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About Yuko

Hi! I'm Yuko! I'm the illustrator/artist at Honeyberry Studios. I live and work out of my home studio in Seattle, Washington. I like to create art that is joyful, happy, and accessible. I get my inspiration from everyday small things, nature, animals, and food.

Just love ❤️

My laptop is being repaired this week (hello mercury retrograde 💔) and writing on my iPad is as painful as you think, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

I’m so grateful to have you in my life.

You give so much to others through your kindness, creativity, and generosity.

You lift up those around you and spread joy when things feel hard.

Thanks for being an awesome human. I ❤️ you.

xo

 

SOLD OUT 🙌🏼

That’s right, friend!

First run of my is officially SOLD OUT ✨🙏🏼

Thank you for your support!!!

When I created the calendar, I knew I’d made something awesome, but I didn’t quite expect this much demand 😅 Oops.

And, if you’ve purchased it and LOVE it, please keep your reviews coming! They warm my heart so much…😭

(Go to and scroll down to “Write a review” section and tell me how much you love it!)

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to print more calendars 🤷🏻‍♀️

I thought, it would be a nice clean end. I made calendars. They’re all gone. The end.

Now I can move on and focus on promoting other holiday things. I wouldn’t have to deal with pesky inventory issues. What if I have a bunch of leftovers after the holiday season?

While it would’ve been an easier option for me to say “no more”, I also knew I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t restock them.

I mean, listen to this.

Really. Seriously. YOU are the BEST.

So, good news, I’ve ordered more calendars and they’re back-order now!

I’ll bring them to while supplies last, and your back-ordered calendars will ship on November 15th.

Enjoy 🥰

xo

ps. Hot tip: 15% off promo code is good through today, Sunday, November 3rd. Subscribe to my VIP email list and grab your code now! It’s in your welcome email.

Help me out?

I’m back from my mini sabbatical week.

Sadly, I caught a tiny cold last weekend 🤧 so I’ve been taking it easy this week.

Even though getting sick is a bummer, I have something that’s keeping me pretty happy…

That’s your positive comments and reviews on my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish Calendar!

Here is a happy message I got on Facebook:

This one on Instagram:

   

(Just a little context 👆🏼- she shared an image of the calendar on her Insta Story, and I accidentally responded with a sad face emoji 😢😆)

And these thoughtful reviews on my website, of course…

😭

My Love Language is words of affirmation, so I soak up all the love from your kind words. THANK YOU 🙏🏼 You made my day.

If you’ve gotten your calendars and love them, will you take a minute to leave a positive review?

Your review not only makes me extremely happy 😜 it lets other customers know that my products are legit.

All you need to do is go to the product page on my website, scroll down to find the “Write a review” 👇🏼 button and tell me why you love your calendar/what you’re going to do with it.

It doesn’t need to be an epic novel, either – just imagine you’re texting me to say you love the calendar. That’ll do😉

(Of course if you were not happy with anything you purchased from me – write me first and let me take care of you, ok?)

Are you a procrastinator?? Well, let me get you in on a behind the scenes realness.

I have 30 calendars left right now.

That’s not very many… 🙄

If you haven’t treated yourself lately, make it “treat-yo-self” day today!

You’re allowed ❤️

xo

ps. Subscribe to my email and get an exclusive promo code! Offer is good through Sun. 11/3.

Two things ✌️

Hey friend,

I’ve been on my mini sabbatical week this past week.

But wanted to let you know a couple of things…

Number one, my fall and winter show calendar has been finalized!

I’m excited and grateful for all these opportunities… Really lucky to live in an area where people support handmade, small businesses 🎉

You can click here to get links to all the events above. Save the date and come say hello if you’re local!

Ok, update number 2 – my 2020 calendars are here and shipping!!

Real talk here – I ordered 250 copies, thinking I would sell out but not until later in the season.

But you all showed up in a real way during preorder, and as of right now, I’ve sold nearly 190 of them 😍

A simple math says I’ve got 60 copies left.

If you look at how many shows I’ll be selling at this holiday season 👆🏼you know they won’t last very long…

I’m probably gonna re-order more copies but haven’t decided when/how many yet 🤔

I do want them available to everyone who wants it. And at the same time, I don’t want to carry a bunch of leftovers into the new year… 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’m telling you this because I want to be transparent with you and don’t want you to be disappointed later when I’m sold out!!

A good news is – I’m still offering an exclusive promo for my VIP email subscribers.

Sign up if you haven’t already and grab a 15% off code in my welcome email! Offer is good through Sunday, November 3rd.

Well, friend, it’s always nice to connect with you!

Now I’m gonna get back to some relaxing 😎

xo

Back from the printer 🥰

Just a reminder, my 2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is available for preorder now, and I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten so far 🥰

If you already placed your preorder, THANK YOU!

Your ship date is October 15th, and I can’t wait for you to see it in person.

I’ve got all the calendar pages from the printer now, and they look absolutely stunning. Better than I’d imagined if that’s even possible 😻

And the gold wire binder clip looks perfect, too!

Swoon…❤️

I’m currently running a 20% off promo (yup 20!) for my email subscribers.

If you haven’t already, sign up for my email and get the code in your welcome message!

Have an awesome day, my friend 💝

xo

2020 Self-Care is not Selfish calendar is available for PREORDER now!

Hey friend,

My 2020 “Self-care is not selfish” monthly wall calendar is in production and available for PREORDER now!

Ship date is Tue. 10/15 or shortly thereafter.

Here are the deets:

– includes 12 full-color nature-inspired illustrations with hand-lettered messages that encourage self-care and self-acceptance

– measures apprx. 5.5″ (14cm) w x 8.5″ (20.60 cm) h x 1/5″ (5mm) d

– printed on heavy card stock

– gold wire binder clip keeps all the calendar pages together at the top and serves for easy hanging

– perfect for small space : your office, studio, bedroom

– great holiday gift for co-workers, teachers, clients, friends, family, and social workers/therapists (or anyone in helping profession)

– packaged in 100% compostable clear bag 🌿

– after each month, you can cut the dates off and enjoy the art on your wall or send as post card

I’m very excited for the calendar and can’t wait to hang it in my new studio!

How about you? 👀

Place your preorder here!

Have a self-care-fillled week 💝

xo

ps. are you on my VIP email list yet? sign up because you get an exclusive promo code for your preorder! watch out for your welcome email 😽

Thinking of You Week Reflection 💌

How was your Thinking of You Week??

image from thinkingofyouweekusa.com

This past week has been about celebrating the joy of sending and receiving a handwritten note.

Which of course is something I can get behind 100%!

Someone commented on my Insta post about Thinking of You Week the other day, saying they try but it’s hard to keep up.

I hear you! I really do… because…I had a hard time keeping up, too!

To that, I said

Don’t let your perfectionism keep you from reaching out to your loved ones!

This “challenge” is just an opportunity to get you thinking about your connections to your community.

If you write every day, that’s great. But you could just send a few or even one card this week – or next month – or year, you know, this is not a competition, and nobody is judging you!!

Well, nobody except you, maybe 😉

I’m being casual about it this year, too – my brain has been a bit preoccupied these couple of weeks, so I’m taking my time thinking about a person and writing a card every couple of days… It’s still fun for me and not as stressful.

So far, I’ve chosen to write to friends who have moved away from Seattle, so my Birds of Washington card has been the go-to!

If you joined the challenge, how did it go for you? Is this something you’d like to do regularly?

Let me know in comments! I love hearing from you 💝

Happy connecting!

xo

2020 Self-care calendar sneak preview!

I meant to design a monthly calendar last year, but I had too high of an expectation for myself, ran out of time, so it didn’t happen 😑 sad.

However, I’m happy to tell you that it’s coming back for 2020!

My 2020 calendar will be all about self-care, self-acceptance, and confidence.

It’s a strange timing though that I’m working on this calendar now because things have been a bit chaotic in my life lately.

Don’t worry, no divorce or illness, thank goodness 😬 But, I’ve got a new studio space that I’m setting up (unexpected but exciting. more on that later), and a couple of other non-biz-related things have kept me feeling a bit ungrounded and scattered.

(As I write this email, I realized the core issue is my routine has been disturbed by these unexpected events. As much as I’d like to go with the flow and be spontaneous, I need routine for my well-being. Check.)

Needless to say, it’s taken longer to finish the calendar…😀 but I still aim to get them out to you sometime in October ✨

Here is the sneak preview!

So pretty, no?? 😻

I don’t know if you knew this, but I craft these encouraging messages for myself, first and foremost.

And they resonate with me so much more when I’m in a more uncertain space.

As I put together these designs, I remind myself to breathe, acknowledge that I’m in that space, and be present as much as possible.

Nothing lasts forever, and I’ve come out ok through 100% of the past difficult situations (and don’t remember most of them 🤷🏻‍♀️), so this, I shall survive also.

I’m trying to be gentle with myself and give myself permission to be “meh” in a meantime.

If you’re also feeling “meh,” it’s OK. Take care of yourself, my friend ❤️

xo

Thinking of You Week is coming!

Thinking of You Week is September 23 – 29 this year 💌

image from thinkingofyouweekusa.com

It’s an international movement to celebrate the joy of sending and receiving hand-written notes.

Yes, emails and texts are so much more convenient, and it communicates the message just the same as a hand-written note.

BUT.

You know it feels different, right?

With physical notes, you can hold them, feel them, smell them, enjoy the artwork, and my favorite part is seeing their handwriting.

I love how people’s handwriting shows their personalities.

You may be self-conscious about your messy handwriting, but don’t fret! I think it’s quite endearing 🤗

When my hubs, Dave, and I were in a long-distance relationship (for 5 years!), we would send each other letters and notes, and seeing his handwriting was like hearing his voice.

(But better, because I don’t like talking on the phone very much 😬)

I still keep all of the notes he sent me. They’re such treasures ❤️

Every once in a while, I get the box of letters out of my closet and go through them to re-live the warm and fuzzy feelings.

Sigh.

Wouldn’t you like to give someone you love warm and fuzzies??

Join the movement and send a card every day during the Thinking of You Week, September 23-29!

I participated in it last year and had so much fun!

It gave me a pause to think of the people I cared about. And really focus on showing how much I appreciate them.

My friends are on my mind constantly, but it was refreshing to take 5 minutes a day to think of one particular person and what I appreciate about them.

And they, of course, enjoyed getting a surprise note from me 🥰

How about you? Do you wanna join me this year?

I’ve got 88 designs to choose from in my shop! Browse away and have fun picking  your 7 cards 😽

Snail mails rock 🐌

xo

pps. would you rather shop in-person? I plan to be at Fremont Sunday Market on 9/15 and 9/22 (weather permitting – check my Insta in the morning), and The Make Sale Fall Market in Monroe on 9/20 & 9/21!

Fall block printing workshop early-bird enrollment is OPEN!

Pssst… I just opened up early-bird enrollment to my fall Introduction to Block Printing on Fabric Workshop!

You can join the fun on the following two dates in October:

Sat. 10/12, 1:30-6pm at Seattle IGIMO

or

Sun. 10/27, 1-5:30pm at Redmond IGIMO

These classes are kept pretty small and will fill up, so sign up early! Tuition goes up on Tuesday, September 24. (hint: best value if you sign up with a friend 👯‍♀️)

let me know if you have any Qs. Hope to see you there 😉

Happy September,

xo