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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 Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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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 Living Studio Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that shared their excitement over the new Living Studio retreats and the online series coming soon! Thank you for also sharing the two new retreats coming up in 2015. I would love to explore and create with you in Savannah, Georgia or Normandy, France! The winner of The Living Studio giveaway of the portable art studio, all of the courses on my creative network and the $200 Dick Blick gift card is… lynda dunham-watkins commented: November …

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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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Being In The Moment {Instagram, Paris and Normandy}

While I was in Paris and Normandy I found myself reaching for my iPhone more and more. With my camera phone, Instagram, fun filters and editing it is so easy to capture moments and love the results. I find that my kids smile more with the camera phone, I can take photos of myself and friends with ease and I catch the little moments more. I just find that images are captured that truly show us in the moment…and I …

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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 …