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Featured Seller: Morning Calm

Jul 29, 2011

by MorningCalm

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Hwasoon Kim. I live in Daegu, South Korea. Luckily, I was born and raised in the countryside where the high mountains meet the deep blue ocean. I lived there for the first 18 years of my life and it helped form my foundation in life. Although now I live in a big city with my boyfriend, I still love to pursue the simple life and silence.

Morning Calm is one part of my dream, one part of my handmade life. I always wanted to have a skill that would allow me to make something beautiful and useful from the materials around me. Asian herbs, organic tea leaves, clays, and charcoal. These are the things with me now. I’d love to share them with you.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Yoga and meditation give me good energy in my life. I have a huge, curious heart for the relationship between the body and the mind. Recently, I have been reading more books about it.

I start the day before the sun rises. I wake up and think about the day ahead and figure out what needs to be done. Sometimes, I bake bread for my boyfriend, or go to the mountain and walk through the woods, or I make cosmetics for my friends and family. Oh, I can’t forget to mention that I take care of the little plants in our apartment. Though it is small, when I water my plants I imagine my future garden with rich soils and a beautiful, light breeze.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Become Who You Are. One of Alan Watts‘s books is called Become What You Are. My title comes from that book. When I read the book in English, I couldn’t fully enjoy it. But it stuck with me, especially the title.

Though I’m still young, I can see my life as a journey to become who I am. I’ve changed a lot over the past ten years in searching for who I am and what I really want. I’m still figuring it out.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I love making things that I use in my everyday life. The big inspiration comes from a simple and basic need. The smaller ones, the details, come from the beautiful moments I encounter in my everyday life: an artist’s work, the sunlight shining through my window early in the morning, a quiet moment with some delicate traditional Asian tea. There are times when I feel inspired more clearly, usually after a yoga and meditation session, or a fast. Those moments give me a chance to be more honest with myself.

What does handmade mean to you?
An ability to build a self-sustainable life. It can sound a bit serious, I know, but I think it is actually a very humble attitude to have for life. I make what I need with what I have.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My mom. She is such a strong woman. Though she didn’t introduce me to certain types of art, she showed me how to live with nature. Whenever spring comes, my mom goes to the mountains to collect all kinds of wild and medical herbs. With them, she cooks food, makes her own beverages, and some of her own medicines. She works as a social worker and grows various vegetables with my father. She wakes up before sunrise, takes care of her greens, cooks for her family and lives life with her hands. I am definitely her daughter.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I feel a bit shy saying this, but know I was born as a maker. Since I was a kid I loved doing things with my hands and body (cooking, sewing, drawing, singing, dancing, and running), but the older I got the more I was told to focus on my studies, to use words and books. It may sound strange, but it is quite common in Korea. I enjoyed it, but it never felt like “it.”

At university (I majored in philosophy and education), I felt exhausted using logic and theories to show my thoughts. When I realized that it was not suitable for me, I was confused for a long time. I dreamed of building my own handmade world often, but I did not know how to get it. So, I started to travel to refresh my life. While traveling, I started using colors and drawings to express my feelings and I started moving my body to release my trapped emotions. In my late 20s I embraced myself as an artist. Now I am happy to use my hands, using colors and scents to create something beautiful.

How would you describe your creative process?
There are dozens of dried herbs and interesting powders throughout my home. One day, when I get the feeling “Oh, I’d love to try this herb,” the process begins. Once I have the specific herb, I try to figure out which oils would fit that herb. For this part I use my left brain a lot. While creating the right formula, I analyze different kinds of fatty acids, calculate the hardness of the soap bar, and figure out what kind of lather it will make. Then I switch to the other side of my brain to get the proper scent and pattern. I sketch possible patterns here and there in my notebooks or whatever scraps of paper I can get my hands on, but I always choose a simple pattern that creates a relaxing mood. I think the pattern of the soap is secondary to the ingredients. I try to make the herb the star of the soap. The color comes naturally from the ingredients. So I don’t add any artificial colorants or synthetic fragrances, which can overpower the genuine nature of the ingredients.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
There are too many to count. But if I had to chose one, it would be Agnes Martin. I can still remember the sense of awe I felt when I first saw her work. Even though it was through a computer monitor, the beautiful harmony of colors and calming lines she drew touched my heart. When I found a photograph of her bedroom, I was incredibly thrilled. So simple and humble.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A brown bear doll. We met five years ago, before I started traveling. Because I decided to travel alone, I was a bit nervous at that time. While preparing my travel kit, I accidently found him in a doll shop! The doll is really comforting, and has a beautiful, mild smile and a soft body. Since we met, we have traveled across several continents and through many countries together. He is still near me, watching me make soaps. It always soothes my nerves when I hold him.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I simply stay away from my work. I just try to do other things, but always remember that I am a soap maker and that I want to make beautiful, mild soap bars. If I feel trapped, or blank, I know it is a sign for a break.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I am in a home that I made with my future husband. Many trees grow around us. Not in the deep mountains, but not too far away from a city. Maybe there is a lake nearby. I grow vegetables and herbs in a small garden in the yard. I practice yoga professionally. With my spare time, I bake bread and make soap. I share what I make and grow with the people around me. While I work, my partner is reading and writing books in his own library. Sometimes our friends will come to our place. I will certainly serve some beautiful, homemade brownies for them.

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288 comments

  • melaniepaulson

    melaniepaulson said 6 years ago

    "Become who you are." I love that, thank you so much for sharing your story. You're an absolute inspiration!

  • pillowfactory

    pillowfactory said 6 years ago

    what a beautiful shop and maker! i also have a little friend that keeps me company while i make.. best wishes.

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 6 years ago

    what lovely words. you are who you are already. thanks for sharing your calm with us. there was a soft smile on my face as i read your story. good luck!

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings said 6 years ago

    What a lovely shop! :)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Ah, the simple life and silence.. me too! ..and your lip balms look like candy, beautiful!

  • BubbleSphere

    BubbleSphere said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congratulations!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop, woman and story! Thank you for sharing :-)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop!!! Congrats on the FS =)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    What a lovely, hypnotizing vision for life in ten years. I would love to be your friend in that version of the future (and not just for the brownies!).

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    Great shop, love the interview and Congratulations as the newest Featured Artist!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    What a lovely interview and a magically setting. Thanks so much for sharing with us and congratulations on being the Featured Seller!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    i love your shop! the photos are so clean and chic...looks like a boutique :)

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 6 years ago

    I like the fact that you have great soap products but have also branched out a bit. What a nice touch.

  • SarahDee03

    SarahDee03 said 6 years ago

    You are such an inspiration to me Hwasoon. You live the life I hope to live and you are truly such a lovely person. And I had to add for all readers that Hwasoons soaps are amazing. I use the ginseng soap and it is moisturizing and lovely =) <3 Sarah

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 6 years ago

    I like your ten year vision. :) Congrats on the feature!!

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    PamelasDesertRocks said 6 years ago

    Hwasoon, I love what you said about being told to focus on your studies and books. We live in a time that values that right now more than handmade art and I am so happy to hear that you followed your calling as a maker of things with your hands. Congratulations on this feature!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    My gosh! Such serenity, and focus~ I love that you are embracing the parts of yourself that are so natural, and using your talents this way. Inspiring! Amazing-looking products too. Awesome interview! Heidi

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop and feature!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great story. Congrats on the feature!

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 6 years ago

    Wonderful feature, congrats!

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    Hwasooonnnn!!! Congratulation on this! Love your shop and love this featured! Congratulation once again I'm so happy for you! dita

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    lovely! congratulation hwasoon! i'm sooo happy for you!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    really classy looking. very natural. congrats

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    congrats on the feature!! beautiful :)

  • Rosabellebyvasu

    Rosabellebyvasu said 6 years ago

    So beautiful, ur words and ur creative process are very inspiring, I loved this interview. And i love the way you describe the whole art and work which goes in to making these wonderful soaps, but for an artist, they are the joys of life.

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    I am totally a morning person so I naturally love the name of your shop! Thanks for the article and congrats!

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    Absolutely Wonderful interview!! Best of Luck to you!! :)

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus said 6 years ago

    This is lovely to read and a lovely shop, too! EtsyLove from, Jamie & John

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured Hwasoon! Good luck with your endeavor. g.

  • Glamour365

    Glamour365 said 6 years ago

    A lovely feature!

  • TheMacsX

    TheMacsX said 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful piece - energising calming and inspirational at the same time - wishing you all the best. Catherine @ The MacsX xoxo

  • earlums

    earlums said 6 years ago

    Great story! Good luck and congrats on your feature!

  • KatieFoster

    KatieFoster said 6 years ago

    You are so inspiring; I love your outlook, and how much you treasure simplicity!

  • LandofCharacter

    LandofCharacter said 6 years ago

    One of the best interview I've read! I am so proud of you!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview!! Congrats on being featured Hwasoon!

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 said 6 years ago

    Love the sentiment of finding oneself. PS the charcoal soap looks divine!

  • marketflink

    marketflink said 6 years ago

    So beautiful. What a wonderful interview.

  • virginiaclara

    virginiaclara said 6 years ago

    Can I please have that dress you're wearing?! Very inspirational interview. And a beautiful shop, of course!

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 6 years ago

    Sweet story! Congrats on beng a Featured Seller.

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 6 years ago

    Hwasoon is so sweet, I have ordered her soap and it is wonderful! great feature!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 6 years ago

    A beautifully honest interview andI really enjoyed browsing through your shop's refreshing items! Congratulations on the feature!

  • VenusFashionServices

    VenusFashionServices said 6 years ago

    Beautiful tidy lovely work... You are an inspiration with your lifestyle... I wish you all the best with your Etsyshop =)

  • VenusFashionServices

    VenusFashionServices said 6 years ago

    Bravo!!!

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat said 6 years ago

    Thanks for such a beautiful story! Congrats.

  • JKphotography

    JKphotography said 6 years ago

    Just marvelous to see you as a featured seller! Congrats!

  • DavisMain

    DavisMain said 6 years ago

    Such a gorgeous shop and beautiful story. Thank you for sharing and congrats on being featured!

  • economico

    economico said 6 years ago

    Your products look so refreshing!!!

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 6 years ago

    Yay! Congrats. Great interview and BEAUTIFUL soaps and other goodies. Love your shop.

  • oddlyeven

    oddlyeven said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured seller. You products do loook refreshing!!!

  • wwbc

    wwbc said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Hope all your dreams come true!

  • marlenevergara

    marlenevergara said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring..thank you for sharing and congratulations!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    Hwasoon . your soap is beautiful to see and your story was very inspiring .. so happy to have you as featured seller

  • marlenevergara

    marlenevergara said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring...Thank you for sharing your story and Congratulations!

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 6 years ago

    Love the simplicity

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 6 years ago

    Love the.black soap Congrats on the feature.... Great shop

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop, congratulations!

  • CATSIKNOW

    CATSIKNOW said 6 years ago

    very, vey inspiring interview.... congratulations!

  • Moyalazyfactory

    Moyalazyfactory said 6 years ago

    I hope all your dreams come true! 화순씨가 행복해지길 기원합니다. 어머님 이야기 감동적이예요.

  • WatchWithDaDa

    WatchWithDaDa said 6 years ago

    Wow, very inspiring. Your soap looks delicious.

  • iswasandwillbe

    iswasandwillbe said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop; lovely interview!

  • biophiliadesigns

    biophiliadesigns said 6 years ago

    sublime! thank you!

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 6 years ago

    Your story really touched my heart, Hwasoon. I loved how you told you story about being trapped inside other people's expectations. I feel refreshed and renewed already from you! Beautiful, simple, pure and living comes to mind! Thank you for being YOU!

  • WTHealthyBeauty

    WTHealthyBeauty said 6 years ago

    Very lovely interview, I truly enjoyed reading this. Congratulations!

  • YUNG

    YUNG said 6 years ago

    You are an absolutely beautiful person. I enjoyed reading how down to Earth you are. *And I'm kind of a sucker for supporting other Asian artists ;p Much success and happiness to you! y.ung

  • coolstuffforsale

    coolstuffforsale said 6 years ago

    What a lovely seller! I love her story and her 10 years from now plan

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    Nice to see an international soap maker! The soaps have the most fascinating use of Asian herbals.

  • luluslittleshop

    luluslittleshop said 6 years ago

    Congrats on becoming an Etsy featured seller, I've always admired your beautiful shop!

  • karuski

    karuski said 6 years ago

    Beautiful feature. I love her soaps, too.

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Great story!

  • KhushiOrganics

    KhushiOrganics said 6 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed your feature. Thank you

  • CabinCastle

    CabinCastle said 6 years ago

    beautiful story.

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I love that you are able to take walks in the mountains in the morning and use materials you find around you to make things :)

  • flightpathdesigns

    flightpathdesigns said 6 years ago

    lovely interview-enjoy your feature!

  • OhSudz

    OhSudz said 6 years ago

    Reading this made me go on a journey, that I loved going on. So talented. Thank you.

  • Modrn

    Modrn said 6 years ago

    I loved reading your feature! Such an inspiration!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    Thank you for lovely story! All the best to you!

  • LichenStudio

    LichenStudio said 6 years ago

    What a lovely, gentle, kindred spirit! I am so happy to hear your story, and learn of your success. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful products! Congrats!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    How lovely, wise, and centered you are! Congratulations on your success, and may your life continue to be beautiful.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 6 years ago

    I loved reading about your thought processes when you create. Congrats on the feature!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    what a beautiful and peaceful heart...this artist has enjoyed her thought process on life and work.

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Congratulations!!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 6 years ago

    OOOOOOOHHHHHH WOWWWWWWWWW!!! BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS. I BET YOU STUFF SMELLS GREAT TOO!!! WOULD LOVE TO TRY SOME OUT.

  • jamied1030

    jamied1030 said 6 years ago

    you are an inspiration! i loved reading your interview!

  • milkthiefvintage

    milkthiefvintage said 6 years ago

    great interview! i love all your products ! :D

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi said 6 years ago

    great story, thank you for sharing! your work so delicious!!! all the best for you!

  • malkatasoapworks

    malkatasoapworks said 6 years ago

    What a lovely feature! I love your process and your soap is wonderful. Congratulations and all the best to you!

  • kaiulani

    kaiulani said 6 years ago

    So lovely and inspiring. Congrats!! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Your products are so beautiful! Sounds lime you've learnt so much from your mother, congratulations on the feature!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 6 years ago

    You are a fairy! I discovered your shop much earlier and fallen in love. Congratulations on the feature, it's well deserved! xx

  • lepiedleger

    lepiedleger said 6 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing your vision of life. i really enjoyed reading your interview, i identify with your vision, even thought i am on the other side of the planet! :-)

  • nurturebody

    nurturebody said 6 years ago

    Such a wonderful interview!

  • Caradonnaphotography

    Caradonnaphotography said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Hwasoon! Such a wonderful story and so inspirational! Wishing you the very best!

  • PapaLovesMambo

    PapaLovesMambo said 6 years ago

    Oh, that's my dream in 10 years, too! Perfect shop name. Going to favorite you right now!

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful and inspiring interview. Had a smile on my face while reading - made me feel calm and peaceful too :-) Congrats on the Featured Seller and best wishes to the future

  • Qminime

    Qminime said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Congratulations!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love this!

  • shopfancyfree

    shopfancyfree said 6 years ago

    congrats hwasoon! you make beautiful soaps (:

  • jacknjilldesigns

    jacknjilldesigns said 6 years ago

    Great feature! Love your shop!

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber said 6 years ago

    Lovely! I have enjoyed your shop and your work; your spirit shines through! All the best to you.

  • ALittleDot

    ALittleDot said 6 years ago

    Lovely article. Love your shop for quite a while ^_^

  • lisahenrysdatter

    lisahenrysdatter said 6 years ago

    How peaceful and calm I feel reading your story. Thank you.

  • CandlewickCreations

    CandlewickCreations said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 said 6 years ago

    What a gentle soul you are. You are very inspiring, you are doing all the soul enriching things in your life that I have been talking about wanting to do. You are so blessed to have found this all out at a young age. Keep letting your beautiful light shine....:)

  • thelucidline

    thelucidline said 6 years ago

    beautiful

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous seller and shop............ beautiful read about your travels and inspirations. Best Wishes X

  • pasinwedding

    pasinwedding said 6 years ago

    Great story! Good luck and congrats on your feature!

  • mypatchesstudio

    mypatchesstudio said 6 years ago

    congrats ! I have always loved to live the way i want with my dreams just like you!

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 6 years ago

    what a pure, beautiful soul ...

  • foragervintage

    foragervintage said 6 years ago

    this is the best, most beautifully written Featured Seller interview I've seen yet. Congratulations! I hope you get where you want to be and enjoy your journey.

  • artsyEVE

    artsyEVE said 6 years ago

    Your gentle nature comes through in your story. I enjoyed reading about you and your love of nature. Best wishes.

  • leelooandoreo

    leelooandoreo said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop.

  • AfternoonOfCarnival

    AfternoonOfCarnival said 6 years ago

    :D Congratulations!!!!! And it is so beautiful article. 메인에 있는거 보고 깜짝!!! 놀랐어요. 진심으로 축하드려요!!! 늘 한번사고 싶었는데.. :)

  • lalamarino631

    lalamarino631 said 6 years ago

    Inspiration is all around us...sometimes we have to slow down to stop and look.so many simple things get taken for granted...congratulations and thank you for sharing your beautiful soul...

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 6 years ago

    Lovely feature... Congrats and enjoy...

  • hennyseashell

    hennyseashell said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful journey :) Such an inspiration. Love your beautiful soaps :)

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 6 years ago

    Wow, you have such gorgeous products! I love your shop!!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Great interview and your soaps look lovely

  • treatsoap

    treatsoap said 6 years ago

    I loved reading this.

  • sherryific

    sherryific said 6 years ago

    Sooo tempted to buy bar soaps now! :)

  • josephinesabbey

    josephinesabbey said 6 years ago

    I loved your sharing that how you were impact by nature! I loved your shop and those beautiful soaps!! Amazing works!

  • PernillasSS

    PernillasSS said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I Love your shop, it looks amazing!!

  • aRebelInTheLotus

    aRebelInTheLotus said 6 years ago

    Lovely, that is all I can say..... lovely

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful interview! Your soaps look amazingj! Congrats on your feature!

  • annyschoo

    annyschoo said 6 years ago

    love the story and love the asian herb soap. Very nice!

  • JanetsUniqueGifts

    JanetsUniqueGifts said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop Fabulous items :) and Congratz on being featured !

  • perkswife

    perkswife said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful future you will have. I enjoyed reading about your life, very inspiring!

  • artistinthearctic

    artistinthearctic said 6 years ago

    Pure delight. I'm inspired by your choices and how you're living life. Continued peace and abundance to you!

  • DreamCake

    DreamCake said 6 years ago

    I loved your entire story! Very cute shop items too. Congrats on your feature and thank you for sharing :D

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 6 years ago

    I am so excited to see you as featured seller--and your interview is fresh and beautiful, like your work!

  • MaisonPaulette

    MaisonPaulette said 6 years ago

    Hwasoon, thank you for making such wonderful products! I love your soaps every day. Your shop is a beauty, the presentation is very unique and creative, it's reflecting you in such a lovely way.

  • GetOutOfTheBox

    GetOutOfTheBox said 6 years ago

    love your story...very inspiring......

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Looks dee-lish!

  • shammito

    shammito said 6 years ago

    very inspiring story..I can totally relate.. :)

  • ClosetGothic

    ClosetGothic said 6 years ago

    A truly lovely read. Thank you.

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer said 6 years ago

    What a gorgeous shop!!!! Delicate and lovely items...really enjoyed reading a feature on someone outside of the US!!! Thanks and congrats on the feature!

  • 2SmartCats

    2SmartCats said 6 years ago

    what beautiful products and a beautiful dream. Best wishes!

  • StarryNightStudios99

    StarryNightStudios99 said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop and lovely person I wish her great success and I will definitely be trying her soaps!

  • BrinkleysSoaps

    BrinkleysSoaps said 6 years ago

    What an inspiration!

  • milkfly

    milkfly said 6 years ago

    Beautifully written!

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 6 years ago

    congrats!

  • aubepine

    aubepine said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop and wonderful interview! Congrats!

  • charstreasures

    charstreasures said 6 years ago

    Lovely story and your soaps look fantastic, wishing you every success - I have already placed my order:-))

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 6 years ago

    ....morning calm....I agree! Your soaps look wonderful. Good luck with your shop!

  • FollowLeLapinBlanc

    FollowLeLapinBlanc said 6 years ago

    I'm so happy MorningCalm was given the opportunity for an interview; I can't think of another artist whom I've bought from who was as courteous and caring of her customers than Miss Kim! I ordered just a single bar a while ago (looking back I ought to have ordered much, much more!) and everything from her packaging to the product itself was lovely. Everything was hand-written, from the letter she included thanking me for the purchase to the list of ingredients in the soap. Right after I purchased through Etsy, she messaged me to thank me. Congratulations, and thanks for creating such beautiful and useful works of art!!! ;)

  • lilybird33

    lilybird33 said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Very inspiring!!!

  • studio2355

    studio2355 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I connect with you in so many ways. I am doing what I was born to do,. working with my hands creating something all the time.

  • AbundantHaven

    AbundantHaven said 6 years ago

    LOVE that phrase..."a handmade life". After years of college / post college and working in corporate america I am building the same dream...to add something handmade and beautiful to the world. Thanks for sharing your story, Hwasoon.

  • missantique

    missantique said 6 years ago

    I love "makers" :)

  • missantique

    missantique said 6 years ago

    wonderful person, wonderful life story

  • The1004

    The1004 said 6 years ago

    Nice feature. Congratulations... :)

  • smileykylie97

    smileykylie97 said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story. I have the same hope for the future. Being partially self-sustaining and living in a serene environment. Congratulations on the feature!

  • sweetdecade

    sweetdecade said 6 years ago

    thanks morning calm for wonderful interview. that's inspired me a lot :)

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. Your work is beautiful and your interview is inspiring.

  • BoondockG

    BoondockG said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured seller! Lovely products and story!

  • Apseed

    Apseed said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful shop!

  • angelamackie

    angelamackie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story paired with beautiful products. Namaste... :-)

  • TheGrowingCritter

    TheGrowingCritter said 6 years ago

    Great interview and beautiful soaps!

  • ilovejim

    ilovejim said 6 years ago

    What a Lovely interview.

  • seasonedantiques

    seasonedantiques said 6 years ago

    A beautiful interview, A creative mind and a beautiful soul! Congratulations! Your items are spectacular!

  • beakee

    beakee said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring story, and such a lovely shop :)

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 6 years ago

    beautiful, beautiful interview. I'm so touched and inspired by your words about how you knew you were an artist/maker... I think working with our hands and using our bodies is so important and vital. best of luck with your shop and everything!

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery said 6 years ago

    You sound like a beautiful person. I wish you a magical future.

  • CrazyBagGirl

    CrazyBagGirl said 6 years ago

    Great interview, I feel as though I started know you.

  • nonporouscanvas

    nonporouscanvas said 6 years ago

    This interview was calming...you radiate calmness...I want to think more like you! Good luck!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview : )

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. :)

  • bridalcouture

    bridalcouture said 6 years ago

    Congrats !!

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 said 6 years ago

    very inspiring story! and congrats

  • heartdosheart

    heartdosheart said 6 years ago

    that was beautiful. your an inspiration. thank you for letting me in to your life

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u said 6 years ago

    what a wonderful person!! Great ideas and products!!

  • MrBunnieFuFu

    MrBunnieFuFu said 6 years ago

    you are such a beautiful person from the inside turning outwards. Thank you for sharing your story

  • meilingsketchbook

    meilingsketchbook said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Such beautiful and inspiring interview! I love how you use Asian herbs in your soap, it is very unusual. Will definitely get some soap from you.:)

  • SOYERNI

    SOYERNI said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop, congratulations! 반가워요. 블로그 하시는지 궁금하네요.

  • sayvende

    sayvende said 6 years ago

    Looking at your items, makes me feel relaxed :O) Congratulations! on your feature.

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 6 years ago

    What an engaging interview! I wish you continued success!

  • SoulSeeds

    SoulSeeds said 6 years ago

    Your peaceful spirit comes through in the interview. Beautiful shop!

  • MadeinMogotes

    MadeinMogotes said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview. You seem like you lead a very peaceful and content sort of life and that shows through in your products as well. Lovely :)

  • xZOUix

    xZOUix said 6 years ago

    mushroom soaP? :) man i have to take a look! best regards! -ZOUi

  • CallOfEarth

    CallOfEarth said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing your calm and amazing work!

  • starfishandcoffee

    starfishandcoffee said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful interview! I loved reading this. It made me feel so good. Simple, beautiful wisdom from a beautiful person. Best wishes to you!

  • PeaceStitchStudio

    PeaceStitchStudio said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful interview. Your gentle spirit shines through and such good vibes from your shop and heart. I will be sure to remember your shop when I need some soap goodies and will pass your shop a long to my friends. Peace and blessings...

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 6 years ago

    You are indeed a light worker bring light to all things around you. Your spirit is awesome. I wish for all of us to be who we want to be.... Great Read, Thank You for sharing.

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    very nice and inspiring interview. congratulations.

  • helloambition

    helloambition said 6 years ago

    congratulations hwasoon! I love morningcalm's soap, still using them now.

  • adoodle

    adoodle said 6 years ago

    *beautiful* works, congrats! :)

  • BlumeBloom

    BlumeBloom said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful interview! Thank you so much!

  • 12thAvenue

    12thAvenue said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your shop is an inspiration to me as a soap maker. I was very excited to see you as a featured seller this morning! - Julia

  • HelloMountains

    HelloMountains said 6 years ago

    awww! it's beautiful!! i love this shop!

  • DinoCreator

    DinoCreator said 6 years ago

    wonderful shop!

  • Becorations

    Becorations said 6 years ago

    what a fantastic story, great shop and great products. So inspiring :)

  • LadybugArtStudio

    LadybugArtStudio said 6 years ago

    Loved reading your story and seeing your shop. I wish you the best !

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    A beautiful simply kind of life, it sounds amazing!! Kudos for being able to stay so grounded. Continued success!

  • InspiredStitches

    InspiredStitches said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational. Great interview!

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 6 years ago

    It calmed me down just reading your interview! :) Words that come to mind are gentle, loving, inspired...I could go on. Thank you for a beautiful interview and beautiful products. I know your dreams will all come true!

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview! I love your outlook on life and I'm glad you found your "it". Congratulations on the feature!

  • katlundberg

    katlundberg said 6 years ago

    축하합니다 on becoming a featured seller! Your soap looks perfect for my next trip to a 찜질방. ^-^

  • DecorLiving

    DecorLiving said 6 years ago

    Wow great intreview

  • KimDulaney

    KimDulaney said 6 years ago

    Congrats and well deserved!! xo Kim

  • in2ition

    in2ition said 6 years ago

    "An ability to build a self-sustainable life." is something we strive for too. Very well said! Beautiful items...please never stop creating :)

  • Evesangel

    Evesangel said 6 years ago

    Lovely story. A sense of calmness came over me as I read this story. It brought me back to earth with my dreams for the future. Thanks a million.

  • designbytink

    designbytink said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your beautiful story! 반가워요!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Just seeing the things you make made me feel calm. Beautiful shop and story! Congrats!!!

  • voilacreations

    voilacreations said 6 years ago

    What a Lovely and wonderful story. Thank youuuu Miss Kim for sharing to us :) Your products look and sound amazing, can't wait to order some soon =) You're wonderful, you've inspired me. Many Congratulations. I wish you all the best and hope all your dreams come true!!!!

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop! All the best!

  • wisher21

    wisher21 said 6 years ago

    Amazing interview! I strive for the same!! The simple things in life.. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to start doing yoga more. For now, I have to settle for the Wii version. LOL

  • creations138

    creations138 said 6 years ago

    Great Article! Thanks for sharing ~.!

  • lazypolly

    lazypolly said 6 years ago

    beautiful... thanks for sharing!

  • InnerWild

    InnerWild said 6 years ago

    dreamy lovely, thank you Hwasoon

  • hildes

    hildes said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop!

  • greatbatchstudio

    greatbatchstudio said 6 years ago

    wonderful wise interview ,maybe she is a mudang.

  • chamariz

    chamariz said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 6 years ago

    just loved it! Right nice, peace and love karen DevineCollectible

  • SpoiledRottenJewelry

    SpoiledRottenJewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful inspiring story. You sound like an amazing woman, Miss Kim...I wish you all the best. Thank you for sharing.

  • ChiarandCo

    ChiarandCo said 6 years ago

    I love this blog!!!! Congratulations! just made my day...

  • AmeliaBrilliant

    AmeliaBrilliant said 6 years ago

    Just beautiful! I felt calmer just reading this interview. :)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Inspiring article! Your shop is beautiful! Congrats on your success!!!

  • greatestfriend

    greatestfriend said 6 years ago

    I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and Hwasoon, you put me right back on track.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 6 years ago

    Your soaps look amazing! your pictures are so crisp and beautiful! Congratulations!

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe said 6 years ago

    You wrote such an inspirational article-I wish you all the luck with your products!

  • Zmunki

    Zmunki said 6 years ago

    i love it!! thank you so much for sharing your story and it is truely inspiring!!! 정말 축하드리고요, 너무나 아름다운 제품들을 만드시는것도 감사하구요!! 엣찌 가게에 첫화면에 면접을 받고 나오신것도 정말 자랑스러워요! 다시 한번 축하드려요!! 계속 성공하시기를 바래요!!!

  • MayaJadeJewelry

    MayaJadeJewelry said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop and way of life! You are a true inspiration.. Thank you for sharing!!

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful interview with one of my favourite Etsians. Great feature! Congrats, Hwasoon!

  • Happybee

    Happybee said 6 years ago

    you have a lovely shop and you are such a sooo nice person!!!!

  • Happybee

    Happybee said 6 years ago

    you have a lovely shop and you are a sooo nice person!!!!

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop and feature :)

  • divinestudio2

    divinestudio2 said 6 years ago

    Kim your interview deeply touched my heart... beautiful soaps... it's so important to stay close to nature! Wishing you All the success with your products! best wishes divinestudio2

  • vintageatitsbest

    vintageatitsbest said 6 years ago

    I would say Etsy chose perfect this time! You are beautiful artist to feature. You are blessed and your work shows your passion. Thank for sharing with us ;-)

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 6 years ago

    beautiful interview, i loved reading your thoughts and dreams. thank you for sharing.

  • WeiYann

    WeiYann said 6 years ago

    what a lovely piece of story to read in the morning :D congratulations on your feature, all the best to you in your future endeavors!!

  • Cheryldine

    Cheryldine said 6 years ago

    I love your article!!!!You are an inspiring young women. Good Luck and Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

    Your definition of handmade is absolutely perfect. Congrats on your feature - I adore your pretty soaps!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    I love the mornings. Peaceful, with time to think. Congratulations on your feature.

  • mylittlenaturalsoap

    mylittlenaturalsoap said 6 years ago

    Inspirational Interview!!! Beautiful Soaps! Congratulations!

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview, lovely shop. Congratulations!

  • Steelsheen

    Steelsheen said 6 years ago

    Loved reading this. Your products are beautiful!

  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 6 years ago

    congrats and am very proud of you!~

  • maeyingthai

    maeyingthai said 6 years ago

    very nice !!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Lovely feature! Congrats on FS!

  • serenitysoapworkstx

    serenitysoapworkstx said 6 years ago

    Loved your story - one gets such a feeling of peace and beauty from reading about you and your creative spirit! Thank you so much for sharing. Your shop is gorgeous!

  • WoodenTreasures

    WoodenTreasures said 6 years ago

    I am truly thankful to see an etsy shop owner who is NOT from NYC featured. Congratulations for the feature and I hope it brings much business your way. Anyone else ever notice how many sellers from NYC (home of etsy) are featured?

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Aloha Kim, I enjoyed your interview, how I would love that lifestyle, I am a gatherer and am learning more and more about our Hawaiian herbs, oils, etc. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

  • FancyMaple

    FancyMaple said 6 years ago

    Love your room, it is so nice and quiet. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • AmysCollarsAndMore

    AmysCollarsAndMore said 6 years ago

    This is so nice and encouraging! Wake up before dawn to enjoy the early morning peace! Love that!

  • ElysianOrganics

    ElysianOrganics said 6 years ago

    So wonderful to read the point of view of a like-minded talented handmade soap maker who focuses on the natural process just as we do. Wonderful perspective & goals. Congratulations from Elysian Organics. Peace, Marty & Christine

  • diycharm

    diycharm said 6 years ago

    So wonderful. Natural taste affect me deeply. Thank you!

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 6 years ago

    I LOVE all things Korean! But your shop is gorgeous and your soaps sound natural and good for sensitive skin- like mine. Am going to be ordering some very very soon! So happy to have discovered you here.

  • TheIndianPaperForest

    TheIndianPaperForest said 6 years ago

    Congrats Hwasoon, your shop and products are beautiful! And it's clear that you are as one with nature as the soaps you create :) I make what I need with what I have - I stopped while reading to take that in - such a profoundly simple philosophy. Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration ahead - Suzanne

  • memeandmoss

    memeandmoss said 6 years ago

    Love your interview! All your soap seems so nice and organic :)

  • MissingHeirloom

    MissingHeirloom said 6 years ago

    Hwasoon - you have have very obviously found your bliss. There is a beautiful blending of your shop, your products and your life. Congratulations!

  • studiOStar

    studiOStar said 6 years ago

    천천히 꿈을 향해 나가시는 모습이 아름다워요!

  • girlwitharadiomind

    girlwitharadiomind said 6 years ago

    I remembered your shop from a few months back and I remembered trying to look for it again. Such a pleasant surprise to catch your interview and found your shop again. :) Love this. and love your shop. :)

  • feltingdreams

    feltingdreams said 6 years ago

    beautiiful intervew! I love your art!

  • EerinVink

    EerinVink said 6 years ago

    Your dreams are the same as mine! :) Lovely and wonderful to read! I hope and wish, that we will both experience all these things ^_^ I wish you lots of good luck with all that you make and all that you create in life :) Eerin.

  • searchnrescue2

    searchnrescue2 said 6 years ago

    I truly loved reading your interview, so real, raw and open.... Just beautiful. Wishing you ALL the best life has to offer, I can tell you WILL make the best of what is gives you <3 xo

  • zhijianyuyun

    zhijianyuyun said 6 years ago

    真美好啊:) 不知道我写中文你能看到么:P

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 6 years ago

    Love to smell your items....wood dulls my senses....but great article and enjoy the read. I wish you the best of luck.

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 6 years ago

    So. Lovely.

  • MythicalGarden

    MythicalGarden said 6 years ago

    So inspiring. I really wish you all the best. The world would be a much nicer place if we appreciate more people like you and less a place of mass production. So wish to follow my dream like you did :)

  • cabinorganic

    cabinorganic said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! I can identify with your love of stillness, nature and crafting beautiful things with your hands. Eight months ago I finally moved out of the city into a cabin in the woods (near a lake). As this is closer to how I grew up (in the bush of northern Manitoba, Canada) I feel deeply nourished. I am now free to learn from the land and make things! I started a blog recently to share what I am learning (www.cabinorganic.com). I will visit you often and learn from you as well!

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 6 years ago

    so talented! what an inspiring story you have to tell!

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper said 6 years ago

    Inspiration is where you find it. Every aspect of the world is inspiring in some way. The tricky part is channeling that inspiration into something creative and fun. Hwasoon Kim, you show that indomitible spirit. Thank You

  • IntheMoodforVintage

    IntheMoodforVintage said 6 years ago

    Hi Hwasoon, This is a favorite quote of mine because I feel nature has all the answers too. Love your products because they come from nature and nature is life. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein I will definitely be trying your beautiful products from you lovely shop. Michele

  • isfour

    isfour said 6 years ago

    I love the way you express yourself! I've had my eye on your soaps for a few weeks, and the colors are just lovely. Can't wait to try them!

  • MasterArtist1

    MasterArtist1 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview I am anxious now to check out your shop! Thank you.

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones said 6 years ago

    thank you ever so, for sharing your calm with us

  • kpmasick

    kpmasick said 6 years ago

    very nice

  • thesongbirdstudio

    thesongbirdstudio said 6 years ago

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Hwasoon, it inspires me and definitely reflects my love of nature and yoga. You're so talented!

  • LunaDesignStudio

    LunaDesignStudio said 6 years ago

    Morning calm is a wonderful shop name and reflects your personality in this interview. It was so calm and serene... with a modest passion. Just reading the interview was a breath of fresh air!

  • blah3

    blah3 said 6 years ago

    love this interview :)

  • doodleprincess

    doodleprincess said 6 years ago

    I love your story Hwasoon!

  • doodleprincess

    doodleprincess said 6 years ago

    less than 3!

  • karen2h

    karen2h said 6 years ago

    I love your story too! So inspiring and sweet.

  • Jaclynscollections

    Jaclynscollections said 6 years ago

    Touching interview. I love that you are in touch with your soul!

  • bluegreentrue

    bluegreentrue said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful story. I feel like I better understand now how your soaps can impart such a simple, comforting beauty - it comes from its crafter's story.

  • MeltedBrass

    MeltedBrass said 6 years ago

    I think I'd like to be your future husband.

  • Charmofhummingbirds

    Charmofhummingbirds said 6 years ago

    True inspiration and beauty! Thank you for sharing your words, work and "huge, curious heart"!

  • Manjuzaka

    Manjuzaka said 6 years ago

    Love this story!

  • happygirlink

    happygirlink said 6 years ago

    you're inspiring :)

  • jungkihong

    Jung Ki Hong said 5 years ago

    축하드립니다. 앞으로도 더욱 더 번창하시길 바랍니다. ^^

  • JasminBlancBoutique

    Erika Iozsa from JasminBlancBoutique said 5 years ago

    What a story... you might me young of age, but you are most certainly an old soul. Thank you for this inspiring feature, you're truly a blessing in this world. I guess we all are, but the difference is that you really shine through!

  • ashleybutcher1

    Ashley Butcher from MinyoShop said 3 years ago

    I am completely inspired by your story. I also dream of the simple life and grew up with a mom who made all things by hand. It's so great to see that you've taken that path and became so successful. By far my favorite etsy seller story. Thank you for sharing.

  • sauleskoks

    nata p from suntreestudio said 2 years ago

    so lovely and inspiring thank you

  • xoryelruh

    Nicole Trujillo from SunkissedDream said 2 years ago

    I just found your shop and read your story. It is beautiful & calming and makes me smile. I love your joy for the simple pleasures, hard work (which isn't really work since you love doing it) and true beauty in nature. I wish you all the best!

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