Our First Live Business Workshop | Registration Is Open

We have built our creative business over the past 10 years. We started with a small Etsy shop, manufactured our own soft goods for many years, created an online network with art + lifestyle workshops (wait until you see our new site launching next month!), sell original art + prints, a keynote speaker at large business and women’s workshops around the US, teach live art workshops in the US and abroad, collaborate with artists from all over the world and I just finished writing my first art book for North Light Books that will be released spring/summer 2018. It has been a crazy, hard and beautiful journey so far.

As a business consultant the past three years I have been able to help other creatives get their ideas off the ground, fine tune an existing business or coach how to take their business to the next level. With our whole heart we believe it is time to expand this part of our business to work beside more creatives as they building their own Creatively Made Business!

Registration in open for our first ever LIVE business workshop. The business workshop will be held in our studio in gorgeous Castle Rock, CO | March 22-24, 2018.

If you are looking for direction with your next idea, a kick in the pants to start or to have fresh inspiration breathed into your current business I hope you will join me a for a workshop that is all about connecting with your gifts, building your brand, launching it out into the world and nurturing what you have created.

 

Thank you for the honor of standing beside you as you nurture your creative life! If you have any questions please email me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. Payment plans are also available. Please email us if you would like us to set something up for you!

 

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Look What We Found | A Few London and Caroline Art Bags

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Welcome to our art bags the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics including vintage French linen! They are so dreamy!

Our art bags were 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.

The Caroline and London art bags are made from three floral vintage upholstery fabrics , backed with vintage French linen, lined with navy and white 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.

They each close with an antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable vintage French grain sack fabric flower.  Each bags also comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The art bags measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

We hope you love these bags as much as we do!

***There are only a few of each***

NEW BAGS COMING IN JUNE

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Say No to Say Yes

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When you are building a new business or growing the business you have loved and expanded for awhile it can be hard to know what to give your physical, emotional and financial energy to.

You can read all of the books, take the business classes, talk to your peers etc. but when it comes down to it YOU have to make daily decisions that lead you into a creative life for your business.

I love that Elizabeth Gilbert states that a creative life is not if you are a gardener, painter, dancer, chef…a person that lives a creative life is a person that chooses “curiosity over fear” on a daily basis. Time and time again you choose to not let fear drive your decisions.

Have you ever thought about what fear looks like?  It can look different for each of us but it can be procrastination, perfection, settling, control, inability to make a decision, letting others decide for you and even saying yes to things you really want to say no to.

When you say yes to everything you are also saying no to YOUR gifts, dreams in your heart, goals for your life and creativity and time and energy for your family.  It can be a fear of missing out, the belief that because so many others are doing it that you should too or the desire to please everyone else around you.

I am contacted almost daily with beautiful offers and opportunities.  I have to say no to almost all of them.   Sometimes it can be hard but because I have some boundaries in place about how often I travel away from my family each year, how many online classes I will teach each year etc. the work and decisions are many times already decided for me. I have a very beautiful and full life that is rich with home, family, business, friends and creativity.  I do not say yes to many things I do not want to do. From little to big things I try to be honest with myself, family, friends and business.  I have learned what it feels like to resent saying yes, the energy that robs from me and the disservice that is to the other person.  I love and thrive with a full life but I do not like a busy life.

Sit down with the most important and trusted people in our life and come up with answers to simple questions like…How often do I want to travel each month?  What is my consulting fee? Teaching fee? etc.  You will be surprised with how much easier it is to say no to say yes when you have taken some time to already have answered some of these questions for yourself, business and family.  Once you have done that I would encourage you to take each offer and opportunity that comes your way and ask yourself some questions…

1. Do I even want to do this?Does this offer align itself with me and my brand? Is this collaboration authentic?

2. Do I have the time and energy to give my best?

3. How does this impact my family?

4. How does this impact my peace? Mental health? Physical health?

5. Will I resent saying yes?

6. Does it grow my brand, their brand or both?

7. Am I exposing my brand and business to whole new group of potential customers?  Is it worth the time and energy that this project/collaboration will take?

8. Am I doing this for others or is this the best decision for me, my creativity and business?

9. What can I say yes to if I say no to this?

****I try to never answer right away. Even when I want to jump up and down or when I have no interest I take the offer, go over the above questions and then make a sound decision and not just based upon emotions.****

What have you said yes to in business and in your personal life that you wish you would have say no to?  What can you do next time? What do you need to say no to in your life right now so you can say YES to what is coming?

If you are interested in building or growing your business I would love to talk with you. I have a small amount of consulting openings each month and would love to share my rates with you and help you build your own creative business. You can contact me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com

 

 

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The London and Caroline Art Bags Are Now Available | Just in Time for Christmas Delivery

Welcome to our art bag!

We have just released the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics include vintage French linen! They are so dreamy!

Our art bags were 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.

The Caroline and London art bags are made from three floral vintage upholstery fabrics , backed with vintage French linen, lined with navy and white 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.

They each close with a antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable vintage French grain sack fabric flower.  Each bags also comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The art bags measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

All bags will be shipped in time for Christmas!

We hope you love these bags as much as we do!

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Business Consulting and Private Art Instructions Openings for 2017

We are opening up our calendar to start scheduling business consults and private art instruction in 2017.

This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the new studio because it has allowed us to connect in brand new ways.

Over the past year I have consulted with businesses owners from all over the world and have helped them make a plan to grow their business, get back on track or get off the ground.

Running your own business is one of the hardest things you will ever do but it is also one of the most rewarding.  If you feel stuck in your business, not sure how to navigate social media, don’t know how to focus and move forward or you just need another creative to brainstorm with you then I would love to talk with you. You can choose a one hour session or meet weekly/monthly. We will talk through Skype so we see each other and create a genuine relationship as we work together.

There are few things I do that give me as much joy as connecting with other creative business owners and sharing what we have learned.

If you would like to schedule a consult please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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I love teaching online and also in live workshops but sometimes the best use of your time and resources can be private one on one instruction.

I meet with artists in our studio and it can be a one time instruction, monthly or you can travel and we can schedule it for a full day or weekend.

If you are interested in scheduling private art instruction please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com

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Because of our own new beautiful studio here in Castle Rock, Colorado I am only traveling to one studio in 2017 and it is to teach in North Caroline at the Donna Downey Studios

The most beautiful and inspiring gift to yourself to start off 2017!

 

Coming together and creating one on one with other artists is one of my favorite things. I have three children at home and my heart is to be with them so it is only the most special studios and opportunities that bring me away from my own studio.

In person I am able to connect in a whole different way than online and we are able to work one on one on your art and even where you want your art to go. The intimacy that a live workshop offers is priceless to me and I hear that back from other artists also. It is always a growth experience for each artist teaching and the artists gathering together.

This coming February I will be traveling to North Carolina to teach at the Donna Downey Studios! This is such a treat for me to be at Donna’s studio but to also be teaching along the East Coast! I know I get asked often to make my way to the East Coast so I hope this makes many of you happy!

THREE DAYS of us sketching, laughing, connecting, sculpting and going away filled up and ready to take what we have learned and discovered about ourselves and investing it into our own work. I love this part of live workshops! I just walk away filled up and inspired in my own creativity! I hope you join me!

You can make payments (hello!) and start your 2017 with a creative gift for yourself!

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ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. BREAKFAST, LUNCH, SNACKS, & DRINKS PROVIDED!!

Class size limited…

Workshop Description…

Join me for a three-day workshop all about finding your authentic style and incorporating your story into your work. Our first day together will be filled with some of my favorite sketching exercises and techniques. We will play with charcoal, inks, watercolor pencils, pastels, paints and more. At the end of the first day you will be surrounded by your portrait sketches and collages and your own story will start to be revealed.

With our other days together we will create sculptures based upon your sketches. You will build your own industrial armatures and I will share easy to follow steps to sculpting your own face. We will embellish our sculptures with plaster and wire to create works of art you will be proud of.

You will go home with sketches, collages, paintings and sculptures that will give you glimpses into your authentic hand in your creativity and where it is leading you.

 

Event Schedule……..

Friday Feb 17th 2017
12:00pm – 5:00PM workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

Saturday Feb 18th 2017
9:30am – students arrive at studio. Breakfast & coffee served.
10:00am – 5:00PM workshop
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

Sunday Feb 19th 2017
9:30am – students arrive at studio. Breakfast & coffee served.
10:00am – 2:00pm workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

I would love to create with you North Carolina!

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Fall Favorites | Jeanne Oliver

I always love seeing what other people are drawn to and what products they are loving.

For the next three days we will be sharing some of our fall favorites and we would love to hear what you are loving too!

1. I have ordered more handmade earrings from Malary Brett than I can count. Each pair is beautifully made and packaged. Gift material for sure but also a sweet gift for yourself.

2. I just received my copy of this self-published book by my dear friend Sheila Atchley and it is such a gorgeous way to honor advent as a self study or with family/friends.  Each page is an intimate look into the heart of the women leading up to Advent. It is a reminder that we are all a mess and that the Lord can use us in mighty ways.

3. I am a candle girl and we usually have one burning in this house.  I really love the smell of the black fig and the copper inside the candle adds a nice sparkle when it is lit and not lit.

4. Textures and layers are key in this home for creating warm and inviting spaces.  This blanket is my newest favorite and it goes from the living room to the bedroom and follows us out to the deck on cold nights.

5. If there is one thing I splurge on once a year it is a new pair of boots. I will then continue to wear them year after year.  My newest pair is from Steve Madden Freebird Collection.  Mine are in black and they are great for every day and fun to dress up a bit.

6. I love finding unique pillows to add around the house for comfort, texture and layers.  I have bought numerous mudcloth pillow covers from THIS shop on Etsy.

7. I love hair products like some women love makeup.  This sea salt and lavender spray helps your hair to have those gorgeous beach waves we love.  It may be getting colder but I still gotta have good hair!

8. We started off with the Nepresso Pixie in our house and loved it so much that when we built our studio we bought the Nepresso VertuoLine and we LOVE it!!!  Did I say we love it. We do.

9. I don’t think I have been as impressed with a company in a long time like I have been with Citizenry.  We have bought furniture and also accessorizes from this artisan company.  We had an issue with a furniture piece after about 8 months of owning it and within days we had a new piece along with a very nice (and expensive) gift to apologize for any problem with our order. When was the last time you had that happen?! WOW!  They have a loyal customer with me for sure!

10. These napkins are my new favorites and they are also from Citizenry. They are gorgeous and beautifully made.

11. Music, flowers, candles and cozy pillows and blankets are some of my home staples.   We have a turntable in the studio and in our home and we love finding vintage vinyl along with buying new. Each month I look forward to my new album that comes from Magnolia Record Club.  I am a fan of Drew Holcomb and his wife Ellie and enjoying adding their choices to our collection each month.

 

What are your favorites?  Come back tomorrow to see more of our favorites!

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Meet The Newest Member of Our Creative Team!

Good Morning!

Not too long ago we let you know we were growing and needing more help in the studio and in the administration of our business.

We were lavished with resumes and messages to work with us.  Thank you sooo much for your excitement in collaborating and growing with us.

We went through all of your messages and resumes and after much consideration and interviews we found the next member of our creative team!

We like to make official announcements for each new member of our team because as a small business we want you to know the people you are emailing and connecting with.

I would like to introduce you to Celina Baldwin!

I am so excited to be joining the creative team at Jeanne Oliver Designs! You know when the perfect thing happens at the perfect time in your life? That’s exactly what this is for me.

I grew up in Upstate New York and I’m Italian and Irish. This heritage puts me at extreme risk for having a good sense of humor and stating my opinions clearly.

As a young adult, my first act was to move out of state, first it was North Carolina, then, 15 years ago I moved to Colorado. It was here that I found my husband. Andy and I met through a mutual friend. We were both in our late 20’s and we were living four hours apart, so our dating period was…short. We met in July of 2006 (over email) and married in December 2006.

We immediately moved from the western slope of Colorado to Colorado Springs and began our life together here on this side of the mountains. After two years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, we decided that we didn’t care how it happened- we wanted to have children so we began the adoption process. Because adoption is expensive and we knew we wanted a full house, we decided on adopting siblings. Adopting from the Democratic Congo in Africa took two years and the day after we bought our plane ticket to pick up our children, I found out I was pregnant.

Having three children in nine months was both a dream come true and a quick way for my life to completely unravel at the seams. Our family has been together now for almost four years. It took almost three for me to “unbecome” (as Glennon Doyle Melton talks about) and now I am once again “becoming” who God created me to be. It’s beautiful and scary and messy and I finally love it.

Like you, I am on a creative journey. I’ve always been “crafty” – making my own gifts for people, upcycling old things into new things (this was before the internet, people, so I was making this stuff up on my own!). But what I never understood until recently is that I was created in the image of my savior, who is the original creator and therefore He created me to create J Owning that creative spirit has changed my life. Through people like Liz Gilbert and our very own Jeanne, I’m learning that creating is both good for the soul and that it’s not really the outcome that matters. It’s the creating that matters!

My hobbies include: reading, writing, riding around town on my scooter, organizing, and pets (we’ve got a kitten, a bunny, a dog and 5 chickens!). You can find me selling awesome alpaca goods www.shabbyalpaca.com or writing my heart out on www.notesfromtheneighborhood.com.

As I said, I’m so happy to join this creative network and I can’t wait to see what God does with this perfect thing He’s brought at the perfect time.

XO,

Celina

 

 

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