Small Business Saturday: Figberrytea + Bonus Interview With the Artist!
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Small Business Saturday post, but today we are changing that! And we are kicking off our return of this series with what is undoubtedly one of my new favorite artists, Figberrytea!
I mention this every time I do one of these posts, but I’m going to do it again before we get started, just so everything is crystal clear. These posts feature small businesses that I have purchased items from, and liked the items I’ve gotten so much that I felt the need to share with you all. I was not sent any items for free, nor do I gain anything by posting these, I just want to promote small businesses and encourage you all to find new shops and lovely artists to support!
So, I first discovered Figberrytea on Instagram, and thought, “wow, those are some extremely cute designs, I simply must have some stickers of them”. And so I placed a small Etsy order back in March. Just a couple sticker sheets and a few mini prints.
I picked these three stickers sheets because I love food stickers, especially desserts, and I couldn’t decide which one to get so I just got all three. I couldn’t resist, look at their adorable faces! I would say, out of the three, I have a soft spot for lemon desserts, so that sheet is probably my favorite.
I ended up having the same problem with the mini prints, I couldn’t choose just one! I had to obtain the whole set. Thankfully, both her stickers and mini prints are super affordable. I love all the prints so much, but if I had to pick a favorite of the five, it might be the strawberry one.
I was so pleased with my order, I knew I had to place another one the next time the shop updated. And so I did, and I got so many amazing things:
One thing I especially love about ordering from Figberrytea is how each order is packaged so nicely! There’s a letter with your name written so prettily on it, and is sealed with cute stickers or washi tape. It feels so much more personal than buying from a big company or store.
Out of this order, my favorite would have to be the ice cream print, as it is my favorite food in the world, and the way Figberrytea draws the perfect scoops on the cones is chefs kiss.
A couple weeks ago, there was another shop update, so of course I had to grab all the new stuff! This was my third and (so far) final order from Figberrytea:
I am SO obsessed with the new items! Every time I think she can’t make anything cuter than what she’s already made, she does it! Everything just keeps getting cuter, and my collection keeps getting bigger.
Since I loved the ice cream print so much, I ended up getting the taiyaki sticker sheet, along with the kakigori sticker sheet. I had never heard of kakigori before buying these stickers, but I have wanted to try taiyaki for the past decade, and never gotten the chance. I hope if I do try it someday, it’s as good looking as Figberrytea makes it look!
I also got two super cute “squeeze the day” stickers, because I couldn’t decide if I liked the orange juice or lemonade one better. They’re both so charming in their own ways. As a huge crepe fan, especially sweet crepes, I knew I couldn’t leave out the “oh, crepe!” sticker.
As for the cake sheet, I decided to keep all the big ones in my sticker book for my collection, and use all the little cakes in birthday cards for friends. I’m generous, but not generous enough to give up the big cakes.
And can we talk about how that rice cooker sticker on the pink sheet is the single cutest rice cooker I have ever seen in my life?! I wish the one we had looked like that!
Anyways, those are all the wonderful items I have received from Figberrytea! I reached out after my last order and asked if I could feature her on here, and she said yes! I wanted to make this post different from my other Small Business Saturday ones, though, so I decided to include a mini interview. So read on to get to know Annie, the artist behind the most adorable stickers in the world!
1. When did you get into art?
I’ve always loved drawing growing up, but I would say that 2016 was when I really started investing time into improving my art skills. I actually painted food illustrations in watercolor exclusively from 2016 to 2019. In 2020 I started dabbling in gouache and began the “figberrytea” style before getting an iPad at the end of 2020!
2. What’s your favorite part of creating art?
My favorite part has to be the final steps where I get to add paper textures and little details like sparkles or random doodles. Unlike when I painted in watercolor, I almost never prepare a sketch so my drawings are usually a mess until the very end!
3. Did you always want to be an artist?
When I was in elementary school my dream was actually to design stationery and open my own stationery shop! That dream kind of went away as school and work came into play but I like to think that I’m fulfilling my childhood dreams now!
4. What made you decide to start selling your art?
As a supporter of small businesses myself, there’s always been that little idea of “wow it would be so cool if I could do something like that.” While the idea lingered, I’m a worrier by nature so I honestly never thought I would sell my own art! Last year I realized I was never going to feel ready or completely prepared! I remember waking up one morning and thinking, “I want to make cute stuff and I’m just going to do it and it’s not the end of the world if nobody buys it! At least I tried!”
5. What’s your favorite piece that’s for sale?
I would have to say that my Retro Cakes sticker sheet is my favorite item on sale for the moment. I love seeing all the colors of the cakes and I think they look so fun together!