Speaking November 8th: Making your Creative business your Dream

Hello Friends! 

I wanted to invite any of your who are in Utah to come attend Creative Collaborative in Provo Tuesday night from 7-8 where I'll be speaking about my journey as a business and a creative. I'll be sharing my story over the past 3+ years of how  my challenges, limitations and failures have ultimately taught me how to build an even stronger brand and find business solutions that have lead me to find a greater sense of focus. I'm excited to share with you! 

This blog used to be a place for me to articulate the things I've learned as I've built a business, and a place for me to share and express this amazing journey. 

I haven't talked about it much, and I'm ready to talk about it now, but the past 3 years basically cut me down, chopped me up, and had me wondering if everything I had been working for and building towards was worth it. 

Three+ years ago, things were great. Business was good. Profits were high. I had built a business I loved and was proud of. But things very quickly starting falling apart and out of my control. I became pregnant and on bedrest for 3/4 of my pregnancy. With intense pain every day, I was limited in what i could mentally and physically do. We were remodeling the house, my husband took on a second job (which didn't pay him anything...it was out of a teacher shortage) and was working 14 hour days. After the birth, I suffered with post-partum depression, which was thankfully caught early and short lived...about 4 months. Following that, I went back to work! Only to discover that my baby couldn't sleep through the night! After 11 months of trying to understand what was happening (he started showing symptoms at 12 months), we discovered he had sleep apnea, and wasn't getting enough oxygen at night. He was waking up every 45 minutes ALL through the night! During this time, he also had RSV, respiratory infections and multiple trips to the hospital. After 2 years of not sleeping (literally) we were relieved when an adenoidectomy was the solution! He had surgery and within a week he wasn't waking up every 45 minutes. But he was still waking up every two hours because he had 2 years of horrible sleep habits! 

With two years of not sleeping, being overworked, trying to maintain the pace I once had but not successfully, I had developed adrenal fatigue, which was diagnosed after multiple trips to the hospital and doctors. I was mentally and physically burned out, and we had suffered a huge financial loss through this time of not being able to produce and work like I had before. My creativity was suffering because I was so focussed on surviving and keeping my family afloat. 

But during that following year, we had a choice: Do we just do what we've always done? Or do we change our path so that we don't have to work SO hard and SO crazy to maintain stability? 

We chose the latter. After a year of researching, studying, learning, praying and working our tails off, we we able to re-learn some incredible lessons on rebuilding after setbacks. Of finding success in your OWN way and on your OWN terms. Designing your life so that you can LIVE it the way you want, and so that there is ROOM for setbacks...because they will come! 

Previously, we were living fast. We were moving fast, working hard, and getting a lot accomplished! But it wasn't sustainable. And when the waves hit, they hit hard. We didn't have a strategy in place for being able to handle any upsets on our path! 

Tuesday I'll be speaking about how to build a successful business that can sustain you because it's backed with purpose, strategy and resources. And faith. Principles that might sounds simple, but I'm going to share with you how these principles are the tools every person needs to find happiness and success in their life and business. 

So come if you are in town! 

CREATIVE COLLABORATIVE

PROVO RECREATION CENTER

320 W 500 North, Provo, UT 84601

7-8 pm

 

Go vote, come and visit before the polls close country wide, and then go back to find out the state of the nation:) 

 

See you there! 

Blog Post 5 - Quilt by Pieces by Polly

I am loving this quilt made by Pieces by Polly! She has put so much detail into these pieces, and I can't wait for you to pop on over and take a peek! Quilts, Pillows, it's all magical! 

Come visit here for more information and inspiration! And here Polly has a pillow tutorial from scraps using magic fabric as well! 

Thank you Polly! And happy sewing!

MAGIC blog tour 2 - Violette Field Dresses by My Sweet Sunshine Studio

I'm so excited to share with you the next stop on the MAGIC blog tour! 

Violet Field Thread patterns have always been a favorite of mine! And this dress was in part designed around the Magical Parade fabric panel. Alexis at My Sweet Sunshine is one of the pattern designers for Violet Field Threads, and she did such an exquisite job on this! She's sharing tons of insight and photos on her blog today! 

This Lauren dress is so versatile! Hop on over to her blog to learn more! 

You can purchase the pattern here. 

MAGIC BLOG TOUR - Overnight Bag by Blue House Joys

I'm so excited to finally start this blog tour with you. Every week, I will be sharing various projects made with the MAGIC fabric that came out this summer! Bags, quilts, clothing, it's all covered. 

Today I'm sending you over to visit Terri with Blue House Joys with this overnight bag that is to die for! 

The MAGIC fabric collection (you can see the lookbook here and the collection here) of course like all my collections, has a border print (two actually) and this bag features the border print so well! It's such a statement for an overnight bag like this. 

MAGIC also has larger prints for fussying around for piecing like this I LOVE YOU TO THE STARS (and other phrases printed in gold) that make for such lovely personalization as well. 

So head on over to get the TUTORIAL AND PATTERN HERE. 

Thanks so much Terri, and thank you for coming along! We have projects lined up all the way through October! 

xo

Sarah Jane

BEST of Sarah Jane Fabric Collection

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(CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY)

HOORAY!! 

 This is REALLY exciting news you guys! I really am just giddy about this. 

Michael miller Fabrics is bringing back a "BEST OF SARAH JANE" Fabric collection next spring! I currently have 4 fabric collections that are MOSTLY out of print...there are a few pieces here and there that you can still get. But for the most part, CHILDREN AT PLAY, OUT TO SEA, LET'S PRETEND and WEE WANDER is mostly hard to find. Children at Play was released over 5 years ago, and WEE WANDER was released almost 3 years ago. And it's time to bring them back. I've been getting emails and comments from you all for so long....and Michael Miller Fabrics has heard your pleas:) 

Because there are SO many prints, and SO many options, we want to here from YOU in the survey below. What are your favorites that you MUST have back? Which colors do you love best? We will be printing originals, as well as new colors, and I am just so excited. 

The survey will have you check boxes of which prints are your favorite. I don't want to take too much of your time, so it's a pretty simple survey. But it's important to us that we here from you! Share with your friends, and spread the word:) 

Here are some pointers: 

1) You can check as many as you like

2) PLEASE be thoughtful, and really check the ones you want most to come back, instead of checking all of them for instance:) 

3) At the end there is a place for you to write whatever you want...any input you'd like to add! 

So take the survey! We want to hear what you are DYING to see back in stock. Thank you so much for your input. Scroll down at the bottom of this post for the survey link. Thanks again!! We are just as excited as you are.

These images are in the survey, but you can view them here as well:

CHILDREN AT PLAY: 

OUT TO SEA: 

LET'S PRETEND: 

WEE WANDER:

MAGIC BLOG TOUR

Well, now that Quilt Market is over, and we are getting ready for the MAGIC fabric to ship starting in July, I am preparing my BLOG TOUR and I'd love to have you participate! 

Do you have a blog? Do you have a project you'd like to make with MAGIC fabric? Do you have a pattern or tutorial that you'd like to share with your community using MAGIC fabric? 

We'd love to hear from you! 

Email fabric@sarahjanestudios.com and we will send you all the information you need to submit your idea. This is a great way to build your own community, share a project you've been wanting to provide and just be part of a wonderful tour! 

Can't wait to hear from you! 

xo

Sarah Jane