Archive for May, 2009

singing in the rain.

I don’t know if I mentioned my other half and his crazy over the top dancing skills. Not only does he cook, but he is a crazy awesome dancer/actor/singer! He has been rehearsing for the past 2 months for the summer run of “Singing in the Rain” and he is playing the role of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) at a local community theater and the show opens next week! My good husband hasn’t performed in a show in 10 years (it is a rather big time commitment!) and I couldn’t be more thrilled for him.

He and I actually met our very first day of college in BYU’s Musical Theater program and I fell madly in love with his tapping skills. What girl doesn’t swoon over a gorgeous guy in tap shoes who can flirt with a triple time step? I fell for it, and glad I did.

If you are in Utah, come and see! It’s a fantastic show.

Hale Center Theater come Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Happy weekend!

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35 weeks+

Oh these are the days of swollen legs, swollen belly, swollen face, swollen everything! How is it that I can be so uncomfortable, yet love how I feel all at the same time? Today we saw a hot air balloon sailing through the summer sky, and I could completely relate.

Now that the shop is closed, we are getting everything ready! I found some new swaddling blankets today, and we have moved the cradle into the bedroom. It is all becoming real now.

Baby girl is coming soon!

Keep checking back for updates….


sarah j.

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Maternity leave.

OK! It’s time! Baby is coming soon, and we’re closing to get ready!. Order through the weekend, and all orders will ship Tuesday May 26th. Thanks for all your support! We’ll be back come July.


sarah j.

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The ins and outs.

My dear blog friends,

Are you completely bored with my blog by now? Do you come over to have a chat and no one is home? Who ever posts here is for sure rude! Leaving a blog up with no updates. Geesh. Bloggers.

I feel like my blog has been living in a ghost town. Only because there is actually A LOT going on behind the screen…namely getting ready for baby.

Just an update, I am 34 1/2 weeks along and technically have only 5+ weeks until the baby is due. But since I have a history of having preemies, it looks like this baby won’t be an exception. I have been having regular contractions for over 3 weeks now. Thus the Ghost Town Blog.

And frankly, I am pooped! I have been getting tons of help with my shop (I have two AMAZING gals over shipping and printing.) But it looks like I will be closing down shop for a bit to keep my head on straight. This pregnancy is taking all my concentration, which it should. And with projects that need to be finished up before baby comes, I have decided to close down after the weekend. A more formal announcement will come soon, but I wanted to give you guys the heads up!

Running an ETSY shop, creating art as a business, raising 2 toddlers with a baby on the way and still trying to manage a life full of daily enjoyments has been the learning lesson of a lifetime. I am driven to work from home yet have a home where my children never feel like I work. Every day I strive to make them first and be creative with how I use my time to still stay ahead in my business. It is a challenge, let me tell you! But it’s also important to remember that life has big waves that sometimes can’t be surfed with a surfboard full of stuff. Simplifying is needed to take on the biggest waves! And so, I will close my doors for a bit. And man…it’s a good feeling:)

I’ll still be here though. Check in to see cute belly pictures and baby pictures;) Any guess on a due date? If you think you know, fill me in! I’d love to mark my calendar:)

Thanks for all your wonderful emails, and your kind words and all your support! I just love hearing from you all, and wish I could just invite you all over for cupcakes and raspberry tea or something. And then you could watch my children put on a play for you with elaborate entrances and exits, and with handmade costumes made out of paper and tape, singing show tunes at the top of their lungs in a made up language, and then maybe you’ll be glad to just read my blog…and no more:)

Have a lovely weekend!


sarah j.

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The simple joys found.

Oh hello. It feels really good to be back. You may have not noticed an absence, but I have been nearly a month without reliable internet. I have been having to go to my grandmother’s to email, run the ETSY shop and make the occasional blog post. Granted, she only lives next door, but it did take a bit of planning.

Besides the fact that I was (am still) incredibly behind on emails, and have made a few mistakes with getting orders straight, I learned more than I had expected to! Life without internet is tricky when you work from home, but oh….it was a much needed break!

Lessons from a wireless-less home:

*Life is too full of wonder to think more wonder lies behind a screen.

* Emails can be attacked once a day rather than paying attention to the constant nagging of the “What-if-they-emailed-me-back” syndrome.

* Communication is a lot easier online. But much nicer on the phone.

* My children noticed a renewed focus on them. They can’t say it, but they are much happier when I am not dedicating a portion of my mind to the distractions online.

*My business can do fine without my constant attention. Checking in Twice a day is just fine.

* Finding resources in books had become second to google. What a treasure to let go of Google searches and go to the library or bookshelf instead.

* Staying organized in Google Docs is only good if you have the internet. Paper lists became my support, and it felt good to sharpen more pencils.

* My home is beautiful and wonderful and I don’t need it to look like a post from Apartment Therapy to feel cozy and safe and inspiring.

* Life is full of simple joys that can be forgotten when there are too many distractions around you.

But with all the lessons learned, WOW I am glad to have my missing arm back. It is just good to know now that moderation is everything. I can’t wait to be blogging again, and posting more pics. It feels good to be back.

This time of year is so magical for me. Watching my kids play in the yard all day and experiencing an earth that is growing every day. I can’t even get decent pictures of Ian because he becomes so transformed in his outdoor world I can’t keep up with him! (The extra 35 pounds on my body has something to do with that too though!)

And in case any of you are wondering who made that darling green dress, it sure wasn’t me. Cally has made me a few things over the past year or two, and I can’t say enough about her incredible talents. Check out her blog here for more sewing awesomeness.

See you soon, and happy weekend!


sarah j.

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A new mother.

Above my studio room, in the eaves of the roof, a nest was built. And day in and day out, I have heard the flapping wings of the Mama bird come in and out, working hard on building that nest. And then this morning, in the new light of Mother’s Day, there was this incessant chirping above the ceiling from what seemed like a nest full of baby birds. Addie and I went out to check, and sure enough, that hard working black bird became a mother today. We sat on a quilted blanket under the tree and watched that mama bird fly off and catch a worm, and then fly back to her nest with chirpy, hungry babies waiting inside. She would fly off again, and 4 minutes later be back with another worm. We watched for over an hour and a half while this new Mama diligently fed her new babies…in and out of the nest, never resting. Me, with my huge belly and baby kicking; addie with her 4-year old motherly tendancies; and this new black bird mother….all enjoying a springtime mother’s day. It was so magical and slendid! Besides the incredible dinner, and three hour nap I got, it was the best mother’s day present to see new birth and a new mother in the nest above my studio window. Motherhood is magical! Happy mother’s day to all!

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Oh we’ve got trouble with a capital “T”

And that rhymes with “C” and that stands for “Computer”

Still having computer and Internet woes. It’s a bit complicated, and has a bit to do with the fact our temporary residence at the moment is akin to a cabin in the wilderness. Lovely trees, but not modernized quite yet. I’ll try and post soon. It kills me not to reply to all your wonderful comments and emails! The shop is still up and running thanks to my two dear friends who have taken on the shipping, packing and tracking duties while I get ready for baby. I’ll be in soon. I feel a bit out of the loop with all that is going on around these parts. I really do love reading all your comments, and getting to know new friends! Have a great weekend, and hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things soon.


Sarah J.

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Photo classic.

I couldn’t resist the urge to post these pics from Justin Hackworth Photography. He posted some pics to his blog a few weeks ago, but after getting back from the preview of ALL the pics he took, I am left completely indesisive of which one I want to keep for good! Thanks Justin for making it soooooo hard to decide (and these are only 4 of the 80). So tough!

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