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Due to popular demand, these little friends are back for Valentines day.
Complete with 2 envelopes and 2 cards.
Have fun with these! These two are such a pleasure to illustrate:)
Taking some time off from this space for the holidays felt just right. How are you? Hope you didn’t come by too much, cause I was laying low and enjoying some well deserved home-body time. All of us (except the husband-turned-nurse) got sick over the holiday, which meant that instead of formal feasts, we stayed in our PJ’s and had chicken soup on Christmas. It was a bit of a downer, but we were all together, snowed in under a foot and a half of snow, and it turned out to be just the pace we needed.
Taking time off from the computer and internet completely felt very well deserved as well. Maybe it’s part of being creative but every so often, I get completely burned out of doing anything social, or creative, and December was one of those months for me. I have had these lulls long enough to know that I need to just go with the flow and let myself unplug. And it was good that I did. I’m ready to get back into creating again.
2013: I’m really interested to see what this year brings! I’m a goal person, and I consider myself pretty driven. But this year, I’m feeling the need to be a little unattached to my goals, and instead be more focussed on the daily moment. To be a little less pushy of myself, and to allow growth and blossoming to happen in their own time.
There is a lot of stuff I have scheduled, and plenty to keep me busy. But for whatever reason, I’m feeling less go-go-go and more “listen and pay attention.” Does that make sense? I won’t be doing any less, but I intend to have my mind more open, and less filled with lists and pressures. I think last year, I had intentions of letting go of the clutter tasks, and focussing on the creative. But I wasn’t as successful at it, because I still tried to push myself to get there. This year, I’m opening up, staying quiet in my mind, and being more intentionally aware and allowing myself to grow where I need to. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. My mother-brain gets in the way of letting me just “play” sometimes. I’m sure there are a few of you that can relate. It’s all for good reasons, but I am letting go of the “musts” and “shoulds” a little more, and letting myself make more room for expression. Good for the soul.
I’m excited to share it with you.
Here’s to a new year!
PS: The above illustration is the portrait of my kids I made for my parent’s this year. I’ll be sharing more of the Portrait Project as they come in!
Here’s a quick Christmas Fix if you are needing one. I went to my local fabric boutique (Harmony & Darlybird) and they had this adorable washi tape tree on the wall. So cute! We’ve added presents (one for each of us) and we’re displaying our Christmas Cards on them this year. We’ve run out of room, and so tomorrow I think I’ll make a few more.
Super easy, and a great way to use up the tape. I love that won’t ever damage the walls, and the kids help put it up. Are you a washi tape geek like me?
Happy Less-than-a-week-till Christmas day! Horray!!
And PS: Thanks so much for all the amazing donating for the Sandy Hook Cards. We’re up to over $1200 of funds donated (and that’s just approximating the numbers from 2 days worth) $5 can go a long way! I’ll be collecting funds all through the holiday.
PPS: Tomorrow is the LAST DAY for all my paper goods in the shop (sigh.) Grab them in the clearance, or never more!
Off to make some peppermint Cocoa now:)
Happy Halloween everyone! I’m resurrecting old art today! (appropriate for Halloween, right?) I hope everyone has a wonderful day of fun. I’m most likely staying home with a sick toddler, but in some ways I’m relieved….I love spending time with just one at a time. Especially when extra cuddles are required. Even on Halloween.
And thanks for the Horsie costume ideas. Proud to say I came up with a pretty easy and inexpensive way to satisfy. Pictures soon!
And if you need a last minute ‘fill the time before trick or treating’ print out, here’s a free paper doll I made ages ago that I’m reposting here.
Wow! I woke up this morning to 275 votes….we did it! I’ve reached the required amount to be considered thanks to you! Now onto the waiting. I won’t find out until September, and there are so many qualified companies who deserve this! So the chances are very slim. But honestly…I’m so touched by how you have reached out, and I’ve been thinking so much about the power of community! I feel like the support here is so wonderful and I just love you all. Dearly. In order to really grow this baby, I really do need your support. Developing new ideas and new products takes more than I have hands right now, but we’ll get there! And seriously…. just the fact that within a few hours you took the time to show how much you love what I do means the world to me. And it makes me want to give you more! Thank you so much!
Hi. I need your help.
I’ve told my story many times before, and I won’t take the time to tell it here.
But my little art business of 4 years has bootstrapped and grass-rooted its way to where it is, and I’m going to ask you for a little favor.
In order to keep growing and offer more products and designs, I’m looking for ways to get to where I hope to be someday.
Mission Small Business will only consider your business for qualification with a voting rank of 250 or more. There are thousands of applicants and only 4-12 winners. It’s a long shot for sure.
But I need 250 votes in the next 72 hours to even be considered.
Can you click two mouse clicks for me?
Go here and click on LOG IN & SUPPORT and then type in Sarah Jane Studios to vote!
It will take 3 seconds. And it could mean being that much closer to developing designs and products that I’ve always wanted to. And hiring more help. That would be amazing.
Thanks! Feel free to share and spread the word! I don’t ask of much here on my blog, but it never hurts to try!
It’s a long shot for sure….but hey! I’m always up for a good challenge.
I’ll keep you posted!
Well, So much for releasing those new PDF embroidery patterns this week like I promised!
Tuesday I got hit with probably the worst flu bug I’ve ever known. So intense I eneded up with xrays, which only proved it really was indeed a virus, and not a major concern. I’m just now coming back to life!
I have 4 new patterns that you can start working on that go directly with the OUT TO SEA fabric coming the first week in Aug.
Sorry for the delay, but I’ll see you monday!
This is a post from last year, but it’s been so popular that I wanted to post it again in case any of you need ideas for an advent Calendar this year! You will most likely have everything you need….so you can start today!
Here’s the link to the original post from 2010.
I’ve been wanting to do this advent calendar for years…and I finally get to do it! This will be our first Christmas home since having children, and I’ve wanted to have this be a family tradition of ours since I saw this idea from a neighbor of mine years back.
Children’s Picture Book Advent Calendar: What is it?
24 Christmas Picture Books, all wrapped up and marked for each day leading up until Christmas. This way, we will be reading one Christmas story a night!
Now don’t panic…getting 24 Christmas Books isn’t as hard as it looks. When you can check out Christmas books from the Library for 3 weeks at a time, it makes it rather simple….you may need to renew one time in there, but it still makes for a lovely tradition! And inexpensive too!
And Book #24……is the Bible, so that lessens the load a bit. But you’d be surprised how many Christmas books you already have. Really, I am sure you have more than you think you do. I think books on winter can even count too… And don’t forget any Christmas Anthologies with short stories in there too.
Here’s a list of a few of mine in there:
Oh there are SO many Christmas books that I want to get my hands on….I have so many favorites that I don’t even have own yet! But this year, most of the books in our Advent Calender we DO own (thanks to the need to have a few books for “research” when working on my book) but even still….to the children, these books will be like new since they are all wrapped up.
These books are now in our open bookcase in the basement (thus the really lousy photo…sorry!) But this way, they are in plain visibility. Another good place is the hearth of the fireplace…or in your child’s bedroom.
Anyways…I wanted to share in case anyone needed a good idea for an advent calendar this year. And the best part? It’s either “rented” or a good reason to add to your already established Christmas collection.
Have any of you ever tried this one? It’s a new tradition for us this year, and I think this one is here to stay!