The Perfect Gift

This must be one of the most perfect gifts you can get for anyone or yourself.

Imagine sipping on your warm warm coffee/tea/cocoa on a cold cold day in one of these lovely tumblers (made with double wall insulation to keep your drinks warm)!

For just $25.50 USD, you get to pick from this selection of adorable drawings (new designs will be added  regularly). And because I love gifts that are personalized, I always keep that in mind when designing my products. Not only can you have the recipient and/or your name on the tumbler; if there is one particular message, quote, affirmation OR mantra you like, just let me know.

AND I’ve not even tell you the best part —> there is NO extra charge for that.

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More information on the tumbler:

*Made in Japan
*Double wall insulation that keeps your drink warm. YEAH!
*Height – approx. 6.5”
*Diameter – approx. 2.5”
*Approx. 280 ml

*Sorry, black tumbler is current out of stock.

Helloooo… What are you still waiting for? Click HERE to buy it now now NOW!

Hee. Have a funtastic weekend.~

❤ 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.

I Believe I Can Fly

My very first attempt at Adobe Illustrator and a tablet!

Since I’m so used to hand drawing and Photoshop, doing everything from scratch with a tablet, on a new software came as a big challenge. I nearly wanted to throw my computer out of the window a few times when I was working on this. Thankfully, I love my less than a year old Macbook too much to do anything silly.

Of course I’m still not very satisfied with the end result, but somehow I love the fact that I can now have the flexibility of changing the dimension of my drawing without compromising on the quality. Big YEAH!

I promise myself to practice hard on it (and promise to my Macbook that I’ll never scare her again).

Artwork titled: I believe I can fly~ 

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”Never give up.
And most importantly, be true to yourself.
Write from your heart,
in your own voice about what you believe in.”  
-Louise Brown

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Which Way To Go?

‘“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. 
“I don’t much care where…” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.’

– Alice in Wonderland.

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Is this what you want for your life; not caring where you’re going, just like Alice?

If not, perhaps it’s time to make some planning and changes. ;)

Have fun! And have a great weekend.~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Life Is A Dance

If life is a dance, what kind of dance would yours be?

Do you get upset when the rhythm changes and stop your move altogether?

Or do you try to dance to the new beat?

grandma gramophoneMaybe it’s not so difficult when you learn to go with the flow.

Who knows, you might even enjoy the new groove. :)

*(Artwork available for sale HERE).

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.

Letting Go

I’m sure at some point of your life, you meet dishonest people and you’re taken advantage of. It makes you angry, and it question your faith not just in humanity, but also.. your self-worth.

As a freelance/ indie designer, this is nothing new to me. Many consignees do not pay up on time, or better still, some would try to avoid paying you at all. These people would come out with tons of excuses. Some impressive ones I came across include, ‘Oh, we’ve already mailed out your cheque. Maybe we’ve sent it to the wrong address.’, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I thought I’ve already replied you.’.. And my all time favourite has to be, ‘I’m having a depression…’ (Right! I’m having a depression because of you too!) This particular woman is darn good at coming out with all the award winning reasons every month and they’d always be one that pulls on your emotional string. Check this out, ‘I’m sick.’, ‘I’m in the hospital.’, ‘I’m still having my depression.’, ‘My dad just passed away.’ (I swear I’m not lying). Thank God, she didn’t tell me she’s having menopause.

This went on for a year. Yes, she did pay me after months of pursuing, BUT more often than not, her cheque would be problematic. Finally one day, I came to my senses. I decided to pull out my works from her store and demanded for my outstanding payment. Not surprisingly, she used the tactic she knew best. When I would not take her shit no more, she told me, ‘I have no money.’ Suddenly everything became even clearer to me. She has been taking my kindness as a weakness all those while when I’d choose to give her the benefit of doubt. Things turned ugly when I threatened to go to the Small Claims Tribunal. Anyway, fast forward that horrible experience, I managed to get back my merchandise and money from that store (and many other stores).

Since those unpleasant experiences, I’d cut down on consignment partnership and direct my attention to copyright licensing. Recently, something similar happened. This art publishing wholesale company from US approached me to give them the right to use my artwork. After everything has been agreed; contract signed, artworks emailed to them, they slowly disappeared. Few weeks ago, this guy told me he was busy at some trade show and promised to get in touch when he returned the following week. But you guessed it, he disappeared when I emailed him again weeks later. Well.. It has been a year since I worked with them AND I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A SINGLE CENT. I can’t understand why people would do such a thing. Does it makes them happy to know they’d successfully make another fool believe in them?

I get upset with people who hurt me and violate my trust, but try as I might, I can never bring myself to hate them. You can call me naive or stupid (I guess I’m both. Sigh). I may hate the thing someone did to me but I can never hate them as a person. I always believe everyone has a kind nature and I choose to see the good in them. Sadly, the society may have turned them into someone ‘unlikeable’, but the soul always remain pure and kind.

Sometimes we just have to let go of the thing doesn’t make us happy to make space for the thing that does. Be thankful for the experience and what we’ve learned from it, then move on.

What have you been holding on to? It’s time to let go.

Afterall, we deserve to be happy. :)

❤ Xoxo, Rheea.