Gift Giving Guide 2016

I don’t like to buy something just to buy something!

I love when I can find the perfect gift for the people I love BUT sometimes it is hard and I could use some help.

Today our creative team has put together some ideas for the girlie girl, the guy in your life and from small businesses you may want to support.

Jeanne Oliver’s Guide Guide for the Girlie Girl

I love to give gifts that I would like to receive. Give me all the books, coffee and cozy gifts! These are all items that I have and LOVE!  These are also items that I use all of the time you will know that these gifts will be well used.

Coziest handmade chunky blanket. Pure yumminess!

My go to place for handmade artisan pottery is Chris Taylor. Each piece is beautifully made and goes with everything. I love to mix and match and it is a gorgeous gift.

This shop is brand new and I just bought way too much BUT check out these marble and wood coasters! Hello!

This is the warmest and cutest hat I own.  Who doesn’t want to walk around town with a big fury ball on the top of your head? I thought so.

It you know a creative woman than this is the gift for her! Awesome book that is inspiring and encouraging.  Beautifully made and represents all of us.

Nothing makes me happier than to support another artist and this leather tote is handmade from a local artisan that mixes the finest supplies and design. Bravo!

This lotion is also from another local artisan and it is not only an excellent product but her packing puts it over the top!

When you need to take your French press up a notch! Beautiful and functional.


Jen Wagner’s Gift Guide for Guys
Having an excuse to spend money on my husband is such a fun part of the holiday season for me! But let’s be real for a second, men can be very difficult to shop for. So I love spending time looking around to find things he normally wouldn’t buy for himself, but also things that are practical that he’d love and appreciate. He loves great design, minimalism, and leather (you know, man things I guess), so I scoured the internet to find a list of a few things that he and many other men may love to receive this Christmas!
Leather Jacket from Leather & Cotton
Warm Socks from J Crew
Mixology Set from West Elm
Playing Cards from West Elm
“Work Hard” Poster from Schoolhouse Electric
Leather Watch from Instrmnt
Mobile Charging Station from Amazon
Ethically Made Leather Boots from Oliberte
Wood Peg Bike Rack from Etsy

Here’s my list of 9 great local small businesses. All of these
businesses feature either handmade gifts or are local small businesses
in Colorado.

To find your own local small businesses, just head to a craft fair,
market or artisan boutique in your area. Be prepared to spend a bit more
than you might normally spend on gifts because you know that small
businesses are making their goods with their own hands- not mass
producing them and that costs a bit more.

To shop from my favorite small businesses, just click the link and tell
them I sent you!

1. Canned Goods
Canned Goods is one of those awesome give-back companies that we all
love! They upcycle tin cans AND give 1 can of food for every piece of
jewelry sold to a homeless shelter! Win/Win/Win!

2. My Sweet Honeybee Soap
I met Cindy when we were both just getting started building our small
business dreams and I’ve not only fallen in love with her, but I LOVE
her soaps. It is all we use anymore. The smell is heavenly and of
course, it gets us clean.

3. Hygge Life
I posted about my favorite blanket in my fall finds, but I feel it bears
repeating- the Turkish blankets and towels from Hygge are to-die-for!
And did you know Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) describes the feeling of
finding true joy in life’s moments- big or small. The blankets are my
favorite, but I love the towels, too!

4. Mutts and Mittens
Dog Lovers Unite! Shannon makes dog collars right here in Denver,
Colorado! Why give your dog a boring old collar when he or she can be

5. Give’r
This one is (mostly) for the boys and men in your life. The guys at
Give’r think you should “give’r all you got; go for it” and the attitude
of excellence shows in their awesome product line. Their leather gloves
(which you can customize with initials!) are a high quality gift that is
built to last!

6. Voormi
This one is for my husband. He is o.b.s.s.e.d. with Voormi. He loves
anything high quality that is made in the USA and that’s Voormi in a
nutshell. These guys create and manufacture all weather gear that is
built to last. All of their wool is from the Rocky Mountain region and
all products are made in America. Get the outdoorsman in your life a
gift with meaning that will last!

7. Sword and Plough
I’m a sucker for bags and semi-regularly present my case for a new bag
for special occasions. It’s just one of my “things”. Anyway, this local
company does good on so many levels! They repurpose military surplus to
make all of their products, they employ veterans AND they give back 10%
to veteran programs. They have lots of wallets and other smaller gifts,
but also- BAGS!

Sometimes a snazzy tee shirt is the best gift. This Colorado based
company sells some radical shirts and hats for men, women and children.
If you or someone you know loves, lives or belongs in Colorado, get them
one of these shirts! I got my brother one this year in hopes that he
would finally figure out how rad Colorado is and move here.

9. Sage 8 Studio
One of my favorite gift giving traditions is a special ornament each
year for my kids. Last year I bought what is now known as the “best
ornaments ever”. Sage 8 takes slices of pine, bettlekill and other wood
and hand creates amazing ornaments. She also has gorgeous art that
combines bright colors and the beauty found in nature using wood as her

If none of these companies have what you are looking for, you can always
Shop Shabby for some awesome alpaca products.

Happy gifting! I hope you can truly enjoy the beauty of giving this
holiday season!


What Classes and Teachers Do YOU Want To See On The Jeanne Oliver Creative Network?



We are busy getting our beautiful new creative network ready to launch in January 2017!

This has truly been a labor of love and we know you are going to LOVE it!

We have the MOST incredible line up of teachers and classes coming to you in the New Year and as we are working on the site we want to hear from you and hear what and who you would love to see on our new creative network.

It would mean so much to us if you would take a few moments to tell us what classes you want to see more of, what teachers you wish we would host and even if you have a testimonial you would like to share.

This is YOUR site! We want to make it even more beautiful for YOU and we want to hear what would make it the most enriching, inspiring, educational and beautiful online art school that you take classes from.

Thank you!
Jeanne Oliver


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Creativity Takes Courage | Janet Hill

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series Creativity Takes Courage.

My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past three 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 we are talking with artists Janet Hill!

We are talking all about passions, creativity and running a business.

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To watch the video on our creative network you just need to be registered at (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 Janet Hill’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!



Studio Christmas Tour

I had hoped to get the studio simply decorated for Christmas in time for our Holiday House Walk Tour earlier this week but that just didn’t happen so we are sharing it now.

We are loving this space so much and what it means for me but also Kelly and the kids.

This is where I create, have meeting with our creative team members, meet with clients, read, study, tinker, have cocktails or coffee with Kelly and hang out with the kids.

It has just become an incredibly fun extension of our home.

I don’t like to get too fussy with the holidays and decorating and I believe less is more.

Welcome to the studio!

Thank you for coming on over to the studio and if you would like to see more images of the studio I recommend the following posts…

The Studio That Love Built {before and after photos}

Our First Live Workshop In Our New Studio {come and check out the photos}


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The London and Caroline Art Bags Are Now Available | Just in Time for Christmas Delivery

Welcome to our art bag!

We have just released the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics include vintage French linen! They are so dreamy!

Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us.

The Caroline and London art bags are made from three floral vintage upholstery fabrics , backed with vintage French linen, lined with navy and white ticking, has an adjustable strap, a large zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, an outside pocket for a ruler or larger paintbrushes, an open pocket for pencils etc., a buttoned pocket, four antique brass feet and a cloth divider.

They each close with a antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable vintage French grain sack fabric flower.  Each bags also comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The art bags measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

All bags will be shipped in time for Christmas!

We hope you love these bags as much as we do!

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Business Consulting and Private Art Instructions Openings for 2017

We are opening up our calendar to start scheduling business consults and private art instruction in 2017.

This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the new studio because it has allowed us to connect in brand new ways.

Over the past year I have consulted with businesses owners from all over the world and have helped them make a plan to grow their business, get back on track or get off the ground.

Running your own business is one of the hardest things you will ever do but it is also one of the most rewarding.  If you feel stuck in your business, not sure how to navigate social media, don’t know how to focus and move forward or you just need another creative to brainstorm with you then I would love to talk with you. You can choose a one hour session or meet weekly/monthly. We will talk through Skype so we see each other and create a genuine relationship as we work together.

There are few things I do that give me as much joy as connecting with other creative business owners and sharing what we have learned.

If you would like to schedule a consult please email us at


I love teaching online and also in live workshops but sometimes the best use of your time and resources can be private one on one instruction.

I meet with artists in our studio and it can be a one time instruction, monthly or you can travel and we can schedule it for a full day or weekend.

If you are interested in scheduling private art instruction please email us at


Because of our own new beautiful studio here in Castle Rock, Colorado I am only traveling to one studio in 2017 and it is to teach in North Caroline at the Donna Downey Studios

The most beautiful and inspiring gift to yourself to start off 2017!


Coming together and creating one on one with other artists is one of my favorite things. I have three children at home and my heart is to be with them so it is only the most special studios and opportunities that bring me away from my own studio.

In person I am able to connect in a whole different way than online and we are able to work one on one on your art and even where you want your art to go. The intimacy that a live workshop offers is priceless to me and I hear that back from other artists also. It is always a growth experience for each artist teaching and the artists gathering together.

This coming February I will be traveling to North Carolina to teach at the Donna Downey Studios! This is such a treat for me to be at Donna’s studio but to also be teaching along the East Coast! I know I get asked often to make my way to the East Coast so I hope this makes many of you happy!

THREE DAYS of us sketching, laughing, connecting, sculpting and going away filled up and ready to take what we have learned and discovered about ourselves and investing it into our own work. I love this part of live workshops! I just walk away filled up and inspired in my own creativity! I hope you join me!

You can make payments (hello!) and start your 2017 with a creative gift for yourself!

The Details:

Product Description


Class size limited…

Workshop Description…

Join me for a three-day workshop all about finding your authentic style and incorporating your story into your work. Our first day together will be filled with some of my favorite sketching exercises and techniques. We will play with charcoal, inks, watercolor pencils, pastels, paints and more. At the end of the first day you will be surrounded by your portrait sketches and collages and your own story will start to be revealed.

With our other days together we will create sculptures based upon your sketches. You will build your own industrial armatures and I will share easy to follow steps to sculpting your own face. We will embellish our sculptures with plaster and wire to create works of art you will be proud of.

You will go home with sketches, collages, paintings and sculptures that will give you glimpses into your authentic hand in your creativity and where it is leading you.


Event Schedule……..

Friday Feb 17th 2017
12:00pm – 5:00PM workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

Saturday Feb 18th 2017
9:30am – students arrive at studio. Breakfast & coffee served.
10:00am – 5:00PM workshop
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

Sunday Feb 19th 2017
9:30am – students arrive at studio. Breakfast & coffee served.
10:00am – 2:00pm workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

I would love to create with you North Carolina!

To read more or to register click HERE.

Life In Season | A Book Review


Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful things in my lifetime to see creativity have a platform and to be validated.  I needed it. Maybe you did too.



Recently my friends Vanessa Hunt and Heather Patterson of At the Picket Fence blog published their first book called Life In Season | Celebrate The Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home. Their blogs are filled with DIY, decor and heart. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that their first book reflects all of that and more. I expected it to be more amazing projects but what has left me with tears each time I have read is the transparency and vulnerability that these pages drip with. Each time I have closed a chapter I have sat with the most grateful heart that I had the moments to read their words, reflect upon the heart of God, to connect once again with women I adore and do see that we all have the same brokenness. I don’t know why we need to be reminded of that. I don’t know why we sometimes think we are the only ones broken and when we see it in others it actually makes them more beautiful…and it does for us too.


I love a good surprise and this book is that. This is the book I am reading each morning with my devotional because their words last long after the page. Yes, I will try the recipes and projects but the sweetest surprise is the heart of who these women are and their heart for each one of you when you read the pages.

An excerpt from the chapter Scars

“…Are we capable of seeing the scars in our lives in this way? As trophies of that fight we have won, to be displayed proudly. As memorials to what we have conquered in our own lives.

Can we identify with Jesus as He held out His scarred hands to His beloved disciples, as proof that He was alive? Can we see our scars as reminders of a victory over sin and not something to be ashamed of?”


It is just beautiful! The whole book will inspire, make you laugh, cry and encourage you as you love well those around you.  It shares the truth that there is rich joy in all seasons of our lives.

You can read more or order HERE.