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1. WonderCon this weekend!

See you this Fri, Sat and Sun at my very first WonderCon! I'm nervous but mostly excited because I have so much new stuff to share. Find me at SP-120 in the back left corner of the Anaheim convention center.
Look for the new "Color to Life" coloring book, new magnets, buttons, prints, and a brand new limited edition TOTORO print. I'll also be live drawing on Saturday, 2pm-5pm, and Sunday 1pm-3pm so come on down! :)

WONDERCON
April 18-20, 2014
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802

Friday: 12pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

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2. Supahcute Science Fair opens this Saturday!

I'm super excited to be a part of the Supahcute Science Fair at Leanna Lin's Wonderland because one, it's an amazing roster of talented artist, and two, SCIENCE!! Little known fact: I was a biology major during my freshman year at USC. Weird, right? I totally wanted to work in the sciences and be a geek in a lab, etc, but the calling for art was stronger. So this combines my two great loves. I hope you can attend! If not, you can view the art online very soon. I'll post a link when ready.

One of my pieces in the show :)


by Leslie Levings


by Tyler Parker

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3. Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 6 years ago, I hosted an anti-Valentine's day party. Thankfully Kevin decided to attend rather than watch Juno, drink a bottle of wine, and eat a KFC bucket like he originally planned.

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4. Huzzah for Square Market!!

If you're a small business owner or a frequenter of craft fairs and small, local businesses, you've probably noticed a little white credit card reader plugged into ipads and smart phones giving practically anyone the ability to take credit card transactions. What is it? Why... it's SQUARE! It's brilliant and has certainly made my life as a small business owner less stressful. I even keep one on my person just in case (it's come in handy for on the spot illustration transactions). And you can request one for free, or snag one at the info booth at most Renegade Craft Fairs. They're usually there repping.

Perhaps not as well known is the Square Market. Think of it as another version of Etsy but without the facade of being all "handmade" (quotations around handmade because I've been seeing more and more mass-produced items on there and it's watering down the quality of Etsy, but that's another topic). It's marketplace to find small businesses, and it's absolutely wonderful. They've been putting together gift guides as well, and I had the great fortune of being featured on their latest two. If you haven't browsed through Square Market, you're in for a treat. Make sure you set a budget for yourself though! ;). 

You can view my shop here.



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5. THANKS for making the first IG art sale a SUCCESS!!



Ahhh!! Thank you to everyone who followed along the Original Art Sale on Instagram. this past Wednesday. It was so much fun! I painted 8 illustrations on the spot, from 1-3pm. I can't get over how quick everyone was. I hope it wasn't too distracting from work ;). I also took some videos of my process, a very tricky task while you draw. My hands were shaking from the adrenaline and nervousness, my mind spun trying to figure out the next illustration. I've been busy with filling Valentine's Day orders and custom work so although stressful, the thrill and joy of drawing whatever I wanted was so gratifying and a necessary pause from the hustle. I'll be hosting another one soon FOR SURE.

Have a look at some of the illustrations I painted--

And here's a "making of"video of "Baby Elephant Kisses." To see all the illustrations, have a peek at my instagram!

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6. SAVE THE DATE // Together, we adventure: an original art SALE!



I'm trying something new this year. Presenting.......

TOGETHER, WE ADVENTURE: AN ORIGINAL ART INSTAGRAM SALE - January 29

Between the hours of 1pm-3pm, I'll be creating original art & posting them for sale on Instagram.  All pieces will be 5" x 7", priced at $45 each, & listed as I finish (with work in progress videos in between).  If you're interested in a piece, simply comment with your email address & I'll send you an invoice to arrange payment & shipping.  All unsold pieces will be listed in my shop once the sale concludes.  No prints will be made so your original is just for you.  The theme is "together, we adventure"--perfect for Valentine's Day! I'm all booked with custom paintings for the rest of the year so this is a great way to get something original, affordable and sweet for your valentine (or you!)

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7. Introducing Sanrio's newest character, KIRIMI-CHAN

Ahhhh how cute is this?!?! She's a SALMON FILLET!! WHAAAAAT!!! I don't usually get excited about Sanrio characters but this one... THIS ONE. So hilarious. I love it so much I could eat it, ha!
via Sanrio.

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8. Supahcute Kaiju Show - OPENING NIGHT!

The Supahcute Kaiju Show opening at Leanna Lin's Wonderland was THE BEST EVER! Ahhh so many wonderful artists were in attendance, including Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth, Patty & Jason of Fat Rabbit Farm, Nellie Le of Quiet Tiger, and the paper cut-out extraordinaire Jared Andrew Schorr. I officially became art collector that night by purchasing my very first original, Jared's "Night Swimming."
A big thank you to everyone who came by and supported the show. If you haven't seen it yet, you absolutely MUST. It's seriously so good. And my two pieces are still there & available if you're looking to bring a couple adorable kaijus to your home :).

Show pieces can be viewed & purchased here.

all photos by luis jaime // leanna lin's wonderland

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9. Love at First Clink Show EXTENDED with more art!

Need a jaw-dropping Valentine's Day present for your special one? How about an original from the Love at First Clink show at Leanna Lin's Wonderland. The show has been extended, and I've added originals from the 2014 Calendar to the wall, as well as an array of Valentine's Day cards and other goodies. You're bound to find a special gift for your Valentine there. The 2014 Calendar is also ON SALE now in the shop and in store so get one while you can. Only a few left.

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10. Supahcute Kaiju Show at Leanna Lin's Wonderland

Huzzah for the first show of the year! Leanna Lin's Wonderland is kicking off 2014 with the Supahcute Kaiju Show, a collection of cute monsters and irresistible strange beasts. Featuring new works by:


The show opens on Saturday, January 18 from 6pm-10pm at Leanna Lin's Wonderland in Eagle Rock. The first 10 people to spend $20 or more on the art show will receive a FREE goodie bag of surprises & exclusives to the Supahcute Kaiju Show.  Can't wait to see you there!


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11. THANK YOU for helping Philippine Typhoon Haiyan victims

Maraming Salamat everyone! Thanks to your support, we raised 10,716 pesos or $240 for Re-Build Philippines, Habitat for Humanity. I really appreciate everyone's generosity. Much love.


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12. Coffee Date with Jenny, Just Sweet Love

Right before Christmas, my sister Bina and I met up with Jenny of Just Sweet Love for a coffee date & interview at the delicious Susina Bakery. I gushed about traveling, my spirit animal, and where I find my inspiration. Gah it was so much fun. And there's a very silly picture of me and Bina. Teeeee.


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Read the full interview here.

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


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!
 

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14. 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. 

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15. Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn this weekend!!



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!!! 

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16. Typhoon Haiyan & Tacloban City

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.

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17. Calvin & Hobbes Dance... Animated!



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



via io9

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18. Story Time at Monkeyhouse Toys

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



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19. This Will Make You Cry

"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.

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20. Love at first CLINK! at Leanna Lin's Wonderland

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
www.LeannaLinsWonderland.com


SHOWS RUN: Nov. 16 - Dec. 24, 2013
OPENING EVENT: SATURDAY, NOV. 16 / 6-10PM
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. 

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21. Thomas & Andrea's Wedding

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.

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22. Talk of Inspiration, Traveling and Entrepreneurial Woes on the Paper Pastries Blog

The lovely Margaret Haas of Paper Pastries interviewed me for her blog, the first of many Artist Interviews. Have a read!

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23. 2014 Calendar Presale and New Goodies

 
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!

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24. Succulent Terrarium Workshop at EcoMonster


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.

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25. Sketching Before Bed

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. 

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