Tonight and tomorrow will be days I will want to soon forget with all the work that goes into getting ready for TWO shows. Yes, there are two shows that lie on the same weekend. Just when I thought that I was prepared and ready to go, I find myself covered in paper scraps and cello sleeves. You should just see my office. Yikes! Cleaning it will be a project itself!
Well, no hilarious children’s sayings and no big news except to say:
Just kidding. No really, Come anyways, cause you will want to see the incredible goods that people can come up with. Truly talented people out there. I love handmade. Ok…back to printing and paper cutting…
Well, for most people, Spring Cleaning has already happened. And it has in our house, but this week, I am doing some spring cleaning in the shop.
I have a lot of prints in my shop that 1) are not consistent with my style that I have created, 2) haven’t sold enough of them to justify keeping them or 3) I really don’t like.
SO……this week, I will be having a clearance SALE for these items. They will be GONE by the end of the week.
RIDE A COCK HORSE
RIDE A COCKHORSE slate
JAIME MAMAN & PAPA size 7″x7″
(I am keeping the 7×9 size)
BREAKFAST BUNNY LAVENDER
EDIT: I AM getting rid of What boys are made of
So, by 1pm Mountain Standard Time today, all theses items will be a whoppin’ $14 (sets will be $32). And by Friday, they will be biting the dust.
I am really wanting to make more space for other things, and since I do my own printing, it will make my job easier with less in the shop.
Ahhhh….feels great to be clean!
I could list hundreds of songs: but this is a short list of what my kids are loving right now.
Disclaimer: Itunes links weren’t working, so most links are youtube…some videos are dumb. Links were chosen for music not video:)
The Real Old Stuff:
Some of the vintage classics are on itunes, but you can also get CD’s at the library. I thought my kids wouldn’t like the sound quality or how out of date these are. Quite the opposite! This genre deserves a whole blog post by itself,but here are two of their favorites:
Whose afraid of the big bad woolf?
Vintage record version
Popeye the sailor man
My kids fall over in histerics over popeye’s laugh
The worry Song:
Gene Kelly and Jerry mouse dancing from the movie “Anchors Away.” LOVE Gene Kelly.
Here is the video: Your kids will LOVE this!!! (Have I said ‘love’ enough?)
The Littlest Bird: three good tanyas
Don’t you love this group? And to have a song about/for children…even better.
Peter and the wolf
Perfect to play make believe and act out the story. This link has the narration.
The most relaxing classical music in the world ever
Perfect for getting them calmed down before bedtime, or provide ambiance
My new favorite artist: Asheba
No more monkeys
If you only listen to one song on this post, listen to this. Kids classics with a Jamaican rhythm. This song gave me a library fine (my kids listen to it everyday!!)
The lion sleeps tonight
Best authentic rendition I have come across. Remember Graceland by Paul Simon? This is THAT South African group. My kids love the african vibe, and love acting this out.
My new favorite CD that has the two songs above, plus more that I can’t find right now: Putumayo
World music for kids! I love it! My kids don’t realize that they are learning other languages!
EDIT: I just received a comment with a link to this site. An ENTIRE blog dedicated to children’s music! Yahoo! Hear it, love it share it.
OK: so this was a lot longer than I originally planned it to be. But now it is open to you:
What music to you AND your kids love??? Please share!
I will try and put together a compilation we can all access.
OK. I have to admit that I do the dumbest things as a mom. I hope I am not the only one here who hits her forehead daily and says “Dumb! That was really dumb!” Like when you give your child crayons to play with so you can finish that phone call, or when you leave them unattended with play dough, or when you give them ice cream cones in their car seats just to avoid getting in an accident during rush hour.
Well, this was worse.
I missed my daughters dance class pictures. I got her all excited about dressing up in her new costume, wearing makeup and practicing how to not “fake smile” for the camera. 20 minutes before class, I got a phone call from a mom. “Oh we missed Addie on Saturday for picture day.” My heart SANK!!! How could I be so dumb!!! Addie started to get worried at my tone, so I quickly hung up and told her that we were ready for her glamour portraits in the living room. I played photographer, and she was SO proud. I was SO glad that she is only 3 and didn’t know what to expect, and that she can still believe that her mother is the REAL photographer.
To be honest, I was dreading picture day with her in this bright orange, black and copper fruffy dress. I mean, BLAH!! Who comes up with these costumes?!?(This is for a Lion King dance…so I guess orange=lion.) But even still, she is gorgeous. These pictures will always remind me of my absent minded brain. But even more, they will remind me that Perfection isn’t always lost when dressed up in a bunch of ugly. She makes this dress look stunning. Only she. Only Addie. Unaffected by the yucky. And seemingly unaffected by her mother’s dumb mistakes. Oh she is perfect. Thanks Addie.
(and for my utter distaste for those 80′s glamour shots, I just had to throw this in:)
world around you because the greatest secrets are
always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those
who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
~ Roald Dahl ~
This week I learned from my children that:
- Your shadow is your best friend because it is always with you
- Monsters live in trees but they are scared of daddy’s
- Sunshine is meant to be felt with just your skin on (even when it is 40 degrees outside)
- Flowers are for giving to people (especially the cashier at Target)
- Dirt is for toes
- One piece of broccoli is a tree. Two pieces of broccoli is a dark forest.
- Igloos can be made from an end table and blankets
- Tree stumps are for sitting on when you are sad.
- Big stretches of green grass are for taking a “belax”
- Trees are for hugging.
- Butterflies have mommies too.
- Nail polish and chapstick makes you a princess.
And so I add to that beautiful quote:
Watch with glittering eyes your children and you will see the whole world as it really is. And you may even end up believing in magic.
Happy Monday everyone!
I am so eager to share this site with you all. This site is #1 reason I got my start on ETSY this past October. I stumbled upon a meeting in my town in September 2007, and found out about this GREAT organization. Startup Princess empowers women to begin their dreams of starting a business. Their Motto? ” Make a wish, make it happen.” They provide “Fairy Godmothers” (mentors) to steer you in the right direction whether you are just starting , or a seasoned professional looking for more information and advice. And lucky for all of us, they have a website where you can access articles, podcasts, and all sorts of networking information. From becoming part of Startup princess, I have been so fortunate to meet some remarkable people in my field. Kelly King Anderson…the founder of Startup Princess…is an AMAZING networker and has introduced me to wonderful talents like Jaime Lentzer of Jaime painting and design, and Shelly Kennedy of Drooz studios. Women are the best networkers, aren’t they? And Kelly has counted on the unique qualities of women to create this great site and resource for anyone in the startup of a business. She also posted an interview about me yesterday that is now on the site. She outlined a bit of my startup venture and is a little too kind. But I hope someday to really be able to help other women (mom’s especially) to live their dreams of starting up some kind of venture. Check out this site! It is a GREAT resource!
She is here. I have been waiting to get her done for a while now…and she couldn’t wait any longer. No more rain! Horray for spring! I do have to say, she is a bit more “girly” than my other prints, but Spring does that to a girl, doesn’t it? She even reminds me a bit of Bottecelli’s Birth of Venus (but with a gingham dress). OK…so it’s a stretch. But how appropos. She will be in the shop this afternoon!
I can’t believe it. My sales just hit 1000. Sarah Jane Studios opened October 4th, 2007. That was 6 1/2 months ago, and boy has it gone by fast!
I really have to just say thanks to all of you. Really and truly, this has been an amazing journey (with it’s fair share of downs as well…I am my worst critic!) Truth be told, I love it. I love creating (I can’t stop!) and I have really loved meeting really great and talented people along the way. Thank you, Thank you! I have been so lucky to feel supported all along the way!
I wish I could just personally thank all of my wonderful customers and readers individually. I take great care in packaging to make sure that they know how appreciative I am. But I have to add an extra thanks this week to really celebrate!!
I will be adding ONE FREE “I would really like to” notepad to the next 30 orders. But you have to mention it to me in your purchase in the “message to seller box.” Just say ” Blog Reader” or something like that:)
Thanks so much to all of you! Support is everything to a mom, a woman and especially and artist, and I have had just the best time on this little journey! I am excited for another 6 months ahead!
Gotta go outside now and plant something…it’s Earth Day! (How appropriate!)