Room Tours: On Parade

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I’m a sucker for really great kids’ spaces. There are endless possibilities, and the fun part about decorating kids’ rooms is that they are changing so much, that you get to recreate as often as you want!

I love this clean white space featured on Full House Blog….a  lovely blog with great clean design. The On Parade Print is the featured color in the space, and I love the pop!

Thanks for sharing your spaces with me! I love seeing how you’ve decorated around a Sarah Jane print collection or fabric collection. 

To share your photos, tag me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or email me at hello@sarahjanestudios.com

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The Story Behind the Art: Tree Lights

tree lights swatch blue So much of what I create has a story. A story of how it was made, but more so, the story of why I made it.

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.

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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.

xo

Sarah

PS: LightningBugs or Fireflies? It’s a hot debate.

 

 

 

 

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WEE WANDER BLOG TOUR: X-Large Floor Pillows

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IMG_0682-1-2 Hello and Happy Wednesday!

I’ve got a wonderful new tutorial for you on how to use the Wee Wander Fabric. 

Two FREE TUTORIALS for x-large floor pillows. One round, and the other square.

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Since Wee Wander has some pieces with lovely “landscapes” I knew I wanted to create something that showed off the tapestry of illustrations so children could get the full effect

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These pillows are big! Think Doggy Pillows. We originally designed them to fit perfectly underneath a child’s Tee Pee. We purchased custom Teepee’s from Tnee’s Tpee’s for our Quilt Market Booth.

IMG_9059-1 IMG_9048-1 Anders was only 2 months old, and no strollers or carseats were allowed on the Tradeshow floor. Only Babies in arms. I knew I couldn’t hold him for 8 hours straight, 3 days in a row, so we designed the booth to have these awesome pillows in the Tee Pees so he could sleep in them. Most people thought he was a prop! It was pretty adorable:) And my arms were super happy too! And now I have these awesome pillows for the bigger kids to snuggle on. I love them! 

Carissa at Carissa Miss designed the pillows: two pieces of Wee Wander for the pillow and the piping, 1 piece of coordinating Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solid fabric for the sides, and a hidden zipper along the bottom edge. You’ll love these!

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Head on over to CARISSAMISS’s blog for the full tutorial.

Thanks Carissa for such a great project!

Happy sewing!

Sarah

PS: for a complete list of stores both online and in your home town that carry Sarah Jane Fabric, click here.

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Inspired Nursery: Curious & Smart

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Nursery Features:

Penguin Classic Book Set | Bla Bla Kids Bird Mobile | Land of Nod Glider | Sarah Jane “Be” Prints | Wooden Ball Wall Clock | Wooden Toy Binoculars | Orange Striped Dwell Studio Rug | Dwell Studio Wooden Crib | House Shaped Wall Shelf | World is my Oyster globe | Nature Walk Wee Wander Fabric | Sarah Jane Giraffe Print | Navy Printed Satchel | Yellow Polka Bed Sheets | Bentwood Pendant | Canvas Storage “Stuff” bag | Dangerous Book for Boys |

I’m starting a new segment of the blog! I’m always rounding up nursery decor in my mind, and with my own kids’ rooms in constant flux, I thought it would be fun to share with you inspired nursery themes that incoorporate my wall art and/or fabric.

I love these colors for boys. So fresh, and not so traditional, but still a classic.

I’m so excited to share more nursery ideas. Stay tuned for more!

xo

Sarah

 

 

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Message to the Mamas.

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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.

Prettier Dishes. Forget about the tidy kitchen. No more need to apologize when guests come.

To purchase before your mother-in-law comes over, click here.

Now, go be a Mom.

Love ya,

Sarah

 

 

 

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WEE WANDER DRESS Pattern: Free PDF

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I’m more than a little excited to release my first dress pattern of the season! This dress was a collaboration with an apparel designer, Nemiha Studebaker.

I designed the dress and she drafted out the pattern for us all to use, and It’s available as a FREE PDF PATTERN below.

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This dress was inspired by my love for fresh pressed blouses on little girls, but the freedom of something mostly sleeveless and easy to wear. Double ruffles on the bodice, box pleats on the skirt, a side zipper and a button on the back make this dress ultra feminine but clean lines.

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This dress features my Border Print Summer Night Lights, which makes for a very easy skirt (and dress!) design because of the large amounts of surface to draw from. This dress would be lovely with any other coordinating print on top, even some of the solids listed that coordinate with my fabric line from Michael Miller Fabrics. The possibilities are endless! There is pink/purple color way in these prints as well, which is super lovely to work with too! And I love the quality of this fabric…it’s so soft and light, but still a tight, dense fabric. My daughter is super sensitive about the slightest bit of “itch” in fabrics, and she loves these:)

 

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This pattern runs size 2T to 6, and was originally created to be a size 4, which is the size that is featured.  wee wander dress2  

click here to download

 

(Please note….if you downloaded this before 2/14/14 please download again as we made some minor changes in the alignment of one of the pieces)

Happy Sewing! I hope you enjoy making this! Spring is in the air, and I can’t wait to see all the little girls who will be chasing fireflies this summer wearing their Wee Wander Dress made by someone they love;)

Enjoy!

xo

Sarah Jane

 

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PDF Olympic Valentines

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It’s that time of year, where I get to figure out what I’m going to design for my kids for valentines. And this year, with THREE kids who have parties…and multiple parties….I’m keeping it simple but still super special.

Valentines Day is during the Winter Olympics…not something that has ever happened since my kids have had a school valentines party….and it will be the only one in their elementary school career! So, I decided to create something just for the occasion.

A super easy project….4 cards per print out, a chocolate gold coin that you can tape onto the back of the flat card, or attach to some ribbon for a fashionable goal medal!

A sure WIN this year. Feel free to download, and share the olympic love!

Happy Valentines Day!

xoxoxoxo
(extra hugs and kisses:)
Sarah
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click here to download

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Do you have a room to show?

Here at Sarah Jane Studios, we LOVE getting inspired by children’s spaces.

I’m still finishing putting together my own kid’s spaces (it takes forever it seems to get it “just” right!) and so we love it when you show us your magical rooms.

Are you designing a space or redesigning a space and are willing to make it photo worthy and blog about it? We are interested in working with Mama’s who have well designed spaces in mind. Shoot us a little “hello” and we’d love to work with you and contribute to your little one’s room!

Here are some recent shots of Finn’s room that his mom emailed me just this week.

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I just love how this room works together. I especially love seeing boy rooms!

Check out more of his amazing room here. 

And if you are wanting to work with us, again, please send us a message! We are looking forward to showing off more creative spaces!

xo

Sarah Jane

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