Sanae is creating books, sewing projects, illustrations and habits for well-being
15
patrons
$153
per month

Hello and welcome to my Patreon page! My name is Sanae and just in case you're curious, it's pronounced "sun-eye".

I like to wonder and to experiment. Wondering and experimenting have led me to delightful adventures in book publishing, illustration, sewing (mostly clothes for myself and my daughter -- I made the dress I'm wearing in the photo above), and anything and everything that promotes my well-being. I'm completely open to trying anything and I'm convinced that this openness has been the ticket to incredible opportunities.



In 2015, I started a membership that I called "Furoku". It was hacked together with the limited technical skills I possessed and basically, I sent out a single email every month. Here's the gist of what I wrote about it on the sign-up page:

What is the Furoku Membership? I consider it an evolution process, just like you and me. The original story of why I started is here, but as I'd hoped, it's been continually shifting and transforming organically and I'm confident that one day it will burst forth from its cocoon like a brilliant Morpho butterfly.

Furoku is a Japanese word that means "bonus gift" and I swiped the concept from the monthly Japanese comic books I used to read as a kid. Every month I would tear off the cellophane wrapper to get to the little extra gifts that came in the form of stationery, pencils, mini comics, style guides, etc. I devoured those ginormous comic books but, oh, the surprise furoku was what made the whole experience worthwhile.

Since 2012 and over the course of several years, I went from a very ill, six-figure-earning corporate workaholic to a healthy, five-figure-earning published author/illustrator infinitely happier with my life. My days are far from perfect, but I've come a long, long way since 2012. I've determined that I'm at my best when I'm using my hands and brain to create things I find lovely and meaningful. I have a deep-rooted belief that I can make a go -- aka some sort of living -- at doing the things I love, namely: writing, illustrating, sewing, taking the occasional photo and connecting with people.

I've made a tremendous number of lifestyle changes to get from point A to B -- some are rooted in common sense, some are odd and ridiculous, and some are possibly radical and counterintuitive. I've shared some of these lifestyle modifications on my blog and in my second book, SEWING HAPPINESS, but there's a plethora more that I've never gone into and would love to share in greater detail.

The changes I've made and habits I've incorporated have improved everything in my life and I get a kick out of trying things out and detailing what goes on behind-the-scenes. What worked for me may not necessarily work for you, of course, but I'm a good learner and observer and have long suspected that I might have the proclivity to help nudge others to identify their own unique strengths by documenting my own explorations. This experiment is my way of testing that theory.

So what does this have to do with Patreon?
The Furoku membership in its original, patched together method was actually an invaluable testing ground, I realized. It was a terrifying first step for me to ask for financial support. With nerves a-jitter and left eye throbbing (I'd developed a stress sty), I reached out without a clue as to what I was doing and before I knew it, dozens of people signed up. Every month, I sent a newsletter of sorts, pouring my heart into it. The membership grew. Members told me they looked forward to it every month, that it gave them the chutzpah to try things they previously felt afraid to do. So I kept going and I kept trying to create a website with a forum for more interactivity, but I just didn't have the technical know-how for that interactivity piece. On so many counts, the Furoku membership was a success that grew slowly and organically. However, the clunky way I set it up made administration and sign-ups so laborious that I closed sign-ups after a while. People still contacted me wanting to join so I needed to find a solution. I finally recognized that Furoku was, in essence, a really limited version of Patreon. For over three years, I was trying to create what Patreon had already established in a far more efficient way with all the bells and whistles, to boot. I want to do so much more for the members, so I'm excited to see how this transition and evolution will unfold. 


What happens when you become a patron?
Not only will you be contributing to my efforts to create content and materials fueled by optimism and perseverance and an earnest desire to bring more loveliness to the world in my own quirky way, you'll also find a community of amazing and kind-hearted folks.

My current main job -- aside from being a mom -- is making books which takes quite a lot of my mind power and resources and time (and as you can imagine, the income is totally unpredictable). I've written and illustrated four books that have been published through Sasquatch Books/Penguin Random House so far (as shown above) and I'm working on two more sewing books at the moment, to be released in 2020 and 2021. However, I also LOVE working on personal projects, which are soul-nourishing on a whole different level and I consider this Patreon experiment to be a part of that.

As a recovering workaholic, I'm very mindful of burnout so I thought long and hard about the offerings through this membership. I want this to be a fruitful and enjoyable experience for everyone involved so let's start with what I've listed below and adjust as needed:

1. For the $1 tier, you will receive my everlasting love and appreciation. Plus, I'm able to run my blog and keep it ad-free AND I will deliver the posts via Patreon. I plan to continue blogging until the day I die because I love it so, but alas, it costs moolah and requires a lot of time to maintain this tiny operation. You might also get the occasional cat photo. I've become a bonafide cat lady since we adopted a kitten the summer of 2018. There's also a good chance that you'll get bloopers and outtakes from blog posts.

2. For the $7 tier, I will be continuing the Furoku in a monthly newsletter format in which I:

- Regale you with entertaining or informative essays (I hope) about my many, many failures and lessons learned. I've sussed out that next to learning from my own foibles, I glean the most from reading about other people's errors, and for stories about endless mistakes, I'm your gal.

- Update you with the nitty gritty, behind the scenes info about my various projects including book publishing and proposal development. My six book deals (2 just freshly acquired as of 2018!) may not give me quite the clout that this man has, who cited the survey that revealed 81% of Americans want to write a book. Still, I have a unique perspective and it will be in real-time. Note: the NY Times article linked above is rather negative, and I hold the firm belief that if you feel like you have a book in you, by all means, you are meant to write it.

- Possibly include a digital download of some sort, usually an illustration by me or a sewing pattern PDF.

- Business and financial information. That sounds way more official than it is. Trust me, I'm flying by the seat of my pants here. I've been lucky enough to develop multiple income streams and am VERY open and upfront about how much I earn through this whole creative business venture I've thrust myself into, and folks seem intrigued to read about the royalty statements and inner workings of the publishing/crafting world.

+ all of the above

3. For the $15 tier, I'm trying something new: a monthly video. I have to warn you that it will be intensely low budget and quite unprofessional, at least in the beginning. I have no video editing skills as of yet. The sky's the limit when it comes to topics. It could be the Furoku in video form or perhaps some tips and tricks on watercolor painting or sewing. Possibly sewing pattern reviews and live chats. It could be a monthly Q & A. Or perhaps some embarrassing behind-the-scenes peek of me attempting some new craft or trying to create "cozy minimalism" in what I used to secretly call my "townhouse of shame" (not so much lately, I'm working on loving it as it is and I seem to be succeeding). I also plan on showing you my valiant strides towards de-stashing my fabrics, art supplies, books and teas. I have a serious stash problem. The videos will be raw and real. Oh yeah, baby. But totally family-friendly.

+ all of the above.


Some examples of clothes I've made...

You may be wondering, "What kind of person becomes a patron?"
I live by the maxim, "you get what you put out into the world." Which means that here you will find a trust-filled and friendly arena for discovery and creative outlets for everyone involved.

Since I launched the Furoku membership in March of 2015, people from around the globe have signed up and it's become a small yet mighty force of goodness. This is what I've discovered about the members:
- They are kind
- They are patient
- They are warm and encouraging
- They are interested in becoming better versions of themselves, to pursue creative expression on their own terms
- They are funny and smart
- They love to read
- They are generous and willing to part with hard-earned cash every month

I have no doubt that this will be true of Patreon folks.

Plus you can change the tiers or cancel at any time, easy-peasy!

Curious to see if it's for you? I hope you'll sign up! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Lastly, this is my cat, Katara. I love her like crazy - almost as much as I love my husband and daughter.


Tiers
KANSHA
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Kansha means "Thanks" or "Gratitude" in Japanese :-)


  • You will receive my everlasting love and appreciation because every bit helps in enabling me to work on my books and run my blog (and keep it ad-free). 
  • I will deliver blog posts via Patreon. While I work on my books, I plan on updating the blog once or twice a month.
  • You might also get the occasional photo of my very cute cat.
  • There's also a decent chance that you'll get bloopers and outtakes from blog posts.

     
FUROKU
$7 or more per month 7 patrons
Furoku means "Bonus Gift" in Japanese :-)


 A monthly newsletter type of thing in which I:
 

  • Regale you with entertaining or informative essays (I hope) about my many, many failures and lessons learned. I've sussed out that next to learning from my own foibles, I glean the most from reading about other people's errors, and for stories about endless mistakes, I'm your gal.
  • Update you with the nitty gritty, behind the scenes info about my various projects including book publishing and proposal development. My six book deals (2 just freshly acquired as of 2018!) may not give me quite the clout that this man has, who cited the survey that revealed 81% of Americans want to write a book. Still, I have a unique perspective and it will be in real-time. Note: the NY Times article linked above is rather negative, and I hold the firm belief that if you feel like you have a book in you, by all means, you are meant to write it.
  • Possibly include a digital download of some sort, usually an illustration or a sewing pattern PDF by me.
  • Provide business and financial information. That sounds way more official than it is. Trust me, I'm flying by the seat of my pants here. I've been lucky enough to develop multiple income streams and am VERY open and upfront about how much I earn through this whole creative business venture I've thrust myself into, and folks seem intrigued to read about the royalty statements and inner workings of the publishing/crafting world.


+ all of the above.

 

WABI-SABI
$15 or more per month 8 patrons
Wabi-sabi means finding the beauty in imperfections and appreciating the transience of life in Japanese :-)


  • An experimental monthly video or live chat. Lots of behind-the-scenes, trying new things, taking risks, reviewing stuff I have (and I have lots of stuff including art supplies, sewing patterns/fabrics, books, skincare -- the possibilities are endless, really). The quality will be VERY wabi-sabi aka imperfect.
  • Members of 6 months or more will receive a signed copy of any one of my books and a surprise bag o' goodness. International shipping is totally okay.



+ all of the above.

Goals
$153 of $2,000 per month
Hmmm...I’m not sure where to start, but $2000 per month seems like a good number, no? Slightly ambitious but seemingly achievable. My husband and I had an agreement many years ago to see if I could make over $20,000 a year doing all the things I love. It sounded so impossible at the time and we didn't think it through in any way, but I like that goal. THANK YOU!!
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Hello and welcome to my Patreon page! My name is Sanae and just in case you're curious, it's pronounced "sun-eye".

I like to wonder and to experiment. Wondering and experimenting have led me to delightful adventures in book publishing, illustration, sewing (mostly clothes for myself and my daughter -- I made the dress I'm wearing in the photo above), and anything and everything that promotes my well-being. I'm completely open to trying anything and I'm convinced that this openness has been the ticket to incredible opportunities.



In 2015, I started a membership that I called "Furoku". It was hacked together with the limited technical skills I possessed and basically, I sent out a single email every month. Here's the gist of what I wrote about it on the sign-up page:

What is the Furoku Membership? I consider it an evolution process, just like you and me. The original story of why I started is here, but as I'd hoped, it's been continually shifting and transforming organically and I'm confident that one day it will burst forth from its cocoon like a brilliant Morpho butterfly.

Furoku is a Japanese word that means "bonus gift" and I swiped the concept from the monthly Japanese comic books I used to read as a kid. Every month I would tear off the cellophane wrapper to get to the little extra gifts that came in the form of stationery, pencils, mini comics, style guides, etc. I devoured those ginormous comic books but, oh, the surprise furoku was what made the whole experience worthwhile.

Since 2012 and over the course of several years, I went from a very ill, six-figure-earning corporate workaholic to a healthy, five-figure-earning published author/illustrator infinitely happier with my life. My days are far from perfect, but I've come a long, long way since 2012. I've determined that I'm at my best when I'm using my hands and brain to create things I find lovely and meaningful. I have a deep-rooted belief that I can make a go -- aka some sort of living -- at doing the things I love, namely: writing, illustrating, sewing, taking the occasional photo and connecting with people.

I've made a tremendous number of lifestyle changes to get from point A to B -- some are rooted in common sense, some are odd and ridiculous, and some are possibly radical and counterintuitive. I've shared some of these lifestyle modifications on my blog and in my second book, SEWING HAPPINESS, but there's a plethora more that I've never gone into and would love to share in greater detail.

The changes I've made and habits I've incorporated have improved everything in my life and I get a kick out of trying things out and detailing what goes on behind-the-scenes. What worked for me may not necessarily work for you, of course, but I'm a good learner and observer and have long suspected that I might have the proclivity to help nudge others to identify their own unique strengths by documenting my own explorations. This experiment is my way of testing that theory.

So what does this have to do with Patreon?
The Furoku membership in its original, patched together method was actually an invaluable testing ground, I realized. It was a terrifying first step for me to ask for financial support. With nerves a-jitter and left eye throbbing (I'd developed a stress sty), I reached out without a clue as to what I was doing and before I knew it, dozens of people signed up. Every month, I sent a newsletter of sorts, pouring my heart into it. The membership grew. Members told me they looked forward to it every month, that it gave them the chutzpah to try things they previously felt afraid to do. So I kept going and I kept trying to create a website with a forum for more interactivity, but I just didn't have the technical know-how for that interactivity piece. On so many counts, the Furoku membership was a success that grew slowly and organically. However, the clunky way I set it up made administration and sign-ups so laborious that I closed sign-ups after a while. People still contacted me wanting to join so I needed to find a solution. I finally recognized that Furoku was, in essence, a really limited version of Patreon. For over three years, I was trying to create what Patreon had already established in a far more efficient way with all the bells and whistles, to boot. I want to do so much more for the members, so I'm excited to see how this transition and evolution will unfold. 


What happens when you become a patron?
Not only will you be contributing to my efforts to create content and materials fueled by optimism and perseverance and an earnest desire to bring more loveliness to the world in my own quirky way, you'll also find a community of amazing and kind-hearted folks.

My current main job -- aside from being a mom -- is making books which takes quite a lot of my mind power and resources and time (and as you can imagine, the income is totally unpredictable). I've written and illustrated four books that have been published through Sasquatch Books/Penguin Random House so far (as shown above) and I'm working on two more sewing books at the moment, to be released in 2020 and 2021. However, I also LOVE working on personal projects, which are soul-nourishing on a whole different level and I consider this Patreon experiment to be a part of that.

As a recovering workaholic, I'm very mindful of burnout so I thought long and hard about the offerings through this membership. I want this to be a fruitful and enjoyable experience for everyone involved so let's start with what I've listed below and adjust as needed:

1. For the $1 tier, you will receive my everlasting love and appreciation. Plus, I'm able to run my blog and keep it ad-free AND I will deliver the posts via Patreon. I plan to continue blogging until the day I die because I love it so, but alas, it costs moolah and requires a lot of time to maintain this tiny operation. You might also get the occasional cat photo. I've become a bonafide cat lady since we adopted a kitten the summer of 2018. There's also a good chance that you'll get bloopers and outtakes from blog posts.

2. For the $7 tier, I will be continuing the Furoku in a monthly newsletter format in which I:

- Regale you with entertaining or informative essays (I hope) about my many, many failures and lessons learned. I've sussed out that next to learning from my own foibles, I glean the most from reading about other people's errors, and for stories about endless mistakes, I'm your gal.

- Update you with the nitty gritty, behind the scenes info about my various projects including book publishing and proposal development. My six book deals (2 just freshly acquired as of 2018!) may not give me quite the clout that this man has, who cited the survey that revealed 81% of Americans want to write a book. Still, I have a unique perspective and it will be in real-time. Note: the NY Times article linked above is rather negative, and I hold the firm belief that if you feel like you have a book in you, by all means, you are meant to write it.

- Possibly include a digital download of some sort, usually an illustration by me or a sewing pattern PDF.

- Business and financial information. That sounds way more official than it is. Trust me, I'm flying by the seat of my pants here. I've been lucky enough to develop multiple income streams and am VERY open and upfront about how much I earn through this whole creative business venture I've thrust myself into, and folks seem intrigued to read about the royalty statements and inner workings of the publishing/crafting world.

+ all of the above

3. For the $15 tier, I'm trying something new: a monthly video. I have to warn you that it will be intensely low budget and quite unprofessional, at least in the beginning. I have no video editing skills as of yet. The sky's the limit when it comes to topics. It could be the Furoku in video form or perhaps some tips and tricks on watercolor painting or sewing. Possibly sewing pattern reviews and live chats. It could be a monthly Q & A. Or perhaps some embarrassing behind-the-scenes peek of me attempting some new craft or trying to create "cozy minimalism" in what I used to secretly call my "townhouse of shame" (not so much lately, I'm working on loving it as it is and I seem to be succeeding). I also plan on showing you my valiant strides towards de-stashing my fabrics, art supplies, books and teas. I have a serious stash problem. The videos will be raw and real. Oh yeah, baby. But totally family-friendly.

+ all of the above.


Some examples of clothes I've made...

You may be wondering, "What kind of person becomes a patron?"
I live by the maxim, "you get what you put out into the world." Which means that here you will find a trust-filled and friendly arena for discovery and creative outlets for everyone involved.

Since I launched the Furoku membership in March of 2015, people from around the globe have signed up and it's become a small yet mighty force of goodness. This is what I've discovered about the members:
- They are kind
- They are patient
- They are warm and encouraging
- They are interested in becoming better versions of themselves, to pursue creative expression on their own terms
- They are funny and smart
- They love to read
- They are generous and willing to part with hard-earned cash every month

I have no doubt that this will be true of Patreon folks.

Plus you can change the tiers or cancel at any time, easy-peasy!

Curious to see if it's for you? I hope you'll sign up! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Lastly, this is my cat, Katara. I love her like crazy - almost as much as I love my husband and daughter.


Recent posts by Sanae

Tiers
KANSHA
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Kansha means "Thanks" or "Gratitude" in Japanese :-)


  • You will receive my everlasting love and appreciation because every bit helps in enabling me to work on my books and run my blog (and keep it ad-free). 
  • I will deliver blog posts via Patreon. While I work on my books, I plan on updating the blog once or twice a month.
  • You might also get the occasional photo of my very cute cat.
  • There's also a decent chance that you'll get bloopers and outtakes from blog posts.

     
FUROKU
$7 or more per month 7 patrons
Furoku means "Bonus Gift" in Japanese :-)


 A monthly newsletter type of thing in which I:
 

  • Regale you with entertaining or informative essays (I hope) about my many, many failures and lessons learned. I've sussed out that next to learning from my own foibles, I glean the most from reading about other people's errors, and for stories about endless mistakes, I'm your gal.
  • Update you with the nitty gritty, behind the scenes info about my various projects including book publishing and proposal development. My six book deals (2 just freshly acquired as of 2018!) may not give me quite the clout that this man has, who cited the survey that revealed 81% of Americans want to write a book. Still, I have a unique perspective and it will be in real-time. Note: the NY Times article linked above is rather negative, and I hold the firm belief that if you feel like you have a book in you, by all means, you are meant to write it.
  • Possibly include a digital download of some sort, usually an illustration or a sewing pattern PDF by me.
  • Provide business and financial information. That sounds way more official than it is. Trust me, I'm flying by the seat of my pants here. I've been lucky enough to develop multiple income streams and am VERY open and upfront about how much I earn through this whole creative business venture I've thrust myself into, and folks seem intrigued to read about the royalty statements and inner workings of the publishing/crafting world.


+ all of the above.

 

WABI-SABI
$15 or more per month 8 patrons
Wabi-sabi means finding the beauty in imperfections and appreciating the transience of life in Japanese :-)


  • An experimental monthly video or live chat. Lots of behind-the-scenes, trying new things, taking risks, reviewing stuff I have (and I have lots of stuff including art supplies, sewing patterns/fabrics, books, skincare -- the possibilities are endless, really). The quality will be VERY wabi-sabi aka imperfect.
  • Members of 6 months or more will receive a signed copy of any one of my books and a surprise bag o' goodness. International shipping is totally okay.



+ all of the above.