Wednesday, 30 July 2014

SA National Cookie Swap 2014

SA National Cookie Swap 2014

Have you heard about the National Cookie Swap? It's a really great (and fun!) initiative, and it's happening this weekend!

The SA National Cookie Swap is basically a fun event to raise funds to help organisations empower people with skills and resources to earn an income. This year's recipients of the funds are Learn to Earn and their Bake for Profit project which teaches women in Khayelitsha and Hermanus how to bake over an eight week course and provides them with the business skills they need to turn it into a profitable vocation. I love their slogan: "A hand up not a hand out".

How it works:
You can bake cookies to swap with others and pay R50 to attend, or if you don't want to bake you can pay R100 to attend. Payment is made at the door.
Booking is essential! Contact them via message on their Facebook page and mention which city event you'd like to attend.

Durban event info:
Date: 2nd August
Venue: Quarters Hotel, Avondale Road
Time: 10:30am
Hashtag: #CookieSwap4

Here are some pics of the yummy goodies from last year's Cape Town event...

SA National Cookie Swap 2014

Hope to see you there! :)


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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

August 2014 Free Printable Calendar

Happiness is... free printable August calendar and planner 2014
It's almost August! For this month's calendar I went with a mix of watercolour lettering and botanical illustration found image collage. What do you think of it?
If you haven't got your calendar yet get yours now, below! (Lucky Packet subscribers get their's first + an extra freebie)
Happiness is... free printable August calendar and planner 2014
Happiness is... free printable August calendar and planner 2014
Happiness is... free printable August calendar and planner 2014 (black and white)

I love when people share pics of their calendars in use! If you'd like to share yours you can do so via twitterfacebookinstagram or pinterest using the hashtag #happinessis_calendars. 

Enjoy your calendar 
& have a wonderful August!


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

What you've missed if you haven't signed up to the Lucky Packet yet!

So this is a little update on what's been going on with the Lucky Packet newsletter, if you haven't subscribed yet. The fifth newsletter is about to go out soon, and I'm so stoked with the subscriber growth and responses so far! (Read some of them here!)

In case you haven't heard about it before, The Lucky Packet is an exclusive emailer I send out once a month that gives you the next month's free printable calendar before it's available on the blog, some useful tips, advice or links from me, a brief update about the blog and what's been going on in the Happiness is... studio, and of course, the exclusive extra freebie! This is a free printable that isn't made available anywhere else for free. 

If you haven't signed up yet, here are the freebies you've missed so far:


• a printable version of one of my hand painted ice creams
• a mini envelope and notecard
• an inspirational poster
• "hello" digital illustration greeting cards

Each of these things are created specifically for the newsletter, by moi.
Sign up now to make sure you don't miss the August freebie!
Subscribe to the Happiness is... Monthly Lucky Packet!
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Instagram x 2

Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws

Guys, full disclosure: I'm really not doing well with time management as far as non-work things go lately. I'm trying to get better though! Self improvement FTW. So basically I'm scrambling to get the August free printable calendar done and the content and exclusive freebie for the Lucky Packet newsletter, and I haven't been blogging much this week. 

But I have squeezed in some Instagrammin', and I've started a new account to separate my interests that I'd like to share with you. Here are some recent pics from my normal account, @happinessis_blog, where you'll find doodles, illustration, things that I'm working on, and stuff related to that...

Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws

And on my new account, @fathimadraws, you'll find things that I've seen that I find aesthetically pleasing, inspiring and photo-worthy. So kind of... the things in my life that aren't illustration or work related, but that inspire me or make me happy. Like this...

Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws
Happiness is... on Instagram: @happinessis_blog and @fathimadraws

No filter on that flower, by the way. Isn't it just exquisite?
Anyway, give me a follow or two, if you like :)  - @happinessis_blog and/or @fathimadraws


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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Felt Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati

Felt Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati
I came across these awesome felt illustrations yesterday and they made me so happy I just had to share them with you all! These are created by Jacopo Rosati, an Italian illustrator who started off with digital illustration and then turned to felt for something more tactile and interesting. He's done so many of these collages, and they're mostly used as editorial illustrations. Have a look at the making-of video below, it's so awesome! I just love that people can get paid and make a living doing something so very fun and cool! :)

Felt Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati
Felt Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati
Felt Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati
Felt Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati



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