they are called?! 

(5)  Another inspiring quote I saw in my IG feed which I changed slightly (changed the end….from “improve the world” to “improve Oneself”)

(6) Then the Tombow Dual Brush pens came to my desk… I began writing the word ‘pray’ without knowing what was the quote going to be…. It was just a lucky experiment that I wanted to submit for @handletteredabcs challenge on ‘word mosaic’ – so totally unexpectedly I made is bouquet of flowers with the colored pens. 

(7)  Then took inspiration from Amy Tangerine’s Handbook and doodled in the park on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

(8)  This one I actually started writing when I was at a hair color appointment waiting for the color to do its thang!  😉 Words inspired by Amy Tangerine’s Handbook.

(9) And this morning…. Elephant Journal IG feed inspired-LIVE simply, LOVE generously, LEARN constantly 

Thanks for reading- what do you practice in your downtime? 


Confetti and glue!

This weekend, we had a good friend’s 10th wedding anniversary and occasions like these always call for love poems and champagne! 

Managed to easily find a set of 6 crystal flutes on a very good sale at Laura Ashley.   

 Love poems…. Hmmm that was another matter. 

A vision of a scattered confetti shape had been floating in my mind for a few days so on Saturday morning, 3 hours before the party, armed with a box of colorful tissue paper confetti, a tube of craft glue and an eager 4yr old in my tow… We started our little craft adventure!

LOVE makes life more COLORFUL 

I was imagining a heart shape bordered with lots of confetti that would gradually reduce towards the edges of a mini-canvas.

But the thought of “trying” the idea on canvas felt slightly overwhelming?! Why? I don’t know…. So the next best thing was to make a handmade card instead. Smaller real estate and so hoping that would mean lower risk of messing it up? (Yeah I know…. It’s silly! These expectations on myself to create a masterpiece in the first try!) 

Anyway….settling the baby down at our feet and our craft supplies scattered on the benchtop, our take 1 started like this… 


Firstly the watercolor handwritten words were too messy and the heart shape just didn’t seem to work…. More confetti around it didn’t help either.

Take 2

I tried writing just the word ‘Love’ with watercolor and the rest with my fine Sharpie….attempting to freehand the words into a heart shape….


Take 3

Drew the heart shape with the Sharpie and tried scattering confetti from one corner? Nope! 

Take 4 – Finally

No heart shape! Just the word ‘love’ with black watercolor, the words ‘makes life more’ with Sharpie and ‘colorful’ with Tombow Dual Brish Pens… And scattered confetti from top left corner across the card.

Image below shows the out-take cards! (Take 1-top left, Take 2-top right, Take 3-bottom left, Take 4- bottom right)


Satisfied with the 4th card….. Plus we were running out of time to get ready for the party!! 😁

Couldn’t have done it without my 4yr old. Here’s my Little Miss Gorgeous in action!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Do you have crafty adventures with your little ones too? 

Here’s the final shot of the card.