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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Three C’s To a Stronger Business

  The year is winding down but for small business owners, our hearts and heads are spinning with ideas of how to grow our business and what we want to bring to life in the new year.  Creating an authentic and loyal following takes time. Knowing your brand, being focused and delivering high-quality goods of any form takes intentional decision making throughout the whole year. A large part of our business is walking beside other small business owners and helping them …

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Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE Workshop | We Are Giving Away ONE Spot!

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED The winner of the one spot to my Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE workshop is… DECEMBER 5, 2017REPLY  Melinda Dennis When I was little I dreamed of being a singer. I was raised in a house always always swirling with song. I’d dress up with my older sister, so carefully put the album on the record player and twirl my mother’s scarf in a circle singing to Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. …

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How About a $500 Shop Giveaway | Art + Necessities

  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of the $500 gift certificate to our shop is… Joy Lamberti Oh my gosh … it would have to be the French Vintage Collection … how amazing to use these beauties in my mixed media art! Your website is more than incredible for all of us, and the generous giveaways and opportunities, well, I know I speak for everyone … we couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to celebrate! Thank you! We …

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The Celebrating Continues | 40% Off One Online Course Today Only

      We are so overwhelmed in the best way with all of the sweet responses to the site! We will continue on making it better and better and we hope it will become your favorite place for online art + lifestyle courses. We have announced all 10 winners of the complete online packages! We announced 4 winners on Instagram, 3 on Facebook and three on the blog post below. Congrats to all of the winners and thank you …

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Holiday Housewalk | 2017

I don’t even know how many years I have been able to be apart of Jen Rizzo‘s gorgeous Holiday Housewalk!  Each year it is such an honor. Last year was our first year in this home and we are slowly making it our own. These DIY and Decorating bloggers are incredible! I am just along for the ride and loving every moment of it. To start at the beginning of the tour start HERE. And if you are coming from …

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A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

  Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering. In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring …

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Mid-Century Modern Library | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

  Simple touches around the house are my favorite for adding holiday touches each year. I have two small boxes that hold everything we need to decorate…tree ornaments, white lights, my favorite pom pom wreath and garland from Anthropologie. The rest we add through special recipes we make together, white lights throughout the home, pine branches from our land, candles burning, Christmas music and the people we gather. And the being ready. Having your heart ready to welcome people into our …

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Women of Advent | It Begins On Monday!

  ***Women of Advent will begin on Monday, November 20, 2017***   Come and watch the first sneak peeks into the actual video content of the course…     Sheila Atchley had such a desire to create something extra special for us this holiday season and she has brought to life The Women of Advent.   If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s …

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Jeanne Oliver Studio Workshops 2017 | We Have a Few Spots Left

I love that our creative network has allowed us to teach and learn with thousands from all over the world and to gather in the most unusual and incredible way. I know we have all made friends and kindreds because of the power of the internet. I also know that meeting in person is powerful and heart changing too and it allows me to create, teach, connect and love on others in a whole different way. When we built our studio …

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Stephanie Lee Encaustic Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

  Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 10-11, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   …

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live WILD AWAKENING Workshop In Our Studio!

We have just opened up a second weekend to our sold out workshop Wild Awakening! Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 6-7, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that …

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Wendy Brightbill Live Still Life Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join Wendy Brightbill in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 20-21, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   When you …

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Wild Awakening Live Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on September 29-30, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   When you …

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The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond River Cruise

      Detailed Itinerary April 14-23, 2018 The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond DAY 1 AMSTERDAM Arrive in Amsterdam today, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time. DAY 2 AMSTERDAM Your day in Amsterdam begins with a panoramic tour of the city, on which you will see renowned landmarks like the Royal Palace and a windmill. The rest of the day is yours to explore this grand capital. (B) DAY 3 AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION Check out …

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For All Your Colorado Girls | I Am Teaching At The Vintage Whites Market

For all of you that have been asking for more local Colorado art classes I am excited to share this! I will be teaching at the Vintage Whites Market on April 1, 2017. $110 includes admission to The Vintage Whites Market, a three hour workshop and all supplies included. I can’t wait to create with you! You may transfer your registration to another person but this workshop is non-refundable. You can register below…

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live BE PRESENT Workshop In Our Studio!

***WE ARE OPENING A SECOND WEEKEND*** Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on June 2-3, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Three C’s To a Stronger Business

  The year is winding down but for small business owners, our hearts and heads are spinning with ideas of how to grow our business and what we want to bring to life in the new year.  Creating an authentic and loyal following takes time. Knowing your brand, being focused and delivering high-quality goods of any form takes intentional decision making throughout the whole year. A large part of our business is walking beside other small business owners and helping them …

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Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE Workshop | We Are Giving Away ONE Spot!

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED The winner of the one spot to my Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE workshop is… DECEMBER 5, 2017REPLY  Melinda Dennis When I was little I dreamed of being a singer. I was raised in a house always always swirling with song. I’d dress up with my older sister, so carefully put the album on the record player and twirl my mother’s scarf in a circle singing to Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. …

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The Celebrating Continues | 40% Off One Online Course Today Only

      We are so overwhelmed in the best way with all of the sweet responses to the site! We will continue on making it better and better and we hope it will become your favorite place for online art + lifestyle courses. We have announced all 10 winners of the complete online packages! We announced 4 winners on Instagram, 3 on Facebook and three on the blog post below. Congrats to all of the winners and thank you …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | We Want To Hear Your Questions

  We want to hear your questions about running a business! Kelly and I will hold a Facebook live on October 10th @ 3pm MST and answer as many questions as we can. We have never done this together so we are looking forward to hearing what is on your mind about anything business! Please leave your questions below, message us or email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Celebrate Milestones

My parents had been married a few years when I was born and with only a semester left in college my mom put it on hold to stay home with me. I was a senior in high school when my mom finished and earned her teaching degree. She didn’t walk across a stage and the degree came in the mail. I have thought often about what that felt like to open that envelope and see what she had worked for …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Your Business And The New Year

Re-post from January 2017. The New Year is not the only time you need to stop and re-evaluate your business and where it is going. Take time each month to adjust the things that are and are not working. Getting your business and your own creativity back on track should be a regular part of your business health. A brand new year is a perfect time to re-evaluate your business goals and to take the time to see what changes …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Art of Practice

I was volunteering at a local high school enrichment program and I had the students all day.  We were going to start with sketching and then create sculptures based on our sketches. I had my supplies out, sketches taped to the wall and supplies at each of their spaces to begin. As they started filtering into the room I started to notice the mumbling of some of the students. There were words coming past their lips like, “I can’t even …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Say No to Say Yes

When you are building a new business or growing the business you have loved and expanded for awhile it can be hard to know what to give your physical, emotional and financial energy to. You can read all of the books, take the business classes, talk to your peers etc. but when it comes down to it YOU have to make daily decisions that lead you into a creative life for your business. I love that Elizabeth Gilbert states that …

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I Am Speaking | Brave Girl Symposium

  We need some rest every so often from all that’s going on in the world… Wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere where the topics of politics, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and anything else that could be divisive is off limits for just a few days? A place where we can just be together and talk about soul things? Well that’s what Symposium is! Even though you will be in a room with women from all backgrounds, belief systems, and …

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Time to Gather + Rest

One of the sweetest creative gifts I have given myself is to honor my gifts with practice and also the times I have gathered with other creatives and honed my skills, took the time away and made my creativity a priority. I often don’t realize how fast we are moving or how much we are pushing each day until I schedule breaks, creating and time with friends. I would love to invite you to the last two workshops in our …

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Stephanie Lee Encaustic Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

  Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 10-11, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   …

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live WILD AWAKENING Workshop In Our Studio!

We have just opened up a second weekend to our sold out workshop Wild Awakening! Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 6-7, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that …

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Wendy Brightbill Live Still Life Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join Wendy Brightbill in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 20-21, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   When you …

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live BE PRESENT Workshop In Our Studio!

***WE ARE OPENING A SECOND WEEKEND*** Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on June 2-3, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you …

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Our First Workshop In Our Studios For 2017 | Be Present Workshop With Jeanne Oliver

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT*** Please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com if you would like to be placed on a wait list if there are any cancellations. Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on May 26-27, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and …

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Studio Christmas Tour

I had hoped to get the studio simply decorated for Christmas in time for our Holiday House Walk Tour earlier this week but that just didn’t happen so we are sharing it now. We are loving this space so much and what it means for me but also Kelly and the kids. This is where I create, have meeting with our creative team members, meet with clients, read, study, tinker, have cocktails or coffee with Kelly and hang out with …

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Our Christmas Home Tour from 2015

***THIS POST IS OUR HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FROM 2015** Please come back tomorrow for our Christmas Home Tour for 2016 *** How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address? The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known. We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and …

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Our Fall Home

***All week we will be sharing some of our recent and past fall decor** This is our first fall on our new land and in our home and we are loving all of the surprises. Want to know the surprise we are loving the most right now? We have a huge apple tree! We had no idea because we bought our land and home in the middle of winter. I have always wanted an apple tree and this home has …

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Mid-Century Modern Library | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

  Simple touches around the house are my favorite for adding holiday touches each year. I have two small boxes that hold everything we need to decorate…tree ornaments, white lights, my favorite pom pom wreath and garland from Anthropologie. The rest we add through special recipes we make together, white lights throughout the home, pine branches from our land, candles burning, Christmas music and the people we gather. And the being ready. Having your heart ready to welcome people into our …

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Women of Advent | It Begins On Monday!

  ***Women of Advent will begin on Monday, November 20, 2017***   Come and watch the first sneak peeks into the actual video content of the course…     Sheila Atchley had such a desire to create something extra special for us this holiday season and she has brought to life The Women of Advent.   If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s …

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Acts of Service Advent Tree

I always get a lot of questions and emails each year about our acts of service Advent tree that has been seen the past years on our holiday housewalks. You still have plenty of time before Advent begins to put this together if you think it would work for you and your family.   This idea originally came to me while I was watching Anne Marie’s Twig Tree video in Home for the Holidays. She was creating a small twig …

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Modern + Cozy Christmas Kitchen | Seasons of Home Holiday Decor Series

The older I get the more I just go more with the flow and I don’t stick to rules (and most of the time the rules I created for myself). Even a few years ago I made sure we didn’t decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I felt like it wasn’t honoring of Thanksgiving (like Thanksgiving was all upset about it or something). Instead, I am just diving into cozy and we will enjoy it even longer. We are still present …

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All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life. Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection. We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families. We all desire for the ones …

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Women of Advent with Sheila Atchley | Early Registration Just Opened

  We have a sweet surprise today! Sheila Atchley had such a desire to create something extra special for us this holiday season and she has brought to life The Women of Advent.   If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s slow down this season. “Unfulfilled and fulfilled promise are related to each other, as are dawn and sunrise. Both are promise, and …

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This Little Light of Mine | Be the Light

I first saw this video at at local church on Christmas Eve a few years ago. I thought it was so powerful and beautiful and I am honored that the creator of the video has allowed me to share it here. I hope this is a sweet reminder during December and throughout the whole year… Now go out and let your light shine! Thank you Michael for allowing me to share your beautiful video. This video was created by Michael Sweet …

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Give The Gift Of Art! | Print It Out and Wrap It Up!

If you are looking for the gift that will truly impact 2017 for someone that you love then I have the perfect gift for you! We are offering our gift certificates that can be applied to one of our 78 online courses, private art instruction, business consulting, online shop and even one of our upcoming workshops in our studio! We have tried to make it easy for you but if you want an amount not shown please email us at …

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Last Minute Gifts From Jeanne Oliver Designs | Tomorrow Is The Last Shipping Day

  We have been busy getting art bags and the new Living Studio Toolbox Studios shipped and out the door. Everything single thing is out of the studio and on the way to you guys! Thank you! That was crazy and amazing. It has just made us so much more excited about what is coming in 2017. Tomorrow is the last day to order anything from our shop and then we are closing up shop until 2017! If you order …

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Paint Splattered Gift Wrapping | Artsy and Easy

This is the final post for me with all of the incredible ladies that are a part of the Farmhouse Holiday Series! This series has been over the past few months and it has been so much fun and I have loved sharing our new home in a more intentional way. These ladies are all full time design and DIY bloggers and it has been such a huge honor to be included. I would just like to thank Kristen of …

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Time to Gather + Rest

One of the sweetest creative gifts I have given myself is to honor my gifts with practice and also the times I have gathered with other creatives and honed my skills, took the time away and made my creativity a priority. I often don’t realize how fast we are moving or how much we are pushing each day until I schedule breaks, creating and time with friends. I would love to invite you to the last two workshops in our …

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Stephanie Lee Encaustic Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

  Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 10-11, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   …

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Being a Tourist in Denver | Top Spots on My Birthday

I am a birthday girl and try to squeeze every last bit out of it on that day. When people say they don’t really care about their bday’s I do not relate to those people. At all. One day all about me and what I want to do and everyone smiles the whole day while they do my things? Perfection. If I am being completely honest I believe it is more like birthWEEK. If I am really lucky I start …

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live WILD AWAKENING Workshop In Our Studio!

We have just opened up a second weekend to our sold out workshop Wild Awakening! Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 6-7, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that …

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Wendy Brightbill Live Still Life Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join Wendy Brightbill in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 20-21, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   When you …

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For All Your Colorado Girls | I Am Teaching At The Vintage Whites Market

For all of you that have been asking for more local Colorado art classes I am excited to share this! I will be teaching at the Vintage Whites Market on April 1, 2017. $110 includes admission to The Vintage Whites Market, a three hour workshop and all supplies included. I can’t wait to create with you! You may transfer your registration to another person but this workshop is non-refundable. You can register below…

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Our First Workshop In Our Studios For 2017 | Be Present Workshop With Jeanne Oliver

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT*** Please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com if you would like to be placed on a wait list if there are any cancellations. Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on May 26-27, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and …

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Studio Christmas Tour

I had hoped to get the studio simply decorated for Christmas in time for our Holiday House Walk Tour earlier this week but that just didn’t happen so we are sharing it now. We are loving this space so much and what it means for me but also Kelly and the kids. This is where I create, have meeting with our creative team members, meet with clients, read, study, tinker, have cocktails or coffee with Kelly and hang out with …

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Our Christmas Home Tour from 2015

***THIS POST IS OUR HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FROM 2015** Please come back tomorrow for our Christmas Home Tour for 2016 *** How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address? The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known. We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and …

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Early Registration Price Ends Today {Studying Under the Masters for Kids!}

***TODAY is the last day to get the early registration price of $38 for this THREE WEEK online course for kids*** Whether your kids are in school full time or you homeschool your children…THIS online course will be a beautiful source of creating and learning! For children, art isn’t about rules and critiques. Art for kids is about expression and creating and fun! Creating art with kids is like opening the most fantastic Pandora ’s Box of possibilities. You never …

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Creatively Made Kids {upcycled bows}

We have a new video available in our free series Creatively Made Kids! Our daughter Madolyn loves to share crafts, recipes etc. with other kids on our creative network. We look forward to growing this aspect of our site and we welcome your children to come on over and to get creative with us. This month Maddy is sharing how to make upcycled bows! To watch the video you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free). Once …

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Let The Creating Begin

Do you remember as a child how you could draw, write, paint, make up plays etc. for hours and never run out of ideas?  I used to write.  I would write poetry or short stories.  I was always thinking up the next story line.  I don’t think I could come up with many ideas today.  It is the truth……if you don’t use it you lose it!  I am a big fan of Courtney Walsh, her book Scrapbooking Your Faith and …

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Creativity Takes Courage | The Grow Hope Foundation

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series Creativity Takes Courage. Our creative network offers free videos, new online courses and interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes Courage. …

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Creativity Takes Courage | Janet Hill

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series Creativity Takes Courage. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network …

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Creativity Takes Courage | Interview with Shannan Martin About Her New Book FALLING FREE

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes …

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Last Day For The Early Registration Price {Making Art Sing}

One of the most popular classes on our creative network last year was Julie Johnson’s Scribble Art! Julie is a born teacher and she provides rich content full of technique, inspiration and encouragement. Today is the LAST day for the early registration price of her follow up to Scribble Art… Making Art Sing | Values, Shapes and Lines This is a one week course that will compliment and expand on her very popular online course Scribble Art! You do not …

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love decorating, diy, cooking and homemaking}

There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose! I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you. The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.     The …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Bre Doucette of Rooms For Rent}

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes …

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…

I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create. Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged. Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote …

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Don’t Be Afraid To Let People Around You Go Past The Dreaming

Somehow around 8 years ago my love of paper, creating and paints had turned into me listing a few things to sell on Etsy. Just to make things more interesting I asked my mom to work with me to sew children’s clothing that I was designing. Everything was so small but so fun. I remember that Kelly and I set up a space for me in our unfinished basement where I would work once the children went to sleep. There …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Danielle Burkleo}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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How About a $500 Shop Giveaway | Art + Necessities

  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of the $500 gift certificate to our shop is… Joy Lamberti Oh my gosh … it would have to be the French Vintage Collection … how amazing to use these beauties in my mixed media art! Your website is more than incredible for all of us, and the generous giveaways and opportunities, well, I know I speak for everyone … we couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to celebrate! Thank you! We …

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The Celebrating Continues | 40% Off One Online Course Today Only

      We are so overwhelmed in the best way with all of the sweet responses to the site! We will continue on making it better and better and we hope it will become your favorite place for online art + lifestyle courses. We have announced all 10 winners of the complete online packages! We announced 4 winners on Instagram, 3 on Facebook and three on the blog post below. Congrats to all of the winners and thank you …

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Women of Advent | It Begins On Monday!

  ***Women of Advent will begin on Monday, November 20, 2017***   Come and watch the first sneak peeks into the actual video content of the course…     Sheila Atchley had such a desire to create something extra special for us this holiday season and she has brought to life The Women of Advent.   If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s …

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Book of Trees Begins On Monday!

***Class begins on Monday*** We are so thrilled to announce that author and mixed media and collage art professor Roxanne Evans Stout is offering her newest online course on our creative network! No matter what season it is right now in your neck of the woods you will not want to miss Book of Trees! Handmade books, stitching, stamp making, collage and more. Here is the first peek into the video content…   Book of Trees In this class, we …

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Art Journal It Out | It Begins On Monday!

***Art Journal It Out Will Launch On November 6th at 9am MST*** Carrying my artist’s journal around with me wherever I go and finding new ways to capture and tell the stories that surround me has become one of my sweetest art journeys. Art journaling has given me a fun and easy way to PRACTICE and in turn, change my art. I am honored to tell you that art journaling artist Brittany Soucy has created an art journaling course just …

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New Creative Network Coming Soon | Important Information

Are you a member of our creative network? We have some really exciting news! We are weeks away from launching our brand new creative network and we can’t wait to share everything we have been working on. This is a HUGE move of members and content and we want this to be as seamless as possible (prayers welcome). If you are a member of our current creative network at jeanneoliver.ning.com please come on over to the site for some important information about …

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All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life. Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection. We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families. We all desire for the ones …

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I Don’t Like Being Patient Either | Online Classes Available Instantly THIS Weekend

We have online classes you can dive Into THIS weekend! We have some of the best online teachers around and we have courses that have just been released and are available for instant viewing once you register. Weekends are the perfect time to get lost in your creativity and we have the perfect courses for that. Scribblepedia with Rae Missigman Explore text based mark-making with its power to transform color and layers into deeply personal mixed media art. Define your …

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Mid-Century Modern Library | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

  Simple touches around the house are my favorite for adding holiday touches each year. I have two small boxes that hold everything we need to decorate…tree ornaments, white lights, my favorite pom pom wreath and garland from Anthropologie. The rest we add through special recipes we make together, white lights throughout the home, pine branches from our land, candles burning, Christmas music and the people we gather. And the being ready. Having your heart ready to welcome people into our …

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Simple French Tablescape | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

One of my favorite places to travel and get inspired is France. The art, museums, cafes, history, architecture, food and the linens…oh, how I love those handwoven French linens. Whenever I travel to France I try to bring home a piece of art, something to use in the kitchen and I try to find new or vintage linens. It is my way of bringing home the beauty of France in a way that my whole family can enjoy. It is …

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All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life. Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection. We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families. We all desire for the ones …

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Time to Gather + Rest

One of the sweetest creative gifts I have given myself is to honor my gifts with practice and also the times I have gathered with other creatives and honed my skills, took the time away and made my creativity a priority. I often don’t realize how fast we are moving or how much we are pushing each day until I schedule breaks, creating and time with friends. I would love to invite you to the last two workshops in our …

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Fall Porch 2017 | Seasons of Home Series

  When we first saw our home and land it was covered in snow but out of my future studio windows I saw this opening in the trees and I immediately imagined lights, a long farm table and a gathering place for family and friends. Over the past year and a half, we have hosted workshop lunches in that gathering place, homecoming dinner, pizza with family and cocktails for more than I can count. With an umbrella of tree branches, soft …

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Fall Kitchen Tour 2017 and Recipe | Fig + Prosciutto Pizza

The neighborhood pool closed yesterday so I guess fall is around the corner! Thank you for joining me for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series hosted and created by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays as we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces. …

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day. I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that. I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day! Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find …

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Living Room Before and After

We have officially been in this house for one year as of tomorrow. That is so hard for us to believe but when we look back over the past year we can’t believe all we have accomplished in that time (and all the things we still want to do). This home has creatively been so fun! It has allowed us to go a totally different direction with our style and to create a fun space for our family. This home …

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Modern Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

We truly wait until after Thanksgiving to pull out our decorations for Christmas (and we are still pulling them out). We will be adding to our home over the next week but today is a great start! We are all so excited to celebrate the birth of Christ, to get ready for a new year, to intentionally choose how to spend the season and to gather for our favorite traditions. This is our first Christmas in our new home and …

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All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life. Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection. We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families. We all desire for the ones …

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What I Have Learned Through Homeschooling | This Stuff Is For All Of Us

This year marks our 12th year of officially homeschooling and as I reflect back over this journey I am in awe and humbled by what has been invested, how our family has been impacted and how I have changed as a mom and wife. A few weeks ago I was talking with Kelly about all of the things I have learned about our home, family, children and myself over these years homeschooling. The biggest being myself.  Whether your kids are …

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Women of Advent with Sheila Atchley | Early Registration Just Opened

  We have a sweet surprise today! Sheila Atchley had such a desire to create something extra special for us this holiday season and she has brought to life The Women of Advent.   If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s slow down this season. “Unfulfilled and fulfilled promise are related to each other, as are dawn and sunrise. Both are promise, and …

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Fall Kitchen Tour 2017 and Recipe | Fig + Prosciutto Pizza

The neighborhood pool closed yesterday so I guess fall is around the corner! Thank you for joining me for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series hosted and created by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays as we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces. …

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It’s Life | Episode One

With Kelly working with me full time, we have had a little more time for some new fun projects. One of the things I wanted to start doing is to share a little more behind the scenes in our day to day life. Because I am still in full on book deadline mode we didn’t film as much as I wanted but hopefully next month we will even do more. Welcome to our silly episode one of It’s Life!   …

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We Were Asked to Move Back To DC…

  About five weeks ago we were told (out of the blue) that Kelly’s agency was bringing all field agents back to DC.  This would be a mandatory reassignment. We would have until mid-September to be back in DC to still have a job.  We met in DC and our Jack was born there but we have been in Colorado for the past 16+ years and this has truly been home to us. I had just had a group of 17 …

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day. I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that. I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day! Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find …

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Living Room Before and After

We have officially been in this house for one year as of tomorrow. That is so hard for us to believe but when we look back over the past year we can’t believe all we have accomplished in that time (and all the things we still want to do). This home has creatively been so fun! It has allowed us to go a totally different direction with our style and to create a fun space for our family. This home …

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Acts of Service Advent Tree

For the past few years we have used our Acts of Service Advent Tree during Christmas and I always get a lot of questions about it. Even though this post is an oldie I still think it is worth sharing again! This idea originally came to me while I was watching Anne Marie’s Twig Tree video in Home for the Holidays. She was creating a small twig tree to hang on the wall and I knew right away that I …

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An Artist In France | Art and Words from the Living Studio Along the Seine Artists

  The Living Studio workshops were created because there was a void in the art workshop world. The Living Studio would be about exploring a new place and creating art everywhere we went.  When we had scheduled classes they would be shorter to give you the techniques to get back to the museums, the cafes, the gardens and to have your sketchbook with you the whole time. I knew this style of workshop would not be for everyone but for …

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The Everyday Artist {some of our favorite supplies}

When I create I only want to be surrounded by my most trusted and favorite tools and only the tools that help me to express myself. Too many supplies can get in the way, distract and even help you procrastinate (like any of us need any help with that one). Each time we offer you a new supply it is because it is tried and true in my own studio. I wouldn’t offer you anything less. I wanted to share …

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Last Days To Get $1000 off!

******The ship has offered us $1000 off until the end of April!  If you have been on the fence about coming on The Living Studio Along the Seine I wanted to give you a reminder about the discount. The retreat is filling up and I want you to get this discount if you are wanting to join us (the price is already reflected on the prices below).  The price will go up on May 1st!.  If you have ANY questions …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There

In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION. There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I …

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Flea Market Finds Decorating Blog Hop

Welcome to everyone coming from Kim’s gorgeous blog! I am so glad you are here and I hope you enjoy your visit. My friend Jen had the fun idea of getting a bunch of bloggers together, having us send flea market finds to each other and we had to alter or decorate with them. I love vintage architectural salvage and old bits and pieces. I was thrilled to use this small collection of vintage door knobs in the blog hop. …

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Flea Market Countdown

I live in Colorado. This means that all my wonderful flea market shopping stops for the winter. No garage sales. No flea markets. We don’t even have a great Goodwill. So….I have been EXTREMELY anxious for one of my favorite flea markets..A Paris Street Market… to start back up on May 1. 15 more days. Yes…I counted! I love waking up early, grabbing a coffee, eating the most wonderful breakfast burrito and shopping with my friends. I am also looking …

The Paris Street Market

It was an early, cold and drizzly morning…..and I was in HEAVEN!!! Flea market season has officially begun. I went with two of my sweet friends and neighbors.  I didn't take a lot of pictures because my hands were FULL! My favorite purchase of the day was some vintage linens to use on my aprons and awesome vintage paper items.  I am always a sucker for vintage papers.  I paid a little more than usual but they were worth it. …

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The Country Living Fair

  Day 1-The Set Up Kasey, Beth and I all arrived at our hotel after midnight.  We stayed up too late (caffeine and talking).  We had an early morning getting to our set up location for the fair.  The weather was clear and hot, but perfect for getting everything unloaded.  We worked all day and right when we had our tent PERFECT we were told that rain was expected that night and the following day.  PANIC…..our tent was water resistant …

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Simple French Tablescape | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

One of my favorite places to travel and get inspired is France. The art, museums, cafes, history, architecture, food and the linens…oh, how I love those handwoven French linens. Whenever I travel to France I try to bring home a piece of art, something to use in the kitchen and I try to find new or vintage linens. It is my way of bringing home the beauty of France in a way that my whole family can enjoy. It is …

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An Artist In France | Art and Words from the Living Studio Along the Seine Artists

  The Living Studio workshops were created because there was a void in the art workshop world. The Living Studio would be about exploring a new place and creating art everywhere we went.  When we had scheduled classes they would be shorter to give you the techniques to get back to the museums, the cafes, the gardens and to have your sketchbook with you the whole time. I knew this style of workshop would not be for everyone but for …

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France | Where Beauty Is The Function

  Jet lag is still my sidekick as I try to settle back into day-to-day life after France. These extra days of adjusting are also good for my heart and mind as I process once again the beautiful opportunity of travel. As I download photos, unpack my suitcase, wash too many loads of laundry, unwrap French treasures, and put away art supplies I am given the gift of remembering, honoring and reflecting on this time away.       I …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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The Everyday Artist {some of our favorite supplies}

When I create I only want to be surrounded by my most trusted and favorite tools and only the tools that help me to express myself. Too many supplies can get in the way, distract and even help you procrastinate (like any of us need any help with that one). Each time we offer you a new supply it is because it is tried and true in my own studio. I wouldn’t offer you anything less. I wanted to share …

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Last Days To Get $1000 off!

******The ship has offered us $1000 off until the end of April!  If you have been on the fence about coming on The Living Studio Along the Seine I wanted to give you a reminder about the discount. The retreat is filling up and I want you to get this discount if you are wanting to join us (the price is already reflected on the prices below).  The price will go up on May 1st!.  If you have ANY questions …

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The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There

In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION. There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I …

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Back from France {Giveaway Winners Announced}

This is my first day back home after being in France for the past two weeks. I feel like I am coming out of a France fog. It is really hard to believe what I just go to experience and that so many people that I love helped make it possible. My mom drove from Illinois to watch our children for the week my husband was with me and my sister helped with the business. I am currently starting to …

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

We are back with The Living Studio Friday Prompt! Family life mixed in with moving and working on our new studio has been beautiful, busy, tiring, stressful and exciting. We are thrilled to have our art prompts back a few times a month to hopefully inspire and encourage your creativity! To see all of our previous posts please type “Living Studio Prompts” in the search bar and enjoy the previous prompts. *** Welcome to the Living Studio Friday Prompt! Each …

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

Welcome to the Living Studio Friday Prompt! Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week. We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt. I am only able to teach at 1-2 Living Studio retreats a year and not everyone is able to join me for an in person workshop. I …

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

Welcome to the first Living Studio Friday Prompt of 2016! Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week. We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt. I am only able to teach at 1-2 Living Studio retreats a year and not everyone is able to join me for an in …

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

We have so many fun and amazing things planned for the Living Studio but one thing we wanted to start ASAP was a weekly Friday prompt. Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week. We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt. I am only able to teach at 1-2 …

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

We have so many fun and amazing things planned for the Living Studio but one thing we wanted to start ASAP was a weekly Friday prompt. Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week. We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt. I am only able to teach at 1-2 …

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The Big Picture Free Video | Honoring your gifts, finding balance and living a creative life that you love

Being a wife, mom, friend, business owner, household manager, school juggler and creative are some of the hats I wear. I know you are the same and probably more. I also know that if I am not intentional with my marriage, children, schooling, business, creative time etc. than I miss out on opportunities of being present in each of these areas. I am not saying it is easy but it is very much worth it. Being intentional and seeing the …

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High School {are you kidding me?}

  I never (and I mean I NEVER) had any intention of ever teaching my children in high school.  When we started in kindergarten I was just taking it year by year and to be honest…I am shocked that 10 years later that we are still doing school together. At the end of last school year Jack was asking a lot more about high school and for the first time really showing interest in doing something besides homeschooling.  After nine …

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Top 6 Social Media Tips For Creating Balance {For Home and Business}

(These photos have nothing to do with the post but what fun is a post without photos? I thought you would understand.) When you are a stay at home mom, homeschooler and entrepreneur with a home office… your worlds start to collide. There are days that without everything right here at home I know I wouldn’t be able to do all that we get accomplished. Then there are the days when everything coming at me can be a little too …

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Learning Well | An Essentials Course To Homeschooling

I am beyond proud to announce that registration has just opened for Learning Well | An Essentials Course To Homeschooling! Few things are as close to my heart and my day to day life as homeschooling. Alicia Hutchinson will be leading you in this one week online course! This one week course is $46. The course will begin on April 27, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos! All of the videos are pre-recorded so you can …

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Ramblings on a Wednesday Afternoon

I hope you are all having a great day. We spent the day at the creek doing school with my sister and her children. It is one of our favorite back to school activities that we do each year. There is something so peaceful and magical about the grassy hills, creek, huge trees and an empty park. We almost had the whole play to ourselves. Today I just wanted to ramble a bit (if you have ever met me in …

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You Ask {I Spill}

I am finishing up week four of The Journey of Letting Go. I have loved spending my days creating and having a studio overflowing with art! {I will have originals in the shop soon} I haven’t done a “You Ask {I Spill} post in awhile and thought it would be a fun post in the midst of the craziness of finishing up the course. ****** *How do you have such awesome hair? This is probably a joke but I will …

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My Favorite Things 2012 {Homeschool Favs}

Today I will share my Homeschool Favorites of 2012 You can also see my Business Favorites, Creative Favorites, Home Favorite and Beauty Favorites. If there was ever something in our lives that I never went looking for, didn’t plan to do and could have never pictured myself doing..homeschooling is it! If there was something that has blessed our lives immensely…homeschooling is it! I started because I had a 5 year old that was reading beautifully and my teacher friends recommended …

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End of Week Ramblings

I wanted to give you all a few quick updates about where you can find us lately. We are so excited that you can now get iphone skins, covers, wrapped canvases of my art etc. at Society 6! I hope you pop on over and see the really fun and beautiful new items we get to offer you. We are also featured this month in the Fall 2012 issue of Folk Magazine! Two articles in fact! They did such a …

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You Ask {I Spill}

I haven’t answered any of your questions on the blog for awhile. I asked for questions on our Facebook Business Page this week. Here are some of your questions and my answers. Keep your questions coming:-) Heather asked How do you handle blatant knock offs of your work? And, how do you feel about others selling your packaging as their own? (For instance, I went to a local antique mall and noticed several burlap bags with a 5 stamped on …

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What Has Been Worth The Time {What Has Been Worth The Money}

Tonight Kelly and I had a sitter so we could get some Christmas shopping done. We have been so busy with the shop that this was the first opportunity we had to pick a few special things out for the children. I love blessing our kids with things that they will love and use. Over the years we have gotten so much better about quality over quantity. Those first years were so crazy, scary overload. Poor kid…..he didn’t know what …

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Simple French Tablescape | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

One of my favorite places to travel and get inspired is France. The art, museums, cafes, history, architecture, food and the linens…oh, how I love those handwoven French linens. Whenever I travel to France I try to bring home a piece of art, something to use in the kitchen and I try to find new or vintage linens. It is my way of bringing home the beauty of France in a way that my whole family can enjoy. It is …

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Modern + Cozy Christmas Kitchen | Seasons of Home Holiday Decor Series

The older I get the more I just go more with the flow and I don’t stick to rules (and most of the time the rules I created for myself). Even a few years ago I made sure we didn’t decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I felt like it wasn’t honoring of Thanksgiving (like Thanksgiving was all upset about it or something). Instead, I am just diving into cozy and we will enjoy it even longer. We are still present …

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All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life. Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection. We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families. We all desire for the ones …

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Fall Kitchen Tour 2017 and Recipe | Fig + Prosciutto Pizza

The neighborhood pool closed yesterday so I guess fall is around the corner! Thank you for joining me for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series hosted and created by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays as we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces. …

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day. I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that. I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day! Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find …

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Modern Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

We truly wait until after Thanksgiving to pull out our decorations for Christmas (and we are still pulling them out). We will be adding to our home over the next week but today is a great start! We are all so excited to celebrate the birth of Christ, to get ready for a new year, to intentionally choose how to spend the season and to gather for our favorite traditions. This is our first Christmas in our new home and …

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Our Christmas Home Tour from 2015

***THIS POST IS OUR HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FROM 2015** Please come back tomorrow for our Christmas Home Tour for 2016 *** How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address? The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known. We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and …

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Our Past and Present Fall Tablescapes | A Fun Look Back

I love that I have had the opportunity to be a part of many home tours over the years because our real holidays do not get documented. When you have company over, you are rotating what goes in the oven and you are talking with your favorite people and there is little time for picture taking. I do love preparing for the gathering though. It is a part of my creativity and simple tablescapes are so fun to do. I …

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How About a $500 Shop Giveaway | Art + Necessities

  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of the $500 gift certificate to our shop is… Joy Lamberti Oh my gosh … it would have to be the French Vintage Collection … how amazing to use these beauties in my mixed media art! Your website is more than incredible for all of us, and the generous giveaways and opportunities, well, I know I speak for everyone … we couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to celebrate! Thank you! We …

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The Celebrating Continues | 40% Off One Online Course Today Only

      We are so overwhelmed in the best way with all of the sweet responses to the site! We will continue on making it better and better and we hope it will become your favorite place for online art + lifestyle courses. We have announced all 10 winners of the complete online packages! We announced 4 winners on Instagram, 3 on Facebook and three on the blog post below. Congrats to all of the winners and thank you …

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Book of Trees Begins On Monday!

***Class begins on Monday*** We are so thrilled to announce that author and mixed media and collage art professor Roxanne Evans Stout is offering her newest online course on our creative network! No matter what season it is right now in your neck of the woods you will not want to miss Book of Trees! Handmade books, stitching, stamp making, collage and more. Here is the first peek into the video content…   Book of Trees In this class, we …

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Our First Live Business Workshop | Registration Is Open

We have built our creative business over the past 10 years. We started with a small Etsy shop, manufactured our own soft goods for many years, created an online network with art + lifestyle workshops (wait until you see our new site launching next month!), sell original art + prints, a keynote speaker at large business and women’s workshops around the US, teach live art workshops in the US and abroad, collaborate with artists from all over the world and …

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Book of Trees | 24 Hours Left Early Registration

***24 Hours Left For The Early Registration Price of $28*** We are so thrilled to announce that author and mixed media and collage art professor Roxanne Evans Stout is offering her newest online course on our creative network!  No matter what season it is right now in your neck of the woods you will not want to miss Book of Trees! Handmade books, stitching, stamp making, collage and more.   Book of Trees In this class, we will delve wholeheartedly into …

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Time to Gather + Rest

One of the sweetest creative gifts I have given myself is to honor my gifts with practice and also the times I have gathered with other creatives and honed my skills, took the time away and made my creativity a priority. I often don’t realize how fast we are moving or how much we are pushing each day until I schedule breaks, creating and time with friends. I would love to invite you to the last two workshops in our …

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Holiday Housewalk | 2017

I don’t even know how many years I have been able to be apart of Jen Rizzo‘s gorgeous Holiday Housewalk!  Each year it is such an honor. Last year was our first year in this home and we are slowly making it our own. These DIY and Decorating bloggers are incredible! I am just along for the ride and loving every moment of it. To start at the beginning of the tour start HERE. And if you are coming from …

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A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

  Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering. In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring …

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It’s Life | Episode One

With Kelly working with me full time, we have had a little more time for some new fun projects. One of the things I wanted to start doing is to share a little more behind the scenes in our day to day life. Because I am still in full on book deadline mode we didn’t film as much as I wanted but hopefully next month we will even do more. Welcome to our silly episode one of It’s Life!   …

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Life In Season | A Book Review

  Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful …

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Eek…Only Five More Days!

Only FIVE more days before our newest free series begins! Last year we were blown away by the response to the free series Becoming | The Unfolding of You. This series was all about seeing yourself as Christ sees you and it was heart changing for so many of us. We saw over 6,000 men and women join us from all over the world! This year we had no plans to offer another free series in January because we thought …

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What A Good Woman Does {and other thoughts on the subject}

Sometimes a song is so powerful that as it plays you see a moving picture going through your mind. Maybe you see your own story or maybe you see the story of another. Either way I know that each of us have been in a situation where the air was knocked out of us and in a moment everything changed. Where we began again. Moved on. Did it scared. Felt lost. Wondered how you got here? Had no answers. Longed …

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Exciting Next Few Weeks!

(Image from Gillian Lee Smith) I am rushing around this morning trying to get everything in place so I can leave today for Scotland. This time I am not teaching or working at all. My husband has given me the amazing early birthday gift of studying with artist Gillian Lee Smith.  For the next 10 days I will be painting in a small fishing village and hopefully getting some much needed rest and creative practice time.  My trip will end …

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Bigger Than You {we are almost there}

My dear friend Kimberly Taylor has found her passion outside her gorgeous home and family and it is contagious. I would love for you to hear her heart and consider helping in the final stretch of this amazing opportunity to give. We are ALMOST there!   ******* My name is Kimberly Taylor and I am the founder of The Grow Hope Foundation.  We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people around the world improve their circumstances through education and …

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Did you think I forgot?

I wanted to announce the winner of the art supply giveaway and camera bag! Thank you for being excited and sharing the new online art class Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}. If you love to learn about the lives of the artists, the styles they used and techniques that were a part of their work…this course is for you. If you love to try new art with the encouragement and support of other creative members…this is the course …

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Being a Tourist in Denver | Top Spots on My Birthday

I am a birthday girl and try to squeeze every last bit out of it on that day. When people say they don’t really care about their bday’s I do not relate to those people. At all. One day all about me and what I want to do and everyone smiles the whole day while they do my things? Perfection. If I am being completely honest I believe it is more like birthWEEK. If I am really lucky I start …

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It’s The Weekend | Concrete Planter

I’m gonna be honest – working with concrete intimidates me! But with all the concrete home items trending, I was determined to figure out a way to imitate the concrete look without having to dive into figuring out real concrete. The result? A super clean, cheap alternative to the expensive concrete planters you see in Target and West Elm! What you’ll need: Plastic planter w/ detachable drip tray Paint brush Grey paint (I used a Behr paint sample in “Anonymous”) …

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It’s The Weekend | Mid Century Plant Stand

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I get a little crazy about having plants around the house. They add so much life to a space and they can be so much fun to watch grow! Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how to display my plants in a way that keeps everything from looking cluttered. The result (drum roll please): DIY Mid Century Plant Stands! I was able to get everything at Lowes for only …

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It’s The Weekend! | Strawberry Basil Whiskey Smash

 It’s finally the weekend and instead of getting outside and enjoying the balmy spring Colorado weather, we’re bracing ourselves for the year’s biggest snow storm. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring spring inside with a perfectly sweet & super yummy cocktail! Whether you’re sunbathing outside or hiding from the snow inside, enjoy a fresh taste of spring! Jen Thank you for joining us for the new series It’s The Weekend! This series will be hosted by Jeanne Oliver and …

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Weekend Update {print sale}

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! It is incredible here….60 degrees with snow coming in a few days (can you believe that temp difference?). Kelly took Jack and Madolyn for a BMX ride and Ben is playing outside with the neighborhood big kids. He feels so big right now because they came to the door to play with HIM. I wanted to let you all know that I am putting everything in my shop {mainly only prints …

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Weekend Plans

    I am excited to fly to California, spend time with my friend Kasey and take part in a fun and girly day. I know I will be inspired by amazingly talented and creative women.  I can't wait to show you the pictures and share the stories.  I also have more new goodies that I will be adding to my site next week.  See you after the weekend. 

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Holiday Housewalk | 2017

I don’t even know how many years I have been able to be apart of Jen Rizzo‘s gorgeous Holiday Housewalk!  Each year it is such an honor. Last year was our first year in this home and we are slowly making it our own. These DIY and Decorating bloggers are incredible! I am just along for the ride and loving every moment of it. To start at the beginning of the tour start HERE. And if you are coming from …

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A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

  Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering. In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring …

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Mid-Century Modern Library | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

  Simple touches around the house are my favorite for adding holiday touches each year. I have two small boxes that hold everything we need to decorate…tree ornaments, white lights, my favorite pom pom wreath and garland from Anthropologie. The rest we add through special recipes we make together, white lights throughout the home, pine branches from our land, candles burning, Christmas music and the people we gather. And the being ready. Having your heart ready to welcome people into our …

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Modern + Cozy Christmas Kitchen | Seasons of Home Holiday Decor Series

The older I get the more I just go more with the flow and I don’t stick to rules (and most of the time the rules I created for myself). Even a few years ago I made sure we didn’t decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I felt like it wasn’t honoring of Thanksgiving (like Thanksgiving was all upset about it or something). Instead, I am just diving into cozy and we will enjoy it even longer. We are still present …

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All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life. Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection. We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families. We all desire for the ones …

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Fall Porch 2017 | Seasons of Home Series

  When we first saw our home and land it was covered in snow but out of my future studio windows I saw this opening in the trees and I immediately imagined lights, a long farm table and a gathering place for family and friends. Over the past year and a half, we have hosted workshop lunches in that gathering place, homecoming dinner, pizza with family and cocktails for more than I can count. With an umbrella of tree branches, soft …

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It’s Life | Episode One

With Kelly working with me full time, we have had a little more time for some new fun projects. One of the things I wanted to start doing is to share a little more behind the scenes in our day to day life. Because I am still in full on book deadline mode we didn’t film as much as I wanted but hopefully next month we will even do more. Welcome to our silly episode one of It’s Life!   …

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day. I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that. I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day! Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find …

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Brand New Mini Course |Instant Abstract + Frame

  It is Friday! That means the weekend and extra time and…   If you have been wanting a gorgeous abstract painting on that perfect wall in your home but don’t want to spend a ton of money you will love my news! When I first saw that Jennifer LeBrun O’Brien had painted her own piece for her gorgeous home and popular DIY and decor blog City Farmhouse (go right now if you haven’t ever checked her out) I asked …

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Living Room Before and After

We have officially been in this house for one year as of tomorrow. That is so hard for us to believe but when we look back over the past year we can’t believe all we have accomplished in that time (and all the things we still want to do). This home has creatively been so fun! It has allowed us to go a totally different direction with our style and to create a fun space for our family. This home …

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Fall Tablescape | Into the Woods We Go

This post is sponsored by AllModern Fall begs for gathering and I think the most beautiful and inviting spaces can be created outside. We have been having the most fun creating cozy spaces and “rooms” throughout our land and today I am sharing our newest space for the Farmhouse Holiday Series hosted by Ella Claire. I wish I could take you along on all of the trails that we have created off of this space and throughout all of our …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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A Sold Out Workshop on a Sold Out Ship {one spot just opened}

******ONE spot just opened for this sold out art workshop on this sold out ship****** Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other …

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Photography 101: Through The Artist’s Eye Begins on Monday!

Nothing has defined our business and brand as much as finding my own style through photography. This has been a gift that has not only grown our business but allowed me to capture my family and the day to day.  Photography 101: Through the Artist’s Eye with Cynthia Shaffer begins on Monday, April 25th! The registration price for this one week course (4+ hours of content) is $46.00. This course will begin on April 25, 2016, all content will be …

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The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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Is The World Your Studio? {a glimpse into Savannah}

A few years ago when I came up with the concept behind The Living Studio I had hopes of traveling with women, connecting with different cities and creating outside the studio. My heart’s desire was to encourage women to get out of their comfort zone and to implement daily practicing. I wanted us to become those we had maybe admired for years in the parks, museums, cafes.  To become those that were creating whenever the opportunity arose. As of this …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There

In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION. There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I …

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The Living Studio Normandy, France {registration is open}

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live. I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them. This unique retreat combines my love of travel and creating and connecting with other women. I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in …

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Italy {Bellagio and Off To Florence}

I have loved looking through my Italy Instagram photos for these posts. I didn’t pick up my camera very often and I have to admit that using mainly my phone made me enjoy the moments more. I want to make a book with all of the Italy Instagram photos and I will let you know what company I go with (and how it turns out). We are now on days 5, 6, 7 and 8. You can read about the …

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Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE Workshop | We Are Giving Away ONE Spot!

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED The winner of the one spot to my Building a Creatively Made Business LIVE workshop is… DECEMBER 5, 2017REPLY  Melinda Dennis When I was little I dreamed of being a singer. I was raised in a house always always swirling with song. I’d dress up with my older sister, so carefully put the album on the record player and twirl my mother’s scarf in a circle singing to Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. …

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How About a $500 Shop Giveaway | Art + Necessities

  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of the $500 gift certificate to our shop is… Joy Lamberti Oh my gosh … it would have to be the French Vintage Collection … how amazing to use these beauties in my mixed media art! Your website is more than incredible for all of us, and the generous giveaways and opportunities, well, I know I speak for everyone … we couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to celebrate! Thank you! We …

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Our First Live Business Workshop | Registration Is Open

We have built our creative business over the past 10 years. We started with a small Etsy shop, manufactured our own soft goods for many years, created an online network with art + lifestyle workshops (wait until you see our new site launching next month!), sell original art + prints, a keynote speaker at large business and women’s workshops around the US, teach live art workshops in the US and abroad, collaborate with artists from all over the world and …

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Look What We Found | A Few London and Caroline Art Bags

***Look What We Found a Few More of*** Welcome to our art bags the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics including vintage French linen! They are so dreamy! Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us. The Caroline and London art bags …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Say No to Say Yes

When you are building a new business or growing the business you have loved and expanded for awhile it can be hard to know what to give your physical, emotional and financial energy to. You can read all of the books, take the business classes, talk to your peers etc. but when it comes down to it YOU have to make daily decisions that lead you into a creative life for your business. I love that Elizabeth Gilbert states that …

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The London and Caroline Art Bags Are Now Available | Just in Time for Christmas Delivery

Welcome to our art bag! We have just released the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics include vintage French linen! They are so dreamy! Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us. The Caroline and London art bags are made from …

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Business Consulting and Private Art Instructions Openings for 2017

We are opening up our calendar to start scheduling business consults and private art instruction in 2017. This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the new studio because it has allowed us to connect in brand new ways. Over the past year I have consulted with businesses owners from all over the world and have helped them make a plan to grow their business, get back on track or get off the ground. Running your own business …

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Fall Favorites | Jeanne Oliver

I always love seeing what other people are drawn to and what products they are loving. For the next three days we will be sharing some of our fall favorites and we would love to hear what you are loving too! 1. I have ordered more handmade earrings from Malary Brett than I can count. Each pair is beautifully made and packaged. Gift material for sure but also a sweet gift for yourself. 2. I just received my copy of …

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Meet The Newest Member of Our Creative Team!

Good Morning! Not too long ago we let you know we were growing and needing more help in the studio and in the administration of our business. We were lavished with resumes and messages to work with us.  Thank you sooo much for your excitement in collaborating and growing with us. We went through all of your messages and resumes and after much consideration and interviews we found the next member of our creative team! We like to make official …

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A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

  Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering. In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring …

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Simple French Tablescape | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

One of my favorite places to travel and get inspired is France. The art, museums, cafes, history, architecture, food and the linens…oh, how I love those handwoven French linens. Whenever I travel to France I try to bring home a piece of art, something to use in the kitchen and I try to find new or vintage linens. It is my way of bringing home the beauty of France in a way that my whole family can enjoy. It is …

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New Bags Are In The Shop!

We have 100 bags that have just been listed in the shop! We have 6 styles and 18 different vintage fabric choices. We won’t have more bags until we launch our new creative network and website this fall. We hope you love them! Here is just a peek of what is in the shop…            

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Look What We Found | A Few London and Caroline Art Bags

***Look What We Found a Few More of*** Welcome to our art bags the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics including vintage French linen! They are so dreamy! Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us. The Caroline and London art bags …

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day. I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that. I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day! Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find …

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Brand New Mini Course |Instant Abstract + Frame

  It is Friday! That means the weekend and extra time and…   If you have been wanting a gorgeous abstract painting on that perfect wall in your home but don’t want to spend a ton of money you will love my news! When I first saw that Jennifer LeBrun O’Brien had painted her own piece for her gorgeous home and popular DIY and decor blog City Farmhouse (go right now if you haven’t ever checked her out) I asked …

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The London and Caroline Art Bags Are Now Available | Just in Time for Christmas Delivery

Welcome to our art bag! We have just released the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics include vintage French linen! They are so dreamy! Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us. The Caroline and London art bags are made from …

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Our Christmas Home Tour from 2015

***THIS POST IS OUR HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FROM 2015** Please come back tomorrow for our Christmas Home Tour for 2016 *** How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address? The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known. We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and …

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Cozy Spaces During the Holidays | The Family Room

The past few months I have had the great honor of being a part of the Farmhouse Holiday Series. I am a pretty simple decorator in general and also through the holidays. I hope you can tell by now that I try to be present in each holiday, use what I have, use natural elements as much as possible and my heart is for the gathering of my family and friends over a perfect home.  Years will do that do …

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Home for the Holidays SALE!

One of my most popular online course is Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}. This three week course is all about the heart of home and how to make the holidays all about the people you love. I wanted to offer this beautiful and rich course at a 50% off discount for the next 48 hours. For the next 48 hours you can get this course for $34 (regularly $68)! This course is no longer live and is INSTANTLY …

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The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There

In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION. There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I …

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How About a $500 Shop Giveaway | Art + Necessities

  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of the $500 gift certificate to our shop is… Joy Lamberti Oh my gosh … it would have to be the French Vintage Collection … how amazing to use these beauties in my mixed media art! Your website is more than incredible for all of us, and the generous giveaways and opportunities, well, I know I speak for everyone … we couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to celebrate! Thank you! We …

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New Bags Are In The Shop!

We have 100 bags that have just been listed in the shop! We have 6 styles and 18 different vintage fabric choices. We won’t have more bags until we launch our new creative network and website this fall. We hope you love them! Here is just a peek of what is in the shop…            

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Jeanne Oliver Studio Workshops 2017 | We Have a Few Spots Left

I love that our creative network has allowed us to teach and learn with thousands from all over the world and to gather in the most unusual and incredible way. I know we have all made friends and kindreds because of the power of the internet. I also know that meeting in person is powerful and heart changing too and it allows me to create, teach, connect and love on others in a whole different way. When we built our studio …

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Stephanie Lee Encaustic Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

  Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 10-11, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.   …

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Being a Tourist in Denver | Top Spots on My Birthday

I am a birthday girl and try to squeeze every last bit out of it on that day. When people say they don’t really care about their bday’s I do not relate to those people. At all. One day all about me and what I want to do and everyone smiles the whole day while they do my things? Perfection. If I am being completely honest I believe it is more like birthWEEK. If I am really lucky I start …

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We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live WILD AWAKENING Workshop In Our Studio!

We have just opened up a second weekend to our sold out workshop Wild Awakening! Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 6-7, 2017 for a two day art workshop. Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create. It is our heart’s desire that …

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An Artist In France | Art and Words from the Living Studio Along the Seine Artists

  The Living Studio workshops were created because there was a void in the art workshop world. The Living Studio would be about exploring a new place and creating art everywhere we went.  When we had scheduled classes they would be shorter to give you the techniques to get back to the museums, the cafes, the gardens and to have your sketchbook with you the whole time. I knew this style of workshop would not be for everyone but for …

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France | Where Beauty Is The Function

  Jet lag is still my sidekick as I try to settle back into day-to-day life after France. These extra days of adjusting are also good for my heart and mind as I process once again the beautiful opportunity of travel. As I download photos, unpack my suitcase, wash too many loads of laundry, unwrap French treasures, and put away art supplies I am given the gift of remembering, honoring and reflecting on this time away.       I …

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The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond River Cruise

      Detailed Itinerary April 14-23, 2018 The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond DAY 1 AMSTERDAM Arrive in Amsterdam today, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time. DAY 2 AMSTERDAM Your day in Amsterdam begins with a panoramic tour of the city, on which you will see renowned landmarks like the Royal Palace and a windmill. The rest of the day is yours to explore this grand capital. (B) DAY 3 AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION Check out …

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Dina Wakley Ordered Chaos | Early Registration Just Opened

I have a huge treat that I am announcing today! Dina Wakley will be teaching on our creative network and her course Ordered Chaos JUST opened for early registration! If you had a chance to take the FREE Living Studio online video with Dina you get just a taste of how fun, easy to follow and colorful her art is.  You can’t leave time with Dina and not want to have your hands covered in creativity! If you did not have a chance …

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Being a Tourist in Denver | Top Spots on My Birthday

I am a birthday girl and try to squeeze every last bit out of it on that day. When people say they don’t really care about their bday’s I do not relate to those people. At all. One day all about me and what I want to do and everyone smiles the whole day while they do my things? Perfection. If I am being completely honest I believe it is more like birthWEEK. If I am really lucky I start …

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An Artist In France | Art and Words from the Living Studio Along the Seine Artists

  The Living Studio workshops were created because there was a void in the art workshop world. The Living Studio would be about exploring a new place and creating art everywhere we went.  When we had scheduled classes they would be shorter to give you the techniques to get back to the museums, the cafes, the gardens and to have your sketchbook with you the whole time. I knew this style of workshop would not be for everyone but for …

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France | Where Beauty Is The Function

  Jet lag is still my sidekick as I try to settle back into day-to-day life after France. These extra days of adjusting are also good for my heart and mind as I process once again the beautiful opportunity of travel. As I download photos, unpack my suitcase, wash too many loads of laundry, unwrap French treasures, and put away art supplies I am given the gift of remembering, honoring and reflecting on this time away.       I …

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Come With Me To Italy in 2017! {get away, connect with your gifts, go on an adventure}

Cobblestone walkways, candlelight dinners with pasta that melts in your mouth, hikes to castle ruins with Lake Como and the prealps as your backdrop, dips in the pool, rides around Lake Como in a vintage motor boat, the smell of Jasmine as you walk throughout the village, the best espresso of your life as you take a break in the afternoon and watch the locals, late afternoon showers that cool the village down and the breeze blows through your apartment …

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The Big Picture Free Video | Honoring your gifts, finding balance and living a creative life that you love

Being a wife, mom, friend, business owner, household manager, school juggler and creative are some of the hats I wear. I know you are the same and probably more. I also know that if I am not intentional with my marriage, children, schooling, business, creative time etc. than I miss out on opportunities of being present in each of these areas. I am not saying it is easy but it is very much worth it. Being intentional and seeing the …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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A Sold Out Workshop on a Sold Out Ship {one spot just opened}

******ONE spot just opened for this sold out art workshop on this sold out ship****** Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other …

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Last Days To Get $1000 off!

******The ship has offered us $1000 off until the end of April!  If you have been on the fence about coming on The Living Studio Along the Seine I wanted to give you a reminder about the discount. The retreat is filling up and I want you to get this discount if you are wanting to join us (the price is already reflected on the prices below).  The price will go up on May 1st!.  If you have ANY questions …

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The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…

I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create. Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged. Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote …

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The Big Picture Free Video | Honoring your gifts, finding balance and living a creative life that you love

Being a wife, mom, friend, business owner, household manager, school juggler and creative are some of the hats I wear. I know you are the same and probably more. I also know that if I am not intentional with my marriage, children, schooling, business, creative time etc. than I miss out on opportunities of being present in each of these areas. I am not saying it is easy but it is very much worth it. Being intentional and seeing the …

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Watercolor Magic Is Coming {Danielle Donaldson’s Newest Online Art Course}

I am honored to announce that artist Danielle Donaldson will be bringing her watercolor magic back to the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network with her newest online course All Creatures Lovely and Small! Ellies, pups and bunnies, oh my! One whole week of online creative goodness! We will start off our week with a good dose of danielle-ish color theory. This isn’t your everyday color-wheel stuff. As a matter of fact, it is kind of the opposite. You’ll learn how to …

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Making Hand Carved Stamps {Free Video}

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and it is a sweet time of year where we may take extra time to create for others and our home. Once of my favorite ways to add details to wrapping paper, note cards and tags is by making my own hand carved stamps. This is so much easier than you may think and a lot of fun to make. I wanted to share with you one of the videos from one …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Melody Ross}

Our February interview in our new video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! We have such an amazing and fun line up for you guys. When I get off an interview I am just giddy and it is hard to not share all of them with you right away. For those of you that are new to the blog then I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Last month we expanded our creative network …

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Beginning your business giveaway {The best giveaway I have ever had}

I have a heart for women. I am constantly amazed at the depth, quality, beauty, talent and strength of women. I had promised myself when I first started that if I ever figured this whole thing out (and I am still learning) that I would share how I did it. Along the way I have always tried to answer emails, encourage and support other small business owners (and dreamers). I had questions at the beginning and so many didn’t want …

Video {Art Supply Basics}

Hello everyone! I am excited because today I am sharing with you my first video. Let me clarify….I did a really awesome one and the sound was bad. I did a second one and it was OK but the sound was also jacked up. I made a third as the the sun was going down, I was sick of the sound of my own voice and I was already tired of what I was saying and that is the one …

Everybody Cut Footloose

I had been wanting to watch Footloose very badly lately.  Don't ask me why or judge my movie viewing choices.  Maybe I was longing for 1984?  All I can say is that when we finally watched it I laughed a lot more than I did in 1984!  Maybe my head was cloudy from all the Aqua Net I was daily inhaling.  Maybe the blue eyeshadow was seeping into my brain.  If you want to feel really old…this movie came out 24 YEARS …

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love watercolors}

There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose! I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you. The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.     The …

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love decorating, diy, cooking and homemaking}

There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose! I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you. The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.     The …

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