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An Australian Wedding {Simple Beauty}

Few people know their style as clearly as Cathy Penton. Photos of her home will make you swoon! (Lucky you that she is one of the teachers in the new Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays}) I have been blessed by her friendship though blogging for many years now. She has carried my items in her shop and she has created custom pendants for my shop. Recently her beautiful daughter got married and Cathy  has been gracious enough to …

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A Brand New E-Course {and a giveaway too}

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Last fall I launched Creatively Made Home {creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living}.   I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home…..you, family and friends.   I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.   My heart was to create a course that encouraged women to open the doors of their home because of what was inside of them…not just what was …

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Go Get Your Power Tools {For The Love of Reclaimed Wood}

This Monday we will launch the last mini course in our summer series! Have you wanted to learn how to use the tools and supplies to create frames and signs? Are you itching to use power tools? If you have a love of creating something new out of something old…this course is for you. Join Melaine Thompson in For The Love of Reclaimed Wood. Here is a peek into the course… What do you do with leftover wood from a …

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You {Are Loved}

Music is such a daily part of life in our home. Whether it is coming from our phone, MP3 player, computer, turntable or CD player…music fills our home. I shared this song the last week of my The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes} course and after talking to a friend today I wanted to share it with all of you. You are loved. So, so loved. “Loved” by JJ Heller (Verse) Do you dream of a home …

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Watercolors and Flowers {and introduction to watercolor painting}

I know that so many of you have waited all summer for this summer course! I can understand your excitement because I can’t wait to learn from Courtney myself. Starting THIS Monday is Watercolors and Flowers {and introduction to watercolor painting}. I met Courtney a few years ago while attending ALT and connected with her immediately. She is so funny and her talent runs deep. She has been featured in some of the best magazines and she was even one …

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Thank you for celebrating the creative network with us! If you had been sitting on the fence about taking one of the e-courses…I hope the e-course sale got you off that fence:-) I loved hearing about all the ways you love to be creative on a daily basis. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a day can only be creative if you get your paints out. A creative day is… taking a walk with your kids making banana bread re-arranging …

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I Want To Celebrate With You! {Huge Giveaways and Sale}

Only 9 months ago we launched our new creative network jeanneoliver.ning.com. I hoped that we would have 2,000 members before January 2014. Here we are still five months away from 2014 and we have almost 6,000 members creating and connecting. MY HEART IS FULL! Thank you! I wish I could open up my home and backyard and we could all celebrate face to face. THAT is how I would prefer to thank you and celebrate the beauty of creating. It …

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The Basics of Beekeeping {begins on Monday}

The incredible men and women that are contributing to the summer series just blows me away! I feel like summer is just beginning and we have already had classes about fashion/beauty, photography, jewelry making, decorating/DIY and now beekeeping. I know so many people that are adding bees to their farms and urban gardens. I know nothing about bees (except that I love the honey and I am highly allergic:-)). I can’t wait to learn right along with you! I feel …

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Home Again {jiggity jig}

We are home from Italy and slowly adjusting to the time change. We missed our children so much (but not so much that we didn’t love our time alone). I always think the break away from them helps me to come home more focused on how I want to love on them even better. When we have a bit of separation I am able to see myself better and helps me to reevaluate how I spend my time and energy. …

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Let’s Play Dress Up {summer beauty and fashion}

I can not remember a time that I didn’t love and appreciate fashion. Whether I was watching an old black and white movie with my mom, reading the latest Vogue magazine or sketching my own creations…I have been a lover of fashion. When I was thinking what I wanted the summer series to include I knew I wanted it to include fashion and beauty. I purposely chose a person that was not a fashion blogger. I chose someone that loves …

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The Art of Seeing {a photography class}

Is is summer yet? Jack is still finishing up his math so I can’t officially call it summer until that boy wraps it up. Jack may not be done with his math but I am pretty excited to launch the first of many mini courses in my Creatively Made Home Summer Series! This coming Monday, June 17th, The Art of Seeing {a photography class} begins. Cathy Walters is an accomplished photographer (and our personal family photographer) and the instructor of …

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Creatively Made Home Summer Series {mini courses that will transform your summer}

Good morning! I have so much to share with you from the class I hosted this weekend. It was such a beautiful day watching Katie Kendrick create and I was amazed at all of the art the women created. Come back later this week to see photos of the weekend. Today I wanted to give you some sneaks into the brand new Creatively Made Home Summer Series. This is a series with mini courses throughout the summer. Short courses packed …

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Celebrate My Birthday With Me!

In celebration of my birthday weekend I am offering ALL currently running e-courses for only $18! I will be turning 26 on Sunday. What? In my head I am 26 so that has to count for something! This sale is only good for the next 48 hours so don’t wait. This sale includes Creatively Made Home, Creatively Made, Building a Creatively Made Business and The Journey of Letting Go! Every course is available for one full year from the date …

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Santos Cage Dolls {creating rustic beauty with paper, clay and wood}

I am so excited to tell you about the newest course that will be available on my creative network! Not only am I excited about the content but the teacher is one of my favorite people and she is one of the most amazing teachers! Jennifer Rizzo will be teaching Santos Cage Dolls {creating rustic beauty with paper, clay and wood}. This will be an in-depth course will all new material and videos made just for YOU!!! If you have …

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Week Four Sneak Peeks {The Journey of Letting Go}

It has been a busy month around here as we finish up our newest art course The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}. You can register by clicking HERE or going directly to our creative network HERE. Here are some of the peeks into the fourth week…. You will have access to all of the videos for one full year from the date of payment! The above peeks are the videos from week four only! This course is …

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You Ask {I Spill}

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

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Week Three Sneak Peek {Portraits, Watercolors and Paper Clay}

  I meant to get you all sneak peeks of week three of my art class on Friday. Obviously, that didn’t happen:-) Better late than never?? This week we are playing with ink, watercolors, paper clay, paints and charcoals (maybe some pastels are included too). Here is a peek… I am loving creating with everyone! There is still time to join us. You have access for one full year from the date of payment. I would love to have you …

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There is Room For All Of Us {Give It Away}

I don’t know who you surround yourself with but I hope they are your cheerleaders. I hope you have a network that you can turn to that shares, gives, lavishes. Lavishes. Pretty cool word if you ask me. A word to me that means abundance and overflowing. People email me daily thanking me for what I share in my courses and for giving so much information away. Let me tell you a secret…..it was never mine. I get beautiful emails …

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Week Two Sneak Peeks {The Journey of Letting Go}

Before we all head into the weekend I wanted to give you a sneak peek into week two of The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}. I have to be honest that I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this course. Truly. I didn’t really want to talk about this stuff. It is easy to talk about your homes, your gifts and art supplies. This felt different. Harder. I also didn’t want it to feel heavy or sad. …

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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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What Does Your Monday Look Like? {I know what I will be doing}

This Monday I will be launching my brand new art course The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}. I wanted to give you a peek into what the first week will hold. If you are brand new to mixed media or you have been playing for awhile I hope you will love this four week course. Our first week is focused on exploring mediums, textures, patterns and creating three different journals to record your thoughts and art. Each …

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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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Getting Past The Ugly

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 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 in your marriage.  Has it been hard? Ugly? Did you push past the ugly?  Did you get to other …

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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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Rambling on a Friday Afternoon

{Myer lemons arrived from a sweet friend.  My water has never tasted so good} What do I do when I have a million things I should be doing?? I write a blog post. I am amazing like that. Procrastination in all of its glory right here friends! {Do you ever have your child “freeze” so you can grab a camera.  Me neither.} First off I wanted to tell you how excited I was when I woke up today and saw …