Hello Holidays!

Thank YOU to everyone who came to Wintry Market to say hello, shared your smiles, laughter, and personal stories; to all the artists I've gotten to know; I am beyond grateful to be a part of this amazing community.

I'll be at the upcoming Hip Holiday Market at the Flying M Coffeehouse in Nampa, on Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Also, mark your calendars for the first annual Boise's first Merry Makers Market, a pop-up shop formed and run by 16 local artists! Shop all-month long in a pressure-free shopping environment while supporting local artists. Open Dec. 2 -23, more details right here

Handmade for the holidays

Think of Merry Makers Market as the perfect marriage of a holiday art show and a retail store. Open for the month of December only, you'll find a curated selection of locally handmade items--like you would at a holiday art show--open for regular store hours and continuing throughout the month. Get ready for a brand new way to shop handmade for the holidays, Boise! We can't wait to show you what we've been up to!

What makes Merry Makers Market special?

  • 100% of each sale goes to the artist
  • Curated, organized, and run by the artists involved
  • All local, all handmade
  • Open for the month of December

Come and say hello!

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Learning and teaching

One of the amazing things I love about my calligraphy journey is being able to teach what I know through small group workshops. By the way, I'm letting you know that I am NO WAY an expert and am still learning as I go, but what I do know, I am so grateful for these opportunities.

If you asked me a year ago, I would have never thought of teaching calligraphy, but I knew I wanted to somehow inspire others the way I felt when I took my first class! From my very first workshop, it has been both scary and rewarding to go out of my comfort zone and do this.

I must admit, whenever I'm teaching, it feels like I'm among friends, laughing, sharing conversations, and where we're all learning together. I am so honored to teach this beautiful art, especially when they let me know how this has inspired them, like it has done for me, every single time.

My calligraphy journey and etsy!

After months (closer to a year) of deliberating and procrastinating, I finally set up an Etsy shop for my calligraphy work! My love of calligraphy started about a year ago after taking a class at a local boutique. It wasn't until months after that class, I picked up my pens and really committed to practicing regularly. My many attempts sitting down with pen and paper, left me frustrated and critical of my abilities. But deep down, I wasn't willing to give up. I would find myself looking forward to some quiet time with just me, my thoughts, my pens and paper, especially being in front of a computer most of the day. This was my way of reconnecting with myself. Now I look forward to it almost every day, even if it's a few minutes and I learn something new each time.

My calligraphy journey has allowed me to meet so many amazing people and I'm grateful for all the teachers, artists, calligraphers, and customers, who constantly inspire me, keep me going, and allow me to share my love of calligraphy with others.

Vinoyasa at Indian Creek Winery

Yesterday I spent a beautiful afternoon filled with yoga and wine at Indian Creek Winery. Liz Capper, yoga instructor and owner of Body Calm Studio in Meridian Idaho, led an hour long yoga flow class in the serene gardens at Indian Creek Winery. This was my first time experiencing yoga outdoors and it was truly magical; surrounded by a beautiful landscape filled with lush trees, manicured lawns, and bright, blooming flowers.

Although I was only photographing the event, I felt connected with the positive and calm energy of the class.

The delicious glass of wine after class was just the icing on the cake, as I strolled the lush gardens and chatted with Mama Mui Stowe about some of her beautiful flowers.

Thank you, Liz of Body Calm Studio, Tammy and Mama Mui Stowe of Indian Creek Winery, for allowing me to experience and capture this magical afternoon.