How To Launch Your Own Product {Haven Conference}


That word holds everything for me and it is no surprise that time and time again HOME has brought me to new places with my friends, family, creativity and business.

We have created our business out of our home, have filmed more classes than I can count from our home, have packaged and shipped thousands and thousands of product over the years from our home and I have found that HOME is one of my strongest love languages.

My love for family, faith and the art of gathering has allowed our home to become the safest of places to launch each new dream that we have had.

For those that know and love me it will come as no surprise that I will be speaking at the next Haven Conference.

Haven is a blogging and design conference all about home.

The whole conference is open to anyone “passionate about blogging, DIY projects and creating beauty in your home”.

I am honored and excited to be speaking about how to launch your own product.

I wish I had had a place like Haven to gather, connect, dream, brainstorm and learn when I was starting and later growing our business.

Even if you have been creating a business for awhile now…I think we can forget how amazing it is to be encouraged, supported and inspired and what that does for you and your business.

Here is a peek into our time together:


You have ideas, the market and you see a need that you know you can fill with your product. Now what? How do you take your authentic gifts and ideas and create a successful product that can take your business to the next level?

In this session we will discuss how to take your ideas and make them into a physical or virtual product. We will also talk about how to keep up the momentum after your product launch to ensure a long lasting business.

  • Who is your market and are you filling a need?
  • How do you create a cohesive brand and product?
  • How will you manufacture, and what are your options?
  • How to get your customers excited for what is coming and get prepared for your launch.
  • How to keep the momentum going.
  • Don’t go alone. Let’s talk about collaborations and how they strengthen your brand and product.

To read more about the weekend or to register click HERE.

If you are coming please send me an email letting me know at

If you have specific questions about launching your own product I want to hear and would be honored to answer it at Haven.

I hope to see you there!

Our New Home In Pictures

It has been 2 1/2 months since we have been in our new home and land.  In some ways it feels like we have been here forever and then we are reminded we don’t even know this land or home yet.  Before we moved in we had the whole interior painted white and all of the window frames painted black (except for the children’s bedroom window frames were painted white).  We have never done this before and it was the biggest time saver for us to feel like we could jump right in and start putting our home together.  We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. I starting ordering lighting as soon as they accepted our offer.  I will do a whole post soon all about our lighting and sources.

We are currently having our bookshelves built and a fireplace is being added (hence weird framing in one of the photos).  We have also been working like crazy to get our studio finished.  We have the electrical finished, insulation almost done, walls going in this weekend and our full view garage doors have been ordered.  In between snowstorms we have also been trying to work and play in the yard.  We have fit a lot in the past 2 1/2 months but it is all worth it and we are all in love with our new home and land.

I will try to take photos soon with a real camera but I wanted to share some of the house that I have captured with my phone.


More posts coming soon with the bookshelves installed and the fireplace completed!  Thank you so much for looking!

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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 please email us at******

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 extremely exciting announcement to make and we have been working on it for awhile now.

For all of you lovers of adventure, history, art and travel…this is for you!

Join me in April 2017 for The Living Studio Along The Seine!

Imagine exploring and creating in France!

We will have structured art classes on the ship and then creative prompts that will encourage you to create in the cities and villages.

THIS is the heart of The Living Studio! It is my desire that you make the whole world your studio.

This is not just for painters and sketchers…this is for all of us!

If you love history, art, architecture, live music, wine tasting, cooking classes, lectures, bike tours…this is for you!

The best part is that you get to choose each day what you do or don’t do. You can participate in the classes or you can lounge by the pool…or both!

The details…

Detailed Itinerary

April 6-15th, 2017

The Living Studio Along the Seine

Arrive in Paris and embark to your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)

After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the “Routes des Abbayes” excursion spotlighting Normandy’s famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)

Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector. Your first stop will be the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. You will have free time to see the museums before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Your last stop is the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer before returning to the ship in Caudebec. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be the Pegasus Monument in Ranville followed by Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. You will also have the chance to visit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Cambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)

Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own. (B,L,D)

Depart Rouen early this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. An mid-day stroll along the river offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War. Athletically-inclined guests may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)

Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the Château’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)

After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post cruise extension in Paris will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay, built in a former railway station on the Left Bank. Its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes well-known works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops, or choose one of several optional tours. (B)

Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

What is included in your 9 night/ 10 day stay

*7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
*Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
*Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
*You will be provided with your own portable studio so you can create anywhere you go
*”Limited Edition Tours”
*Life-enriching tours with personal headset included
*Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
*Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
*Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
*Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
*Multiple dining venues
*Unlimited red & white wines from France’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
*Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
*Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
*Transfer from the ship to the hotel in Paris
*2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
*Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
*Services of professional Cruise Manager
*All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
*Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
*All port fees, taxes, gratuities
* This does not include airfare

A peek into life on the ship…

Join me: April 6-15th, 2017 for the Living Studio Along the Seine

In US dollars: Starting at $3807.00 per person / double occupancy

These prices reflect a $1000 discount through April 30th.

To view the ship and cabin choices:


Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $950.00

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Danube River Cruise please email Jeanne Oliver at to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.

Photography 101: Through The Artist’s Eye Begins on Monday!

Nothing has defined our business and brand as much as finding my own style through photography. This has been a gift that has not only grown our business but allowed me to capture my family and the day to day.

 Photography 101: Through the Artist’s Eye with Cynthia Shaffer begins on Monday, April 25th!

The registration price for this one week course (4+ hours of content) is $46.00. This course will begin on April 25, 2016, all content will be pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

Meet Cynthia Shaffer



Truth be told … way back when … I first picked up a camera out of necessity. I was writing my first craft book and needed to send my editor photos of the projects I was working on. I knew right then and there that I needed to master this photography thing in order to “sell” my project to my editor! Since that time I have had the opportunity to photographed 40+ arts and crafts book, many, many models, families, event and products and on and on. Aside from being a photographer I’ve authored a few books, most recently, Simply Stitched Gifts (Lark 2015) featuring my love for free motion stitching.

Southern California is home for me and my husband Scott and our 3 pups, Harper, Berklee and Rosie. Oh, and I do have a couple of adult kids as well … Cameron and Corry!

Come visit me on my blog … or my photography website … or, if you have any questions, send me an email at!


Photography 101: Through the Artist’s Eye Trailer

Photo 101 Promo Video from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.


Here is a little peek into the course…

Have you ever looked at super dreamy photos and wondered how the heck did they do that? Do you want to take great photos of your art, capture precious moments of your family, children, pets or nature and then make them shine on your web site, social media, blog or in publications? Well, guess what? It’s all about learning to shoot in manual mode. This workshop will teach you just that, and so much more!


Ok, here’s the thing about this workshop … Cynthia is an artist and knows how to teach this technical subject in a way that creative people will understand. Often creative minds need visual aids to learn rather than written text. While there will be plenty of written words, tips and tricks, downloadable cheat sheets and links to Cynthia’s favorite tools she can’t live without, the workshops will be packed with close-up hands on videos (Cynthia’s hands on the cameras showing you where the buttons and dials are and how and when to push them). But here’s the best part … you’ll be able to stop the video and practice with your camera and then continue on at your own pace. And if you didn’t quite understand it the first time, because this is all brand new to you, you can play that video over again!


Towards the end of this workshop there will be activities and prompts to practice all your new photography skills! While some of the activities will be geared towards the artist, the basic photography skills taught are the same for anyone wanting to learn how to get the most from their camera and to shoot in manual mode.


A Facebook page will be available to chat, share and trouble shoot! Cynthia will be available daily to help troubleshoot and problem solve.

So grab your DSLR, turn the mode dial to “M” and let your photography adventure begin!


To register or read more come over to the course page.

See you in class!


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1. Register at (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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The Living Studio Friday Prompt

We are back with The Living Studio Friday Prompt!

Family life mixed in with moving and working on our new studio has been beautiful, busy, tiring, stressful and exciting.

We are thrilled to have our art prompts back a few times a month to hopefully inspire and encourage your creativity!

To see all of our previous posts please type “Living Studio Prompts” in the search bar and enjoy the previous prompts.


Welcome to the Living Studio Friday Prompt!

Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week.

We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt.

I am only able to teach at 1-2 Living Studio retreats a year and not everyone is able to join me for an in person workshop.

I am hoping this is a fun way for us to connect.

My hope is that you will connect with us through our free Living Studio video series online, join the Living Studio Facebook page and share your art and start connecting with other members in your area to get out of your studio and creating art in the studio of your town, parks, cafes and museums.

Welcome to The Living Studio Friday Prompt!

 Click HERE to download your free PDF

Click HERE to download your free PDF

This next week I encourage you to look at the every day as unique and exceptional. There is nothing you look at more and possibly pass over.

It is free, convenient and already in front of you.

Some suggestions:

Your pet, meal, coffee, unmade bed, table, kitchen, coffee pot, plant, living room, car, lamp, couch, paint supplies, tree, sidewalk, books etc.

This week take a moment each day to quickly capture the beauty around you in unexpected ways.

You will be surprised how good you will feel from connecting with your surroundings and honoring your creativity.

I have created a Pinterest board full of inspiration creativity through Paint Your World

I am also including a fun everyday painting demo by Carol Marine.  I know you will want to go grab your brushes after this one…

Building a Creatively Made Business | Questions and Answers

I sure don’t have all of the answers when it comes to running and building a business but I  do want to be as open as possible about my own creative journey and hope you will all do the same.

When I was starting out there were plenty of times when I had women that were farther along in the creative journey hold their own hands out and give me lift. I have also had many women keep their knowledge close and they were afraid to share it.  Over the years I have extended my hand out to those coming up behind me and hopefully I have been an encouragement to those women to also share when they would have an opportunity.  We are so much more powerful when we come together, share our knowledge and support one another. Always.

I recently asked different groups of women if they had any business questions they are struggling with.  I have chosen a small number to share.  The advice below is based upon my opinion and experience only.    I hope we can start a discussion…



I am wondering if I have missed the era of blogging. I have yet to find the exact creative niche (I love so many) and wanted to start a creative blog first, then move into business later. I am afraid I missed the best window of opportunity for that plan. What are your thoughts about blogging as a beginning? Has other social media outlets overtaken the blog?


I started blogging when it was the main way to connect with your readers and customers. When I started blogging there was no Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.. Each blog post I wrote had hundreds of comments and created true connection with those reading.  Things change and I believe you need to change with it but there is something special about a format that gives those that are looking for it…MORE.  Blogging not only gives me a place to share workshops and classes but it also gives me a class to share about our life and my thoughts on a larger format.  I still believe it is an authentic and needed way to connect.  I can’t imagine having a website without a blog.  I definitely can not imagine having Facebook, Instagram etc. without a place to send those that want to know more about who I am and what I create. The larger our business has grown I have had to pick and choose what authentically fits with my personality and what social media works for our business.   I guess I had to choose what I could actually keep up with and what would I want to follow through with and do.  My best advice is to build what you love and you will find your audience. It has taken me almost 9 years to build what we have.  9 years of consistently working towards something bigger.  Don’t get frustrated and just follow what seems to be the latest and greatest.  Find the best platform to share YOU and go from there. I look forward to hearing what you decide.



Marketing and getting your name out there. I’m working on growing my social media presence and shop views and turning that into sales. I have no idea how to gain momentum.

ANSWER: Everyone has a different answer to this and what works for one doesn’t mean it is right for you.  It seems like there is a new way to promote or a new platform being launched all of the time and you can’t do them all.  I always think it is wise to find someone doing what YOU are doing (or wanting to do) and watch what they do.  So many people are looking around at what everyone else is doing instead of focusing on what THEY need to be doing.  Focus on what you are drawn to. Be consistent.  That is the best place to start and work from there. I promise that you will soon see what works for you. This is not a formula or guaranteed success BUT when you are being authentic to you and using social media that you actually like you will be more likely to be consistent.  This is just simple truth that I know works in my own life.  I will only continue to do what I connect with.

I am a big fan of local author, speaker and friend Wally Long and his book The Power of Consistency.  I read his book a few years after I created our first business course and I shook my head to so much of what he wrote. If you like my courses and what I have shared I know you will also like what Wally shares and his tips of creating the business that you want.



When you are first starting… and you only have a few products made…. and you trying to start all of your social media accounts, do your branding, work on your website, open an etsy…. and you are just going crazy with your huge to-do list… what would you say the order of importance is… or maybe kind of like a schedule to follow.  I really am not sure of my question really. I just feel so overwhelmed with all the biz side and not knowing where to put my focus first and how much time to spend on that is actually doing your art. It seems so hard at first and it goes so slow trying to build a following.

ANSWER: I spend more time each day connecting, answering questions, promoting and doing the “business” of art than creating art most days.  That is why we have a business though and I have to schedule creative time so we can go to the next level.  When I was starting out I blogged, had an Etsy shop and worked on building relationships with my customers and other creatives.  Your path will consistently change, what you create will change and the direction of your business will change BUT you have to start somewhere and I am a huge fan of starting right where you are with exactly what you have right now.  Open that Etsy shop.  You instantly can find a customer with good photos, a well labeled description and paying to advertise your goods on Etsy.  If you have five items…list five items. Grow from there.  Don’t wait until everything is perfect and ready to go because nothing is ever perfect and ready to go.  The next step would be to find one form of social media that works for you and build up relationships.  Use the rest of your time making new product. Focus. Don’t make it too complicated or you are more likely to get frustrated, feel like you can’t keep up or that you are doing everything wrong.  And the truth is…of course you are (at least some of the things)! You are awesome and brave and are learning as you go! Give yourself some grace.  So many people throw in the towel before they even see what they are capable of and where their gifts can lead them.  Start today doing one thing that will put you on your way.  That one thing may just change everything.



I’ve been selling my art (acrylic, watercolor, oil) and various other artsy/craftsy items for about 3 years now. Most of my sales have come through fb. I have an Etsy shop (that I’ve neglected lately) and am on Society6 (since 12/15). I did really well on S6 for the first month with Christmas sales but as you probably know the profit margin is extremely low. I don’t really utilize IG for sales. I’m in process of applying to be a vendor at one of our outdoor markets (first time to try this). I really want other avenues of sales so I don’t need to rely on social media so much. I don’t do this as a hobby. I need the income.  So, anything that you can address that will help me grow my creative biz would be great. Thanks!


I love that you state that this isn’t a hobby.  No one works as hard as you are because it is a hobby and I believe that our gifts can often be our income with the right direction. I would suggest building your website/blog so you have a landing page for your goods.  I would get back to updating Etsy and allowing it to work for you. Even though I have a website I still use Etsy as a good way to direct people to our main site and creative network.  It is inexpensive and has a large following. If Facebook is working for you I wouldn’t stop using it.  Allow it to be an extra tool to connect with those that already love your work!  Instagram is a great way to build a following but send them to your main landing page. Society6 is fine but I would hate to see you put a lot of time here. This is extra and allows you to offer your products to your customers in a new and fun way that may not otherwise be possible but the profit margin is small and will only work for you in high volume.

Outdoor markets can go either way so I love that you are trying it but don’t be disappointed if it does not generate the sales you are wanting. My experience is that the cost to participate should be equal to the amount of customers coming through.  I mean if a market is $25 to enter then be prepared for little to no sales.  Ask what their traffic is before you make the decision to put your time, money and energy into a show.  A show is a HUGE amount of work and if you are spending money making product that doesn’t sell then you are at a loss.  I am a huge fan of larger shows like Vintage Whites Market and Country Living shows.  They have great traffic and they work hard to promote and get you the customers you need.  If you are paying $200 or more to participate you should expect 5,000 + customers to be coming through.

One of the biggest game changers for us early on in our business was to connect with shops in the area and create product for them.  I didn’t provide product for more than one retailer per town and this gave us the freedom to create the same thing over and over, create relationships, create an income and eventually to put us on a whole new path.  I highly recommend seeing if your product would work for local retailers.  Let us know what you decide.



Which is more important – getting products out there or developing a cohesive presence (brand)? Did you develop your brand as your built your business or did you know exactly who Jeanne Oliver Designs was before you even started? And how did you maintain consistency in that look?


Such a wonderful question and there is such a misconception behind this.  I believe the most important thing is to get your product out there and you will develop your brand and style as you go. No, I didn’t know who Jeanne Oliver Designs was and I sure as heck didn’t have a consistent look until a few years in.  We did everything on Etsy for a few years until our business really grew and we created a website.  I would LOVE for you to go to my Etsy site that has been around since the beginning. I don’t do much on it nowadays but you can see for yourself where we started. You can see exactly when our photos and products changed. I can tell you the exact collection when I started to know where I wanted to go.  Come on over HERE and start at the beginning of my sold items. Go to page 77 of the sold items to see the first items I listed. You will see my brand starting to come together around August 24, 2009 and page 57 of the sales.  I share this so you can see for yourself that I truly started where I was, found my way and brand and grew our business slowly and authentically.  The pictures tell the whole story.

I want to also share with you where we are today. And I know we will continue to grow and fine tune our brand.  That is what makes this so fun to be a part of.   Here are some of my previous lookbooks over the past years now that we understand who we are and who are customers are.


If you are interested in building or growing your business I would love to talk with you.  I have a small amount of consulting openings each month and would love to share my rates with you and help you build your own creative business. You can contact me at


Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 is an online course with over 80 videos full of information. This course is instantly available to work through at your own pace and at your convenience. We will cover our creative journey, getting started, websites, balancing your creative life with your home life, photographing your product, pricing, wholesaling,  setting yourself apart, growing your brand, creating lookbooks, e-courses, markets and shows and  SO  MUCH MORE!


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It’s The Weekend! | Strawberry Basil Whiskey Smash

 It’s finally the weekend and instead of getting outside and enjoying the balmy spring Colorado weather, we’re bracing ourselves for the year’s biggest snow storm. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring spring inside with a perfectly sweet & super yummy cocktail!

Whether you’re sunbathing outside or hiding from the snow inside, enjoy a fresh taste of spring!


Thank you for joining us for the new series It’s The Weekend! This series will be hosted by Jeanne Oliver and contributing blogger and artist Jen Wagner.

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