View Post

End of Summer Nights Soiree {In Celebration of Friendship}

{source} A few months ago I kept on thinking about doing something that would get many of my friends together to celebrate how much they mean to me. I feel so blessed to have incredible women in my life. I have wanted to do this over the past few summers but I just never seemed to pull it together. {source unknown} I also thought it would be fun to invite a handful of women from out of town to join …

View Post

Shut The Front Door

I can’t even stand how gorgeous weddings have become! So personal, intimate, special and full of sweet details. I loved our wedding. I truly believe it was so many of those things. But, if I could do it again (with the same man of course) I can’t imagine how fun it would be. Here  are some dresses that make me swoon….               What about you? What is inspiring you about weddings these days? All …

View Post

NaDa Farm Sale {I will be teaching three classes this fall}

In the spring I had a wonderful time teaching a mixed media art class at the NaDa Farm Sale. This October 7 & 8th I will be teaching again! I am so excited to tell you that I am teaching THREE classes! On Friday night I will be teaching (along side Jennifer Rizzo) the class, “Avenues to an Artful Business”. There is such joy in simply creating, but there is something so fulfilling about being able share it with others …

View Post

End of Season Sale {The Luella}

Fall is almost here and we are beginning to mark down some of our summer merchandise. We do not have many Luella dresses left if you have been eyeing one. The Luella is the perfect dress to take into fall and winter. It is absolutely gorgeous layered over leggings with boots or jeans. The Luella is on sale for $72 (regularly $92). The sale will continue until they are gone. Also wanted you to let you know that the grey …

View Post

You Asked {I Know I am Really Late On This One}

Before I forget to EVER answer your questions I thought I better get to it! So, here we go….. hello i’m paige & i’m addicted to your line it’s ridiculous really but i can’t help myself my question is…would you ever consider doing a mixed media technique video…sorta like your art class at nada xo 1. Paige, I love that you have seen my business grow since the beginning!  Thank you for your sweet words.  To answer your question….YES!!!  I …

View Post

My Art Saves Story {Thank you Crescendoh}

My “Art Saves” story was featured all last week and I wanted to share it with those of you that didn’t have a chance to read it on the Crescendoh site. A Constant Companion • by Jeanne Oliver Art has been my companion for as long as I can remember. It has not always shown itself in the same medium but it has been there just the same. As a little girl art has followed me under a shading tree …

View Post

Surviving {Waiting to thrive}

Sometimes we can hear about another person’s diagnosis and think that because their symtpoms are not ours that you could not possible have the same disease. I have multiple allergies to different foods and chemicals.  If I eat them I experience stroke symptoms, numbness, tingling, agitation, foggy brain, inability to speak properly….plus many more.  In the past year and a half that I have been off of gluten there have been a few times that I have accidentally had it. …

View Post

My Daughter’s Story

I feel like I have been through a lot with my health. Even in the midst of being really sick it was only my immediate family that knew how hard my days were. Because of all I have gone through and in the end I am making my way…I sometimes downplay things with my children. Years ago I would have panicked and rushed them to the doctor and today there is a calm and peace that things will be fine. …

View Post

Crazy Road To Health {Repost}

{original post May 19, 2010} It was eight years ago. I was three months pregnant with our second child. My mom was visiting and giving me a head rub…which she always does when she visits me (don’t you just love mamas). I was extremely tired and talking to both Kelly and my mom. I started to not talk correctly.  What I was thinking in my head was coming out as something else when I spoke. My left hand then went …

View Post

Lights, Camera {action??}

Wednesday afternoon I took off for my flight to Salt Lake City. I had been invited as one of four guest artists on my friend Christy Tomlinson’s new art and craft show. As soon as I landed and got my bag I was outside waiting for Christy. No more than a few minutes had gone by and a car came towards me blaring country music.  The car stopped to pick up another person but the man driving didn’t have a …

View Post

Back To School {sale}

I love a good sale. Lately all I have been purchasing is fall clothes for my own children and my closet has been feeling a bit neglected. If you have been looking at all those back to school receipts that you have been accumulating….then this sale is for you! For those of you that have been eying something in my shop I want to offer you a three day sale. Today through Friday I am offering sale prices on my …

View Post

Her Children Rise Up And Call Her Blessed

When I look back on my childhood I have wonderful memories of my mom and the knowledge of how much I was loved. My mom always wanted to be a mom and it showed. There were snacks waiting for us after school. She was there to ask us how our day was..even if we didn’t want to answer:-) When it was cold and snowing my mom had hot cocoa with marshmallows on the table. I am not a perfect mom..no …

View Post

She Works Hard For The Money {So Hard For It Honey}

Friday night Kelly and I packed our children up and dropped them off with my sister and her family for the night. We weren’t heading away on a romantic weekend alone…..we were heading home to finish getting things ready for the Horseshoe Market in the morning. I am not an early morning person. I am not a morning person. OK…the truth is I don’t even like to wake up! I usually wake up between 8 and 9. Some of my …

View Post

Let Them Be Little {Little She Giveaway}

When Maddy was little it was always so easy to find beautiful and sweet clothes for her. When see reached size 7 it became significantly harder to find those clothes that just a year ago had been plenty. There are definitely stores that do better than others but it is obvious that when your little girl reaches size 7 that main stream wants her to dress 13. Girls grow up fast enough that I have no intention of rushing anything! …

View Post

Galena {I Heart You Still}

Galena, I love you! Blah, blah, blah….. I know I have told you many times over the years how much I love this little town in Illinois…but I am going to tell you again. Deal:-) I can’t help it…. Historic downtown, trolleys, water, huge trees, sculptures, wonderful restaurants, quaint coffee shops, many local artists, music on the street, gorgeous old homes with the American flag flapping in the wind…. Do you understand? Do you now know why I keep telling …

View Post

Hidden Possibilities {Do You See It}

I love a good makeover story. I see an old house and see all the potential beauty. I dream of amazing renovations with beautiful wooden floors revealed or architectural secrets discovered that the house has been keeping for years. So, imagine my delight when I came across this old, burned, stone house in the country in Illinois. There was another house on this property that was probably being lived in. It made me start thinking what I would do if …