Vendor Spotlight: Sunshine Studio



Kelly Hieronymus is a force.

And she uses her powers for elevated design and overstated hues. 

When she's not walking her giant dogs, cheering on her husband who runs 50+ mile marathons, or designing high-end kitchens, she's producing. Kelly is one of the most creative people I have ever known. Not just in the paintings she's working on, or the design details she's plotting over, but in the sheer volume of ideas that are constantly flowing out of her. It's contagious. We are so lucky to have her on as one of our local vendors here at Hopscotch. She tells a story in each of her paintings that only a Champaign native could. Her narrative is from the sky, and that in itself sets her apart. Kelly and her husband Mark own a flight school locally and are often found teaching youth how to navigate the unknown, including her mentorship with South Side School.


You can find some of her work for sale at Hopscotch including original paintings of Champaign + Urbana from above. Looking for a custom order of the neighborhood you grew up in? Contact her and she'll make you something amazing for your house like she did mine. We love local artists + we love Sunshine Studio. 

Sunshine Studio

Kelly Hieronymus


now for the lightning round!


Round 1:

  • Texting or talking? Texting. Always - I don't even know when people call. I turned that off.
  • Favorite day of the week? Thursday
  • Favorite city in U.S. besides the one you live in? Salida, Colorado is currently at the top of the list
  • Nickname your parents used to call you? Kellogg
  • Favorite holiday? Christmas-time because Christmas crafts #obviduh

Round 2:

  • Dawn or dusk? Dusk - best time to be in the air.
  • If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to? MMMMM, sometime when Woolly Mammoths existed, I want to see all the birds.
  • Place you most want to travel? India or Mexico - I just want to be where it is colorful
  • Favorite junk food? McDonalds fries
  • Favorite childhood TV show? The Simpsons
  • Favorite season? Fall - October, mostly - some of November
  • Last Halloween costume? Oh, I don't dress up.
  • Cake or pie? PIE

Round 3:

  • Favorite ice cream flavor? Caraway Seed - Dingle, Ireland
  • Favorite number? 10
  • Where do you see Sunshine Design + Studio heading in the next year? I don't know about heading, but my goals include fabric, public art installations and collaborations, aaaaannnndddd more jewelry. 
  • What does a person need to be happy? A place where they can work freely and find their flow. Spending time with people that push but don't judge. Friends that understand the value of building something bigger than yourself. Color. Gooey Butter Cake. Golden and Chocolate Retrievers.
  • What’s the best age? They all are equally awesome and sucky. Every year you have a chance to make goals and crush them, but you also have to deal with bigger and more adulty situations. 

Round 4:

  • Would you want to live forever? Where ever Mark is - so somewhere in the mountains.
  • What's for dinner tonight? Buddha bowls - sweet potato chunks, beans, avocado, kale, blackberries, maple syrup, ginger, garlic. YUM
  • What’s your favorite creative outlet besides painting? Recently, jewelry making - old hobby, new twist.
  • Favorite type of tea? Rooibos

Round 5:

  • Godfather or Star Wars? Neither.
  • Big dogs or small dogs? FUCKING HUGE
  • Do you have a hidden talent? I am an awesome made-up song singer. It's a gift, really.
  • How many hours of sleep do you need? 10

Round 6:

  • How many cups of coffee do you drink per day? 5-ish
  • What's your ideal outside temperature? 65-ish
  • When did you start Sunshine Design + Studio? 2-ish years ago
  • Do you plan your color schemes? Yes and no-ish. When I work on a commission, yes. I spend time in my clients space and use colors that would enhance said space. For other pieces, not really - sometimes I take a picture of a color schemes I find: laundry, logos, other peoples work and use them as a base for a painting. Other times, I pick a color I want to see in my painting and move on from there.

Round 7:

  • Giving presents or getting presents? Giving (and wrapping them!!!)
  • What’s your favorite tool in the studio? This sounds dumb, but I value all my tools equally. I've spent a lifetime finding tools that work with me and my style, needless to say I don't keep tools around that don't serve me well.
  • Polka dots or stripes? Is both an acceptable answer?
  • Worst pet peeve? When people say 'warsh' instead of 'wash'. YOU DON'T WARSH YOUR CLOTHES! YOU WASH THEM!

Round 8:

  • Climb a mountain or jump from a plane? Climb a mountain and fly in a plane ;)
  • When people stand up for a standing ovation, are you usually one of the earlier people to stand up or one of the later? First to stand and last to clap. Gotta value the people who entertain us.
  • What’s your dream second career? Interior Design, which is my second career! 

Round 9:

  • What type of milk do you put in your cereal? Unsweetened almond and Old Town Flowers honey.
  • If there’s a spider in your house, do you kill it or set it free? Set that bitch freeeeeeeee
  • Who’s a person you would love to meet? Picasso and dance with him in his studio.

Round 10:

  • What’s something you could eat for a week straight? Veggie Chili and cornbread
  • Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? Dark.
  • Do you eat shrimp tails? Absolutely not. Shrimp are gross.
  • If you were given the opportunity to fly into space given today’s technology, would you take it? Yes. Yes. YES YES YES.
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Round 11:

  • When was the last time you stayed up past 4 in the morning? Flight to Ireland in June
  • What’s the name of the street you grew up on? Scotsdale
  • How many siblings do you have? 1, brother - Cameron

Round 12:

  • Who’s your favorite Game of Thrones character? I feel like this is a little personal, pass.
  • Sour Patch Kids or Swedish Fish? Swedish Fish
  • What temperature do you like your thermostat at? 70

Round 13:

  • Do you own a bicycle? Yes
  • Who inspires you? The people I share my life with, more specifically the love I have for them.
  • How do you feel about cranberries? I don't have 'feelings' for food, but my husband does... I can ask him how he feels, but you're going to be here a while.

Hopscotch Clothing Swap


Please be a part of our FIRST Clothes Swap! 

Hopscotch will be hosting the event for all interested in swapping some clothes + connecting with our community. All post-swap clothing will be donated to Courage Connection.

In order to participate you must drop off your clothing items at Hopscotch after 10/8 but before the event in exchange for a ticket to the main event. Since this is a swap, clothes must be brought in, and no tickets will be available for sale. 

SWAP RULES (in a nutshell):
By coming to Hopscotch Swaps, you agree to the following Swap Rules:

1. Only bring clean items in good condition (in the correct sizes if applicable).
2. Do not take anything before the swap coordinator says “go”
3. Be kind and generous to other swappers. Don’t take stuff you will not personally use. 
4. You agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received.
5. Swaps are UNIQUE! If you attend a Hopscotch Swap you are agreeing to abide by the Hopscotch Swap Mission/goals. If you feel the above rules are unreasonable, do not attend.
–Your participation is your agreement to follow Hopscotch Swap rules.–
1. Swaps are UNIQUE! Coordinators volunteer their time for free. Venues donate their location for free. Swappers bring clean items in good condition for free, and in return find ‘new’ items for themselves. Remainders are donated to organizations and individuals who will GIVE them away, not sell them. No money changes hands. Everyone gets to play with kind, generous, thrifty, sustainability-minded people.
2. Bring only CLEAN items in good condition (no obvious rips, stains, no broken or missing zippers, no pant legs without the pants) in the sizes stated for that particular swap. If it is a stuff or gift swap, bring only stuff/gifts and save the sized clothing for a clothing swap. Please leave kids at home, for the safety and enjoyment of all.
3. Do NOT take anything before the swap coordinator says ‘go’. We all start at the same time so everyone has the same opportunities. If you see someone take something before the swap begins, please kindly remind them to put the item back until the swap begins. If the thrill of the chase and all that wonderful free stuff brings you to a panic/greed mode – slow down, take a deep breath, and know that there is plenty for everyone – including you! And just like in a retail store, sometimes you’ll find a lot you like, sometimes a little. Enjoy watching the thrill as everyone gets things they need, and come back next time to see what treasures are in store for you.
Hopscotch Swaps are kinda like a potluck – everyone brings something(s) and leaves full and happy. If you find that you complain instead of being grateful, Hopscotch Swaps are not the place for you.
5. By being here, you agree that you WILL NOT SELL ANYTHING that you received for free at any Hopscotch Swap(s). If your goal is to sell things, there are plenty of other places to get them. Swaps are NOT one of those places. 

6. If you attend , you are agreeing to abide by the Swap Rules. No re-sellers, ebay sellers, etc, are invited to our swaps. Re-sellers, hoarders, and factious people will be asked to leave. Swaps are for the fun, entertainment, enjoyment, and good Karma of people who understand and appreciate the giving spirit of ‘free’:) People who come to swaps have found that as they have given freely of what they no longer need, they have received freely cool new stuff! Plus, remainders are donated to organizations that will give them away for free, so everyone is a philanthropist!

We are working with Courage Connection to donate the remaining items left post-swap. 

Come join us in a Hopscotch Swap!

There will be our regular drinks and food items for sale at the bakery!

Wedding Highlight: Margo + Jared

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These two...if looks could kill! This October day was everything a wedding day should be. Warm, but not hot, with a perfect breeze to keep the Illinois humidity at bay. It took place at Allerton Mansion and the details were classic and beautiful. The cool blue tones of the groomsmen were perfectly countered by the rose blush tones of the bridesmaids dresses and the styling of the reception inside the mansion. All of this was captured beautifully by the awesomely talented Blaine + Kelsey at Wright Photographs. We love them. 

The ceremony took place outside the arboretum on the back terrace surrounding the koi pond.  The landscape beyond the large pond outside was the perfect backdrop as the sun set and the families joined together. The dancing afterward was adorable and funky, just how we like it. With a dessert bar by yours truly and a sparkler send-off, it was a truly memorable night. 



Artists who collaborated on this event :

Cake + Dessert Bar: Hopscotch

Photography: Wright Photography

Venue: Allerton Mansion + Retreat Center

Florals: Cabbage Rose Floral Market

It begins...

BUILDING UPDATE: If you have driven past the store in the last day or so you'd see a few changes! WHOOO!! With permits from the city and health department we're able to finally get this show on the road. The downstairs of the building has probably not been updated since the 1970's, and it shows. There are changes needed everywhere in the electrical, no bathrooms, and "kitchen" is a pile of old formica and particleboard. A lot of work will have to be done to this guy to make it up to snuff, but we've got a great team that's up to the job. As of now, it's too early to project an opening date, but we'll keep you informed on building updates. 

Have a great week! <3 

Wedding Highlight : Anna + Chris

When I first met Anna + Chris, I felt like we had known each other for years. I can easily see why their wedding was so much fun, and felt so customized to the pair. Little touches like golden dachshunds, flower crowns, happy bridesmaids and golden locks of hair abound. It truly felt like two families were coming together that day, and they were pumped about it! 


The artists whom worked on this gorgeous event include:

The bride had an adorable grooms cake made from the college they attended together. The dessert table looked amazing with the tiered cake stands and boxes. Props make a huge difference in the depth of a dessert table.

Anna + Chris's wedding was in October and I loved how they incorporated pumpkins and other fall foliage while still looking romantic and classic. 

Anna + Chris chose this adorable cake topper with their even cuter new last name! We LOVE cake toppers, they're very nostalgic of old fashioned wedding cakes and bring personalization and added height to a tiered cake. 


Congrats to Anna + Chris!