Your holiday self-care reminder

Winter holiday season is by far the busiest for me.

I’ve been non-stop with holiday shows (including two back-to-back out-of-town shows) and order fulfillment for the last month, I’m feeling pretty run down 😡

I’ll be on my mini sabbatical this week and am gonna try to prioritize self-care as much as I can.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to take care of yourself this busy holiday season, know that you have my permission 😘

xo

My studio tour πŸ‘€

I got a studio outside of my home in mid-September πŸ₯³

Dave and I have lived in a small (well, American small, anyway) two bedroom apartment forever, and that’s where I did my work before.

He also works from home, although his work would often take him out of town.

But his work situation changed over the summer, and now he’s home all. the. time.

When he came home from his last long work trip this summer, I panicked I’d lose my quiet alone time forever 😱

(Remember, I’m severly introverted.)

So I looked up website – they’re a non-profit that supports and promotes artists and art development in SE Seattle.

Lo and behold, they had a vacancy, so I toured the space and put in an application the next day.

A few days later, I had the keys in my hand!

And just like that, I had a space to do my work alone and without the possibility of interruption (<- this is the key).

Hooray!

Do you want a little tour?

Well, come on in πŸ₯°

adorable pic by my friend Cat Snapp Studio

I didn’t want to spend whole a lot of money decorating the space – this was somewhat of an unplanned expense for me – so I kept it pretty minimal and furnished it with mostly Goodwill and Ikea furniture.

found this red chair at Goodwill for $15 πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

It’s only 115sq ft but… It’s my space and I love it!

I had a fantasy about decorating the space with lots of arts and cute things once I saved up for it, but as I started working here, I fell in love with the blankness of it all.

my work space

I find that less clutter in the room = less clutter in my mind.

I’m so used to the clutter at home so this was a pleasant surprise ✨

tea station! probably the most favorite part of my studio 😌

I try to be here three days a week. I wish I could be here more often but I also have lots to do at home (like packaging and shipping) and shows on weekends, so that’s all I can manage right now.

plants are still alive!

It’s really cool to be able to say “I work out of a studio in Hillman City.” when customers ask me where my studio is 😎

I know it kinda happened on a whim, but I do want to celebrate this milestone for my art business ✨ so thank you for letting me share it with you!

xo

ps. SEEDArts Studios host an open studio in the new year, so I’ll let you know when it’s scheduled.

Tickled pink??

When I was a little girl in Japan, my mom never dressed me in pink.

Granted red is considered the traditional “girl color” in Japan, my mom disliked pink and would refuse to buy anything pink for me.

What’s even worse (in my little girl mind), my parents were practical and frugal, so they often dressed me in my older brother’s hand-me-downs. Which were mostly navy blue and brown πŸ˜‘ Not acceptable.

Side note, my dad also spray painted my brother’s old bicycle weird lavender color for me. I wanted PINK. I was a disgruntle little girl for that…

At age 4, I craved everything pink and girlie with all of my heart. I was hard-wired for it. The color pink was magical and dreamy and so sweet πŸ¦„

I remember this one time when my grandma, who was not anti-pink, took me shopping, she bought me a pair of shiny pink shoes. It had sort of a plastic-y, marshmallowy texture to it, with cute little puffy embellishments all over. I loved them so so much πŸ’•

Now that I’m an adult, I can wear/buy anything in any colors I want. Funny thing is I don’t really gravitate towards pink or girlie things like I used to πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

But, I do like to create art with pink in them. It brings warmth and softness to the designs.

For the past few years, I’d create winter holiday cards in non-traditional color palette. Like these ones in pink-ish tones.

I liked them because they are sweet and a bit different.

And I thought some of you may be looking for something different, too.

But I was wrong 😒

I’d always have a ton of leftover pink cards at the end of the holiday season, and now on my “lessons learned list”, I’ve got “don’t make any more pink holiday cards.”

I’m sure people liked them enough but there just wasn’t enough demand to justify manufacturing them any more.

So no more pink holiday cards from here on… but I have a good news for you!

I’m offering in my online shop. It’s 25 cards and envelopes for $25 while supplies lastπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

(That is $125 value, my friend 🐦)

NOTE: It will be an assortment of three designs that you see above (Peace on Earth, Season’s Greetings, and Wishing You Peace and Joy). I have significantly more Peace on Earth cards in stock, so know that you’ll get more of that design in your mix. As the inventory dwindles, you may get a pack that’s made up with only Peace on Earth cards. Oh and I can’t customize the quantity of each designs in your pack!

If you want non-traditional holiday greeting cards, πŸ¦„

xo

Just love ❀️

My laptop is being repaired this week (hello mercury retrograde πŸ’”) and writing on my iPad is as painful as you think, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

I’m so grateful to have you in my life.

You give so much to others through your kindness, creativity, and generosity.

You lift up those around you and spread joy when things feel hard.

Thanks for being an awesome human. I ❀️ you.

xo

 

SOLD OUT πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

That’s right, friend!

First run of my is officially SOLD OUT βœ¨πŸ™πŸΌ

Thank you for your support!!!

When I created the calendar, I knew I’d made something awesome, but I didn’t quite expect this much demand πŸ˜… Oops.

And, if you’ve purchased it and LOVE it, please keep your reviews coming! They warm my heart so much…😭

(Go to and scroll down to “Write a review” section and tell me how much you love it!)

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to print more calendars πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I thought, it would be a nice clean end. I made calendars. They’re all gone. The end.

Now I can move on and focus on promoting other holiday things. I wouldn’t have to deal with pesky inventory issues. What if I have a bunch of leftovers after the holiday season?

While it would’ve been an easier option for me to say “no more”, I also knew I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t restock them.

I mean, listen to this.

Really. Seriously. YOU are the BEST.

So, good news, I’ve ordered more calendars and they’re back-order now!

I’ll bring them to while supplies last, and your back-ordered calendars will ship on November 15th.

Enjoy πŸ₯°

xo

ps. Hot tip: 15% off promo code is good through today, Sunday, November 3rd. Subscribe to my VIP email list and grab your code now! It’s in your welcome email.

Help me out?

I’m back from my mini sabbatical week.

Sadly, I caught a tiny cold last weekend 🀧 so I’ve been taking it easy this week.

Even though getting sick is a bummer, I have something that’s keeping me pretty happy…

That’s your positive comments and reviews on my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish Calendar!

Here is a happy message I got on Facebook:

This one on Instagram:

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(Just a little context πŸ‘†πŸΌ- she shared an image of the calendar on her Insta Story, and I accidentally responded with a sad face emoji πŸ˜’πŸ˜†)

And these thoughtful reviews on my website, of course…

😭

My Love Language is words of affirmation, so I soak up all the love from your kind words. THANK YOU πŸ™πŸΌ You made my day.

If you’ve gotten your calendars and love them, will you take a minute to leave a positive review?

Your review not only makes me extremely happy 😜 it lets other customers know that my products are legit.

All you need to do is go to the product page on my website, scroll down to find the “Write a review” πŸ‘‡πŸΌ button and tell me why you love your calendar/what you’re going to do with it.

It doesn’t need to be an epic novel, either – just imagine you’re texting me to say you love the calendar. That’ll doπŸ˜‰

(Of course if you were not happy with anything you purchased from me – write me first and let me take care of you, ok?)

Are you a procrastinator?? Well, let me get you in on a behind the scenes realness.

I have 30 calendars left right now.

That’s not very many… πŸ™„

If you haven’t treated yourself lately, make it “treat-yo-self” day today!

You’re allowed ❀️

xo

ps. Subscribe to my email and get an exclusive promo code! Offer is good through Sun. 11/3.

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