Help Me Choose My New Glasses {survey included}

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Hello!

I love my current glasses by Tom Ford but I love to accessorize and every time I see the awesome glasses from Warby Parker I want them all!

I finally just bit the bullet and ordered five pairs to try on and hopefully find a few new glasses to rotate with my wardrobe and mood.

I was hoping you guys could help me out and give me your opinions.

1. Chamberlain Saddle Sage

2. Baxter Whiskey Tortoise

3. Chandler English Oak

4. Crane Newsprint Grey

5. Oliver Striped Olive

Now that I have tried the glasses out I would go way more bold.  I already have my eyes on a few that I want to try next.

So, what do you think?

Top 10 {Things that are making the day to day a little sweeter}

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I always enjoy seeing what others are reading, listening to, eating, watching etc.

Face it…I’m nosy!

I know you guys do too so I wanted to share my top 10 things that are making my day to day a little sweeter.

1. Last winter our home was photographed for a book and the best part of the whole thing is that my good friend Jennifer Rizzo is the author!

Her new book is NOW on pre-order and you can order it now and be one of the first to see it this October.

I am so excited for her and all the ways her business has expanded over the years.

2. I am not a morning person but I am getting better over the years. Just a bit.

Since Jack started high school I have been waking up earlier to make him breakfast, talk to him, pray over his day and read pages together from The Power of a Praying Teen by Stormie Omartin.

It is so good and I highly recommend it for any teenager you know.

3. With all the business of the past two weeks and the back to school crazy that goes on I have LOVED the peacefulness of the instrumental CD Primary Worship by Paul Cardall.

I have been listening to it while I paint, cook and pay bills.

4. Dead Poets Society has been one of my favorite movies since I was a teenager and it actually had a huge impact on me at the time and still.  I know that Robin William’s death had a huge sobering impact on so many of us and this past week I loved sharing this movie with my oldest son the night before he want to his first day of high school.  Sharing something that I love so much was one of the sweetest ways that I knew to honor Robin Williams in my own day to day life.

5. I am not a constant decorator or re-arranger of our home so when I find something soooo good that I have no choice but to add it to our decor…I have to share it with you!

I love the impact that the two vintage fabric pillows give to our living room.  It is funny how two pillows can get me in the mood for leaves, big comfy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes:-)

6. I don’t get to read as much as I used to or as much as I would like so I am pretty picky about the books I pick up these days. I used to read a book cover to cover no matter if I loved it or not because of the principal. Not anymore.  If I don’t love it within the first few chapters I am able to put it down and walk away.  I also used to read one book at a time and now I have books all over the place with bookmarks and dog-eared pages.  I can’t say enough about Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath. Each chapter I read leaves me thinking for days and I find myself being annoying and quoting his book to whomever will listen.

7. I could pretty much steal every decorating idea, recipe or style tip that my friend Alexis has but this time I am just stealing an easy cocktail recipe.  Right now go jump in the car and get yourself a bottle (more if you are like me) of Lillet.  All you need for this one is Lillet, ice and oranges.  I am pretty generous with the Lillet and the fresh oranges but do your own thing:-)

8. Once again my friend Alexis is to blame for this spending but it will save me in the long run.  While I was teaching in California she showed me this paint tube wringer (I have the metal one) that is AWESOME!!  I am an addict going through all of my paints and making sure I will get every last drop.  Super cool and can’t believe I had never seen this before.

9. I may have worn these pants for days in a row last week.  I picked them up while I was in California (and Alexis may be to blame for these too).  I also paired them with an awesome tank and pull over from Lululemon but let’s not show anything that takes away from the pants.  I only found them in the store and could not locate them online if you are interested.

10. I know we all like to know what other girls use on their skin so if I find something I love I like to share.  I am really loving Bobby Brown’s Buffing Grain.  You can use them with soap or your current cleanser.  You don’t need much and I love how my skin feels when I am done.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

I am so excited to have my whole family together for the weekend and happy for Friday night pizza and movie night!

Drum Roll Please {The Winner of The Jane Eyre Collection Giveaway}

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Good morning!

Thank you for the huge and overwhelming response to the new collection!

{The new art deco photo set with wood stump stand}

We are almost completely sold out.

We are speechless and soooo thankful for all of you.

Thank you for sharing the collection with so many of your friends.

I know there were some that were disappointed that by the time they knew about the new collection so much was sold out.

I wanted to let you know what we still have in stock.

The Josie Camera Bag

Grain Sack Market Bag

The Luella Vintage Clutch

The Jane Handbag

Some pieces from our new jewelry collection.

We were so honored to collaborate with the talented Lisa Souers for this line.

Lisa took all of my vintage findings from my travels and created one of kind pieces that were a perfect reflection of the style of Jeanne Oliver Designs.

I bet you want to know who that giveaway winner is!

Congratulations to…

Oh Jeanne! My girls and I have loved taking your art classes online and we love your art prints most of all! As for bags, the art bag is my favorite ( I just pinned it) and I can imagine giving the vintage French linen bags as gifts. Can’t wait to see the next collection. Thank you for sharing your gifts! Jill

 

Jill, we are so happy for you and we hope you love all of your goodies!  Please email us at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com with your address and we will get everything out to you.

Thank you to everyone that entered, shared and purchased the new collection!

You all make this possible!

{All giveaways must be claimed by August 4, 2014}

Some of my Favorites {Come and Join Us}

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I was inspired all last week with the 2013 Holiday Housewalk!

32 creative bloggers all coming together and opening their home was so much fun to be a part of.

I loved so much about each home but I put together a little collage of some of my favorites.

Once I put them together I thought it was obvious how much I love a touch of black in my decor and typography!

If you want to see the whole tour from the beginning click HERE.

You can find tons of inspiration by checking out the Deck The Halls Holiday Housewalk Pinterest page.

Now you can be a part of the walk too!

Jen is having a linky party where YOU can link up and share your home all dressed up for Christmas.

I can’t wait to see your home.

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 Handmade is my favorite gift to give!

Kelly is having a HUGE Kelly’s Favorite Handmade Things giveaway!

Come and celebrate the beauty of handmade.

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Kelly – Eclectically Vintage (that’s me) – Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock and Roll vintage silver spoon keychain

Stamped Silver Keychain eclecticallyvintage.com

Lucy – Craftberry Bush – stag watercolor art pillow (Shop Craftberry Bush)

Stag pillow

Angie – Knick of Time Interiors – hand painted Milk & Cream on glass sign (Shop Knick of Time)

Milk and Cream Co. Sign available from Knick of Time

Jeanne – JuNxtaposition – vintage typewriter key necklace (your choice) (Shop JuNxtaposition)

typewriter key necklace

Jen – Jennifer Rizzo – set of 3 original art silkscreened dish towels

Handmade Santa dishtowel

Melaine – My Sweet Savannah – salvaged wood Christmas tree (Shop My Sweet Savannah)

Salvaged wood Christmas tree

Jen – City Farmhouse – hand painted Ski Lodge sign

Handmade ski lodge sign

Jeanne – Jeanne Oliver Designs – Sadie Handbag or $89 shop credit (Shop Jeanne Oliver Designs)

Jeanne Oliver Sadie handbag

Lucy – Bel Monili – vintage buttons and baubles bracelet (your choice) (Shop Bel Monili)

Vintage bauble bracelet

Denise – The Painted Home – music sheet flowers in new blue mason jar

vintage music sheet flowers

Jade – Jaderbomb – gold glittered PEACE letters (Shop Jaderbomb)

Glittered Peace letters

Laura – Top This Top That – burlap wreath

burlap wreath

 

{This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only}

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The New Collection Has Arrived!

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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}

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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!

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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

$24.95

 

A Living Magazine {and a video for you too}

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Before I get started I wanted you to see a video that I made just for you.

I wanted you to hear a little bit from me about the course and why I would even make it in the first place.

{and yes…I have bangs now…and I am really diggin’ them and so is my family…we need to get out more}

{to watch the video at the highest quality click the HD in the right hand corner}

In 7 days Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays} will launch.

I wanted to tell you why I think this course is so special and different.

In fact, as an e-course there is nothing else out there like it.

I feel like we are the best parts of a magazine…but better:-)

It has all the ideas and inspiration from a magazine but you walk away having connected with others!

I love magazines and have pages that have been torn out stuffed everywhere.

I have been collecting ideas and inspiration for as long as I can remember.

I have watched shows that have inspired me to clean out, update and redecorate.

I have learned new DIY techniques.

All of these things are fun and creative.

Even though I was inspired …I hadn’t connected with them personally, never had I been encouraged to think about what a home is really about and it had never opened my heart to the possibility of loving those around me differently.

When I first started even thinking about doing an e-course I knew I couldn’t just teach techniques…I wanted to share more.

I wanted to share me.

I wanted to share what was real.

I love to connect with women in person and wanted to make sure that didn’t change doing a course online.

I didn’t just choose other women to teach in this course because they had amazing homes.

You can find lots of women with gorgeous homes.

I wanted women that had a deep love of family and a heart for others too.

I wanted women that would be open, funny and honest.

Remember…I want real.

When you watch these videos you won’t just walk away with a project idea or inspiration you will tuck away for later.

You will walk away feeling like you are sitting across the table from a friend.

You will hear stories that will inspire you to be more authentic in your hospitality.

You will laugh at our mistakes and imperfections and you will love the women for letting you know they aren’t perfect.

You will also instantly have a creative network of creative women to connect with if you choose to take advantage of it.

You will have tons of inspiration and project videos in this course…but you will get more than that.

{image from Cathy Penton}

Here are some of the things people are saying about the original Creatively Made Home…

“Honestly, I wasn’t so sure I should take the Creatively Made Home class with Jeanne.  I thought seeing all these amazing homes and creative women might tempt me to feel badly about my own humble abode.  Jeanne assured me that anyone on any budget could find ideas and inspiration that weren’t out of reach.  She was right!   Yes, the homes are gorgeous and the women so very talented, but what I learned from watching, was that I didn’t need new “stuff” for my house. The real problem was that I had hung on to stuff that I really didn’t love anymore.  It gave my home new life just by getting rid of the old clutter and letting go of those things I really didn’t want or need.  I learned to keep and display only the things with personal significance, usefulness, and beauty–the things that make me smile.

Going through this class helped me better define my style and appreciate what I already have.  Now my home is a truer reflection of the beautiful people that live here.  Thank you to all the Creatively Made Home women for sharing your homes and for helping me see mine in a whole new light!”

-Kristi

 

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“I have to say that the course for me felt like a nice Fall Day, warm comforting and inspiring.It was really such a joy to see all of the videos and I felt like a kid on Christmas waiting for the next one. The videos were in every way good for the soul.”

-Monica

 

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“I loved this course!

 Two (of many, many) things I will take away from it are

 (1) that you really do not need to spend a lot of money on your space – shop your own house – re-purpose items – re-arrange.  And most importantly -

 (2) don’t be afraid to use your items, live in your home – the people in it are more important than perfectly fluffed pillows, artfully arranged throw blankets, and a gorgeously set dinner table that no one can use.

 I highly recommend this course!”

 -Jen

 

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“Please let me explain why I am eager for the new Home for the Holidays course. Besides the fact that there is a plethora of great information and ideas, Creatively Made Home was designed and carried out by women that shared freely and were down-to-earth. Somehow each one made you feel like they have been there…that they know the challenges and the pleasures of creating “Home.”

The best compliment I can relay is that I revisit this class often to catch details I may have missed. But I also catch myself, when there is time, revisiting the class to simply reconstruct the experience.

I have joined almost every class you have offered because I know if offered in this venue, then the experience can be counted on to be a meaningful, rich, and rewarding one – and most of all, an authentic one. I can’t wait.

Thank you for envisioning this productive gathering place and for inviting others to help you carry it out. “

 -Missy

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“The Creatively made Home course had such an impact on me that I don’t even know where to begin… you see it gave me courage, the courage to step outside of the carefully constructed walls which I can built around myself years ago.  The courage to take a deep breath and trust myself, to trust my instincts… whether it was the decor in our home or allowing myself to have hope again, to be confident, to embrace the things that I love doing even if it isn’t my strong suit, to take in the beauty that surrounded me.  I can honestly say that my family has enjoyed the benefits of the course as it is a place where they can truly feel at home, a home filled with memories and meaning! So thank you!!  For helping me to take that one step that has begun a new journey in my life… for encouragement and for introducing me to a group of ladies who have brought so much joy and beauty into our every day lives!”

 -Peggy 

 

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“As someone who loves to decorate, has “house envy” and “design envy” at times:), the CMH course sparked several “light bulb” or “aha” moments for me.  I began to let go of my perfectionist qualities about home and delighted in the enjoyment of creating spaces of beauty that were expressions of me and our family; less about pleasing others or what they might like.

 

I learned to “shop” my home and loved going through discarded or packed away pieces and brought them out with new life.  I found beautiful touches for our home by going through old correspondence, notes, pictures and family memories.  For example, pinning a sweet love note written from our dating days to an old French linen hanging in our bathroom…incorporating little thoughtful touches that were truly “me” and “us” (meaning our family) to wall arrangements, table arrangements and preparing special dinner table settings….these are the things that CMH helped to cultivate.”

-Jody

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Join Edie, Jennifer, KariAnne, Anne Marie, Andrea, Carol, Cathy, Jen and me in Home for the Holidays!

 

We can’t wait to create with you!

Only 7 more days until Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}!

There is no other online course like this!

The Creatively Made Home courses bring your favorite magazine to life.

Join me and eight other creative bloggers for interviews, decorating, gift giving and cooking videos.

To read more click HERE.

To register directly on our creative network click HERE.

To register on our website click HERE.

You can also pay instantly below.