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September Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it weeding my late summer garden, watching my studio filled with women creating, watching our oldest get ready to walk out what is next for him, having a facetime movie night with Maddy while she is at college, first signs of fall on our land, how Kelly loves our children or taking the time to eat …

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Playful Alcohol Ink Abstracts with Nathifa Sligh | Instant Access

We are excited to announce that we have a brand new  MINI COURSE Join Nathifa Sligh for the most fun and colorful alcohol ink course! Nathifa is an incredible teacher and has the most wonderful way of breaking down any process. Whether she is sharing her thoughts on creativity, encouraging those around her or teaching art techniques…her heart is that you MAKE. This course will be two hours or less and focus on specific techniques with a price that we …

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Free Art Video | Natural Pigment Making with Kristy Kensinger

This is a free art video with Kristy Kensinger taken from her course Foraged Landscapes and includes three lessons videos with 24 minutes of content. Walk through the process of making your own natural pigment acrylics, oils, watercolors, and pastels. We will grind, sift, and mix our own pigments from scratch using recipes as a guide. Simple ingredients such as oil, honey, water, gum arabic, and clove or wintergreen oil are great bases and binders for your pigments giving them …

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Book of Soul with Erin Faith Allen | Instant Access

As I was growing up I dreamed of being an archeologist. I had a deep love of history, stories, and the idea of uncovering what was hidden. It was not until I was a working artist that I found it surprising that so many of the other artists that I admired also had this same dream as a child. I find it beautiful to realize that so many of the artists that I connect with create work with layers, stories …

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Diane Reeves New Gallery Show | Your Family is So Big

Many of you love our team member Diane Reeves from either coming to a live workshop here at our studio, taking her online course Line and Form or watching her An Artist Studio video.  We wanted to share the beautiful news that Diane has a brand new body of work that she will be sharing at Surface Gallery beginning this Friday night. If you are near Colorado Springs you must take the time to see her brilliant new work and …

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Wanderlust 2023 | I am Back as a Guest Teacher!

      Do you want the most powerful tool to help you practice art regularly whilst learning all about supplies and techniques through step-by-step videos? Do you want to finally unlock your full artistic potential? Do you want your art practice to feel truly freeing and joyful, rather than limited and rigid? Do you want to start using the supplies that you’ve collected but never used to their full potential? Do you long for connection with people who share your desire for self-expression? Do you want to get to …

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Back to School 72 Hour Sale | 40% Off One Course

       For the next 72 hours we are having a back to school sale! Take 40% off one online course* and use code: CREATIVE   As the temperatures change and kids/grandkids are heading back to school we hope this sale allows you to connect with your creativity, find rest among the chaos, be present in your space and to remember how healing art is in our day to day life!       Sale Details Code does not …

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Brand New Watercolor, Tempura, Oil and Pigment Sets in the Shop!

We have slowly been adding to our stock of European art supplies from Wallace Seymour. We are the US distributor and we have been so honored to offer you the ancient drawing blocks and custom made pigment cigars. Your response to them has been incredible. I am excited to announce that I have curated eight vintage mineral watercolor sets based upon some of my favorite travel locations. We are now also offering pigment, oil, and tempura sets! The quality is …

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Take a Joyride | Electra Bike Giveaway

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED* I am so happy to announce the winners of the @electra_bicycle and basket/bell from @toteandkarishop! The winners are @ginapierce and @oxfordcomma.etc. Thank you to everyone that entered here on our blog, on Facebook and Instagram. We had the most fun as a team reading your stories! It brought US so much joy!   Joyride Bike Giveaway! Whether it is someone we know personally or someone that reaches out to share privately with me online…many are struggling right now. After one such correspondence …

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Foraged and Found with Auria Bohn | Registration Open

The artist that sees their own world with inquisitive eyes is so inspiring. The gatherer, the maker, the inventor and the one that takes what is around them and uses that beauty to interpret their own art. This kind of artist is truly Auria Bohn from Tuscany. Whether she is making her own ink, charcoal from grapevines, foraging the hills of Tuscany or getting her hands messy in the studio…her eyes are open to the world around her! It is …

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August Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it while driving on country roads, the creativity of a friend, laughter with old friends, the last sentence of a book, making art under oak trees, watching others walk into their purpose, dancing at a wedding, praying in the garden and even ugly crying when we said goodbye to Madolyn at college. Sometimes I even find …

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Middle Makers with Sheila Atchley | Instant Access!

I am thrilled to offer you a course that will feel like you are sitting down with a sweet friend. A course that will speak into your life and remind you of your worth and creative future. If you have found yourself dragging your feet when it comes to your creativity in the midst of a distracted life, I hope you will join the newest course by Sheila Atchley. Think of this course as your outline for honoring beauty and …

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Playful Alcohol Ink Abstracts with Nathifa Sligh | Instant Access

We are excited to announce that we have a brand new  MINI COURSE Join Nathifa Sligh for the most fun and colorful alcohol ink course! Nathifa is an incredible teacher and has the most wonderful way of breaking down any process. Whether she is sharing her thoughts on creativity, encouraging those around her or teaching art techniques…her heart is that you MAKE. This course will be two hours or less and focus on specific techniques with a price that we …

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Free Art Video | Creative Stitching with Melissa Fink

This is a free art video with Melissa Fink taken from her course Beneath the Surface and includes 17 minutes of content. Using art pieces previously created along with different types of threads, you will begin by marking areas you would love to highlight, choose color threads, and begin stitching. It’s that easy! Come and get your free art lesson HERE.     The video lesson is free but you still need to be logged into your account on jeanneoliver.com …

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Book of Soul with Erin Faith Allen | Registration Open

As I was growing up I dreamed of being an archeologist. I had a deep love of history, stories, and the idea of uncovering what was hidden. It was not until I was a working artist that I found it surprising that so many of the other artists that I admired also had this same dream as a child. I find it beautiful to realize that so many of the artists that I connect with create work with layers, stories …

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I Am Teaching In Italy NEXT Fall | Get On The First To Know List

  I have been (impatiently) keeping a beautiful secret. I am so giddy excited to share that I have been invited by Daune of The Cottage Table Experience to teach along side Stephanie Lee next fall in Tuscany. Registration will not open until next month but Daune has opened a First to Know list and if you are on this list you will get registration information before anyone else! I am really excited to be back teaching live overseas workshops …

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An Artist Studio | With Jan McCarthy

As a creative, one of my favorite things in the world is to step into the creative space of another. I love when an artist shares their space, how they use it, a peek into their favorite tools and even what they are currently working on. I hope you will join me for the brand new An Artist Studio series! Each month a different artist will welcome us into their space! I hope it will encourage you to cherish your …

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Print and Paint with Stephanie Lee | Instant Access

We are excited to announce that we have a brand new offering of MINI COURSES! Each course will be two hours or less and focus on specific techniques with a price that we KNOW  you will LOVE! We want to see you MAKE and CREATE and PLAY! The first artist in this new offering is the well loved and prolific Stephanie Lee! We knew she would be the perfect artist to kick off the mini courses! There will be four …

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July Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it pulling weeds early in the morning when the air is still cool, having morning tea with our oldest, savoring last moments before Maddy heads back to college, having to laugh when my dinner is a flop, voice texts from friends I am missing desperately, paint on my hands and new ideas that come from that. …

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Beach Cottage Chronicles | Alexis Garrett Featured

  For those of you that have been here for awhile you will have heard about my friend and cherished friendship with Alexis Garrett. We met over 13 years ago on a trip to France. I have always teased that she was the most precious treasure I brought back from that adventure. We have traveled the world together ever since, spent time with each other’s family, I laugh harder with her than anyone in the world, create art together, each …

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An Artist Studio | With Sandi Hester

As a creative, one of my favorite things in the world is to step into the creative space of another. I love when an artist shares their space, how they use it, a peek into their favorite tools and even what they are currently working on. I hope you will join me for the brand new An Artist Studio series! Each month a different artist will welcome us into their space! I hope it will encourage you to cherish your …

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Art as Worship | Join Me In North Carolina

    On July 24th I will be leading a three hour art workshop all about art as worship during Saturate. The world is tired and I often hear from so many around me about the high levels of anxiety and worry that they are carrying. They are often hoping that a certain vacation, or when deadlines or over, or when summer break comes around that the anxiety would lift.  I think we are often waiting for things to end …

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Who Is Interested in a Fall Live Art Workshop?

We have the unexpected opportunity to host a September Field Notes | Flora and Fauna live workshop here at our studio, home and land. We held this workshop for the first time a few weeks ago and the response was so beautiful that we would love to offer another one. Create your own field notebook, cyanotype prints, botanical ink sketches, plein air painting, natural dying, nature walks, pigment and brush making, stitching, and more. We are currently looking to see …

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Free Art Video | Making Cone Incense with Kate Poole

This is free video with Kate Poole and taken from her course The Alchemist. This includes 24 minutes of content. Join Kate as she shares her process of making incense cones. Incense has been used for hundreds of years with healing properties for our mind, soul, body and spirit. Using only 4 ingredients you will create from scratch a beautiful fragrance you can use to warm your home. Once you make this recipe, you will be inspired to create more …

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Everything You Want + Need To Know About Acrylics with Sandi Hester

My friend Sandi Hester has just launched her very first online course on her own network and you don’t want to miss it! Sandi is a not only a prolific painter but an extraordinary teacher. She is sharing everything she has learned about working with acrylics! Come and watch the trailer and read more. WHAT I SHARE IN THIS CLASS Video 1: INTRO / DIFFERENT FORMS OF ACRYLICS / SURFACES & HOW TO PREPARE THEM / BRUSHES (36 minutes): I’ll …

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My Journey In Morocco | Marrakech Part II

  You can find Part One HERE. As soon as I was undressed (down to my underwear because that was what I was told) I put on a robe and was met outside the small changing space and taken down the dark hallway with all lights putting off a soft red glow. At the end of the hallway they opened the door and I walked into a small dark room filled with steam, the scent of eucalyptus, a stone bench …

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My Journey In Morocco | Marrakech Part I

Last summer as we were getting out of the car to head to our town pool I had an email come into my inbox telling me that registration had just opened for my friend Michelle Fletcher’s first big workshop in Morocco. I have been friends with Michelle for many years now. Through art and business, our hearts have been tied together. She made some huge life changes within the past three years and I had been so inspired by her …

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Let’s Create Together at the Whatever Craft House | Creative Soul Camp!

I would love to create, shop and just hang out with you in Kansas this fall!  I will be teaching for Stephanie Ackerman in her fall Creative Soul Camp! You can register HERE. This is from Stephanie Ackerman. There is something amazing that happens when Art & Faith Collide and when you are in an amazing house full of women, food, coffee, snacks, paints and time to be quiet, restore, rest, stay up late, wake up early, wear your jammies …

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Our Whole 2019 Live Studio Workshop Schedule | Just Announced!

When we bought this home and land three years ago it was for the gathering of creatives and non-creatives alike. We knew it was to be a gathering place and it has fulfilled that desire and promise over and over again. We are so excited to announce our full 2019 studio schedule. For many our studio workshops are a yearly journey and maybe you have been waiting for the right event to make your own trip here. You will create …

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The First Live Workshop of 2019 | Stephanie Ackerman

  Join Stephanie Ackerman in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on April 5-6, 2019 for a two-day art workshop! Our studio is light-filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and the space to connect with your ideas and creativity. When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas as we find our places and meet …

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Leaps of dreams and finances are hard. I know.

Leaps of dreams and finances are hard. I know. I remember years ago the first time I talked to Kelly about taking a creative trip to France just for me. I remember reading the details and crying because it seemed so wonderful and inspiring and SO WHAT MY HEART NEEDED. Kelly told me that he didn’t know where we would find the money to go but that I had to go. He could see how much this trip was calling …

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Registration Closes Tomorrow! | Live Business Workshop Palm Springs

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! It took me most of my life to let that truth sink in and your business is the same way! Your business needs your gifts, your passions and your story to be set apart! If you are ready to take your business and dreams to the next level then I hope you will join me this coming January for my next live business workshop in Palm Springs, CA! (for those that …

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Where to Sleep, Eat, and Shop In Round Top, Texas

This fall I was in Round Top, Texas during antiques week to teach an art class, speak at an event and for two book signings. I have wanted to come to antiques week for years and with the beautiful invitations from Tara Royer Steele and Holly Kuhn I was eagerly packing my bags and leaving room for vintage treasures. I had so many questions about where we shopped, ate and stayed that I wanted to do a fun post sharing …

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Two Beautiful Gatherings Coming in 2019!

I can not even believe we are at the final months of 2018 and that beautiful plans are already underway for next year.   I have not announced my full schedule for 2019 but I have two events that are open for registration right now! So many of you may have people in your life that want to support your business or art and they would LOVE the opportunity to gift you something special like a workshop. Maybe YOU just …

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Last Live Workshop of The Year | Stephanie Lee Metalsmithing Workshop

Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 2-3, 2018 for a two-day art workshop. Our studio is light-filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and filled with inspiration. When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other. Most of …

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I Am Teaching At The Donna Downey Studios in 2019 | Registration Just Opened

I have been waiting patiently to announce my first art workshop of 2019! I will be coming back to the Donna Downey Studios and we will have two days to play with storytelling through our art with sketching, paint, collage and more. Whether your subject matter is landscapes, portraits, or still life, you will learn how to incorporate a story into your art. This will be the first time I teach this workshop and I can’t wait to have you …

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Creatively Made Business | Palm Springs Retreat

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! If you are ready to create a life and business that looks like no one else then it is time to see all of your gifts with fresh eyes. This past March we held our first live business workshop here at our studio and it was more than I could have EVER imagined. The women, the businesses, the dreams, the struggles, the connections and how they left ON FIRE! I …

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Stephanie Lee Metalsmith Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 2-3, 2018 for a two-day art workshop. Our studio is light-filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and filled with inspiration. When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other. Most of …

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Amsterdam, You Were A Dream

  It has been a month since I returned home from The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond. This exploring, creating, adventuring and connecting has been one of the sweetest parts of our business. As a child that dreamed of travel, being an actress, singer, artist, writer, fashion designer, interior decorator, and archeologist (I liked a lot of things growing up:-) I feel like I get to live out so many parts of who I am and the things I …

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Come and Checkout All of The Workshops In Our Studio!

We have five workshops in my private studio for 2018 and we love welcoming you to our home, land and studio! If you want to have an art workshop experience I hope you will consider coming to my studio and enjoy how we like to love on others through the details! ***We are happy to set up payment plans for any course. Just ask.*** ONE. Like abstract work and landscapes? Last minute openings for this sold out workshop. Join me …

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Join The Last Living Studio Art Workshop Abroad | Prague to Budapest

Being a creative person can mean your heart and mind is all over the place with all of the beautiful things you can do, the art you can make and the places you can travel. I started The Living Studio art workshops as a way to join travel and creating in a way that was authentic to me and shared it with others that also wanted to wake up to the beauty all around them. These overseas trips were a …

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Funky Faces With Sara Burch | Live At The Jeanne Oliver Studios

Join Sara Burch for a three-day art workshop in our studio in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado! 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, home and studio brings you rest and creative freedom.         Funky …

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One-Day Art Workshop In Franklin, TN | Registration Open

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT*** The official launch date of my new book, The Painted Art Journal, is July 4th and because we were going to already be in Nashville and Franklin, TN at this time we decided to celebrate at our home away from home! We have been shown such overwhelming kindness in Tennessee and we are excited and humbled to tell you that Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse will be hosting my one-day art workshop on June 29th …

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Because You Asked!

Because you asked we really tried! I am now teaching THREE live workshops this year in my studio. We have released all of them so you know exactly what I am teaching over the whole year. I hope by releasing them all that it helps you know which one is for you! I would love to create with you in my studio. Giving yourself the time to gather and create with others is an art changing gift. ***We are happy …

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Book Launch Workshop | The Painted Art Journal

My first book, The Painted Art Journal, is currently on pre-order (yippee) and we are planning so many fun ways to celebrate the official launch! We are going to kick-off the launch with a three-day workshop with some of my favorite ways to tell your personal narrative. Through paint, journal making, printmaking and sculpture we will incorporate our stories into our art. Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on June 21-23, 2018 for a three-day art workshop. Our studio is …

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Pieces of Me Portrait Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

  Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 19-20, 2018 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 arrive on Friday …

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I Am Teaching At Donna Downey Studios This March | Two Spots Just Opened Up!

**Two spots have just opened up** Come and join me for my first workshop of 2018! I will be coming back to the Donna Downey Studios and we will have three days to play with portraits! I only travel to teach a few times a year because I love to be home with my family and I also teach in my own studio on our land.  When I travel it is because I KNOW it will be an amazing experience for myself …

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The Thriving Christian Artist Conference | I am a speaker!

  I am excited to tell you that I will be one of the speakers for The Thriving Christian Artist Conference this March 5-6, 2021. This is usually a live event but Matt Tommey is making this available as an incredible virtual event! I will be talking about defining your success, what that looks like, how to walk it out and how to make sure that you are using your gifts to not only have a thriving business but a …

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Creatively Made Business Begins on Monday! Final Early Registration Pricing

  The next session of Creatively Made Business will begin on February 15th and you can still get the early registration pricing! On the 15th at 6am MT the price will go to $595!   For all of the dreamers, creators, and builders out there…this is for you! Come into our studio and take a seat because we are about to share everything we have learned to build a strong, sustainable and scaleable business. Ready to change your life and …

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One-On-One Business Consulting | Now Available

While we were writing, creating and filming our online business course, Creatively Made Business, there were many things that needed to be put on hold to accomplish such a huge project and one-on-one consulting was one of them. Now that the course is about to begin its third session (yippee) I have the breathing room to open up a small amount of consults each month. One-on-one business consults is one of my favorite ways to connect with business owners and …

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Early Registration JUST Opened for Creatively Made Business

  Early registration JUST opened for the next session of Creatively Made Business that will begin on February 15, 2021.   For all of the dreamers, creators, and builders out there…this is for you! Come into our studio and take a seat because we are about to share everything we have learned to build a strong, sustainable and scaleable business. Ready to change your life and business?     How could your life and business be transformed by straight forward …

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The Jeanne Oliver Podcast Episode Thirty One | A Colorful Life with Sabrina Ward Harrison

    In this episode I am talking with artist and author Sabrina Ward Harrison. Sabrina is a poet, truth spiller, color collector, gentle guide, artist in many forms, and seer of beauty all around. During this episode we talk about Sabrina’s early years and being seen, her creative process, her well recognized hand lettering and how that was born, and what she thinks is the super power of creatives during this difficult time.     Sabrina Ward Harrison is …

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The Highest Praise and Support For Our Teachers!

  Each year we have the privilege to collaborate with so many talented and hard working artists! This year we had 24 guest artists on our creative network and two guest artists in my studio! We would never have the variety of online courses on our network without the talent of so many different creatives! I want to take a moment to thank each of them again and to also share with you what they are doing right now. It …

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Rhythms + Rituals | A New FREE Series

As we make our way closer to 2021 we want to offer a simple way to gather others that want to start the New Year with intention. With the division of this past year, financial uncertainty for many, and the reality of so many unknowns, I know that this time instead of feeling hopeful for the new year and what’s to come may feel more like the in-between. The waiting period. There were so many unexpected moments in my own …

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Holiday Shopping Guide 2020 | Support Small Businesses

I have watched with awe and pure respect as so many small business owners have worked harder than ever this year to save, sustain or grow their businesses. Each birthday gift I purchase, teacher we want to thank, or Christmas gift I wrap each year…it is with great intention to try to support another small business in the process. This year this simple act is more important than ever before! I do not want to see a world without the …

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The Jeanne Oliver Podcast Episode Twenty Eight | Your Brand with Sandy Shaw

    Welcome to season two of The Jeanne Oliver Podcast. In this episode I am is talking with brand strategist, website designer and founder of BrandifyHQ, Sandy Shaw. So often we have a beautiful product, service or experience but we feel stuck why we are not able to connect to the customers that we know our product is made for. If you want to get clear about your product, your customers and to make sure that what you put …

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13th Year In Business Anniversary Sale! | 40% Off One Course!

    Thirteen years ago I had a one, five and seven year old and once they were in bed each night I would create until the early hours in the morning. I look back now on those nights and know that those hours to myself to create and finding time no matter the exhaustion the next day was what brought my creativity back to life. It all started with home, gathering, making handmade journals, and altered letters and frames. …

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Creating Intention in Your Home Office

    | Blackwing pencils | Ash Candle | Pottery | Big Idea Book |   Most of us are working from home more than we have in the past. For others maybe you have always worked from home (like us) but you are noticing that your working space does not have the care put into it that you pour into other areas of your home. I am definitely impacted by my surroundings and when my space feels cluttered, haphazard …

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Top 6 Technology and Social Media Tips | For Creating Balance in Home and Business

  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 much. The most frequently asked questions that I receive are about how I get so much done, how our family works …

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Last Day to Register For Creatively Made Business | This course will not be offered again until 2021

        Today could be the start of a completely new way to grow your business and create the life you want! If not now, then when?   We ran the last session during the hardest part of the pandemic and watched businesses thrive and we heard over and over that by implementing the Creatively Made Business framework they were having their best quarters ever!   This will be the LAST TIME I am live with the Creatively …

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Let’s Celebrate with a Giveaway! | Creatively Made Business Closes Registration in 4 Days!

*This giveaway is now closed. The winner is… SEPTEMBER 25, 2020REPLY EDIT  Mary W I feel as you do, music is such an important part of my life and creativity! The Beatles and Paul McCartney, especially the Good Evening NY City from the concert. Got to see him in concert doing that same show in AZ. Not over it yet, lol. Love all your classes and your heart, appreciate the opportunity! Also have a big collection of Vinyl so this would …

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Who Wants Their Tuition Covered for Creatively Made Business? | We are giving away 5 spots!

  *This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered! There were so many entries here and on Instagram that we are giving away 10 spots instead of 5!  If you are one of the winners please email support@jeanneoliver.com to get access to your course. We would love all of you to join Creatively Made Business. It has just started and registration will close for the YEAR on Sunday, September 27th! The 5 winners are… Nicole Watson Winning …

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Last Chance | This is the last time I will be live with Creatively Made Business

Tomorrow could be the start of a completely new way to grow your business and create the life you want! If not now, then when? We ran the last session during the hardest part of the pandemic and watched businesses thrive and we heard over and over that by implementing the Creatively Made Business framework they were having their best quarters ever! This will be the LAST TIME I am live with the Creatively Made Business online course through weekly …

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Are You Believing Any of These 7 Business Myths?

    There’s a new way to run your business!   Mindset and limiting beliefs can have a huge impact on your life and business.   If you want to create a life and business that thrives then it is time to let go of mindsets that are holding you back.   Have you been believing any of these 7 business myths?   These are the top myths that I have had, I hear from business consultants and live business …

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Are You Leveraging What Makes You Unique? | Creatively Made Business Begins in 5 Days!

  With a $200 camcorder we created our first online art course and made over $35,000 by the time the course started.   That was eight years ago and it changed everything with our business and put us on a new path with our creativity. I almost missed it though!   When I had that first idea for my own online art course I kept wondering “what do I have to offer that is different?” and “what sets me apart?” …

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Are You Losing Sales? | Get my 7 time-proven tips to boost your sales!

Are you sharing your work on Instagram, Facebook, your blog and even Pinterest and not seeing any engagement? Do you have a beautiful product, service or experience that you KNOW will impact others and make their lives better? Do you just not know how to get the word out and how to help others see what you already believe about what you have to offer? I have created a free guide to get you started and to help you have …

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Last Chance For 3 Payments! | Creatively Made Business Begins September 14th

  Are you building a business that is aligned with how you want your life to look and feel? ⁣ ⁣ Knowing this answer changes everything. ⁣ ⁣ Building a business that isn’t aligned with your life takes as much time, energy and resources as building one that is. ⁣ ⁣ You’re not just building a business, you’re building a life.⁣   Building our business completely changed our family and life. We’ve done it and so can you.⁣ ⁣ Registration …

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Your Last Chance | Early Registration Ending for the Next Session of Creatively Made Business!

  Are you building a business that is aligned with how you want your life to look and feel? ⁣ ⁣ Knowing this answer changes everything. ⁣ ⁣ Building a business that isn’t aligned with your life takes as much time, energy and resources as building one that is. ⁣ ⁣ You’re not just building a business, you’re building a life.⁣   Building our business completely changed our family and life. We’ve done it and so can you.⁣ ⁣ Registration …

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48 Hours Only | Early Registration Pricing for Creatively Made Business

  Are you building a business that is aligned with how you want your life to look and feel? ⁣ ⁣ Knowing this answer changes everything. ⁣ ⁣ Building a business that isn’t aligned with your life takes as much time, energy and resources as building one that is. ⁣ ⁣ You’re not just building a business, you’re building a life.⁣   Building our business completely changed our family and life. We’ve done it and so can you.⁣ ⁣ Registration …

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Working from Home Mojo | Creatively Made Business

  Working from home can seem like a dream until you remember that you still have to do a job, be productive and grow a business. Home is comfortable, has distractions and may find you still in bed at 11 am on a Tuesday watching television if you aren’t careful. Our whole business was created, grown and nurtured from home. There is not one way to make it work and many of us build our businesses around family, in carpool …

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What I learned about Creative Business from Jeanne’s Podcast | By Jeremy Reeves of the Goodvoice Group

  In a letter dated October 22nd, 1882, Vincent Van Gogh said to his brother Theo, “the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, but is a succession of little things that are brought together.” And maybe we each know this intuitively, that what we achieve is always an amalgam of ideas, efforts, mistakes, and do-overs: little things all threaded together, forming something that if not yet great, is at least approaching greatness. A painting is a collection of all the …

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The Jeanne Oliver Podcast Episode Seventeen | Memory Keeping with Ali Edwards

    On this episode Jeanne is talking with scrapbooking leader and the creator of the One Little Word that has started as intention journey for thousands. They discuss simple beginnings, life in the public eye, new starts and trusting your gut. Join the conversation!     Episode Summary On this episode Jeanne is talking with scrapbooking leader and the creator of the One Little Word that has started as intention journey for thousands. They discuss simple beginnings, life in …

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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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How To Create Inviting Outdoor Spaces This Fall

  What is not to love about a holiday all about family, friends, good food and just being together!? If you live where it is warm enough to still entertain outside I highly recommend it this Thanksgiving. Being outside is unexpected for dinner parties and it really brings new energy into your gatherings. I wanted to share how to bring our own fall tablescape together by using as an example of a tablescape I designed in our last home. 1. …

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Gorgeous Work Being Created in Paint Your Town!

I would love to take a moment to share the gorgeous work being created in my online course Paint Your Town: Mixed Media Urban Landscapes. It is truly blowing me away! It is never my intention to teach other artists how to create art like me but to take techniques and make them their own.  The artists in this course are doing just that! I am so moved by how they took techniques and prompts and then with connecting with …

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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes BEGINS TOMORROW

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it. When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio. I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our …

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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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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes EARLY REGISTRATION

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it. When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio. I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our …

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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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Danielle Donaldson Is Coming To Colorado! {join us in our new studio}

Our new studio is waiting for you and we have opened up a few more spots for our one day watercolor and mixed media workshop with Danielle Donaldson. Come to my home and studio for an art workshop all about lots of light, room to move, color falling off the paper, beauty everywhere you look, good food, lots of laughter and teaching that will grow your art. Danielle is one of the most talented artists and teachers I know. You can’t …

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Thank You To The Sponsors and Supporters Of Our First Workshop!

  I still feel like I dreamed about our first workshop in our new studio!  It was even more amazing than I could have imagined. The women, the energy, the food, the art created.  I am still processing the whole weekend and the reality that we have a huge new studio where I can work and women can gather.  I can’t wait to tell you everything very soon! In the meantime I wanted to take a moment to thank 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 …

The House is Clean (kind of)

Many of you have emailed me to show pictures of the rest of our home.  The house is usually not clean enough for pictures, so this is all you are getting:-) My eight year old's room is completely off limits!  I hope you are all enjoying getting your home ready for Christmas.  We are excited to have my mom and dad coming for Christmas.  We have kept things pretty simple this year, but we always love the glow of the …

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

We have had such a great time beginning to decorate the house.  The children can barely contain themselves as we get all the boxes out.  I was just the same.  As soon as the Thanksgiving meal was being cleared from the table I was off looking for all the Christmas decorations.  The truth has to be told….I was the decorating Nazi.  Yes, I took joy away from others because the tree had to be decorated perfectly.  I believe my brother …

She Is Grateful

While I was at the Heather Bullard Parisian Soiree I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Quinn and purchasing one of her beautiful necklaces.  I loved this one because it says "She Is Grateful' and that is exactly how I feel.  I feel so grateful about so many areas in my life.  Grateful for Family                             Friends                        Health                                             My business Jack                    Madolyn                    Benjamin                 Kelly               My customers                                Creativity            Inspirations                                                   FAITH      

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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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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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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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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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Gift Giving Guide 2016

I don’t like to buy something just to buy something! I love when I can find the perfect gift for the people I love BUT sometimes it is hard and I could use some help. Today our creative team has put together some ideas for the girlie girl, the guy in your life and from small businesses you may want to support. Jeanne Oliver’s Guide Guide for the Girlie Girl I love to give gifts that I would like to …

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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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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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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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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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Holiday DIY Tablescapes | INSTANTLY available course just opened

Good Morning! We are so excited for the holidays that are around the corner and you have been loving the instantly available courses SO Jen Wagner created Holiday DIY Tablescapes: A Mini Course just for us!     This instantly available mini course features 10 beautiful and fun DIY projects to help your tablescape stand out this holiday season. We will play with hand lettering, gold foil and recreate some of the trending items you are seeing in the stores.   …

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Holiday Decor Highlights

Last week’s Holiday House Walk was so incredible and I was blown away by the creativity and beauty coming from each home. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite images from the tour. If you would like to take the tour from the beginning I know you will love seeing the whole thing start to finish! Thank you Jen for bringing all of these women together and sharing so much inspiration. Jeanne Oliver Jen Wagner …

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Home For The Holidays Sale {make your holidays simple and meaningful}

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 discount for the next 48 hours. For the next 48 hours you can get this course for $39! *There will be 65 videos. 30 project videos and 35 discussion videos. These …

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Last Minute Gifts For Creatives

I hope you are all having a beautiful month of preparing your hearts and homes for Christmas! We still have a few gifts that we want to get today and then start getting everything wrapped up and ready for Christmas morning. If you are a creative or you have a special person on your list with an artist’s heart I wanted to share some last minute gifts sure to bring more creativity into their new year. 1. One of my …

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Are You The Winners of Creatively Christmas?

Thank you to everyone that shared my friend Jennifer Rizzo’s new book Creatively Christmas! The book sold out in the first printing and it is now back in stock. Very excited for Jen and I know her creative head is already plotting a second book. You can read more about the book HERE. I am giving away two copies and want to get them out to you right away so you can use the book to decorate this Christmas. The …

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12 Creative Christmas Trees {and a $1800 Giveaway from Balsam Hill}

Good Morning! I am the only one up right now with hot tea next to me and the only the glow of the Christmas Trees. Trees. Yes, I said trees. I can’t help it. The more glow the better? If there is one decorating item that really makes your home at Christmas it is the tree. Even without one ornament there is something magical about the glow of the lights. When we come downstairs in the morning the first thing …

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Arsty Goodness Begins Today {come see the projects!}

The 12 Arsty Ornaments of Christmas begins today! To read more click HERE. To register click HERE. Here is a peek at the video projects! This course is full of such creative teachers. Here is the line up:  Teresa Collins, Jenny Doh, Christy Tomlinson, Jeanne Oliver, Margie Romney-Aslett, Amy Tan, Julie-FieFan Blazar, Maggie Holmes, Junelle Jacobsen, Tamara Laporte, Alisa Burke and Chrissy Garder. See you in class! This is my project. I am teaching how to paint a woodland girl …

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The 12 Artsy Days of Christmas {2013}

  I am back from San Miguel, Mexico and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. As soon as I empty my suitcases and kiss all over my family I will share photos. I left in October and came back into November.  I am going into some of my favorite months with friends and family. Planning out the holidays is one of my favorite things and creating something special for the people I love is a part of …

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Only a Few Days Left To Sign Up {Get Creative This Christmas}

I would love for you to join me and 11 other very creative ladies! Seriously, I am in awe of the talented artists that I get to do the class with. This is a mini ONLINE class. The best part is that you get lots of creative ideas for your gift giving and decorating for a really low price. This class starts December 5th and you will have plenty of time to watch all of the videos at YOUR OWN …

Christmas In Colorado

This is kind of like Christmas in Connecticut:-)  OK, maybe not…but that is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. Have you ever seen it? We had a wonderful white Christmas that was full of hot cocoa, playing outside, shoveling, playing on the piano, snow covered trees and movies. Christmas Eve was at our home and Christmas day was spent at my sister's house.   Early Christmas Morning. After opening presents we headed to my sister's home for the …

The House is Clean (kind of)

Many of you have emailed me to show pictures of the rest of our home.  The house is usually not clean enough for pictures, so this is all you are getting:-) My eight year old's room is completely off limits!  I hope you are all enjoying getting your home ready for Christmas.  We are excited to have my mom and dad coming for Christmas.  We have kept things pretty simple this year, but we always love the glow of the …

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

We have had such a great time beginning to decorate the house.  The children can barely contain themselves as we get all the boxes out.  I was just the same.  As soon as the Thanksgiving meal was being cleared from the table I was off looking for all the Christmas decorations.  The truth has to be told….I was the decorating Nazi.  Yes, I took joy away from others because the tree had to be decorated perfectly.  I believe my brother …

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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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Gorgeous Work Being Created in Paint Your Town!

I would love to take a moment to share the gorgeous work being created in my online course Paint Your Town: Mixed Media Urban Landscapes. It is truly blowing me away! It is never my intention to teach other artists how to create art like me but to take techniques and make them their own.  The artists in this course are doing just that! I am so moved by how they took techniques and prompts and then with connecting with …

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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes BEGINS TOMORROW

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it. When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio. I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our …

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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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The Studio That Love Built {before and after photos}

We moved into our new home and land in February of this year.   The day before we moved in our town was covered in a blizzard and we scrambled to find someone to plow our new long driveway. Only a few weeks after our move we announced our first workshop in the studio that had not been built. Many thought we were crazy and had no idea why we would put that kind of time and financial pressure on ourselves. …

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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes EARLY REGISTRATION

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it. When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio. I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our …

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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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Danielle Donaldson Is Coming To Colorado! {join us in our new studio}

Our new studio is waiting for you and we have opened up a few more spots for our one day watercolor and mixed media workshop with Danielle Donaldson. Come to my home and studio for an art workshop all about lots of light, room to move, color falling off the paper, beauty everywhere you look, good food, lots of laughter and teaching that will grow your art. Danielle is one of the most talented artists and teachers I know. You can’t …

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Thank You To The Sponsors and Supporters Of Our First Workshop!

  I still feel like I dreamed about our first workshop in our new studio!  It was even more amazing than I could have imagined. The women, the energy, the food, the art created.  I am still processing the whole weekend and the reality that we have a huge new studio where I can work and women can gather.  I can’t wait to tell you everything very soon! In the meantime I wanted to take a moment to thank the …

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Advanced Hand Lettering Begins Monday {Come and take a peek}

One of our most popular classes last year was Intro To Hand Lettering with Jen Wagner and I am honored to tell you that she is back with a brand new course! *** Join Jen this coming Monday (June 13th)  for Advanced Hand Lettering! Don’t let the name intimidate you!  This is just a new course with more technical instruction and all new projects! I know hundreds used the last class to grow their art, business and more and 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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Downtown After 5 | Come and Say Hello and Get a Free Online Course!

I love, love, love our town of Castle Rock, CO. I am so thankful all of the time that this is where we LIVE and this is where we DREAM and this is where we CONNECT! Tomorrow night (June 3rd) is Downtown After 5 and it is the perfect way to kick off your weekend. You will find food trucks, cocktails, craft beer, and free live music and it is perfect for the whole family. Also, check out work by local …

Have A Blessed 2009

We spent our New Year's Eve in the mountains with friends.  We had such a sweet time!  It was so nice to get a new perspective.  Isn't that what a fresh start each year is all about? As we were driving up the mountain we couldn't help but slowly get inspired to live more simply.  More real.  I have always felt that the mountains and their beauty simplify so much.  I never feel as close to God as I do when I …

The House is Clean (kind of)

Many of you have emailed me to show pictures of the rest of our home.  The house is usually not clean enough for pictures, so this is all you are getting:-) My eight year old's room is completely off limits!  I hope you are all enjoying getting your home ready for Christmas.  We are excited to have my mom and dad coming for Christmas.  We have kept things pretty simple this year, but we always love the glow of the …

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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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Creativity Takes Courage {Stephanie Holden}

The next Creativity Takes Courage interview begins right now… *** 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 …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Jane Davenport}

The next Creativity Takes Courage interview begins right now… *** 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 …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Kelly Barton}

The next Creativity Takes Courage interview begins right now… *** 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 …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Kimberly Taylor and The Grow Hope Foundation}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! *** 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 …

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What Makes These Girls So Special? {Like I needed to tell you}

I believe in this quote and think about it often. I am lucky enough to constantly be in the position that I have the opportunity and pleasure to have incredibly talented women and men all around me. I know that by having people of such talent and quality that it also helps me to grow as a person, artist and business woman. I think I have the best job in the world. I get to reach out to some of …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Bliss and Tell Branding Company}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Over a year ago we expanded our creative network to offer 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 …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Tracy Porter}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Over a year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The February interview was with …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Bari Ackerman}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. A year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The February interview was with my …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Dr. Shamanie Haneca}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. A year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The February interview was with my …

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Creativity Takes Courage {interview with Danielle Donaldson}

Our first 2014 interview in our video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. A year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview with Marian Parsons}

Our November interview in our video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. 11 months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The February …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Christy Tomlinson}

Our June interview in our video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Five months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The February …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Shannan Martin}

Our May interview in our video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Four months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. The February …

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It Has Been Crazy Around Here {Code word for dirty}

Whenever we launch a new e-course things get a little crazy here at our home. By crazy I mean not clean. Toilets…not clean. Wooden floors…not clean. Bedroom…not clean. Me…OK…I think you get the point. Our whole life has been about creating art and editing. Good thing Kelly loves me enough to edit everything and still talk to me. That guy needs a raise. I wanted to share some images that do not show me in my pajamas, brown toilets, dishes …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Pamela DuMont}

Our April interview in our new video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog then I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Two months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Interview With Edie Wadsworth}

Our March interview in our new video series, Creativity Takes Courage, begins right now! ******* For those of you that are new to the blog then I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. Two months ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee. …

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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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Creativity Takes Courage {Serena Berry}

This is the first post in a new series I am starting. I am so, so excited for this. I will have interviews with different artists and creative women that I ADORE! I am surrounded by the most talented friends and I just want you to get to know them in a more intimate way. Believe me….who you think these women really are is just scratching the surface. For this first installment of “Creativity Takes Courage” I wanted to talk …

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Two Days Until Our Semi-Annual 50% Off Sale!

The first pizza in Italy always deserves celebration Nothing beats our favorite little tucked away pizza place with a glass of Chianti. The kids even had their own table so we had a little date night but Kelly was left with a girl that makes this face If you are a member of our creative community and network you know what is coming! If you are not a part of our network THIS is the time to join (it is …

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Three Days Until Our Semi-Annual 50% Off Sale!

  | We thought it would be fun to take our countdown photos on our recent trip to Italy. In this photo we are kayaking (one of our favorite things to do as a family) on Lake Como around Bellagio. |   If you are a member of our creative community and network you know what is coming! If you are not a part of our network THIS is the time to join (it is free to join)! When you …

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Free Art Video | Petals on Paper with Renee Mueller

This is free video with Renee Mueller taken from her course Wallflowers. This includes 42 minutes of content. Join Renee as she shares her process of creating with petals on paper. Using different types of paper, textures, inks, stitching and more you will find yourself immersed in what is outside of traditional sketching. You will end up with beautiful unexpected pieces with so many different elements which will only continue to inspire you and make you even more aware of …

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Alla Prima with Marian Parsons | Registration Open!

How does a creative gather beauty and then interpret it? What object, light, and pattern begs to be captured through paint and canvas? The eye of the creative is one of the most beautiful gifts to ourselves and others. I have been an admirer and now a friend of Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed) for many years. Whether she is designing a home, refurnishing furniture or painting a still life…how she SEES  and CAPTURES the world and then shares it …

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Free Art Video | Marking with Flame + Quick Rusting Techniques with Aimee Bishop

This is free video with Aimee Bishop taken from her course The Magpie’s Nest. This includes two videos with 11 minutes of content. Join Aimee as she shares two fun techniques for adding marks and interest to your work.  In the first free video she shows you how to safely use fire for mark making and adding dimension to your work.  In the second free video you’ll learn how to transfer rust from random bits of metal onto pieces of …

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Annual Birthday Sale | 40% Off One Online Course!

This is my birthday month and on May 5th I turn 50! I can’t wait to share with you how we are celebrating. I love birthdays! I love making it extra special for those I love and I will squeeze out all of the goodness I can when it comes to me too. I have been known to keep it going for as long as I can and I am not ashamed! Come celebrate with me and get ONE course …

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The Inspired Line with Zane Prater | Begins Next Week!

I have been captivated by the works on paper and also the murals of Zane Prater for years now. His mastery of line and his ability to bring emotion to the viewer is one of my favorite aspects of his work. I have had the joy of seeing some of his large mural work up close and I always walk away inspired to grow as an artist myself. I am deeply honored to share that Zane has created a stunning …

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Free Art Video | Creating a Color Wheel with Marian Parsons

This is free video with Marian Parsons taken from her course The Atelier. This is a two part video with 65 minutes of content. Join Marian as she invites us to play with paints, exercise with color and value, and show us a beautiful world of color wheel making.  You will find yourself immersed in her teaching and appreciate the subtle shifts and differences in color. Come and get your free art lesson HERE.       The video lesson is …

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The Wait is Over | Instant Access to Poets + Misfits

Do you see beauty all around you? Do you gather words, nature, and objects that others toss aside? Do you create to bring new ideas to life and to also calm the stirrings inside of you? Are you open to what is and what can be? You are a poet! In this course we will take stitches, elements of nature, our mark making and create unexpected beauty. Use elements you already have on hand and often what others consider trash …

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Back in Stock | Natural Drawing Pigments

We love working with artisans to bring you gorgeous products that enrich your art. life and home. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Wallace Seymour to offer you natural drawing pigments sourced from all over Europe. This is a product that I personally wanted to use myself in my own work and after much searching I realized they were not available here in the US. We wanted to change that! We just restocked the pigments you loved the …

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Poets + Misfits with Jeanne Oliver | Begins in 11 Days!

Do you see beauty all around you? Do you gather words, nature, and objects that others toss aside? Do you create to bring new ideas to life and to also calm the stirrings inside of you? Are you open to what is and what can be? You are a poet! In this course we will take stitches, elements of nature, our mark making and create unexpected beauty. Use elements you already have on hand and often what others consider trash …

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The Inspired Line with Zane Prater | Registration Open

I have been captivated by the works on paper and also the murals of Zane Prater for years now. His mastery of line and his ability to bring emotion to the viewer is one of my favorite aspects of his work. I have had the joy of seeing some of his large mural work up close and I always walk away inspired to grow as an artist myself. I am deeply honored to share that Zane has created a stunning …

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Free Art Video | Texture with Plaster Gauze with Stephanie Lee

This is free video with Stephanie Lee taken from her course Textural Minimalism. This is a two part video with 17 minutes of content. Join Stephanie Lee as she prepares multiple substrates using foam board and plaster gauze.  With simple tools you will learn how to create unique substrates full of texture and layers. Learn to experiment and create beautiful and easy washes ready for your next layers. Gather your limited supplies! Creativity is calling! Come and get your free …

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Natural Drawing Pigments | Now in the Shop!

We love working with artisans to bring you gorgeous products that enrich your art. life and home. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Wallace Seymour to offer you natural drawing pigments sourced from all over Europe. This is a product that I personally wanted to use myself in my own work and after much searching I realized they were not available here in the US. We wanted to change that! We have stocked their whole collection and we …

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Poets + Misfits with Jeanne Oliver |Registration Open

Do you see beauty all around you? Do you gather words, nature, and objects that others toss aside? Do you create to bring new ideas to life and to also calm the stirrings inside of you? Are you open to what is and what can be? You are a poet! In this course we will take stitches, elements of nature, our mark making and create unexpected beauty. Use elements you already have on hand and often what others consider trash …

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Poets + Misfits Limited Edition Art Kit

  We are thrilled to offer our first course art kit! Poets + Misfits is the first online course where we thought we could thoughtfully and intentionally curate a kit that would match the uniqueness of the online workshop.   This is a limited edition art kit.   Each kit will include: 1 Peg and Awl 6″ bookbinding kit 1 Handmade leather artist’s journal Natural mineral pigment and bundled sage from our land 1 Sweet Girl stencil 1 bundle of …

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Free Art Video | Sketchbook Exercises with Diane Reeves

This is free video with Diane Reeves taken from her course Line + Form. This is a three part video with 22 minutes of content. Join Diane Reeves as she shares her process for interpreting the world around her with lines and forms. Using a sketchbook, images of interior spaces, brush and ink, she will walk you through her stunning process of seeing. Each piece leaves you with a work of art and eyes to see beauty all around you. …

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Big + Bold with Kristi Beattie | Instant Access!

Do you want to create large abstracts but you are not sure how to start? Have you tried to create larger pieces but feel like your composition just doesn’t feel right and you struggle with what to edit out and what to keep?  Do you want to create art that moves you and is something you would feel proud to hang in your home or sell? How about creating large works that finally look like what you dream up in …

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Free Art Video | Gathered Marks with Jeanne Oliver

This is free video with Jeanne Oliver taken from her course Gathered Inspiration Boards. This is a two part video (yes, both are included!) with 1.5 hours of content. Join Jeanne as she shares her process for creating patterns on different kinds of transparent papers, vintage ephemera, and even elements that may usually get thrown in the trash. Using a limited color palette she creates a library of marks which she can later use in her work. Gather your limited supplies, turn the …

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Clay Alchemy with Idania Salcido | Instant Access!

All artists are storytellers. How each one of us tells that story is where the beauty unfolds. Idania Salcido tells stories of nature, whimsical girls and animals through sketch, paint and clay. We are honored to have Idania back for her third course and this time she is sharing her storytelling through earth, water, air and fire. Instant access for Clay Alchemy with Idania Salcido. Registration is $62 and the course is 4.0 hours of content. Come and read all …

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Sale Extended | Paypal Was Acting Up

Good morning! We woke up to a lot of messages from people worried they were going to miss the sale because Paypal has been glitching a lot lately and their orders were not going through. Unfortunately, many other small businesses we know are experiencing this too with Paypal. Don’t worry about the sale! We want everyone that wants to take advantage of the discounts to get them and we are extending the sale through Wednesday, January 12th @ 11:59 pm …

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24 Hours Left | 50% Off Sale Ending Soon!

  24 Hours Left! Semi-annual 50% off online course sale USE CODE: JO50   We only do this twice a year and this will not happen again until June 2022! For the next 24 hours you can buy as many online art, business (yes, even Creatively Made Business) + lifestyle courses that you want for 50% off. We have over 185 online courses from over 110 different teachers!   ALL* courses currently running are included in the sale! *exceptions are …

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48 Hours Left | 50% Off Sale!

  48 Hours Left! Semi-annual 50% off online course sale USE CODE: JO50   We only do this twice a year and this will not happen again until June 2022! For the next 48 hours you can buy as many online art, business (yes, even Creatively Made Business) + lifestyle courses that you want for 50% off. We have over 185 online courses from over 110 different teachers!   ALL* courses currently running are included in the sale! *exceptions are …

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Semi-Annual 50% Off Sale | 72 Hours Only!

  Our semi-annual 50% off online course sale has just begun! USE CODE: JO50   We only do this twice a year and this will not happen again until June 2022! For the next 72 hours you can buy as many online art, business (yes, even Creatively Made Business) + lifestyle courses that you want for 50% off. We have over 185 online courses from over 110 different teachers!   ALL* courses currently running are included in the sale! *exceptions …

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2019 Holiday Housewalk

  I have been fortunate enough to be a part of Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk almost as long as I have been blogging. It is the sweetest honor to be asked again to share our home along with so many incredible design and DIY bloggers! I am an artist, business owner and homeschool mom so I am usually capturing our home with my phone. I dusted off the real camera for this post and I can’t wait to check out …

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All Home Online Courses On Sale | Just In Time For The Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here and for many this is the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. The day after Thanksgiving we go as a family to get our tree and each year the decorations get simpler and the meaning of the holiday becomes more known. We open our home more than every before and we are learning that gathering others is one of the sweetest ways to love others around us. We would like to offer you 40% off …

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Guest Basket | Your Guests Will Feel Loved On!

    Opening our doors and loving on those in our lives is such a sweet gift. The more I gather the more I learn how important it is and that so many just want to be invited. Invited into community and authentic relationship and the joy that comes from that. The holidays are right around the corner and one thing we do in our home for company is to place a guest basket in the room where they are …

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The Gift of Gathering | Bre Doucette of Rooms for Rent Blog

  We have had our business for 12 years now and for most of these years I have been able to share home through blogging and also the blogs of others that I admire. Our home and gathering was never the main focus of our business but I believe with my whole heart that because I have such a deep LOVE of home and gathering that the Lord has used that to also bless our business in ways I couldn’t …

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Holiday Housewalk | 2018

Thank you Jen Rizzo for inviting me year after year to be included with some of the most talented men and women I know in your gorgeous holiday housewalk. Thank you for allowing this artist that loves home so much to hang out with all of these design and DIY bloggers that make creating home an art. Guys, I have been a part of Jen’s housewalk since the beginning! That means this is my eighth year! So crazy and fun …

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Gift Giving Guide | 2018

Each year I love sharing some of the products that I am loving in my own life and I believe in supporting other small business owners and giving these products as gifts too!  This is why it is so important to small business owners like me that when you love our products you share with your friends and family. You sharing is the best thing you can do to bless us. Here are some of the products and small business …

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Fall Kitchen 2018 | Seasons of Home Tour

I have been a part of this amazing group of women, bloggers, designers, and entrepreneurs for many years now.  I can think back to all the years of the collaborations, inspiration, encouragement and more that we receive from one another because we are a part of a community. Gathering together not only brings home tours and fun posts but it also allows our communities to expand and grow deeper roots. Whatever role you find yourself in your life I have …

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How We Celebrate Birthdays Around Here

I love birthdays! One whole day to love on just one person. One day that allows you to give a person a glimpse into how much their life means to you! It is almost 19 years ago that our birthday tradition began. It was my birthday during our first year of marriage and my day started off with a stack of envelopes. Keep in mind that we barely had any money in those years but what followed made me feel …

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Hot Toddy Kits | Sharing Liquor With The Neighborhood

  We are surrounded by some pretty incredible neighbors but with all of the acreage between our homes, you have to go out of your way to connect and to see one another. That is probably why we are all out here and I would guess that most of us out here like having that privacy. Can you say introverts unite? I also think we are so lucky to have six incredible families that surround us that we get to …

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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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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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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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Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup | Our kids LOVE these

I am pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin so when fall comes around we turn to some of our pumpkin favorites. Pumpkin pancakes with apple cider syrup is a fall staple for as long as I can remember. THIS is the recipe that the kids ask for on special occasions and especially during the fall. We made ours gluten free but tweak it anyway you want to make it your own. We hope you love them as much as we …

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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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Fall Favorites | Celina Baldwin

This is our last fall favorites post but we will continue fun fall inspiration up to Thanksgiving. Today Celina Baldwin is sharing her fall favs. Celina is the newest member of our creative team and she is handling our branding and admin work. She is a breath of fresh air and is a miracle worker helping us get organized and staying on top of deadlines. We already can’t live without her! Serious! 1. I actually got mine at the Toms …

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May We Unravel and Grow Together | Happy New Year

  I have felt more quiet and reflective lately and at first, it was because I didn’t think I had anything to say. Quiet in words, actions, and even creativity. We have just come through one of the largest business projects to date, finishing my first book and transitioning our home and business to have Kelly working full-time with me. We have also had a very strange year of things outside of our family and it has left us tired …

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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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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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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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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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Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup | Our kids LOVE these

I am pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin so when fall comes around we turn to some of our pumpkin favorites. Pumpkin pancakes with apple cider syrup is a fall staple for as long as I can remember. THIS is the recipe that the kids ask for on special occasions and especially during the fall. We made ours gluten free but tweak it anyway you want to make it your own. We hope you love them as much as we …

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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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Fall Favorites | Celina Baldwin

This is our last fall favorites post but we will continue fun fall inspiration up to Thanksgiving. Today Celina Baldwin is sharing her fall favs. Celina is the newest member of our creative team and she is handling our branding and admin work. She is a breath of fresh air and is a miracle worker helping us get organized and staying on top of deadlines. We already can’t live without her! Serious! 1. I actually got mine at the Toms …

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Salt + Light | Registration Has Just Opened for Our FREE January Study!

I am so excited to announce that registration is open for our next FREE study that will begin on January 4th! This will be our third year that we start off the New Year with a free study all about growing in our faith. This year is Salt + Light | Impact The World Right Where You Are. Join 18 men and women for a 4 week free online study about Salt + Light: Impact the World Right Where You …

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Last 24 Hours to Get the Early Registration Price for Modern Bohemian Jewelry and Feel Home!

I know that one of your favorite courses that we offer on our creative network is anything with home! Being creative and creating a comfortable and beautiful space is at the heart of many of us (and even more desire to know how). But where do we begin? How do we make decisions that truly reflect our heart, style, lifestyle and budget? How do design spaces today that we will be happy with tomorrow? I am honored to share that …

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Modern Farmhouse Fall Porch

I have had the best time sharing our home dressed up for fall! I have felt so honored to be included in Ella Claire’s Farmhouse Holiday Series and each week I have been blow away by the beauty and warmth that the other bloggers bring to their homes. This week it is all about sharing your porch for fall but we have a pretty small front porch in this home SO we wanted to show you our deck dressed up …

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Apple Picking + Apple Crisp

We looked at our property and purchased it in the middle of winter and it was completely covered in snow. Over the past seven months of living here we have watched the land change through the seasons and we have had sweet surprises along the way. One of our best surprises so far are some apples trees on the land! Come and check out our first harvest! We have been sharing with the neighbors, the horses and enjoying them ourselves …

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Our Family Room | The Jack of All Trades Room

Our home is very open and has a modern floor plan but our family room is tucked away perfectly just for us. From our kitchen you go up a few steps and you are in this cozy room that has become our movie, game, school and friend hangout space. This room was the first room I put together in this home because with all of the hard work of moving we just needed a space to sit and relax and …

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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. 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, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces. We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and you …

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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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Part One: House One and the Day I Lost my Heart and Mind

(The photos in this post are of house #1 and the house I am writing about in this post) This is part one of a twenty part story but I promise to only make it three parts. I am kind like that.   Part One: House One and the Day I Lost my Heart and Mind   It was a regular day. That means I was procrastinating the real work I needed to do and I was looking at Realtor.com …

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Holiday Housewalk 2015

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 this year will be the biggest exhale of all. The sweetest way to honor a home that we have loved so …

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour {cozy and fun}

Shades of Blue Interiors | Jeanne Oliver Designs | Zevyjoy | Liz Marie Blog | Julie Blanner ****** What is not to love about a holiday all about family, friends, good food and just being together!? When my friend Bre of Rooms For Rent asked me to be a part of her Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour I jumped on the opportunity. Before I put the table together I thought about how could I make our table a little different this time, …

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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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Fall Favorites | Celina Baldwin

This is our last fall favorites post but we will continue fun fall inspiration up to Thanksgiving. Today Celina Baldwin is sharing her fall favs. Celina is the newest member of our creative team and she is handling our branding and admin work. She is a breath of fresh air and is a miracle worker helping us get organized and staying on top of deadlines. We already can’t live without her! Serious! 1. I actually got mine at the Toms …

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Gather | A Holiday Tea

  I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving. I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe. Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier. I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing. I love the …

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Pumpkin Spice Latte | Fall is Here

It is November 1st and that is the beginning of the holidays in my book. I have already started planning with our family what they want to do for Thanksgiving, I may have bought a ton of wrapping paper at Target today, the fireplace is on and the weather is finally embracing my love of sweaters! November and December is such a sweet time to intentionally make space in your heart and home to welcome others into your space. I …

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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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Apple Picking + Apple Crisp

We looked at our property and purchased it in the middle of winter and it was completely covered in snow. Over the past seven months of living here we have watched the land change through the seasons and we have had sweet surprises along the way. One of our best surprises so far are some apples trees on the land! Come and check out our first harvest! We have been sharing with the neighbors, the horses and enjoying them ourselves …

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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. 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, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces. We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and you …

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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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Art of Home Launch and a Celebration Giveaway!

I MAY be a few days late for this! It was my intention to open the giveaway the day Art of Home | Modern Simple Living began and then we have been so crazy busy with the new courses that I didn’t make it over here! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Better late than never and this is such a good giveaway! I asked each of the teachers of Art of Home to share some of their favorite things that …

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Art of Home | Modern Simple Living Begins Tomorrow!

 Tomorrow the online course the Art of Home | Modern Simple Living will begin! We would love to have you join us as we celebrate home and simple ways to create an artisan lifestyle. Here is a peek into week one…the Art of Farm To Table. (Keep in mind that this is only week one! What an fun and rich course this will be)      I grew up with a large garden, morning cereal often had fresh berries from …

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Is It Really Almost Time?

Is it getting a bit cooler at nights where you are living?  I can feel the little changes that are everywhere and they are telling me that fall is coming.  It is always hard to say goodbye to summer but fall will always have my heart. Fall is when the house gets cozy, yummy foods are on the stove, my favorite boots are pulled out and people I love are around my table more.  Even though school is back in …

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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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Step by Step Kitchen Cabinet Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

One of the questions I get asked the most is regarding how I painted our kitchen cabinets and what do I think of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have waited until now to share my opinion because I thought we needed to really live with the cabinets to see how they wore with daily use and to give me time to give an honest opinion. Before we start let me be honest that if I had contacted many people to …

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2014 Holiday House Walk

{If you like the images on our mantle you can print them out HERE. We are all crazy for them and love how whimsical they are! Alice, I think you are the bees knees.} I am so glad you have stopped by and I can’t wait to welcome you into our home. I have loved home, making home and loving on the people I love for as long as I can remember. The older I get the more I know…truly …

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Rosemary Gin Fizz {bottoms up}

Sometimes you have the week that calls for mid week cocktails. Did anyone else realize that it isn’t even midweek? I am clinking my glasses with all of you and if you need a cocktail too… {This recipe is found in one of my very favorite cookbooks}

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Want To Get Your Heart Into The Holidays? {This year make it simple and meaningful}

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 discount for the next 72 hours. For the next 72 hours you can get this course for $29!  This is 50% off! *There will be 65 videos.  30 project videos and …

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Pumpkin Pancakes {and apple cider syrup}

I am pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin so when fall comes around we turn to some of our pumpkin favorites. I shared this video and recipe in Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays} and wanted to share it with you today! We hope you love them as much as we do. *****The winner of the Soul.Full art supply giveaway is Jen commented: October 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm (Edit) I put soul into my writing, my sketches, my …

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Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup {my most favorite soup I have ever made}

Fall = soup. End of story. Now that the weather is finally cooling off a bit my inner home loving, nesting heart comes out in full force. One of my favorite cookbooks that I reach for again and again is Against All Grain. I like to follow recipes but I rarely stick to them. I like to tweak the recipes and make them my own.  I think that is the best part about cooking or enjoying anything…you figure out what …

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In The Kitchen {Salmon Summer Salad}

One of the things I look forward to each weekend is having more time to prepare a meal. I have the time to make a dessert with the kids, let the pizza dough rise or just put more attention into what we are making. This salmon salad is one of my favorites because all of the layers of flavors. This is the perfect summer meal! Salmon Summer Salad 4 Salmon Filets 4 tbsp Grape Seed Oil 2tbsp Olive Oil 4 …

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Don’t Be Afraid {Grilled Artichoke Hearts}

One of my favorite foods in the world is grilled artichoke hearts. If you have never cooked with them before they can be pretty intimating but I am hoping that by the end of this post you will give them a try. So many people don’t know how to cook them so when we cook them for friends they give us way too much credit for being the most amazing hosts in history. Maybe they just had a few too …

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Kitchen Remodel Phase One {My Computer Desk}

Thank you for your comments about the new shelving.  We love how it opens the space and allows me to share more art and part of my ironstone collection. All of our day to day dishes are still in the cabinets and easier for the kids to reach. Another smaller project that we just recently finished was tearing out the original built in desk in our kitchen and replacing it with a desk that we already had. We tore out …

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Kitchen Remodel Phase One {Open Shelving}

We built our home 11 years ago and we are just getting to things that we thought we would do right away. I am now so grateful that we didn’t make the changes earlier and spend the money for the upgrades earlier because I think I would be wanting to rip them out now. One of the biggest upgrades to our home was the cherry floors we added and the cherry cabinets. The cherry floors have always added so much …

I Think It Is Time To Bring Cocktail Hour Back…

You may tell me that cocktail hour never went away. Your home has probably been a little more happening than mine I may have to add. I was just telling Kelly that we need to have cocktail hour on the front porch this coming summer. I don’t know if I was more excited about cocktail hour or summer. My number one muse for all things domestic and fabulous is my dear friend Alexis. She makes everything look cooler than anyone …

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Made From Scratch {Gluten Free Carrot Cake}

Like many Americans we have gone gluten free {at least two out of five}. The rest of the family has easily adjusted to our diet. I have been gluten free for the past 11 months.  Hard to believe how quickly that time has gone. You can eat gluten free and still eat very unhealthy. My health journey has led me to find gluten alternatives that have the most health benefit as possible. I am a huge fan of cooking with …

Inspired {What Katie Ate}

About a month ago my friend Kim shared a website with me that I had never seen. What Katie Ate is a foodie blog by Katie Quinn Davies. From the moment I saw it I was mesmerized. In fact, I wanted to live in the blog and perhaps roll around naked in a few of the recipes. I do not regulary photograph food…but the way she stages and photographs will inspire you no matter what you love to shoot through …

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The Roundup | Beauty Found on the Internet this Week!

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is there if you have your eyes open to it. Sometimes it will be the little things like the sweet change of season happening here in Colorado, the smell of the plants at the nursery this time of year when everyone is beyond ready to play in the garden, the piano being played in our home, an unexpected gift from a friend and even beauty found on the internet given by …

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A Free Art Video | Value Mapping with Debbie Miller

  Value Mapping with Debbie Miller A New Free Art Video   Join Debbie in this free lesson from her first course on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network.   If you love teacups and coffee mugs, love the idea of art as storytelling, and feel inspired when you let yourself reflect on the sacredness of ordinary things, then this painting course is for you.   I hope you have the best time this weekend creating!      

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Free Stitching Series | Embroidery Supply List and Sources

    Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite techniques for stitching faces over on the JO Creative Community page. Each Monday at 2pm MT I will share a different technique and I can not wait to see what YOU create! Stitching faces has become one of my most favorite ways to create and relax. The best part about stitching for me is that it allows me to create without going into my studio. …

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Stitched Faces | Free Tutorials over on the JO Creative Community

Over the next three weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite techniques for stitching faces over on the JO Creative Community page. Each Monday at 2pm I will share a different technique and I can not wait to see what YOU create! Stitching faces has become one of my most favorite ways to create and relax. The best part about stitching for me is that it allows me to create without going into my studio. I can still …

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French Picnic Baskets | Shopping Guide

    Thank you for the beautiful response to the French Picnic Basket video! I loved all of the comments, emails and private messages about the video and also your memories of being at one of our live workshops and enjoying the picnic yourself. Knowing how much beauty means to you always inspires me to never be ashamed that I love things a certain way and it is one of the ways I show how much I care about you …

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Start Where You Are With What You Have | The Art of Gathering

  Over the past 13 + years we have gathered others through live workshops here in the United States and abroad. Whether we have been leading a group making art along the Seine, taking a bike ride through the vineyards of Austria, baking croissants in Paris or opening the doors to our own home, land and studio…gathering has been at the heart of our business and life. We started workshops very simply in local shops and by moving furniture around …

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How We Started Live Workshops | The Art of Gathering

This post was originally shared on May 29, 2013. I never want you to look at where we are now with our business, art or live workshop etc. and not see where we started. I am the biggest believer in starting where we are with what we have! I KNOW that has been the “secret” to growing my gifts, art, and business and it the “secret” to growing yours!     This post was originally shared on May 29, 2013. …

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Make the Ordinary Beautiful | Watch the Video

  Join me in this next video where I talk about little ways to bring beauty to the ordinary in a live workshop.   I am loving hearing from you in the comments and all of your excitement and feedback about our previous videos about our French Picnic Baskets and our Live Workshop Checklists.     Over the past 13 + years we have gathered others through live workshops here in the United States and abroad. Whether we have been …

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Instant Access | Gathered Inspiration Boards with Jeanne Oliver

I am a gatherer. I gather vintage papers, photographs, leftover bits of my own work, words from magazines, color palettes that inspire, foraged finds and composition ideas wherever I can find them. I often use these gathered pieces in my new works but first they often find themselves layered on my studio wall. With simple artist’s tape I begin layering all of the little bits of beauty that I have found. This is how I document ideas, new classes, the …

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Push Past The Ugly | Beauty is Around the Corner

  *Originally published early in our business but such a good reminder I wanted to share again*     One of the hardest things is pushing past the ugly. When we are doing something new or something out of our comfort zone there is often the ugly/hard that accompanies it. I am the biggest cheerleader of my children to practice, try again and push beyond…it can be harder when it comes to me. Have you ever had a hard patch …

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Three More Stencil Idea Videos

Have you wanted to create portraits in your work or art journals? Have you wanted the process to feel easy, fun and even relaxing? Maybe you just want some new inspiration and some new lines to get you started? I am so excited to tell you about my brand new stencils from Stencil Girl Products and how this new tool can say YES to each of the questions above. Last year I was approached by Mary Beth Shaw of Stencil …

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Sketchbook Revival Online Workshop 2021 | A Free Workshop and I am an Instructor

  Imagine waking up every day brimming with ideas, excitement and confidence to open up your sketchbook and start creating, no matter what. The 4th annual Sketchbook Revival Online Workshop is about to start, and it’s all about making this vision a reality.   | Click HERE to join |     | Click HERE to join |   Consider it your invitation to sharpen your pencils, wipe off your palettes, pull out your sketchbooks, and get ready for a fresh start …

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A Brand New Free Art Video with Pam Carriker | Face Mapping

  We have just added a brand new FREE ART LESSON to our creative network!  Today we have released Face Mapping with Pam Carriker. This is a two part video (yes, both are included!) What better way to practice drawing and painting faces than by using the face you see reflecting back from you every day. By using your photo as a reference for mapping details, shading and highlights, a bit of you will shine through each drawing, even if you aren’t …

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My Brand New Stencils Are Here | Come Watch the Technique Video

Have you wanted to create portraits in your work or art journals? Have you wanted the process to feel easy, fun and even relaxing? Maybe you just want some new inspiration and some new lines to get you started? I am so excited to tell you about my brand new stencils from Stencil Girl Products and how this new tool can say YES to each of the questions above. Last year I was approached by Mary Beth Shaw of Stencil …

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Truth in Advance with Stephanie Lee | A Free Inspiration Video

I recently asked Stephanie Lee to be a part of the free Rhythms + Rituals | Finding Intentional Stillness During The In-Between. When her video came in and I was watching it for the first time, I had tears streaming down my face. Her gift of art, words and expressing emotion in whatever she does is one of her many gifts. Her video became a highlight of the whole course and the private messages I received about the impact her …

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My Current Watercolor Palettes | Get the names and links

  A few weeks ago in the JO Creative Community (I would love to have you join the free FB group)I shared the art supplies currently on my cart.  The stars of the show were my two watercolor palettes that are a custom combination of half pans from Ocean Paper and Wildthorne. I had so many requests wanting to know exactly what colors were in the palettes that I made a short video and then labeled each color for you. …

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Be Your Own Santa!

    It can be so easy to shop for those we have the same in common with but sometimes there are others that we love so much but shopping for them is just plain hard. You want to do something nice for someone you care about but you also want to give them something they will LOVE and USE! If you have a creative in your life (or someone that WANTS to learn to create) give them a JO …

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A Moment of Quiet

| Matches  |  Notepad  |  Mug  | Sage  | Blanket | “It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready” said Sarah Kay, poet and teller of the hard truth of the cold end of the year.  Do you feel that?  Like time is running out before you’ve had time to check the time?  I’ve found that during this season, finding time for myself, time to breath, is maybe more important than ever.  But I’ve also found that carving …

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Rhythms + Rituals | A New FREE Series

As we make our way closer to 2021 we want to offer a simple way to gather others that want to start the New Year with intention. With the division of this past year, financial uncertainty for many, and the reality of so many unknowns, I know that this time instead of feeling hopeful for the new year and what’s to come may feel more like the in-between. The waiting period. There were so many unexpected moments in my own …

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What I learned about Creative Business from Jeanne’s Podcast | By Jeremy Reeves of the Goodvoice Group

  In a letter dated October 22nd, 1882, Vincent Van Gogh said to his brother Theo, “the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, but is a succession of little things that are brought together.” And maybe we each know this intuitively, that what we achieve is always an amalgam of ideas, efforts, mistakes, and do-overs: little things all threaded together, forming something that if not yet great, is at least approaching greatness. A painting is a collection of all the …

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The Shop is Restocked!

    We have been busy getting all of your orders out! Thank you so much! I hope you can feel our love and thankfulness for your orders when you receive your thoughtfully wrapped treasures.  We just restocked some of your favorite items so if you missed them the first time we hope you can grab one now.     ⠀ This collection is all about the artist, supporting other artisans and using gorgeous pieces in our creative spaces.    …

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Framed Gallery Wrapped Prints | Jeanne Oliver Art for your Home

We have been wanting to take our gallery wrapped prints and make them even more special (and instantly ready to hang) by having them custom framed with poplar wood. We wanted to make art not only more affordable with the prints but to have the attention to detail with the framing that would make you so proud to hang these prints in your homes, studios and offices. For the first time we are offering large prints too that are to …

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The Artist Collection Launches Tomorrow

  The Artist Collection launches tomorrow!   ⠀ This collection is all about the artist, supporting other artisans and using gorgeous pieces in our creative spaces.  The collection is full of studio pottery pieces, new Living Studio Toolbox Art + Necessities Kits, vintage fabric studio bags and paintbrush wraps, artist smocks, bags, watercolor sets, vintage pieces and more. ⠀ This collection is also really special because we were able to collaborate with Mortar and Stone and Wildthorne to offer you …

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When Art Saved During the Pandemic

  What started as being an impulse to give away one whole course on our site ended up being four whole courses every other week until now during the quarantine.   Over that time we were able to give away over $650,000 in course content and we still can’t believe that number! After each course given away we heard story after story of how art was saving people from depression, loneliness, lack of money, direction and so much more. Your …

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Walking Decisions Out and Overcoming Fear | Part Two

You can read part one HERE. We had decided by that first night to take the gift of our new home, land, and studio and see if we could make a go at it without a net. We made this decision in early May and there was no net as of August 1, 2017. As the days of no net quickly approached I could feel the stress, anxiety, and pressure slowly creeping towards me. It wasn’t full and overpowering but …

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Our One Year Milestone and Walking Through Storms | Part One

    Last year on May 4, 2017, I was just wrapping up an all-day workshop in my studio with local teenagers. The teachers and students had just walked onto the bus when I started to walk back down our gravel driveway as I saw Kelly approaching me. He let me know that he had just received some shocking news and my first response (in total me style) was, “Does it have anything to do with money”? I don’t like …

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One-Day Art Workshop In Franklin, TN | Registration Open

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT*** The official launch date of my new book, The Painted Art Journal, is July 4th and because we were going to already be in Nashville and Franklin, TN at this time we decided to celebrate at our home away from home! We have been shown such overwhelming kindness in Tennessee and we are excited and humbled to tell you that Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse will be hosting my one-day art workshop on June 29th …

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May We Unravel and Grow Together | Happy New Year

  I have felt more quiet and reflective lately and at first, it was because I didn’t think I had anything to say. Quiet in words, actions, and even creativity. We have just come through one of the largest business projects to date, finishing my first book and transitioning our home and business to have Kelly working full-time with me. We have also had a very strange year of things outside of our family and it has left us tired …

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Hot Toddy Kits | Sharing Liquor With The Neighborhood

  We are surrounded by some pretty incredible neighbors but with all of the acreage between our homes, you have to go out of your way to connect and to see one another. That is probably why we are all out here and I would guess that most of us out here like having that privacy. Can you say introverts unite? I also think we are so lucky to have six incredible families that surround us that we get to …

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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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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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How Are You In The Waiting?

There is one place we are all at again and again in our lives. You would think with this much practice we would be so much more graceful handling it and learning from it. No matter your age or where you are at in your life we are constantly in a state of waiting. Waiting to grow up Waiting to leave home Waiting to love someone Waiting to figure out your calling Waiting to find the person to spend your …

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If you know me at all you know this makes me so happy!

It is pretty exciting to me to be asked to combine my love of art with my faith! There are few things that determine my day to day as much as my faith and the creativity that the Lord as placed in me. Those two factors have everything to do with how I make a home, raise my children, run a business, love my friends, open my home and grow my marriage. If you have taken any of my online …

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That One Time Our Home Was In a Commerical

Do you guys remember back in September when a production crew was in our house and backyard? We had people in our home and lights all over our backyard and our neighbors were wondering what the heck was going on! We were packing up the car to head out on our three week East Coast adventure and I didn’t even have much time to just enjoy watching the crew film. This was also right in the middle of all the …

It’s Just Another Music Monday {If We’re Honest}

I love music. Music is always playing around here, we break out into song at any given time and we have been known to make up a rap or two. I didn’t say it was pretty. Music is such a huge part of my life (and I am always sharing music I love anyways) that I thought I would sneak in some music posts from time to time. Not too long ago I was watching a friend go through a …

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This Girl Has Joy!

This girl is my skipping, twirling, back flip, humming, singing, smiling kid. She is the kind of kid that can get in trouble and within 5 minutes she will be in your lap kissing and hugging on you. She hugs, kisses, loves and compliments so much each day. {Except when it comes to her younger brother. THAT is a whole different post} She is my only girl and she is this incredible blend of girly girl and athlete. She likes …

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I Want To Try Something a Little Different {and I need your help}

Hello! I wanted to do something a little different and I will need your help. Jennifer Rizzo and I want to do a recorded interview style video where we take turns answering your questions about business and following your passions. I am heading out of town today to teach at an art retreat on Bainbridge Island but I will be back later this week and hope to get this interview up next week! What I need from you… *Please leave …

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Garden Inspiration {Summer, I am ready for you}

I don’t know about you guys but I am just ready for warm evenings, days at the pool, dinner outside and for my yard to be finally green again. Can I hear an Amen? When you still have possibilities of snow and your yard is begging for a little TLC the best cure is Pinterest. Here is a little garden inspiration to hold us all over! {Source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} For more garden inspiration I …

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Just a Peek {and all of the giveaway winners too}

I am so excited that today is finally here! There has been so much excitement around Danielle Donaldson’s new online watercolor course that begins today. The best part about her class is that this one week class is instantly available today. Here is a peek into all of the beautiful projects in Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows… Come and join in on all of the creative fun! This is a one week class with everything instantly available …

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Our Stories Have Worth {Hope Spoken}

It has been a week since I came home from Hope Spoken and I still feel like I haven’t had enough time or enough silence to really process the whole thing. I went to support my friend Shannan, hear her speak and spend time with other friends. When I wrote Danielle recently about the weekend I was honest that I had mediocre expectations. I am sure that is what every person putting together an event loves to hear:-) {Don’t worry…I …

Prepare Your Heart

I had intended on sharing some house updates and the crazy photos of our renovation. That WAS the plan. This morning as I was lying in bed, slowly trying to wake up and reading the news of the day I saw this quote on Toby Mac’s FB wall. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.” ? A.W. Tozer …

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These Girls Are On Fire!

It is best thing EVER to see people you adore creating beauty for themselves and others. I have known Becky for five years and I have watched her go from blogging to making art to creating a whole business around creative cuffs! I have a few of her cuffs myself and we bought a special one for our Maddy for Christmas this year. Old leather belts, hand stamped metal and words that mean something to your heart…what is not to …

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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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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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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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Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup | Our kids LOVE these

I am pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin so when fall comes around we turn to some of our pumpkin favorites. Pumpkin pancakes with apple cider syrup is a fall staple for as long as I can remember. THIS is the recipe that the kids ask for on special occasions and especially during the fall. We made ours gluten free but tweak it anyway you want to make it your own. We hope you love them as much as we …

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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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Fall Favorites | Celina Baldwin

This is our last fall favorites post but we will continue fun fall inspiration up to Thanksgiving. Today Celina Baldwin is sharing her fall favs. Celina is the newest member of our creative team and she is handling our branding and admin work. She is a breath of fresh air and is a miracle worker helping us get organized and staying on top of deadlines. We already can’t live without her! Serious! 1. I actually got mine at the Toms …

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Fall Favorites | Jen Wagner

Happy Saturday! We are back with more fall favorites and today they are shared by Jen Wagner. Jen is a member of our creative team and she is responsible for our logos, graphics, hand lettering, website and so much more! We kind of love her. A lot!  She makes us look good! Jen also have awesome taste so check out her favorites.     There’s something about fall that just stops me in my tracks and forces me to breathe in …

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Gather | A Holiday Tea

  I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving. I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe. Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier. I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing. I love the …

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How To Create Inviting Outdoor Spaces This Fall

  What is not to love about a holiday all about family, friends, good food and just being together!? If you live where it is warm enough to still entertain outside I highly recommend it this Thanksgiving. Being outside is unexpected for dinner parties and it really brings new energy into your gatherings. I wanted to share how to bring our own fall tablescape together by using as an example of a tablescape I designed in our last home. 1. …

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Pumpkin Spice Latte | Fall is Here

It is November 1st and that is the beginning of the holidays in my book. I have already started planning with our family what they want to do for Thanksgiving, I may have bought a ton of wrapping paper at Target today, the fireplace is on and the weather is finally embracing my love of sweaters! November and December is such a sweet time to intentionally make space in your heart and home to welcome others into your space. I …

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Modern Farmhouse Bedroom {Simple + Christmas}

The weather is getting cooler and I can’t help but want to fluff our home, bring out the comfy blankets, put music on and have something simple and yummy on the stove. The holidays are around the corner and I like to keep things simple but cozy and welcoming. I want more than anything for family and friends to feel loved when they are in our home. I love simple and natural in our decorating and I love to add …

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Last 24 Hours to Get the Early Registration Price for Modern Bohemian Jewelry and Feel Home!

I know that one of your favorite courses that we offer on our creative network is anything with home! Being creative and creating a comfortable and beautiful space is at the heart of many of us (and even more desire to know how). But where do we begin? How do we make decisions that truly reflect our heart, style, lifestyle and budget? How do design spaces today that we will be happy with tomorrow? I am honored to share that …

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Modern Farmhouse Fall Porch

I have had the best time sharing our home dressed up for fall! I have felt so honored to be included in Ella Claire’s Farmhouse Holiday Series and each week I have been blow away by the beauty and warmth that the other bloggers bring to their homes. This week it is all about sharing your porch for fall but we have a pretty small front porch in this home SO we wanted to show you our deck dressed up …

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A Free Chalkboard Art Video!

Good Morning! We are busy around here finishing up all of the videos for Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes that will begin next week. Stay tuned for some sneak peeks that are coming very soon!  I hope you will be joining me.   You can watch the course trailer HERE. I wanted to let you know that we have just added a free Chalkboard Art video (you know how we like to give you those!).  Come on over …

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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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Let It Fall

Sunday morning we woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground. This was a stark contrast to the previous day when I had gone running in 60 degree weather. As the morning went on the snow came down harder and it was changing our little town into a winter wonderland. In the afternoon I met up with my friend Jenny and Shamanie at the only restaurant open on Sunday in downtown Castle Rock (Dream Pastries). As the …

I didn’t forget {I Swear}

…I just got distracted! I carry my camera everywhere. I take photos everyday. Last year I was really good (for awhile) posting photos on my photo blog and then life. just. got. busy. So…..I will TRY to do better. I can not promise. Try. So, I would love for you to join me at the photo blog. I would also love for you to share your link with us if you have a photo blog. {The best part about having …

Round Two

I couldn't help it! I kept on thinking of all the other little things that I knew you guys would love that would be affordable for gift giving. So, here is my second…and LAST…list of favorite things.  Promise. Who am I kidding…I could have another one on Friday. Without further ado…here is round two (a bit shorter..but just as sweet).  1. I know I mentioned Mindy Gledhill last time but this time I am just putting music in general on …

Being Realistic

Have you ever watched Oprah's Favorite Things episode? I am sure you have! I remember when Jack was a baby and rushing home with one of my best friends (along with her baby) so we could watch it. I have to say that 10 years ago the episodes were a little more affordable. I hadn't watched one in years and this year I made sure I did. I have to say that I wouldn't have wanted much on her list …

Over Here Typing

I am one of the guest bloggers that you will find over at the Flea Market Style blog over the next few months. If you are a fan of Flea Market Style Magazine (the first one blew me away) you will want to become a follower of the blog too. Head on over and tell me what vintage find is your favorite to add to photos!  

The Last Glimpse of Fall

All the leaves are gone now. The beautiful colors of fall have now led to our first snow. I was recently asked to take some family photos of our neighbors.   We were lucky enough to catch some of the last colors of fall in this shoot. (He posed himself…how cute is that?? What a little man) What is truly special about this family is that they are two families coming together to create a new one. These photos are …

Scouting It Out {With My Sidekick}

  Last week Benjamin and I took a little walk to scout out a location for a family photo shoot I was doing.   Sometimes I don't realize how little time Kelly and I get alone with each of them. When we have that time alone with one of the children I love it.   I think you see more of who they REALLY are when they are alone with you.   I always walk away from times like this …

Miracles Do Exist

I am not one to read the directions or manuals for ANYTHING.  If I can't figure it out…I find someone that can.  I may have only married for this reason.  That and dishes up in really high cabinets.  Moving on…I need a man.  It is sad and pathetic, but I don't want to put furniture together, install software on my computer, figure out the espresso maker for the first time…you see where I am heading.  I am a directions loser.  …

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Can you Really Thrive as an Artist Right Now?

  All over the world, artists have been affected by this global pandemic. Some are thriving, many are struggling but most every Christian artist is asking: what is God saying, what does all this mean for me now and how do I move forward in strength during this next season?   Thankfully, God is always speaking and desires that we prosper in every season.     If you’ve been wanting to know how you can prosper as an artist during this …

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A Video of What is Inside our Entertaining Cabinets and Favorite Sources!

Last weekend I finally got around to cleaning out our laundry room and organizing our entertaining cabinets. That room had been a dumping ground since Christmas and with workshops (hopefully) starting back up again late June I knew it was time to tackle it. It was fun to share the process in IG stories over the weekend and after it was organized I made a quick video below answering some of the MANY questions that came during my clean out. …

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Two New Prints In The Shop!

    I am so excited to offer two brand new prints from original art created for my book The Painted Art Journal. Class Photo was inspired by a vintage school photo and the original was created with acrylic paint, graphite, charcoal, Stabilo and image transfers. Breathe in the Peace, Blow out the Butterflies was inspired by my childhood… When Jeanne was sick as a little girl her mom would tell her to breath in health and healing and blow …

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Eyes Wide Open | Finally Available as a Print!

  I am so excited to offer Eyes Wide Open as a print. This piece means so much to me and was created during a time when I desperately wanted to have my heart and mind open to the world around me, not to turn from things I don’t understand and to see so deeply that we are all connected. This piece was originally created on canvas with acrylic paint, charcoal, ink, graphite, stabilo and vintage ephemera. You can purchase …

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Semi-Annual 50% Off Sale | Art + Lifestyle Online Workshops

We only do this twice a year and this will not happen again until Summer! For the next 48 hours we are having our Semi Annual 50% off Online Class Sale! USE CODE: JO50 This is the perfect time to stock up on all of those online classes that you have been dreaming about taking. We have so many courses that are on sale for the first time!   Our creative network has some of the most incredible artists around …

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Happy New Year | Let’s Build Together!

  I would just like to encourage you this first day of 2020 to claim whatever “land” you have and to “build” upon it. Whatever you currently have is enough! So often we are in a hurry for what is next that we can forget that where we lay out head right now has potential and promise. If you have an apartment, rent a room in a home, townhome, small home, live in suburbia, or have 100 acres. Name it, honor …

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Ten Things That Defined This Decade In My Life + Business

    1. All of the things that made me weird growing up are now the things that make our life and business. I was the kid making up plays, gathering the neighbors, writing poetry under a tree (no one needs to read those), writing songs, designing clothing and randomly calling the airlines to see how much it would cost to fly to California. Being a creative kid in a small rural town can be hard. Sports were king and …

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A Brand New Facebook Creative Community | It Will Be More Beautiful With YOU!

    We just created one place on Facebook for you to share your work from any class or what you are working on yourself, travel, favorite exhibits from around the world, the best live workshop you just attended, the book you are reading you HAVE to share or an article that you know other creatives will want to read too! We hope this a place where all things creative get shared! Come on over and join our Facebook Creative …

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City Farmhouse | California and Montauk Collection (swoon)

It is not often that you have an up-close and intimate look at the journey of a person, business and brand. We often watch things from afar and wonder what brought them to a place or we stand in awe of what they have accomplished without knowing the backstory. Thirteen years ago I lived in the same neighborhood as Jen O’Brien of City Farmhouse. This is the time when blogging was huge and we were both getting our feet wet …

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12th Year In Business Anniversary Sale! | 40% Off One Course!

  Twelve years ago I had a one, five and seven year old and once they were in bed each night I would create until the early hours in the morning. I look back now on those nights and know that those hours to myself to create and finding time no matter the exhaustion the next day was what brought my creativity back to life. It all started with home, gathering, making handmade journals, and altered letters and frames. The …

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Registration Closes Tomorrow! | Live Business Workshop Palm Springs

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! It took me most of my life to let that truth sink in and your business is the same way! Your business needs your gifts, your passions and your story to be set apart! If you are ready to take your business and dreams to the next level then I hope you will join me this coming January for my next live business workshop in Palm Springs, CA! (for those that …

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Where to Sleep, Eat, and Shop In Round Top, Texas

This fall I was in Round Top, Texas during antiques week to teach an art class, speak at an event and for two book signings. I have wanted to come to antiques week for years and with the beautiful invitations from Tara Royer Steele and Holly Kuhn I was eagerly packing my bags and leaving room for vintage treasures. I had so many questions about where we shopped, ate and stayed that I wanted to do a fun post sharing …

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Give Thanks! Black Friday in the Shop!

We hope you had the most wonderful Thanksgiving. Whether your day was quiet or you had a house full, our hope is that you remember how much you are loved and how thankful we are for you. For the next three days everything in our online shop is 30% off! Use code GIVETHANKS at checkout. Whether you are looking for art supplies, vintage fabric handbags, jewelry, art or a vintage find…come on over! We will get it wrapped up right …

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The Roots & Wings Collection | It Has Launched and A Giveaway!

  **Thank you for your beautiful response to our new collection! We still have so many gorgeous pieces available and we can’t wait to wrap something up for you. The winner of the $500 gift card to our shop is Cheri Dietzman. Congratulations! Please email us at contact@jeanneoliver.com with your information and we will get you all set up! Thank you to everyone that shared, shopped and loved on the collection! Cheri Dietzman Wow! What an amazing collection! So glad I took …

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Creatively Made Business | Palm Springs Retreat

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! If you are ready to create a life and business that looks like no one else then it is time to see all of your gifts with fresh eyes. This past March we held our first live business workshop here at our studio and it was more than I could have EVER imagined. The women, the businesses, the dreams, the struggles, the connections and how they left ON FIRE! I …

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Walking Decisions Out and Overcoming Fear | Part Two

You can read part one HERE. We had decided by that first night to take the gift of our new home, land, and studio and see if we could make a go at it without a net. We made this decision in early May and there was no net as of August 1, 2017. As the days of no net quickly approached I could feel the stress, anxiety, and pressure slowly creeping towards me. It wasn’t full and overpowering but …

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Our One Year Milestone and Walking Through Storms | Part One

    Last year on May 4, 2017, I was just wrapping up an all-day workshop in my studio with local teenagers. The teachers and students had just walked onto the bus when I started to walk back down our gravel driveway as I saw Kelly approaching me. He let me know that he had just received some shocking news and my first response (in total me style) was, “Does it have anything to do with money”? I don’t like …

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One Day Art Workshop in Round Top, Texas | Registration Open

The official launch date of my new book, The Painted Art Journal, was July 4th and we have been celebrating ever since. It has been the most amazing experience to see how you are connecting with the book and the impact it is having on your own story within your art! Your take on the projects is so inspiring! We are so excited to announce that we have some of the sweetest friends in Round Top, Texas and they have asked …

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Shop Sale! | Bags, Jewelry and More

We are getting ready for our next product launch and that means we have just marked down almost everything in our online shop!  We have marked down bags, jewelry and more. Some items have been marked down 50%. No coupon needed! Just come on over and everything is already marked down. We will launch our new products within the next few weeks and we can’t wait to show you the gorgeous artisan products that we have gathered.      

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Spring Cleaning | 30% Off Shop Sale

We are getting ready for all of our new spring goodies for the shop and we are doing a little bit of spring cleaning to make room! For the next 48 hours, you can get 30% off any one item in the shop! This is the most perfect time to get one of our art bags! Just use code SPRING30 at checkout! *This sale does not include online courses, workshops or gift cards.

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We ADORE You! | 30% Off Shop Sale

  We are so thankful for our all of the people that make our studio, creative network and shop a success. We absolutely adore you and appreciate each one of you so much! For the next 24 hours, we are offering 30% off any ONE item in our shop! That means art, jewelry, clothing, art supplies, BAGS…any one item! Use code ADOREU at checkout. Happy Valentine’s Day! Jeanne and Kelly *This sale does not apply to online courses

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New In The Shop!

I wanted to let you know that we have added some new artisan pieces to the shop. We are honored that potter Erin Clemmons has created gorgeous custom smudge pots and pendants just for us.  We also have fun leather cuffs that we found while we were in Joshua Tree a few weeks ago and jeweler Jodi Morris created the most beautiful skull necklaces for the shop. We also have three new leather earrings from Found Leather Goods. Come on …

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An Art Bag and Art Gift Certificate Giveaway | Celebrating A Brand New Course On Our New Site

  ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** The winners of the art bags and the art gift certificates are… Sara Torbett What an amazing giveaway! My most favorite place to wander is my farm. I am a stay-at-home mama to three little ones so my travels aren’t as far as I may dream about. Instead, my motto is to find the rosy in the routine. I love to slip outside with my Nikon in the cool of the morning and then …

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Come and Get Your Free Course | Art of Home

We have members from all over the world and like never before we see each other and can relate on a whole new level. I wish it wouldn’t have taken this pandemic but I am thankful for all of the ways I am seeing people reach out, encourage, give what they can and to spread joy.  While we are all spending more time at home on lockdown we wanted to make sure you have some creating to do. Each week …

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Wrapping Up Your Gifts | French Linen, Feathers, Moroccan Bells and Pine

    Wrapping up gifts for those that I love is half of the fun of giving. This year I am wrapping gifts in vintage French linens but you could also use yardage of any fabric you have on hand or use vintage linens. Vintage napkins are very generous in size and will be large enough for most small to medium sized gifts. I wanted to share my sources for the gift wrap materials I used in our latest Holiday …

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Shop Our Home | Favorites From Our Holiday Home Tour!

  We loved sharing our home dressed up for Christmas and your feedback is always the sweetest.  We always get so many questions about our home, how we decorate and how to create a home that looks modern but feels cozy at the same time. I think creating home is a gradual and beautiful process but I think there are some key elements that bring that cozy and modern feeling together. We have gathered some of our favorite things from …

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2019 Holiday Housewalk

  I have been fortunate enough to be a part of Jen Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk almost as long as I have been blogging. It is the sweetest honor to be asked again to share our home along with so many incredible design and DIY bloggers! I am an artist, business owner and homeschool mom so I am usually capturing our home with my phone. I dusted off the real camera for this post and I can’t wait to check out …

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All Home Online Courses On Sale | Just In Time For The Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here and for many this is the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. The day after Thanksgiving we go as a family to get our tree and each year the decorations get simpler and the meaning of the holiday becomes more known. We open our home more than every before and we are learning that gathering others is one of the sweetest ways to love others around us. We would like to offer you 40% off …

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Guest Basket | Your Guests Will Feel Loved On!

    Opening our doors and loving on those in our lives is such a sweet gift. The more I gather the more I learn how important it is and that so many just want to be invited. Invited into community and authentic relationship and the joy that comes from that. The holidays are right around the corner and one thing we do in our home for company is to place a guest basket in the room where they are …

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City Farmhouse | California and Montauk Collection (swoon)

It is not often that you have an up-close and intimate look at the journey of a person, business and brand. We often watch things from afar and wonder what brought them to a place or we stand in awe of what they have accomplished without knowing the backstory. Thirteen years ago I lived in the same neighborhood as Jen O’Brien of City Farmhouse. This is the time when blogging was huge and we were both getting our feet wet …

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Registration Closes Tomorrow! | Live Business Workshop Palm Springs

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! It took me most of my life to let that truth sink in and your business is the same way! Your business needs your gifts, your passions and your story to be set apart! If you are ready to take your business and dreams to the next level then I hope you will join me this coming January for my next live business workshop in Palm Springs, CA! (for those that …

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Holiday Housewalk | 2018

Thank you Jen Rizzo for inviting me year after year to be included with some of the most talented men and women I know in your gorgeous holiday housewalk. Thank you for allowing this artist that loves home so much to hang out with all of these design and DIY bloggers that make creating home an art. Guys, I have been a part of Jen’s housewalk since the beginning! That means this is my eighth year! So crazy and fun …

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Gift Giving Guide | 2018

Each year I love sharing some of the products that I am loving in my own life and I believe in supporting other small business owners and giving these products as gifts too!  This is why it is so important to small business owners like me that when you love our products you share with your friends and family. You sharing is the best thing you can do to bless us. Here are some of the products and small business …

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The Roots & Wings Collection | It Has Launched and A Giveaway!

  **Thank you for your beautiful response to our new collection! We still have so many gorgeous pieces available and we can’t wait to wrap something up for you. The winner of the $500 gift card to our shop is Cheri Dietzman. Congratulations! Please email us at contact@jeanneoliver.com with your information and we will get you all set up! Thank you to everyone that shared, shopped and loved on the collection! Cheri Dietzman Wow! What an amazing collection! So glad I took …

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The Fall Art Garden | Seasons Of Home Porch Tour

Welcome to the Seasons of Home porch tour hosted by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. We have more land than porch so we are mixing the two and we are so glad you are here! When we were first looking at our home it was in the middle of winter and the land was covered in snow. Of the seven acres only a small side garden was fenced in but with its stone raised garden beds, trees and two gates …

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We ADORE You! | 30% Off Shop Sale

  We are so thankful for our all of the people that make our studio, creative network and shop a success. We absolutely adore you and appreciate each one of you so much! For the next 24 hours, we are offering 30% off any ONE item in our shop! That means art, jewelry, clothing, art supplies, BAGS…any one item! Use code ADOREU at checkout. Happy Valentine’s Day! Jeanne and Kelly *This sale does not apply to online courses

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New In The Shop!

I wanted to let you know that we have added some new artisan pieces to the shop. We are honored that potter Erin Clemmons has created gorgeous custom smudge pots and pendants just for us.  We also have fun leather cuffs that we found while we were in Joshua Tree a few weeks ago and jeweler Jodi Morris created the most beautiful skull necklaces for the shop. We also have three new leather earrings from Found Leather Goods. Come on …

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Hot Toddy Kits | Sharing Liquor With The Neighborhood

  We are surrounded by some pretty incredible neighbors but with all of the acreage between our homes, you have to go out of your way to connect and to see one another. That is probably why we are all out here and I would guess that most of us out here like having that privacy. Can you say introverts unite? I also think we are so lucky to have six incredible families that surround us that we get to …

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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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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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Documented Life Project FREE Video 2016 |All About the Gold!

I am so honored to be back as a featured artist with the Documented Life Project 2016. I would like to give a little full discloser that I obviously don’t read instructions and I totally missed my assignment. For real! It is midnight here and I am seeing for the first time that it was suppose to be simple and small. This is awkward. My husband does all of my video edits, uploading etc. so you can imagine his eye rolling just …

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The Living Studio Toolbox Studios | For Sale In The Shop

***SOLD OUT*** More will be coming in the January 2017 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. I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in …

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The Living Studio {With Dina Wakley}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series! The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go. Dina Wakley is our guest artist this month and sharing what the Living Studio means to her! Dina will be sharing how to make your own handmade art journal!  Come on over! Here are some of the places you can learn from Dina…   I am a mixed-media artist and teacher. I …

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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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Studio Video Under Construction {first look at our new studio}

Hello Everyone! Our new doors just went in the new studio today and I thought it was the perfect time to give you a first look at our under construction studio! Hopefully, we will be painting the walls this weekend and the cedar planks will go up on the ceiling next week. We are getting there but still soooo much work to do! Thanks so much for looking and cheering us on!

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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 Video Series {With Kate Thompson}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series! The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go. Kate Thompson is our guest artist this month and sharing what the Living Studio means to her! Kate will be sharing how to create substrates using plaster, stencils and lace! Here is a little more about Kate and where you can learn from her… I have always been a creative person, studied …

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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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The Living Studio Video Series {With Gillian Lee Smith}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series! The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go. Gillian Lee Smith is our guest artist this month and sharing what the Living Studio means to her! You will NOT want to miss this inspiring and beautiful look into Gillian’s life and practice. Here are some of the places you can learn from Gillian… A Moment in Time Scotland Retreat – …

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The Living Studio Video Series {With Jane Davenport}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series! The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go. The first video of 2016 is with the amazing Jane Davenport! Jane “Danger” Davenport is an internationally recognized and licensed artist, best-selling author, prize-winning photographer and popular workshop instructor. Jane started her creative career as a fashion illustrator and the evidence of her Parisian training lingers in her elongated figures and whimsically …

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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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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 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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A Still Heart and Loud Laughter {Part Two}

I can often be heard saying that I feel peace in the country and alive in the city. I have had multiple international trips where I have purposely chosen to spend time in both the city and countryside…and the combo is magic! My trip began in Gardenstown, Scotland in a tiny fishing village by the sea. I shared a peek into my time in a previous post. When it was time to say goodbye to the sea and our cab …

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The Living Studio Along the Danube {Prague, Vienna, Budapest and more}

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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The Living Studio Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that shared their excitement over the new Living Studio retreats and the online series coming soon! Thank you for also sharing the two new retreats coming up in 2015. I would love to explore and create with you in Savannah, Georgia or Normandy, France! The winner of The Living Studio giveaway of the portable art studio, all of the courses on my creative network and the $200 Dick Blick gift card is… lynda dunham-watkins commented: November …

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The Official Launch of The Living Studio {and a huge giveaway too}

I have been waiting to do an official launch of the new The Living Studio | City Art Walks Around The World retreats and online classes! This is almost two years in the making and it is beyond fun to finally see it coming together. I was waiting until I could do a huge giveaway and to also give you a hint at what will be coming in the new year. My heart behind The Living Studio is that we …

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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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The Living Studio Savannah, Georgia {come explore and create with me}

This past summer I was able to launch The Living Studio | City Art Walks Around The World in Bellagio, Italy. 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 …

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For Such a Time As This {You are included in the adventure}

This morning I went on an early morning jog real quick before I needed to make breakfast for Jack and Maddy. Jack started high school last week (he has homeschooled up until now) and Maddy is starting a new two day a week school program for homeschoolers (that is 30 minutes away). I will still be homeschooling Benjamin this year and he will continue to go to his one day a week enrichment school. I love early morning runs or …

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Catching the California Light {our recent trip to the sand and waves}

We just returned from two weeks in southern California and we are still adjusting to missing our friends and the ocean. Our trip was magical in so many ways and the friends we stayed with lavished us with open arms, good food, laughter and incredible adventures. After our time with friends we stayed a few days with Kelly’s family and then made our way to Santa Ana and Studio Cresendoh. I had two of the best days ever teaching and …

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Seattle {I laugh a lot with you}

**Today is the last day to get 50% off my online classes and to enter for all of the giveaways being offered on THIS post** {Did you know I hate to fly?} Seattle is one of my favorite places in this country. I don’t know if it is the mountains mixed with the green trees and the water or the artsy vibe that is everywhere I go. {A little plane sketching to keep my mind off how much I hate …

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The Living Studio {Lake Como}

**SOLD OUT** Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}? “I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind. Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it. I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the …

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San Miguel {and lessons learned from my friend}

If you are lucky enough you will find a friend that will deal with desperate phone calls and pleas to fly to Mexico to create art. If you are lucky. I wouldn’t have taken this trip without Alexis.  So glad I don’t know what it would have been like without her. If you have followed my blog you know that I always say that Alexis was the best treasure I ever brought back from France and it is so true. …

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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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Italy {Days Three and Four}

I mentioned in my last post that I didn’t sleep the whole night before I was to teach my first class in Bellagio. You can get really tired after teaching for hours anyway…but add no sleep and you can be in trouble fast:-) So, I knew my only choice was to get a good breakfast and pray. That is exactly what we did. The only place I knew I could get a gluten free and protein breakfast was at our …

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Italy {days one and two}

{all photos in this post were taken with my phone camera} Before I share anything I have to start here…. The fedora. I have begged Kelly to wear hats for years. I think he finally just felt sorry for me and how pathetic I look when I beg. It only took going to Italy to convince him to trust me:-) My mom came from Illinois to watch the kids for two weeks. Two. Weeks. She still was smiling when we …

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Introvert {extrovert}

{all photos from a recent trip with friends to wine country} I used to think I was an extrovert. What I am discovering is that I am an introvert (AKA hermit) and an occasional extrovert (AKA party animal). Every 2-4 months or so I will get together with friends here in the US. Sometimes it is for business (teaching a class etc) and sometimes just for fun. If you read my blog you might think I am extremely social, travel …

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Creating Along The Water {Washington is good for your soul}

I recently returned from teaching at Nurture Your Creative Seed. This was the first retreat of Serena Berry {and I am sure so many more will be coming}. I came in a day early to play with my good friends Lissa and Kim. We ate our way through the city {the best way to see any city} and I always love seeing their sweet faces in person. Lots of laughter binds me to women and both of these ladies have …

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