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The Beauty Chaser Collection | Shop Now

Beauty matters. My whole life I have been a beauty chaser and have often been made fun of because of it. I still pursued it, gathered it, and had my eyes and heart open to it. Being a beauty chaser is more about the heart than the eyes. Have a heart to truly see the beauty that is right in front of you. It is all around. I promise. There are days it is harder to find but that should …

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April 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 in funny texts, my office being put back together after a year, little peeks of spring, being in the passenger seat as Ben drives, laughing with Maddy, watching Jack share his compositions with the world, long talks with a good friend, sun on my face and sunset with Kelly and a great glass of wine. …

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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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Heading to Round Top, Texas | My Favorites

  I have been enjoying the spring and fall antiques shows in Round Top, Texas for the past five years. This show has been going on for fifty years so I am definitely a newbie! I have also been blessed to have book signings, teach a live art workshop and also speak at The Gathering in Round Top. I have so many sweet memories with family and friends and I hope to continue going year after year.  Each time I …

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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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March 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 snuggled up watching a movie with my kids, watching our daughter come home from college just to go to the Daddy Daughter Ball where she is the oldest daughter there, when the mountains turn payne’s grey as the sun sets, early morning walks with Kelly, watching our oldest and seeing how wise he has become, …

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An Artist Studio | With Jeanne Oliver

    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! I will kick off the series and then each month a different artist will welcome us into their …

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January 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 putting away all of the Christmas decorations, helping the big kids get back to college, putting the studio in order, a second cup of coffee, the joy of reading the last page of a book, and drives down roads I have never been before. Sometimes I even find beauty on the internet. I found so …

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I Am a Maker

    I guess I knew I was a maker almost before I knew anything else was true. Like breathing, I knew to make.   I was the maker on the sidewalk with chalk covered hands, in the front sunroom of the house on Center Street playing school, under the big pines writing in my journal imagining myself as an author, in the barn loft putting on a sold-out play, sketching in the backseat of the car, making up commercials …

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Gift Guide for the Beauty Chasers | Christmas 2021

We are all beauty chasers in one way or another. My friend Sheila Atchley often says that, “Beauty Defies Despair”.  Do we have our eyes open to that beauty?  The beauty that is all around in people, nature, circumstances, love, forgiveness, faith, gathering, the work of our hands, the sound of laughter, the comfort of touch, the gifts of others and a million other moments of beauty that defy despair?   We are a small business, I love to purchase …

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The November Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

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 digging for vintage treasures with dear friends, foraging in the woods, building the first fire of the season in the studio, and the beauty of paint-covered hands. Sometimes you will even find beauty on the internet. I found so many beautiful little treasures on the internet this past month and I wanted to …

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The August Roundup |Free Beauty Found on the Internet

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 helping your daughter pack up her room as she heads to college, a Facetime from our oldest wanting my help with his new apartment, our youngest sharing how he is feeling about being the only kid at home, spending the afternoon talking with my mom, pulling weeds as I listen to an encouraging …

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The Roundup |Free Beauty Found on the Internet

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 sound of the fountain as I am pulling weeds in the garden, the kids wanting to tell me about their day, an orange and pink sunset, the horses neighing across the road and even beauty found on the internet given by complete strangers. I found so many beautiful little treasures on the …

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Transitions | Our daughter is heading to college

I like schedules, planning, knowing what is coming, and pretty much pretending that I am in control which I know deep down I am not at all. I don’t like change and transitions are hard for me. When there are lots of changes I feel it like a small storm under the surface and I try to slowly navigate the emotions but sometimes I push them aside to deal with another day because…well, they are hard. Sometimes even the most …

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Free Art Lesson | Brave Color Mixing with Hayley Morgan

Join Hayley Morgan for Brave Color Mixing. In this free art lesson you will create your own imaginative palette. In this easy to follow lesson Hayley will show you step by step how to color mix as she also shares more about her own choices and the colors she likes to combine in paintings.  Her color choices are fresh and fun and will grow your own confidence in mixing your own palettes.       The video lesson is free but …

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An Artist in Florence | With Melissa McArdle

In 2018 I knew that 2019 was going to be the last year I led overseas art workshops for the foreseeable future. As much as I loved gathering, teaching and traveling it was the most deep knowing that it was time and I had complete peace about my decision. Then 2020 changed all of our worlds and I was not only grateful that I didn’t have scheduled trips to cancel but it also was a reminder how much I had …

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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 …