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Just because…

Hey friend,

I was gonna write about my reflections for the past 3 years today (July 31st is my 3-year freedom anniversary a.k.a. the day I quit my regular job) but didn’t finish it 🤷🏻‍♀️

It’s been very hectic juggling fairs & markets every weekend, working on moving my online shop to a different platform (Shopify if you’re curious), and just managing life without a working car (it broke down, in a process of buying another car) and a helping hand of my husband (he’s been out of town for work the last 2 weeks).

So, I thought I’d just show you a happy art to make you smile 😊

Do you love llama? I thought so 😊​ This is one of my new designs that are going to be available soon.

Hope you’re having a nice Sunday!

xo

p.s. I’ll be taking a week off for my mini sabbatical this coming week. I may or may not post a new article next Sunday. If not, I’ll talk to you in a couple of weeks 😘

Personal seasons greetings

I can’t believe it’s the last day of the year… Can you??

This year, I’ve managed to send out holiday greeting cards to our family and friends.

For someone who designs greeting cards for a living, I’m terrible at sending people cards 😅 so I’m glad I finally fixed that!

Inside the card, we included a summary of what we’ve done in 2017. It’s short and sweet, and I thought you might enjoy reading our little updates, too.

I enjoyed reviewing our year – if I’m not intentional about it, I’d never take the time to think about our accomplishments. It all seemed like a blur until I wrote them all down!

How has your year been? What are some of the highlights? If you have any updates, hit reply and tell me 😊

Have a happy and safe New Year! I’m so grateful for your support this year and look forward to sharing my journey with you in 2018!

xo

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Mindfulness Art Gallery!

Hey there, friend!

Hope your December is going well!

It’s crazy this year is almost over… When this post comes out, I’m gonna be teaching my last block printing workshop of the year! Then heading out to Wisconsin in a couple of days to see my in-laws! It’s definitely feeling like the holidays now.

You may remember I created 12 new artwork for the fall/winter stationery collection, and I thought it would be fun to showcase them today 🙂

I’m calling it the Mindfulness Art series because I created it to remind myself to have peace and calm in my life.

I started creating this art series after going to my second 10-day silent meditation retreat earlier this year (you can learn more about my experience here.) I came home super chill and centered and wanted to nurture those blissful feelings by creating these artwork.

 

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You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
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May all beings be happy, peaceful, and liberated.
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Appreciate what you have every day.
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Be gentle with yourself.
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I’d rather be here and now.
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Every day is a new beginning.
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Forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made.
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It’s OK if the only thing you did today was breathe.
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There is enough for everyone.
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You can always start again.
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Live like you have everything you need.
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You are enough.

I hope my art and the messages will help you find a little peace and positivity in your life, too! That’s what it’s all about anyway 🙂

And if you’re a Seattle local, I’m showing them at Tin Umbrella Coffee in south Seattle throughout the month of December, so go check them out 🙂

Meet lovely people and enjoy locally roasted coffee!
Meet lovely people and enjoy locally roasted coffee at Tin Umbrella!

p.s. These art prints will also be available on my Etsy shop as well, so check back and/or sign up for my newsletter to be notified when they become available 🙂 Bonus if you tell me which ones you’d like to see as a print!

Ok, friend, I hope you have a wonderful day and a peaceful holiday season!

xo Yuko

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Illustrated Recipe: No-Bake Metta Balls (Gluten, dairy & egg-free)

I’m back!!!

(OK, not really – I’m writing this post before I left for my 10-day meditation retreat…and am just about done and getting ready to come home when this post comes out :))

Anyway, I’ll tell you more about how my meditation retreat went next week. I promise.

For now, you can assume it was ________________ (fill in the blank: life-changing, awesome, terrible, hard, boring, enriching, deeply insightful, painful, healing, waste of time, so worth it, tiring, etc. etc.)

Since I don’t have much to say about my meditation retreat yet, I wanted to share a recipe for Metta Balls today! 

What’s a Metta Ball, you ask? Metta is a term used in Buddhist teaching, meaning “loving kindness.”  Metta Ball is a no-bake, nutty and sweet treat that is super easy to put together and of course, so very good.

Meal time is definitely a highlight of the meditation retreat when all you do is sit and try to observe your inner chatter all day long.

And every once in a while, they serve you a dessert. Metta Ball is one of their dessert options.

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At the time I’m writing this post, I’m really hoping they serve it at the retreat! With my current dietary restrictions, this is pretty much the only dessert I can eat out of all of their options.

I know I’m supposed to let go of my desires and wishes during the meditation… but desire for a good dessert is probably the last thing I’ll let go of 😀

Be warned – it’s addictive.

When I made these a few weeks ago, I kept peeking in the fridge and reaching in the tupperware, like every 20 minutes. This little treat goes perfect with milk. Or rather, you need milk to wash down the peanut butter that sticks all over your teeth 😀 He he.

I hope you enjoy!

xo Yuko

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How are you going to celebrate your (cat-loving) dad this year?

I’ve always loved cats since I was little.

Since my parents wouldn’t let me have cats for a long time, I fantasized about having one pretty much 24/7.

My husband, Dave, always loved animals and was more of a dog person when we met. He was even allergic to cats growing up. But magically, he grew out of his cat allergy as he got older – it’s like he was destined to meet me, a hopeless cat-lover!

I had my two cats, Lulu and Sheppie, from my previous relationship, when we met.

Lulu (left) and Sheppie (right)
Lulu (left) and Sheppie (right)

They were pretty much my babies. It was important to me that whoever I’d bring in to our life would understand how important they were to me and at least tolerate them, if not love them.

To my delight, my kitties won him over pretty quickly with their cuteness, loving personality (in their cat-like ways), and their comical antics.

Dave is so sweet and loving with any and all cats he meets. I sometimes wonder if he’s become a bigger cat person than I am now!

We’ve been through some scary and tough situations with our cats, too – especially, losing Lulu last year was extremely heartbreaking. He’s been my rock through thick and thin, and I’m really grateful to have him in my life.

Our sweet girl.
Our sweet girl.

On Father’s Day, I like to thank him for being an awesome dad to my cats.

I’ve been making a cat Father’s Day card just for him in previous years because let’s face it, my cats are not very crafty 😀

And, I thought there might be other people who want to celebrate their cat dad, too!

So I decided to share this special Father’s Day card with you.

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“Thank you for being an awesome dad to my cats.” Father’s Day card, 4.25″x5.5″ folded, blank inside.
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“Thank you for being an awesome dad to my cats.” Father’s Day card, 4.25″x5.5″ folded, blank inside.

Make your special (cat-obsessed) man smile this Father’s Day 🙂 You can order yours here.

p.s. I’m going to be closing my shop between June 1 – 12, 2016 so please place your order before May 30th in order for your card to be shipped by May 31st!

Thanks friend! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

xo Yuko

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Illustrated Recipe: Beet & Walnut Hummus (Gluten-free, vegan)

While we were on our regular grocery shopping trip, I had a craving for a good dip. 

I just wanted to cut up a bunch of vegetables and dip them into something yummy… So I started looking through what they had on their dip and spread shelf.

I’m currently on a gluten, dairy & egg-free diet (Oh and some beans are out for me, too… sad.), and many pre-made dips had one or more ingredients I can’t have.

Yes, I could eat chickpea hummus, but that’s my typical dip of choice, and I wanted to try something new.

And there it was, I saw this gorgeous, creamy, magenta goodness in an 8 oz. tub on the shelf.

And that’s how I met Beet & Walnut Hummus.

Delighted, I picked up the container and read the label closely. And, congratulations! It was made with everything I could eat!

When I was reading the label, I also noticed that the ingredients were pretty much identical to regular hummus (except for the beets and walnut part).

And then I thought, hmmm, I could probably make that at home!

So I did!

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Sweet Beet & Walnut Hummus Recipe (Gluten-free, vegan)

I just modified the simple chickpea hummus recipe to create this Beet & Walnut hummus. It’s super easy to make and oh so delectable.

It tastes very much like regular chickpea hummus, but the beets add the slight earthiness, and it’s surprisingly sweet, too.

I mean, how gorgeous is this??
I mean, how gorgeous is this??

Enjoy with veggies, crackers, and anything else you’d eat with the regular hummus!

Enjoy! ❤

xo Yuko

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