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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 …

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Live Workshop Checklists | Video + Ebook

  Have you ever been to a restaurant and the ambiance was perfection, the candle on the table was flickering, the music was just right, the waiter suggested the best bottle of wine and the food was so good that you savored each bite? Have you ever then gone back to that same restaurant expectant of a special evening and everything from start to finish felt off and as if you had stepped into a different space than your previous …

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Live Workshop Schedule 2021 | Get on the waitlist and be the first to register!

We are excited to announce our live workshop schedule for this year. If you have attended our workshops in the past you will notice that we are offering less of them but I promise you that each one will still be filled with intention. This summer we will offer one art, one home and one business workshop and registration will open next week. We have had so many inquiries about the live workshops that we want to do something special …

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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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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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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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Get Spoiled!

Get spoiled!   Natural light filled studio, diving into your creativity for 2-3 days, being fed beautiful foods and being taken care of so you can just make, learning from some of your favorite artists and giving yourself the gift of creative immersion. This is the gift you give yourself when you come to the JO Studio for a live workshop!   Let this summer be the summer that you get spoiled! We are so excited to announce our full …

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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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Our Whole 2020 Live Studio Workshop Schedule | Just Announced!

When we bought this home and land almost four 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 2020 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.  Our schedule …

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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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My Journey In Morocco | The Sahara Part One

      You can read part one, two, three, four, five and six.   It was now time to pack up and say goodbye to Aistisfoul. Hadn’t we just arrived and unpacked all of our clothes and organized our art supplies? How was it already time to go?   We were about to head deep into the desert and it would be the adventure to the rest we had just experienced. We were told to only pack a few …

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My Journey In Morocco | Aitisfoul

    You can read part one, two, three, four and five. I am such a homebody so when we arrived at Aitisfoul I could feel my whole mind and body let out a huge exhale. Home. We were home for the next week.   |The patio off our room|   As we went to bed that first night we could hear the rain hitting the windows and rooftop and it was the most dreamy way to drift to sleep …

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My Journey In Morocco | Traveling Into The Desert Part Two

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four Waking up to farmland, green fields and distant palm trees. Each day of travel was truly a visual feast. Each mile out of Marrakech was bringing us closer and closer to our resting place that would be Aitisfoul.     As we were making our way to Aitisfoul (the home and Kasbah of Kamal and Michelle) we stopped at a vintage rug market. One thing that is hard to get used to …

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My Journey in Morocco | Traveling Into The Desert Part One

  Part One, Part Two, Part Three When I signed up for this adventure I signed up and paid and then just sat back. To be honest I didn’t do more than glance at the itinerary or any of the details. I know Michelle and I trusted her and part of what I was looking forward to was participating in this trip without having to work out all of the details. I trusted her eye, her taste and how she …

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My Journey In Morocco | Marrakech Part III

You can read Part One HERE. You can read Part Two HERE. The first full day in a new city usually is full of too much to take in and when you are as far away from home as Africa it means new languages, smells, sounds, textures, colors, social norms, clothing, and even worship. I had a hard time keeping up with the group that first day because I kept on noticing the little things. The tiles, the light against …

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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 …