The Quinn Art Bag is Back In Stock!

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I just have returned from teaching in Italy (post coming soon and it was AMAZING) and I wanted you to know that the Quinn Art Bag is back in stock!

This is my go to bag for art and everyday!

This bag was 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.

This art bag is made from grey linen, lined with cream 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.  The Quinn closes with a antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable fabric flower made from vintage fabric (each one is different).  Each Quinn comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

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Is It You?

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I am sorry for the delay in announcing the winner for the release of the 2015 Summer Collection!

The winner of the art package giveaway is…

I’m entering every way possible! I adore Jeanne and EVERY one of her creations! What I love most about summer is having my children at home, less time in the car (unlike carpooling everywhere for hours a day), and being able to spontaneously travel! We don’t have much time with them…I savor every bit and there are more “bits” in the summer! (I dream of having one of your art bags!)

 

Congratulations!

Please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com with all of your info and we will get your goodies out to you right away.

If you did not win I wanted to let you know that we still have so many gorgeous items in the shop!

If you are looking for a stylish bag we’ve got you covered.

It you are looking for that perfect handmade necklace then we have a selection for you.

If you are looking for that little something extra for your home I think you will love our vintage items.

If you are looking for artist supplies like paintbrush holders and aprons we have the most gorgeous ones you will ever find.

How about fashion accessories like a headband, wallet or change purse!

Come on over and see what we have in the shop!

The Shop Is Full of New Bags {and so much more}

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I am so excited to tell you that the shop is FULL!

Not just full of bags but so much more!

Come and check out the bags, wallets, vintage items, art supplies, aprons, jewelry and more!

You know I can’t have a new collection and not do a giveaway!

We would love to giveaway package from the shop!

We have put aside jewelry, art supplies, aprons, purses, an art bag and a complete online course package from jeanneoliver.ning.com for the one lucky winner!

One lucky winner will get an art package valued at over $1,500!

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To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know what your favorite thing is about summer!

For additional chances at the giveaway you can…

* Facebook about the new collection

* Pin this post and/or new collection to Pinterest

* Talk about the new collection on Instagram and use the hashtag #2015summercollection and tag @jeanneoliver

* Blog about the new collection

* Share this post on Twitter

 Each time you share about new collection please come back and let us know.

Thank you for sharing the new collection!

{the winner will be announced on June 26th}

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Thank you for taking a peek at our new collection and supporting all the men and women that make Jeanne Oliver Designs possible!

We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Jeanne

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Lucky Boss Market {brand your business}

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One of my favorite creative geniuses has just done it again!  My friend Reni of Bliss & Tell Branding Company has just come up with the most AWESOME idea for all of you that are just starting your business, re-branding your business or wanting to take your business to the next level!  Reni has helped us again and again with branding our business and her eye for design and helping you to see what your business brand can be is spot on.

You will want to read through everything because Reni is offering MY READERS $100 off one of her brand-set collections (normally $599).  Special code at the bottom of this post!

Here is Reni to tell you all about her newest creative product…

the concept is simple.  BLISS AND TELL BRANDING COMPANY  has designed beautiful and successful brands for nearly 5 years and has grown into a full-service design + branding studio.  so, of course…we combined our eye for design and the idea of a “one-stop-shop”  to deliver accessible & affordable printed pieces right to your door.  we’ve done all the work for you…and now you can finally “GET BRANDED’ in a smart, affordable and stylish way.  you no longer need to stress about working with a graphic designer, and then getting those designs to a printer for your business cards, and then going somewhere else to get stickers made,  or figuring out where to order a custom rubber stamp , and then looking for a local computer geek to code a blog for you. UGH!  like…don’t you want to just focus on running your business?  well, now you can. (for less than $600 bucks!)

the newly launched LUCKY BOSS MARKET collection consists of 11 different brand-set styles.  within each brand-set are 5 color options, different type-set (font) options and lots of other cool goodies to consider (like a matching web/blog site…for real…fully cohesive and installed)  so while you’re still refining your product/services, and if you’re not quite ready to dive-in to the commitment of ‘full branding’ or maybe you just need to stick within a budget — LUCKY BOSS MARKET is your answer….are you ready?

Reni has created beautiful logos and stamps for our company and her designs have helped us again and again to share the heart behind our products.  Working with a designer has been one the best decisions we have ever made regarding our business and I am excited for all of you that you can now get such beautiful branding packages!

To receive $100 off one of her brand-set collections (normally $599) use code LUCKY100 at check out!

Thank you so much Reni for creating such gorgeous product and being so generous with my readers!

Original Paintings For Sale

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Good Morning!

I haven’t listed original paintings for awhile and thought it was a good time to share some of the art I have made over the past months.

I seem to pile them up around the studio and to not put them out into the world. I am trying to do better about that.

Thank you for taking a look…

Mrs. Bramhill

SOLD

It Is Well

Mrs. Carpenter

Missing Pieces

Hello, friend!

Between Two Worlds

SOLD

Braver Than She Thinks

SOLD

Thank you so much for looking!

It is always an honor when someone connects with something I have made and it finds a new home.

Brand New Photoshop Course!

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Have you always wanted to learn how to create repeat patterns with your own sketching, painting or digital art?  Have you been looking for ways to create your own wallpaper, fabrics or paper designs?  Have you just wanted to understand Photoshop better and see how you can use it in your art work?

I am beyond thrilled and honored to have licensed artist Bari J teaching Pattern Play | Create Your Own Professional Patterns in Photoshop with Ease.

 

Learn how to easily create patterns in Photoshop using a variety of methods from an industry professional. You’ll learn about different ways to create repeats, how to create artwork from within the program as well as from scanned artwork and you’ll learn the essential task for screen printed fabrics of reducing and indexing your colors. In five lessons, you’ll have what you need to know so that, with practice, you can be successful at designing patterns.

This one week online course just opened for registration.

The early registration price is $29.99 and you have lifetime* access to the videos.

This course will be available on June 1, 2015.

 

Come and read more and see what you will be learning in this one week online course!  I am excited to learn myself and see how I can take my own art to the next level!

How would you like to see your art re-created?  Leave a message in the comments below and we would love to start a discussion about how this course could help that become a reality.

 

To sign up for this course you need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find 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 register for Pattern Play:

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

2) Click on Pattern Play | Create Your Own Professional Patterns in Photoshop with Ease

Because this is a new course you may need to scroll to the bottom of the courses and click “view all” to find the Pattern Play.

3) Once you have found Pattern Play please click the +join button on the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be ready for the course to begin on June 1st.

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.

 

 

 

 

 * as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com site

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Top 6 Social Media Tips For Creating Balance {For Home and Business}

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(These photos have nothing to do with the post but what fun is a post without photos? I thought you would understand.)

When you are a stay at home mom, homeschooler and entrepreneur with a home office… your worlds start to collide.

There are days that without everything right here at home I know I wouldn’t be able to do all that we get accomplished.

Then there are the days when everything coming at me can be a little too much.

The most frequently asked questions that I receive are about how I get so much done, how our family works with a business and how I stay organized.

Over the next months I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways that I have found to bring focus, balance (is that even real) and intention to the day.

I wanted to first talk about social media and the pull that we can feel all day from Facebook, blogs, Instagram, email and just having a phone with us.

Whether you run a business or not…the above pulls are a part of our lives (whether you like it or not) and we need to learn to manage it without letting it manage us!

Here are some of the top ways I TRY to keep social media from running my life.

I know this sounds silly but it is a major time saver.  Sometimes we just need to check one thing real quick BUT if you sit down you could lose more than a few minutes.  Facebook goes to Pinterest goes to email goes to….you get the picture. Unless you are working on an actual project or need to do some serious writing my recommendation is to do it standing and then get on to better things.

 

 

Imagine constantly checking your phone, Instagram and email over a two hour time. Now imagine setting a timer for two hours and at that time checking everything and then getting back to better things.  That is what I do ALL OF THE TIME!  I don’t want my children to remember me as the mom always texting, checking emails and instagram while we were hanging out. I want to be present and that means setting boundaries for myself.  I get lots done because I am very intentional with my time. Now don’t get me wrong…I can waste a day with the best of them but I don’t want that to be my norm.  It is about being distracted and I need when I am making art to really make art, cooking a meal to be engaged with what I am doing and when I am spending time with my family that they know they have my attention.  When the timer goes off I check work stuff, personal stuff and within 15 minutes everything has been taken care of and to think that I could have spent that two hours constantly checking. The sad thing is…I would have!

 

 

Lose your phone. Leave it in the car when you go to a restaurant, leave it upstairs while you are watching a movie and tuck it into a drawer while you are reading.  Give yourself a break to not worry who is calling, texting etc.  Losing your phone intentionally may be the best thing you do for yourself each day. The world will live. Promise. Unless you are a brain or heart surgeon…then you can keep your phone on you:-)

 

 

I will call you out on this if you are my friend (and they know it).  When you are eating dinner with your family, at a restaurant with clients or having coffee with girlfriends…for the love of all that is good…keep your phone in your bag!  You have someone right in front of you that wants to talk to you.  Let them know you love and appreciate that by actually listening to THEM!

I interviewed a man not too long ago for a small job for my business and the whole time we were talking he kept checking his phone.  I felt invisible and we never really made it past the interview process.  This is make and break stuff in business and definitely with relationships. Don’t just save your attention for clients and friends.  Keep it in the bag with your family the most!

 

 

Remember when people used to read a book in bed or get it on at bedtime?  I am serious…this stuff happened!  Nothing like the soft glow of your phone to lull you to sleep. In all seriousness, as a business woman I need to not have work being the last thing on my mind before bed.  I can’t see at 10:45pm that someone can’t get into their class and then feel like I need to get out of bed to see what is going on. Remember that whole brain and heart surgeon thing from before?  I promise you that most people will live until morning.  I have excellent customer service but we also can sleep too.  Do you remember working hours?  It is healthy to have a time of night when work stops and rest begins.  Don’t let your phone be your last contact at night and the first contact in the morning.  This has made a huge difference in how I sleep and the peace I feel as I am going to sleep.   Maybe we can all read more books and do some other things too:-).

 

 

You want to know the biggest game changer for our family?  We have chosen Sundays to be our family and no tech day. No joke.  That means no computer, phones, texting, work etc.  There have been a few huge deadlines when we had to do some work after the kids went to bed but for the most part we really honor this.  We go to church or hike or watch a movie together or play games…but together.  No one else is interrupting our day and no one is going off by themselves to work, text, face time etc.  I love what I do so much and I could work 24/7.  When you love what you do it can be hard to stop working sometimes.  This day was put in place for Kelly and me as much as it was for the kids. We are trying to teach our kids all of these things about social media and technology because they are the ones that are growing up in it.  One of the mottos in our home is “People before technology”.  How can we say this if as parents we don’t live it and they don’t believe they come before work or distractions.    Giving up technology for one day a week can be hard for everyone at first but after awhile you just may love the freedom you feel.

 

Technology and social media are here to stay and I LOVE them!  I am so glad I can keep up with friends that live all over the world, see glimpses into the lives of the people I admire, work from home, take creative classes no matter where I go and instantly know where my kids are.  I just want to also read, take walks, create art, have a quitting time each day and to look at my children and husband when they are talking with me.

I am still working on these things but these are some of my most useful tech and social media tips that have made the biggest impact in my day to day. What about you?  Do you have some tips to share!  Please leave your thoughts below.

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