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France | Where Beauty Is The Function

  Jet lag is still my sidekick as I try to settle back into day-to-day life after France. These extra days of adjusting are also good for my heart and mind as I process once again the beautiful opportunity of travel. As I download photos, unpack my suitcase, wash too many loads of laundry, unwrap French treasures, and put away art supplies I am given the gift of remembering, honoring and reflecting on this time away.       I …

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Last Minute Gifts From Jeanne Oliver Designs | Tomorrow Is The Last Shipping Day

  We have been busy getting art bags and the new Living Studio Toolbox Studios shipped and out the door. Everything single thing is out of the studio and on the way to you guys! Thank you! That was crazy and amazing. It has just made us so much more excited about what is coming in 2017. Tomorrow is the last day to order anything from our shop and then we are closing up shop until 2017! If you order …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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The Everyday Artist {some of our favorite supplies}

When I create I only want to be surrounded by my most trusted and favorite tools and only the tools that help me to express myself. Too many supplies can get in the way, distract and even help you procrastinate (like any of us need any help with that one). Each time we offer you a new supply it is because it is tried and true in my own studio. I wouldn’t offer you anything less. I wanted to share …

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Last Days To Get $1000 off!

******The ship has offered us $1000 off until the end of April!  If you have been on the fence about coming on The Living Studio Along the Seine I wanted to give you a reminder about the discount. The retreat is filling up and I want you to get this discount if you are wanting to join us (the price is already reflected on the prices below).  The price will go up on May 1st!.  If you have ANY questions …

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The Living Studio Normandy {Part One}

  Planning the Living Studio Normandy with Cat Bude was such a blast and just thinking about being back in France made all of the work completely worth it! If I was coming to France I should probably spend a few extra days in Paris, right? I should also play and explore with my friend Junelle Jacobsen, right? I knew you would agree! This is the sweet and simple boutique hotel I have stayed in my past few visits. It …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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The Official Launch of The Living Studio {and a huge giveaway too}

I have been waiting to do an official launch of the new The Living Studio | City Art Walks Around The World retreats and online classes! This is almost two years in the making and it is beyond fun to finally see it coming together. I was waiting until I could do a huge giveaway and to also give you a hint at what will be coming in the new year. My heart behind The Living Studio is that we …

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The Living Studio Normandy, France {registration is open}

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live. I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them. This unique retreat combines my love of travel and creating and connecting with other women. I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in …

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Paris {Day Two}

I thought going to bed with the windows open and listening to the sound of the busy cafes below was pure music…. Waking up to the sound of the street coming alive was even better. As we were getting ready for our day we could hear the streets being swept, carts being rolled out, children going to school and Rue Cler coming alive. As we walked out of our hotel we passed open shops and street vendors ready for their …

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Your Own Private French Brocante {French Larkspur}

You know you are pretty lucky when you can sit at your computer and buy vintage treasures that have been handpicked in France! From. Your. Computer. All of my vintage finds from my time in Paris and Normandy will not be available until the next collection (in November) but… Tracey, my awesome travel partner, has loaded her beautiful shop with tons of French items. She has been working like crazy since we landed and has been sorting, photographing and listing …

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Paris {Day One}

When you touch down in another country you are most likely dealing with exhaustion, excitement and coffee shakes all at the same time. You may also be walking around in a state of tired delusion. That was us the first day. We flew through the night and landed at 8am Paris time. We dropped our bags off at our sweet hotel on Rue Cler and headed out. Kelly had never been to Paris before so our first stop was the …

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Back from France {Giveaway Winners Announced}

This is my first day back home after being in France for the past two weeks. I feel like I am coming out of a France fog. It is really hard to believe what I just go to experience and that so many people that I love helped make it possible. My mom drove from Illinois to watch our children for the week my husband was with me and my sister helped with the business. I am currently starting to …

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Easy Instagram Tips {filters and so much more}

I love my Canon 5D Mark ii. I really do. I have been cheating on it for awhile now though and I am not ashamed. I use the inferior camera on my iphone everyday and I use Instagram to document our days. It is not just the ease of Instagram that has me hooked but all the awesome apps that you can purchase to instantly change your photos. That whole instant thing is pretty fun and convenient. I thought before …

15 days but who is counting? {Weigh in With Your Best Suggestions}

15 days until I leave with Kelly for Paris! This will be my second time in France but my first time in France with my husband. This is my 40th birthday present. This took a lot of hard work and saving to make it happen but now that it is really here I am giddy with excitement. I have barely thought about the trip because of being busy with the home, children, school planning, business….but now my mind is all …

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Reflections of Paris {Final Installment}

This will be the final photos from my trip to Paris in the summer of 2010. You can find the other posts HERE, HERE and HERE. I have loved reminiscing about my time in France. {I would like to point out that it was very windy…I am not really pregnant:-)} My final day is Paris was seeing some of the architecture that would be a sin if you missed. {FYI…it is a little bit perfection to be at the Louvre …

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Reflections of Paris {Part III}

For the month of June I will be sharing photos from my trip to France in the summer of 2010. The photos from my Paris portion of the trip have never been seen. I am loving going back through the photos and how they are triggering my memories. I am also getting more and more excited for the upcoming trip to France I have with my husband in September. You can see the previous photos HERE and HERE. After the …

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Reflections of Paris {part II}

Today I will continue with my month long series Reflections of Paris. You can see last weeks post HERE. In 2010 I spent two weeks in the South of France with the end of my trip in Paris. Only three short nights in Paris but enough time to fall in love with the city. I will be going back to Paris this fall with my husband to celebrate my 40th birthday (which was in May). After my time in Paris …

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Reflections Of Paris {Part I}

I don’t know why I never shared with you all of my photos from Paris. After all of my photos from the South of France maybe I felt like you had seen enough and needed a break. I think I meant to show them after a few months and here I am almost two years later. How has two years past since the Chateau Dumas, hidden brocantes and sidewalk cafes? Maybe I knew deep down that I could never share …

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It is worth a trip to France {just for the flea markets}

Opening my suitcase after coming home from France was like traveling back on my journey. As I pushed dirty clothes to the side I uncovered vintage silver, oil paintings, old French letters. My trip brought me overflowing treasures. A trip to France is not a regular extravagance for me. A trip to France is a treasure in itself. My dear friend ,Tracey Leber of French Larkspur, makes regular trips to France and now Belgium to fill her suitcases just for …

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To Celebrate 40 {and because life is too short}

{source} I turn 40 in a little over three months. I don’t know what I thought I would feel…but I am completely fine with it. Growing up I heard horror stories of women turning 40.  Seriously, I thought it was full of doom and despair. What do I have to be afraid of? It doesn’t matter that I am turning 40 because inside I still think I am a hot 24:-) Heck, if you stay away from mirrors you can …