Sunday Night. 5.19.13

The last time I paid attention to this blog was September 2012. I don’t mean to neglect it. Here’s my attempt to revitalize my blog with a long post about what’s happened since then.

A few days after that last blog post, I had a table at my first major craft show. The BUST Craftacular at Maker Faire.

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This was how my table was set up. I had tons of goodies for sale and did fairly well. It helped me realize what attracted people and what didn’t. A few weeks after the show I received a email from FAB.com. They had checked out my stuff at the fair and was hoping to collaborate together for a flash sale. Of course I said yes!

The best selling item was my I LIKE PICKLES tote bags. I had a great time designing the packaging for them.

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In addition to selling items I had on hand, I had also created exclusive holiday cards to be sold. They are still available for super cheap at my etsy!

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I distinctly remember this time of the year I was super stressed out. Following the FAB sale I had a art gallery show at work that I had to create 3 pieces of work for. I originally wanted to work with felt but opted for digital paintings since that was all I had time for. Here’s a look at one of the paintings in postcard form.

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Jump into 2013 and I got busy creating graphics for Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the snake and it took me months of planning to make the perfect snake character. I actually even had time to create traditional red envelopes.

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And finally these past few weeks I’ve been playing around with some mediums other than paper. Rubber stamps, acrylic and wood galore!

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The rubber stamps are currently available in my etsy shop. The panda charms and earrings are being perfected and will be updated soon. Keep an eye out for them! As always, you can connect with me on

my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MerryHappyStudios

my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/merryhappystudios

Thanks for stopping by! I love to hear your thoughts. ^_^

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Xiao Fu in the Summer.

Guess what this lady has been up to?

Woot! Wearable art! I’ve been developing my brand and characters these past 6 months and I’m super excited to reveal this. This is the first new product of mine in a while and I am so happy with the results. It is also a new medium of mine to play with so look out for more in the future. Also notice the new logo. A website is in the works as well as possibly some PVC figures. Crossing my fingers that the brain juice will continue to work and get inspired. ^-^

The design on this shirt was based off of a tiger plushie I made 2 years ago for a art gallery show. It was inspired by my first trip to China with my family and I saw all these amazing folk art. Xiao Fu is in the same set of designs as Boba pig below. They will be an entire line of animal people as well. 😀

Here is a picture of me after I ripped apart the box and immediately put on the shirt in it’s instagrammed glory.

Also would appreciate some love on my facebook page. It’s lonely.

https://www.facebook.com/MerryHappyStudios

February 2012

I recently brought a new camera. A Olympus E-Pen PM1 to be exact. I wanted to upgrade my point and shoot to something that will take crisper detailed pictures without the price and size of a DSLR. I’m liking it so far. The only down point to it is that the indoor shots are not that great. It has a red/yellow muted hue to it and still hard to fix in photoshop. In the daylight here are the results I got.

Reprinted these little guys because they were so popular.

Anything with a yellow tint seems hard to translate on this camera.

Parfait postcards. Did a bit of retouching to this pic.

So far these are all pictures of product shots I needed to take for my shop. I’m heading on out to China this coming April. Maybe I can share my beautiful pics then. And for those in the New York City area, I’ll be at the Spring Anime festival at NYU’s Polytech campus. Hope to see some familiar and new faces. I have a booth there as an artist and it will be my debut at a convention 🙂

Here’s some info

Spring Fest 2012
NYU’s Polytechnic University
March 10, 2012 10 A.M – 4:30 P.M
6 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

and I would appreciate if you guys liked my facebook page. 🙂 Check it out here.

Hello Again. Goodbye Summer

Pages of my sketchbook

“Little Riding Hood All in Black” Pen Sketch

“Sexy Nerd Squid is Fine & Dandy” Sharpie Sketch

“I’m King for a Day…at Medieval Times” Pen on paper, colored in Illustrator

And now to the new stuff I’ve been making!

I know some of you have seen the Bread and Olives bag already and I would like to introduce you all to the I like Saltines bag. Yum! Loved saltines with milk as a kid. You can get these lovely little items at my etsy or bigcartel.

NEW ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop/merryhappystudios

BIGCARTEL: http://www.merryhappystudios.bigcartel.com

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Why hello there. It’s the dessert midgets re-imagined into a much cuter look.

And in charm form. I’m planning on making these into cell phone straps and necklaces. It’s going to be a busy busy summer! Thank god for summer fridays.

Except for the fact that I end up going shopping every week. Whether for art supplies, books or clothes I waste those fridays.

More eye candy. These earring are handmade from start to finish.

Who wants to be my test subject and test these out? heheh

New Character post

I’ve always strayed from drawing and creating animal characters because I have a bias towards drawing cute fuzzy animals. Secretly I was also scared that what I created would be so influenced by other graphics I see out there that it would become a blur, unrecognizable and another character we can throw upon a pile. Ex) Monkeys. Tons out there. Most memorable one would be Paul Frank/Tony Millionaire but then there are companies likes Aeropostale and billions of other tween companies that have monkey’s.

My usual dose of characters all have a food obsession and wear it for fashion. So after doing some paintings for the gallery project back in February I realized how animals and my human characters can go hand in hand. Half of the characters created for that show were influenced by Chinese Folk Art. (Piggie painting and tiger felt plush) So I took my paintings and decided to digitally illustrate them. First in the series is the piggie and I’ve been playing with her for a few weeks now. It would be great if I can somehow incorporate my original plans to make the colorful lines in the black costume fluorescent. I dropped a teaser on my flickr of her last week to compare it to the painting but here I am formally introducing my newest character…

There’s a back story to her. For now it might not be visible only for copyright/tracing reasons. But I’m planning on illustrating a little picture book with her in it and I have some vinyl stickers in the works. I already have some glossy note cards printed and in the mail coming to me so I can upload some pictures this weekend. Yay! I’m so excited my head might explode. I just want some personal time to push out all the ideas in my head onto paper.