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Join me in the “Thinking of You Week” challenge! 💌

Last week, my mom sent me a picture of a postcard that was sent to me from my high school Japanese literature teacher.

Mr. Eto was a really cool teacher – he was my homeroom teacher for two years and was also in charge of the drama club I was a part of.

(And as you can tell, a very skilled block print maker.)

He was funny and always treated us like we were responsible, intelligent people. He was one of the most influential adults I had in my teenage years.

On the back of the card, he wrote to say he retired last year and that they’ve got 6 grandkids now.

I felt so touched that I was still on his “thinking of you” list after 22 years.

I used to send him New Year’s greeting cards when I first moved here but can’t remember when the last time I wrote him was…😢

So it was a perfect timing when I received this message from Thinking of You Week via Instagram:

“We’re working with The Greeting Card Association to promote Thinking of You Week, an international movement that encourages everyone to send a card every day for one week. We’d love it if you could help spread the message by asking your followers to send a card a day from September 24-30.”

I get requests to promote things to my followers occasionally and only follow through when the cause resonates with me and I believe it benefits you, too.

For someone who creates and sells greeting cards for a living, I don’t send out hand-written note enough!!!

When I got the postcard from Mr. Eto, I knew I wanted to send him a card and tell him what’s been going on in my life.

I wanted to tell him that I got married to a sweet loving man, I quit my job 3 years ago, and now I’m a full-time artist.

I know he’d be delighted to hear from me and would be so proud of my accomplishments 💕

The invitation to promote this challenge inspired me to join in the movement, too.

I’ll be sending a greeting card to my friends (including Mr. Eto) every day between September 24 and 30!

I already thought of a few more people I want to say hello to via a card and am getting super excited to figure out which cards to send them 😍

Do you want to tell someone that they’re on your “thinking of you” list??

I’d love it if you join me in this challenge!!

Thinking of You Week has been promoting giveaways on their Instagram, and I’ve created a special “Mystery 7 Cards for $7” pack in my Etsy shop to make it easier for you to participate 😘

Go check them out!

I’d love to hear from you if you decide to do the challenge. Leave a comment and let me know.

Happy writing, my friend!

xo

p.s. in case you missed the links, you can check out the giveaways on Thinking of You Instagram here and the special mystery pack in my shop here.

Fall & Winter collection sneak preview (pt. 3 of 3) + vacation pics!

Dave and I got back from our mini road trip on Monday night.

We picked up our new (to us) car in Phoenix, Arizona and drove all the way through California, Oregon, and Washington over 5 days.

Here is Bruce (the car)! We drove 1500 miles including some mountains, and he did really well.

We stopped at Joshua Tree National Park – well, we didn’t plan it very well and ended up just exploring the lower part, but the landscape was out of this world. I felt like I was on the moon or mars! (I don’t know my planets very well 😬🌕)

We stopped at Redwood National Park as well. This tree had been hollowed out by the lightening and fire but the outside of it still stands tall and strong. Amazing!

We took a 90-minute tour at the Oregon Caves National Monument. Natural formation of the minerals over marble was truly breathtaking. If you go there, I highly recommend this tour!

On our last day, we visited Mt. St. Helens National Monument in Washington. It’s kind of hard to see in this picture, but the whole north side of the mountain had been blown away when the volcano erupted in 1980. We read several stories of the people who were near when the eruption happened. Many lives were lost and so many more were changed forever. So powerful.

We didn’t have whole a lot of time on this trip as we were trying to get back home in a timely manner, but we still enjoyed our adventure very much.

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and am super excited to share more previews form the new collection with you today

(Psst, in case you missed the previous previews, you can see them here and here.)

You know I care about self-care.

I used to work with people in domestic violence situations for 14+ years and found self-care to be the most important thing in their (and service providers’ ) healing.

Winter holiday season brings cheer and joy to many of us. But it can also be stressful and bring sadness and painful memories.

If you have a friend who needs a little encouragement to take care of themselves during the holiday season, this holiday self-care card would be a perfect a reminder 💕

It feels silly sometimes that we need external permissions to do something like self-care.

But I often need a permission to do or not do something and ask Dave to tell me it’s OK, like saying no to a business opportunity or a project, and he’d just repeat back to me word by word what I said and I say “OK” 😀

It’s silly, but it helps…

Speaking of self-care, I’ve also created a sister design to my popular “Self-Care is not Selfish” design.

It’ll be available as 8″x10″ (20.32 cm x 25.40 cm) archival giclee art print and a blank notecard 👇

Again, if someone you care about is going through a hard time or just not feeling like they’re doing “enough,” let them know they’re doing the best they can ❤️

(BTW, I’ve fallen in love with this soft pink color recently, and you will see more of it in my future collections!)

Before we move on to my next preview, I need to confess.

I was planning on creating 2019 calendars with self-care themed art and sayings, including the design above.

But creating 12 new cohesive and amazing art is no easy feat, and after considering the costs and timeline, I decided not to create a monthly wall calendar for 2019 😢

My goal is to create a stunning monthly calendar for 2020 and give myself plenty of time to do so – my apologies if you’ve gotten my previous wall calendars and have been waiting for the new one! I promise it’ll be worth the wait.

I still wanted to create a calendar that will bring you joy all year long, so I created this fun Llama Dream 2019 calendar poster instead!

It’s printed on 11″x14″ (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm) cotton paper, and has a very yummy texture.

That llama face, tho 😍

Sure, the yearly calendar may seem more decorative than practical, but it’s good for keeping track of things that happen monthly (like your period, that’s what I use my annual calendar poster for), quarterly, and/or annually.

I’d like to think of it as a wall art that happens to tell you the dates.

(Plus it’s printed digitally, so the price is more affordable than my archival prints.)

I created the calendar in a simple and neutral color palette (navy and warm yellow, my fave color convo!) so it’d look great in a kid’s room or your office all year long.

You like??

My new collection will debut in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for the announcement! 👀

(Are you on my email list? Sign up, because I like to spoil my subscribers when I launch new products 😉)

Have a joyful day!

xo

p.s. Oh, and if you’re in the US, have a happy Labor Day! I’ll be at Fremont Sunday Market today 9/2, 10-4 if you’re in Seattle.

Fall & Winter Collection sneak preview 🐱🐷🐶 (Pt. 2 of 3)

Did you enjoy the sneak preview of my new collection last week?

Today I’m back with more cuteness to delight you!

Let me show you some of my new winter holiday designs.

Meet the Winter Kitties 🐱

I love all animals, but I’m more of a cat person if you ask me.

Last year when I made my doggie design, A LOT of my customers asked “where are the CATS??”

So I designed these adorable winter holiday kitties just for you ❄️

Also available as wrapping papers (how can you not??)

And notepads! Wouldn’t you love to organize your holiday to-dos on this cutie? You can, very soon 😻

The next up is 2019 Year of the Boar card!

New Year’s holiday is a BIG deal in Japan and many other cultures, so I’ve designed cute animal zodiac cards for the last 4 years.

2019 is the Year of the Boar, and these happy, party boars bring me SO much joy 😆

And I updated the Doggies in Sweater design from last year (it was for the Year of the Dog design for this year).

Now it’s a plain doggie design without any texts 🐶 so it’s appropriate for Christmas or any other occasions!

Don’t forget – doggie wrapping papers are already in the shop!

And here is my new Hanukkah card design 🍽

I love learning about foods in culture and the meaning behind them – I really enjoyed researching about foods for Hanukkah for this design! 😋

(and it made me hungry!!)

Well, did you enjoy the previews​?

There is a lot more where they came from, and I can’t wait to share more next week 😘

xo

p.s. My new collection won’t be available online till early September, but you can shop the existing cuteness (and they’re equally cute 💕) today.

NEW Archival Canvas Prints in Shop!

It’s full-on summer mode here in Seattle.

That means blue skies, sunshine, and beautiful flowers everywhere.

Ok, this photo was not exactly taken in Seattle – we went to Orcas Island last weekend for a short visit.

We stayed at Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead, where Dave used to live for 7 years when we were first dating.

Such a magical place Orcas is… If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend you make a trip up there! It’s not that far from Seattle (about 2.5 hrs one way, including the ferry ride) but feels so far away from everything.

Plants and nature have been a big part of my creative inspiration.

Especially flowers, I can’t get enough of them!

I’m often daydreaming of converting our veggie gardens into flower gardens (don’t tell Dave!!)

So it is no wonder why I created 2018 calendars full of flowers and uplifting messages.

Though the calendars are long sold out, I turned 6 of my illustrations into 8″x8″ archival canvas prints for an art show I’m having at Tin Umbrella Coffee in South Seattle right now!

First of all, if you live in/hear Seattle, go visit this cute coffee shop this month and enjoy the artwork in person!

Plus, their coffee is amazing.

These canvas prints turned out SO nice.

The colors are so crisp and vibrant. And the canvas texture is oh so yummy.


It’s scratch and smudge resistant, so you don’t have to be super precious around it, which may be a plus if you have little ones around 😉

It’s got a metal piece on the back for easy hanging, too.

Since many of you live far away, I wanted to invite you to the show virtually and make them available for purchase online, too!

You can now enjoy the gallery and shop your favorite canvas art here

(** Please note that since I only have one of each prints, the artwork you purchase won’t be available to ship until the show is over at the end of July.)

Oh, and if you live in the US, shipping is FREE! Isn’t it exciting?

I hope you get to check out my work in person if you’re in the area, or online if you don’t live nearby 😊

Enjoy!

xo

p.s. in case you missed the link, you can shop my new canvas prints here.

 

Fall & winter collection sneak preview 👀

I’ve been working very hard on my fall & winter collection, which debuts at Urban Craft Uprising Summer Wholesale Event on July 2.

(The event is open only to the retail shop owners and buyers, FYI).

And I thought you may enjoy a sneak preview today!

My customers and fans have told me over and over they love my sense of color 🎨

Well, that’s a good thing because bright colors make me happy, and I love playing with colors!

So in my new collection, I’ve incorporated a bunch of fun color palettes for you to enjoy.

Here are some bits and pieces of my new work!

Aren’t they fun?? 😍

Also, lots of animals in my new collection! (and animals on wheels nonetheless 🚲)

I didn’t plan it that way at first, but hey, who wouldn’t like adorable animals??

I’m just so grateful that I get to make art I love and help you connect with your loved ones through my art ❤

I’ll be sharing more sneak previews with you in the next few months, so stay tuned.

(Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you haven’t already, as I’ve been sharing my works in progress there, as well 😉)

My new collection will be available to purchase in my shop in the beginning of September.

And if you are not on my VIP list already, sign up to get an exclusive early-bird price when the new collection launches!

Have a colorful, happy day, my friend😘

xo

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.

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.

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!