We just shipped off our last shipment for Quilt Market this week (Yes!! I have a new fabric line coming out….my favorite yet I might add!!) and in typical Sarah & Kenneth style, we ended up baking Sunday regardless of the heap of fabric all over the family room. I’ll clean that up tomorrow (before my mom comes to watch the kids of course!) and I’m glad to push it back.
This bread is amazing!
Ella is a little bit addicted even.
Here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy!!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Makes 2 loaves
2 ½ C. all purpose flour
1 C whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 C white granulated sugar
15 oz canned pumpkin puree
4 whole eggs
1 C brown sugar
1 C vegetable oil
2/3 C water
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Be sure to thoroughly mix both wet and dry separately before combining. Add the dry to the wet in four stages and stir until just barely combined (don’t over mix).
- There are only two acceptable units of measure for chocolate chips; the handful and the bag. Add the whole bag and give it a few stirs.
- Grease two loaf pans and pour the batter evenly between the two. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center (and doesn’t hit a melted chocolate chip) comes out clean with no gooey batter stuck to it. Bake for around 50 minutes. We’re at high elevation so it took closer to 60. Adjust cooking based on the toothpick test.
(photo via Bonnie Martin)
Hello! It’s FRIDAY!
YES! (90′s arm dig action going on)
So, I want to see your kid’s room. Wanna share? I know so many of you have adorable spaces that you want to share with me, I know it!
(photo via comeabide.blogspot.com)
Just follow along on my instagram and see the details! I can’t wait to see!
And if you don’t have instagram, and want to share anyways, I’d love it if you wanted to share a photo in the comments, or link to somewhere online.
Happy Weekend everyone!
Hi there stranger! How are you?
Not really sure how 2 weeks have gone by since my last post.
Oh, wait. Yes I do. It’s called 4 kids, a newborn and Quilt Market Prep:)
It’s also called real life.
I’ve been thinking about the word BALANCE lately….in terms of WORK-LIFE-BALANCE…..and I feel like there has been a lot of talk about what that really is. Some say, It’s bogus. It doesn’t exist. Other’s say it’s all about hiring out what you can’t handle well. It’s so many things.
I’m here to say that it’s none of those. It’s not even about Balance.
Let’s just scrap that word, shall we?
It’s called PRIORITIES.
I started working from home when I had 2 toddlers. Gosh. That sounds like a dream now. It was so nuts at the time, but I laugh at how hard I thought it was, now that I’m juggling 4 and twice as much work. Funny how you look back and realize how much stronger you’ve become, right?
I felt like I had BALANCE written on my forehead. It was my quest. I worked during naptime, and bedtime. I tried to find that daily dance we are all trying to get just right.
I worked myself to the ground.
But the fact of the matter is, there isn’t any “Just Right” rhythm. Because it changes too frequently. You find a play date schedule to give yourself work time, and then the stomach flu hits the family, and you are out of commission for a week. You finally get the bedtime routine down, but one child starts teething. You set up a space to work with the kids playing at your feet, only to realize that they prefer to be in a different spot in the house.
Any of this sound familiar?
I don’t know about you, but I feel like the world seems to demand some sort of superwoman these days.
Like that work-life-balance means able to do it all, and if we just try harder, those balls will stop dropping.
I’m here to redefine the status quo a little here.
I have often spoken to groups of women about my tree pose analogy.
Any yogis here? When you are in tree pose, you are balancing on one foot. For a long time. You can stay here forever it seems….IF you keep your foot moving.
Have you ever paid attention to your foot when you are balancing? Is it rigid and stiff? Or is it constantly shifting? Your foot is constantly shifting around it’s CENTER to maintain harmony.
They way you achieve balance, is by constantly moving from one thing to the next, but always rotating around your center core of beliefs.
When you have your priorities in line, when you are focused on what are THE most important things in your life, you are free to shift from this thing to that, because you ALWAYS rotating around your center.
And these are my center:)
I have a very cute center, don’t you think?
Sometimes those shifts move minute by minute, and they look like my day was today….going from this task to that task, getting it all done.
Sometimes those shifts come in seasons. With babies demanding more of one side of me, and slowly shifting back to more of a work routine.
That’s the point though. That you are constantly cycling and making things work based on the needs of what’s most central to your being.
So really, there is no need to keep up with any kind of “expectation” or “outside pressures.” The guide is there…already inside you…and it’s your job to find out how to keep swinging…but never shifting your core. Your center. Your purpose.
It might seem so simple…to straight forward. But once I realized that there wasn’t a magic pill or a step-by-step guide to achieving balance in my life, it dawned on me that it’s really not even about that at all.
No schedule will give you balance.
Rather, you set what’s most important, and you work in the rest by shifting as you go.
When I was in junior high, my sunday school teacher brought a bunch of rocks to church. Some were pebbles, and the rest were large. We had to fit them all in a mason jar. And he promised us that they would all fit.
We all tried, and failed.
Then, he showed us how.
He put the large rocks in first, and then sprinkled in the pebbles, and they all fell into place around the large rocks. And it all fit.
When you have your priorities set, all the other things fall into place.
None of this frantically trying to get it all done. Trust that it will all fit. Trust that all the “busy” will settle around the “core.”
This is a shift in thinking maybe, from the “get it all done, and perfectly, and you’ll be balanced” mentality. But it works.
My quest, is just to never have any regrets. Game on.
I love getting emails and messages with how you put together your children’s spaces with Sarah Jane art or fabric. It seriously makes magic in my brain. And my heart.
I love how she used this embroidery pattern on the pillow. “Just Stay Little” is honestly my sentiment as a mother. I mean, growing up and being best friends with your kids is awesome…but there is nothing like the “little” stage. I wish I could stop time, right?
How she framed the “Month by Month” calendar girls is maybe my favorite. The calendar girls were some of the first images in my shop 6 years ago, where I added a new print every month. It was so fun to do! And since these prints are square, and there is no color in the background, how she chose to frame them is adorable.
You can see the full room tour here.
Items used in her room are:
So thank you Tessie for this great room tour! You need to check out her blog, where she has great tutorials and awesome home reno and decor projects.
I to paint a coral table just like she did.
Do you have a space you’ve created with Sarah Jane fabric and prints? I’d love to see your images. You are always welcome to email me (my contact info is on the contact page). I know one of your main suggestions that I keep up here on the blog was to keep up the sharing of how you are all using my designs. And while the Pinterest and Flickr and Facebook are nice , it’s great to see it all here.
Happy Weekend every one!
Right around this time of year, I get one part sentimental, and another part thoughtful. 6 years ago next month, I launched my little ETSY shop in hopes of “finding” my career in design. It’s a journey I talk about here. Like in this post, this post or this post. But before you go post surfing (sounds like a sport?) stick with me. I am often asked in interviews about what led to what, and how I began designing fabric, or how I broke into book illustration without an agent, etc. etc. etc. And there is, yes, a journey.
But I saw this quote yesterday on the www and it sums up pretty much what I believe in in terms of going where you need to go, and landing what it is you are meant to land. I really can’t say it any better, unless God and divinity was mentioned somewhere in there.
I look back to the timid, shy but naively excited Sarah Jane 6 years ago, who needed to find a way to pay the bills, and I look today at her and see that she still sometimes wonders how it’s all going to work out. With 4 kids now, and with even more of a desire to keep the train going, I often sit there and think “Should I be working harder in this area? Or this area?” or thoughts like “Maybe I should be trying harder to reach out to this contact person, or that contact person.” And often, like anyone who runs a business, it can be at the expense of just making beautiful art!
But I am reminded, like I was at the very beginning, that when you have a calling to make beautiful things, keep making them. Don’t stop so that you can chase up the wrong ladder. Instead, build the ladder, and those opportunities will climb up to you.
Doors will open naturally when you are truly doing your thing.
And that’s what’s happened to me. I’ve had my fair share of blood sweat and tears (literally) and I truly believe that when you keep moving in the direction that you were born to move in, those things in your life that you need to support you, will come.
Have you experienced that?
It’s pretty awesome.
And right now in my life, with that sweet baby taking up most of everything I’ve got, I sometimes feel like time is standing still….or rushing past me fast…I can’t tell. I’ve said no to opportunities that have come that just didn’t work out because I wasn’t ready, and I’ve felt ready for opportunities that just don’t seem to be coming. The answer really lies in naming your priorities and staying true to them. And the right things just work out.
It’s all rather wonderful. Everyone has their own unique story of becoming. I’m glad I get to share mine with you in a little small way.
I’ll be sharing more posts about my journey, and my business this week and next, as I enter into 6 years of being Sarah Jane Studios! Wow. What a trip.
If you have any questions, or topics you’ve always wanted to talk about or find out, comment below and I’ll do my best to integrate it into the conversation. With so many people, especially women, crafting out a career from their art and their motherhood, it’s such an important conversation to be a part of.
Today is the final day of giveaways!
Thanks for your support of my sponsors here. It really is a great community to be a part of …. this creative neighborhood of sorts. I love it. All of us here who just love making and creating. Sometimes I just feel so blessed to surrounded by so many beautiful people, and the things they create.
So, for today’s giveaway, I’m offering a grand prize!
In exchange for your comments below, I’m going to be giving away 4 yards of fabric, in 1/4 to 1/2 cut pieces from my OUT TO SEA and LET’S PRETEND line. I’m also going to be adding to that a $50 gift card to the shop!
And as an added bonus, you can get 15% OFF ON ANYTHING THIN IN THE SHOP through the weekend for a mini-pop-up-sale. Enter the code SEPTEMBER15 at the time of your purchase to get the discount
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Leave a comment below, with a suggestion of what you’d like to see here at SARAH JANE this next year. What would you like to see more of? Less of? Do you have any suggestions you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your responses!
1) Follow my Facebook page, and leave a comment below that you did
2) Follow my Instagram page, and leave a comment below that you did
3) Subscribe for my newsletter and leave a comment below that you did.
And remember, so go and look back at this weeks’ giveaways! You can enter by Sunday September 15th 2013. All winners will be announced Monday!
The lucky winner is FERN N #213
Today’s giveaway is an exciting announcement.
The Girl who wouldn’t brush her hair is seriously a charmer. A must have if you have any girls in the house.
Besides the fact that the illustrations are amazing, and the story is so darling, this book will make a hair brusher out of anyone.
Take Ella. My 4 year old has the longest, most gorgeous hair, but she has refused to let me brush is for seriously the past year. It’s no joke a project to get her to sit still every night and comb through it, which always resulted in the rats-nest-super-tangled-BUN-hair-do.
You know what I mean?
Enter Jake’s book.
The story is about a girl who refuses to brush her hair, and mice start to make a home in her locks (rats nests), which at first is rather entertaining, but by the end she isn’t a big fan, resulting in The Girl being a devout hair brusher. It’s hilarious.
And works like a charm:)
Ella has brushed her hair every day for 2 weeks now after getting the book, and wears her hair in braids every night. No joke. She’s a new woman, and I have this book to thank for it!
For today’s giveaway, Jake is giving away 1 signed copy of the book!
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Leave a comment below. Maybe a funny brushing hair story? I’m sure you’ve got one.
2) Entries open until Sunday September 15th, 2013
3) One winner will be chosen and announced September 16th
And be sure to spread the word….good books deserve a proper shout out!
Make sure to check out the other giveaways going on right now, with one last final one coming tomorrow!
Enjoy!! I can’t wait to hear how you like the book!
Today I bring you a rainbow of color…all for you!
I love Felt on the Fly! 100% Merino wool felt in over 100 colors to choose from. Mouth watering eye candy for sure. Yum!
Felt on the Fly is going to be giving away a $50 gift card towards any of their felt sheet color stories! And for all of you, you can get 10% off your order from now until Sept. 18th with the code: SARAHJANE
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Visit Felt on the Fly and leave a comment below
2)Entries open until SUNDAY SEPT 15th
3) One Winner will be announced Sept 16th
And don’t forget about the discount! Happy Felt Making!
PS: Don’t forget about the other giveaways open all week! More still to come!!
congrats to Tammy #153