Mini Celebration

Hufflepuff birthday cake for mizarwen Dorrie j from her husband and Buttermilk Prawn for the dinner

I didn’t expect there was a surprise for my birthday yesterday. All I wanted was a gouache for my project and I asked for Buttermilk Prawn for our dinner last night. The kitchen was off-limit only for a few minutes after my daughter arrived from school. I thought my husband had bought me a normal cake, but I never expected it to go that far. Lol. If you guys haven’t noticed yet, he ordered a custom birthday cake decorated with my Hogwarts House, Hufflepuff colors, and house logo on it and placed the Hufflepuff scarf around the cake. Such a surprise! My daughter usually didn’t like to go near the cake if we celebrated our birthdays or her birthday, something about the candle and loud cheer frightened her but this time she came closer and joined in.

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Sneaky little hand! She got to taste the cake first! 😄

The dinner was sooo good. He nailed the taste although it was his first time trying the new recipe. Even though we are away from our family back home in Brunei during Eid-Ul Fitri, I’m so thankful I could spend such a sweet moment like this with just my husband my daughter♡

“Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim readers and Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there, whether you are a past, present or soon-to-be mom (◕‿◕)♡”

My Etsy Shop is Open!

Kyaaaa! I did it once again. I reopened my Etsy shop and it’s out on the market.

I opened it on Wednesday to have my seasonal products on sale. It is soon than what I expected. Right now we have two on the list and both are for calendars and planners. So this is kinda a soft opening? Idk. But I should have made an undated planner and made it plain as in not seasonal, but my hand could not stop drawing a rabbit! So I’ve got to sell it fast! Lol.

Shop image on Etsy owned by DorrieJStudio aka mizarwen
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Nag in The Head

‘You shouldn’t have opened the store with less than 20 listings.’ I remember the tip was shared by a lot of Etsy owners all over Youtube. These words have been constantly playing in my head. It’s a tip. A good one. But why does it sound more like a warning than a tip? Haha. I admit I did some research before opening, I mean, who doesn’t, but I think in my case that’s excusable. It’s not a crime; it’s a little uncertain if someone is going to buy them. For instance, my calendar, which I did last November. I should’ve sold it during that month, but since I’m not ready to open the shop yet and I only made one product at that time, I let it go until it was l…late? Now it’s April 2022 I just listed it in the shop. Lol. But hey, I’m happy that they are out now. I felt such relief. Now, 18 more to go and 7 more are waiting to be listed.

Printable April monthly planner 2022 Easter theme DorrieJStudio aka mizarwen
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Printable Calendar 2022 made by DorrieJStudio aka mizarwen
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More and more!

You heard me right. Some are on the way. I just have to go through the photo shoot process and do the product details. This is a very time-consuming process. This is why only digital products are available, as they do not require shipping. That part… I still need to dive deep into it to make sure there are no more mistakes in the future. So I’m hoping I can work it out and get it over with and get back to finishing episodes of my Webtoon story.

Social Media

Gosh! It plays a very important role. Why? In order for people to see and find out what you have in the store, you should have this. They are the methods of promoting your products. All I got is Instagram, Twitter, my YT channel, and this blog to promote my products. Some shop owners I followed are using other platforms such as Tik Tok and Twitch. I don’t know if this really helped, but if you have experience and you use the same strategy as them, feel free to share your experience and leave us some comments. I’m ready to give it a shot.

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Toodles!

Draw This in Your Style Challenge

It’s another art post! This time it’s my Draw This in Your Style Challenge that I took from an illustrator I followed, lobomaravilha.

This wasn’t the only #DTIYS challenge I’ve created. Back when I’m still a noob in creating art digitally I did try Sara Faber’s DTIYS but I had to take it down because I wanted to upload only the one that suits my IG colour palette. And the reason I joined this is that I want to present my version because her art is so freaking cute! Plus, the character is almost the same as the character I draw for my future webtoon character, Lily. So I thought it would be easier for me to draw it (little that I know. Haha).

My style

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Life Updates

Hello, lovelies!

It is still February. Spring is coming our way. What’s the weather in your country like right now? Here, in Switzerland, it is getting warmer and warmer. It is still chilly early in the morning though. I still have to wear my sweater inside when I accompanied my daughter to wait for her school van to pick her up from and when she returned from school. I noticed the day was warmer only around noon. That’s when I saw many people sitting on the bench or standing under the sun.

OMAD

I actually can’t wait for Ramadhan to come. It is the holy month of fasting for all Muslim. It’s almost a week I have done my One Meal a Day fasting where you fast 23 hours to lose weight. The reason is to lose weight to lower my health issue and it was my main objective at the beginning. However, as soon as I realized that Ramadhan month will be in April I just remember that I have to pay for my fasting days from last year. So during the duration of me performing this fasting (OMAD) I can also consider this as a practice before I do the official fasting. In a way, it is good. I can still drink water to dehydrate and drink only black coffee during the fasting (OMAD) so it is still doable. Aside from a growling stomach, I complain more when my hands and feet tend to get cold even the day is warm. That is the only thing that sucks.

Sticker Making

Sticker sample breakfast made by dorriejstudio
One of the sample of my future sticker.

I am a self-taught artist. Drawing is my passion. I’m focusing now on designing as many stickers as I can so that I can sell them online, whether they are physical stickers or digital downloads. So far I’ve done 2 different sheets of stickers with the same theme ‘breakfast’ and it is right now still in the process of printing by the printing company I chose back in my homeland, Brunei. I have not been able to purchase a cutting machine yet, but yes, that’s my wish list once I have the budget from the sales. I guess, the cheap cutting machine is okay for starters. I’m aiming for the Silhouette cutting machine to make the die-cut and kiss cut for my future stickers. I’ve read many good reviews. If there’s any of you readers possessed a Silhouette cutting machine, please give me some comments about this machine. I really appreciate your advice or tips.

Revamping Instagram

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I followed and subscribed to a lot of artists lately who owned online shop that sells stickers, prints, and other products. They also had given many tips on how to promote your product via Instagram. My second goal is to revamp my Instagram: the highlights, color palette display, and of course, adding more of my finished product to the platform. It is still in the process and thought in the past it is easily done, but actually there are a few other things that I need to do besides just uploading them on Instagram. And it is not easy as 1,2,3. Haha! I don’t know how the Instagram algorithm works, but if you do know that, please share. So yeah, please do follow and like them here.

February Holiday Trips & Train Ride

School holiday nearly came to an end, I had to admit I’m also nervous that tomorrow my daughter has to go to school again – meaning that again, I will hear the not-so-little-anymore whines and cries of how she doesn’t like to wake up early in the morning and go to school.

Why so hard you look at the camera, my dear?

I felt sorry many times she has to go through this. In her case (she’s Autistic and express her emotion with songs) I don’t know what things play in her head every time she set her feet in the school van leaving me and my husband off to school, but I pray so hard that she could brace herself to face many challenges in school just like every other special kid in her class.

An orange box that checks your pass before getting on the train.

It’s good that there’s a holiday. She can get a break from her anxiety. And I’m grateful for this week the holiday as well spent. We went two times on train rides – it was the first time the three of us go on a trip by train further than Versoix. I love to see how my daughter enjoyed the time so much. At least she could forget her worries, although for a short while. It’s nice to see her smile during the trip to Zurich and Bern.

Zurich Trip

We went to Zurich on Tuesday. The journey took about 2hrs and a half by train. It was our first experience going on the trip using a train. It’s a one-day pass that costs CHF49 per person. The weather forecast said that it’s going to be raining the entire week. So thankful that day Zurich was sunny. Oh, how I regret wearing my winter jacket🙄

We were planning to go to the Toy Museum first. I don’t know why, but when we got there the place wasn’t there as my husband saw on the internet. So our first itinerary didn’t go as planned so we had to think about what to do next. We did purchase a one-day pass which costs CHF8.80 per person (depends on the zone). My daughter is free because she has an annual student public transport pass which can be used the whole place in Switzerland.

Few of the pictures I took.

So the next itinerary was to let her enjoy the ride on the bus. I don’t know what is so fascinating about it, but she likes sitting a long time in it, near the window, gazing outside, and only sometimes her stimming catches the attention of the people. So we let her while I observed the surroundings. The bus designs, of course, are different than in Geneva. I can say more open with so many big glass windows while in Geneva it is more covered. Although I went to Zurich a couple of times, I had never been on the bus longer than that day. For the sake of our daughter, we went farther and changed many different buses and trams for the sake of her. The amount of love we give to her how I wish she knows that *sigh*

Anyway, back to the trip, after pulling and dragging my daughter who refused to get off of the bus, we had to carry her out of the transportation and had a quick lunch. I had to change her diapers twice. She is still in potty training, but during the trips, it’s exceptional. After that, we went to the Old Town.

The place is worth visiting. It reminds me of the maze of Venice. They still utilized the old building for shops which drove more people to that place. So much different than in Brunei. They go only to work or dealing just for important matters like banks, insurance agencies, and government administrations. If there’s no event, people won’t likely visit the city, even though Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital. So seeing how different it was, I was amazed by that.

I could feel the weather was getting colder when it was already late afternoon, but that didn’t kill her excitement. What got her all excited?

The flock of squawking seagulls.

It was also the first time I witnessed this. It took me a while to realize the cause of it – they were just fighting for the bread crumbs. They can be hangry too; not just human. Lol.

We departed from Zurich around 5pm-ish. I realized during the journey she covered her ears when we passed the tunnel and tried to pop her ears by pressing them with her both hands when we left the tunnel. Hubby said it was because of the pressure. She seemed to hate it and the only thing I did to ease her discomfort was to ask her to drink something just like we always do when we travel in an airplane. I didn’t know if that helps, though.

My Sleeping Princess

The next trip story will be on the next blog and I’ll update you guys when the vlog is uploaded. Happy Sunday guys.

Goals and Art

I want to pat myself on the back for coming up with so many sketches these few days. This had made the pages of my sketchbook only a few left empty.

2022 I want to reopen my Etsy shop where I can sell some of my illustrations that will be made into the digital planner stickers and print.

Before this, I sold colouring pages black and white digitally. However, that didn’t grab much attention than my Fiverr gig, which at that time the sales went far well. It was a simple gig; I gave services to draw kids colouring pages for certain prices. The prices were damn cheap. I attracted several buyers, but there’s this one regular buyer who bought my gig so many times that put some orders before I could even begin his current order. I got too overwhelmed and spent hours and hours completing the gig and that led me to put my Fiverr gig on hiatus.

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Back in that day, I didn’t know how to limit the orders – I didn’t even know the setting existed. Lol. But that’s okay, I guess. Since I know how it works now I’ll begin again, but not this sooner. I’m focusing more on creating digital products for my Etsy shop.

Dorriej patreon setup icon tier illustration art
Illustrations for future Patreon icon tier (still in the plan)

Currently, I’ve been busy creating the ‘breakfast‘ and ‘Daisy‘ themes. However, it’s still a long way to go. It’s one of my goals for this year. Have I told you I also want to publish my romance & comedy comic on Webtoon? That too has been keeping me busy. I don’t know when I able to complete it, but for sure the mission is to publish the first 3 episodes on the platform. If that attracts many readers or even nice the Webtoon editor’s attention, that’ll put a smile on many faces; my parents, my in-laws, my husband, and myself once again.

If they hire me, at least I could help my husband to pay my daughter’s therapy bill and help buy any necessities for the household. But yeah, I’ll let you guys know when it gets published.

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