Goodbye, Grandpa

My grandfather passed away last week. In two years, I've lost two close relatives, my dad, Nono and now my grandfather. I've grown stronger mentally and emotionally because of these. Losing a loved one is a great reminder that nothing in life is permanent so cherish your life; be good to yourself, do the things that make you happy, have the courage to pursue your dreams and spend more time with people who matter to you.

Goodbye grandpa. Till we meet again~

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

All For A Good Cause

As mentioned in my earlier post (one post down), I’m creating a series of turtle-themed illustrations to sell and raise fund for Project Orion VI, Rovering With Turtles.

These adorable products are for sale on my Redbubble store now,  http://www.redbubble.com/…/dollgift…/works/15339457-vacation

100% of the sale proceeds will go to the funding of project.

There are more products in store, do check them out! Thank you in advance for your love and support. ^^

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Rovering With Turtles

Cute news!

I've always love animals and is constantly on the lookout for ways to help any animal support groups/ organisations. This time round, I’m getting myself involved in not just a meaningful but SUPER CUTE collaboration with the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) on their latest project - Project Orion VI. 'Rovering with Turtles' is the sixth project in the series of annual project collaborations between the SSA and World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia). 

This project aims to create awareness on the importance of Wildlife Conservation among the participants and Scouting community in Singapore, providing opportunities to Youths to increase their self and global awareness, etc.

Now the cute part.... One of their tasks is to create a safe place for the sea turtles to lay eggs. And when the babies are ready to see the world, to guide them safely into the sea! Protecting baby turtles, how cute! 

So, in support of their fundraising effort, I’ll be creating some turtle-themed illustrations and sell them to raise fund. Here’s the very first piece I did, titled 'Vacation'. You can support the project by purchasing this art print or make a donation to my Paypal account: info@mydollgift.com. Bank transfer option is also available if you have a bank account in Singapore (PM me if you prefer this option).

Here's the link to purchase this art print - http://etsy.me/1QLX4E9

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100% of the proceeds will go to the funding of Project Orion VI. 
Once you’ve made your purchase or donation, please drop me a message. Name of donors/ amount donated will be mentioned so do let me know if you prefer to remain anonymous. 

**As only Scout members are allowed to donate direct to the project account, I'm collecting the funds on behalf of a friend who is a member of the SSA.**

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Photos source: www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT

Photos source: www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT

For full details and updates, please visit:

FB page - https://www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT

Blog - http://2015.project-orion.org

Instagram - https://instagram.com/project_orion

Thank you in advance for your love and support~

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Lighthouse

As promised, part III of my Sea Houses Collection is here! 

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

I had also created two patterns for this series.

Oh by the way, if you are looking for tutorials to learn how to create patterns such as these, you wouldn't want to miss the one by Andy Mathis, HERE. I did quite abit of research and this is still my best recommended tutorial. Don't worry, Andy explained everything in a very clear and easy to understand way. Seriously, I never thought creating patterns can be so easy and fun until now!

Pattern 1

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 2

Finally, I did a product mock-up with the complete collection. 

Product mock-up

Product mock-up

These lovely art prints are now available on Etsy, HERE.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Freedom

Freedom

Swimming With Fishes

Swimming With Fishes

That's all I have for you today.

Take care and have a beautiful day! :)

❤ Xoxo, Rheea

freedom

I have lost count on the number of times I have to 'explain' to people why I refuse to find a full time job over the years. My answer is simple. I hate being controlled by any corporate employment system. And I love my freedom too much. Of course this comes with a price; inconsistent paychecks, being judged by people as 'lazy' and 'unrealistic' etc.

It doesn't help growing up with critical parents. Although they have pretty much given up on me finding a job, my mom still enjoys throwing in negative remarks when the mood strikes her. Just the other day when I was working on this drawing below, she glanced over and commented, 'Why are you drawing these houses? There's nothing special about them.'. Sigh. And I remember vividly the day when I made my very first sale on Etsy a few years back. I was eager to share the news with her. However what seemed to be a casual joke immediately felt like a thousand knives stabbing right into the middle my heart, 'Oh? Which silly customers would want to spend their money on your drawings?'. :(

Honestly, I don't blame my mom for behaving this way because deep down I know she is a very loving and caring lady. Perhaps she was brought up by parents who showed their love in the same manner. Undoubtedly her remarks still affect me a little sometimes, but I have learn to take them with a pinch of salt.

On the other hand, I am very thankful to have a bunch of really encouraging friends and fans. Yes, if you are reading this right now. Thank you!

Well, I have chosen this less travelled path and I have never been happier. :)

Coincidentally, I have named this piece 'Freedom'. The two pieces can be put together to form a larger drawing.

If you like this, stay tuned for part III of my Sea Houses Collection!

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'Don't give up too soon. Not even when well-meaning parents, relatives, friends and colleagues tell you to get 'a real job.' Your dreams are your real job.' - Joyce Spizer

Have a beautiful day~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea

Swimming With Fish

HelloOoooo~

Apology for neglecting my blog for a while; I've been really tied up with my freelance and paperwork.

Anyway, here's the latest piece of work I'd completed and posted on my Facebook Page some time ago. So remember to 'like' my page for any first-hand updates in future - www.facebook.com/DollgiftByRheea! :D

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Swimming WIth Fishes

Swimming WIth Fishes

The weather has turned so warm these days that Nono decided to take a dip in the sea with the fishes! Well, I really like the colour of this one. It must be one of the most colourful works I'd done so far. What do you think? :)

As I won't be listing it on Etsy till I complete the full series, do let me know if you're keen to purchase this as art print.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for the next piece which is coming up REAL soon! 

❤ Xoxo, Rheea