**We’ve Moved!**

As mentioned in my previous post, we’ve moved to our build-in blog on our new website and I’m still receiving email notifications about people following us here. Thank you very much for your support but please bookmark our new blog url as: www.rheea-zhang.squarespace.com/blog.

You can find everything about us there; my latest works, products and all other updates.

See you there! :)

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

I’m Blessed ^^

Hello! So sorry for the delay of this post.

First of all, I would like to do a BIG shout out to everyone, especially to my friends (over 30 of them!) who came by our booth last Friday.

Thank you so much guys!! I really appreciate your presence and it certainly means alot to have your support. I so regret not taking a photo with each of you. :(

Pardon the image quality, there wasn’t enough light in the room.

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I felt so loved that day…

I’ve had sweet friends to help me delivered those merchandise/props to the venue, setting up the booth, bought me food/drinks, and lovely customer who came down specially to pass me a gift she made.

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I’ve had my awesome boyfriend to help out at the booth when I needed to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in years. AND there was one friend who dropped by with a big BIG surprise for me. I need to tell you what this absolutely generous and awesome friend of mine had bought me………

It was a pair of Melissa ANGEL heels! *Keyword here is ANGEL. Now you know my fetish.

Isn’t this stunning?!!

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This is in fact the most expensive pair of shoes I own! Ha. However, what made my little heart swelled with emotions apart from this bubble gum smelling shoes was the handwritten notecard that says,

”Congrats on taking this big step! I’m so proud of you. Just know you are one of the bravest people I know. I know this is just one of the many big things you will be doing with your dreams. To many more big steps, and now you can do that with pretty shoes. :p I love you! Take flight and follow your dreams” – ❤ Eva.

You might be wondering; why would getting a booth at the flea market seems like such a big thing for me? No, my friend is not exaggerating. It may seem like a simple task for just anyone but certainly not for someone with social anxiety. The need to speak with so many strangers in one day is close to asking me to jump into a sea full of sharks. Of course I’m not saying my customers are sharks but you get my point.

I’ve always thought I have an exceptionally ‘shy’ personality, that’s it. But now as I reflect on my past, I recall being misunderstood all the time. ‘Arrogant’, ‘aloof’ or ‘anti-social’ are just some of the labels people have used on me. Truth is, deep beneath that cool mask was a very fearful and insecure girl. I would get totally stressed up when I meet new people or get very nervous when strangers stop me on the street to ask for direction. In fact, I never knew there is a term call ‘social anxiety’ until recently when I came across this article, ‘Anxiety No More’ written by Paul David. As I read through his story, I felt he was totally writing about me! At one part, he said,

”I would also avoid eye contact and just wanted to escape. Because of this I started avoiding people and I was perceived as ignorant more than once. I don’t blame people for this perception of me and as far as I was concerned that was far better than having to go and talk to others. I just found it so difficult to hold a conversation and I never felt part of it.”

As odd as it may sound to you, this is exactly what I’m going through. I felt such a huge relief to know I’m not alone. I guess my low self-esteem and already existing anxiety issue must have contributed to this. If you suspect anyone who could be suffering from social anxiety or other anxiety issues, it would really help to read up about what they’re going through. Your support and encouragement would mean alot to them.

I may still be struggling from racing heart, shortness of breath and sleeping difficulty every single day or more symptoms every other day, but I’m really grateful to have some wonderful friends and a very supportive boyfriend on my journey. On my part, I promise to take baby steps at a time to overcome those fears. :)

Thank you again for reading.

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Join Us At MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers)!

Yes, it’s happening AGAIN!

We’re diving right into another flea market after an uninteresting one just a week ago (read all about it HERE). I’m very sure it’s going to be much more promising and exciting this time round. Why? Because it’s not simply any ordinary flea market, BUT a market of ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS (MAAD)! You just love the name don’t you?

”MAAD is a Market of Artists And Designers. An excuse to do something more exciting with your life. A space for exhibiting, performing, selling, shopping, chit-chatting, surprising and experimenting. MAAD is beyond the usual fashion-base, second-hand flea market. MAAD hawks only original, creative, and more often than not, handmade works by talented painters, jewellery makers, product designers, visual artists, wordsmiths and eco-friendly seamstresses.” –www.maad.sg

If you like the sound of it already, come join us this Friday (just 3 more days!), 1st March at Red Dot Museum (Singapore). We’ll be there from 5pm all the way till midnight! More information can be found on my Facebook page.

We’ll be selling some of our lovely gift cards, prints, limited edition handmade bookmarks/ postcards/ notebooks, tumblers etc.

Look out for our booth with this little signage and say hello! :)

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Okay, back to my postcards making…handmade_postcard

(For more personal, behind-the-scene and production photos, join us on Instagram!)

See you this Friday!~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Flea Market Updateeee :/

As soon as photos of the flea market were posted on my Facebook page last Sunday, I received comments and text messages from friends asking why I did not inform them about the event. And I thought I’d flooded my Facebook page (blog and twitter) since a month ago?

Okay, so now I learned something.. NOT everyone checks their Facebook multiple times a day!! *Sheepish smile.

Well, I’ve made a mental note on that, to spam, no I mean ‘inform’ everyone about any upcoming event directly to their inboxes next time. If you’d also like to receive updates from us, like us on Facebook!

I hear you ask, ‘So, how did the flea market went that day?’

One word – BOringgg!!!! And here comes my whining…

Rewind back to Sunday. When we arrived at Scape around 12 noon, we were momentarily horrified to discover 99% of the booths selling ONLY cheap second hand clothes! Our disappointment increased with each passing minute as we noticed 98% of the crowd were obviously there for second hand items. You can pretty much imagine our frustration with these people shoving and crowding around our neighbours’ booths like we were totally invisible.

Finally after 5 hours of idling, we gave up and decided to call it a day. Those of you who came down for us later that day, I’m sorry you missed us. Special thanks to my friend, Alicia, who sacrificed her family day to join me that day. I would have been literally bored to tears without her company. AND, not forgetting my very sweet boyfriend who kept an eye on the booth for me while I sneaked away for loooong breaks. No choice, you can’t make an ADD person sit around doing nothing for even 30 minutes. :p

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Gift cards~

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Limited edition handmade (with love!) silkscreened postcards & bookmarks.~

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Limited edition handmade (with even more love!) notebook set.~

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Customizable tumblers~

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My adorable business cards!~ :p

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And the adorable me. XD

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By the way, we made one sale that day. Yes, that was the ONLY sale we made in that 5 hours. But then again, ONE sale is still better than NO sale. Heh!~

Now thinking back, I actually find the whole thing so funny. lol.

I guess more importantly, it’s not about how much money we made that day but rather what we can learn from this experience. Now I have a better idea on what to prepare and how to set up my own booth the next time round. I’m sure it’s going to be much better!

Keep a lookout for our next flea market! Coming REAL soon. :)

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Our Date ❤ And… Lucky Draw!

You’ve heard about our date which is happening tomorrow, now here’s the detail of the lucky draw I promised:

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You’ll stand a chance to win a Dollgift goodie bag when you make any purchase with us at Scape tomorrow:

One LIMITED EDITION handmade notebook set and TWO greeting cards of your choice (8 designs to pick from). And I mean really limited edition.. I made the notebook from scratch (with lots of love!) and there were only 5 sets in total.

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Result of the draw will be announced the following day on our Facebook page.

See you tomorrow!

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Updates And Full Interview About ME! ^^

GONG XI FA CAI to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year! ^^

I hope you’ve collected tons of ‘ang pows’ (red packets) and indulged on the endless supply of pineapple tarts.

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On a different note, I received this email two weeks ago from a sweet lady, Eileen:

”Hi Rheea, was recently at Cat Socrates and bought a tumbler designed by you :) love it for the simplicity of the design!”

She went on to say that she would like to share more about me on her blog, www.ourpaperbacks.wordpress.com. Ourpaperbacks is a little personal space of Eileen, where she shares handicrafts that she made, local artists’ works and stories of people who inspire her. I am so honored to be one of them.

So there you go, click here for the full write up.

Before I leave, there are two important things I would like to remind you again:

1) Promotion for our tumblers is only till end of the week. Translation: This is your LAST chance to personalize a tumbler for FREE. Don’t miss it!

2) DOLLGIFT flea market which is happening this Sunday, 17 February, between 2pm-8pm at Scape (scroll one post down for more information).

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An apology on behalf of Nono. He is not able to join us on Sunday BUT, you can be sure to find items with his adorable face there.

Remember our date!~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Our Very First Flea Market

YES, it’s really happening!!!

Come find us at Scape (level 4) on Sunday, February 17, if you’re in Singapore!

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Also, stand a chance to win a Dollgift goodie bag worth over $50 with any purchase on that day (more information about the draw will be updated soon).

What are you waiting for?

Take out your calendar and block the date now!

See you!!!

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Alternative Anniversary/ Wedding Gift Idea

Do you know what’s the best thing I like about being a designer?

Yes, I can design whatever I like. BUT the most fun part is that I get to make people happy when I customize something which adds a personal touch for them.

I remember reading this quote somewhere,

”Business is about making people’s lives better in some ways.”

In my case, I find fulfillment in designing something that make people’s lives happier!

Few weeks ago, I came out with the tumbler series where customers get to personalize it with their name and messages (check HERE for more details about the tumblers! *Stock for the black ones are running out).

Today, I’m excited to launch my latest artwork! Tah-dahhhh!!~~~

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You can personalize this lovely balloon house to a unique and beautiful wall decor for yourself or your loved ones! A great alternative choice to the usual guestbook.

I’m sure it would make a perfect gift for anniversary, wedding, house warming, birthday and any event you can possibly think of.~

This print measures 16’’ x 20’’, with up to 230 balloons (picture frame not included).

If you need a different dimension or number of balloons, let me know and I’ll make the change for you (price differs for a different dimension).

So, how can you personalize this lovely artwork?

You can include your:

1) Names/ Initials

2) A heading if you like (above the balloons) e.g. Our Wedding, Happy Anniversary.

3) Event date

4) Number of balloons (guests)

5) Color choice.

Can’t find the color combination you like? Then pick up to 3 colors of your choice from the color chart!

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balloon house_4Are you ready to create your very own balloon house? Here’s the link to find out all about it!

Stay tuned for more wonderful gift ideas!!~~~ ^^

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.