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Black Friday Sale, A Giveaway, and the SJM Holiday 2016 Collection!

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I hope y'all had a marvelous Thanksgiving with family yesterday, and you're eating leftover pie for breakfast this morning! If you're like me, rather than waking up at the crack of dawn to brave the crowds, you're still lounging in your PJs restful and happy, knowing that you can both support wonderful small businesses and find gorgeous unique pieces for your loved ones from the comfort of your couch. A win, win? Absolutely!

Are you still a little sleepy from all of that turkey yesterday? I completely understand, friend! While I'd love for you to read through all of the inspiration behind my new collection, you can also head down to the bottom of this post to see my holiday sale and giveaway details!

I am SO excited to share my SJM Holiday 2016 Collection with y'all this morning!! This year, I was inspired by the nostalgia of creating lasting traditions that give you all the warm fuzzy feels as you both reminisce on previous years and look forward to the future. For me, that comes down to two very specific memories - attending The Nutcracker Ballet with my mom, grandma and sister, and hosting fun holiday dinners for family! 

My holiday collection was therefore inspired by The Nutcracker itself - as I let the illustrations guide you through each of my favorite, beautiful scenes of the ballet. From Clara being united with her beloved Nutcracker at their holiday party, to the riveting sword fight scene between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, to the snowflake ballerinas setting the scene for her dream, to the Sugar Plum Fairy, who leads her on a wonderfully sweet journey through The Land of Sweets.

Each illustration reminds me of the joy and wonder that goes into the artistry of the ballerinas, costume designers, set designers, musicians, and all who take part in bringing a bit of Christmas magic into the lives of many during this season. I hope these designs evoke that same sense of awe and joy, and make your heart happy thinking of the traditions you have either created with your loved ones, or will create in holidays to come!

Not only is my holiday collection launching this morning, but so is my 2017 Cocktail Calendar! Y'all, I am SO excited about this year's calendar - it's my favorite yet! Why's that? Glad you asked, there are a couple of reasons! 

There's nothing quite like hosting dinner parties and girls nights in for friends, is there? If you have guests over quite frequently, it might seem daunting to try new recipes and cocktail concoctions for each gathering. My advice, darling? Stick to the classics! They are sure to be a crowd pleaser, and can usually come together in a pinch!

The cocktail classics are what inspired this year's 2017 Cocktail Calendar. Each month features a different illustrated cocktail that is perfectly fitting for that month and season (fresh ingredients are a must!). I will post the recipe for each month's cocktail on my blog the first week of every month, giving you plenty of time to incorporate the drink into any parties you are hostessing or attending!

The best part of this year's calendar? Each 5x7 print is now double sided with an art print of the cocktail and it's name in calligraphy on the back!! That way, once you are done using your calendar for the month, you can simply flip it over, frame it, and use it as seasonal bar cart decor! *Insert crazy happy dance here - you get TWELVE FREE ART PRINTS, Y'ALL!*

So, what are some of my favorite new products? Of course, I love the 2017 Cocktail Calendar, especially June's gin and tonic illustration! I also love the Nutcracker folded holiday greeting card - his coy smile gets me every time! It's perfect for writing a thoughtful message to your most dapper nephew and best friend alike!

The Clara and The Nutcracker art print (available both as 8x10 and 11x14) is such a classic choice, one that will definitely be pulled out to display year after year! And, don't forget to not only give thoughtful gifts, but package them beautifully to create extra excitement for your loved ones! This Nutcracker gift tag variety set is so perfect, as it comes with two of each of the five designs to create a set of ten gift tags! That way, you can select the perfect tag to fit the personality of your unique friends and family members!

I LOVE IT ALL, JESSICA! BUT GIRL, TELL ME ABOUT THAT SALE!

You're right, I've made you wait long enough!! Today through Monday at midnight EST in celebration of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (my fav!!), and Cyber Monday, all SJM Shop products* will be 25% off with code NUTCRACKER at checkout!!

I will also be having three giveaways every day except Sunday (gotta rest and watch football that day!) on my Instagram. Today, I am giving away a set of the five beautiful Nutcracker holiday greeting cards! Want to know how to enter the giveaway? Head over to my Insta, friend! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

Something extra special I changed in the shop as well in honor of the Christmas spirit is that I reduced shipping prices! Many of the shop products are now available to ship for between $3-5 cheaper than they were previously, to hopefully help you every bit I can! Put that money toward a chai latte as you're wrapping your gifts, or some cute ribbon to use when tying everything together!

*My holiday sale excludes all custom orders, and my design calendar for custom commissions is currently full through the remainder of 2016. However, I have such a heart for custom designs that I want to be able to allow you to give the gift of art this holiday season! So, I created these fun personalized gift certificates for you to purchase along with the custom artwork of your choice - so you can let your loved ones know that they have something extra special coming from me!! Head here to learn more about the gift certificates and how you can get one to bring some cheer this season. PS - while custom art isn't on sale, these gift certificates are! Yay!

Are you looking for other ways to support small businesses and artists this year, but don't know how to best find them? I have the perfect thing for y'all! My friends at The Rising Tide Society put together the most wonderful RTS Gift Guide, and it is filled with such great pieces and ideas! I cannot wait to look through all of these artists' shops and support them this year while picking out gifts for my friends and family.

Did you make it all the way to the bottom of this post, friend? If so, go grab an extra slice of apple pie for breakfast - you definitely deserve it! Have such a wonderful and restful weekend, friend! If you're like me and like to celebrate each holiday in it's entirety, today will be spent swapping fall decor for Christmas decorations! Cue the Nutcracker soundtrack by Tchaikovsky.....