Monthly Archives: November 2019

My studio tour 👀

I got a studio outside of my home in mid-September 🥳

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).


Do you want a little tour?

Well, come on in 🥰

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 🙌🏼

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!


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 😑 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 🦄

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 💕

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 🤷🏻‍♀️

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 last🙌🏼

(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, 🦄


Just love ❤️

My laptop is being repaired this week (hello mercury retrograde 💔) 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.




That’s right, friend!

First run of my is officially SOLD OUT ✨🙏🏼

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 😅 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 🤷🏻‍♀️

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 🥰


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.