Category Archives: miscellaneous

follow the trail of breadcrumbs…

If you would like to know where I am now, how I am creating and what I am thinking about… find me HERE.  This new website is a more complete composite sketch of my art, music, writing and publishing in addition to the work I do with hair.  I also own one of the trendiest bohemian salons in Chattanooga, and you can find more about that HERE.  Thanks for visiting and I hope to inspire you now and connect with you soon!  -Sarah Jay



Gardens, Graduations & Personal Growth

Okay, I know it’s been a *hot* minute since I’ve posted, but here is what you missed:

Our doxies had pups…   we planted a garden…   mommy spent time with Oliver…. we got ducks!

Then Jeremy graduated with his Masters…  I graduated cosmetology school…


We vacationed in the mountains…    and Oliver turned one…

Most recently, we decided to make an expansion at the house…  I’m thinking of blue!

So that’s news for now.  I’m going to try to get back to crafting, creating and writing; I’ve missed it!

  Have a great day and remember that someone needs a ray of light today that only you can shine.
Make time for inspiration, be yourself without apology and always light your world with goodness!

Three Fresh Ways to Do Color

Studying cosmetology and having three daughters provides the perfect opportunity to try out all of my new ideas, and lately, I have been working on color placement.  I have been working out how to break out of the classic subtle highlights and make a little bolder, fashion-forward statement.  I also wanted to play with cuts that would specifically compliment and accentuate the color.  Here is what I came up with:


Larken wanted a low-maintenance look that would maintain her length, but create manageability for her athletic lifestyle.  To compliment her natural wave, I scissor-cut concave layers, and then razor texturized her hair to create space and movement.  I accented the cut with a diagonal weave of highlights transitioning from a heavier weave in the crown to a lighter, blended weave in the middle, leaving her natural color as a base in the exterior and hiding any regrowth under a veil of her natural brown.  (before, shown left) Read the rest of this entry

Seven Things You Should Find Time To Do {For Yourself}

If you’re anything like me, you’re busy

You change diapers, build science projects, fold forever laundry (the kind we have at our house where both the washer and the dryer have perpetual occupancy), memorize and maintain the schedules of everyone in your family and yet still have a color-balanced, budget-conscious dinner on the table every night.  Right? 

And if you’re anything like me, you feel a little run down sometimes. 

A little more like this…                                             instead of this…

Well, I have discovered seven things that are worth my time and money. 
Seven things that make me feel beautiful and strong and empowered 
And if Mama’s happy, then everyone is happy.  Read the rest of this entry

The New Oxford Trend

I picked up some new kicks recently! 

They remind me of my favorite pair from middle school, except that those had a schnazzy buckle.  And they’re super versatile!  So here is to getting old enough that you’re enjoying fashion trends for the second time around!  Cheers 🙂

For work : paired with plaid slacks, a button-down shirt and a funky vest.  Tie is optional 😉
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Family Names Watercolor

I was bored. 

(who said idle hands were the devil’s playground?)



Wall Art Inspired By Your Tattoo

I figure that if a work of art is beautiful and meaningful enough to permanently etch it into our skin, then why not also translate those images onto canvas.  Here is my (pregnant!) butterfly:

And the canvas interpretation!


Photo Day At The Creek

These pictures were taken at the property of a friend of ours.  He has about 16 acres with a huge creek running across it and the girls regularly gathered buckets and shovels to play there under the sun-mottling trees, so it made perfect sense to do a photo shoot there.

photos taken by Kathie Colling of Colling Photography

Fun Updo

This is an updo that I did in cosmetology school. 
(It is more fun to play on real heads.)


Taking Advantage Of Nature’s Backdrop

For this photo shoot, I literally crawled over a fence with the girls into someone’s pasture of horses and hay bales!  It was a field that I had recently driven by, and I had thought, “That’d be a great spot for a photo shoot!”  The rest is history.

Their driveway was picturesque too.  🙂