It’s Almost Time | The Last Blog Post On This Site

 

Right now thousands of emails are going out to let the members of our creative network know that we have migrated their account and courses over to our new network. This will go on for hours as over 35,000 members are moved over.

As the migration began our family came together and prayed over the new site, all of the men and women working on this huge project and for all of the men and women that have supported us and the other artists on our site for all these years. This new site is truly for you. This labor of love is the best THANK YOU we could dream up!

So, our new network is not live YET but it’s almost time. On this night before the launch of the biggest project we have ever taken on in our business I would like to thank two women (believe me…more thank yous are coming). These two women made a huge impact on my business when I was just starting out.

I would like to thank Christy Tomlinson for asking me to teach online for one of the courses on her site so many years ago. She also included me in an online craft/art show and shared my work, clothing/bags and heavily promoted my first online course that I hosted on my own site.

I would also like to thank Melody Ross for believing in me early on, sharing my work and heavily promoting my first online course Creatively Made | Rediscovering the Beauty of Your Gifts.

These two women supported, promoted and encouraged me and ultimately made a huge impact in the direction that my business would go. Yes, I showed up and worked hard but we never get to where we are going without those around us lending a hand. Thank you!

So, it’s almost time! I can’t wait to celebrate with all of you!

This will be the last blog post on this site. The next time you hear from us we will be in our new home!

You will not want to miss the announcements, the celebrating and the giveaway!  Until tomorrow!

Our new site is jeanneoliver.com

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A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

 

Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering.

In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring the cozy into our Christmas bedrooms. Birch Lane always has so many beautiful and affordable choices for your home.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom and take the full tour! These women have such a gift and it is such a joy to be a part of the tour.

If you enjoy this tour you will like our recent Christmas Kitchen, Mid-Century Library and Tablescape posts.

 

I know, I know…you are thinking how can I possibly decorate our bedroom for Christmas but I promise you once you put a tree with those soft lights in it is hard to not welcome the cozy!  Our room is usually the nighttime gathering place anyways and at Christmas time it is even more regular. You will find kids reading, the adults napping, and always a cat resting under the tree.

Creating cozy spaces has been my thing since 1984.  Imagine my delight when a few years ago I found out that my love of cozy had a name! Everywhere you look now you see the word Hygee (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) and it is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. See, that thing we all love to create in our homes has a name and it is so important that the Danish make it a priority in their spaces.

I love to add hygee to our spaces with layers with blankets, rugs and pillows, candles and the warmth and glow of the fireplace, something warm to drink and yummy to eat, music playing, bringing the outside in through branches and flowers and creating gathering spaces where my favorite people have a comfy place to land. How about you? How to you create hygee in your space?

 

 

| lambskin rug and linen bed skirt from Birch Lane |

 

 

 

| wall lamp next to the desk from Birch Lane |

 

 

 

 

Miss Mustard Seed | Craftberry Bush | Shades of Blue Interiors | French Country Cottage

Rooms for Rent | Jeanne Oliver | Julie Blanner | Kindred Vintage

Love Grows Wild | My Sweet Savannah | City Farmhouse | Nesting with Grace

Jennifer Rizzo | Dear Lillie | Liz Marie Blog

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You Know My Story | Limited Edition Lino Print

We wanted to do something extra special this Small Business Saturday! We are offering a limited edition signed and numbered hand printed lino print.
 
This piece was hand drawn, hand cut and hand printed. Only 100 numbered prints will be made.
 
This piece is titled You Know My Story and was inspired by friendship and family and those that know our stories.
 
Thank you to all of you that have supported and encouraged us over the years. We can do what we love because of your love and support. Thank YOU for being such a HUGE part of our story.
 
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Mid-Century Modern Library | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

 

Simple touches around the house are my favorite for adding holiday touches each year. I have two small boxes that hold everything we need to decorate…tree ornaments, white lights, my favorite pom pom wreath and garland from Anthropologie. The rest we add through special recipes we make together, white lights throughout the home, pine branches from our land, candles burning, Christmas music and the people we gather. And the being ready. Having your heart ready to welcome people into our spaces when they are not perfect. This took me years to conquer and sometimes I still fight it. So, I love so much the joy of cleaning up my space and making it special but nothing can be as beautiful as being ready to love on others.

Welcome to the next post in the Seasons of Home Holiday Series created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire. In this post, we have collaborated with HomeGoods as we share our library and music room dressed up for Christmas. The whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom and take the full tour! These women have such a gift and it is such a joy to be a part of the tour.

If you enjoy this tour you will like our recent Christmas Kitchen and Tablescape posts.

 

This is where all of the children practice and play the piano, where we are constantly heading to grab another book, where we read by ourselves or where we listen to records. This room is what sold me on this house and I could easily see how I could transform it. I saw the paint, the black painted window frames, the built-in bookcases with a ladder, the lighting, room to read and listen, the piano and the beautiful wall space for art. We are slowly creating our spaces but this space is extra special to me. I am extra fond of it because we can look out those huge windows into our garden.

 

| art + floor pillows from HomeGoods |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, HomeGoods for such a beautiful and fun collaboration!

 

Ella Claire | Rooms for Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | Love Grows Wild

French Country Cottage | City Farmhouse | Kindred Vintage | Jeanne Oliver

Jennifer Rizzo | Craftberry Bush | Miss Mustard Seed | My Sweet Savannah

Nesting with Grace | Dear Lillie | Julie Blanner | Liz Marie Blog

And our featured guest, Thistlewood Farms

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Women of Advent | It Begins On Monday!

 

***Women of Advent will begin on Monday, November 20, 2017***

 

Come and watch the first sneak peeks into the actual video content of the course…

 

 

Sheila Atchley had such a desire to create something extra special for us this holiday season and she has brought to life The Women of Advent.

 

If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s slow down this season.

“Unfulfilled and fulfilled promise are related to each other, as are dawn and sunrise. Both are promise, and are in fact the same promise.” ~Karl Barth

The Women of Advent

Advent, in its simplest definition, means “to wait”. Each of us is waiting-with-an-ache for something; we are all waiting on a promise, on a dream to be fulfilled, waiting on a clean bill of health, a clear conscience, a mate, or a prodigal child to come home. To wait is to be human. To wait is to be. I want to unleash an army of women (and men) whose metric is grace. To wait is one thing – to wait with a well soul is THE one thing each of us needs most.

If you have ever wondered about the wonder of “Advent”, what it means, and who the season is for (hint: it isn’t just for the liturgical church!), this class is for you. If “the holidays” sometimes leave you feeling a little scattered, this class is for you. If your favorite thing to sketch or paint is faces, this class is for you. If your biggest nemesis is sketching or painting faces, this class is for you.

 

 

I’d love to invite you into a different experience this Advent. “The Women of Advent” offers four weeks of art instruction focused on sketching and painting the face. I will share some of my best tricks and tips with you! “The Women of Advent” also includes four weeks of soul-stirring devotional content, centered around the study of the four Old Testament women found in the genealogy of Christ.

All of it, art and devotional content, is designed to help you celebrate what I hope is the most meaningful Advent/Christmas season in recent memory.

So if the holiday season leaves you feeling a little scattered, you have come to the gathering-place. Come join a community of scattered-gathered hearts. Let’s slow down this season, and celebrate our Good…Great…Gathering God.

 

Come and watch the course trailer…

The registration price for this one week course (4+ hours of content) is $48.00. You will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos. This class will go live on November 20, 2017.

If you have any questions about the course please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class!

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (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 jeanneoliver.ning.com 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”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

 

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Simple French Tablescape | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

One of my favorite places to travel and get inspired is France. The art, museums, cafes, history, architecture, food and the linens…oh, how I love those handwoven French linens. Whenever I travel to France I try to bring home a piece of art, something to use in the kitchen and I try to find new or vintage linens. It is my way of bringing home the beauty of France in a way that my whole family can enjoy. It is seen, used, enjoyed and if you know me for very long you know that I believe you shouldn’t save your best for other people or special occasions. Each day is a gift and the people that live within the walls of your home are the most special.

This is the next post for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series created by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. The whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering. For this post we are collaborating with Caravan Home Decor to bring you my French inspired Christmas tablescape. Their beautiful marble, French glassware and their handwoven linen is so beautiful and well made that my Maddy will be loving on her family and guests someday with them.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom and take the full tour! These women have such a gift and it is such a joy to be a part of the tour.

 

 

Using two striped blankets as a tablecloth I started to create the first layer. I then added handwoven linen runners from Caravan and freshly cut pine branches from our yard.

Next, I added texture with the wood chargers my sister so kindly cut for me. I love the mix of wood, marble, glass, brass and linens. It is also a good reminder that things do have to “match” and you can mix whatever you have on hand and it will work.

 

 

The sun was starting to set while I was taking these photos and it ended up making them even better. I loved seeing how simple candles and some soft white lights can transform a space and table.

 

 

To add some color to the menu I layered them with pieces of my artwork. This was a fun way to make the table setting more personal and to also include a piece of art for each guest to take home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What always inspires me the most while traveling in France is the beautiful simplicity of what they choose to put at the table being lovely, well made and most importantly…the simple backdrop to a sweet meal with family and friends. As we are going into the season of gathering the most important gift you can give is to open your doors and love on those around you. Gathering people around a table is more special now than ever before. It allows sweet connection and community.

Thank you Caravan for this beautiful collaboration! To shop this table all of the links are provided below:

Terracotta Jug

Ella Claire | Rooms for Rent | Jennifer Rizzo | Love Grows Wild

Nesting with Grace | Dear Lillie | French Country Cottage | Liz Marie Blog

Craftberry Bush | City Farmhouse | Jeanne Oliver | Kindred Vintage

Shades of Blue Interiors | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed |

and our featured guest, House of Five

Julie Blanner

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INSTANT Encaustic Mini-Course with Stephanie Lee Just Launched!

 

Anyone wishing they were in our studio learning encaustic from Stephanie Lee right now? We have a fun surprise and we hope it feels like the next best thing to being here!

Stephanie Lee has created an INSTANT mini-course, Inquire Within,  just for all of you that could not make it to our studio! She is so awesome!

That means right this second you can sign-up and start learning her techniques for encaustic art!

In this workshop, you will build up a foundation of plaster, paint, and collage. You will then use the humble materials you have at hand to explore color and shape, light and shadow, and story-telling through imagery and mark making.

You will start with exploring substrates for the best foundation and then follow with creating studies in texture and colored surfaces ready to receive paint. Mindfully working with and against the materials to create dynamic compositions, you’ll employ the power of personal inquiry to invite your singular creative voice to show up with courage and clarity.

All this plaster and paint expression will be finished with luminous layers of wax that you will texture further for depth that can’t be achieved any other way. When you have completed your pieces as you follow along, you will have created luminous, visual stories of wonder and mystery.

 

Come and watch the course trailer…

This 2+ hour instantly available mini-course is $28 and have lifetime access.

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class,

Jeanne

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (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 jeanneoliver.ning.com 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”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access to all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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