Hello! It’s been a while, but I hope everyone is having an alright summer so far. Over here, I have been working on a few projects, and my daughters are catching up with their summer reading and writing activities.
Lately, my daughter has been into word search, so I decided to make my own using my handwriting fonts. I have always been a font and calligraphy/handwriting addict, so I can swear that I can spend watching calligraphy videos instead of Netflix. Several years ago, I took an online calligraphy class, but I haven’t been fully able to embrace my work. My biggest issue is that I have an unstable and inconsistent handwriting. Somedays, I am able to achieve that “pretty to post handwriting,” while somedays I feel like “my toddler has better handwriting than me.” Maybe I am lacking in sufficient practice or I may just not be patient enough.
While experimenting with several calligraphy pens, brush pens, pens, and pencils, I decided to make my handwriting fonts with the ifontmaker app on my iPad. It allows you to edit your handwriting and have that perfection and consistency that I especially strive for. The ifontmaker was straightforward and extremely easy to use! Ever since I have been using my fonts here and there on my website and work.
Feel free to download the summer word search and spend a quiet afternoon with your little ones! I hope this little summer activity will make your summer day brighter. (These are only for personal use only.) And follow me on my Instagram account @byasamihasegawa for more tips and more.
It’s April, and spring break is here! Since we are unable to travel or go out this spring, I am planning to celebrate spring in our own way. Hopefully, this will help us (and you) get in the Easter mood. Every year, we go out to a local egg hunt, but this year, I am planning to do one in our home.
Spring color palette is one of my favorite schemes, especially when it comes to illustrating and designing, and it always makes me feel good to create something with pastel colors and listening to Disney Jazz or Bossa Nova. For this project, I created little bunnies, eggs, and a carrot. During this challenging and unprecedented time, we need things to make us happy and positive – so, I decided to share my illustrations! Feel free to download and use them (for personal use) as wall decor, garland, and many more. And follow me on my Instagram account @byasamihasegawa for more tips.
Have fun using the plain eggs or decorate the eggs with your loved ones! My daughter loves to play with patterns and she was excited that her artwork will be featured in my blog. Enjoy!
Hello! With the “shelter-in-place” order, our family has been cooped up for more than two weeks. It feels like it’s been more than a month, and it surely does not feel like a vacation. While I am able to enjoy crafting and spending time with the kids, I have been working with them to keep on schedule and to get our tasks done. With my husband swamped with zoom meetings and my daughter joining zoom classrooms and other afterschool programs, it surely has been difficult to stay on track. So, I decided to make a schedule worksheet for the family.
Simply download the schedule printable and cut each activity and illustrations to fill in your schedule! Draw the hands on the clock, and let your kids learn telling time. I usually laminate all the worksheets so that I can reuse them. (These are only for personal use only.) And follow me on my Instagram account @byasamihasegawa for more tips and more.
My heart goes out to those, who are affected and impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Every family has its own challenges, and I truly hope that every family is able to overcome these unprecedented times. And please stay safe and well.
Every day, I remind my daughter to do something – it could be homework or practice the piano or if she has her lunch and water bottle. And she usually responds, “Oh~!” or “Oops!” or “Of course I have it!” with a big (I mean a big) grin on her face. But sometimes, I feel terrible for being like an iPhone notification. She probably sees a red badge with a number next to my head or perhaps like a nagging software update notification.
Then one day, she asked me if I could make her a TO-DO list. “I want it to be cute! And laminated. And I need a marker. And now, you don’t have to remind me!” she says with a big grin. So, I decided to make a TO-DO list that anyone can use, including me. (I myself tend to forget things and usually use the note app on my iPhone. )
This Olive Branch TO-DO list has three boxes in each row. Feel free to download the TO-DO list and use them however you like. Hopefully, this will make it easier to keep track of your everyday tasks. Keep organizing and carry on!
Ever wish you could fly on a hot air balloon and travel to Paris? Well, the reality is that an airplane is probably the safest and fastest way to get somewhere. The incredible thing is that we can always imagine and creatively update our surroundings.
My daughters love things that fly – balloons, bubbles, birds, butterflies… and they learned about a hot air balloon when watching Kiki’s Delivery Service. They are in love with the movie so much and asked me to make a red ribbon headband, which I may do a tutorial someday. With this hot air balloon printable, you can put it on your wall or even make a garland, if you feel festive. I also made a cake topper by gluing (or taping) the hot air balloons onto a dowel and it can certainly be a really easy craft to do with the kids.
Download the printable and cut each hot air balloon illustrations along the dotted blue line! I laminate most of my printable, so they are sturdy enough and can be used again, over and over. (These are only for personal use only.) And follow me on my Instagram account @byasamihasegawa for more tips and more.