Who Are They Studying Under?


Good morning!

I am so thrilled about your excitement over Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice}!

For those of you that have registered (and those of you that may be hearing about it for the first time) I wanted to share WHO the teachers will be studying under.

First of all I want to say that having these eight incredible artists join me on this creative journey is humbling.

I adore each of these women for their creativity and many I am personal friends with and adore who they are to the core.

If you had the opportunity to learn from just one of them it would be an experience that would grow your creativity.

To take a course that includes all of them …get ready for something beautiful to come out of you!

Let’s look at the masters that each of the nine artists will be studying under…

Do you want to know more about the course?

The course begins January 14th.

There is a lost art of studying the works of others to find your own style.

All of the “masters” were first apprentices and were given the freedom to find their creative voice by literally sitting next to those who inspired them.

The apprentice sat beside them, listening to their descriptions of process, picking up their paintbrush and mixing their paint, creating a series of strokes that created something that told a story, and stirred their creative spirit.

And, with practice, the apprentice became a master in their own right – mixing together the old and the new.

Somewhere, over the course of time (and certainly with current social media) we have lost sight of openly emulating those who inspire us most.

Have you ever taken an online course, gone to a retreat, purchased an art technique book and were taught an artist’s techniques and mediums?

Have you ever been worried about what is your style and what is “their” style?

Have you ever been afraid to create art that was inspired by another artist?  This course is for you!

I want to offer a course that gives you some of the most amazing artists in history and how each of us can learn from them.

And that openly learning from them is a good thing.

 Join nine artists as we become the “apprentice”.

We will share how we became a modern-day apprentice to those who came before us and those who work beside us now.

Through discussion and technique videos, each artist will share their week with a “master” as if they are sitting next to them.

You’ll learn who their “master” artist studied under, who influenced their work and what techniques and mediums they used.

 An integral part of the artistic process was to “copy” the master artist until the apprentice could confidently integrate pieces of it into their own creative process.

In this course, you will watch as these artists “copy” the works of another artist.

You will then learn as they create art in their own style incorporating the techniques and/or medium of their chosen artist.

My hope is that you will leave this course with freedom in your creativity.

Freedom to pull from everything around you that inspires you and how to incorporate it into your art.

The confidence to realize that nothing is new under the sun and how to build upon others that have come before you.

The courage to share who inspires your creative works.

And most importantly, to know that we all learn in the same way.

This is the Art of Practicing.

The Instructors

Katie Kendrick, Stephanie Lee, Kate Thompson, Christy Tomlinson, Junelle Jacobsen, Danielle Donaldson, Teresa Sheeley, Jenny Wentworth and Jeanne Oliver

Are you getting as excited as I am?

We can’t wait to create with you!

To register click HERE or pay below.

$62 for this nine week online course.

The content will be available for TWO YEARS!


Would you like to know who won that $300 Dick Blick gift card?

Michelle Mathey – POMI commented:


This IS the class that I’ve been waiting for and didn’t even know it – I always question what part of my creations are “me” and what part are influenced by the works of others. Can’t wait to learn more as an apprentice to your 9 artists.
As a younger person I didn’t “get” Picasso at all but now am totally amazed at his artistry and vision. He is one of my favorite artists, for sure!


Please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com and we will get you the gift card.



Remember that TODAY is the LAST day to register at the early registration price of $48?

Tomorrow the price goes to $62.

Arsty Goodness Begins Today {come see the projects!}


The 12 Arsty Ornaments of Christmas begins today!

To read more click HERE.

To register click HERE.

Here is a peek at the video projects!

This course is full of such creative teachers.

Here is the line up:  Teresa Collins, Jenny Doh, Christy Tomlinson, Jeanne Oliver, Margie Romney-Aslett, Amy Tan, Julie-FieFan Blazar, Maggie Holmes, Junelle Jacobsen, Tamara Laporte, Alisa Burke and Chrissy Garder.

See you in class!

This is my project.

I am teaching how to paint a woodland girl wall hanging and ornament.

You can also register below!

See you in class.


The New Collection Has Arrived!


The Gathering Collection has arrived!

We hope you love the beautiful fabrics (both vintage and new) that we have used.

I am especially excited about the special embroidery work that we have included in this collection.

With my love of France and especially the embroidery that can be found on the vintage French linens…I am giddy to see this special touch on many of our bags.

All of the bags have been added and we will be adding the vintage items and embroidered cuffs throughout the day.

Enjoy and thank you for your excitement about our collections.

I will never be able to express what a joy it is to bring a collection together and for you to connect with it.

Thank you for being such a sweet part of our lives!

The Sadie Handbag

Vintage Grain Sack Handbag

Vintage Grain Sack Handbag

The Paige Camera Bag

The Emerson Handbag

Vintage Grain Sack Market Bag

Vintage Grain Sack Market Bag

This is just a peek at the bags.

To see the entire bag collection click HERE.

We will post later today when the vintage items have all been added.

And of course we will have a lookbook:-)

Gathering {a new collection coming next week}


It has been a busy (but fun) fall and I thank you for your patience while you have waited for our winter bag collection.

Next Monday we will have new bags (and a few other treasures) in the shop.

We can’t wait to show you what we have been working on.

I know you will love the fabrics and extra details that have gone into this collection.

See you on Monday!


Only six more days until the 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas begins!

Join me (and tons of other creative girls) as we create decor, gifts and art for the holidays.

I will be teaching how to make ornaments using mixed media techniques.

(photos coming later this week)

We would love to have you join us!

To join.. simply click on the link below!

(remember your paypal confirmation of payment.. will be your registration confirmation until the workshop begins. Your Welcome email and Log-in email are sent out the morning the workshop begins on Tuesday November 19th before 10 am MST)

2013 Artsy Ornament of Christmas Workshop



How We Celebrate Birthdays {Also the giveaway winners and the last day for early registration}


I love birthdays!

One whole day to love on just one person.

One day that allows you to give a person a glimpse into how much their life…means in yours.

It was almost 15 years ago that our birthday tradition began…

It was my birthday during our first year of marriage and my day started off with a stack of envelopes.

Keep in mind that we barely had any money in those years but what followed made me feel so rich.

Each envelope was numbered and each envelope led to another adventure.

I couldn’t open the next number until we had accomplished the one before it.

We did all of my favorite things.

We went to the bookstore and I got one book.

We went for coffee at my favorite cafe in DC.

We had lunch on the mall surrounded by all the museums I loved so much.

We went tanning (I know, I know…but I used to really love it before kids).

There were about 15 envelopes and we went from one fun thing to the next.

The point was the day was all about me and all of the little things that would make me smile.

After we had children I wanted to start “the envelopes” as we call them.

If you ask my children what they want for their birthdays they always yell, “Envelopes!”

Who can turn down a day completely filled with all the little things that they love.

Who can turn down the excitement of a day or surprises and adventures?

A few weeks ago it was my mom’s birthday (and she now lives here) and my gift to her was a stack of envelopes.

So, the tradition continues.


Just a reminder that TODAY is the last day to get early registration price on Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}!!

To read more click HERE.

To register click HERE.


The winners of the 10 spaces to Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays} are…

ursula wollenberg


Jenn K

Melissa Ellens Loft

Jen @ Lita’s World

Colleen Pike

Alecia Shannon



heather williams

Please remember that this giveaway was for a spot for you and for one of your friends:-)

Please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com and we will get you added to the course.

Have the name and email address of the friend you want to gift the course to (also have them register at jeanneoliver.ning.com)

Please already be registered (this is free) on jeanneoliver.ning.com so we can get you into the course faster and easier.


New Prints In The Shop


I have two new prints in the shop!

Come on over and check them out…

Flower Girl

Crown of Roses

These new prints are being printed on high quality watercolor paper.

This paper and quality is exceptional for creating the depth and detail of the original work.

Watercolors and Flowers {an introduction to watercolor painting} just began this week!

We would love to have you in class.

I Want To Celebrate With You! {Huge Giveaways and Sale}


Only 9 months ago we launched our new creative network jeanneoliver.ning.com.

I hoped that we would have 2,000 members before January 2014.

Here we are still five months away from 2014 and we have almost 6,000 members creating and connecting.


Thank you!

I wish I could open up my home and backyard and we could all celebrate face to face.

THAT is how I would prefer to thank you and celebrate the beauty of creating.

It is really the beauty of creating that started all of this.

All of it.

Many of you that have followed me for awhile know that I started out making frames, journals and altered letters.

That was 5 1/2 years ago and I am amazed, honored and humbled with how my business has grown.

What I am wanting to celebrate with you today is the jeanneoliver.ning.com network and all of the creating that is going on over there!

It was January 2012 that I launched my first e-course Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts}.

Being my first course I didn’t know what I was doing, what to expect or even if anyone would want to take it.

It was the night before the launch of the first day of the course and as I way lying in bed I started to cry.

It was the first time that it had hit me that this may be a failure.

It hadn’t even occurred to me until that very moment what this all really meant.

I had over 700 members waiting for that first week of videos.

I quickly wiped my tears knowing there wasn’t anything I could do about the next morning.

It was going to be what it was going to be.

What I wasn’t prepared for…was what it became!

It became beauty, growth, joy, healing, fun, messy homes, tender hearts, tears, laughter and creating JUST FOR THE JOY of creating.

It became a new path.

Each day I received email after email and I couldn’t believe that in the midst of my fumbles… that the Lord brought forth something beautiful.

We have had over 2,000 people take Creatively Made  and we have since changed our network and also created:

Building a Creatively Made Business

Creatively Made Home

The Journey of Letting Go

And we have been able to open up the site to other artists and they have given us:

Santos Cage Dolls

Creatively Made Home Summer Series

We have an AMAZING course coming this fall and a messy art class coming early 2014.

One of the projects I am so glad we are able to offer is Creativity Takes Courage.

This is a free video series that shares interviews with creative people from around the world.

To celebrate the growth of the site and to thank YOU….

I want to offer a 48 hour sale ($18) on the following courses:

Creatively Made {rediscovering the beauty of your gifts}

Building a Creatively Made Business {you’ll never know what is possible until you begin}

Creatively Made Home {creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living}

The Journey of Letting Go {creating beauty from ashes}

I also want to giveaway some of my favorite everyday items that make life a little prettier and fun….

{we will have a random drawing for each item}

1. Hunter Boots (I love mine and I know you will love them too)

2. Anthropologie Journal (I carry a journal everywhere I go)

3. Clarisonic MIA (I use this every. single. day and I love the difference it makes with my skin)

4.Athleta Running Skirt (I don’t just run in this..I hike, weed the yard, sit on my butt…..)

5. Owl Mug from Anthro (It will make your morning tea that much better)

6. JJ Heller CD (Her music and words will turn your day around)

7. My favorite French coffee (I swear you will never be the same)

8. My Sadie Handbag made from vintage fabric

9. My favorite cookbook! (I love cooking seasonally and this book is full of beautiful recipes)

10. The Message Bible (I hope it changes how you start your day)

11. My Mia Camera Bag (I also use it for my laptop, books etc)


To take advantage of the 48 e-course sale all you need to do is go to the creative network.

The course have already been marked down for you.

The best part is that once you pay you will have INSTANT access to all of the weeks of the course.

To enter for your chance to win one of the items above all you have to do is

*leave a comment on THIS post telling me how you try to be create each day or how you want to be more creative.

If you want even more chances to win…

*Blog about the jeanneoliver.ning.com create network, course sale or this giveaway

*Facebook about the jeanneoliver.ning.com create network, course sale or this giveaway

*Pin our courses on Pinterest

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know for an additional chance at winning one of the items above.

(The winners will be drawn next Monday, July 22nd)


To learn go to my creative network to see all of the current classes!

If you are brand new to my creative network please follow these simple steps to sign up for this class and any of the other summer series courses.

* Get registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find free videos (business and art) and all of our online courses along the left hand side of the page (you will not see all of them unless you click “view all”).

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

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

2) Click on the course you are interested in

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) Pay and you are in and ready for class

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.