Hey look it's me on bakitwhy.com!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I met with Mark Anthony Diaz a couple weeks ago for BakitWhy.com and here's what he wrote!

Genevieve Santos
is an artistic entrepreneur who is always on the go. At a young age, Genevieve drew her heart away and dreamed one day of becoming an artist. As a child her inspiration was drawn from Disney Cartoons while part of her artistic abilities also revolve around physical and unique creations through crafting.

Genevieve has come a long way since then. After high school she studied and majored in communications and animation, which landed her a job in the film business. But even through all of her endeavors, she was still not completely satisfied.

After some time, Genevieve ventured out on her own and created the business she now owns, Le Petit Elefant (“the small elephant” in French) which has grown immensely within the past three years. Her business consists of toys, handmade crafts and artworks for children and to anyone "kid-at-heart". Although everything started slow, after a few moments of doubt, she stood her ground and continued to pursue her love as an independent artist. Through all this, she has experienced much of the ups and downs of running a business, but at the end of the day, it is all worth it. She is a woman that builds her inspiration from travelling, as well as from other artists such as Tim Burton. "I always have to be on the go" says Genevieve, "I can't get too comfortable in one place".

After all these sacrifices that Genevieve encountered, she is now managing Le Petit Elefant as her fulltime job.

Her message to those who are starting or in the middle of creating their business is as follows; To not give up, to find the spark that fuels you, and to never get too comfortable.

For more info:

Last Stop: Last Thursday - Portland OR

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hitting the road one more time. This time, I'm Portland-bound. I haven't back been since I before I left for Asia. I also haven't stepped into a BK in years (only to use the bathroom) and look at this gem I found sitting in his straw hat & overalls:

Anyway! I'll be at Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta St. vending from 6-10pm tonight. Swing by & say hello :) I've never been before, so I'm really nervous/excited to see how it goes. I've heard nothing but good things so here goes nothing! It's also the the last stop on my craft fair summer tour so here's to the end and the beginning!

Last Thursday
1476 Northeast Alberta Street Portland
more info here

Wedding season is upon us!

Monday, July 25, 2011

wedding illustration for Erica

wedding/birthday present for Mike from Elaine
they like it!! :)

Plush Meets Paper: A Renegade Craft Fair Recap

break time under the tableanthony's feet
More mentions of Le Petit Elefant/Paper & Type at Renegade Craft Fair by LA Weekly, Zakka Nouveau, Justina of Compai, our intern Jaclyn, & OldBrandNew


Thursday, July 21, 2011

To celebrate my birthday, I finally put the ice cream cookie sandwich molds to good use.
I made two batches of cookies from scratch: chocolate chip hazelnut & lemon sugarcookie-cutted cookies!
Place the cookie on the bottom, followed by a scoop of ice cream. In this case it's lemon creme from Scoops :). The chocolate chip cookies had either oreo custard or vanilla rice pudding. YUM!
Another cookie.

& here are some cool presents I got!
birthday ring from my boop :)some lovely cards! Silliness all around. Thank you to my friends who celebrated with me & the customers that celebrated with some le petit elefant goodness!

My last day at 26

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I spent the afternoon (3+ hours) at LACMA exploring the Tim Burton Exhibit. So so good. I got teary-eyed when I saw all the Vincent stuff. These art/animation exhibits always get to me here. I was tremendously inspired by his humor and work unrelated to his movies. I loved his number series so much I could eat it up! I purchased his book of illustrated poems, "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories" and sat outside for a couple hours to churn out some Burton-inspired pieces.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY me! Free gift for YOU!

A Return to Renegade Craft Fair LA!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lots of exciting things have been happening for me & Le Petit Elefant. The craft tour has been absolutely wonderful thus far and this weekend marks the 1 year anniversary of my craft fair adventures. What better way to celebrate than sharing a booth with {Paper & Type} at the fair that started it all, Renegade Craft Fair in LA State Historic Park in Chinatown!

There will be the usual backdrop of food trucks, a free photobooth, drinks (both the rated G & fun kind), and workshops galore as well as 200+ unbelievably talented artists, crafters, jewelers, you name it. Don't let the closing of the 405 fwy get you down--hop on a bike or a car full of folks and head on down. It'll be a great time. Victoria & I have also been hard at work putting together a SNEAK PEAK to our 2012 calendar. Plus, you can meet our amazing intern, Jaclyn :)

Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles

LA State Historic Park
July 16 - 17, 11am - 7pm
more info here

And if you can't make it, I'll be in Portland on July 28th, and back in SF August 27-28 ;)

The best tub I've ever seen

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I've been hard at work preparing for Renegade Craft Fair. Yesterday I took a break to visit my friend David, a face I'm used to seeing in NYC.
This is his tub.

Mmm... that's all the time I have for now. Expect more random photos in the coming days!

Ponyo-inspired commissioned painting in progress

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

pardon the poor photograph (cafe tropical in silverlake is very dimly lit). this painting shall be so bubbly and silly and happy just like the soon-to-be newlyweds :)

Filmore Art Walk recap!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Oh, SF, it's always a pleasure to visit you with a business intent.I was able to post up next to Little Honey Vee, who I met at Maker Faire. Her stuff is wonderfully sweet & silly. She's one of those hard working artists who makes the time to pursue her craft while working a 9-5. Much respect. She's also an enthusiastic zumba-er.
I didn't take many photos because the light was just never in my favor. And I had to stand by in case things blew away (which happened A LOT. Why so windy, SF?!?). I also saw many wonderful folk, old friends & digital ones, so it was a sweet time. The little prints, and vintage-y frames were well received so I'm happy! Now, on to LA for the next one :)
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