Archive for the ‘ART’ Category
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.
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!
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!
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!
I’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!
This month, Parent & Child Magazine asked if I’d illustrated an article on mindfullness in kids. It’s a great article that you can read online here. I’m a huge believer in teaching children meditation and giving children the tools they need to control their bodies and minds in order to be happy. So, naturally, I was thrilled! My kids saw the magazine on the table before I could show them my feature, and Addie ran up to me and said, “Mom! Great article! I saw your drawings, and it looks great!” I love that I get to share my art with them, and that it speaks to their level of understanding.
Have a lovely week! We are busy in the studio with tons of orders, and getting ready for BYU Women’s Conference this week. Will any of you be there? We have a booth at the BYU Bookstore….more on that later! xo sarah
So I’m a little more than excited today to introduce you to my latest collection of art prints. It’s been a year since I’ve launched a new collection of art….and this collection is really special.
The Wee Wander fabric collection was so lovely to create and I’ve put together art prints that either come directly from the fabric themselves, or are inspired by it. These are available as fine art prints that will grace your walls for ages, leave a lasting impression of whimsy in your little one’s spaces, and tie in beautifully with my Wee Wander Fabric line.
In addition to new art prints, I’m also offering Fat Quarter Design Kits for the very first time ever!
(Very limited Quantity…and I’m not sure about when they’ll restock)
Each kit will include a Wee Wander print of your choice (choose from the 4 below) in a standard 8×10″ size.
Each kit will include a Wee Wander print of your choice (choose from the 4 above) in a standard 8×10″ size. It also includes a full FQ set of the fabric line, as well as a free download of this lovely lattice quilt using all the pieces for a full project. Or you can use the fabric as you please, and save the quilt for another project down the road.
In Addition to the Wee Wander Design Kits, I have lots of new art to grace your walls! Ready for visual overload? Good.
Catching Fireflies available in 4 sizes
Bareback available in 4 sizes
Play for Me available in 4 sizes
Dancing Bear available in 5 sizes
Spring Bunny available in 4 sizes
Set of all 3 horse prints available in 4 sizes
Horray! New Art and New Fabric Design Kits available! Wee Wander has been such a lovely collection as I’ve seen so many of you create amazing spaces and products. I hope these art prints bring whimsy and magic to your little spaces! As always, I love seeing pictures of your interiors, and you can share them with me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!
And as always, I love it when you share what you love with your friends! Be sure to Pin and share what you love….I love seeing your groupings!
Enjoy, and Happy Spring!
I was able to head “home” for the weekend for a quick visit with my husband and all my siblings and their spouses to surprise my Dad for his birthday. It was so precious to be all together without our kids, and to reminise being kids ourselves…something that I don’t think has ever happened with all my siblings being adults.
Funny how we as adults can just go back to being kids again when we are all together. My mom bought cold cereal and ice cream like she would have while we were under her roof. It was adorable.
Reflecting on what it felt like to be a child, with all those floods of memories and funny stories, reminded me that kids are kids. And meant to be kids. Not adults-in-training. I grew up in a house full of play….and looking back…hard work and education felt like play to us. Learning how to create an awesome history project was play. Music lessons were play. Learning French was play. Even math practice was play (up to a certain point:). And our creative free time was just as much learning as play.
Being home reminded me that education and learning was such a vital part of my parents’ parenting style.. But it was hidden in a family culture of expecting excellence as well as creative play. I grew up with parents who are truly children at heart and were so curious about the world in a playful way, yet my father has degrees from Cambridge, Oxford, among others. It’s something that I want to achieve as a parent….to let them play. And to not forget that children are children and through playing and fostering curiosity, they will learn and absorb the entire world around them.
Whoever wants to understand much must play much.
- Gottfried Benn
It’s also important for me to let go of that tendency I have to feel those pressures of adult life, and remember to play myself. The mind is full of expansion when we are open and curious, always learning. The world is still my playground, and I hope to never….not ever….loose that sense of wonder.
These two popped into my sketch book today, and I thought I’d give them a little bit of screen time.
These days are filled to the brim with deadlines (3 books and some editorial) as well as new products I’m working on getting into the shop (horray!).
But it seems that whenever I’m up to my eyeballs in deadlines, new characters show up in my sketchbook, begging for some attention. Kinda like my kids who would rather have tickle fights than see me working (which I try mightily to only do when they are busy, at school or asleep).
Anyways, say hello and consider this eye candy for a tuesday morning.
Have a good one!
I didn’t get a chance to really talk about my Let’s Pretend Collection that came out last spring. Mostly because I was very sick with my pregnancy, and just little bit preoccupied:)
But I want to share with you the story behind one of the prints that I just love. This print is called Marionettes, and I wanted to create a retro inspired marionette print that felt like something reminiscent of puppets from a little bit of France & Italy but with a taste of retro book illustration with fresh color. When I went looking for inspiration online, I came across this elephant marionette that I just FELL IN LOVE WITH! He is so perfectly perfect. I just had to have him. So I bought it on the spot, and put him in my studio to get inspired.
(image courtesy of Oh Albatross)
I included this print into two of my pieces from Let’s Pretend. The Marionettes print, but his shining moment is in my Panel Print that I love so much.
Kids and puppets just make me smile. I wish we had more of a venue for this. Puppets are the best toy. I just love the theatricality behind it, and the endless imagination, coordination and play time. Anyways, I wanted to celebrate this part of childhood, and there he is!
Then, a few months later, while I was waiting for my fabric to be printed, I was watching the BBC Persuasion with my husband (He’s a good man. He tolerates my choices:) and I stopped the movie! Look! There was my Elephant! How cool is that?
This little elephant has a fabric collection AND a movie. What a guy.
Let’s Pretend is still available, and can found in any of the stores here.
Wee Wander was such a fun collection of fabric prints to create because it was part of MY story. And I wanted to share that with you today. So gather around. I’ll tell you a story:)
I lived on the West Coast until I was 6 when our family moved cross country to the East Coast where they are today. We lived first in Massachusetts and then in Maryland. As a child on the West Coast, I remember loving to climb the peach trees in the back yard, and the orange trees. I dreamed of having strong enough legs and feet to climb palm trees someday.
But when our family picked up and moved into the forests of Massachusetts, I knew I found my home. I remember having to stand in the middle of our street and look straight up into the night in order to see any sky at all. Lightning storms were simply flashes of lit up trees from my paned bedroom window. There were so many trees in my yard that we spent at least 2 hours every Saturday as a family raking. I love my trees. So much, that when my husband and I decided to buy a home in desert and rocky mountain Utah, it took us 15 months to find the right house….nestled in the trees.
When we moved to Maryland when I was 9, the trees were a little farther back from our house. The forrest began just past our property line, and I spent many summers wandering in the woods behind our house. In the hot, humid summers, we’d go outside and chase fireflies. There was so much magic in those cricket chirping, frog groaning summer nights….all lit up by lightning bugs. And when I’d finally go to bed at night, I’d look out my window at the forest across the pond, and see the trees literally all lit up from the fireflies. I can still feel the thrill of that scene. It was like fairies, and the trees would wink at me all night….I still marvel at how magical that was. Sometimes we’d sleep outside on the trampoline and I’d watch shooting stars and fireflies in the trees as I’d close my eyes.
So when I knew I wanted to design a collection of children wandering through summer days and nights, I knew I had to illustrate the fireflies in the trees. And children in the trees. That was my childhood.
The best part of debuting this collection has been hearing YOUR stories. When we were at Quilt Market, so many people would stop in the isle and gasp and say, “That was MY childhood! Oh my gosh….summer nights in Illinois were so magical….” and their stories would go on and on. It was so thrilling to see people get nostalgic for their childhood memories outdoors on those hot summer nights.
The real magic is taking a feeling, putting it in print, and watching someone else share that same feeling in their own way.
I just feel honored.
PS: LightningBugs or Fireflies? It’s a hot debate.
So, I hit rock bottom the other day, and I needed to illustrate it. Can you relate?
I’m trying some new art. And I want to know what you think. Could you use some art for YOU? I think you’ve earned it.
I’m constantly making art for these awesome kids of ours. But sometimes us Mama’s (rockstar Mama’s at that!) need some inspiration too.
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Now, go be a Mom.