Archive for May, 2008

Happy Site Friday: Creative Thursday

Hello! Have a seat! Tea? Hot cocoa? So glad you came by today cause I have a special friend with us today. Marisa is joining us for a little while, and I can’t wait for you to meet her. If you haven’t yet, then well, you are in for a treat. Plan on making a new friend today!

When I was first figuring out how to get my art into the world, I began doing research and came across this lovely lady’s site. She is just full of passion, color, creativity and life and she loves to share it. Her studio? Creative Thursday came about when she was working 9-5 in an office and needed to set aside time to be her true artistic self, which just happened to be on Thursdays. She made a note to herself: Must do this more! She started a daily painting exercise, began blogging, posting on ETSY, and well, the rest is history. She has made quite the career for herself and has been able to quit her ‘day job’ and do what she truly loves. And just to give you a sense of her approach to things, she found her artist title in quite the circuitous way before finding her true life’s calling. From acting to interior design to marketing…she has learned to not be scared to do what you TRULY love. And in her graceful, sharing way, she shares lessons and advice from her experiences for other artists and creative minds. Some artists are very closed about how they find success in their art. Marisa is completely different. She sees the need for artists to support each other. She has found her own journey, recognizes everyone else has their own journey, and is passionate about helping other’s along the way. She is truly a generous and good person!

Marisa has put together a very wonderful site full yummy pictures, podcasts, blog posts, and even scheduled workshops, so I won’t try and duplicate that here. But I will say, she has invited you over to visit and have a look around. She truly is fearless and so passionate and loving. Though I haven’t met her yet, I plan on making a visit the next time I am in L.A. If you are an artist, have creative aspirations, Marisa’s journey will inspire you. She does a little of everything:

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A message from Marisa:

“When you visit this site I hope you feel inspired to be more creative in your own life, and to surround yourself with color as you can’t help but feel happy and alive in its presence. Just remember there is no limit to what we can do when we live to be FREE, Happy and TRUE and be CREATIVE every day, especially THURSDAYS!”

She loves what she does and believes that ‘starving artist’ is a phrase of the past. You CAN make a living doing what you love. Thank you Marisa! We hope to stay a while!

For more yummy creative thursday, visit:

Her ETSY shop

OOpsy Daisy
Urban Outfitters
Her blog

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architectural stationary for the sentimental heart.

One of those nights where I start drawing to just draw. (This is so important for me…I have some ‘projects’ I am working on and I have to keep tricking my hands that they aren’t working). Started as Dollhouses. Morphed into Houses. Morphed into Pattern. Morphed into greeting card. Morphed into a ‘goodbye’ card for my next-door neighbor of 3 years moving on Saturday. The inside of the card says “Come over sometime.”

Then I wished I lived in one of these houses.

Only bigger.

Well, maybe just people size.

I’d keep the pink roof. But then I’d paint it so my husband would want to live with me.

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Wanna trade me?

Ok. In my next life I am going to be a seamstress. I especially wish I had this talent because my little Addie, is well, little. Her waist and bum is the size of an 18 month old, but she is tall, so she is a size 3 in length. Problem? Shorts just fall off her. Solution? Handmade skirts and summer dresses. I have made a few, and it is all she wears.

Here is my proposition: I need one more summer dress before our family takes a 2 week long trip to Hawaii in June. I KNOW that many of you are great seamstresses…I read your blogs!I am looking for a pillowcase dress in exchange for some prints. The only catch is I would need it in 2 weeks. I have had this beautiful Amy Butler fabric and am happy to mail it to you. So, if you are interested in a really fun trade, email me (my email is on my profile page). I feel kinda silly, but the truth is, Addie mostly sports around in her underwear unless she is wearing a skirt or slip on dress! Any takers??

Don’t you love Amy Butler’s new line? Me too.

Here is an example of what I didn’t get around to making:

(photo from molly coddle)

Thanks yo guys! You are the best!

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It is interesting…these calender prints. Some of them come so fast, and some take me forever to figure out. June was a ‘forever to figure out’ print. Really, it was the color scheme that took me the longest. You may have noticed that every season has it’s own color scheme, and June/July/August is my last theme to choose. But, I decided: Summer Whites (with splashes of watermelon and orange). But now that I have decided…I can’t wait for July and August!

This little moment is inspired by Addie who helped me see that all the dandelions are nearly all ‘white poofs’ and must be blown away in the wind. She is flower lover (what little girl isn’t?) and June is full of gorgeous blooms, but also these pesky weeds that children love.

This print is more still that I would have liked for a warmer month like June, but there is something about the stillness that is childlike. Children can run and climb and be ALL over the place, but they are also capable for caring about each one of those seeds that are disappearing in the wind. Amazing.

Happy June every one!

OH, and please notice to the left I have a running poll right now. I am wanting to make some FREE downloads available on my blog, and want to know what would be of most interest to you! I am constantly looking for free paper dolls and coloring pages for my kids, and decided to make my own and want to share! So, you can vote for more than one thing, but vote! I want to know what you would like.

Sarah Jane

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Happy Site Friday: Magnolia Square

Today I travel to Melbourne, Australia. Get your plane ticket ready and take a weekend shopping trip! I don’t know about you, but I need a weekend with the girls, and this one is going to be great! Wanna come?

Ok, Ok. The travel time alone would take all weekend, so let’s just click over to here. Magnolia Square is a shoppers paradise with over 150 unique artisan retailers all in one central location. I found their blog and was instantly wishing I lived on the other side of the world. 7 months ago (Pre-Sarah Jane ETSY shop) I really had no desire to visit the land down under. But since over half of my international customers are from Australia, I have made some wonderful friends….all who I am sure would love to go shopping with me this weekend in Melbourne. Australia is so supportive of all things handmade, and I may just be taking a trip soon!

(click on the image to see the website)

Back to Magnolia square. Aren’t these images just tempting? Thankfully (for all of us who can’t afford a 16 hour plane ride) Magnolia square has a blog where they feature their favorite finds…most of whom have websites! Horray for virtual shopping!

Enjoy! And if any of you manage to find cheap airfair, let me know!

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A welcomed friend.

There is quite the combination of tasks and obligations that come with owning a business. My art is what I love to do, and what I love to sell. But I am starting to find that unless I keep things fresh and new, I will never find growth as an artist or as a business. There are projects I am working on, and art that I want to see in my shop. But when I get artists block I have to create for the sake of creating. Even if it doesn’t go with my shop, or even if I have specific projects to work on. If I don’t, I get stuck and can’t think. It is all part of being a creative personality. So, you may be seeing more of these from my gut type illustrations that may or may not make their way into the shop. But they reflect what is on my mind now and in my vision now.

For instance, this little piece (brought to you by Thursday Naptime). I am having a little obsession with toadstools lately. And I just love red and pink together. But this little girl came from my Addie this month. She will find the most random thing and say, “Mommy, this matches me!” Like a diaper wipe and her white shirt. Or the brown leaf to her brown pants. She is also making friends with inanimate living things, like trees and grass. So, this is for her. But this time, the toadstools want to be friends with what they think matches them. It is a happy day for a toadstool when friends come a long. And today, I have made friends with my pen again.

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He has a really cool party hat.

Experiments. Addie and Ian are still asleep. (Late night last night so thank goodness). It’s raining. I love this quiet time to do what ever comes. I have projects up the whazoo. But it sure feels nice to just create from my head as it comes. Note to self: must do that more! Must have kids sleep in more. We’ll see where this goes. Inspired from this line.

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Send a card.

It’s about time these cards hit the shelves! I just adore these chair cards. They can be used for just about anything….Father’s day, birthday, just because, etc. etc. etc.

I am also selling the giraffe print card separately in honor of Father’s day coming up. My own father instilled in me a love for cards and stationary. It has been said that he has a secret filing cabinet somewhere FILLED with just the right card for just the right person (but the location still remains unknown). My dad worked in his father’s print shop when he was younger, and fell in love with all things paper. Maybe that is where I get it. My dad has given me two cards that I can remember that he had actually bought for me 4-5 years before, and saved it for just the right moment. That is my dad. Why do I mention this? I guess it is my quest to create some cards that make for just the right moment, at just the right time. Anyways…enjoy! they are up in the shop!

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