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I Am A Teacher In Wanderlust 2018!

  As a creative, that also runs a business I work alone a lot. This is a time I desperately need to stay focused and true to myself. I also make it a priority to say YES to at least one incredible collaboration a year so I have the beautiful inspiration, comradery, and lavishing that comes from GATHERING with other creatives. I need it as desperately as I need the time alone. There are many offers that come past our …

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Thank You For Getting Us To This Day | Official Release Day

Today is the official release day for my first book The Painted Art Journal. Thank you to everyone that got us to this day! We were also just told that it is now sold out on Amazon! WHAT? That is crazy awesome and that is all you guys! Thank you! I would LOVE your reviews! TODAY is the first day you can share a review of my book on Amazon. If you have The Painted Art Journal in your hands …

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Come and Checkout All of The Workshops In Our Studio!

We have five workshops in my private studio for 2018 and we love welcoming you to our home, land and studio! If you want to have an art workshop experience I hope you will consider coming to my studio and enjoy how we like to love on others through the details! ***We are happy to set up payment plans for any course. Just ask.*** ONE. Like abstract work and landscapes? Last minute openings for this sold out workshop. Join me …

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Final Peek Into Let Us Make | It Will Begin On Monday!

Let Us Make with Sheila Atchley will begin on Monday, August 7th! One of my dearest friends in the world is my beautiful friend Sheila Atchley. In my life, she is trusted and true and one of the wisest people I know. She is a straight talker, deep thinker and creative soul that longs for truth and beautiful conversation. It is with deep joy that I share that we are offering Sheila’s first online course, Let Us Make! Let Us …

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I Am Speaking | Brave Girl Symposium

  We need some rest every so often from all that’s going on in the world… Wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere where the topics of politics, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and anything else that could be divisive is off limits for just a few days? A place where we can just be together and talk about soul things? Well that’s what Symposium is! Even though you will be in a room with women from all backgrounds, belief systems, and …

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The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond River Cruise

      Detailed Itinerary April 14-23, 2018 The Living Studio | Amsterdam and Beyond DAY 1 AMSTERDAM Arrive in Amsterdam today, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time. DAY 2 AMSTERDAM Your day in Amsterdam begins with a panoramic tour of the city, on which you will see renowned landmarks like the Royal Palace and a windmill. The rest of the day is yours to explore this grand capital. (B) DAY 3 AMSTERDAM – EMBARKATION Check out …

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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes BEGINS TOMORROW

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it. When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio. I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our …

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Finding Myself Missing Writing

[Within the past two weeks we have packed up a home, moved outside of town onto acreage, unpacked, started to make a house a home, went to the Daddy Daughter Ball and drank a lot of coffee] It seems that with the busyness of life, family and business that I don’t choose to write out my thoughts here as often. My free time now may be a late night walk, cuddling up on the couch, sitting with a teen at …

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love watercolors}

There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose! I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you. The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.     The …

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Brand New Prints In The Shop

We are thrilled to announce that we have added a ton of never before offered prints in the shop! Come and take a peek… You can find these all in our Etsy shop and our website for your convenience. We have gallery wrapped canvas prints coming soon! Look for that announcement in early September. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask and thank you for looking!

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Intro To Hand Lettering | Registration is Open

I am constantly surrounded by the most creative people and it is my biggest joy and honor to have them teach on our creative network! Many of you will probably remember Jen Wagner from our popular Becoming free series in January. You knew she could sing and write and now you will see more of her gifts! I am excited to announce that Jen will be teaching  Intro To Hand Lettering and registration has JUST opened! Just like most of …

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Studying Under The Masters III

Do you want to look at art with fresh eyes? Do you want to learn some of the mediums and techniques that have created some of the most interesting art in the world? Do you want to learn how to find your own voice in the world of art and how to make your art stand out? Do you want to study the history behind some of your favorite artists? Come into the rich world of Studying Under the Masters. …

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Welcome To The Jane Eyre Collection! {a giveaway too}

We launched the Jane Eyre Collection at 5pm MST on Saturday night and the response was amazing! *** Thank you for loving the new bags and jewelry and for selling out some bags so quickly. Our collections are about storytelling and the gathering of vintage fabrics, new fabrics, vintage buttons, embellishments and vintage findings for the jewelry is one of the beautiful and exciting parts about offering our two collections a year. I appreciate so much that we have customers …

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Up Close and Personal {The Sophie}

When we have a brand new bag that we are launching I like to give you a closer look at the bag. I hope this is the next best thing to you being here at our studio. Today I want to give you a closer look at the Sophie Leather Messenger Bag. Here are some of the sweet highlights of this gorgeous handmade bag. The Sophie * made from soft buffalo leather * closes with a substantial rounded flap * …

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It Pays To Give {thank you}

{How cute are they? Pure yumminess} Whether you gave to Barb’s wall or helped spread the word…thank you. She still needs your help so I hope there is something (no matter how small) that you can give. Everyone that spread the news about helping build the wall in Uganda or gave anything towards the effort was entered into a giveaway here on my blog. I know that so many of you gave and never entered the giveaway so thank you …

You Ask {I Spill}

First off I want to thank you for your overwhelming response to our new collection. When you put so much of yourself into something and then it is loved by others……that is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Thank you! There is still time to enter our $500 giveaway package. Go HERE to find out all the details! ************ Follow this link to my last You Ask {I spill}. Now onto your questions. Bess asked… That little …

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It Is Here {Come and take a peek}

We are so excited to show you our new collection.   It is full of so many things we love! The whole line is a nod to vintage. Almost all of the purses were made from vintage fabrics and we couldn’t be happier about it. It is a treat to offer you such beautiful and different handbags, totes, bags and purses. Come and take a peek! We were up all night getting everything listed so I will be taking a …

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Braindump {Yes, I’m at it again}

We are crazy busy over here with the launch of the new e-course and getting ready to launch the new collection on Monday! And when I said “petite” collection I wasn’t talking about petite people.  I meant smaller. Like in special and limited:-) I have been getting many emails very worried about the clothing size:-) I am going into rooms and forgetting why I even went in there. I am sitting down at the computer with no idea whatsoever why …

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Registration Now Open For Our Brand New E-Course!

We are so excited to share with you our brand new e-course! We can’t wait to share this journey with you. **************** When I was a little girl I would play house. I would hang clothes on the line, pat my baby doll’s back, set a small table with care and decorate “my house”. For as long as I can remember I wanted nothing more than to be a mom and to have a home of my own. As a …

Time To Say Goodbye {not as bad as you think}

It is time to say goodby to the Coming Home Collection. We only have a handful of dresses and bags left from the last collection. We have to make room for all the new product coming July 30th! We have crazy low prices on the few items left. All prices are lower than wholesale…some are even lower than cost. Our little girl dresses are only $22 and the little bags are $18! The popular Louise dress is only $32 and your favorite bags are on sale too! …

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Let’s Build a Wall Together!

I have often thought that it is almost impossible for my children to understand how blessed they are. They have walls that protect them at night, a refrigerator full of food, blankets that keep them warm and clothes that cover their sweet bodies. They are loved and wanted. They have everything they need and much that they want. Most of us do. They have parents to care for them, aunts and uncles that adore them and grandparents that spoil them. …

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You Ask {I Spill}

I haven’t answered any of your questions on the blog for awhile. I asked for questions on our Facebook Business Page this week. Here are some of your questions and my answers. Keep your questions coming:-) Heather asked How do you handle blatant knock offs of your work? And, how do you feel about others selling your packaging as their own? (For instance, I went to a local antique mall and noticed several burlap bags with a 5 stamped on …

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Bluegrass, Brothers and Some Weed {there may have been a quick getaway too}

I am sorry that I have been so absent here on my blog but it is summer and our days have been full of sun, company, the pool and creating. As you know from my last post my friend Kim was out for a visit. We wanted to do something really special while she was here that would always remind her of Colorado. We surprised her with tickets to see the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks Amphitheater. It doesn’t get …

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Ya-Ya Sisterhood {or something like that}

I remember reading the book, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”. I think every book club was reading it in 2004. Who doesn’t remember all the moms on the beach drinking martinis, smoking cigarettes and lathering up themselves and kids in baby oil! Just thinking about it makes me laugh because their kids were off swimming in a lake while they got tanked. The pool looks a LITTLE DIFFERENT these days. Hey, being a mom is tough. Maybe a little …

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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 …