If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels.

I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip espresso as I watch the locals pass me by and learn to get out of my comfort zone and create wherever I go.

I also love that it has taught me to find the beauty in the ordinary and familiar.

Whether you are looking for adventure and creating near or far I wanted to share with you what I have coming up. I would sure love to have you join me!

June 2016

We have ONE spot that has just opened up for our sold out workshop at our new studio.

To register or read more click HERE.

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August 2016

I am a speaker at HAVEN and I will be talking all about Product Launching.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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August 2016

Danielle Donaldson is our first guest artist in our new studio.

There are a few spots left.

To register or read more click HERE.

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October 2016

We have ONE spot that has just opened for our sold out The Living Studio Along the Danube.  The whole ship is sold out and this is the very last spot on the river cruise.

If you would like to read more or register click HERE.

Payment would be due in full shortly after registering and this is for a upper lever level room. You have an awesome roommate and room waiting for you!

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February 2017

Join me at Donna Downey’s studio in North Carolina! What an awesome way to kick off the new year.

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April 2017

I know it sounds crazy to be planning for 2017 but we only have a few spots left for The Living Studio Along the Seine!

To read more or to register click HERE.

Studio Video Under Construction {first look at our new studio}

Hello Everyone!

Our new doors just went in the new studio today and I thought it was the perfect time to give you a first look at our under construction studio!

Hopefully, we will be painting the walls this weekend and the cedar planks will go up on the ceiling next week.

We are getting there but still soooo much work to do!

Thanks so much for looking and cheering us on!

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The Everyday Artist {some of our favorite supplies}

When I create I only want to be surrounded by my most trusted and favorite tools and only the tools that help me to express myself.

Too many supplies can get in the way, distract and even help you procrastinate (like any of us need any help with that one).

Each time we offer you a new supply it is because it is tried and true in my own studio. I wouldn’t offer you anything less.

I wanted to share with some of the beautiful supplies currently in the shop.

Feel free to take a peek and ask away if you have a question…

Watercolor Paper Midori Style Art Journal

I don’t leave the house without an art journal to collect ideas, patterns, for practicing and trying new techniques.  These are the most gorgeous handmade midori style art journals created by a local artist.  The journal has 3 watercolor inserts. The cover is made with sturdy fabric paper with grommets. It is paintable. Comes with elastic closure and binding system. The art journal comes in two sizes.  It has 3 inserts that are made with 140lb watercolor paper (nice and strong for layering wet mediums) folded in half. The journal opens almost flat and is easy to remove inserts to work on and then put them back. The outside edge of the watercolor paper has been distressed.

Large Vintage French Ledger Pages

While traveling to France for a recent Living Studio retreat I came across the most incredible and large vintage ledgers.  I had never found vintage ephemera so large and absolutely stunning.  I can never use all that I brought home with me and I am parting with some of the papers.  The vintage ledger pages date from 1867-1873.  You will receive 6 total pages (3 of each ledger) and each page measures 21″ x 14″.

 

 

French Linen Aprons (full and half)

We have collected vintage French linens from our travels and we have created some of the most gorgeous art and life aprons.  These linens are soft, warn and ready to have a new life.  Each apron has two generous size pockets and extra long ties so you can wrap them and tie them in the front if you please.  Some aprons will even show some of the original embroidery.

We would love to wrap up a beautiful supply that will become a part of your daily creating!

 

 

How To Launch Your Own Product {Haven Conference}

Home.

That word holds everything for me and it is no surprise that time and time again HOME has brought me to new places with my friends, family, creativity and business.

We have created our business out of our home, have filmed more classes than I can count from our home, have packaged and shipped thousands and thousands of product over the years from our home and I have found that HOME is one of my strongest love languages.

My love for family, faith and the art of gathering has allowed our home to become the safest of places to launch each new dream that we have had.

For those that know and love me it will come as no surprise that I will be speaking at the next Haven Conference.

Haven is a blogging and design conference all about home.

The whole conference is open to anyone “passionate about blogging, DIY projects and creating beauty in your home”.

I am honored and excited to be speaking about how to launch your own product.

I wish I had had a place like Haven to gather, connect, dream, brainstorm and learn when I was starting and later growing our business.

Even if you have been creating a business for awhile now…I think we can forget how amazing it is to be encouraged, supported and inspired and what that does for you and your business.

Here is a peek into our time together:

PRODUCT LAUNCHING

You have ideas, the market and you see a need that you know you can fill with your product. Now what? How do you take your authentic gifts and ideas and create a successful product that can take your business to the next level?

In this session we will discuss how to take your ideas and make them into a physical or virtual product. We will also talk about how to keep up the momentum after your product launch to ensure a long lasting business.

  • Who is your market and are you filling a need?
  • How do you create a cohesive brand and product?
  • How will you manufacture, and what are your options?
  • How to get your customers excited for what is coming and get prepared for your launch.
  • How to keep the momentum going.
  • Don’t go alone. Let’s talk about collaborations and how they strengthen your brand and product.

To read more about the weekend or to register click HERE.

If you are coming please send me an email letting me know at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

If you have specific questions about launching your own product I want to hear and would be honored to answer it at Haven.

I hope to see you there!

The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel.

I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world.

My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things.

We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things.

I have an extremely exciting announcement to make and we have been working on it for awhile now.

For all of you lovers of adventure, history, art and travel…this is for you!

Join me in April 2017 for The Living Studio Along The Seine! 

Imagine exploring and creating in France!

We will have structured art classes on the ship and then creative prompts that will encourage you to create in the cities and villages.

THIS is the heart of The Living Studio!  It is my desire that you make the whole world your studio.

This is not just for painters and sketchers…this is for all of us!

If you love history, art, architecture, live music, wine tasting, cooking classes, lectures, bike tours…this is for you!

The best part is that you get to choose each day what you do or don’t do. You can participate in the classes or you can lounge by the pool…or both!

The details…

Detailed Itinerary

April 6-15th, 2017

The Living Studio Along the Seine

Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE – EMBARKATION
Arrive in Paris and embark to your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 VERNON
Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)

Day 3 VERNON – CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX
After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the “Routes des Abbayes” excursion spotlighting Normandy’s famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 4 CAUDEBEC-EN-CAUX – NORMANDY BEACHES
Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector. Your first stop will be the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. You will have free time to see the museums before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Your last stop is the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer before returning to the ship in Caudebec. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be the Pegasus Monument in Ranville followed by Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. You will also have the chance to visit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Cambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)

Day 5 ROUEN
Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 6 LES ANDELYS – CONFLANS
Depart Rouen early this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. An mid-day stroll along the river offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War. Athletically-inclined guests may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)

Day 7 CONFLANS — PARIS
Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the Château’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 PARIS – DISEMBARKATION
After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post cruise extension in Paris will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay, built in a former railway station on the Left Bank. Its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes well-known works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day 9 PARIS
Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops, or choose one of several optional tours. (B)

Day 10 DEPART PARIS
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

What is included in your 9 night/ 10 day stay

*7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
*Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
*Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
*You will be provided with your own portable studio so you can create anywhere you go
*”Limited Edition Tours”
*Life-enriching tours with personal headset included
*Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
*Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
*Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
*Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
*Multiple dining venues
*Unlimited red & white wines from France’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
*Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
*Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
*Transfer from the ship to the hotel in Paris
*2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
*Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
*Services of professional Cruise Manager
*All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
*Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
*All port fees, taxes, gratuities
* This does not include airfare

A peek into life on the ship…

Join me: April 6-15th, 2017 for the Living Studio Along the Seine

In US dollars: Starting at $3807.00 per person / double occupancy

These prices reflect a $1000 discount through April 30th.

To view the ship and cabin choices:

http://www.amawaterways.com/ships/amalyra

 

Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $950.00

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Danube River Cruise please email Jeanne Oliver at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.

 

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Big Picture

Whether you are dreaming about a business, in the midst of growing one or you have years in the trenches and you are ready for what is next…you need to have the big picture before you.

The big picture will change throughout the years but knowing why you are working and what you are working for will change everything.

In the beginning maybe you are just wanting to make enough to pay for ballet lessons, maybe your goal is to quit your day job or maybe you want to retire at 50.

The more you know WHY you are creating a business, the more you will say yes to actions that will get you there and with that you will have the freedom to say no to everything else.

Try to think about your business in terms of your relationships and that you have to make daily, weekly and yearly compromises, sacrifices and spend time connecting so you will create and sustain the relationships you desire.

My big picture for my marriage is that Kelly and I grow old together. My big picture is that we travel, each follow our creative passions, help our children follow their dreams, spend time with our children and grandchildren…together.

That does not just happen.  If I work backwards I know that I have to make the hard choices now, spend time together now, make the sacrifices now, choose the big picture over and over again so we get that life together in the end.

How can you sit down right now and verbalize what your big picture is for your business and work backwards to get there?

Start short term and work your way out.  Think 6 months out, 1 year out, 5 years out and 10 years out.

Creating goals for your business will mean that you reach some of them, exceed others and fall short at times.  It also means you are showing up, setting boundaries and taking steps to meet an end goal.  You may not succeed on every goal and your big picture will change over the years but I can promise you that your life and business will be better and stronger because you took the time to plan and dream over your business.

The day to day of business and life can distract you if you are not prepared for it.  When you have a plan you are more likely to set boundaries regarding social media, who you collaborate with, where you spend your money and even the risks you take within your business.

Think of your big picture as your foundation and everything else is building upon it. When you have a strong foundation each act, step, compromise, sacrifice is that much stronger too. 

One of the most important things to remember is that there is not ONE clear cut way to have a success story.

You will make mistakes.

You will pick yourself up and figure it out.

You will learn from your mistakes and be grateful for what the mistakes taught you.

You will grow your gifts and learn new ones.

You will love your product, hate your product, start fresh and keep growing.

You will work harder than you have ever worked before…and you will love it.

When you don’t love it you will know it is time for change.

Your change will look different.

Your growth will look different.

You will look different…because you are authentic!

You will create your own success story.

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 is an online course with over 80 videos full of information. This course is instantly available to work through at your own pace and at your convenience. We will cover our creative journey, getting started, websites, balancing your creative life with your home life, photographing your product, pricing, wholesaling,  setting yourself apart, growing your brand, creating lookbooks, e-courses, markets and shows and  SO  MUCH MORE!

Come on over to our creative network and read more.

 

 

 
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Apron and Bag Sale {but only for 24 hours}

Good Morning!

For the next 24 hours our vintage fabric bags and French linen aprons are on sale.

This is a sale that doesn’t happen often so grab yours if you love beautiful vintage fabrics like we do.

Come on over to the SHOP.

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