Two things ✌️

Hey friend,

I’ve been on my mini sabbatical week this past week.

But wanted to let you know a couple of things…

Number one, my fall and winter show calendar has been finalized!

I’m excited and grateful for all these opportunities… Really lucky to live in an area where people support handmade, small businesses πŸŽ‰

You can click here to get links to all the events above. Save the date and come say hello if you’re local!

Ok, update number 2 – my 2020 calendars are here and shipping!!

Real talk here – I ordered 250 copies, thinking I would sell out but not until later in the season.

But you all showed up in a real way during preorder, and as of right now, I’ve sold nearly 190 of them 😍

A simple math says I’ve got 60 copies left.

If you look at how many shows I’ll be selling at this holiday season πŸ‘†πŸΌyou know they won’t last very long…

I’m probably gonna re-order more copies but haven’t decided when/how many yet πŸ€”

I do want them available to everyone who wants it. And at the same time, I don’t want to carry a bunch of leftovers into the new year… πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I’m telling you this because I want to be transparent with you and don’t want you to be disappointed later when I’m sold out!!

A good news is – I’m still offering an exclusive promo for my VIP email subscribers.

Sign up if you haven’t already and grab a 15% off code in my welcome email! Offer is good through Sunday, November 3rd.

Well, friend, it’s always nice to connect with you!

Now I’m gonna get back to some relaxing 😎

xo

Back from the printer πŸ₯°

Just a reminder, my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is available for preorder now, and I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten so far πŸ₯°

If you already placed your preorder, THANK YOU!

Your ship date is October 15th, and I can’t wait for you to see it in person.

I’ve got all the calendar pages from the printer now, and they look absolutely stunning. Better than I’d imagined if that’s even possible 😻

And the gold wire binder clip looks perfect, too!

Swoon…❀️

I’m currently running a 20% off promo (yup 20!) for my email subscribers.

If you haven’t already, sign up for my email and get the code in your welcome message!

Have an awesome day, my friendΒ πŸ’

xo

2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is available for PREORDER now!

Hey friend,

My 2020 “Self-care is not selfish” monthly wall calendar is in production and available for PREORDER now!

Ship date is Tue. 10/15 or shortly thereafter.

Here are the deets:

– includes 12 full-color nature-inspired illustrations with hand-lettered messages that encourage self-care and self-acceptance

– measures apprx. 5.5″ (14cm) w x 8.5″ (20.60 cm) h x 1/5″ (5mm) d

– printed on heavy card stock

– gold wire binder clip keeps all the calendar pages together at the top and serves for easy hanging

– perfect for small space : your office, studio, bedroom

– great holiday gift for co-workers, teachers, clients, friends, family, and social workers/therapists (or anyone in helping profession)

– packaged in 100% compostable clear bag 🌿

– after each month, you can cut the dates off and enjoy the art on your wall or send as post card

I’m very excited for the calendar and can’t wait to hang it in my new studio!

How about you? πŸ‘€

Place your preorder here!

Have a self-care-fillled week πŸ’

xo

ps. are you on my VIP email list yet? sign up because you get an exclusive promo code for your preorder! watch out for your welcome email 😽

Thinking of You Week Reflection πŸ’Œ

How was your Thinking of You Week??

image from thinkingofyouweekusa.com

This past week has been about celebrating the joy of sending and receiving a handwritten note.

Which of course is something I can get behind 100%!

Someone commented on my Insta post about Thinking of You Week the other day, saying they try but it’s hard to keep up.

I hear you! I really do… because…I had a hard time keeping up, too!

To that, I said

Don’t let your perfectionism keep you from reaching out to your loved ones!

This “challenge” is just an opportunity to get you thinking about your connections to your community.

If you write every day, that’s great. But you could just send a few or even one card this week – or next month – or year, you know, this is not a competition, and nobody is judging you!!

Well, nobody except you, maybe πŸ˜‰

I’m being casual about it this year, too – my brain has been a bit preoccupied these couple of weeks, so I’m taking my time thinking about a person and writing a card every couple of days… It’s still fun for me and not as stressful.

So far, I’ve chosen to write to friends who have moved away from Seattle, so my Birds of Washington card has been the go-to!

If you joined the challenge, how did it go for you? Is this something you’d like to do regularly?

Let me know in comments! I love hearing from you πŸ’

Happy connecting!

xo

2020 Self-care calendar sneak preview!

I meant to design a monthly calendar last year, but I had too high of an expectation for myself, ran out of time, so it didn’t happen πŸ˜‘ sad.

However, I’m happy to tell you that it’s coming back for 2020!

My 2020 calendar will be all about self-care, self-acceptance, and confidence.

It’s a strange timing though that I’m working on this calendar now because things have been a bit chaotic in my life lately.

Don’t worry, no divorce or illness, thank goodness 😬 But, I’ve got a new studio space that I’m setting up (unexpected but exciting. more on that later), and a couple of other non-biz-related things have kept me feeling a bit ungrounded and scattered.

(As I write this email, I realized the core issue is my routine has been disturbed by these unexpected events. As much as I’d like to go with the flow and be spontaneous, I needΒ routine for my well-being. Check.)

Needless to say, it’s taken longer to finish the calendar…πŸ˜€ but I still aim to get them out to you sometime in October ✨

Here is the sneak preview!

So pretty, no?? 😻

I don’t know if you knew this, but I craft these encouraging messages for myself, first and foremost.

And they resonate with me so much more when I’m in a more uncertain space.

As I put together these designs, I remind myself to breathe, acknowledge that I’m in that space, and be present as much as possible.

Nothing lasts forever, and I’ve come out ok through 100% of the past difficult situations (and don’t remember most of them πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ), so this, I shall survive also.

I’m trying to be gentle with myself and give myself permission to be “meh” in a meantime.

If you’re also feeling “meh,” it’s OK. Take care of yourself, my friend ❀️

xo

Thinking of You Week is coming!

Thinking of You WeekΒ is September 23 – 29 this year πŸ’Œ

image from thinkingofyouweekusa.com

It’s an international movement to celebrate the joy of sending and receiving hand-written notes.

Yes, emails and texts are so much more convenient, and it communicates the message just the same as a hand-written note.

BUT.

You know it feelsΒ different, right?

With physical notes, you can hold them, feel them, smell them, enjoy the artwork, and my favorite part is seeing their handwriting.

I love how people’s handwriting shows their personalities.

You may be self-conscious about your messy handwriting, but don’t fret! I think it’s quite endearing πŸ€—

When my hubs, Dave, and I were in a long-distance relationship (for 5 years!), we would send each other letters and notes, and seeing his handwriting was like hearing his voice.

(But better, because I don’t like talking on the phone very much 😬)

I still keep all of the notes he sent me. They’re such treasures ❀️

Every once in a while, I get the box of letters out of my closet and go through them to re-live the warm and fuzzy feelings.

Sigh.

Wouldn’t you like to give someone you love warm and fuzzies??

Join the movement and send a card every day during the Thinking of You Week, September 23-29!

I participated in it last year and had so much fun!

It gave me a pause to think of the people I cared about. And really focus on showing how much I appreciate them.

My friends are on my mind constantly, but it was refreshing to take 5 minutes a day to think of oneΒ particular person and what I appreciate about them.

And they, of course, enjoyed getting a surprise note from me πŸ₯°

How about you? Do you wanna join me this year?

I’ve got 88 designs to choose from in my shop! Browse away and have fun picking Β your 7 cards 😽

Snail mails rock 🐌

xo

pps. would you rather shop in-person? I plan to be at Fremont Sunday Market on 9/15 and 9/22 (weather permitting – check my Insta in the morning), and The Make Sale Fall Market in Monroe on 9/20 & 9/21!

Fall block printing workshop early-bird enrollment is OPEN!

Pssst… I just opened up early-bird enrollment to my fall Introduction to Block Printing on Fabric Workshop!

You can join the fun on the following two dates in October:

Sat. 10/12, 1:30-6pm at Seattle IGIMO

or

Sun. 10/27, 1-5:30pm at Redmond IGIMO

These classes are kept pretty small and will fill up, so sign up early! Tuition goes up on Tuesday, September 24. (hint: best value if you sign up with a friend πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ)

let me know if you have any Qs. Hope to see you there πŸ˜‰

Happy September,

xo

Yellowstone vacation pics πŸž

My mom and I went to Yellowstone National Park two weeks ago. We were there for only 4 days but got to see some amazing things!

Here are some vacation pics you might enjoy πŸ“Έ

One of the many thermal pools at Yellowstone. They’re super pretty but also boiling hot and/or very acidic, so don’t go in there!
These trees are dead because the water that’s flooded the plains contains glass and it chokes the root system.
Beautiful view from Madison Junction
One of the many waterfalls I loved. This is at Artist Point.
Yellowstone Lake. We had breakfast here one morning. So quiet and serene.
Gibbon Fall
Because I’m obsessed with lichen πŸ˜€
Overlooking Gibbon River
Massive rock wall along the road
Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces
me and mama selfie!

We did see some animals, too, like, bisons, elks, and whole a lot of chipmunks 🐿 but I didn’t get good pics of them so drew a bison afterwards.

He’s adorable in my sketchbook. But the real thing was pretty terrifying 😬 SO BIG.

I’m so grateful I got to spend time with my mom and be part of this majestic place even for a few days.

These photos don’t do justice, but I hope you enjoyed them! I wanna go back in different seasons and see changing faces of the park some day… πŸ‚β„οΈπŸŒΈ

Have you been to Yellowstone before? Or any other amazing places? Tell me about your favorite nature adventure you’ve ever had. I wanna know!

xo

Say YES to yourself πŸ’

At the time this post goes out, I’ll just have gotten back from my trip to Yellowstone National Park with my mom πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ

(I’m on sabbatical next week, but I’ll probably share some pics with you πŸ˜‰)

Rather than skipping my post for a week, I wanted to send you a quick reminder…

Yes, that’s right. Say YES to yourself!

Give yourself what you need to feel good and whole. It’s not selfish. Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being is very important. As important as your family and friends’, if not more.

And according to my therapist, whom I trust very much, needs are not negotiable.

So here you go, my friend. You have my unconditional permission to say yes to yourself. Today and always.

xo

Happy 4th Freedom Anniversary πŸ₯³

I celebrated my 4th “freedom anniversary” a.k.a. the day I quit my job to work on Honeyberry Studios full-time on July 31stπŸŽ‰

(If you’re interested in knowing more about my transitioning process, you can read this blog post and many other entries from 2015.)

A few days after I quit, I went on a solo retreat to set intentions for my artist/business journey.

and here is the manifesto I created on my retreat. most of it still rings true except for creating every day and the health-obsessed bit πŸ˜€

The past 4 years have been a marathon self-development therapy session, I tell you.

I’ve learned so much about myself and am so proud of the accomplishments I’ve made so far.

I’ve been reflecting on some of the things I’ve learned and wanted to share them with you today ✨

First thing that’s come up is this:

You don’t have to be the best artist. But you need to be fiercely, unapologetically,Β you.

I used to feel insecure about my art. I even felt a little cringy calling myself an artist. I’m mostly self-taught, and my technical skills aren’t that advanced. I thought it was cute and child-like but not “real” art.

I thought art should be more, shall I say, deep? whatever that means…πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

When I saw the work of other successful artists I admire, I’d think “oh, I wish my art looked more like that. It is so _______ (sophisticated, elegant, cool, hip etc. <- things that my art is not)”

Over the last several years, I’ve slowly learned that you don’t have to be the most technically advanced artist to be successful, but it needs to have your distinct voice.

I’ve gotten to internalize this as I started selling more at shows and markets last year and kept witnessing my customers’ happy reactions in person.

People’s face light up as they walk by my booth. I can see them mouthing to their friend “cuuute.” I hear “awwwwww” and “so adorable” every 5 minutes.

It’s reinforced to me that yes, cutenss is valuable, and it makes people extremely happy.

And it’s ok if that’s the only thing my art offers.

I may be oversimplifying it, but you get what I’m saying? I mean people pay a lot of money for therapy, drugs, and experiences to be happy, no? πŸ˜€

Sometimes I make something and say to myself “wait, is this too cute? Should I tone it down?”

like when I made this adorable baby card…😍

Fortunately, I can snap out of the silliness of the situation pretty quickly now. The answer is, OF COURSE NOT.

It turns out so many people love cute things. I know you do! Tone it down?? I’d be doing a disservice to you and humanity.

I want to give you what you came here for. Adorable, happy art that makes you smile.

The more joy I express through my work, the happier I get doing what I do.

And that brings more joy to you, and that gives me the fuel to keep going, and it’s a never-ending love fest ❀️

You may have been in my community since well before I quit my job 4 years ago. Or you may have just found me last week.

I still feel like a baby in my biz journey and without you, there is no Honeyberry Studios, so yeah, you’re awesome. Just wanted to make sure you knew that.

Ok, I had more reflections I wanted to share today, but this is getting a bit too long πŸ˜€ so I’ll parse it out later.

Have a cuteness filled day!

xo

ps. my mom is coming to visit me next week πŸ₯° and we’re going to Yellowstone πŸŒ²πŸ¦Œβ›°πŸ our first time!! If you need anything from my shop, come to Fremont Sunday Market today 10-4, or place your order online before Monday and I’ll ship them out before we head out!