Tag Archives: Greeting Cards

Hanging in there?

Hi friend,

Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Dave and I are staying home as much as we can, and thankfully we’re healthy so far.

For that, I’m most grateful.

You know what else I’m grateful for??

Your are causing me major gratitude overload!! I’ve been enjoying packaging up each and every order for you.

Seriously, you’re the BEST.

Keep them coming because your 15% off code “SPRING15” is still good.

(and you can use it more than once!)

As I said last week, I’m trying to offer more video contents because it makes me feel closer to you.

I’ve been feeling isolated as I practice social distancing – not only are my shows being cancelled, my pottery class, gym, and get-togethers with friends are cancelled as well ๐Ÿ˜”

(Not to mention my solo vacay to Sedona. Yup I cancelled it. Sad, but necessary ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

Yes, it is a temporary measure. And perhaps the best thing we can do right now to give ourselves a fighting chance.

So I’ve been recording short messages as I pack up your orders in the morning and sharing them on .

, I talk about why I share my story on the back of each card๐Ÿ‘€

At shows and markets, I’m able to chat more easily with my customers and share my story, but I don’t always get to, or you wouldn’t necessarily share that with the person you’re writing to.

So I’m putting it right there – whoever receives your lovely note will know that you’ve carefully selected a card that was created by a real person with real hopes and dreamsโœจ

You wouldn’t get that from mass-produced greeting cards from a drug store… Just sayin.

And here is

I share with you what my customers have been ordering, and which ones are my favorite!

It lifts me up to know that you’re actively reaching out to your loved ones in this time of uncertainty.

And being part of your love mail gives me so much joy โค๏ธ

When I’m feeling anxious and off-centered, it helps to do something. Especially, helping others shifts focus off of my own problems and worries.

So… I’ve started “60 Brighter Days” email series!! Sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already, and you’ll receive a happy, encouraging email from me every day for 60 days.

Ok, friend, stay strong. We’ll get through this together.

Sending you love,

xo

Thinking of You Week is coming!

Thinking of You Weekย is September 23 – 29 this year ๐Ÿ’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 feelsย 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 ๐Ÿค—

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

I still keep all of the notes he sent me. They’re such treasures โค๏ธ

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 oneย particular person and what I appreciate about them.

And they, of course, enjoyed getting a surprise note from me ๐Ÿฅฐ

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 ย your 7 cards ๐Ÿ˜ฝ

Snail mails rock ๐ŸŒ

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!

๐ŸŽ‰ New collection is here! ๐ŸŽ‰

I did it ๐Ÿ˜ญ

My new collection is online NOW.

Enjoy 5 new cards, 2 prints, 4 stickers, and one magnet!

And remember, you always get free shipping with an order of $35 or more (U.S. only).

I LOVE every single thing in my new collection, and I hope they’ll bring you joy today.

Happy Sunday, and Happy Pride!

xo

ps. in case you missed the link, you can shop my new collection online here.

All things that remind me of spring ๐ŸŒธ

It’s finally warming up a bit in Seattle.

Truth be told, I’m not a biggest fan of summer ๐Ÿ˜ฌย Mostly because our apartment heats up so much that this homebody gets pretty miserable staying indoors. I’m sticky and tired by late afternoon.

But spring.

Especially late spring when you don’t need a down jacket any more but you’re not sweating profusely walking around in the sun.

65Fยฐ, lightly cloudy, gentle breezeโ€ฆ That’s heaven for me.

You know, if I were a vegetable, I would be a lettuce. Not a tomato or cucumber. Just plant me in a cool shaded area. I’ll get bitter and go to seed as soon as the temperature goes above 75Fยฐ.

I often browse my website just to enjoy the cheerful artworkย and daydream for a few minutes (that’s not weird, is it? ๐Ÿ˜).

These are some of my cards that reaffirm my love of spring!

May the spring be always in your heart ๐ŸŒธ

xo

 

Spring & Summer Collection is HERE ๐ŸŽ‰

It’s finally happened.

My 2019 Spring & Summer collection is here!! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅ•

I’ve got 11 new card designs, 3 archival giclee prints, one sticker, and a wrapping paper for you!

If you’re into colorful and adorable art (which I assume you are if you’re receiving this email ๐Ÿ˜‰) now is your chance to infuse your life with even more cuteness.

And you always get FREE US SHIPPING for orders of $35 or more, so if your new year’s resolution includes sending more cards to your loved ones, stock up on them today!

Thanks for supporting my work, my friend ๐Ÿ˜˜

I’m so grateful.

xo

ps. If you prefer to shop in-person, come see me at shows and markets! (Caution ๐Ÿšจ we’re expecting a heavy snowfall again for the next week, and it may affect the show schedule – If the weather is iffy in the future, do check my calendar before you head out. Be safe out there!)

pps. In case you missed the link, you can shop my entire new collection here.

Cat mom, piggies & pet sympathy ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŒˆ

I hope you enjoyed the new collection sneak preview last week!

(If you missed it, you can check it out here.)

I’ve been putting in many hours to make this collection really awesome and am super excited to share a few more designs with you ๐Ÿคฉ

This.

We’re cat-less at the moment but I think this is what our cats would send me if they were still aroundโ€ฆ I’m a sucker for cute cuddly creatures. Even if they require you to scoop their poop every day ๐Ÿ˜€

(and why do they always have to ๐Ÿ’ฉ right after you clean the litter box???)

(I believe this is the first time I used aโ˜๏ธpoop emoji in my newsletter ๐Ÿ˜น)

I already have dog dad and cat dad cards in my shop, so I’m excited to add a cat mom card this year!

(dog mom, please be patientโ€ฆ next year.)

Meet the Little Piggies! ๐Ÿท

This design was born out of a doodle I made in my iPad on the couch one night.

I was just doodling to relax and unwind – I had no intention of making a product. BUT I kept looking at it and couldn’t stop smiling ๐Ÿ˜€

You create awesome stuff when you’re relaxed and just playing, no?

Little Piggies will also be available as archival giclee print.

And a wrapping paper.

You can get it in myย Spoonflower fabric shop a little later, too. Oink!

Oh man, and this beauty has a special place in my heart ๐Ÿ’™

I’ve been meaning to create a pet sympathy card for a couple of years.

If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know it hurts so bad.

Animals you connect with – your relationship can be so healing and nurturing. They just look at you like you’re the coolest thing even if you’re feeling crappy about yourself.

I was going to incorporate a pet sympathy message in the design at first, but I came to love the design without it. This way, you can send the card as a pet sympathy or simply enjoy the art.

I named it All Things are Connected.

It’s a belief that keeps me humble and grateful to be part of the earth. I know my time here is just a tiny microscopic blip in the long history of the planet, and it puts me into perspective.

The apple trees in the art represent the orchard in eastern Washington where the ashes of our departed kitties lie. I smile and cry to imagine them snoozing under an apple tree and being friends with all the other pets that have left us.

It’ll be coming to the shop as a print, too.

My new collection will launch late January/early February ๐ŸŒˆ and I’ll be sharingย more previews to get you excited in the coming weeks.

Talk soon,

xo

Join me in the “Thinking of You Week” challenge! ๐Ÿ’Œ

Last week, my mom sent me a picture of a postcard that was sent to me from my high school Japanese literature teacher.

Mr. Eto was a really cool teacher – he was my homeroom teacher for two years and was also in charge of the drama club I was a part of.

(And as you can tell, a very skilled block print maker.)

He was funny and always treated us like we were responsible, intelligent people. He was one of the most influential adults I had in my teenage years.

On the back of the card, he wrote to say he retired last year and that they’ve got 6 grandkids now.

I felt so touched that I was still on his “thinking of you” list after 22 years.

I used to send him New Year’s greeting cards when I first moved here but can’t remember when the last time I wrote him wasโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜ข

So it was a perfect timing when I received this message from Thinking of You Week via Instagram:

“We’re working with The Greeting Card Association to promote Thinking of You Week, an international movement that encourages everyone to send a card every day for one week. We’d love it if you could help spread the message by asking your followers to send a card a day from September 24-30.”

I get requests to promote things to my followers occasionally and only follow through when the cause resonates with me and I believe it benefits you, too.

For someone who creates and sells greeting cards for a living, I don’t send out hand-written note enough!!!

When I got the postcard from Mr. Eto, I knew I wanted to send him a card and tell him what’s been going on in my life.

I wanted to tell him that I got married to a sweet loving man, I quit my job 3 years ago, and now I’m a full-time artist.

I know he’d be delighted to hear from me and would be so proud of my accomplishments ๐Ÿ’•

The invitation to promote this challenge inspired me to join in the movement, too.

I’ll be sending a greeting card to my friends (including Mr. Eto) every day between September 24 and 30!

I already thought of a few more people I want to say hello to via a card and am getting super excited to figure out which cards to send them ๐Ÿ˜

Do you want to tell someone that they’re on your “thinking of you” list??

I’d love it if you join me in this challenge!!

Thinking of You Week has been promoting giveaways on their Instagram, and I’ve created a special “Mystery 7 Cards for $7” pack in my Etsy shop to make it easier for you to participate ๐Ÿ˜˜

Go check them out!

I’d love to hear from you if you decide to do the challenge. Leave a comment and let me know.

Happy writing, my friend!

xo

p.s. in case you missed the links, you can check out the giveaways on Thinking of You Instagram here and the special mystery pack in my shop here.

Congratulate your grads with style and heart ๐ŸŽ“โค๏ธ

Hi there friend,

Is it just me or does the time go by waaaaay faster as you get older??

With a wholesale event coming up in July, I’ve been working hard on my fall/winter collection.

Having a deadline really helps me focus and be more productive.

And, prioritizing art making has been good for my soul, too โœจ

Sigh.

I’ll share some sneak previews in the coming weeks! I think you’re gonna like what’s coming for ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

But let’s get back to what’s important right this minuteโ€ฆ

May is almost over, and that means graduation season is upon us.

Do you have special people in your life who are graduating this year? Do you need cards and gifts to celebrate their accomplishments?

I’ve hand picked some graduation gift options for you that will make your grads feel proud and be ready to tackle their next adventures ๐Ÿ’ช

First up, don’t forget to send them a congratulations card!

{ 1. Sail On, Happy Graduation card | 2. Cats High Five card | 3. Pink Poppies Congrats card }

These art prints will send an encouraging message to your special grad, too (not to mention an awesome wall decor!)

{ 1. Sail On giclee art print (8″x10″) | 2. You Are Exactly Where You Are Supposed to Be giclee art print (8″x10″) }

Life changes are exciting but can be scary, too.

Let them know they’re good enough even if they may be feeling anxious or unsure about their next steps.

{ You Are Enough vinyl sticker }

And, who wouldn’t love a good list??

Help them get organized as they adjust to a new phase in their life.


{ 1.Eat a Rainbow Market List | 2. Succulents To-Do List | 3. Rooster Friends Notepad }

Last but not least, if your grads are moving away from either Seattle, Spokane, or Tacoma, gift them the city art print so they can take a piece of their home wherever they go.

{ 1.I โค Seattle giclee art print | 2. Vintage Seattle Chicken Garden giclee art print | 3. Hello Spokane giclee art print | 4. Tacoma giclee art print }

I hope you’ll find the perfect gift for your special graduates!

xo

p.s. You just wanna browse my shop? Go here!

p.p.s. And don’t forget my Honeyberry Studios 2 pop up shop if you’re looking for deals. Supplies are limited.

Affordable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th, which is only 2 weeks from today.

Haven’t gotten your mom a card/gift yet?

No worries, let me show you what thoughtful and affordable gifts I’ve got for you in my shop!

{ 1. Pink Bouquet Mother’s Day Card | 2. I know Mother’s Day is Hard for You Empathy Card | 3. Blue Lilac Mother’s Day Card | 4. Mom, you rock! Chicks & Hen Mother’s Day Card | 5. Vintage Flower Vases Mother’s Day Card }

First of all, even if you (or your mom) aren’t super into gifts, you gotta send her a card!

It’s just so much better than text or email. There is something very special about opening a physical envelope and seeing your handwriting on the card โค And, you can display it and enjoy it every day.

And, in case you missed it in the first picture, I want to highlight something new this year – Mother’s Day Empathy card.

I know Mother’s Day can be really hard for many people.

Maybe your mom has passed away. Maybe you don’t get to see your kids on Mother’s Day. Maybe you’ve chosen not to have a relationship with your mom.

If that’s you, please know I’m sending you lots of love!!

And if you know someone who could use a little support around this time of the year, send them an empathy card.

{ 1. You Are Enough Succulent Sticker | 2. Succulent To-Do List Notepad | 3. Rooster Friends Notepad | 4. Be Gentle With Yourself Art Print (8″x10″) | 5. Green Leaf Kraft Notebook }

For moms who are into colorful and practical paper goods, I have some adorable stationery gifts that will make her smile.

(Hint: it’s totally OK to forward this share this post with your loved ones if they need suggestions for what to get you for Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Do you like what you see? Browse my shop for more inspirations โœจ

Oh, and if you’re a procrastinator like me, just know that the order cut-off date for Mother’s Day delivery in the U.S. is Sunday, May 6th.

Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend!

xo

p.s. If you’re a local and would like to pick out your gifts in person, come visit me at Tacoma is for Lovers Artists Craft Fair on Saturday, May 5th.

New winter holiday greeting cards coming soon!

I’m back from Japan!

Even though I hate saying good bye to my family and friends ๐Ÿ˜ฆ it’s nice to get back to my life and normal routines here in Seattle.

(I’ll share some of our favorite moments from our trip next week, so stay tuned for that ;))

The winter holiday season is fast approaching, and I’ve created several new holiday greeting cards for you!

Coming to my shop on November 1st.

Are you known for delicious holiday cookies? Decorating cookies on paper was much easier than decorating them in reality ๐Ÿ˜€

Holiday season can be busy and overwhelming. I wanna take a walk in this quiet, winter forest. How about you?

And let’s not forget all the fun presents! I kinda wish I had all these wrapping papers ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m excited to present to you a new Hanukkah card this year! At one of the shows, someone told me this was the most beautiful Hanukkah card she’d ever seen. Aw โค

And, last but not least, 2018 is the Year of the Dog! Look at these adorable dogs in sweaters. I want to hug them all โค

These adorable cards will be available in my Etsy shop on November 1st.

Hope you love them ๐Ÿ™‚

xo