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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.

Feeling blue? This will make you feel better.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been painting exclusively in blue lately.

I was inspired by Lisa Congdon’s Creative Boot Camp on Creativebug, where she shows us how to paint using only one color.

Here is an example of her painting in red.

I started painting using 4 blue colors in my Sakura Koi Watercolor Set and got immediately hooked.

I didn’t have a goal of painting so many works in blue. But it’s one of my favorite colors because it’s soothing and calming. So I just kept painting in blues! (At the time of writing this article, I’ve painted in blue for 31 days straight. Wow!)

I like the challenge of using limited colors (and of course the limited timeline I set to complete a painting). Restrictions encourage creativity. The more limitations you set on your creative practice, the more creative you think!

Just think how you’d feel if you have a huge blank canvas with unlimited color palette and materials to play with, and you can paint whatever you wanted vs. someone tells you you need to draw a cat using just red and blue on a 4″x4″ piece of paper? See what I mean?

Of course, there is a danger of your practice becoming stagnant over time if you’re not intentional about working in a limited color palette.

When I feel my blue paintings are getting stale, I switch to different subject matters or add different elements. For example, I was painting still life at first, then abstract, and then more representational works.

One day, I did a lettering piece for one of my daily paintings and really enjoyed it, so I created a series of encouraging quotes in blue.

You know I love creating art with encouraging/motivational quotes! First of all, I do it because I need a positive reminder. And I know I’m not the only one who needs to hear it, so I like to share them 🙂

Art has the power to make you feel. When you see a powerful message represented in an art form, it goes directly to your heart, doesn’t it?

That’s how I feel about these paintings – somehow, these encouraging messages resonate with me on a deeper level than just hearing someone say it.

If you’re feeling blue today (pun so intended!), I hope these paintings will cheer you up! 🙂

Have a lovely day, friend!

xo Yuko

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You’re making a difference even if you’re not making money.

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{First of all – THANK YOU for responding to my “What do you enjoy reading about the most on my blog?” survey! I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know how you feel. If you missed it, you can still share your thoughts with me here :)}

I recently posted this video on Instagram and it resonated with a lot of people.

You are making a difference even if you are not making $

I often get anxious when I’m doing things that are not actively paying the bills, like gardening, making food from scratch, and taking my mini sabbaticals every 7 weeks.

I could decide to let them go so I can spend more time on growing my creative business (and I almost did give up on gardening a couple of years ago). We only have 24 hours a day, and if we wanted to create time for something important, you just need to say no to other things.

But really, I often get my creative inspirations from doing things like gardening and cooking healthy meals from scratch.

Gardening gets me in touch with the seasons and nature. It also gets me outside of our house regularly. I’m a homebody and would stay home for as long as I care to admit if I let myself 😀

I also feel empowered knowing that we’re able to meet at least a tiny portion of our basic needs ourselves.

Eat a Rainbow Colorful Summer Vegetable Illustration by Honeyberry Studios
Eat a Rainbow, watercolors & pen on paper.

Making food from scratch might take longer and could actually be more expensive than buying prepared or processed food, but it also helps me feel good in my body and mind.

Cooking is a very hands-on creative activity with an immediate reward (well, most of the time anyway) and gives me a break from a lot of thinking and computer work, too.

This beet walnut hummus recipe is not only tasty and healthy, it's beautiful!
This beet walnut hummus recipe is not only tasty and healthy, but it’s beautiful!

I also feel annoyed by other household chores, like cleaning and grocery shopping, but if they don’t happen, my working environment wouldn’t feel as good and productive.

Yes, as a creative business owner, I need to be making money and maintain a strong focus to achieve that goal.

I constantly think about how to create a life where I still enjoy the craft and have a sustainable business doing what I love. I need my life to be meaningful and joyful so I can continue creating work that brings others joy ❤

These other things, though they don’t seem to be directly helping me bring in the big paycheck, are part of what keeps my creative reservoir filled. And it’s my professional obligation as a working artist to do so.

If you ever felt guilty for taking the time out of your day to attend to “other” needs, think of how those activities are helping you to stay well-rounded so you can focus on your goals.

Remember, your creations have values. It makes people happy and feel warm and fuzzy. It makes them laugh out loud. It makes them think or cry. People are moved by what you create. It’s truly magical!

Keep putting yourself out there even if you don’t feel it’s making a difference today. Believe me, you’re making a difference by doing what you do!

xo Yuko

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