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!

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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 that equally appreciate the attention to detail in each bag and the vintage elements that go into our collections.

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I am so excited that our brand new Matilda Art Bag sold out within only 1 1/2 hours!

We will be bringing the art bag back next collection and making sure we have even more to offer next time.

{My seamstresses spend months making each collection and they are already busy working on the next collection (you will flip out over the fabric in the next line)}

After seven years we still make bags because the response is so beautiful to them!

Thank you!

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We still have so many gorgeous jewelry pieces and we have a large supply of other bags so I hope you will come and take a peek at what we have been working on.

I also love to do a giveaway each collection and this one is no different.

I would love to giveaway:

* One Josie Camera Bag

*One Luella Vintage Clutch

* One Roll Up Paint Brush Holder

* One Art Deco Print Collection With Wood Stump

*One Art Deco Photo Collection With Wood Stump

* One necklace from our vintage jewelry line

* One complete package of all of our online courses totally over $500

*We are going to also offer the online course package to the friend of your choice so you can be creative together!

* $50 of art prints from the shop

This is over $1,000 in giveaway items!

So excited!!!

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To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know what piece you love from this collection.

For additional chances at the giveaways you can…

* Facebook about our new collection with links

* Pin this post to Pinterest

* Talk about the sale and celebration on Instagram and use the hashtag #jeanneoliverdesigns

* Blog about the collection

* Share this post on Twitter

 Each time you share about the sale or this post please come back and let us know.

How Are You In The Waiting?

There is one place we are all at again and again in our lives.

You would think with this much practice we would be so much more graceful handling it and learning from it.

No matter your age or where you are at in your life we are constantly in a state of waiting.

Waiting to grow up

Waiting to leave home

Waiting to love someone

Waiting to figure out your calling

Waiting to find the person to spend your life with

Waiting for a relationship to heal

Waiting to have a family

Waiting for a promotion

Waiting to start your own business

Waiting to forgive

Waiting to travel

Waiting to use your gifts

Waiting to say goodbye

The list could go on and on.

What my younger self never understood is that the waiting…is all about getting you ready.

I know so much more about myself and this waiting than I have in the past.

I have known for many years now that there is a calling on my life and I believe it will be in a specific area.

When I look back over the past 7 years of my business I can in hindsight see what each step has prepared me for.

Only through experience, trust and knowing myself and the Lord better do I now know that it hasn’t happened yet because I am not ready yet.

I am in the waiting.

But, aren’t we always?

I trust that when I am ready that the next door will open and that in the waiting I am getting ready for what is next.

In the waiting we don’t need to rush it, get anxious or doubt that we have a path.

Take a deep breath and be ready for it.

Don’t be so anxious and controlling about what is next that you aren’t being present in what can be learned today.

The Jane Eyre Collection {Don’t Miss The Launch}

I wanted to let you know that the brand new Jane Eyre Collection will be available this Saturday, July 19th at 5pm MST.

I hope you love all of the designs, fabrics and details in this collection.

The Jane Eyre Collection will have vintage pieces, photography collections, jewelry created from vintage findings and new bags from new and vintage fabrics!

Here is a peek at the Jane Eyre Collection…

Thank you for taking a peek at the new line and I hope to see you in the shop on Saturday!

If you know me at all you know this makes me so happy!

It is pretty exciting to me to be asked to combine my love of art with my faith!

There are few things that determine my day to day as much as my faith and the creativity that the Lord as placed in me.

Those two factors have everything to do with how I make a home, raise my children, run a business, love my friends, open my home and grow my marriage.

If you have taken any of my online art classes you know that I believe with my whole heart that our gifts were given to us to bring us joy, bless those around us and to ultimately honor the Lord.

I have been asked to teach art and to talk about my faith next year in Italy!

When Laura asked me to come back just one more year to Lake Como it was so much on her heart to make this retreat more her than ever before.

She wanted a retreat that combined everything she loved about Bellagio and the Lake Como area with her deep love of the Lord.

I am so excited to teach next year alongside the talented Stephanie Ackerman and to share my heart for women, the Lord and the gifts we have been given.

My mind has been spinning non stop thinking of the art, projects and devotions I want to share with you!

I already know that some of our time together will be based around the theme of “For Such a Time as This” and “Be An Adventurer”.

I can promise you that you will leave this retreat not only visually inspired by the beauty of Italy but also knowing more about who YOU are in Christ and where your gifts are wanted and needed.

More information about the art and class descriptions will be coming soon.

Registration opens TOMORROW for this brand new retreat and it will be unlike anything I have taught at to date.

{you can get a glimpse of what a retreat with Laura is like by clicking HERE and HERE}

I bet you want some of the details…

Here is the information straight from Laura!
To read more and to register tomorrow click HERE.
I am excited to be hosting an Art retreat again!  If you followed me this year on FB or IG, you noticed that Jeanne Oliver and I “co-hosted” an art event a few weeks ago in Bellagio.  It was an amazing week and I was honored to combine forces with her in her vision for “The Living Studio” retreats she plans on doing all over the globe!  So I’ve asked her to come back AGAIN and teach for me next summer!!  I have a vision for this Creative Art Retreat that I think will be a blessing to everyone who signs up!  I have two teachers who are super excited to join me and share their journeys and their God given talents with us and I think you will be blessed and inspired by both of them!
Here’s a preview of what the Creative Art Retreat will include:
Bellagio, Italy ~ 7 Nights ~ July 11 – 18, 2015 – $3,499
- 7 nights at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Apartments or Hotel Florence
- Opening Reception overlooking the gorgeous lake
- Tour of Bellagio, including the history of this region by a local tour guide
- Day trip to a beautiful Monastery from the 7th Century on Lake Como
- 4 Classes in the beautiful event room by 2 amazing Artists!!
- Exploring Lake Como on beautiful vintage boats
- Ferry’s to surprise locations for exploring 
- Tours of famous Villa’s and gardens on the lake
- Cooking Class with hands on instruction and a beautiful meal YOU made!
- All breakfast included in the gorgeous breakfast rooms at either hotel
- Almost all lunches and dinners in gorgeous locations around the lake are included!
- Grand Finale at Mistral – GHVS Michelin Star Restaurant
- Transfer to and from MXP airport is included on a luxury private bus
- Taxi’s and/or Ferry’s to and from dinners and excursions
- Hotel and room taxes included
- Classes and art time in the beautiful event room with a view of Lake Como
- Wonderful products from our SPONSORS
- Free Make-n-Takes
- Handmade “Swag Bags”
- Amazing SURPRISES I can’t reveal yet…but they are AWESOME!
- Plus time to relax by the GHVS pool, or stroll the cobblestone streets
- Live music in the music room each night
- And…an unforgettable experience in Italy you will treasure forever!!
PLEASE NOTE:  I can only take 20 ladies on this Creative Retreat so the spots will fill up fast!
To read more and to register tomorrow click HERE.
 

The First The Living Studio {Lake Como}

I am back from the first The Living Studio and I am feeling tired, blessed and changed.

I am also a little sick but that will pass:-)

I had dreamed of traveling with other creative people to beautiful and interesting places near and far.

My desire was to get out of our comfort zone and create not just in a studio but out where life is really lived

I wanted to see people capturing their experiences with their art supplies around a cathedral, statue or cafe.

I had hoped to encourage even one person to start carrying their supplies with them once they returned home and to find the beauty right outside their front door.

This first The Living Studio became all of these things and more.

This first retreat would not have been possible without the beautiful collaboration with Laura McCollough.

Laura hosts annual creative retreats in Bellagio, Italy and has such a love of the Lake Como area.

She was kind enough to share her love and knowledge of the Bellagio area and work with me to create a unique experience for everyone that attended.

Nothing can adequately describe how wonderful it was to explore and create along Lake Como but I hope this gives you a glimpse…

Our days were filled with walks along cobblestone walkways, lots of steps, double espressos and early morning cappuccinos, sweet chapels and grand cathedrals, cooking classes and kayaking, views that we will never be able to describe or adequately capture with the camera, hikes to castle ruins, afternoon shopping, time at the pool being served drinks we don’t even want to know how much they cost-), evenings in the music room, art classes on the balcony under the umbrellas, quiet sketches in dark sanctuaries, messy hair from boat rides on the lake, dinners that we will dream about until we return to Italy and pizzas bigger than our faces, glasses raised with Prosecco, sunburns and sore feet, afternoon bells ringing, the smell of jasmine in the air and the breeze off of the lake, green shutters and yellow buildings, old cemeteries and untold stories, tree lined shaded paths and sculptures greeting our steps, open air markets, painters on the streets, tiled floors, exploring villas and gardens, creating out of our comfort zone, creating in places that were new, laughter until our bellies hurt and friendships created that will last beyond the trip.

Thank you to all of the women that journeyed to Italy with me!

I hope you will join me again and we can explore and create together!

Plans are already underway for a new The Living Studio in another part of the world.

If you would like to know more about The Living Studio you can email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com.

If you currently host retreats and would like to bring The Living Studio to your area you can email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com.

If you would like to be the first to know about where I am teaching and where other retreats will be held I would love for you to subscribe to my newsletter.

Join Me In California {a few spots left}

I just got back from teaching in Italy and I can’t wait to tell you all about it and share some photos with you too!

Being able to bring The Living Studio to life in Italy was a dream come true and I can’t wait to offer this experience in other parts of the country and world.

I am hoping to get an Italy post up by Wednesday.

I wanted to let you know that I will be in California teaching in a little over one month!

The whole family is coming with me this time and we are so excited to play, spend time with friends and family and have the opportunity to teach at the Cresendoh Studio!

There are a few spots left and I would love, love, love to create with you!

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I know that many can not take the time or money (or both) to attend a retreat that is why I am so, so excited to share with you a two day workshop I am doing in California.

I am so honored to be teaching a two day workshop in Jenny Doh’s Cresendoh Studio!

Here are the details!

We will have two days of exploring charcoal, ink, pastels, vintage papers, mark making and acrylics.

Storytelling Through Papers and Portraits
with Jeanne Oliver

2-Day Workshop, August 9-10, 2014
in Studio CRESCENDOh
207 N. Broadway St., Suite L
Santa Ana, CA 92701

mailbox@crescendoh.com

There are times when your creativity begs to be a scavenger, collector and a storyteller. The scavenger in you finds beauty in strips of old wallpaper, the smell of vintage books and the patina in a collection of lost love letters. You take your findings and bind them with string waiting for the moment to bring them out again. The collector in you finds inspiration from music, poetry, paintings, conversations and the tiny beautiful moments of the day-to-day. You take your collection of beauty and tuck it away … but not forever. The storyteller in you takes your treasures and your collections, rearranges them, sorts them and creates them into something new and all your own.

Join me for two days of bringing your stories to life through vintage papers, sketching, charcoal, ink, acrylic paints and words. Day one we will create multiple pieces of art through creative exercises using ink, watercolors, charcoal, mark making and paint. Day two will be about bringing your treasures, collections and words together to create a completed painting. Bring your favorite items from your own scavenger hunts, words from your collections and we will start a story together.

SCHEDULE:

  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in, and grab a cup of coffee.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Jeanne who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist’s Village in Santa Ana, like The Gypsy Den, or Lola Gaspar.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Jeanne who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Show & Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

For more details and/or to register click HERE.

If you are coming from out of town please contact Jenny or myself and we will help you find a good hotel.

Creatively Made Home Summer Series {The Library}

Bright and early tomorrow morning I am leaving for Italy for two weeks!

I am teaching at my The Living Studio {Lake Como} retreat and I can’t wait to meet all the women and spend time exploring and creating.

I did not do a Summer Series this year so I wanted to offer you a collection of all 7 mini courses from last summer all together for the first time for only $24!

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To register please click HERE.

Once you are on the main page of the course please click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you are in.

All of the courses can be found along the right hand side of the page under “course content”.

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This is a collection of mini courses packed with the best information!

Summer can be busier but you still want to learn, connect and create.

I have chosen some of your favorite bloggers to be guests in the series and their mini courses will truly transform your creativity this summer.

This summer you can:

*Take your photography to the next level

*Learn beauty and fashion tips that will help you dress for your age and body type

*Decorate your home for summer and create your own DYI projects

*Learn how to make jewelry and incorporate vintage treasures into those pieces

*The basics of beekeeping

*Learn to use those power tools you have been eying to create beautiful signs and frames

*Get those paint brushes out as you explore the beginning techniques for watercolor painting

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I love that each of these mini courses will only be a few hours long but full of content.

You will get supply lists, PDFS and step by step instructions and the best part…

I have chosen women that will offer you courses I would want to take!!!

These are also courses that you can do with friends and your children this summer.

Let me introduce the talented women that taught all of the courses…

Cathy Walters.

Cathy is our family photographer and my photographer for all head shots for my business.

Her talent runs deep and she has a wicked sense of humor.

The Art of Seeing {A photography course}

 

I am passionate about being present in the day….seeing what is really there…being in the moment and embracing everything that makes daily life.

That’s where the magic is. :)

I want to help you see your life.

One way to do this is through a lens.

You will not need a ginormous camera or a ten pound lens to do this class. Any camera will do.

I will show you:

1. how to pay attention, set an intention for the summer, and avoid the traps that trip us up in the process

2. my favorite apps, supplies, gear, software, and online stores that I use on a daily ?basis.

3. basic DSLR info and ways to get out of the dreaded auto mode

4. portrait tips and guidelines

5. a few photo projects that can really help document who YOU are, and ideas for what ?to do with your images when you are done.

6. a very long inspiration list of photo ops to get the creative juices flowing

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Paige Knudsen

I have known Paige since I first started blogging.

I love this girl!

She has such a sweet faith, so funny and her style is amazing.

Let’s Play Dress Up {Summer Beauty and Fashion}

I’ve always loved fashion.
As a little girl I would spend hours and hours breezing through JCPenney catalogs, cutting out images of the models and creating paper doll families.
I would sit on my large oval sized pink rug and line up my baby dolls in a circle, changing their little outfits depending on our imaginary itinerary for the day.
Our family wasn’t wealthy and I didn’t spend weekends at cocktail parties and celebrations, but I continued to grow up with a love for all things fashion & beauty, especially on a budget.
As a busy mom of four daughters I feel like I’m playing paper dolls & dress up even now.
We love to shop at TJMaxx & Marshalls with a little dose of Anthropologie when the budget will allow.
Cowboy boots and ballet flats ( and mile high wedges for them) are part of our regular playlist.
This summer I’d love to invite you to join me.
This won’t be a course on high fashion coming from an endless budget.
What this will be, is a time where I encourage you in your own fashion style, give some tips on accessories and the importance of having a young person’s opinion when it comes to choosing the right pair of jeans.
So climb in your comfy yoga pants, settle in your favorite chair & let’s enjoy playing dress up. Hope to see you there.
****** Jennifer O’Brien

I have known Jen since she lived here in Colorado.

She now lives in New York but our friendship has continued to grow over the years and I have loved watching all she has accomplished.

She is one of the most creative DIY girls out there.

She will blow you away with her projects and videos.

Inspired Decoration Ideas For Summer

Summer has always been one of my favorite times of the year.

A time to slow down, have a little fun, do some entertaining, spend much needed time with family & friends and make lasting memories.

We all want our homes to have presence & feel pretty but it should also be reflective of you & your family.

I think summer is the best time to capture your family’s “life” and moments you create together.

Decorating and setting the stage for family fun should also be easy & gratifying.

In this mini-course I will show you simple ways to use different materials to accessorize your home for the summer.

I demonstrate how to create weathered & barn board finishes to picture frames and how to easily change out your art inside them.

I will also show you how to build a rustic tray for those simple impromptu picnics to the backyard.

Lastly, I will teach you how to make your own photo canvases, so you can display your favorite memories of the season.

I hope you will join me for this fun and enjoyable summer series in creating beautiful handcrafted accessories for your home and capturing those simple summer moments for a lifetime.

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Andrea Singarella

I have adored Andrea’s jewelry for years.

She has an incredible eye for design and her craftsmanship is stunning.

Vintage Trinket Jewelry

Join Andrea for a fun and inspiring jewelry course and learn how to create your very own unique jewelry!

She will walk you through the steps she takes to create her one of a kind designs, using both vintage and new beads, old baubles, religious medals and other found trinkets.

Andrea will share her own design process, from combining colors to selecting beads and creating a balanced piece.

Learn how to convert old earrings, costume jewelry necklaces, brooches and cabochons into charms, connectors and beautiful focal pieces for a necklace or bracelet.

In this course, she will demonstrate how to make all of the following projects with lots of helpful tips and techniques throughout the video:

* Wire-wrapped earrings

*Multi-strand beaded bracelet

*Ribbon bookmark with baubles

*Beaded necklace with repurposed brooch centerpiece

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Anne Marie and Jason Klaske

Anne Marie and Jason have a charming farm not too farm from the area I grew up.

I have taught at her NaDa Farm sale and our little girls even love to write each other every once in awhile.

Their family loves to spend time on their land and making the most of what they have.

Anne Marie creates the most gorgeous garden each year and loves on her family with the bounty from their land.
The Basics of Bee Keeping

The course will cover a basic introduction to bees, beekeeping and honey production.

This class will be a great beginners class on how to start a hive.

For gardeners who want to maintain a hive for pollination or for those who want to collect honey, this class will give you all of the information you need to start beekeeping in your backyard.

Very basic knowledge on beekeeping is helpful but not necessary.

Jason and I will give each student a basic knowledge on beekeeping.

This beginner class is perfect for the backyard beekeeper who wants to maintain a hive for pollination for their vegetables and flowers, to gather the honey for personal consumption, and the basics of information for beekeeping.

The class will be set up like this:

Day 1:

-Equipment to buy to start a hive
-How to get a colony of bees and which ones to choose for your area/climate

Day 2:

- How to set up your hives and understand their construction

- The basics on feeding your hive when there is no pollen available (early spring)

Day 3:

- How to introduce your queen to a new hive
- What to do in case your hive ‘swarms’
Day 4:
- The best methods for working in the hive (including equipment to wear)
- A basic look into understanding the hive and the ‘language’ of the bees
- How to harvest your honey and the proper bottles/containers for storage

Day 5:

A few recipes to enjoy your newly harvested fresh honey!

Overall, Jason and I hope this course will have the students realize the important and vital role honey bees play in pollination so we can have food.

We cannot do without our honey bees!!

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Courtney Khail

This amazing world of blogging and internet business has introduced me to so many incredible people.

I met Courtney at a business/marketing conference and I was smitten immediately by her humor and talent.

Watercolors and Flowers {An Introduction To Watercolor Painting}

Whether you’ve tried watercolor before or are a complete novice, this course will give you confidence to tackle one of the trickiest painting media out there.

We’ll begin with basic color theory lessons to get you comfortable with your paints and supplies and then move on to mastering specific techniques and tips you’ll be able to use in all of your future paintings.

Lastly, we’ll combine all of the lessons learned to create three paintings from start to finish.
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Melaine Thompson

I met Melaine years ago at The Farm Chicks Show.

Melaine can make anything, has a great eye for design and this girl knows how to use the power tools:-)

For The Love of Reclaimed Wood

What do you do with leftover wood from a project?

At my house, no piece goes unused.

If I don’t have any leftover wood, I love the thrill of the hunt for old chippy rustic wood.

Whether it is from an old pallet, an old crate, or even out of someones torn down house, all this wood has so much history and character.

Creating pieces using it makes unique decor items for your home.

I will show you how to make picture frames for family photos or art prints, as well as custom signs.

Don’t know how to use power tools?

You will after this course!

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Isn’t this an AMAZING line up!!!!

I am so honored and thrilled that these women are sharing their gifts on my creative network.

 

To register please click HERE.

Once you are on the main page of the course please click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you are in.

All of the courses can be found along the right hand side of the page under “course content”.

I hope to see you in class.