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Well, as much as I’m in denial, it’s October first (happy birthday to my sister!) and it’s time to start thinking holidays.
I’m usally against Christmas thinking this early on, but I’m getting more and more used to holiday shopping early…as it helps me enjoy my December so much more!
But it’s even more critical that I tell you about the shop updates now, because we’re clearing out! All Paper Goods (cards, hang tags, journals, bookplates, etc) will be gone forever once we sell out. And we don’t have much left actually!
There are a handful of journals that we are putting out again too, all on clearance.
These cards are my favorite. But we don’t have much left! So hurry on over to the HOLIDAY section of the shop.
This card above, WINTER CHEER, has been by far our best seller for years. I’m going to be sad to see it go.
And there are all of the favorite holiday items back in the shop as well! The prints and PDF’s will be there all holiday season. It’s just the paper gift items that will be going fast. I wish I could keep them all, but I feel really great about narrowing down my inventory and spending more time illustrating. Can’t wait to show you more of what’s to come!
Well hello! Here we go. New embroidery patterns that you’ve been seeing sneak peeks of.Yay! I really, really love these.
Last year’s patterns were an unexpected hit. I knew people were starting to fall back in love with hand stitching…but I had no idea how much! It’s been so fun to talk with you and see your projects! I love that hand embroidery gives such a personal touch to any project. It becomes personal, your own, and an art piece all on it’s own! Because so many of you own Sarah Jane prints in your own homes….I am starting to create more of that feel in embroidery pieces. Something you can stitch to make a real statement…but that is easy and inexpensive, and will last forever. A real personal touch!
When I was a little girl, and maybe I’ve said this before? I dunno. But I had a crewel embroidered nursery rhyme wall hanging in my room. I always wanted to touch it. It was a “1-2 buckle my shoe” design, and I would stroke the threads as I walked by when I was in my mother’s arms. It stood out to me so much, because it was art I could touch, and handle. And my mom’s best friend made it as a baby gift, which made me feel connected to her. Handmade pieces connect people. They tell a story. And they can bring to life design, color, and texture. For me, it connected me to so many things. It’s why I love it so much!
So…here we go! Let’s get introduced!
These designs are lifted right from the OUT TO SEA fabric and they might look all fancy, but they are really not that hard. I wanted to keep them simple this time, and so all 4 can be completed at any skill level. I promise!
The only design that is inspired by, but not lifted exactly is the BE STILL piece. My favorite! This one was fun to make a really easy running stitch turn into the distant horizon of the sea. So sweet.
Remember this piece? I thought it would make the sweetest embroidery design. And it’s nice to have something that isn’t just for the kids:)
No, maybe this is my favorite. I LOVE this ship design. IF I HAD A SHIP, I’D SAIL THE SEVEN SEAS. It’s inspired by a poem that I couldn’t get out my head when I was designing the fabric collection. Do you know it?
I grew up listening to a Judy Dench recording of this poem. So when you read it, get all British and speak in a low, dramatic voice;)
The Island, by A.A. Milne
If I had a ship,
I’d sail my ship
I’d sail my ship
Through Eastern seas;
Down to a beach where the slow waves thunder -
The green curls over and the white falls under -
Boom! Boom! Boom!
On the sun-bright sand.
Then I’d leave my ship and I’d land,
And climb the steep white sand,
And climb to the trees
The six dark trees,
The coco-nut trees on the cliff’s green crown -
Hands and knees
To the coco-nut trees,
Face to the cliff as the stones patter down,
Up, up, up, staggering, stumbling,
Round the corner where the rock is crumbling,
Round this shoulder,
Over this boulder,
Up to the top where the six trees stand….
And there I would rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle of the sand below,
And the green waves curling slow
And the grey-blue distant haze
Where the sea goes up to the sky….
And I’d say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea:
“There’s nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me.”
It really makes such a wonderful wall hanging. (There will be a tutorial for this in August by the way!)
So, that’s where the inspiration came from for this. And a lot of the OUT TO SEA fabric. So much imagination in those children’s heads. They can go anywhere.
Then of course, pirates and mermaids!
Addie is my mermaid. She comes from a long line of Mermaids. Me, my mom, my grandmother….like literally. Mermaids. Water Babies. We love the ocean.
So there you go. Lots of stitching to do! But not too much. Just enough I think!
These will be ready with IRON-ON transfers in a month. Sorry not just yet! But the PDF’S are ready to go! I know a lot of people like to have both on hand, just in case. But this way, you can start stitching and be ready for when the fabric comes out later this summer!
All Embroidery Patterns Available HERE.
We are busy and buzzing here in our Quilt Market prep! It’s crazy! I forgot how crazy. But it’s fun! Maybe if you came over and brought donuts it’d be even more fun. Wanna come?
Before I dive into the week, I wanted to give you some “heads up” since I get emailed and contacted a lot about what’s coming out when!
I told you all that I’d have a paper line coming out in May, but it has been postponed until July-ish. Some issues that naturally happen when companies combine and regroup, but not because of the line itself.
It was actually featured in Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine this month….that was really fun! I just wanted to tell you, in case you catch the feature, that it won’t be available until the end of the summer. Boo Hoo. So sorry.
You know, I’ll say it here: I’m actually not much of a scrapbooker. I was a paper hoarder in my day, but honestly, I just never found the time with the other projects I’ve been involved with. (I LOVE Project Life, and my Made on a Mac books personally!) So designing a line of scrapbook paper was really my way of creating paper stuff to fill other needs like: celebrations, paper decorating, paper play, etc. Still scrapbook friendly, but mostly made with paper play in mind.
So there you go. Sorry to delay it…but I wanted to say it here so you can plan accordingly!
Oh…and if you have Instagram or Facebook, I’ve been posting pretty regularly there, and have found it so easy and nice to keep in touch with you all! @sarahjanestudios is where you can find me… I’m dropping things in there every day, and it’s so easy to respond to what you have going on! So quick and easy!
Oh, and also….many of you have emailed me with the info about a lot of my blog links being broken, or not working, etc. Most of them are fixed now, but please alert me if some are not. The RSS feed is fixed, and the MAKE THINGS section is updated. Yay!
But now back to work. This week we’re doing a lot of this:
Want to guess what it is for?
Hee hee hee.
Sometimes I wonder what you guys all see from the outside.
In here, behind this little screen of yours, I’m dashing about from one project to the next, creating and making and coordinating lots of things at once. I’m probably also wearing a tutu and wings with glitter, dancing about and magically making it all happen. You just keep thinking that! That’s a happy thought.
But sometimes I wonder if it just seems kinda boring on the other side of the screen, your side, cause well, I’m not showing it all to you. And sometimes I just can’t. But I can open up the porthole just a crack, can’t I?
Yesterday I finally buckled down and got a housekeeper. Quilt Market is in 4 weeks, and I’m feeling the burn and so I had someone come in yesterday, and wow! What a difference. But it was funny, cause she hit everything like a whirlwind–all the rooms at once– and it was all such a mess before it got better. That’s kinda how things are here. There’s tons going on behind the scenes, and soon it’s all going to come together in this perfectly imperfect way…I love seeing how it all comes together. And it’s all in the coming days and weeks!
So, are you ready to stick with me?
I’m going to be trickling peeks in for you during the coming days and weeks….and it’s going to be a lot of fun…but it might feel like it’s all over the place until it all comes together. Like a good story really.
So this week, while I’m wrapping up the mess and to fill in the time, I’m going to be doing some awesome book giveaways. I have some giveaways lined up, and hopefully that will keep the attention off the stuff I’m not showing you just yet, and will buy me some time while I dash about in my glittery tutu.
***I’m interrupting this space for a quick announcement***
So around these parts, things are getting busy. Quilt Market is coming up, and I’ve got some projects I’m working on, and I’m looking for an intern!
Interested? Know anyone who would like to know the ins and outs of running a creative studio?
I’m currently looking for 1-2 helpers from now until the end of May who can:
1) Handle a paint brush, glue gun and love craft projects
2) Basic sewing/handle fabric
3) Knowledge of Photoshop and/or Illustrator would be preferable
4) Has their own car and be willing to run errands
5) Be willing to drive to Provo, Utah 3+ days a week
6) Likes to eat homemade bread
I’m looking for someone who can be available through the end of May, but it could possibly be extended based on need.
Please email me directly at sarah (at) sarahjanestudios (dot) com
Thanks so much! xoxo
Happy Easter Weekend everyone! I’m super excited to be celebrating. It’s a favorite weekend for us, with lots of traditions that I love. Have a mentioned that my husband’s family is German and Russian? So we have some great food traditions that we get all worked up about. It’s the best.
I’m going to be honest here and say that running a shop isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done. In fact it’s one of the hardest. Even after 4 1/2 years, there are things I just can’t seem to smooth out. There are so many uncertainties and so much work that goes on behind the scenes. Maybe I’ll write more about that later, but this week I’ve found myself particularly curious about the balance of it all, feeling rather upside down really, and I just am really so grateful that I even have wonderful friends like you who support what I create. I am just so humbled sometimes when I realize that I get to offer people what I illustrate, and that it makes other people happy. And thank you as well for all the sweet notes you have sent me, the emails, comments, etc. running a shop (even with my assistant Ann) can be a lonely road…full risk and decisions to make at every turn…so I just wanted to take a second and thank you so much for your constant support! It means so much!
And on some other random notes, I’ve been featured with some interviews out and about, think you’d like these.
Today, Gussy Sews has a HOW TO LIVE CREATIVELY feature with insights by yours truly. Love her blog!
And I never did mention an interview I did with illustrator Julie Olson talking about illustration and my personal path to publication.
OK! Have a great weekend!
Today is a fluke snow storm (yikes!) but I’m looking so much to smelling saffron in the kitchen from Easter Bread.
Love to you all!
I honestly wasn’t prepared for how excited you all were to see more inspirational/religious children’s art. I knew that I was excited about it, cause I needed some of my own! But it thrilled me to see your response. Yay for bright happy religious art! I don’t talk about my faith here, for no other reason than it’s just not part of this space, but my faith is an integral part of daily life, and it’s happy and joyful and bright! So, why not art to match!
My friend Meta, who you will be hearing more about because she is drop-dead amazingly talented at designing spaces, let me photograph these prints in her family room. She is helping me design my kids room, but while that’s happening, I might sneak in a few shots of my work in her Scandinavian inspired home. She is actually starting a children’s design blog any day now, and I couldn’t be more excited. More on that later.
But for now, just know that there are 5 new prints in the shop, ready and waiting for a new home.
Both I am a child of God and I love to see the temple have lots of color and language variations to choose from.
Can you tell I’m into yellow lately? Perfect for spring. Here comes the sun!
I’d also like to note, that this isn’t all! I wanted to release the religious art first, and the rest of my spring collection will be coming as soon as I can get them here. But I want to keep these separate, as I know not everyone will appreciate and be interested in these. But honestly…I have a lot more that I want to create along these themes, just all in good time:)
In a perfect world, there will be new prints for the shop in about 2 weeks, as well as other goodies that I’ve been slaving away at. But for now, I really hope you enjoy these! I plan on adding more in the coming months, but I think this is a good start as to what I hope to be a better effort at happy religious art for children. I hope you would spread the word, pin, facebook and share with friends. I know that I personally am enjoying having these in my home, and hope lots of children can enjoy these that want to. Enjoy!!
I’m still full from yesterday, and happily lounging in my PJ’s with my family this morning, but had to stop in real quick and let you know (if you didn’t get the memo in my newletter) that this weekend we’re having an awesome sale!
The best part about this sale, is that when you make an order with the code thanks15 you’ll get a code for a 20% off coupon in January!
And if that wasn’t fun enough, all orders with the code thanks15 will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the shop that I’ll announce on Tuesday!
So, I know you are all doing shopping this weekend, but stop on in enjoy the sale!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend!
See you soon!