The Big Picture Free Video | Honoring your gifts, finding balance and living a creative life that you love

Being a wife, mom, friend, business owner, household manager, school juggler and creative are some of the hats I wear. I know you are the same and probably more.

I also know that if I am not intentional with my marriage, children, schooling, business, creative time etc. than I miss out on opportunities of being present in each of these areas.

I am not saying it is easy but it is very much worth it.

Being intentional and seeing the “Big Picture” has helped my life become beautifully full of the people, activities and beliefs I hold most dear.

I am a work in progress and I have areas I struggle with and areas I definitely need to grow and change but that is part of life and learning how to live and do better.

This is just a glimpse of where I am right now.

We are truly all in this together and we can all learn from each other!

I hope you will also share how YOU see the Big Picture.

 
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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!

 

 

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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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Who Doesn’t Love To Get Mail?

One of my favorite things is to send cards and of course to receive them!

I am so happy to announce that we have our notecards back in the shop.

In a world with email and text messages I am still a lover of paper. How about you?

Hopefully, this will help you get your paper fix too!

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Elements of Clay {with Alissa Millsap}

One of my favorite creatives and hearts is Alissa Millsap and we are about to get so lucky because she is teaching the brand new Elements of Clay!

Do you have childhood memories of making mud pies or building sandcastles?

Maybe you loved creating something out of playdoh, wishing you could keep them forever?

In Elements of clay, I will be showing you several projects using air-dry paper clay.

No kiln needed!

Each project is inspired by nature, as well as the hope of new beginnings that come in the spring. Each project has a bohemian flair and style. I doesn’t matter if you worked with clay before or have never experienced creating a sculpture, it is my wish that you will be inspired to try something new. I hope you will join me on this journey as we explore the elements of clay.

Registration has just opened for this one week course! The early registration price is $28 with lifetime* access.

Come on over to read more or to register!

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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Watercolor Magic Is Coming {Danielle Donaldson’s Newest Online Art Course}

I am honored to announce that artist Danielle Donaldson will be bringing her watercolor magic back to the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network with her newest online course All Creatures Lovely and Small!

Ellies, pups and bunnies, oh my! One whole week of online creative goodness! We will start off our week with a good dose of danielle-ish color theory. This isn’t your everyday color-wheel stuff. As a matter of fact, it is kind of the opposite. You’ll learn how to work with color in a whole new way. You’ll find your very own colorful voice with a series of simple exercises that will not only build your creative signature but seriously boost your watercolor confidence. Next we’ll pick up our mechanical pencils and illustrate some quirky and goodness-filled animal friends. You’ll learn how to break down their bits and pieces and then reassemble them in a bunch of different ways. And then we’ll add soft, yummy layers of color and delicate details. We’ll wrap up our week by building a lovely, layered block of patterned paper, snippets of ribbon and a word or two to give our four-legged friend a place to perch.

Registration is open for this one week course! The registration price is $48 with lifetime* access.

Come on over to read more or to register!

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

 

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Teen Boys and Men {that don’t feel last minute}

If you still have special people on your list and you haven’t been able to find that perfect gift for them I hope this list will help.

I LOVE gift idea lists and I am hoping you do too!

I wanted to start with the teen boys and men because they are harder for me to shop for (and maybe you feel the same).

 

1. Clarisonic for men.  Boys like to take care of their skin too and will pretty much do anything necessary to not have acne. At least this one looks cool!

2.  We love clothes in this home and Kelly blames me for our kids being into fashion:-)  I love that they each have their own style and really love expressing themselves through their clothing. It is fun to see this side of them. Vans is a long standing tradition because Kelly grew up going to the skate parks in California.  Jack was wearing baby vans and now really loves their clothing too.

3. Instant cameras are fun for everyone and this style is awesome for boys

4. Music is a huge part of the kid’s lives just like it was for most of us growing up (and even now).  These allow everyone to listen without driving the other people in the house nuts!

5. My kids love having things to do with their friends and family besides tech. Having fun games around just makes it that much easier.

6. Soft tip darts are the perfect accessory to any teen bedroom. Sure the wall is a little beat up around it but safer and less messy than the metal darts I grew up with.  My little sister MAY have gotten one of those rusty metal darts stuck in her leg.  May.

7. This portable charger is pretty much a must for everyone in your family!

8. We probably have more beanies than we can count around here but we are still drawn to them wherever we go. I am a sucker for them too.  The plus is that it doesn’t matter if you are having a bad hair day:-)

9. Last year we got Jack a leather journal and a really nice pen (and this is something he asked for).  Everyone deserves something beautiful to sketch in or a place to collect your thoughts.

10. A turntable is just plain fun! We have a few in our home and we love trading out our favorite vinyl with each other.

11. My friend Alexis got all of my kids wearing Stance socks way before they were popular.  Now printed socks in all brands are everywhere and we tease Alexis that she needs to tell us what trend is next.

12. Bluetooth speakers are easy, portable and lets you share your music wherever you go.

13. Our Jack is one of the best dressed boys we know and joggers are one of his favorite pants.

14. Never Summer Longboards are guaranteed to get your boy away from the computer and out on the roads.

15. Each of our children started piano in first grade and within the past few years Jack has also taken to the guitar and has an incredible teacher.  I know he loves the easy of taking his music with him anywhere.

16.  Last year we bought Jack a midi keyboard so he could start composing and recording his music.  This definitely has a learning curve but it has been a lot of fun.

Jack wants to make sure that you know he also loves video games :-) and here are his top games: Call of Duty Blackops III, Star Wars Battlefront III, Minecraft.

  1. Be warned that when you get your husband a fitbit that he will compete about everything physical activity.  You have been warned.

2. My husband is tech all the way and he installed the Nest heating and cooling controls in our home over a year ago and it is amazing. I have to agree with him. We can even control the temperature from our phones while we are away.  We have saved money on heating and cooling too.

3. Rechargeable drill. Enough said.  Your husband will love you.

4. Sonos speakers are the coolest. We have different ones throughout the house. It allows everyone to play their own music and playlists wherever they are in the house. Another thing that I would never have without a techie husband.

5. As a couple of entrepreneurs in this house we love this magazine subscription. This is a good gift for any business owner/dreamer in your life.

6. The portable charger again. Sorry. You need one.

7. My husband loves to run and this makes listening to your music on your phone so much better than holding it the whole time.

8. I may not understand it but boys love toys and my biggest boy LOVES drones.  This was his gift a few years ago and it is a blast.

9. A little pricey but Kelly wears them all of the time and often on his runs.  They are super comfortable and I even have the girl version.

10. We all have a vice right? Well, we love coffee and this makes one bad ass cup. It is true. There was no other word that was appropriate. I am sorry mom.

11. I have the earbud version of these and they save me all of the time. They are sound canceling headphones and it allows me to travel on a plane and sleep, work at a coffee shop and actually think and sometimes at home write when kids are loud and crazy all around me. Priceless to me.

 

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