Here and Now

It has been a little over a year since my last post! The previous post was during the beginning and height of the pandemic. A lot has happened since then and I’m happy to share how my kids and design life has changed over the next few post. I am so grateful to be alive with my family to share this.

Kid life in a pandemic
Helping to make life seem as “normal” as possible in virtual school is/was probably the most challenging experience. We opted in for virtual because my daughter is high risk. However I wanted to make her virtual school amazing and fun. I made a corner of the house a mini school, full of wall posters, a “black board” (black contact paper), map and a saucer chair for a reading corner. I also added lots of plants to help with the air quality and put her desk next to a huge window for natural light. She helped me transform our living room with her sketches ideas as well.

Since I have son with Autism, things were even more challenging. However I worked with amazing teachers who coached me through his online sessions. I had to put a lot of toys in containers but it still worked in the colorful and environment I made for him During this period of time I also created a instagram feed for myself and others to help cope with the new pandemic life QuileenForCreativeHina.

#pandemicshool #Homeschool #Covidschooling

Once people started getting the vaccinated I threw a Harry Potter themed birthday party for my amazing daughter who read all the books in about 3 weeks! She help me create all the props and decor. I’ll be sharing a separate post about it later (Us parents are avid fans too lol) This party really helped me feel better during the pandemic it was a much needed outdoor therapy session. I put other ideas and projects on instagram @creativehina and facebook feeds and stories.

#HarryPotter #HarryPotterTheme #HarryPotterparty (Vegan Nut-free cupcakes by TheSchweetSpot)

Design & Art

Because of the pandemic, a lot of projects I worked on completely stopped. That included a 100+ page health book, marketing material for another client and my own personal projects. It was/is tough but I found reading The Artist Way recommend by a friend, Angie, from Ocelot Print shop years ago lifted my spirits. I finally read it and it has really motivated me to design. I was happy to complete a collection, inspired by my Grandmother, who passed from old age during this pandemic. It’s called using both my grandmother’s names. I drew and all the motifs by hand and created a variety of products. You can see my full journey from concept sketches, to completion on my instagram@quileen.

More updates later…


I’m. Still. Here. …and Designing.

Well hello ya’ll and Happy Holidays! I’m beginning to realize, apologizing for posting late is unnecessary;  Meaning life happens and you simply get busy. My little boy is now 7 months and I admit I find myself sleeping more than designing, especially since I have two kids. But I’ll get back to it! Anyhou – today I’m going to keep my promise and talk about the Berenstain Bears drawings I mentioned in my previous post.

Berenstain Bears.
Let’s just say I read quite a bit to my kids, and well… as a designer/editor I just notice the details – ALL OF THEM. (insert your laugh here) I couldn’t help but notice in the series, the drawings have morphed over time. I ike that. It tells me, someone has gotten better at what they do and/or wanted to try something new, or just got criticized and realized the criticism was actually true. Check out the images below.


Left 1968, center 1974, right 1985

Amazing isn’t it?  As you see, the first, is more freestyle and at least to me, fun! The middle almost 10 years later seems more modest and controlled and the last is more defined by bolder lines – which makes it super clear, concise and clean.
There is something to learn here. Especially for me– design skills change or “improve” over time.  I think as designers we sometimes get caught in doing things the same way. For example I worked corporate for 10 years doing mainly the same thing. I admit it was a little more fun in the beginning, where I was wild and free LOL.( I seriously got better in time)  I need to get back to that — and we all can by taking long breaks, life transitions or just cold turkey it, overnight and change it up.

In my next post I’m about going to talk about Adobe and how I am being “forced” to find another set of  design tools to use.

You can always check me out on Facebook, Instagram or Etsy store ^_^.

(*Above images belong to The Berenstain Bears*)