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

 

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

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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

Book of Trees Begins On Monday!

***Class begins on Monday***

We are so thrilled to announce that author and mixed media and collage art professor Roxanne Evans Stout is offering her newest online course on our creative network! No matter what season it is right now in your neck of the woods you will not want to miss Book of Trees! Handmade books, stitching, stamp making, collage and more.

Here is the first peek into the video content…

 

Book of Trees

In this class, we will delve wholeheartedly into the theme of trees and create a unique mixed media artist book that you will treasure forever!

I have always loved trees. As a little girl, I would sit under a large eucalyptus tree on the front lawn of our apartment in Santa Monica, California. I would read or work in my journal, writing, and drawing… even making nature observations- things I still love. Back then I longed to live in the country surrounded by trees. Now I live in a small country town in Oregon, and my family and I have planted many trees on our land and watched them grow and thrive alongside us.

The gifts a tree can give are endless… their beauty, their strength and resilience, the way they provide us food and homes for wildlife, and the way they clean our air.

Won’t you join me as I guide and inspire you in the making of a handmade book… inspired by and celebrating your connection to trees?

Together we will collage with papers and fabrics, create textures and layers, and play with color. We will carve and print our own stamps and use images and quotes on the pages of our books. We will stitch and attach beautiful treasures from nature with threads and wire.

I will share with you my creative processes and favorite techniques that will add magic to your pages and I’ll share writing prompts to further your journey of honoring trees.

You will see how… day by day and moment by moment…your handmade book will evolve into a rich compilation of pages that is your very own Book of Trees.

 

Meet Roxanne Evans Stout

 

 

I live and create in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The mountains, the river lands and the wildlife that surround my home are my constant inspiration and show up in all of my creations in some way or another.

I teach workshops internationally and my work has been shown and hangs in homes throughout the world. I’m very honored to have been published in many wonderful books and magazines.

I also teach online workshops that have been enjoyed by hundreds of artists and art lovers. And I am an Adjunct Professor at Oregon Institute of Technology where I teach Mixed Media Art and Art Journaling.

I believe that when we make art we are telling our own stories, and love watching them immerge, both in my own work and the work of others. Through my art, I would like to convey the feeling of connecting with nature and humanity, timelessness and hope. I especially love the Book Arts, Collage and Mixed Media. As an artist, I am constantly learning and growing. Art is my passion, my love, and my soul.

Teaching enables me to share my passion…nothing makes me happier than helping my students through their own process of creativity. My goal is to help you find your magic!

My book: Storytelling with Collage, was published in March of 2016 by North Light Books. And my newest book, Dancing on Raindrops was just released July 2017.

 

 

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 13, 2017.

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

See you in class,

Jeanne Oliver

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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

Kate Thompson Expressive Portraits | Jeanne Oliver Studio 2018

 

Join Kate Thompson in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on July 13-14, 2018 for a two day art workshop.

Our studio is light-filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing.

You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create.

It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.

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When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other.

All main supplies will be provided for this workshop.

Each day there will also be time spent in the beautiful land surrounding the studio including our lunchtime in the garden.

At the end of day one, we hope you will join us for dinner at one of Jeanne’s favorite local restaurants (this is not included) or explore the sweet town and find the perfect place to relax after a full day of creating.

 

 

 

Expressive Portraits Workshop with Kate Thompson

I love to push mixed media to its limit. The past several years through fearless experimenting I have discovered some very cool and mysterious techniques that I would love to share with you!

I will show you everything I know about working with linseed oil, graphite, and charcoal as well as watercolors, charcoal, acrylics, gesso and plaster (joint compound). Drawing with a pencil as well as a needle, thread, and wire. These techniques will be demonstrated and incorporated into our final pieces. That is just the start of it. We will also work on collage using vintage book pages and image transfer techniques.  A sample book will be created to build a vocabulary of marks, textures, and techniques to add to our toolkit.

Not only are the mediums unconventional but the substrates are as well. We will work on watercolor paper, vintage ledger paper, vintage fabrics, and laces (check the vintage stores for a source of amazing fabrics to use). Joint compound (pre-mixed plaster) will be added to create depth and texture.

I will demonstrate my portrait techniques that work so well with the mediums we will be using. The emphasis is on expression and texture.

 

What is included

-two-day art instruction with Kate Thompson

-welcome mimosas and a light snack

-beautiful lunch each day

-afternoon dessert

-a light-filled studio with plenty of room to create

-quiet places to explore, hike and create

-all supplies included

lodging is not included by recommendations are available upon request

 

 

|Some of the women at our first workshop in our front yard|

 

 

While you are in the area we will make sure to point you in the right direction to all of our favorite restaurants, hiking spots, and antique stores.

Our town has been ranked one of the best towns in America and we have to agree. I suggest you stay a few extra days to enjoy the beauty of Colorado!

Space is limited. If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliver.com.

You can register below or request an invoice.

 

 

 

Acts of Service Advent Tree

I always get a lot of questions and emails each year about our acts of service Advent tree that has been seen the past years on our holiday housewalks.

You still have plenty of time before Advent begins to put this together if you think it would work for you and your family.

 

This idea originally came to me while I was watching Anne Marie’s Twig Tree video in Home for the Holidays.

She was creating a small twig tree to hang on the wall and I knew right away that I wanted to make it big and hang acts of service off of it.

 

 

When I was creating this I sat down with my mom and we started brainstorming things we could do as a family.

We even asked the children to help with a few ideas.

I typed all of the acts up in Word and printed them out.

 

 

We cut the acts of service into strips and folded them over to get them ready to stuff into the stars.

Our stars are made from craft paper using a star template I found online.

 

 

We (my mom) started to sew them all shut with the acts of service inside but my machine was driving her NUTS so I told her we could go with Plan B.

Always have a Plan B.

For half of the stars we glued them shut with a glue stick (only getting glue around the edges to keep the glue off the acts of service) and we used a white gel pen to make thread marks on the outside.

It worked for me and possibly saved my mom’s sanity.

If you are going to hang the stars as shown …make sure that whether you sew or glue them shut that you include the end of the string in the star before you close it.

I then just randomly hung the stars on the twig tree.

We have been doing this for the past five years and I hope to continue this for years to come.

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