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Less, but better.

One of the reasons I’ve taken a bit of time off blogging, is simply because life is SO full. All it took was traveling during the summer months where I didn’t have my good access to wifi and a computer as much, and my routine of showing up here was broken. No regrets really, except that I realized in those months, how MUCH time was being deticated in my life to things I felt I SHOULD be doing, rather than what REALLY mattered to me in my family and in my career.

Case in point: I often feel I don’t have time to truly get down and dirty in my creative process because of the contant distractions of kids and family life, yet if I were to add up the total minutes and hours spent on my phone or doing completely unessential things in my day, it would total up to just the amount of time I need in my day to make progress in my art! How is that? It’s more than just “priorities” it’s about proactively protecting your time, and allowing space in your day to deticate to the things that matter. Much easier said than done!

But as I’ve been studying this principle of LESS, BUT BETTER in my own life, I’ve felt the need to document my journey a bit more and share what I’m learning along they way.

In May, when my sleep deprived from the newborn stage, busy and full life came to a head, I started realizing that I was having mini panick attacks from all that there was to DO. I have always known that I can’t do it ALL…but I am such a driven, passionate person, it’s really hard to convince myself of just that!

Enter in Greg Mckeweon with his new book Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less (instant New York Times Best Seller, and an instant following of 2.5 million readers on his blog). I ran into his wife, who was a fellow musical theater student with me in my BYU days, and she told me about the book that just came out. I instantly bought it, and devoured it, and knowing that Greg was a brilliant mind, but also a father of 4 yound children living in the Sillicon Valley, I found his book extrememly relevant.

Since that point, I’ve actively been making changes in my habits and life that allow for more productivity to happen, while doing LESS in a given day. Something that I’ve actually been striving to find over the past few years, but never could find the resources to really make it relevant to my daily life.

I’m going to be sharing my journey here, in hopes that there are other women who can improve their level of happiness and satisfaction in their lives by disciplining our lives to truly get out of it what we want. I’m convinced that successful family life and successful creative business building doesn’t have to be synonomous with overwhelmed, overtired and crazy living. It’s something that I’ve felt I’ve managed well, but needs to be better for me to really feel like all that I have been pursuing is truly successful to me.

As I document my journey to maintain a level of happiness, wellness and productivity that allows me to keep my priorities of being a happy mother, happer person and successful creative, I hope you’ll join me and add your experiences! This is a conversation that REALLY needs to be had…espeicially when we are sucked into the culture of information overload, idea overload, and just overload in general. We can’t do it all. Yet, we are subconciosuly sold the idea that doing more will get us more. I’ve been seeking the proof that doing less is actually better, but hadn’t found the documented proof until I found this book.

How to weed out the trivial many and focus on the essential few…while still being present…and successful…in your creative industry, your home and your personal life. This has been my quest this past year, and I want to take you with me.

Are you in?

xo

Sarah

Image: {Greg McKeweon and his wife Anna with me and my husband after Greg’s Keynote address}

 

 

 

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Wallpaper & Decal Giveaway

How’s this for some happy friday news?

 

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Design Mom is hosting a Giveaway of my wallpaper here. The giveaway ends today, or over the weekend…it’s unclear…so hurry on over!  Sarah_Jane_19  

I’m so excited to share more images of the wallpaper. It’s been a dream to work with! Fabric wallpaper and decals that are peel and stick, removeable, reusable, wrinkle-out-easy, nearly impossible to rip (At least I haven’t yet, and I’ve been pretty rough with them) made in the USA, eco-friendly and kid safe. The colors are gorgeous, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with this new line!

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Have a lovely weekend! I’d love to hear which wallpapers are your favorite….And best of luck on the giveaway!

xo

Sarah

 

5/09.
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Starting Now.

I love the start of a new school year. Something about it. The cooler air setting in. A routine after a completely playful and unstructured summer. New Ideas. A new start.

This year is a big change….like they all are. I have THREE kids in school (albeit 1/2 day Kindergarten) with one baby monkey at home. I’ll have more quiet time, but more messes. Funny how that works.

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A big change we just made was to move my art studio up to the master bedroom. I’ve had my art studio in a small basement bedroom for 4 years. One room is for shipping and packing, and the other was my studio. But with very little natural light, and no space to put my feet up or make messes was starting to cramp my workflow. My husband suggested we just swap rooms! I was very hesitiant at first…but after realizing how much more we’d function as a family (me being able to work along side my kids if I needed to, more space to get projects done behind a closed door and not in the living room…etc. It was a no-brainer.

I’ll show you more pictures once we get everything set up. It’s still coming together. But it’s been oh so nice!

And as always, I’m always considering growth, how I’m growing and how that works with my growing family. It’s been a year of tremendous opportunites and growth for me, and I’m constantly balancing that out with my kids and family time, and motherhood. It’s a balancing act that is constant. And this year I’m starting to feel the flow. There are so many great things ahead!

Another change is I’ll be showing up here more! With the summer as it’s been, I just haven’t been able to sit down and get on a computer for long enough. I’m sure you understand! But blogging is something that I really love, and I’ve taken it slower lately. I’m excited to come back to it, and share more here. I have a lot to share! Some changes you’ll notice is that I currently am no longer taking sponsors on this blog. I’ve decided to go back to my roots of keeping this blog a bit more of a business journal than a promotional space, so I won’t be taking any more sponsors or doing giveaways of other products, etc. I’m feeling the need to make this blog a bit more of how it started, which was completely and totally me…and my work…and my thoughts and a space that we can really have a conversation, engage in beautiful things and journey together.

So come over and say hello. We’ll go on this new adventure together!

Happy weekend!

xo

Sarah

PS: And thanks for the tremendous response to the sale this weekend! (It’s still going on….30% off today, 20% off tomorrow…it’s been crazy! We need extra elves in the shop to keep up…thank you!) I hope you all enjoy your new goodies! xoxo

 

 

 

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Christmas in August!

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Ok, Friends!

It’s here! The biggest Sale of the year here at Sarah Jane. I don’t think we’ve ever had a sale this awesome! Everyone loves a good Christmas Sale, but I figured we could shake things up and give up the end of summer with a Bang!

Every Day until Labor Day, There will a a sale in the shop! But act fast, because each day the discount changes. Here’s the run down:

Thursday Code: thurs40

Friday Code: fri30

Saturday Code: sat20

Sunday & Monday code: sunmon10

Enjoy a little Christmas in August!

xo

Sarah Jane

28/08.
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Well, Hello There!

CLEARANCE SLIDE SHOW

I guess taking a month off blogging could have been something I warned you about. But alas, summer has taken over, and it’s been a necessity that I take a step back for a bit. And I’m glad. We’ve had the best summer ever, and I’ll recap over the next couple weeks for sure.

But I’m back! I do know that my blogging is changing. It’s becoming one part more Instagrammed, and one  part needing to define my voice a bit. As a Business, it’s important for me to not get too personal, but getting more personal is what got me starting to blog in the first place. I’m feeling the need to go back to that place, document my life as an artist and mother, and focus more on my process of everything I do. But as we all know, that takes time and thought, both of which have been hard to hunt down and chase with life with 4 children, all home for the summer and all the travel we’ve been doing. So, I’m looking forward to blogging again, and taking you with me on this awesome journey or motherhood, creativity and illustration.

But before I get you sitting down for too long, telling you stories and showing you all that’s going on behind the scenes, let me dive right in and let you know that we’ve put a whole bunch of prints on clearance…the ones that we just can’t ship out because they have minor, minor flaws. Like little ink marks on the edge of the paper…spots you wouldn’t see once it’s in a frame. So hurry on over…we’ve sold half of our inventory already, and I wouldn’t want you to miss it!

We also have necklaces in the shop that are on clearance because we have overstock, and need to clear out since we have new ones that just came in!

I hope you are all having a lovely summer (or winter where ever you are in the world) And I’m excited to get back into visiting here more. Hope you haven’t forgotten about this space. It’s always good to take a break. But I’m ready to come back:)

 

CLICK HERE to visit the clearance section in the shop!

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New! Sarah Jane Wallpaper

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I’m so excited to be announcing my very first line of wallpaper! This has been a secret I’ve been keeping for a while, and I can’t wait to show you!

Wallpaper and wall decals are something I’ve been wanting to offer for a long time. I’ve gotten so many emails from you over the years begging me to make wall decals and wallpaper for kid’s rooms, but the right opportunity never arrived. I wanted to be very selective in the product that we chose, and the company that we would collaborate with. But now it’s all here, and I’m thrilled! I know you will be too.
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The wallpaper and wall decals are all fabric, peel and stick, resizable, removable, easy to apply and take down, made in the USA and incredibly high quality, which makes for gorgeous colors as well as making them easy to wipe down. While I was applying one of the wall decals, the sticky parts got stuck to themselves, but there was never any damage or tearing when we “unstuck” the sticker. You’re going to love it!

I’m loving that this wallpaper is stick on, peel off. It makes for the perfect kid’s decor because it’s a non-perminant commitment. No glue and no mess!

The designs I’ve created all come from three fabric lines you might be familiar with: Children at Play, Out to Sea and Wee Wander. It’s been so fun to resurrect some designs that are from my first collection. So, Children playing dolls, playing rocket ship, on parade, mermaids, pirates, ships, horses, deer, tree climbing and fireflies. I hope there is something for everyone!
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Thank you so much for all your excitement on Instagram and Facebook…it’s been so great to hear your responses. I hope you love this as much as I do! Now to figure out how to deal with my kids who want one of everything in their rooms!

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The family tree is one of my favorites! It’s up in our house right now, and the kids love it. You can use it as is, or with the custom

 

boxes (which are separate stickers that can be placed where you like) you can display your family names and family heritage. It’s a great way for your children to know their family heritage in a playful, beautiful way!
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Sarah_Jane_20 Sarah_Jane_01I’d love to hear your feedback, and answer any questions you have! For a list of basic questions, we have a FAQ page you can glance over, or feel free to email us on the contact button above on the blog. And feel free to share! When you hover over the image, you can easily pin or go straight to the listing when you click.

I hope you enjoy! It was so fun to create, and now it’s your turn. You can click here to see them in the shop. I can’t wait to hear about your lovely spaces!
xo
Sarah Jane

And a special Thank you to Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom for styling and Cassidy Tuttle for Photography!

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Sarah Jane Wallpaper & Wall Decal collection!

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I’m pretty excited to make this very huge announcement! Come end of July, I’ll be having a wallpaper and walldecal line with Pop and Lolli! I will be launching 3 collections with them, and I’m over the moon!

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I’ve been looking for just the right company for a while now, and Pop and Lolli fits the bill. Made in the USA, 100% kid safe and best part? All wallpaper is peel and stick, which means that you can reuse, remove and have flexibility!! No sticking on and glueing…which is the worst when you have children that are moving, and growing.

I’ll have more information as we get closer! I plan on having all products for sale on my website by the end of July!

Get excited!!! (My kids are already claiming dibs on theirs! They aren’t happy that I still need to photograph some more!)

Have a lovely, lovely weekend!

xo

sarah

 

 

20/06.
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Memorial Day Sale!

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a sale in the shop! I hope you enjoy browsing around with a little discount in your pocket! Use code MD20 at the time of checkout to get the discount. And while it’s a national Holiday here in the USA, the discount applies worldwide:)

There are so many new prints in the shop, and it’s been so delightful to see so many responding so well to the new collections. There are still a couple more fabric bundles left, so be sure to check that out as well!

Happy Memorial Day!

xo

Sarah

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