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SOLD OUT πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

That’s right, friend!

First run of my is officially SOLD OUT βœ¨πŸ™πŸΌ

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 πŸ˜… 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 πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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 πŸ₯°

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:

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(Just a little context πŸ‘†πŸΌ- she shared an image of the calendar on her Insta Story, and I accidentally responded with a sad face emoji πŸ˜’πŸ˜†)

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 πŸ™πŸΌ 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” πŸ‘‡πŸΌ 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 doπŸ˜‰

(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… πŸ™„

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 πŸŽ‰

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 πŸ‘†πŸΌyou know they won’t last very long…

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

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… πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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

Happy 4th!

If you’re in the U.S., Happy 4th!

I usually don’t do anything on the 4th πŸ˜… but this year we’re going to a BBQ at my friend’s. They’re grilling up some steaks and salmon, they said. So fancy ✨ We’re bringing a salad from our garden. A proper celebration!

(However, I guarantee you I’ll be in bed by the time fireworks start πŸ˜‚ I got earplugs.)

Just like my new birthday card implies, I’m not much of a partier. Cozy celebration that ends at a reasonable time is def my style.

No matter what you’re doing, be safe and enjoy your day πŸ’™β€οΈ

xo

πŸŽ‰ New collection is here! πŸŽ‰

I did it 😭

My new collection is online NOW.

Enjoy 5 new cards, 2 prints, 4 stickers, and one magnet!

And remember, you always get free shipping with an order of $35 or more (U.S. only).

I LOVE every single thing in my new collection, and I hope they’ll bring you joy today.

Happy Sunday, and Happy Pride!

xo

ps. in case you missed the link, you can shop my new collection online here.

A gentle reminder for your self-confidence

Do you ever get a funny look when you try to explain to a stranger what you do?

“What do you do for a living?”

“Oh I’m a Cheese Sprayer.”

“A cheese what!?”

Ok, maybe you don’t have an odd-souding job like Chesse Sprayer (look it up, it’s a thing.)

And really, neighter do I.

But there is one thing I tell my customers that gets a funny look, oh maybe 75% of the time.

It’s not the fact I’m obsessed with cats. Or that my bedtime is 8:30 😴

It’s when I tell people my stickers are dishwasher-safe.

I tried to ignore that funny look at first – I thought I was reading their faces wrong. You know, sometimes, people just look funny and it has nothing to do with you.

But then I noticed the sense of relief in them when I followed up with “so you can put the sticker on your water bottle, and it won’t peel off.”

photo by Lauren Krygier

ohhhhh, I see, they thought I was suggesting they wash the stickers in the dishwasher. By themselves.

Which they can. But, that wouldbe weird, wouldn’t it? I’d give them a funny look, too, if they told me that πŸ˜€

Honestly, I don’t know how they make the stickers dishwasher-safe. I know they’re vinyl. The rest, magic, I suppose πŸ¦„

I still get the funny look when I tell people about its dishwasher-safe-ness, but I just smile and explain what that means.

You know what else makes me smile?

It’s that my stickers have quickly become one of my best-selling products.

Naturally, new designs are coming out when the next collection launches in a couple of weeks πŸ₯³

If you’re needing a gentle reminder to feel more confident, these are for you❀️

They will be available in my online shop during the week of June 24.

Sign up for my V.I.P email list, and you’ll hear about it first, and I’ll send you a promo code, of course 😘

Can’t wait for you to have them very soon!

xo

ps. You can also pick them up at Fremont Street Fair and Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show on 6/22-23 if you’re in the area.

From bored to inspired πŸ¦πŸ€πŸŽ¨

Hey friend,

Back in the first week of May, Dave and I took a couple of days off to get away to Whidbey Island, a short drive and ferry ride from Seattle.

Gorgeous view from Fort Casey State Park

We wanted to spend time together and relax away from our daily routine.

We’re independent people with different interests and schedule, so it’s easy for us to do our own thing and not connect with each other intentionally.

We stayed at our friends’ beautiful studio for a couple of nights, and on the second day, we went out to some of the state parks and did hiking and birdwatching.

Dave looking for birds to watch

Dave’s always been a bird nerd πŸ¦…πŸ€“, but me, not so much.

I like nature and animals, but birding seemed sort of too stationary?? I’d get frustrated and bored because I didn’t know what I was looking for/at.

Every time he would stop to see something, I’d be like (inside my head, sometimes out loud, maybe) “Ugh, again??? I only see brown dots fluttering around. Let’s keep walking.”

I know, not a very fun companion for your birding activity πŸ™Š

Maybe it’s more of a mature person’s thing, because I’m learning to enjoy it more as I get older.

(Or maybe it’s because I finaly figured out how to adjust my binocular πŸ‘€ so I could actually see the things πŸ˜‚ It helps.)

We hiked around Fort Casey State Park, Ebey’s Landing, and Coupeville and spotted a bunch of neat birds.

I love colors and textures of these rocks on the beach
Ebey’s Landing
Lighthouse at Fort Casey State Park

Later, I sketched some of the birds to document the fun time we had.

Birds we saw on Whidbey Island, May 2019

And they turned out so adorable 😻

It inspired me to learn more about the birds and draw more.

And then I thought, wouldn’t it be so cute to create a new design with birds of Washington πŸ€”??

The answer, of course, is YES, it would be SUPER cute.

I asked my Facebook friends for bird suggestions, and boy they had so many great ideas!!

(If you were one of the people who helped me, THANK YOU!)

Here are some of the birds I’ve sketched for the new artwork.

Bird sketches
I drew them on my iPad Pro with Procreate app if you’re wondering!

I’m having a lot of fun with these little birds, and the new print will be available in late June when my new collection debuts!!

Stay tuned, my friend.

xo

Back by popular demand (+ new work sneak preview! πŸ‘€)

I was on my mini sabbatical week this past week.

(What is it? I take every 7th week off to rest and recharge. The best self-care strategy I learned from seanwes.)

But I wrote this a week before, and I’m planning to spend my sabbatical week 1) reading the book, Profit First, to learn and implement the new accounting system for my biz and 2) making more art for the new collection.

Ok, ok, I can hear you saying, “But Yuko, you’re on sabbatical! Why are you working? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ”

To me, my mini sabbaticals are for doing things I don’t normally have time to do.

Sometimes that means I get to work on more big picture things for my business, like reviewing and revising my accounting system.

(Sounds boring? πŸ˜€ I used to think accounting was boring, too, but when I get to experiment with it and see how it impacts my business, it’s kinda exciting! πŸ€“)

And making art is fun and rejuvenating.

Sabbatical or no sabbatical.

I’m debuting my Fall & Winter Collection at the Urban Craft Uprising Summer Wholesale Show on June 24th, so I need to crack on.

(Someone’s been watching the Great British Baking Show, hasn’t it? πŸ₯πŸ₯–πŸ₯§)

I’ve made some designs already, but I need more to complete the collection.

I made a list – I need 8 more designs to be exact. Um, ok, that’s more than I thought I had to do πŸ™€πŸ˜‚

Most of my new designs need to be finished by the first week of June so I can send them to print, design my new catalog, and order postcards etc.

So, yeah, I really need to crack on.

(Gosh I love saying “crack on” so much!)

Since I don’t schedule a lot of other things during my sabbaticals, it’s a great time to focuse on art making.

If you were sad that I didn’t make 2019 monthly calendar, dry your tears because you’ll have one for 2020!

Here are some artwork for the new calendar πŸ₯°

It’s going to be full of reminders for self-care and self-acceptance.

Why do I make these? Because I need to hear it the most. And it turns out, you do, too 😘

And the calendars are a great way to enjoy beautiful art and helpful reminders.

I love having a calendar poster this year – but it is fun to see new art every month, isn’t it?

It won’t come out till October, but I’ll share more previews between now and then!

Hope you’re as excited about this as I am ❀️

xo

Self-care, Coeur d’Alene, and price adjustments

Hey there,

How’s it March already?? 😬

In Japan we have a saying: January goes, February runs away, and March leaves. I guess people have felt this way about the first three months of the year for a long time.

It’s nice to know it’s not just me. Hehe πŸ˜€ Do you feel the same way?

As this post goes out, we’re in Spokane for Custer’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show. Come visit if you’re in the area!

In the meantime, I have a few announcements today, so let’s jump right in.

First off, I have a couple of new items available in the shop!

“Self-Care is not Selfish” design is now available as magnets!

It’s been one of my customer-favorites, and the vinyl stickers with the same design has been very popular as well. I’m excited to add this to my magnet family.

What a helpful reminder for every day πŸ’—

I’ve also added Coeur d’Alane greeting card to my line just in time for the show in Spokane this weekend.

It’s also available as 8×10″ and 11×14″ archival giclee art print.

I love how colorful it’s turned out 🌈 I’ve been told many times how beautiful Coeur d’Alene is. I need to visit there!

You can find all these items in my shop or at shows.

OK, on to another news – I’m adjusting a couple of product prices effective June 1, 2019.

For your reference, 8×10″ art prints are currently $22, and gift wraps are $12 for a roll of 3 sheets.

This is both due to manufacturer cost increase and to balance out my prices in general.

Everything else stays the same ✌️

If you wanna grab them at the current price, shop before May 31st πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Have an awesome day!

xo

Do you love one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry? πŸ’Ž

I did it!

I survived the NW Flower & Garden Show!!

THANK YOU for coming to support me. Meeting new and old friends is always the highlight of my shows.

It was my first time exhibiting at the NWFGS, and I was lucky enough to share a booth with my maker friend, Sarah from Magpie Mouse Studios.

In fact, it was Sarah who asked me if I wanted to share a booth with her in the first place.

The cost of doing this show was quite high (for me), so without her inviting me to split the cost, I probably wouldn’t have done it.

Sarah and I have been at several shows together before – I’ve always admired her colorful enamel jewelry and her upbeat personality.

Until I sharedΒ a booth with her, I didn’t know just how complementary our products were.

During the 5 days we were together, we played with pairing my greeting cards with her one-of-a-kind earrings.

Look how cute they are!! πŸ‘€

I’m so in love 😍

You can click on each photo to shop the card you love 😽

Earrings are all handmade and one of a kind – many of the ones in the photos have sold out – but you can check out Sarah’s Etsy shop to find something similar.

Have a wonderful, colorful day!

xo

ps. Always free US shipping when you order $35 or more.