Congratulate your grads with style and heart 🎓❤️

Hi there friend,

Is it just me or does the time go by waaaaay faster as you get older??

With a wholesale event coming up in July, I’ve been working hard on my fall/winter collection.

Having a deadline really helps me focus and be more productive.

And, prioritizing art making has been good for my soul, too

Sigh.

I’ll share some sneak previews in the coming weeks! I think you’re gonna like what’s coming for ya 😉

But let’s get back to what’s important right this minute…

May is almost over, and that means graduation season is upon us.

Do you have special people in your life who are graduating this year? Do you need cards and gifts to celebrate their accomplishments?

I’ve hand picked some graduation gift options for you that will make your grads feel proud and be ready to tackle their next adventures 💪

First up, don’t forget to send them a congratulations card!

{ 1. Sail On, Happy Graduation card | 2. Cats High Five card | 3. Pink Poppies Congrats card }

These art prints will send an encouraging message to your special grad, too (not to mention an awesome wall decor!)

{ 1. Sail On giclee art print (8″x10″) | 2. You Are Exactly Where You Are Supposed to Be giclee art print (8″x10″) }

Life changes are exciting but can be scary, too.

Let them know they’re good enough even if they may be feeling anxious or unsure about their next steps.

{ You Are Enough vinyl sticker }

And, who wouldn’t love a good list??

Help them get organized as they adjust to a new phase in their life.


{ 1.Eat a Rainbow Market List | 2. Succulents To-Do List | 3. Rooster Friends Notepad }

Last but not least, if your grads are moving away from either Seattle, Spokane, or Tacoma, gift them the city art print so they can take a piece of their home wherever they go.

{ 1.I ❤ Seattle giclee art print | 2. Vintage Seattle Chicken Garden giclee art print | 3. Hello Spokane giclee art print | 4. Tacoma giclee art print }

I hope you’ll find the perfect gift for your special graduates!

xo

p.s. You just wanna browse my shop? Go here!

p.p.s. And don’t forget my Honeyberry Studios 2 pop up shop if you’re looking for deals. Supplies are limited.

Sweet giveaway is happening at Geeky Girls Knit!

Hi friend!

Let me introduce you to C.C . and Dami, the sweetest mother-daughter co-hosts of the knitting podcast, Geeky Girls Knit!

I met C.C. a couple of months ago when Tara Swiger (she does an awesome podcast for small business owners) was visiting Seattle.

We met for coffee and donuts (oh that raspberry donut from Mighty-O Donuts, tho! 🤤) and chatted about our businesses and self-care.

C.C. has this warm, super friendly energy to her and was very generous with sharing her own experiences with business.

I liked her immediately (it’s pretty instantaneous when I like someone 😀), and we’ve been friends online since then.

(BTW, I’m also obsessed with their new kitty, Pink Purl (I know), who makes a regular appearance on their Instagram feed.)

I’ve never met her daughter, Dami, in person yet, but she also is a generous, kind person from what I can tell 💕

So I was thrilled when C.C. asked me if they could do a product review for me and host a giveaway on their show!

You can watch/listen to the episode here.

The product review happens towards the end and don’t miss the information about the sweet giveaway there!

(The giveaway closes at the end of Tuesday, May 22nd, and the winner is announced on their show on the 24th.)

Enjoy 😊 Hope you win!

xo

p.s. In case you missed it, you can watch their podcast episode here.

What I did during my last mini sabbatical week

Hey friend,

I took my mini sabbatical week off a couple of weeks ago.

In case you’re wondering what that’s all about, I’ve been taking every 7th week off to rest and recharge since October 2015.

(The concept of mini sabbaticals isn’t mine: I’ve been listening to Seanwes podcast for creative businesses, and that’s a brilliant idea I learned from him.)

Every sabbatical is different – sometimes I work on projects I don’t normally have time to do. Other times I just relax and veg out.

Most of all, I just try not to have any deadlines or other people’s priorities drive my decisions if I can help it.

So here are some highlights from my most recent mini sabbatical.

We purged.

To be more precise, we went through my clothes and books and got rid of about 80% of them.

I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a few weeks ago and was totally inspired.

I grew up in a somewhat of a pack rat-ish household, so the clutter’s never bothered me very much before.

But it bothers Dave, and as my business grows, our small apartment has been bursting at the seams with all of the boxes of products and shipping supplies, I knew I needed to make more room.

To follow the KonMari method described in the book, you must go through your belongings throughly and discard what doesn’t spark joy in you.

Thank goodness Dave was here to help because it was so tiring and overwhelming!! 😅

After a day of sorting, we took BIG piles of my clothes to Goodwill and some of the items went to our neighborhood consignment shop.

It’s AMAZING to walk into my closet now!

Much more spacious and every piece of clothing and accessory I actually want to wear 😆

It’s true what Marie talks about in her book – it’s not just the physical space you’re reclaiming in your home – it’s really more about the mental weight you’re shedding by discarding what doesn’t bring you joy any more.

I’d held onto SO MUCH for so long… sigh.

I did the same process for books and other papers (documents, receipts, etc.) on that Sunday by myself because Dave was working, and got rid of most of my books/papers.

We sold some books and DVDs and rest was donated and all papers were shredded.

Now I only have the books that I truly enjoy, which turned out to be comics and arts & crafts books!

This method helps you strengthen your intuition and gives you a permission to let go of what’s not serving you any more.

It’s no wonder her students don’t rebound and start collecting things again. I love the space I tidied up so much that I’ll be so selective about what to add in the future.

I also feel more content and peaceful.

It’s funny how your “wanting mind” quiets down as you get rid of so much stuff.

It reminds you that you actually DO have everything you need at this moment. What a wonderful feeling!

(We’ve continued to purge over the last week and can’t wait to finish going through rest of our stuff! I’m definitely addicted 😀)

OK, so here are some other fun things I did during my sabbatical!

I’ve been working on these kitty ornaments in my pottery class.

I made a few pet ornaments for friends who’ve lost their pets lately.

They were so cute that I decided to make more for my shop!

I still have some work left on these new kitty ornaments, but they’ll be available for purchase in the next month or so!

(Note: if you want the first dibs on these cuties 🐱, be sure to sign up for my newsletter!)

Speaking of adorable, I visited my friend’s new puppy during my sabbatical.

Meet Nelly.

When I met her, she’d just turned 8 weeks old.

A tiny, sweet, sleepy puppy.

Puppies can turn any day into a happy day, can’t they??

Oh, and I finished my new Tacoma art during my week off.

It’s work but it’s fun work 😁

To tell you the truth, for a small business owner like myself, sadly the art making time is actually pretty limited. So when I get to spend hours just making art, it’s pure joy.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and am glad a bunch of Tacoma friends have approved it so far 👍

I’ve become quite charmed by Tacoma as I spend more time down there this year – it’s got art, history, and plenty of quirkiness.

Do you love it? Know someone who would? It’s available as art prints and notecards in my shop 😘

It was a really nice sabbatical. Productive but felt so restful at the same time.

Can’t wait to do it again in June!

xo

Spring & summer craft fairs are coming 🌸

Happy Sunday!

I took a week off during the week of 4/23 for my mini sabbatical (concept inspired by Seanwes).

I did do some work, but over all, it was super mellow and relaxing.

And I have a lot less stuff now because I purged the heck out of my belongings.

(I’ll tell you more about that next week!)

Meanwhile, I’ve added a bunch of new craft shows to my calendar in the last couple of weeks.

And I put together this handy (and pretty) list for you!

I’ll be a very busy lady this coming months 😀 but if you ever wondered “when would I see Yuko?” you know where I’ll be!

I hope to see you at one (or more!) of these events soon. It’s always nice to see familiar faces 😊

You can visit my events page for links to each event. I’m regularly adding new events to my calendar, so don’t forget to check back with me.

Have an awesome day, my friend!

xo

p.s. reminder – last day to place your Mother’s Day card/gift order online is TODAY if you’re in the U.S.! Go visit my shop here.

Affordable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th, which is only 2 weeks from today.

Haven’t gotten your mom a card/gift yet?

No worries, let me show you what thoughtful and affordable gifts I’ve got for you in my shop!

{ 1. Pink Bouquet Mother’s Day Card | 2. I know Mother’s Day is Hard for You Empathy Card | 3. Blue Lilac Mother’s Day Card | 4. Mom, you rock! Chicks & Hen Mother’s Day Card | 5. Vintage Flower Vases Mother’s Day Card }

First of all, even if you (or your mom) aren’t super into gifts, you gotta send her a card!

It’s just so much better than text or email. There is something very special about opening a physical envelope and seeing your handwriting on the card ❤ And, you can display it and enjoy it every day.

And, in case you missed it in the first picture, I want to highlight something new this year – Mother’s Day Empathy card.

I know Mother’s Day can be really hard for many people.

Maybe your mom has passed away. Maybe you don’t get to see your kids on Mother’s Day. Maybe you’ve chosen not to have a relationship with your mom.

If that’s you, please know I’m sending you lots of love!!

And if you know someone who could use a little support around this time of the year, send them an empathy card.

{ 1. You Are Enough Succulent Sticker | 2. Succulent To-Do List Notepad | 3. Rooster Friends Notepad | 4. Be Gentle With Yourself Art Print (8″x10″) | 5. Green Leaf Kraft Notebook }

For moms who are into colorful and practical paper goods, I have some adorable stationery gifts that will make her smile.

(Hint: it’s totally OK to forward this share this post with your loved ones if they need suggestions for what to get you for Mother’s Day 😉)

Do you like what you see? Browse my shop for more inspirations ✨

Oh, and if you’re a procrastinator like me, just know that the order cut-off date for Mother’s Day delivery in the U.S. is Sunday, May 6th.

Have a wonderful Sunday, my friend!

xo

p.s. If you’re a local and would like to pick out your gifts in person, come visit me at Tacoma is for Lovers Artists Craft Fair on Saturday, May 5th.

My top 5 blog posts!

I can’t believe this post is my 526th!

I started blogging back in January 2014. I’ve posted pretty regularly ever since – at least weekly (except for sabbatical weeks), but from April 2014 to April 2015 daily for my 365 day happiness is project.

I like sharing my thoughts in writing.

I’m not a super verbal person, and writing allows me to examine and express myself more intentionally.

Writing has become a part of my everyday routine. In fact it’s the first thing I do in the morning after my short meditation practice.

When I don’t do it, I feel a little disoriented 😀

Anyway, I’ve never paid close attention to my blog stats before – but I got curious, so I checked which posts were most popular.

Here are the all time 5 posts that got the most views this year:

1. My Favorite Tools: Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens

2. Quitting my day job cold turkey wasn’t my plan A

3. Draw Yourself Back to Nature Fall Leaf Doodle Tutorial

4. My Favorite Tool: Moo Carve

5. My Vipassana 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat Reflections

I see that you enjoy my tutorials and tool reviews a lot! That makes me happy because I enjoy teaching and sharing what I know 🙂

I used to do a lot of “self reflection-y” posts, too, and I’m glad you found some of those helpful.

I forgot how much work I used to put into my blog posts! There were lots of long-form articles and custom images.

It used to take me hours (like at least 4 hours) to complete a blog post. I’ve since been re-focusing my priorities and goals for my business, so you may have noticed my articles have  become more short and sweet in the recent year.

I sometimes wonder if anybody’s reading my blog 😀 so it was nice to see that people in fact read them! He he.

Thanks for following along my journey! I’m always grateful for your support and encouragement.

Have a great week!

xo

 

 

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New retail shops near you!

Wholesale side of my business has been growing steadily this year (yay!), and several new retail shops carry my goodies now!

Here are some of the new retail shops that have partnered with me this year:

ALASKA

Cordova

The Net Loft

IDAHO

Coeur d’Alene

Mountain Madness Soap Co.

KANSAS

Lawrence

Wonder Fair

NEW YORK

Buffalo

Fern & Arrow

OREGON

Bend

Pomegranate Home & Garden

Portland

carter & rose

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia

Snap Dragon Flowers

WASHINGTON

Bainbridge Island

Whimsy

Bothell

Scout 829

Lopez Island

Paper Scissors on the Rock

Seattle

Seattle Art Museum, SAM Shop

The Wing Luke Museum

Spokane

Atticus Coffee & Gifts

Spokane Valley

The Trellis Marketplace

Tacoma

The Pacific Northwest Shop

CANADA

Calgary

Paper Root Studios

Victoria

Oscar & Libby’s

Also, Dave helped me make this handy map to locate all of my retail points of sale! I feel so fancy 😀

I believe in supporting my local small business, and I bet you do, too!

Go ahead and visit these fine businesses near you. You’ll probably find something new made by other awesome talented makers as well 💕

Thanks for your support, my friend!

xo

p.s. Don’t see a retail shop near you? Got a suggestion? I’m all ears! Tell me who else should be carrying my products in the comment 😊

Let’s celebrate spring birthdays🐣🌸

Are you a spring baby?

Or know someone who is?

I love using happy colors in my art, and these spring-y birthday cards are perfect for making someone smile on their special day!

[1. Sloth Birthday Card 2. Folk Flower Birthday Card 3. Spring Flowers Birthday Card 4. Happy Birthday Brush Lettering Card (Green, Blue, Grey) 5. Happy Birthday Brush Lettering Card (Pink, Green, Yellow) 6. Poppy Field Birthday Card 7. Party Snail Birthday Card]

It’s always nice to have a back stock of birthday cards so when a birthday sneaks up on ya, you don’t have to make an emergency trip to a drug store.

(And end up with generic, not so pretty/thoughtful cards. Nobody wants that 🙈)

Let’s face it, getting a physical notecard on your birthday is MUCH, much more special than getting a text or email.

You can hold them, smell them, see their unique handwriting, display them, and if you’re a packrat like me, store them in a shoebox for many, many years and feel all warm and fuzzy in the midst of your decluttering session 😆

So, pull up your birthday calendar and take an inventory of your greeting card drawer stat!

If you’re running low, now is a good time to stock up on them 😉

xo

p.s. In case you missed the link, you can shop my greeting cards here.

p.p.s. Don’t forget, you get free U.S. shipping for orders of $35 or more. Use coupon code “HAPPY35” at checkout!