Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Introducing "Aloha Honu" Baby Shower and Birthday Invitation Collection

With Hawaiian hibiscus and bright tropical colors, Happy Honu is debuting as "Aloha Honu" on my baby shower and birthday invitation collection. Amazingly, the invitation has already won Today's Best Award for Jan. 11, 2010 from and I am delighted at the positive response this new design is getting. More items will soon be added to my Zazzle Store that will give customers options to purchase accessories and gifts to coordinate the perfect baby shower with the "Aloha Honu" theme. I currently offer a baby shower invitation, birthday invitation, postage stamp, thank you card, and stickers. Look for gifts such as onesies, t-shirts, key chains and more!

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Friday, January 8, 2010

15% off Invitations Coupon at

15% of the invitation net sale price will be deducted when one or more invitations are purchased and the coupon code 15OFFINVITES is applied at checkout. The net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). Offer is valid from December 23, 2009 through April 1, 2010 at 11:59pm PT. This offer does not apply to past purchases and may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers. If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. Offer valid on only.
Expires 4/1/2010.
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Giving to the Pandas in 2010

A couple of years ago I designed a Panda Bear graphic after being infatuated with the birth of Taishan, the Panda Cub born in the US. I have always been a Panda lover ever since I saw a Panda in person in a zoo in Japan when I was 7 years old. I watched Taishan on TV and even got in touch with some folks in DC who worked towards the well-being of Taishan by throwing him a birthday bash each year. They loved my design so much they asked me to donate an item (baby blanket) for their auction.

So, even after a few years I have found this design is still very popular. Giant Pandas are so loved throughout the world and I love them so much. Because they are so highly endangered there have been many organizations formed to work towards their conservation. I myself belong to a few such such as World Wildlife Fund and Pandas International. In my personal efforts in helping the pandas a portion (1% of my profits from any Panda design) that I make off any Panda item on Jennifer G Designs or Hapa Girl Designs on Zazzle will be donated in equal amounts to both these organizations. The donation will be done annually and announced right here on my blog, my Zazzle stores, Twitter and Facebook.

I hope giving to the Pandas will further conserve their species. I recently learned that Taishan will be returning to China after being born and living in the US for 4 years. This saddens me as I have never been able to visit him. But, it does give me comfort knowing that China will give him a good home.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Planning a Surf Theme Baby Shower ?

Nowadays people are really going "all out" with baby showers. They are doing all sorts of unique themes starting with cool invitations, party favors, gifts and thank you cards. Since I am in the business of designing I have designed quite a few baby shower invitations and one of them is my Happy Honu Loves Surf baby shower theme. With my Happy Honu being one of my best selling designs, I modified the design to have the turtle surfing on some cool modern surfboards. I honestly didn't realize how much of a positive response I would have to the design. I am seriously thinking of expanding the line of Happy Honu Loves Surf but I currently offer the design on baby shower invitations, stickers, thank you cards and birth announcements on My Zazzle Store. For future products I will most likely offer the design on skateboards, Keds Shoes, framed prints and get back into my handmade items and create one-of-a-kind blankets, bibs and t-shirts. But, in the meantime, Zazzle offers really cool gift items that feature my Happy Honu Loves Surf design which would make coordinating gift items for that surf theme baby shower.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Behind the Design: Modern Owls by Hapa Girl Designs

One night we were coming back from a neighbors house and my 3 year old boy (3 at the time) was walking a few steps ahead of me with his little toddler friend and all of a sudden he yelled out "Look Mommy there's an owl!". He was pointing up into the old oak tree and there was this cute little brown owl staring down at us. It was right at dusk and we could barely see him, but as our eyes adjusted he came into focus and all of us were intrigued. My son kept talking about the owl all the rest of the night and being a nature/animal buff I immediately got on the internet and started reading up on owls to educate myself more about them. Prior to doing the research on owls the owl that I was most familiar with is Hedwig from the Harry Potter movies. I personally love the snowy owl like Hedwig, but still fascinated with the variety of owls out there and it was almost immediately decided that my next animal design would be an owl.

After many versions and revisions, my Modern Owl design was born and my design represents a few different owls that I came across in my research. As my design style is modern and abstract, I wanted something recognizable, but of course not too realistic to stay within the look and feel of my other designs. The owl comes in different color themes, but I always use the same owl and it sits on a tree branch most of the time. Later, as winter approached I modified the owl to become a snowy owl. Now my fans can purchase owl gifts, invitations, announcements and more on my Zazzle stores.

I just love designing new images especially when there is a story behind how I came about doing it. Once again my son was the inspiration as he spotted that little brown owl one evening up in our oak tree.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Unique, Modern, Affordable & Customizable Baby Shower Invitations by Hapa Girl Designs

It's that time again to promote my very large collection of baby shower invitations! My collection only starts to grow on Hapa Girl Designs Store on! Their affordable, modern, unique and customers can personalize and customize the invitations.

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Not only can customers customize their invitation, they can purchase matching US Postage Stamps, Thank You cards, Stickers and more! I am really excited about coming up with new FRESH designs in the new year! I have tons of designs in my head and can't wait to bring them into fruition!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tropic Topics

Tropic Topics
Welcome to the Tropic Topics lens by Drive Industries Design Group. Hawaiiana is a category of design and art which has been made popular by collectors, eBayers, swap meets and thrift shoppers in the past ten years. We started collecting Aloha shirts and tropical memorabilia back in the early seventies. Our background in the apparel industry was greatly influenced by these collections, which eventually lead us into surfwear and the action sports industry. We hope to showcase some of the items we've collected, as well as present new products that were influenced by them from our Zazzle store and that of others.