FaerySarah has moved to...

To the readers out there that are still hanging on here for dear life (thank you!), you can follow my shenanigans over here...

Website: sarahjane.co.nz - see my online portfolio, latest work and contact details if you'd like something sketched, illustrated or designed.

Instagram: @sarah.gauntlett #sarahgauntlettsketches #mymanillamonsters  - here you'll see my day to day family life sprinkled with my art and crochet.

Pinterest: pinterest.com/sarahjcreative

Tumblr: sarahgauntlett.tumblr.com - here you will find a collection of all the images from Instagram under the hashtag #sarahgauntlettsketches in one place. I made this more for me, but hey! You can have a look too if you like.

Email me here if you like, or look me up on dirty old Facebook.

FaerySarah is no more. 'Sarah' is super happy and I've got plenty of creative ideas for 2015.
Have a fantastic year everyone, much love to you all.



Let it go

I'm constantly being told to let things go and not only by my children as they warble that song from Frozen, but also from friends and family. I hold onto things for a very long time and even when you think I've forgotten all about it - I haven't. Not in the slightest. If I could split my brain up into files or compartments I would happily file most of the things I'm supposed to 'let go' in the 'Let It Go' folder or lock them away in a dark room and throw away the key (I'm pretty sure that's how males do it with almost everything...).

One thing that I am finding so hard to let go of is a long term friendship that over the past two years has fallen flat. Fallen so flat, I've been given no explanation and no communication and left wondering what I did or didn't do that was so wrong. Sometimes I think about it (because I can't let it go) and I believe there is still hope and then I'm brought back down to earth rather harshly. I've been obsessing over it and I am hearing 'just get over it' and 'let it go' from every second person who has had to endure my unending desperation in this matter.

A couple of weeks ago though, I thought I had let it go. But the mere fact that I'm on here, posting this means that I'm not entirely letting it all go. But in saying that, this is my official public notice that I am in fact letting this go. As of the moment I push publish this will be done, my obsession will be gone. And I mean it.

This may mean a few changes for me, a new blog name and handle. A new spot on the internet maybe, maybe no spot at all. I can see some things changing in the future in this space (that I really don't update enough - geez remember when I used to post daily?!). But change is good, I'm excited for change.

I am looking forward to next year, I have a little project in the pipeline aka my head - that I'm hoping I can throw myself into and really have fun and encourage others to do the same.

I hope that you can look back on your year and make some changes too. Let things go, kick things to the curb and flush negativity from your life at present. The beginning of a new year is always fun and refreshing and a great time to realise some dreams and put them into action.

All the best for your Christmas celebrations, where ever they may be. Good luck for the New Year and good luck to me and my obsession I've LET GO.



Christmas Postcards

Just a little reminder I have some Christmas Postcard sets left in my felt store! Perfect for sending to family, as a gift tag or as a gift themselves!

Click here to check them out.

All my other prints/postcards are up at the moment and you can now buy individual cards and mix and match your own set too. I'll be closing my online store over Christmas and thinking up new things over the break to add to it...



My Minilla Monsters

I've been having a bit of fun lately - drawing monsters on manilla folders. Oh dear! Do you see a typo in my heading now?.... oooh. NOPE. These little monster guys may be drawn on manilla folders but they are called Minilla Monsters after I found out that the adopted monster children of Godzilla were in fact called Minilla Monsters (crazy huh).... so it's a fun play on words hehe.

Check these guys out, I love them! I've listed some in my felt store (here) and have printed some Christmas cards too. Will add them to my store as I draw them, you can even order a custom one of your family or a friend if you like...

And Christmas cards... (*these are now sold out)

Hope you're having a good week!



Zoe and Quinn's Fancy Dress Birthday Party

Well, here goes a post full to the brim with photos!

At the beginning of this month we celebrated Zoe's 5th birthday and Quinn's 3rd birthday with a Fancy Dress themed party. To them though it was a horses and Frozen party with dress ups but that doesn't sound as good.

Quinn was Anna from Frozen and Zoe was a golden and white horse. She specifically requested that costume and for me to make it, so onto Pinterest I went and out came this gorgeous little scrappy pony. Heaps of fun. I made Joel dress up as a pirate and I was Pippi Longstockings... My whole family dressed up with Uncle Dean and Aunty Jane as Ninja Turtles and Marby and Pop as Snow White and a Knight. The kids thought it was fantastic and it was lovely seeing their faces as people arrived all dressed up for their birthday party.

For the food we had make-your-own ice-cream sundaes where the kids got to choose their toppings. They loved this and it made for a very fun and easy way to feed all the kids and adults too. I made the cakes for the first time in five years worth of parties, Zoe's was a strawberry cake and Quinn's was a triple layered chocolate cake. I iced them with buttercream and bought figurines for the toppers.

It was a crazy Auckland weather kind of day and so I planned indoor activities for the kids with tiara and crown creating, colouring pages in our theme, face painting and pass the parcel. Luckily it didn't rain the whole time and the kids got to play outside as well.

Check these cuties out...


I just wanted to say thank you to my family and friends that made this all possible, for the things you lent me and the time you gave me to help out. The kids had an awesome day and that's exactly what we wanted for them. So awesome making their dreams come true!

Our ice-cream cups, straws, party bags and drink bottles were all from The Pretty Baker - my favourite party shop! Everything else I collected from Kmart (the honey comb decorations were $3 each!), Warehouse Stationery and borrowed from friends and family.


Our Kindergarten Mural Project

One of the reasons I haven't been posting much (if at all) lately is this...

For the past three months or so I've been slowly chipping away at this mural for our kindy. It's main theme is community in West Auckland. It is made up of four panels, each 1200mm x 1200mm square and it will be hung up on a fence at the entrance of the kindy. It's very exciting and I've enjoyed it!  Can't wait until it's up and finished - it has been a slow process and all that's left to do is hang it up and tidy some edges.

The first panel shows the urban community and houses of West Auckland, and people enjoying the Oratia stream and walkway. The stream flows through to the next panel which shows the popular cycle-way and our kindy logo. This moves on showing the Waitakere ranges, native bush and Fairy Falls. The last panel ends with Lion Rock at Piha and the black sand beaches we all know so well.

I've coated it will this awesome stuff from Resene called Graffiti Shield so that if it happens to be tagged we should be able to clean the spray paint off without damaging the artwork or having to repaint anything. Brilliant. Lets hope it doesn't have to come to that though.

My little artist Zoe has helped me along the way, on every panel. She's so great at this stuff and it was awesome to have her involved since she went to the kindy as well. Both our names are on it :)

I really hope the kindy and the community love it like I do and I hope to post a picture up soon of it all up and running at the kindy. Stoked and pretty proud. Thanks to those that have helped make it happen!


My journey to the centre of Eretz ~ aka the day I met my favourite author Laini Taylor...

Eretz, also referred to as "Elsewhere", is one of the known universes in the Continuum. It is the world that chimaera originate from and reside in. It is also parallel to Earth and portals connect the two worlds. 

When I first heard whispers of the possible New Zealand visit of my favourite author Laini Taylor, I outwardly gasped and secretly held my fingers crossed behind my back for what seemed like months. If you're a long term reader of this blog, you'll know that I'm a big fan and that Laini wrote Daughter of Smoke and Bone - a book of which I raved about on here. AND the two books following it; Days of Blood and Starlight and most recently the final in the trilogy Dreams of Gods and Monsters. So you could imagine that getting the chance to meet Laini (first name basis now, we go way back...) is pretty darn fantastic and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Luckily my southern partner in crime Angela was with me as I journeyed into the centre of Eretz and met the beautiful mastermind behind the whole thing...

We spotted her on the street, outside her boutique hotel on Auckland's High St. The gasping started again and the giddy fangirl in me reared her ditzy-wide-eyed head and I may have jumped up and down clapping my hands and staring longingly into Angela's eyes. flutter flutter...

It all went very fast but oh it was good. SO GOOD. We'd brought cake. I thought chocolate cake would be pretty cool since it happened to make an appearance a fair few times in Zuzana's dialogue but mostly in the novella A Night of Cake and Puppets. We ate the cake with teaspoons on vintage saucers (yup I hauled all that stuff up that street and into that hotel... no one was going to stop me). I was very happy when Laini took charge and happily cut the cake and served it to us! WIN.

Of course all my questions left my head as soon as I saw her and the cake wasn't doing me any favours so I sat and listened to Angela's questions and friendly banter. It was awesome hearing that Laini had been working on screenplay drafts for the movie adaptation of DOSB and hearing about what music and surroundings helped her to zone out and dive into her writing. (Persian rock, local caf├ęs, hotels and noise canceling headphones). I learned Laini hasn't closed the land of Eretz completely and that there is definitely potential for more to come from Elsewhere...

I felt the time slipping away and since Laini was so nice and so down to earth it all went very fast (we only had 45mins!) I acted quickly and remembered we had brought our books along to be signed. This is when it all got a bit real and I realised who I was sitting next to. I'd actually tucked into one of the books some pictures of my high school sketches and my most recent sketches that I had brought along, with the idea of showing Laini if the interview happen to go that way. It all kind of tumbled out of my mouth when I saw them but I got the majority of what I wanted to say out regardless. I wanted to let her know why the main character Karou resonated with me and so told her about my drawing angels, dragons and my wings obsession and how it was somehow similar to my own life at that time (err... I didn't have hamsas tattooed to my hands or a Brimstone behind a secret door but hey you get me). I may have choked up a little and forgot to tell her I had also (like Karou) made giant wings for a school project that hung on my wall too. Angela said we'd had a moment... there may have been more gasping and more eye gazing, it was all such a magical blur.. I can't really remember.

We finished up and left Laini with a very cute, very NZ inspired DOSB style gift and headed to Remuera Library to hear her speak. It was fantastic hearing more about who she is and why she wrote DOSB and how she got where she is today with her writing and creative career. I loved the way she motivated the younger members of the audience to hone their craft and to do what they love. She was very professional and full of advice and also had a wonderful knack for expanding each question the audience had put to her, adding in snippets of her life, family and inspiration.

She made us laugh and I almost cried again and to close the event she asked the most FaerySarah question to the audience... Of which I knew my answer STRAIGHT AWAY. If you could use one wish to fly would you; a) fly like superman, no wings, just you OR b) totally have wings. WELL DUH. Wings! Come on! I did have to mention to Angela that my wings would also be magical and hide under clothing when not being used... Which would you choose? a or b? (Although that would mean I'd either have ripped clothing for be completely naked whilst I flew so I might need to think that one through a bit more...)

Thank you so much to Ruby at Hachette for making this happen, to Laini for sparing some time for us and to Angela for coming with me! Mwah!

I'm back on Earth now and everything is back to normal, but I am so glad that I can go to Eretz whenever the heck I want to just by opening up one of my books... you should too!

Get Daughter of Smoke and Bone here
Get Days of Blood and Starlight here
Get Dreams of Gods and Monsters here
Get A Night of Cake and Puppets here


Latest Amigurumi ~ Crochet Olaf

So here's my latest crochet project, in fact I finished him just last night! He is awesome! So awesome! And of course the kids love him. I'll have to make another so they have one each. xx

Pattern by Like Crochet on Etsy.

Latest Amigurummi ~ Halflings

Loved making these!

Pattern by Lucy Ravenscar on Etsy.

New Painting

I finished this a few weeks ago, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil and impasto on canvas...

 While in progress:


Frozen Fancy Dresses

Yes of course my girls are obsessed with Frozen! Just like all little girls at the moment right? So after weeks of begging and pestering I finally caved and put together a couple of Elsa inspired pillowcase dresses with some aqua fabric-swap fabric I had in my stash. The kids love them and were so excited when I had finished. Quinn wears hers every day and will only answer to 'Queen Elsa' and stays in character the entire time. They have sung the songs to us over and over again and I'm not completely tired of it yet, they are just so cute! I am loving making their little dreams come true...