Greetings, earthlings!  Welcome to 2016!  Yay!  *confetti*  2015, YOU CAN SUCK IT!

This is a long, long, long, LONG post.  Prepare yourself!  Grab coffee, grab a bottle of Merlot, whatever you need to get through 10 miles of my blathering.  Maybe a therapist.  I’ve listened to myself talk before!


In years past, I have challenged myself (and you) to burst out of your comfort zones like Athena bursting fully formed from Zeus’ head.  What a mental image.  Heh.  Mental.  There have been journaling challenges, painting challenges, freestyle rap challenges (those may have only been in my head).

This year it’s all about the new.

You’ve always wanted to learn to do something.  Whether it’s watercolor poppies or underwater basketweaving, we all have that one thing that makes us go, “I WISH I COULD DO THAT!!!”  Now is the time!  You can DO IT!

Want to perfect your grandmother’s sourdough recipe?  Do it!  Want to master throwing bowls on the wheel?  YES PLEASE!  Want to crochet a life-size version of Han Solo?  Please send me one!  Also, do it!

The thing I want to learn?  It’s crazy and probably totally out of character.  I want to learn to make complicated cookie decorations with royal icing.  BANANAS.  I’ve always wanted to do it, though, and I love to bake, so NOW IS THE TIME.  I have been collecting supplies for years.  YEARS.  I have icing tips and piping bags and angled spatulas and enough cookie cutters to make my very own Play-Doh fun factory.

This is the year I learn how to do it!  You know how obsessed I am with Food With a Face, so you KNOW I AM MAKING CRANKY CUPCAKES/APPLES/PICKLES/PIE SLICES/ETC.

I mean.  Look.


by Lila Loa


by Sweet Mike


by Sugarbelle

Ridiculous, right?  I WANT TO EAT THEM ALL.  And bake them all.  And decorate them all.  And then pay people to take them away so I don’t ACTUALLY eat them all.

I will learn how to do this.  I’ll post pictures along the way, and I want to cheer you on with your adventure too!  Come on, let’s learn something new!  Comment, blog, give links, give each other buttpats.  Let’s expand our horizons!


In other news, WOO JOURNAL52!

I am helping the lovely EffyBird with the amazing crazy wildness that is Journal52, which, for those not in the knowwwww, is an online community weekly art journaling project.  From the site:

Every Friday of 2016, you will find a new post here containing two prompts – one from Effy Wild, and one from Sarah Trumpp. We decided that we are perfectly mismatched misfits, what with Effy being all deep and excavat-ey and into the self-inquiry and Sarah being all irreverent and quirky and a little on the darker side of whimsy, and we thought that you’d appreciate having options!

Fun, right?!  I will be posting loads and loads in the Facebook group and am going to try my hardest to post a timelapse video weekly on the Tubes.  The community is already over 10,000 strong and wonderful and supportive!  Come join!  NOW DAMMIT! 😉



The Lab is open!

I have been working on making a home for our workshops, and a home we have!  Go check it out – more coming REALLY SOON.


GO forth and experiment!





Sarah wants to know how everything works. She also has a short attention span and is addicted to coffee. Those two things are probably not mutually exclusive.


H. Dietz · January 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Yayyy! So excited! Those are amazing and I'd love to see your journey with this!

I want to learn design in general, but through fabric arts and sewing. I know the basics, and have accumulated a TON of fabric over the years and two working sewing machines, so I really have no excuse to not tackle it.

Admittedly, I did a happy dance when I saw that you joined Effy! Working on pages already!

    H.Dietz · January 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Psst…if anyone make a life sized Han Solo…put me on that list too!!

      sarah · January 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm


    sarah · January 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    YES! tackle that shit!

    I'm excited to see what you're up to! I did a happy little dance too. hahaha

Randi · January 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

A friend of mine's sister (that makes it sound fake, I know. But it's not) made SpongeBob Squarepants little cakes for her daughter'so birthday. The hubby came in and grabbed one off the cookie sheet and popped it in his mouth. She screams NO!! So he takes it out of his mouth immediately and puts it back on the cookie sheet! It looked like the deformed brother of all the other perfect ones, all grinning. And that one–all googlie-eyes. She sent a pic. I choke every time I see that pic. Just imagine…

    sarah · January 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    bwahahahahahah that's awesome.

Ann Pierson D'Angelo · January 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

OMG, you're going to be so good at this! I can't want to see what you create! Yay lab!

    sarah · January 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I made many batches of cookies last week to do a "baseline" post, but everyone ate them before I had a chance to decorate them. hahahah

Sunny · January 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

Wow! Those cookies look so amazing. I know I will love yours even more since they will quite likely be angry cookies! Hahaha! I can't wait to see!

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