Here’s to the Year of the Ox, a more happy and healthy 2021 🍊 🥬 🎋 🧧 🎉 🥟 🍜 🐟 🐮
I’ve been making glutinous rice balls for the fam – teamed up with my mom yesterday on New Year’s Eve to make a savory version of tong yuen / tang yuan, which is a symbol of togetherness. The ones we made were plain and unfilled. All I did was add some salt and oil to the dough.
is actually called a tray of togetherness. But, I only ever knew it as that candy tray my mom would bust out and fill with traditional and more fun candies during Lunar New Year. And now that I have a kid of my own, I want to have one of my own to bust out as well.
And did you know that it’s near impossible to find one to order online – even Amazon came up empty.
In the end, I did get one. My mom was kind enough to gift me with her older tray and I was more than happy to take it.
In celebration, I illustrated a candy tray and put my spin on it. It’s called “Have a Sweet New Year.” Greeting cards and more are now available to order in my shop.
I haven’t had this much fun drawing in a very long time. It wasn’t a struggle. Usually, I’m fighting with myself every step of the way – from idea, execution to the actual drawing & coloring.
I had fun this time and blocked out all the noise of being super self critical and just drew. I feel like this is a new beginning for me. I’m exploring subject matter that’s personal to me and putting my spin on it.