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Do You Support Creative Practicing? {I Do}

Sometimes you become friends with people that connect with you on such a sweet and deep level and you just feel grateful for their friendship. I have the most amazing creative talks with my friend Danielle Donaldson.  We are on the same page about art, creativity and inspiration and I always leave our conversations inspired. When I was thinking who I wanted to be a part of Studying Under The Masters I knew Danielle had to be one of the …

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Are You Open About Who Inspires You?

I don’t know where it came from. This idea that everything you do must be 100% original and you must pull it out from the depths of your being.  It isn’t really you, good, original, authentic…unless you create something that has never been made or done before. Can we just be real for a moment? We all inspire and encourage one another even if you don’t realize it. We can be inspired by magazines, movies, music, friends, paintings, museums, travel, …

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Who Are They Studying Under?

Good morning! I am so thrilled about your excitement over Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice}! For those of you that have registered (and those of you that may be hearing about it for the first time) I wanted to share WHO the teachers will be studying under. First of all I want to say that having these eight incredible artists join me on this creative journey is humbling. I adore each of these women for their creativity and …

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Vintage Christmas Tree With Balsam Hill

If you have had a chance to see our home dressed up for Christmas you will see over and over that I love vintage. I love beautiful things that tell a story. No matter where we travel I am always drawn to the art and the history of the culture. If I have the choice to buy something new or go searching for something that may be a bit tarnished…I usually choose the tarnished. Even when decorating I search for …

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The New Collection Has Arrived!

The Gathering Collection has arrived! We hope you love the beautiful fabrics (both vintage and new) that we have used. I am especially excited about the special embroidery work that we have included in this collection. With my love of France and especially the embroidery that can be found on the vintage French linens…I am giddy to see this special touch on many of our bags. All of the bags have been added and we will be adding the vintage …

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My Art Sneak Peek!

I have been asked again to teach for Christy Tomlinson in her annual The 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas! This year I will teaching how to make two projects! We will make hand painted wall art and ornaments and I can’t wait to share the project. In the past I taught how to make a yarn and cloth wreath and how to carve your own stamps for your art, gift wrap, tags etc. This year I want to just teach …

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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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Gathering {a new collection coming next week}

It has been a busy (but fun) fall and I thank you for your patience while you have waited for our winter bag collection. Next Monday we will have new bags (and a few other treasures) in the shop. We can’t wait to show you what we have been working on. I know you will love the fabrics and extra details that have gone into this collection. See you on Monday! ***** Only six more days until the 12 Artsy …

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Dream Maker {Everyone Should Have One}

I always had the mom that told me I was special and talented and could do anything. You know…the mom that tells you amazing things about yourself and you roll your eyes. You think your mom tells you nice things about yourself only because she is your mom. That is part of it. The other part is that she can see past what you see. She can see the good and the bad and the potential. She can see what …

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Two New Originals {Available To Purchase}

Good Morning! I am so excited to tell you that I have two new originals for sale. Let me tell you a little about each painting. “The Greatest of These is Love” This painting is of three young girls all dressed in creams and whites. On their heads are floral wreaths. The words etched into the paint are… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13. This painting is …

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Finding Fall Home Tours 2013 {Decorating For Fall}

So excited that today is here! I am honored to be a part of such an incredibly talented group of women. Thank you Better Homes and Gardens for sponsoring the tour and sharing our homes. {You can find more fall inspiration on our Finding Fall Home Tours Pinterest board through BHG} If you are coming from Laura or Sarah’s blogs I know you are already inspired for fall..their styles are amazing! Fall is my favorite time of year! When the …

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Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover {before and after}

Let me tell you…this project was a doozy. Everyone shares girl room makeovers but no one is spreading the love on teen boy rooms. Let me backtrack a bit. Our Jack is 13 and has had the same paint on the walls for the past 10 years. 10 years. When his friends would tell him how cool the clouds were on his ceiling he looked at them like they were dorks! He hadn’t even asked for a whole room makeover…he …

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How We Celebrate Birthdays

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 in yours. It was almost 15 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 so …

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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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New Prints In The Shop

I have two new prints in the shop! Come on over and check them out… Flower Girl Crown of Roses These new prints are being printed on high quality watercolor paper. This paper and quality is exceptional for creating the depth and detail of the original work. Watercolors and Flowers {an introduction to watercolor painting} just began this week! We would love to have you in class.

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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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My Katie Kendrick Art Weekend

I still can’t believe that it was a little over a week ago when I had so many incredible women in my house making art. Katie Kendrick was in town to see her beautiful daughter and family and took a day to do a class. Kelly and I moved out all of our furniture out of our living room and kitchen and made room for the class. This idea always seems a little easier in my head than in reality. …

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Original Paintings {For Sale}

I don’t do this very often {and I think it may be out of sheer laziness } but I am so happy to offer you some of my original paintings. Please note that all of the wonderful details of a painting do not always show online, colors may different based upon your monitor etc. I have included the piece, name, size and cost (and story if there is one). ALL PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING. Please email me at jeanneoli@hotmail.com if you …

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My Art Saves Story {Thank you Crescendoh}

My “Art Saves” story was featured all last week and I wanted to share it with those of you that didn’t have a chance to read it on the Crescendoh site. A Constant Companion • by Jeanne Oliver Art has been my companion for as long as I can remember. It has not always shown itself in the same medium but it has been there just the same. As a little girl art has followed me under a shading tree …

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Lights, Camera {action??}

Wednesday afternoon I took off for my flight to Salt Lake City. I had been invited as one of four guest artists on my friend Christy Tomlinson’s new art and craft show. As soon as I landed and got my bag I was outside waiting for Christy. No more than a few minutes had gone by and a car came towards me blaring country music.  The car stopped to pick up another person but the man driving didn’t have a …

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Made By Hand {In The Studio}

I will think of new pieces I want to create all of the time. I will draw them out and put them in an ever growing pile of ideas. The truth is….I have not painted anything since New Years Eve. We gave the kids tons of choices for New Years and they chose art night. So, we all created late into the evening. I love these times with my kids when paints are left out all day…and even days…and we …

Where This Woman Creates

Does this room look familiar? Up until last week my studio was in our unfinished basement. My husband had been trying to talk me into taking our dining room as my studio for over a year. He couldn't stand that the room was only getting used three to four times a year. I had been adamant that I didn't want to take the room but this winter my creativity was definitely affected by the lack of sufficient light and heat …

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Let The Creating Begin

Do you remember as a child how you could draw, write, paint, make up plays etc. for hours and never run out of ideas?  I used to write.  I would write poetry or short stories.  I was always thinking up the next story line.  I don’t think I could come up with many ideas today.  It is the truth……if you don’t use it you lose it!  I am a big fan of Courtney Walsh, her book Scrapbooking Your Faith and …