Coming Soon: Oracle Cards Against Mundanity

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Coming Soon: Oracle Cards Against Mundanity: The Honest AF Animal Wisdom Deck

An Oracle Deck and Cards Against Humanity had a love child. This deck is it!

I’ve always wanted to create my own Tarot or Oracle Deck. As an oracle card junkie, I have a drawer filled with them. But I wanted something more than woo woo feel-good fluff.

As someone who is BLUNT, I wanted cards that are cute, but cut to the truth of the matter. Not cards that leave me scratching my head saying, “wtf is the answer then?”

And I didn’t want to predict some imaginary future…so I created oracle cards that show you how to CREATE the future you want, in no uncertain terms.

Behold, here are some of the Honest AF Animal Wisdom Cards. I’m in the process of having the booklet and box formatted.

Oracle Cards Against Mundanity

 

The Offical Oracle Cards Against Munadity Page

The Honest AF Animal Wisdom Deck will be for sale on thegamecrafter.

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How I Made My Own Oracle Cards

Want to see how I created the cards from start to finish? Check out this post where I share my process and step by step photos.

Flashback Friday

The other day Chad’s Dad was asking him how he made the prize-winning Carry Me Robot Illusion Halloween Costume. I reminded Chad we actually made this DIY Halloween costume tutorial a few years ago. Enjoy!

Need some more Halloween Inspiration? Check out my Sugar Skull Face Painting Tutorial

Tis the Season for Halloween Paintings

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Tis the Season for Halloween Paintings

Last night there was a chill in the air. So today I dragged my easel outside and sketched one of my pet chickens wearing a witch hat. This is Clucky. Clucky stars is plenty of my other pet portraits.

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Chicken wearing a witch hat illustration by Sarah Jordan

Whimsical Animal Art

Here’s the finished Halloween painting. I added a ghost peaking out of the barn, a black cat. And Clucky is sitting on a pumpkin.

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Witch please, Clucky is ready for Halloween

This painting is available for sale here

In Other Halloween News

Last month I published a book of scary stories. I’m still writing the book that goes with the oracle deck I created.

I felt like I didn’t really create much during quarantine, but looking back…I painted over 50 original paintings (44 of them are for my oracle deck), wrote and released a music album on sound cloud, wrote a handful of original ukulele songs, created a few music videos and learned a bunch of songs with Chad for our band The Loverfaces, and I published a new book.

Support Local Artists with Fashionable Facemasks

If you’re looking for a not so basic face mask to show off your personality while supporting local artists, check out these face masks featuring my whimsical animal illustrations:

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Halloween Cat Face Mask by Sarah Jordan Asheville Artist

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White Owl face mask by Sarah Jordan

How to Stick to Creative Goals

I’d admit that during quarantine I truly wanted to live like a sloth on the couch. But the artist in me knows that if I don’t create, I will die. That’s how it feels anyway.

I stayed productive creatively by quitting social media for a few months…now I only check in once a month or so. I didn’t miss out on anything. Plus I wasn’t pet sitting or face painting or writing for clients due to the pandemic. So my schedule was pretty open. I only allow myself to watch TV at night. And I do not watch the news EVER.

Last weekend I pet sit for the first time in 6 months! My pal Tillie (chihuahua) stayed for 5 nights. Chad and I are ready to get our own dog soon.

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Chillin’ with Tillie

 

#4 in Horror Short Stories

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#4 in Horror Short Stories

Long before I was making my own music and rapping, and even before I became an artist, I was obsessed with writing. Specifically writing scary stories. So I finally published a collection of my short horror stories. And as of today, it’s ranked number 4 in Horror Short Stories on Amazon. (Number 1 is the best, so I’m pretty happy).

#4 in Short Horror Stories on Amazon

Free Til August 5th

Playing Dead and Other Tales of Terror is free until August 5th. Download it now and read it whenever. And if you don’t have a kindle, you can download the free kindle app.

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Creating my Own Oracle Deck

During quarantine I finally created my own oracle deck featuring 44 different animals. I’m in the process of writing the book for it. Here’s a video showing all the cards.

Here’s a screenshot of the video showing the Octopus card.

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My watercolor oracle deck

Oracle Cards don’t have a fixed meaning, which is why I decided to create that kind of deck instead of a Tarot Deck. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Tarot, but I thought it would be much harder to create a tarot deck, which has 78 cards. My oracle deck has 44 cards.

Oracle Cards Against Humanity

My concept is WAY different than typical oracle decks. In fact, if an oracle deck and Cards Against Humanity got together, my deck would be their sweet, honest spawn. My cards are going to feature ADORABLE animals with foul-mouths. So if you don’t like swearing, this deck is NOT For you!

Get on the waiting list to grab your own copy when my deck is finished.

How I made my own Cards

I decided to paint my cards using watercolor. I chose watercolor because it dries fast and I’m freaking impatient. I wanted to make my own deck and I wanted it done FAST.

Phase 1: Painting the Cards

I used ultra heavy duty (translation: pricey!) watercolor paper and professional watercolor paints. Then I simply went crazy with the colors. I traced 44 rectangles using a purple plate (it’s like a healing coaster. Nikola Tesla invented the purple energy plate/disk).

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Phase 1 in making my own deck of cards

Phase 2: Waiting

Next I had to wait a day for the paint to dry.

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Phase 2: Waiting for watercolor paint to dry

Phase 3: Drawing

Phase 3 entailed making a list of the 44 animals I wanted to illustrate, one for each card. And then drawing on the cards.

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Phase 3: Drawing the animals

Phase 4: Cutting

I used sewing scissors (I know the cardinal rule of sewing is DO NOT CUT PAPER with sewing scissors, but they are ultra sharp and so precise!) to cut out each card.

Phase 5: Writing

Phase 5 is coming up with all the meanings for the cards and writing them in a book that will go with the deck. I’m about half way done with this step and I’m having so much fun with it! Of course, my impatient ass has already given readings to a few of my friends.

Phase 6: Printing

I’m not there yet, but once the book that will accompany the deck is finished, I will pay a professional to take high quality scans/photos of each card so I can get them printed at high resolution.

From there, I will sell the cards through a print on demand website. In the meantime, hop on the waiting list if you want to get your hands on my deck when it’s ready.

And if you haven’t already done so, download my new horror ebook on Kindle.

Trippy Art Paintings and Best of June

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Trippy New Art

It’s been a strange summer so far. This is reflected in my trippy new paintings below:

Alien Abducting a Cat

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Aliens abducting cat by Asheville Artist Sarah Jordan

Alien Seascape

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Trippy Alien Seascape by Sarah Jordan

Clancy in Wonderland

Midnight Gospel Fan Art

Midnight Gospel Clancy in Wonderland original painting features a trippy tie-dye inspired rainbow spiral watercolor background.

Best of June

Our band, The Loverfaces, recorded quite a few songs in June. Here’s a few fan favorites:

Fly with Me: our Original Song

Thank You for Being a Friend

Gardening is Punk Rock and other Original Songs:

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Sweet Child O Mine Cover and a Work in Progress

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Sweet Child O Mine Cover and a Work in Progress

My Dad just had open heart surgery a few days ago. Thankfully it all went smoothly and he will be going home shortly! So I wanted to cover a special song for him for Father’s Day.

What 80’s kid doesn’t LOVE Guns N’ Roses?! So I had to turn this ordinarily gritty song into a slower, more relaxing song.

Chad wasn’t home to star in this video so it’s missing the incredible electric guitar licks and sound quality that Guns N’ Roses (and The Loverfaces) are known for.

Here’s a fun outtake…I would have kept this shot of my pet chicken Clucky in the video, but our neighbors started mowing their lawn and it was super loud.

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Fun outtake from the music video (Sarah Jordan with pet chicken Clucky)

I recorded “Sweet Dad of Mine” on my cell phone and spliced the videos together using good old Windows Movie Maker. I hope you enjoy it!

Work in Progress

I’ve been incredibly tired and burnt out…and hiding from my canvas and paint for several months. I have, however, been drawing my dreams consistently. More on that later.

I also made a hoop dance video for the first time in several years.

Yesterday I caught a burst of inspiration and sketched on a canvas.

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AVL artist and musician Sarah Jordan with a work in progress

I will paint the canvas by next week…I spent most of today playing music, filming and editing that video (and most of yesterday trying to learn the song, ha ha).

Anyway, here’s the work in progress…it’s a surreal chicken portrait. More to come.

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Work in progress by AVL artist Sarah jordan

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Sarah Jordan with work in progress painting

The Loverfaces are an Asheville indie music duo made up of Sarah Jordan and Chad Jordan.  Get new songs by email, it’s free and FUN.

PS. Last week The Loverfaces covered The Golden Girls Theme Song:

The Golden Girls In Asheville: Thank You for Being a Friend

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Thank You For Being a Friend by The Loverfaces

We learned The Golden Girls Theme Song “Thank You For Being a Friend” for our friend Ashley.

We decided to make the video extra special by dressing as the sweet and spicy Sophia Patrillo (played by Estelle Getty) and man-hungry Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) because:

  1. Sophia is most like me ( she is tiny and looks sweet, but WATCH OUT!)
  2. My David Bowie mullet wig looks similar to Blanche’s hair (if you use your imagination)
  3. I love any excuse to dress Chad in my clothes 🙂

Thanks for watching, sharing and laughing with us.

The Loverfaces are an Asheville indie music duo made up of Sarah Jordan and Chad Jordan.  Get new songs by email, it’s free and FUN.

Three Original Songs by The Loverfaces

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Three Original Songs by The Loverfaces, Asheville Indie Music Duo

In The Garden by The Loverfaces

I (Sarah) wrote this song:

  • to write a song in the style of Chad and…
  • because I started gardening during quarantine…I felt like it was the one thing I felt like nobody could control, destroy or steal from me. Because prior to quarantine, I had a thriving pet sitting business and I miss my dog friends like crazy. Prior to quarantine, I had a thriving corporate entertainment business as an artist. Although I don’t miss that one as much ;), I wrote this song because nobody can take my garden away.

Fly with Me

Chad wrote Fly with Me (with help from me). We had spent the day at the playground jumping off swings. Then we watched The Neverending Story. And Fly with Me was born!
About Secret Ghost aka Beetlejuice

One day Chad walked into our room and I was standing there naked in the dark about to get dressed. Chad literally screamed! He later told me that he thought I was a ghost. We had recently watched Beetlejuice so I was inspired to write a song about it.

The Loverfaces are an Asheville indie music duo made up of married couple Sarah Jordan and Chad Jordan.  Get new songs by email, it’s free and FUN.

The Loverfaces Live FB Mini Concert Asheville

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The Loverfaces Live FB Mini Concert Asheville

We (The Loverfaces) performed a live mini concert on Facebook from our living room a few weeks ago…here’s the video below:

The Loverfaces are an Asheville indie music duo known for our unforgettable vocal harmonies and entertainment value. We love what we do and your guests will too!

Song Credits for the Above Video:

  • Myth by Beachhouse
  • You Don’t Know How it Feels by Tom Petty
  • Come Pick me Up by Ryan Adams
  • Pendulum by Chad Jordan

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The Loverfaces covering Space Oddity by David Bowie

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The Loverfaces covering Space Oddity by David Bowie (Flashback Post)

Here’s what people are saying about The Loverfaces:

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You guys are so sweet!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I learned how to play Space Oddity by David Bowie! Consider this a flashback post 🙂

Fun fact: Chad taught me how to play Space Oddity during a road trip to Pennsylvania. We are an indie band located in Asheville, NC.

Most people who know me know that I LOOOOVE David Bowie…and I have loved Bowie ever since I was like 5 years old and saw him in The Labyrinth.

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My Best Advice: Too Good Not to Share here

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Yesterday I caught inspiration fever and sent out a newsletter sharing what I thought was my best advice.

Here’s what people said about it:

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My Best Advice

The world needs your gifts and what you have to offer. You are already good enough.

Perfectionism is the highest form of self-abuse. Although you should strive for excellence, staying invisible and waiting to be “perfect” is a huge disservice to the people who need you.

For example, in 2010 I decided I was already good enough and READY, so I started teaching my own hoop dance classes at a local library. The Classes took off like gangbusters.

I was so in-demand that I created an online course (although the course is no longer for sale, you can find portions of it here) in an attempt to keep up with the demand.

And although I sold my website and have pivoted and changed directions since then, it feels pretty darn good to know that I’ve impacted thousands and thousands of people worldwide with my courses and books (not to mention all the amazing things my students have done: they’ve collectively taught thousands of students themselves) because I had the guts to think that I was already good enough.

You see there is no ready fairy. if you’re waiting until you feel ready to do the thing, you’re going to be waiting forever.

You don’t have to be perfect. You only have to be “better than” your first student.

Don’t be afraid to PIVOT…You don’t have to be married to one job, one career, one passion. You can be MANY different things if you wish.

My husband Chad is a perfectionist when it comes to music. but I deemed myself good enough to play at his level long before he ever agreed with me. Now we have a real band (The Loverfaces) together!


Chad believes that we shouldn’t put any videos out unless if they are absolutely perfect. Let me tell you I put out my own content on the regular and it is far from perfect and because of that I have received:

 

+ Invitations to perform at events

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+ Invitations to be professionally recorded and to go on podcasts and interviews
+ Incredibly sweet & helpful praise from people who LOVE my music, even though it’s not perfect

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+Invitations to teach
+ The satisfaction of proving people wrong 😉

And I am far from perfect!

Date your ideas (this advice I learned from Maru Iabichela). you’re allowed to change your mind!

And so went with the flow and started my own little online ukulele academy.

Two and a half years ago Chad bought me a ukulele for Christmas. And then his band broke up. So I brainwashed myself into believing that playing an instrument was easy for me. And it became easy!

Don’t get me wrong there were nights where my brain was hurting…. but I persisted because I had a vision and a goal….I wanted to be in a “serious band” with Chad.

And I wanted to sing at his level. So I sang to the dogs I pet sit for every day. Now I sing to my pet chickens.

Side note: Chad has been playing instruments and in a real bands for decades longer than me. He sings like a freaking angel. But I DID IT! Because I brainwashed myself into believe I could.

And when quarantine is over, we are going to perform all over Asheville.

You see, up until a few years ago, I always thought I was just “a dancer” and an artist. I thought that music was my sister’s gift and that I wasn’t skilled in that way or think that I could to be good at that too.

But I was wrong. Learning to play an instrument was for me too. And it was one of the best darn decisions I ever made.

You can have it too. Stop waiting for readiness, perfection or some other made up bs excuse. You deserve joy now.

<3, Sarah

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My Neck My Back Parody: My Sage, My Dill (Plant it!)

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I turned a dirty song into a love song about gardening

When I saw a drag queen perform to My Neck My Back (lick it) by Khia (and Elle king) I fell in love with the song. The original my neck my back is so dirty I had to make a funny rap parody about gardening called My Sage My Dill. Enjoy this spoof. I love you Khia and I freaking love Elle King!

Here’s what some really kind people said about my song:

My Sage My Dill Lyrics

All you ladies pop your soil like this

Shake your rake: don’t stop, don’t miss

All you ladies pop your soil like this

Shake your rake: don’t stop, don’t miss Just do it, do it

[Chorus] My sage, my dill

Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

[Verse 1]

First, you gotta put your neck into it

Don’t stop, just do it, do it

Then, you roll your hoe

From the soil, back to the front

Then you plant it all till the seedlings bud, lover

Make sure they keep sprouting up, lover

All over your face and stuff

Slow down, you show me so much love

[Pre-Chorus] Do it, do it, do it now Plant it good, plant this garden just like you should Right now, plant it good plant this radish just like you should My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

[Chorus] My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

[Verse 2]

You might roll dubs, you might have G’s

But screw that, lover: get on your knees!

A brat like me moans and screams

“Real thug Misses,” knows what I need!

My garden, so fresh, so clean

So high in the line: I’m green

I know which lover I need

Chad’s green thumbs satisfy me

You try me lover, I’ll make you see

You b*tches ain’t got sh*t on me

[Pre-Chorus] So plant it now, plant it good plant this radish just like you should

(C’mon!) Right now, plant it good plant this radish just like you should

[Chorus] My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

My sage, my dill Plant my radish and my kaaaaaaale

Extended version:

The best food comes from the ground

The soil good: thick, big and long

Slow hoe’in til the crack of dawn

On the X, making faces and stuff

Through the night, making so much love

plants grow when the sun comes up

If you want to learn how to play the ukulele, I’m offering ukulele classes via Zoom.

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Little Sebastian Mouse Rat Cover by The Loverfaces

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Chad and I re-watched Parks and Rec for the 2nd time a few months ago. So we had to cover Little Sebastian (5000 Candles in the wind) by Mouse Rat.

Watch Little Sebastian Mouse Cover by The Loverfaces below

Little Sebastian was an adorable mini horse on Parks and Rec. Andy’s character sang this song about Little Sebastian in one of the episodes.

If you’re craving more behind-the-scenes action and more frequent virtual concerts from The Loverfaces, check out our Patreon.

I’m a visual artist as well as a musician, so I’m going to be adding The Loverfaces MERCH (yes, band merch!) to my shop featuring our one-of-a-kind art on totebags, pins, t-shirts and other necessities.

In other The Loverfaces news, we will be doing some House Concerts in Asheville after quarantine ends. Woohoo! Join our free monthly e-zine (it’s free) to find out where and when we will play next! I also send out fun surprises…once a month.

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Fly with Me into the Eye

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Last year Chad and I wrote a song called Fly with Me. Last night we (The Loverfaces) performed the song (and many others) for a home concert via Facebook.

Fly with Me by The Loverfaces

This is the wooden sign I painted for our concert:

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The Loverfaces sign by Sarah Jordan

And Chad drew this picture to go with our song:

Fly with Me The Loverfaces

Fly with Me by The Loverfaces

Normally there would be an adorable dog or two jumping on us but since we are quarantined, we are on a forced break from pet sitting. I miss my dog friends so much!

In the meantime, I have been singing to my pet chickens…

Of course I painted their portraits too:

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True Affection Cover with Pet Chickens

True Affection Cover with Pet Chickens

Done, not Perfect

I’ll admit this is not my best singing ( my nose is like 90 percent blocked because I have a cold) but my chickens and the weather were cooperating and I’m practically glowing.

I’ve always loved True Affection by the Blow. This is my cover on Ukulele. My pet chickens are clucking in their tunnel and seem to enjoy the music.

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