Are You The Winners of Creatively Christmas?

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Thank you to everyone that shared my friend Jennifer Rizzo’s new book Creatively Christmas!

The book sold out in the first printing and it is now back in stock.

Very excited for Jen and I know her creative head is already plotting a second book.

You can read more about the book HERE.

I am giving away two copies and want to get them out to you right away so you can use the book to decorate this Christmas.

The winners are…

dannylion commented:

Christmas – although beautiful is extremely tough for me these days… I feel that extra “kindness” that Christmas exudes in people… You can experience the excitement of the hustle and bustle, the smells of holiday cookies (even in the grocery store) with the sights and sounds of
Christmas lights and music are just beautiful…

 

There are so many things I love about Christmas. I love serving as lector at multiple Masses on Christmas Day. I am a widow and live alone. I volunteer so that Lectors with families can be at home. I am filled with the feelings of love that comes from embracing the spirituality of the season, the memorialization of the birth of Jesus. I also love the Christmas scene I am creating in my home, it brings me peace and hope.

 

Please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com with your address and I will get the book out to you right away!

Thank you!

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This Year Make Your Christmas Gifts!

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I am thrilled to announce that Stephanie Lee will be teaching Hand Formed | Simple Sculpting {sculpting with plaster and clay} beginning THIS Monday!

This is the perfect time to create special gifts that really mean something special for the holidays.

Stephanie is creating a course that will teach you the basics and beyond and you will walk away with multiple sculptures for yourself or others.

There are few mediums that I enjoy as much as plaster and clay!

Registration is $34.99.  The course will be available on November 24th and the videos will be available for one year.

To read or to register click HERE.

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Here is a peek into the course…

“Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.” 
 -Damien Hirst
In this playful exploration of three dimensional form, we will dive into the fundamentals of creating stable and long-lasting sculptures using plasters and clays that are readily accessible, fun to work with, and easily modified to create whatever form you want.
During the week of this jam packed course, we will build multiple projects from start to finish with each project emphasizing different techniques that can all be adapted and modified to be combined with all the other techniques taught in the course. Each project will demonstrate a different armature or foundation construction approach so that you can feel confident in the stability of your beautiful pieces no matter what the final form is.
Once we have a stable foundation shape, we will explore various finishing and textural effects using paint, carving, sanding, finishing with encaustic medium, and incorporating paper ephemera & found objects. You can expect to get a bit messy but will enjoy that you most of the projects demonstrated can be created from start to finish in a day or less even with no prior sculpting experience.
Share the joy of the journey of this course with children or friends in playful collaboration or dive in the learning as sacred personal creative time to build objects of lasting beauty and joy.
“Art-making is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt”

The Official Launch of The Living Studio {and a huge giveaway too}

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I have been waiting to do an official launch of the new The Living Studio | City Art Walks Around The World retreats and online classes!

This is almost two years in the making and it is beyond fun to finally see it coming together.

I was waiting until I could do a huge giveaway and to also give you a hint at what will be coming in the new year.

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

The Living Studio combines my love of travel, creating and connecting with other creatives.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

To celebrate The Living Studio I am giving some of my favorite go to tools for creating a portable studio.

These are the tool I use that encourage creating at the coffee shop, in the car, at the park or in the mountains.

I suggest having a portable set in your car so you have no excuse not to create on the go.

When you practice like this I promise you that you will start seeing your art grow in new and exciting ways.

{one lucky winner will get everything seen here and a bit more}

 

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I have two amazing The Living Studio collaboration retreats coming up in 2015.

In February we will be creating together in Savannah, Georgia.

Join me in October in Normandy, France.

We will be ending our trip in Paris and I have more coming about that too!

What else is coming for The Living Studio in 2015?

Coming this January The Living Studio will also become a free online series!

This brand new series will highlight a different artist and include technique videos to help you expand your creativity and to encourage making the town you live in your studio.

More information will be coming soon and you can sign up for this FREE series and be ready for the first artist and videos that will launch in January.

**We will even be expanding The Living Studio to have an Art and Necessity Collection**

This will be collections of art supplies put together by artists you trust and admire.

Let’s get back to the giveaway and celebrating new things to come!

What I am giving away:

*One portable art studio set {valued at over $200}

*One $200 Dick Blick gift card

* One package of every class on my creative network {valued at over $790}

One lucky winner will get an art package valued at over $1,000!

How you can enter for the huge art giveaway!!!

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know a place you would love me to host a Living Studio retreat or an artist that you would like to see in the free online series.

For additional chances at the giveaways you can…

* Facebook about the giveaway, the two retreats coming up and the new online series

* Pin this post and/or retreats to Pinterest

* Talk about the giveaway and/or new retreats on Instagram and use the hashtag #thelivingstudio

* Blog about the new retreats and new online series

* Share this post on Twitter

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

Thank you for sharing the new course!

{the winner will be announced next Thursday}

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Becoming |The Unfolding Of You {free study starting in January}

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About a year ago as I was taking a walk and talking to the Lord I received the name for a future course.  I love when I get the name and tagline all together. I came home giddy and excited for what this course would be about.  This course would be the third in a series.  My very first online art course was Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts) and it was followed up with The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes).  Both courses were full of art but also my own journey with my gifts, forgiveness and the Lord.  There have been many art courses after the first course but I knew that this third “series” course would be all about the Lord.  Wide open and all laid out for anyone that wanted to hear more about Him or grow in their faith.

The most successful time of year for an online art course is January so about two months ago I began to get more serious about laying out the course and the foundation of what I wanted to share/create.  A few months ago the Lord very sweetly whispered that this course needed to be free.  What?  Free?  Crazy Lord!  This is the best time of year for a course!  This can’t be the Lord:-)  After many discussions with the Holy Spirit over that week I walked away knowing this was good. Really good. As I sat in church a few weeks later name after name flooded my mind and heart and I started writing as quickly as I could.  All of the content for the course was provided, the heart behind the course and all of the women I knew I would love to be a part of the course.   I don’t know there has been a complete 180 on how I thought this course would be run…but I just know it doesn’t matter.  I know that every door that has opened for me has been the Lord and that He knows exactly the whys.  He knows the hearts that need more. More of Him and so much less of this world.

As I emailed friends that I knew were crazy for Jesus I held my breath and wondered if anyone would even be up for doing this free study with me.

With tears I am writing this because look at all of these amazing women that said YES!

These are the best of the best and they are doing this because they love you and they love the Lord.

This January join 21 women for an 8 week study all about finding your true identity in Christ.

Each week you will hear unfolding stories from the women in this study.

We will be sharing truths about who the Lord says we are and our personal journeys to accepting and living out these truths.

 

Melanie Everhart        http://dwellantiques.wordpress.com

Edie Wadsworth         http://www.lifeingraceblog.com

Emily  Wierenga        http://www.emilywierenga.com

Amanda Purvis           http://emergefamilyconnections.com

Vanessa Hunt             http://www.atthepicketfence.com

Karianne Woods       http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com

Shannan Martin         http://www.flowerpatchfarmgirl.com

Stephanie Ackerman http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com

Courtney Walsh         http://courtneywalsh.typepad.com

Jen Wagner                 http://www.jenniferlaurencreative.com

Sarah Martin              http://liveitoutblog.com

Mary Krause              http://instagram.com/mary.krause

Paige Knudsen           http://paigeknudsen.com

Laura McCollough    http://akissonthechic.blogspot.com

Stephanie Holden      http://honeyholden.blogspot.com

Sheila Atchley             http://aseasonofharvest.blogspot.com

Jennifer Rizzo              http://www.jenniferrizzo.com

Tiffini Kilgore            http://thehouseofbelonging.com

Lissa Whitlock           http://www.keepitsimplekeepitfresh.blogspot.com

Mindy Lacefield         http://www.timssally.com

Jeanne Oliver              http://jeanneoliverdesigns.com

 

I hope you will take a minute to hear the heart behind the course…

We will also have fun creative videos that follow the study each week where the women will share one of their gifts.

Think guitar playing, bread making, painting, entertaining and more.

You know I can’t have a course without sharing how the Lord uses our creativity!

My hope is that the study will give you fresh eyes for the Lord and yourself.

When we know who we are in Christ it changes everything and opens our paths and gifts in incredible new ways.

Some of us are carrying around “truths” about ourselves that are flat out lies and it time to lay them down.

This study will be open and honest, real, Bible based and a bit of creativity too.

We hope you will join us January 6, 2015 for this free online study!

To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

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

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

To register for Becoming | The Unfolding of You

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

2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You

4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You

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 for the study to begin on January 6, 2015

Tell your friends!

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Creatively Christmas {a book, some crafting, our home and a giveaway}

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Last January Jennifer Rizzo came and captured our home still decorated for the holidays.

After months of Jen writing, photographing and creating for her book I believe we were one of the last homes that she needed to photograph.

It was a fun time of working and playing during her visit and a sweet honor to be included in her first book!

I was able to see a draft of the book before it went to print and as I looked through it I had tears in my eyes for my dear friend that had created one of the most gorgeous Christmas DIY books I had ever seen.

This book is so packed full of things you can make for your home, as gifts, with your kids and friends.

When we finally had our own copy of the book in our hands Maddy and I went through picking out all of the things we wanted to make and yesterday Ben and Maddy made a few things.

I am pretty strict about following my own rule about no Christmas until after Thanksgiving but I had to break that to share this beautiful book.

The book is full of DIY decorating and gift ideas but it is also overflowing in decor photos of different homes dressed up for Christmas and the traditions of the holidays.

This book has many layers and brings you much more than crafting.

Here is a glimpse into our creating day inspired by Jen’s new book Creatively Christmas: Inspired Yuletide Decor.

Did I mention that the first printing sold out weeks ago? Yep, it’s that good:-)

I purchased two extra copies of the book to give away!

To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you love about Christmas or the holidays in general.

We will pick the winners next week.

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Rosemary Gin Fizz {bottoms up}

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Sometimes you have the week that calls for mid week cocktails.

Did anyone else realize that it isn’t even midweek?

I am clinking my glasses with all of you and if you need a cocktail too…

{This recipe is found in one of my very favorite cookbooks}

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The Living Studio Normandy, France {registration is open}

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My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

This unique retreat combines my love of travel and creating and connecting with other women.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum,

painting in the gardens,

practicing their watercolors in the mountains

or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

Few places have changed my creative heart as much as France so it is my joy to announce my collaboration with Cat of Sunday Brocantes to offer you The Living Studio | Normandy, France!

Here is a peek into this luxury creative retreat!

Are you a writer, a photographer, a painter, a sketcher ?

Are you just starting to embrace your creativity or have you jumped in all of the way?

No matter how your creativity is expressed or the level in which you practice it…this retreat is for you!

October 9th-16th 2015

Your trip begins in charming Normandy villages, and stunning seaside resort towns, and concludes with exploring the world renowned Paris Flea Market.

While in Normandy take walks in small local villages, discover French country farms, cider mills and chateau’s, spend a morning experiencing the beauty of Monet’s gardens, take a bike trip along the famous beach-side boardwalk of Deauville. Enjoy an afternoon at the quaint stone French cottage of a local painter and have an aperitif in his private garden. Walk along cobblestone streets and see 300 year old architecture and churches…and absorb the culture of Northwest France.

 

Partake in local culture at farm markets, stylish bistro’s and fabulous restaurants … Shop for vintage treasures, explore the beauty of the French countryside … You will never just sit in a room and make art. Your art will be created out of exploring and experiencing Normandy. Imagine making art in small villages along the sea, at a cafe, in Monet’s gardens, in an art museum, among ancient ruins, inside a cathedral or in the quiet of the grounds of the manoir.

 

Each day you will be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the villages of Normandy. We will also have a few structured art classes.

Our hope is that this will not just be a retreat…it will be opening up of your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.

 

 

Tour dates: Friday, October 9th – Friday, October 16th
• Transportation to and from Paris and all local transportation throughout the tour.
• 6 dinners, 7 lunches at bistros, brasseries and fine restaurants.
• 7 nights accommodations in a classic 18th century seaside Normandy manoir with full service spa facilities, beautifully decorated bedrooms, large private bathrooms, WIFI, and all of the amenities,  breakfast each morning and sea-view outdoor spaces to relax as well as walking distance to the beaches and shops.
• Art inspiration and structured or in-formal instruction in small villages along the sea, at a cafe, in Monet’s gardens, in an art museum, among ancient ruins, inside a cathedral or in the quiet of the grounds of the manoir with Jeanne Oliver.
• Stops at vintage shops, markets and brocantes.
• A visit to Monet’s home and garden and stops to sites frequented by the French Impressionist artists and their students.
• A hosted visit to the home of a French painter, studio tour and aperitif in his charming garden.
• Afternoon strolls in centuries old villages, stops at ancient ruins and stunning cathedrals.
• Expert French speaking native to translate, negotiate, assist and share local cultural information  during your stay.
• An exclusive visit to Rabbit Hill.

October 9th-16th 2015

This retreat is $4,685.00 US Dollars

A $500 (non-refundable) deposit is due at registration

If you are interested in registering for this retreat or if you have questions please email Jeanne Oliver at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

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