Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy 2014

I feel like my patience have been tested since last year, particularly in November. Everything just seemed a lot harder to handle and it felt like a chain of bad luck just keeps following me. But, I am a fighter and I always try to push forward and I work very hard, everyday, to get myself in a better place. So, starting my first post of 2014 in a bad note with someone stealing my personal artwork wasn't exactly how I wanted to share with my readers but it is something that needed to be put out there. Stuff like this happens, sadly, and there are people out there who have the audacity to do so. It's sad, really. I mean, it made me sad. All of my artwork that I sell online and personal ones, all of them are very special to me and most of them have some sort of meanings to me. It truly broke my heart knowing that someone out there is taking advantage of it. I feel like I want to open up, publicly about how I truly feel about this. The particular artwork that this person had stolen and sold and claimed it as her own was a tribute artwork that I did for my mother when my mother passed away a few years ago. I never even thought about selling it or even using it for anything at all. As a matter of fact, it is still in my sketchbook. So, just imagined how I felt when I found out that someone had taken advantage of that. It sucked. At the end the day, I'm hoping that I don't have to deal with this whole thing anymore. I never want to give anyone a bad wish, not even to my worst enemy, but I hope that she gets what deserves for stealing something that mean so much to me and other talents too. I'm hoping that 2014 have better things in store for me. Life is a full circle, you know. When you're up, you're eventually have to go down and so on.

Some friends have asked me if I've done my 2014 Resolutions. Honestly, I haven't and probably won't have one this year. I just feel like I could never keep up with mine because they're either too ambitious or I'm just too lazy. But, I am turning 30 in 15 days and I'm hopeful for a lot of things for this year because I feel like this is my fresh new chapter. The one where I can write new adventures. So, yeah.. There are a lot of things that I want to work on this year. I want more awesome memories with my love ones. I want to be a better person each and everyday. I want more family time. I want to be healthier. I want to be even more patient than I was in my twenties. I want to start doing charity work to give back to my community. I want Hello Sleepywhale to grow and to keep on growing. This is my third year pursuing Hello Sleepywhale in full swing and I couldn't be any more prouder to see how far I have come. I started my studio in a very small bedroom and later on got moved into a tiny teeny pantry and now I have a real space where I can do my work. I started with just a few greeting cards and one pillow cover on my etsy shop and now I'm selling stuff all over Chicago, people are recognizing and are supporting Hello Sleepywhale. In september 2013, I started doing wedding invitations in full swing. Something that I have always wanted to pursue for a long time and they're keep coming. I was given that opportunity and I'm so thankful for it. It's intense, considering I do everything on my own but it's so so so rewarding. I even got my artwork stolen. It sucked but also quite flattering, but not in a good way at all. I just want 2014 to be a year of success and achievements because 2013 was a year of learning and growing for me. I'm excited for a lot things that possibly could happen this year. I'm just hoping for the best. I also would love to find love for me to keep. I have been disappointed and hurt in my twenties. I feel like my thrities are going to be wiser and smarter and hopefully luckier in love :P I'm a hopeless romantic and I think that's why I love and I want to do wedding invitation because when I see the couples and hear their love stories, I believe in them. And taking a huge part of someone's most important day of their lives is just simply flattering and rewarding in so many ways. So, there are my hopes for 2014.

On a happy note. I wanted to share pretty things for you to see :) My friend, Ricki had asked me to do custom hand painted pillow covers for his niece and nephew for their Holiday gifts and it turned out really pretty. I love it when my friends come to me and asked me to do stuff like this. I'm honored because it showed that they trust me and they love my work and they're supporting me. It's like the biggest complimentary there is. So, here are some pictures. Happy 2014, everyone! I hope this year will bring lot's of happiness and success to you and your loved ones. And me :) xo.

Click on picture to see them upclose.


  1. I really hope 2014 is going to be a great year for you!
    And those pillows you made are really pretty!! Too bad I don't have talented friends like you that I can ask for things like this :D

    Best wishes,

  2. Put A Bird On It sent me here! I love these pillows, they are gorgeous! :)

  3. I absolutely adore your pillows, so lovely! Put A Bird On It sent me : )