Call Me a Blabber Mouth {but there IS a giveaway}

I have so much to tell all of you this morning.

We had an amazing snow storm this weekend (2ft) and we all had so much fun playing in the snow.

We went sledding a few times, yummy hot cocoa was made and the boys made an awesome snow fort.

I love being home so being snowed in for a day or two doesn’t matter to me.

Now that the snow is melting I can move away from the sleds and tell you guys a few fun things.

First up is that we have some new things in the shop!

We have a new Sadie (made with vintage fabric), clutch (made with vintage fabric) and a spanking new infinity scarf (that looks AMAZING with the Audrey dress too}.

All the new items are limited edition.

All new items can be found in the SHOP.

Also, I am happy to tell you that we have more Natalie Camera Bags in stock!

This will be the LAST run of the bags.


Now that shop news is covered I can tell you about a wonderful book I read this weekend.

This weekend I gobbled up Courtney Walsh’s new book, A Sweethaven Summer.

It was sooo good and I got to bed around 1:30 am each night because I couldn’t put it down.

This is the first time that I have read a novel written by a friend.

It was a different experience and I was actually a little nervous as I was reading.

Nervous for Courtney. But I didn’t have any reason to be nervous for her….it is amazing and an incredible first novel.

I can’t wait for book two in the series to come out.

Come on Courtney….can’t a friend get an early copy?

This is so good that I want to give away a copy to one of my readers.

Leave a comment on THIS post and I will pick a winner later this week.


My friend, Teresa Sheeley, has an exciting new e-course starting on March 19th!

Registration has already begun.

Let me give you a little peek into the course.

Presented to you by:

Teresa Sheeley & Kayla Johnson


Making Something Beautiful is all about living your art dream.  If you ever had ideas or dreams of going off to art school and living the artsy life ~{ MSB} will give you that feel.   Our goal is to make this experience for you to be just like stepping into art school for the first time.  Even if you are an experienced artist this course will be fun and informational for you too, as well as the opportunity to give you inspiration plus let you give back some helpful advice to the class.

This course will focus on what you would find if you were going to art school.  Introduction to various tools of the trade; drawing, painting, color, technique and even art history.  Learning about tools, different paints, technique and color are such important aspects to any medium you are drawn to.  It’s good to know why things work the way they do and even where they originated from.  Having these skills will only enhance where you are in your life of art.

You will receive weekly videos of instruction and assignments.  We will offer all kinds of support through the Facebook page, Flickr sights and our one on one help.  We will strive to create a very artsy aesthetically pleasing community.


ART SALON:  Popularity of the art salon was originated in France beginning in the 1700’s.  The salons would exhibit pieces of art from floor to ceiling usually in someones home.  Many famous artists got there start participating in an art salon.  Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse just to name a few were very present during the art salon era.  Probably one of the most famous salons were in the home of Gertrude Stein in the early 1900’s.  


This is a FIVE – WEEK course.

Week 1:  Important drawing techniques and instruction.  Learning tools for drawing.  Introduction to different papers and how this all blends together to give you the best techniques. Learning about light source.

Week 2:  Nudes, figure drawing and complex shapes.  Grid drawing and thinking BIG!!  {Week 2 also will be your first critique week}.  **Critique is an option; if you would prefer not to join in this, no worries. More on critiquing later.

Week 3:  Still life – painting – intro to color, materials, oils & acrylics. Painting using just 3 colors.

Week 4:  Plein Air painting – Watercolor & gouache introduction and more. Mixed media. {Critique week}

Week 5:  ART SALON – The art salon will be a website set up for virtual touring of your work.  We will be encouraging you throughout the course to think of a final project that you would like to put in the show. You have the opportunity to sell your work; plus make the money back that you put into the course.  This is a great way for you to invite your family, friends and strangers to view  your work.

Doesn’t this sound amazing?

You can read more about Teresa and her daughter HERE.

The best part is that Teresa has generously offered to give one of YOU the gift of taking her class.

All you have to do is leave a comment in THIS post to be entered.

Thank you, Teresa!

I know that someone will LOVE your beautiful course.

I will be taking it and I hope you will join me.


I have to also tell you about this new workshop by Christy Tomlinson and the Guilded Girls!

They have a beautiful new workshop that is starting before Valentine’s Day but the projects will go way beyond the day of love.

You can find out more and sign up HERE.

This class is full of so many beautiful projects that you can make for yourself or give as gifts (the best kind of gifts if you ask me)


More more thing:-)

Kimberly Taylor and I started a fun photo series for the month of February.

We are capturing the lovely in our lives with our phone cameras.

We would LOVE for you to join us “Finding the Lovely”.

OK, that is it.  I swear.

Have a beautiful Monday and don’t forget to comment on THIS post for a chance to win a copy of A Sweethaven Summer and entry into the art workshop, Make Something Beautiful.

I am done.  Really.  I have nothing more. At all.  Nothing.

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  1. Christine N

    Oh, so many beautiful things in this post!!! I’ll be taking Christy and the Guilded Girls course and reading Courtney’s book (although I haven’t gotten it yet!). Would love a chance at the Art School class as well!!! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Lynda

    Beautiful new things Jeanne!!! Would love to win a spot in the class…will have to look into the book too…

  3. Nicole Marie

    The class looks amazing! It would be awesome to win a spot! Thank you for the chance to do so!!!

  4. Marilyn Johnson

    Thank you so much for the chance to win. I so want to take the class and I will read Courtney’s book! Thank you so much Jeanne. I am loving that scarf and the camera bag also!

  5. Vicki

    This all sounds amazing. count me in for ALL OF THE ABOVE! and I LOVE the new scarf and the yellow print bag! Your creations are so pretty… yay you!

  6. LuAnn Poteete

    Love a good book! My book club would love to host a new author! Loving your e-course also, thank you!

  7. Alissa

    such beautiful things…love the camera bag! i saw teresa’s post about this class on facebook…looked like a great time. will have to check on that book. thanks!

  8. Tracy S

    Would love a chance at a new book to read. My daughter gets so many compliments on her little girl ruffle bag – thank you for making pretties for girls too!

  9. Lynne B

    This is all so exciting, your shop, the book and the art class. My-O-My! It all sounds so amazing and such generosity. Count me in too! Thank You!

  10. Teresa Lee

    All of the new pieces are Beautiful! & this book looks really good! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  11. Dawn Blackstead

    I love reading your blog because you always have so much informative information and you are such very positive person. Love love love. I like to read and I would be so interested in reading this book….. Either way I will look for it:)
    I have to ask, is this your sister in some of your product photos? YOu two look so smiliar.

    Have a beautiful day.

  12. Janine

    Thanks for all the updates in workshop land LOL
    I’d even love to see weekly videos of you blabbering!
    I’d love to be a winner.


  13. Myu

    It’d be great to win a free copy of the book you liked but I would be out-of-the-world-delighted if I won a spot on Teresa’s art class – would make my life so much better! Thank you Teresa!

  14. Christa

    So many wonderful things! The book sounds wonderful and I love to find and support new authors. and Teresa’s art class sounds wonderful, challenging, a little scary in a good way, and just what a late-blooming aspiring artist needs. Count me in for both drawings! And may I just add that I am loving the Creatively Made class SO much!

  15. Gina

    Would love a chance to win. So much fun information – love your blog!
    Thanks! (fingers and toes crossed!)

  16. Bethany

    Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class. I’ve learned so much in Creatively Made, I want to keep on exploring…

  17. chasity

    oh wow….
    what a great way to start the week!
    i would love to read that book…
    her interview was fantastic.

    and i would LOVE to keep the creative art juice
    flowing with this upcoming course.

    sounds amazing!

    have a beautiful cozy winter day.

  18. Leah C

    The book sound wonderful…how exciting for Courtney!! And I’ve already signed up for A Gilded Valentine’s:) Now, I’m off to check out the new stuff!

  19. Lisa Cooper

    The art course looks wonderful. I have really regretted not taking art classes when I was in school. This looks like something that would be so. Helpful in my learning process as an artist. Thank you so much for the chance to win a spot.

  20. Bernice

    I would love to win a copy of Courtney’s book. I’ve been following her blog for a while and hearing the stories behind the editing and launch party.

  21. Leslie

    Oh how I would LOVE to win Courtney’s book. I have met Courtney once and we chat occasionally on FB. And though we have never chatted much in person I do consider her a friend…she is just so warm and open like that:) So CHOOSE ME!! And even if you don’t it’s on my list of things to buy:)

    I enjoyed your blog today…I tell you I find more sweet blogs through Courtney;)

  22. Christina

    Hi Jeanne,
    Maybe it’s because it’s Monday and I’m out of it, but where can I find the links that have been posted for the linky party? I would love to see what people have posted. Would also love the chance to win the book and spot in the class. Have a great week!

  23. Kara Rosenberry

    Hello Jeanne! The snow was lovely wasn’t it! I too didn’t mind leaving my house for almost two days and did some reading and movie watching. I would love to win that book or the class with Teresa— so pick me, pick me!

    Great new items in the shop too by the way!

  24. Donna P

    Eveything looks so wonderful!! I just discovered Courtney’s blog about a month agaon, love how she’s so open about her faith and life!!
    Thankyou for the chance!!
    Looks like you’re a busy lady, love what you do!!

  25. Stacy ~ Sweet Life Farm

    Love this post! Love the new things in the shop. This just might be the Sadie I have to own…and where might we find that sweet yellow striped sweater??? Thanks Jeanne, you are a gem! I would love a copy of Sweethaven Summer!!!

  26. Kelly

    I have recently found your blog and love it! lovely inspiration and wonderful to have some books to put on my wish list to read…what a delightful giveaway as well! thank you

  27. Lin

    Lots of pretty items. Look forward to reading Courtney’s book. (Love your music selections)

  28. jerikay

    so many lovely things in this post! thx for the intro to Courtney’s book & giveaway!

  29. Isabel Wagner

    I have signed up to take the course with Christy Tomlinson and the Guilded Girls–looking forward to another course with Christy! Thanks for the book recommendation and an opportunity to win a wonderful e-course. I live in Littleton and like you enjoyed the snow we had this past weekend…getting a little more tonight.

  30. Lesley St Clair

    Thanks for the chance to win a place on what looks like a fabulous course – would have loved to have gone go to Art School myself.

  31. {connie}

    can i just tell you how awesome you are. yes, YOU!! you are not only very talented, inpiring and caring but also very generous. you give so much back to others for us only loving and supporting you. yet, the biggest gift for me is…just knowing you and getting to say, i know that girl! i do not have a barnes and nobles close to me {over 3 1/2 hours away} yet yesterday before i left phoenix my eldest son {the one with special needs} really wanted this cd. we searched online and found out that b&n had it. we went there and i took a minute to look at the magazines. just drooled and thought how cool it was to just know that if i had more time i could sit and check out ALL those magazines. i didn’t though. so i just grabbed one that i thought would be a good read for on the drive home. guess what i picked? somerset life! yep, i got to tell my husband “i know that gal”. i felt honored and humbled at the same time. thanks jeanne for all you do. thanks for sharing your talent. thanks for being a friend. now off to read my magazine. i drove home so therefore, i couldn’t not read. xo

  32. Carolyn Carleton

    So many great things in this post. I would love to win anything! I love your design, I like the camera bag and the Sadie bag. I will have to sell a few things myself so I can purchase something!

  33. Erica

    Pick Me! Pick Me! I’d love to win! I’m on such a create roll since taking your class! I’d love to continue finding my gifts!

  34. Jeanne

    Thanks for all the newsy news about your shop and upcoming e-courses. I enjoyed Creatively Made so very much that I know that anything you recommend would be fabulous! Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to win Courtney’s book or the workshop.

  35. susan

    Whoa….my head is spinning from that post…so much goodness out there, isn’t there?! I would love to win the book or the fabulous workshop – in fact it begins the day before my 45th birthday…what a gift that would be : )

  36. pam

    Congratulations to Courtney on the book! You definitely had a lot on your mind! Good to get it all out isn’t it?

  37. Kelley

    Thanks Jeanne – I would love to win either giveaway – I just finished the creatively made course and would LOVE to continue on with Theresa’s e-course! Have a beautiful weekend!

  38. Vicki H. in Canada

    Wow, so many wonderful things in this post that I want to check out further (love ’em!)! 🙂 Thanks so much for the opportunities!

  39. gretchen

    oooo, a new book! I am a reader and it’s like a treasure to open up a new book. The art course would be a dream, so I do hope I am one of the lucky two who win! thanks for your very kind gifts~

  40. Amy

    I think I may need to check out the store. I see a few things that I would love. I’d also love to win either the book or the eclass. Thanks for the opportunity.

  41. Chrisanne Robertson

    Sending love from Wisconsin, where we FINALLY had some decent snowfalls…I am making Valentine’s today With my HUSBAND.
    We are BOTH inspired by YOU! God’s blessings & love this Valentine’s Day to you & your whole family…xo Chrisanne

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