Saturday, April 19, 2014

This Week in the Studio | Free Fall

Thank you to everyone who made my 48-hour flash sale such a success. It was such fun to clean out my studio and send my artwork hither and yon. Nineteen pieces found homes over the past two days!

This week my friend and Nashville based country western singer, Brittany Bexton, launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for her new EP. The title track is called "Free Fall", which you can listen to HERE.

Brittany asked that I create a piece of art inspired by her song. Her idea was to offer a limited edition numbered print for contributors who donate at the $60 level! To check out her fundraising efforts, click HERE. It was such a fun exercise to paint something in response to a song. Here is "Free Fall":



"Free Fall"  -  8 x 10 inch acrylic on canvas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bookish Kind of People

“I would be most content if my children grew up 
to be the kind of people who think decorating consists 
mostly of building enough bookshelves.” 
- Anna Quindlen


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And don't forget, this is the last day of my 48-hour flash sale
Quite a bit of it sold yesterday, but there are still a few great pieces!
Everything in my shop is 50% off.
Shop HERE.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flash Sale | 50% Off Everything in my Art Shop



In two weeks, I am packing up my little family and heading for a summer of work at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. That means I'll be away from my art studio for four months. That means its time for a 48-hour flash sale!

I have a beautiful mish-mash of pieces that need good homes. So today I want to give you an opportunity to buy that piece you've been wanting at half off. The flash sale runs today and tomorrow (April 17 & 18). All sale prices are marked on the website. EVERYTHING you see is 50% off.

Ready, set, go shop HERE




...and lots MORE


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Black Kitchens

Sometimes, when I'm cataloguing my favorite images on Pinterest, a pattern appears. I look at what I've compiled and realize that I have penchant for purple floral arrangements or some such thing. Today's ah-ha moment? I became aware that half of my kitchen photos had black walls or cabinetry. Black kitchens. Evidently I love them.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Escape Hatch

Yesterday, while minding my own business, the mail man dropped off an astronomical medical bill pertaining to one of my son's recent hospital visits. I opened it, as I have opened hundreds before. It was for a new procedure we had done in February to help Charlie's muscles, which are over-toned due to Cerebral Palsy. We spent an hour in the hospital and received 9 Botox injections. And for these services, the hospital charged our insurance company $8,500.

What?  Yes.  EIGHTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Our insurance paid their portion. And this bill is for our family's portion, which is $2,700 due immediately. And here's the kicker. The doctor would like to do this same procedure every three months. That's 10,800 dollars a year on top of our deductible and co-pays and adaptive equipment percentages.

And it's not like this is the first big bill of the year. It's the fourth. So, I guess I'm complaining about it here because I'm tired of it. I'm tired of never feeling like we'll get out from under the feet of corporate insurance.  This giant is going to crush anyone unlucky enough to be sick or have cancer or birth a child who needs more than an annual check-up. I love my son dearly and will do whatever I can to help him. But we are one of a million families cracking under the pressure of our broken system.

So..... yeah.

After choking on my tongue and crying to my husband once again about the shameful state of our country's medical system, I've decided to run away. Yep. Running away sounds about right.


Oh and I almost forgot... Happy Tax Day.














"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, April 14, 2014

Thoughts on Living a Process Oriented Life



If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am the type of person who gets really inspired by something and then tries it out. And I don't just dabble, I go balls to the wall. Whether its my Smaller Sarah Year, the paint job in my entry way or my radical homemaking manifesto, I give the idea my full attention and energy. I do this so that I can assess whether or not its the right path for me. Does it make my life better? Is it sustainable? How does it shift over the long term? What changes can I make to the original plan so that it better suits my life with kids? These questions can only be answered if I commit as fully as I can to the goal.


Yesterday's Instagram of my raised bed.


My radical homemaking journey has already been really rewarding. The little changes I've made to our household like gardening vegetables in a raised bed, composting, etc, have revealed to me what our family can live without and also what our family needs to have in place. The larger changes towards self reliance and greener living have been slower than I had hoped, but they have also served to focus my energies and fine tune my patience.

Even though I like to commit 100 percent, change is still a process. I can only do a little bit at a time. And I cannot do everything at once. I cannot possibly maintain a four-day-a-week exercise schedule, plan and prepare all raw meals (as I would like to), tend to my garden, take care of two small children, make art, write a book, volunteer at my son's school, blog, take photos, meet freelance writing deadlines, edit photos, stay married and on and on and on. And the truth is I don't do all of those things. I can barely get to half of those things during the course of my week. The goals I hold for my home and for myself must ebb and flow if they are to be accomplished with any kind of efficacy and quality.

So when I say, I'm on the radical homemaking path or that I'm on a weight loss journey, I mean just that: I'm in process. And really, aren't we all in process? When will I arrive at center? I don't care when that occurs. In fact, I hope that it never happens. I hope that I am always tending the garden of my soul, searching for answers, loving the journey and sharing snapshots along the path.


Art by the talented Phoebe Wahl

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This Week in the Studio

I was out and about this week taking lots of photos. I had two photo shoots for Houzz.com, but also a private client, a designer in the area, has asked me to document some of her work as part of her portfolio. It's been such fun! Here are some peek-a-boo detail shots from my upcoming Houzz tour.