Some of My Fall Favorites {2014}

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Fall is my most favorite season because the beautiful change in season, cooler temperatures and the desire to create a more cozy home.

This is the time I find myself cuddling next to the fireplace in the morning with my coffee, a book, devotions or just talking to my family.

My studio calls to me even more than usual when the temperatures start to drop and the light is flooding in over all of my supplies.

Sweaters, boots, hats and bonfires are the norm and the crunching of the leaves underfoot keeps you company on early evening walks.

Fall is when we were married and when two of our babies were born.

Fall to me is a reminder to me how much the Lord loves us.

Even as everything is dying is puts on the most incredible show…for us!

I went walking through our home this morning and wanted to share just some of the little things that make fall a little more cozy.

 

1. I love a day when the turntable is spinning and these records are constantly playing this fall.

* The Civil Wars

* Mumford and Sons

* Carol King

* The Lumineers

2. I love this scent from Anthro but the best part is the new copper lid. Perfect for fall!

3. I start each morning with warm water with lemon, tea or coffee and this cup is my new favorite. I don’t know if it is the cool waffle patter or smaller size but I like everything about it.

4. How can you resist a watercolor painted buck?  I know, right? This beauty keeps me company in my studio.

5. I love to cook in the fall and winter and these are a few of our favorites right now…

* Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup

* Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup

* Pumpkin Spice Latte

6. I love this tea so much! I buy mine from Whole Foods.

7. This was my gift from Kelly this month for our 16th wedding anniversary.  We took it to the mountains with us when we stayed in Estes for a mini getaway and it is so fun and easy.

8. This course just helped me so much to notice this season and appreciate the changes around me. I may just need to do a course specific to fall each year:-)

9. Sure I drink Earl Grey…but did you know I wear it too?

10.  This movie is one of my all time favorites and just begs to be watched in the fall.  Who agrees?

11. I have this print on the wall heading up our stairs. I read it hundreds of times a week and love the song and the story behind it.

12. I have used essential oils in our home for as long as I can remember but I have been so much more intentional with them the past four months.  I add the lemon in my water, the deep relief on my temples when I feel a headache coming on, the peppermint in the diffuser while I am working or the kids are doing homework, Thieves to ward off sickness, lavender in the diffuser and on my skin, peace and calm in Benjamin’s diffuser to help him sleep and so much more.

13. These are one of my favorite pairs of earrings and the best part is that they were made a crazy artist:-)

14. Coolest book I have seen in awhile. My friend Danielle gave me the heads up on this one and I am so glad and listened.

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Some of my favorite things about fall that don’t cost almost anything…

long walks and crunching leaves

hot cider

wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire reading your favorite book

crispness in the air

leaves changing colors

bonfires and s’mores

drizzly days and time in the studio

sweaters, boots and slouchy hats

jumping in piles of leaves

pumpkin carving

pumpkin anything

gathering with family

If you want to see our home all cozied up for fall you can check out our recent fall home tour with Finding Home Blog and Better Homes and Gardens.

Creativity Takes Courage {Kimberly Taylor and The Grow Hope Foundation}

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Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now!

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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 Takes Courage.

This month I had the joy of interviewing my good friend Kimberly Taylor.

Kimberly is the founder of The Grow Hope Foundation and I am honored that we had this chance for her to share her heart on family, passions, Africa and creating hope.

I have been friends with Kimberly for over five years now and she never ceases to amaze me with her knowledge of gardening, cooking and photography.

Her style is comfortable, timeless and welcoming.

She is a friend I have laughed and cried with, traveled with and dreamed with.

To see her bring her passions together and create something that brings her joy and blesses others is pretty incredible to see.

The Grow Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people around the world improve their circumstances through education and a helping hand.  Whether it is a loan to begin a sustainable business, bringing in wells to communities with no access to clean water, educating parents on nutrition and hygiene to prevent the spread of disease in their children or hands-on instruction in how to improve sanitation by building better latrines, we want to make a difference.  With your help we can give those in need a helping hand, so that they can create a better future for themselves and their children on their own.

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To watch the video you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Kimberly’s video:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!

Making Hand Carved Stamps {Free Video}

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and it is a sweet time of year where we may take extra time to create for others and our home.

Once of my favorite ways to add details to wrapping paper, note cards and tags is by making my own hand carved stamps.

This is so much easier than you may think and a lot of fun to make.

I wanted to share with you one of the videos from one of my art courses with step by step details how to make your own hand carved stamps.

To access the video:

1) go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and register (this is free)

2) once your account is active you can follow this link to go directly to Hand Carved Stamps

(Or while you are on the main page of my creative network you will find all of my courses on the left hand side of the page under “Courses”.  To see more than the top 10 please click “View All” at the bottom of the list)

3) Once you are on the Hand Carved Stamps page please click the +join in the upper right hand corner and you will have access to the free video

4) You will find the video along the right hand side of the page under “Course Content”

Have fun and share what you make!

Do you want to watch more of my free videos?

Here are some popular videos you might want to check out…

* Creativity Takes Courage (an free interview series with amazing creatives from around the world)

*Mixed Media Vintage Girls

*Home Video {Shop Your House}

*Business Video {Markets and Shows}

*Creating Textures and Patterns

* Some of my favorite art supplies and how I use them

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Week five of Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self portraits} just began yesterday and this week we are learning from artist Cori Dantini!

{In The Wind I Bend by Cori Dantini}

This is a treat because this is Cori’s first time teaching online and you won’t want to miss it.

Cori is studying under the work of artist Mary Blair  and I have already learned so much about this artist and her art.

Here is a peek into your week with Cori Dantini and Mary Blair…

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If you are interested in joining us for the newest Masters class we would love to have you!

The course is a six week course but the videos are available for 2 years!

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You can still register for Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This 6 week online art course is $62 and the videos are available for 2 years.

To register please click HERE.

For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

You can also pay using the Paypal button below…




If you like the crunch of leaves underfoot {peek into Woodland Girls}

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It is way past my bedtime but I couldn’t go to bed without sharing my brand new art course that begins tomorrow (officially today).

Fall is my favorite time of the year because of the crispness in the air, the crunch of the leaves under foot, the bending of the golden grasses and the colors that are changing all around me.

Each fall I find a heightened sense of creativity and a pull into my studio unlike any other time of the year.

I think it is the gathering that fall brings.

Fall brings people around your table, leaves collected on walks, feathers pinned down in your journal, pine cones piled in a bowl on your table and long walks where your thoughts are more likely to wander.

Fall also brings me outside more to create and encourages my love of art with my love of nature.

Welcome to Woodland Girls {and other natural curiosities}! 

Below you will see a glimpse into the mini course content.

This course is a one week course that is instantly available.

The course will be instantly available on October 27th and the content will be available for one year.

The registration price is $30

To read more or to register please click HERE.

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To register:

1) go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and register (this is free)

2) once your account is active you can follow this link to go directly to Woodland Girls {and other natural curiosities}

3) once you are on the main page of the course please click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course and ready for class on November 17th.

See you class!

Pumpkin Pancakes {and apple cider syrup}

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I am pretty much addicted to anything pumpkin so when fall comes around we turn to some of our pumpkin favorites.

I shared this video and recipe in Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays} and wanted to share it with you today!

We hope you love them as much as we do.

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The winner of the Soul.Full art supply giveaway is

I put soul into my writing, my sketches, my daily routine. I am reminded when I take a walk outside and see the beauty of nature through a camera lens and with just my eyes. I love doodling outside. I end my day with soul as well … always a eptom salt/sea salt bath, listening to chakra bowls, and taking some deep breaths as I release my day and focus on what I am grateful for. Thank you for this opportunity. Can’t wait for class to begin.

 

Jen, congratulations! Please email us at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com with all of your information and we will get your goodies out to you.

 

Thank you to everyone that entered and shared Kelly Barton’s new course!

This is a one week online art course that will be instantly available on November 17th.

The early registration price is $24 and the videos will be available for one year!

To register:

1) go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and register (this is free)

2) once your account is active you can follow this link to go directly to Soul.Full

3) once you are on the main page of the course please click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course and ready for class on November 17th.

See you class!

Your Love Is Deep {Your Love is Wide}

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Life has been particularly busier than normal these past months and I do not do busy very well.

Busy makes me feel like I am treading water and just keeping my head above water.

Each morning I try to focus on what really needs my attention whether it be home, business, children, friends, marriage or myself.

These days lately it just feels like everything is needing my attention.  Hence the treading water.

We will figure it out especially with all of the school changes this year but it is taking longer than we expected. Maybe we just don’t handle change well. Who knows.

We have been in such a need for a huge exhale and opportunity to disconnect that we were so excited about the chance to escape to the mountains for five days.

My mom spoiled the whole family with a beautiful getaway to the mountains and it was just what we were needing.

She rented a huge house that held all of us and we had days of hiking, slow mornings, sleeping in, good food, games, art, hot tub and fires.

Today as I was dropping one off to school, taking another to a doctor appointment and then heading back home to record videos this song just connected so deeply with me.

There are busy times in life.

Whether I was a new mommy or chasing after toddlers.

Whether I am homeschooling my children or dropping them all off to different schools.

Whether the business is growing or we are on a new path…I need to rest in the Lord.

I am tired. So tired some days and so many times the rest I need is so much more than physical.

So, if you need rest too I hope you will take a moment, close your eyes and pray for rest…

“Tonight”
(feat. All Sons & Daughters)

Jesus Christ
Will You guide me through this life
Wake me with each morning’s light
And restore my soul’Cause through Your strength
All my fears will fade away
As you lead me in Your ways
I will trust in You

Your love is deep
Your love is wide
And I will rest in Your arms tonight
Your love is deep
Your love is wide
I will rest, I will rest
Tonight

All I see
Is Your beauty chasing me
And the love that sets me free
Oh, I’m found in You

Your love is deep
Your love is wide
And I will rest in Your arms tonight
Your love is deep
Your love is wide
I will rest, I will rest

Your love is deep
Your love is wide
And I will rest in Your arms tonight
Your love is deep
Your love is wide
I will rest, I will rest
Tonight, tonight
Lay Your peace
Like a blanket over me
And as I lay down to sleep
I will rest in You

Brett Whiteley {sneak peek into week four}

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Good Morning!

Just a quick post to give you a glimpse into week four of Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This week artist Robin Fingher will be studying under the works of Brett Whitely.

Come and join us for a fascinating look into the world of this renowned Australian artist.

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If you are interested in joining us for the newest Masters class we would love to have you!

The course is a six week course but the videos are available for 2 years!

***

You can still register for Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This 6 week online art course is $62 and the videos are available for 2 years.

To register please click HERE.

For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

You can also pay using the Paypal button below…