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November 27, 2014

Have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This morning, we woke up to this...

Winter has come a little early this year! 

My 3-year-old made this Thanksgiving craft at preschool. Isn't this adorable? I couldn't help but show it off :)

I have to admit, this is as far as I went with decorating for Thanksgiving this year. I've been super busy preparing to open my online shop! 

Coffee (and lots of it) and those mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins from Wegmans helped me get through this crazy week.

This year, I'm grateful for all the lovely things I have in my life, as well as some of the challenges we've been through.

Wishing you a weekend full of warm hugs and sweet treats!

I'm going to make a big announcement on Monday, so please check back then!


November 24, 2014

Getting Ready to Open The Shop

Hello friends!

I've been a busy bee preparing to open my Etsy shop

I'm literally spending my every awake moment painting like a mad woman, except when I'm with my boys, cooking, folding laundry, or sleeping. 

Note that I didn't say "cleaning." Cleaning has gone to the bottom of my priority list, and our home looks, less than well... desirable. I hope to catch up on cleaning before Thanksgiving.

Today, I wanted to share some of the artwork I've recently created for the shop. These are my grainy Instagram photos, but you get the idea :)

I'm turning them into prints. What do you think?

Shop opening announcement coming soon. Please stay tuned! 

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In the meantime, I managed to do a teensy bit of fall decorating.

I was inspired by Myquillyn's eye-patched decorative bust and Stacey's polka dot pumpkins (and you might want to check out Stacey's gorgeous Halloween party, too!)  

So my fall decor isn't that original. I guess I used up the "originality" part of my brain when I was painting! But I put my own twist to them and wanted to share with you how quick and easy those projects were. 

This polka dot pumpkin.

I just used this oil-based paint pen in gold to paint the polka dots. Make sure to let the dots completely dry before touching the pumpkin. I ended up smudging a few parts because I was impatient. It only takes a few minutes for the paint to dry.

And this burlap eye patch.

I just cut a piece of burlap ribbon into a heart shape and applied the fabric glue all around the outline to keep it from fraying. Then I attached a piece of white yarn to the burlap using the same glue.

I better go back to do more painting now! 

Hope you have a wonderful start to the week.

November 16, 2014

Goodbye Fear

If you've been here for a while, you know I've dealt with my fair share of fear over the past year

The fear of becoming who I deeply am. 

The fear of expressing my true self and sharing it with the world of online.

Uncovering the true shape of my soul has been spiritually satisfying and scary at the same time. Does this make any sense at all?

I've wanted this blog to be the catalyst for my creative journey, and I've shared various creative pursuits and personal stories here. 

Why do I share them, you may ask?

Because you never know what possibilities might open up when you give and share. 

I believe that everyone has a story to tell and we're meant share our story. As ordinary as it may seem, there might be someone out there who needs our story. 

This has been the place for me to share my story. I'm so grateful you've taken the time to visit here. Thank you.

After almost a year of creating, writing, sharing, and finally realizing what makes me come alive, I've reached another milestone recently and I'm excited about it: 

My constant creative companion, fear, has finally let go of my hand. 

My fear and I've had a life-long companionship.

As long as I could remember, I was always creating something, whether it was drawing, painting, or carving wood. It didn't matter what it was as long as I was using my imagination. I would come home from school, eat a quick snack, and spend the rest of the afternoon turning my vision into reality.

But there was something that frustrated me even as a child. Something I knew was holding me back creatively. I felt as if I couldn't come out of this invisible shell - the shell that forced me to draw a small picture on a big piece of paper, all neatly contained. I hated it. I wanted to break free from it and go wild, but I couldn't.

I'm finally breaking free from the shell of fear.

Face the fear and do it anyway. This has been my mantra over the past year. Dreaming and planning how to turn my dream into reality has been fun and absolutely necessary. But I've learned that taking action is where the true magic happens. (And taking this course has pushed me to take the actions I was afraid to take otherwise.)

I am finally free and it feels great.

Now, I'm ready to create.

November 8, 2014

What Do You Think?

Hello everyone! 

Did you notice some of the changes I've made on the blog lately? This blog is currently undergoing a major overhaul.  

Okay, it's probably not that major, but it sure feels that way. 

I now have a menu bar under the banner, although they are not linked to any pages yet. On the right sidebar, you can find social media buttons where you can connect with me outside of this blog. My husband, Steve, has been working on making those changes, and I can't be grateful enough. He's my hero!

I just created my Instagram account and facebook page a couple of days ago, so they are still in their infancy. But I'm looking forward to growing them and growing with them, and I hope you'll be part of this exciting journey. 

I'm going to make a few more changes on the blog over the weekend as part of Blogging Your Way course I've been taking. It's been a little overwhelming to do this much in such a short amount of time. But then, I have to remind myself that change is good.

I just have to remember to pace myself a little, slow down and take a deep breath.

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Today, I have something I wanted to ask you. 

If you've noticed, there is a link on the menu bar that says "shop." I've been thinking about selling my artwork, both originals and some prints on Etsy. 

The truth is, holding onto the finished artwork is keeping me from becoming a better artist. Instead of cherishing and marveling what I've already done, I want to push myself and try something new.

I'll be honest. It probably won't be easy for me to let many of them go, but I don't want to stay where I am today. I want to be the best artist that I can be. And I believe that my best is yet to come. 

I'm also interested in creating more pieces that I can turn into prints, like this one.

I think it will be a fun way to practice illustrations for my children's book project

So, what do you think? Is selling my artwork online a good idea or not so good? Any thoughts or encouragement? I'm curious. 

In the meantime, let's hang out here:
Pinterest - @yukojones
Like my Facebook page?
Instagram (I only have a few photos, haha!) - @studioyukojones

Have a wonderful weekend!

October 31, 2014

What I Learned in October

Happy Halloween!

What are your plans for today? Are you going trick-or-treating, going to a Halloween party, or perhaps staying at home watching a scary movie?

I have a full day ahead of me today, and I am ready (hopefully) to rock and roll! 

Anyway, today is the last day of October. That means I'm going to share what I learned this month. Are you ready?
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1. I have the best blog friends and readers.
Thank you so much for the comments you've left on my mood boards

Getting your feedback helped me see the messages I'm sending you over the screen. After reading your comments here, I realized that my blog friends feel the same way with my friends and family I know in person. I think that's a good sign. Perhaps I'm getting close to finding my authentic writing voice. So exciting! 

no. 3 got the highest vote

2. I guess I'm a "peachy" person. 
Growing up, I wasn't much of a pink girl. My mom preferred red/navy/yellow over pink, so I don't remember wearing many pink clothes when I was little. When I was working on the mood boards, I was surprised that I was drawn to warm pink. As it turned out, some of you associate me with this color, too. Life is full of surprises, in the best possible way, of course.

3. When you're learning something new, taking a class is a great idea. 
If you are new to something and you want to be good at it, why not take a class and learn from the the best? That's exactly how I felt when I decided to take the blog course

I knew it was going to be a great class, but it's been a mind blowing experience to say the least. Look at the mood board above. I would've never come up with anything like that unless I took the plunge and enrolled in a class. I'm also happy that now I know how to use Photoshop.

4. Sometimes it takes something scary to make you realize what really matters.

5. My 3-year-old always wants to be the same thing as his big bother for Halloween. 
Two years ago, they were the "lawn mowing guys," and a year ago, clowns. This year, they're going to be superheros. My 5-year-old is going to be Spider Man and the 3-year-old decided to be Batman. But after much contemplation, the little Batman regretted not choosing "Cider man." (That's how he says Spider man.) 

You can be "Cider Man" next year, honey :)

I have to get going now, but I hope you have a fantastic weekend no matter what your plans are!

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Today I'm sharing with Emily at chatting at the sky. 

October 28, 2014

My First Mood Boards Ever!

Happy Tuesday! 

I tried something new over the weekend and I'm so excited that I couldn't wait to share it with you: 
I made my very first mood boards - three of them - using Photoshop for the first time (!) 

Learning the very basics of Photoshop impromptu was a little tricky, but my husband (ex-IT guy) gave me a quick lesson and that really helped. 

This was part of the blog course I'm taking right now, and I was supposed to identify my seasonal personality and create a board that reflects the aesthetics I want for my blog. 

And these are the three boards I came up with. I'm hoping you can help me decide which one suits me the best :)

no. 1
This is the first board I created. I really like the overall tones, but I wasn't sure about the pale yellow.

no. 2
I eliminated the pale yellow from the above board and added teal and more golden mustard to give it a little more Autumn feel.

no. 3
And I had to make the third one just of course. I really like this palette too.

I want this blog to feel Creative + Imaginative + Inspirational + a little Nostalgic when you come to visit here.

I've been working on honing my writing voice for almost a year now (and still in progress - it's a lot of work!). But this is the first time I'm actually paying attention to the visual aspect of this place. I'm hoping to connect the visual aesthetics with my writing voice, and have them carry the messages in a cohesive way.

So, what do you think? Which board carries those messages the best? Which one do you prefer?

I'd love to know what you think. 

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no.1: From top left clockwise: Feather + flowers {La Dolce Vita} , Tablescape {LJ Designs}, Mustard {Design Seeds}, Spread love quote, Coffee sign {Clement Coffee}, Succulent {Source Unknown}, Color Palette {The Perfect Palette}, Green lemonade (hello naomi}, Dream quote, Eggs {Martha Stewart}, Flowers {Reverie Design}.

no.2: Tablescape {Lauren Brooks}, Scarf {Nothernly},Teal succulents {Abby Powel},
Color Palette {The Perfect Palette}.

no.3: From top left clockwise: Succulents + flowers {Source Unknown}, Feathers {A well traveled woman}, Tangerine {Design Seeds}, Eucalyptus (Source Unknown}, Flowers in wood box {100 Layer Cake}, Color Palette {Source Unknown}, Sage Table Setting {rip + tan}, Shoes {Mod Cloth}, Purse {The Perfect Palette}, Bonjour {Montana Rose Painter}. 

October 25, 2014

I Believe

Hello everyone!

While I was working on my blog profile, I came up with a list of things that I believe.

Writing about myself has been a lot harder than I expected, and as you know, I've procrastinated almost a year to work on this part of my blog. 

Making this list gave me a better picture of who I am today, at this season of my life. It's fascinating to see how my priorities have changed over the past several years. I definitely didn't feel that using our fine china for everyday meals would be a good idea when I got married 7 years ago! 

It's a bit random thing to post but I thought it might be fun to share it with you. So here we go!

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I believe that floppy wildflowers are more beautiful than a store bought bouquet of flowers, especially when your little one picked them just for you.

I believe in using our good china everyday.
I believe in celebrating small achievements and milestones in life. 

I believe when you have a partner in crime, taking a risk is a little less scary.

Found this Halloween picture from 10 years ago!

I believe that you don't fail until you give up or unless you don't learn from mistakes.

I believe that being unique and a bit weird is a sign of being truly yourself.  

I believe that belly giggles can mend a broken heart.

photo credit: Linda Jones

I believe there is always time for a hug or a cuddle with your loved ones.

I believe in the power of homemade meals.  

I believe that kids learning how to build a fort is as important as learning ABCs and 123s. 

I believe all of us are created with a unique set of gifts, and we are meant to share our gifts with the world.

I believe that everyone has a story to tell. And we are meant to share our story with others, because as ordinary as it may seem, there is someone out there who needs your story

I believe that you are the happiest when you follow your heart and pursue your dream, no matter what anyone else thinks.

"Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure."
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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I feel happy when I go through my list, and I think it's a good sign. It probably means that I am on the right track on my journey. Listening to your heart and following your dream is a process, and it's not always easy. But it doesn't mean that we can't make it fun. Don't you agree? 

I wonder what your list would look like and also make you feel like when you read it. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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