Just wanted to pop in quickly to let you know about 3 cool things:
#1 New Stuff
Check out the new goodies available on Etsy, starting with some holiday offerings:
A 2014 calendar featuring some of my favorite shots from the last couple years. Available as an instant download.
#2 BIG Win!
My Aloha card was just featured in the Honolulu Magazine this month. Waaay awesome to be featured along with other great local stationery designers. (Sorry if you already saw this 20 times on facebook. I figured it should be here on the blog too.)
which leads me to…
#3 A SALE!
Take 20% off the entire shop through Friday 12/13 using coupon code HONOLULU.
We’ve lived in this house for six months and there is SO MUCH I want to get done that I’ve been paralyzed with overwhelm. This weekend I sat myself down and said “Ihi, just pick one thing and DO IT.”
I picked art.
One of the reasons I’ve been holding off is because I couldn’t figure out how I wanted our furniture to be arranged. Even this morning I rearranged stuff, but I think I got it just the way I want, so art can FINALLY go up.
We have ONE piece currently occupying our walls (not counting a couple of wedding pics I threw up in the bedroom that I want to rearrange). It’s an awesome piece, done by a friend of ours for our anniversary and it means a lot to both Keola and I, but it’s lonely up there on the wall, all by itself. I’m dying to fill our walls with things that scream “us,” things that hold meaning and memories, things that encourage and comfort. So this month I’m making it a goal to get some art up on these walls. I’ll be DIYing most of it since my budget for this is tiny, but I’m determined to make it work, and have a home that’s a little bit more “homey” to welcome the New Year.
The thing I’m most grateful for this year kind of goes without saying, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said. This year is Leo’s year for sure since I spent most of it being pregnant with her, and while I’m grateful for a smooth pregnancy and a quick L&D, I’m mostly grateful for the opportunity she gave our family. Yeah we get to be mom and dad again, (oh gosh it’s so true that you make all your mistakes on the first), but Noweo, she gets to be a sister. Just typing those words makes me grin because they’re at the beginning of what will hopefully be life-long friendship (with the occasional cat fight). I totally lucked out with an awesome sister, so I know what they have to look forward too. Watching their relationship unfold as a mother brings a new level of “wow this is awesome” to parenthood, along with a new level of “wow this is hard.” Not only do you get to watch a baby develop all over again (fun!) but you get to watch two little people figure each other out (hilarious AND fun). Leo makes us more of a family, and more family is always a good thing.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s spent in gratitude with the people you love most.
We live in a plastic, blinking, noisy, battery operated world, and while I have some appreciation for those things, I really think there’s something special about simple, natural, hand-crafted toys that will last forever. That being said I’m SO excited about what we got for Leolani this Christmas. I’m also excited that I actually ordered it before December. I’m usually one of those crazy people shopping on Christmas Eve but this year I want to do my part to allow retail employees to stay home on Christmas Eve, AND support small businesses.
I’ve also been totally enamored with Montessori inspired toys. I think they’re so beautiful and completely in line with my clean and simple aesthetic. I’ve done some reading on the philosophy and teaching style and while that appeals to me as well I haven’t gotten myself organized enough to really do it. Despite my reluctance to start, I’m often browsing Montessori toys on Etsy. Quality Montessori is one shop I always end up looking through, and I decided to take the opportunity that Christmas brings to pick something up for Leo, and while it was difficult to choose, I decided on the Montessori Baby Toy Gift Set.
It arrived a few days ago, and I was probably more excited about it than Leo will be. I thought I would wait till Christmas to open it, but I couldn’t resist and tore open the box as soon as it arrived. It is just as lovely in person as it was in the listing photo. Smooth, small and light weight but still sturdy. I won’t give it to her till Christmas (silly, I know) and I can’t wait to see her little fingers wrap around them! By then she should be reaching for objects in front of her and it’ll be so fun to watch her play with her first Montessori toys. I’m pretty addicted now to this sort of quality toy and will be buying more!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how much I loved writing here…before I took everything off this blog and started over. I miss talking about real life as it happened, enjoying the beauty of even the seemingly mundane moments. I’ve started other blogs and stopped them. I’m writing here but after a little while I feel like my heart is still at SoPupuka (ok now I sound like the stupid ex-boyfriend). If there’s anything I’m learning from all this it’s not to act too hastily, so that blog will stay but I will be back to blogging here more frequently.
I actually don’t regret giving this blog a clean slate because it got REALLY messy with all the platform changes I was doing. I feel like I’ve grown up a bit as a blogger and know who I am and what I want to share here, so I can be more focused on great images and writing focused more on my ongoing efforts to live simply.
I love this space. I’m so glad for a fresh start.
I did a little sprucing up of the Etsy shop, and it’s now re-opened and stocked. Head over and take look!
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been tinkering with SoPupuka for a while now. This blog and this site may look brand new, but SoPupuka’s been in existence for a couple years. Over this summer I was feeling like all the work I had put into it wasn’t worth it, and that I should let it go and move on. Just after making this decision, Jill from Sugarcane Shop in Kaimuki contacted me through Instagram asking if she could carry my products in her store. I thought I might as well unload some cards and maybe I’ll make a little cash from it. Well, it turns out some cards were pretty popular, and that was enough to encourage me to start fresh. So here I am, pouring my heart out into this little business venture. I guess I’m not finished yet!
This time I’m doing things a bit differently: I’m now working on selling through a small handful of local shops throughout the Islands as well as on Etsy.
Here we go again!