Happy Wonderland Pop-Up + Sale at Leanna Lin's Wonderland

Thursday, November 28, 2013

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, spend your small business Saturday with us at the Happy Wonderland Sale + Pop-up event! I'll be at Leanna Lin's Wonderland from 12pm-6pm live drawing, customizing string messages on exclusive holiday "Clink" tin can cards, and selling my wares (well, Kevin will be doing that ;). Nellie of Quiet Tiger will be sharing her knit creations, as well as Hana of Supahcute, who'll be selling a ton of adorable accessories & Ghibli-inspired prints. It's all part of the Eagle Rock Block Party so there will be drinks, snacks and free yoga to enjoy!

Happy Black Friday Sale!!

A contest + giveaway you say? Yep! To celebrate the new year, I'm offering one very lucky fan free shipping for all of 2014 plus an ORIGINAL illustration from the calendar. Three other winners will each get a 2014 12-Month Calendar. To enter, simply order from genevievesantos.bigcartel.com during the Black Friday Sale. Every $25 spent will earn you additional entries, as well as sharing the sale on instagramfacebook , and tweeting. Make sure to tag @lepetitelefant so I know to give you an extra entry.

I have loads of new goodies including limited edition shrinky dink jewelry (collaboration with Unicorn Crafts), "Clink" Mason Jars (tea lite for romantic mood lighting included), "Rawr" acrylic magnet sets & more. All new, limited edition, & being introduced to the store on sale. I've placed a handful of other oldie-but-goodie stamps, cards, and prints on super sale, too. Holiday card sets are now $20.

To do my part in raising support for the Philippine Typhoon victims, I created special "maraming salamat" cards 
(translation: thanks very much). All proceeds from these cards & my Filipino-themed prints will go to Habitat for Humanity's RE-BUILD PHILIPPINES Program. I hope you'll support this good cause while we all think about what we're thankful for. 

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn this weekend!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I'll be vending this weekend in Brooklyn! Come out, beat the crowds, and get your shopping done early. My sister will be selling a few of her beaaautiful watercolor + paper cut out (all unique & handmade) pieces. This one's my favorite:

November 23 + 24, 11am – 6pm // Skylight One Hanson - One Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11243 // Free to attend!
Makers // A curated selection of 200+ talented Makers!
Special Features // Create a knitted necklace or embroidered gift tags in a special hands-on workshop hosted by Kollabora // Installation art from Amanda Hu
Entertainment // Music by the Renegade Gang! // Free photo booth by  Magnolia Photo Booth Co.
Food + Drink // Savory snacks from Home ShoppeJicama NYCLa Crêpe C’est Si Bon // Sweet treats from Wandering Waffle // Coffee by Brooklyn Roasting Company.
Bonus: There's a shake shack across the streeeeet!!! 

Typhoon Haiyan & Tacloban City

Thursday, November 14, 2013

When I was traveling in Asia earlier this year, I visited Tacloban City with my aunt and her law firm for their annual company outing. I'd never been to the Visayas, and really knew nothing about the area except that it was where General MacArthur first landed in the Philippines.

We spent 3 days exploring the city, its rich history and natural beauty. Now, when I see photos of the Typhoon's aftermath, it's very saddening and surreal knowing firsthand what it used to be, and that people are struggling and suffering so much.
aerial view of Guiuan town, from huffingtonpost.com
The Huffington Post posted an extensive list of ways you can help. Please do.

Calvin & Hobbes Dance... Animated!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Yeeee! Check out this darling animation by Andy Brown of Calvin & Hobbes dancing. Adorable.

via io9

Story Time at Monkeyhouse Toys

Friday, October 18, 2013

Amidst all the holiday preparations, I almost forgot to share this super fun event!

Monkeyhouse Toys in Silver Lake (Los Angles) presents "Story Time," a group show where each artist was invited to dig deep into their childhood and create a character we all would have loved to watch on TV, read in a book, or dream up. There will be giveaway items, and the event is family-friendly so swing on by. The illustration above is a two parter so you'll just have to visit the gallery to see its companion piece.

Opening reception: Saturday Oct. 19, 5pm-8pm
Show runs Oct. 19 - Nov. 17
Monkeyhouse Toys
2874 Rowena Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039

Love at first CLINK! at Leanna Lin's Wonderland

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I'm taking over the art corner at Leanna Lin's again! Join us for two stellar opening events:

Love at first CLINK by Genevieve Santos
Artist Sisters: CJ Metzger/Miss Mindy & Friends present
"Through the Looking Glass"

Leanna Lin's Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

SHOWS RUN: Nov. 16 - Dec. 24, 2013
Expect to see these and other new originals of the clinking duo. Fat Rabbit Farm and I paired up again for more adorable collaborative pieces, and to debut a very special limited edition item. Unicorn Crafts and I also collaborated on something special so it'll be an evening of delightful surprises. 

Thomas & Andrea's Wedding

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Congratulations to Thomas & Andrea Traum!  It was so wonderful collaborating with them on EIGHT illustrations. Thank goodness my backpacking trip didn't dissuade them from working with me. I love how it all turned out, and I'm so grateful to have played a small role in their big day.
 Guestbook illustration, photo by Andrea Traum.

2014 Calendar Presale and New Goodies

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The 2014 Calendar is nearing completion and I'm offering an opportunity to reserve yours early since I'm printing a limited quantity. As a bonus for ordering early, I'll take care of shipping and will include a bonus gift because you know me, I love surprises. You can preorder yours here! Have a peek at some of the months--

 And I have some new wedding cards in the shop as well because it appears to be the season for it.
And the product I'm most excited about... STICKERS!!! I used to count and collect stickers when I was a kid. So it's pretty rewarding to see my own illustrations in sticker form like this. I have two sets, Snail Mail and Elephants.
Keep and eye out for more new goodies like bookmarks, a 2014 poster calendar, and holiday stamps!

Succulent Terrarium Workshop at EcoMonster

Friday, September 20, 2013

A couple months ago, I met up with my friend Kristina and we briefly discussed wanting to make succulent terrariums. Then BOOM, literally two days later EcoMonster in San Jose posted the details of their upcoming workshop. Too perfect. My mom wanted in as well, and this past Saturday we three along with several other crafty ladies had the pleasure of making our very own! Leandra from Licorice Landscapes was a great teacher and all the succulents were from her garden. I've never seen so many varieties. Thoey kept us fed with chocolate cupcakes and wine + nectar drinks. Not a bad way to spend one's Saturday afternoon.
That's my mom in pink. Why so serious, mom!?
My mom's terrarium. She was pretty excited about her trophy medusa.
Kristina and her new garden.
I made this one!
I don't know who made this one but it cracks me up. I love it.

They plan on hosting another in December, but in the meantime, there are a ton of other workshops and events you can partake in if you find yourself in or around San Jose. Thoey's shop is located above Black Cat Collective, and though small, it's filled with handmade gifts and goodies (including my cards) so you probably won't leave empty handed.

Sketching Before Bed

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

To make sure I draw every day, I started sketching for at least 5 minutes before bed. It's been fabulous. So many good ideas (and not so good ones) find themselves to the page when you're half asleep. You should give it a try. Here's a little sample.

And last night, between the hours of 11pm and 3am, I doodled the two characters and thought it'd be a cute header for a calendar. So walla! It's in the hands of the printers so stay tuned for its debut online. 

This Will Make You Cry

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Good Night Billy Moon" is Ian Chachere's heartwarming/heartwrenching, beautiful submission for the Santoro comicsworkbook Composition Competition and it will MAKE YOU CRY. It's his interpretation of real Christopher Robin's last days. A preview is below. Click here to read the comic in its entirety. Bring some tissue.

This Week's New Art

Thursday, August 22, 2013

First finished illustration for my upcoming 2014 Calendar. 
These will become stickers.
A jumping wedding illustration. So cute!
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