Cuddle Kokeshi: The Story

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I have a niece who is on her way to becoming a professional illustrator when she grows up. She’s only 12 but she’s been obsessed with drawing since she was much younger and her parents are very supportive. When she went to stay a week with my mom last summer and she met one of my favorite artists and family friend, Janis Loverin, my niece asked how she could get to be as good. Janis told her, “draw 300 pictures.”

I absolutely love that answer and understand the meaning behind it when I look at my Cuddle Kokeshi. When I work on new concepts, I actually repeat that phrase to myself.

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The Other Sasa


(The other) Sasa, in Hong Kong

(The other) Sasa, in Hong Kong

When I began my venture of picking a business name, I originally wanted to go with “Sasa”. It held meaning to me. When choosing a name for my business, I wanted to research and see what names were already trademarked. The last thing I wanted was having to possibly change the name down the road or -worse- if someone already had legal rights to it and decided to come after me.

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Taking the leap!

Hello digital universe!

I finally did it. After months and many levels of indecisiveness about which blogging platform to go with, I made a commitment. It wasn’t easy. I thought and overthought this decision. Should I go with a free site that’s not included with a selling platform? How does this price compare to that price, over there? I get more storage with this one but I can customize the heck out of that one! Pros and cons to everything. Continue reading