Some of My Fall Favorites {2014}

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Fall is my most favorite season because the beautiful change in season, cooler temperatures and the desire to create a more cozy home.

This is the time I find myself cuddling next to the fireplace in the morning with my coffee, a book, devotions or just talking to my family.

My studio calls to me even more than usual when the temperatures start to drop and the light is flooding in over all of my supplies.

Sweaters, boots, hats and bonfires are the norm and the crunching of the leaves underfoot keeps you company on early evening walks.

Fall is when we were married and when two of our babies were born.

Fall to me is a reminder to me how much the Lord loves us.

Even as everything is dying is puts on the most incredible show…for us!

I went walking through our home this morning and wanted to share just some of the little things that make fall a little more cozy.

 

1. I love a day when the turntable is spinning and these records are constantly playing this fall.

* The Civil Wars

* Mumford and Sons

* Carol King

* The Lumineers

2. I love this scent from Anthro but the best part is the new copper lid. Perfect for fall!

3. I start each morning with warm water with lemon, tea or coffee and this cup is my new favorite. I don’t know if it is the cool waffle patter or smaller size but I like everything about it.

4. How can you resist a watercolor painted buck?  I know, right? This beauty keeps me company in my studio.

5. I love to cook in the fall and winter and these are a few of our favorites right now…

* Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup

* Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider Syrup

* Pumpkin Spice Latte

6. I love this tea so much! I buy mine from Whole Foods.

7. This was my gift from Kelly this month for our 16th wedding anniversary.  We took it to the mountains with us when we stayed in Estes for a mini getaway and it is so fun and easy.

8. This course just helped me so much to notice this season and appreciate the changes around me. I may just need to do a course specific to fall each year:-)

9. Sure I drink Earl Grey…but did you know I wear it too?

10.  This movie is one of my all time favorites and just begs to be watched in the fall.  Who agrees?

11. I have this print on the wall heading up our stairs. I read it hundreds of times a week and love the song and the story behind it.

12. I have used essential oils in our home for as long as I can remember but I have been so much more intentional with them the past four months.  I add the lemon in my water, the deep relief on my temples when I feel a headache coming on, the peppermint in the diffuser while I am working or the kids are doing homework, Thieves to ward off sickness, lavender in the diffuser and on my skin, peace and calm in Benjamin’s diffuser to help him sleep and so much more.

13. These are one of my favorite pairs of earrings and the best part is that they were made a crazy artist:-)

14. Coolest book I have seen in awhile. My friend Danielle gave me the heads up on this one and I am so glad and listened.

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Some of my favorite things about fall that don’t cost almost anything…

long walks and crunching leaves

hot cider

wrapped up in a blanket in front of the fire reading your favorite book

crispness in the air

leaves changing colors

bonfires and s’mores

drizzly days and time in the studio

sweaters, boots and slouchy hats

jumping in piles of leaves

pumpkin carving

pumpkin anything

gathering with family

If you want to see our home all cozied up for fall you can check out our recent fall home tour with Finding Home Blog and Better Homes and Gardens.

When Life Wakes You Up {uncovering spontaneity}

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Last September while walking around Arlington National Cemetery with my family I received a message from my doctor that some recent tests had shown some abnormal cells and I needed to come in.

I immediately called the nurse back that had left the message and asked, “Are you saying they are cancer cells?”.

She told me she couldn’t tell me any more and would have the doctor call me back the next day.

The next day?

I slowly sat down on a stone wall as I hung up the phone and my family was around me asking what she had said.

I am not even kidding when I tell you the first thoughts that went through my head.

Before I tell you those first thoughts I would like to say that I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

I am married to an amazing man, have the children I always dreamed of, I get to use the gifts and the skills the Lord has given me and I get to use them in ways that knocks my socks off.  I have beautiful friendships that are deep, silly, supportive and loyal.  I am surrounded by a family that sees all of me and loves me just the same.  If you would have shown me my future life at 18 years old I would have known that I would be winning the lottery on creative and blessed lives.

I am hoping that it is because of the above and so much more that I first thought this…

“Crap! I am going to die of cancer and I have never dyed my hair red and gotten that nose ring!”

I am not even kidding.

When we got back to Colorado I went in for a second exam and it can back positive that I had cancer cells and I would need to have surgery to remove them.

Last fall I had the surgery and over the past months I have been checked every two months to make sure everything was looking good.

Last month I was told that everything was clear and that the doctor wouldn’t need to see me for a year.

So here it is fall again and for the past five falls I have wanted to dye my hair red.

I can’t watch a movie with Julianne Moore and not instantly dream of red hair!

My hairdresser had always talked me out of it because of all her practical and wise advice like my hair was so blond that the color wouldn’t hold, I’m not good at hair maintenance and red hair is high maintenance and if I wanted to go back to blonde it could take awhile.  Each year I said, “OK, just do a regular highlight.”

This year I didn’t let her talk me out of it.

You get what you want when you say, “I had cancer cells cut out of my cervix and I want the red hair.”

She shut up, smiled and said she would do the red hair.

As long as I have wanted red hair I have wanted to get a nose ring.

I blame it on my dear friend Amanda Purvis and my new friend Danielle Burkleo.

All of my years of wanting a nose ring was pushed over the edge by their awesome hotness.

( I really wanted the hoop but they said I had to wait 8 weeks to put that in)

One of the main reasons I hadn’t gotten my piercing is because my mom hated the idea and parts of me let that hold me back from doing it.

My mom doesn’t really care but just knowing she didn’t like the idea was enough to talk me out of it.

As I had red dye slathered all over my head I called the local tattoo and piercing shop and scheduled my piercing for the next day.

My heart was pounding and I didn’t feel like I fit into the tattoo scene that day:-) but I stayed, sat down and let Ryan poke a hole in my face.

Sure, Maddy almost threw up but I did it!  Kelly thought I looked super hot right away and Ben kept on playing his video game.

I texted a photo to Jack at high school and he thought it was awesome.

It didn’t hurt. At all!

Maybe it hadn’t been my mom but the pain that had kept me from getting it done.

Maybe it was going into a place where I felt out of my element and like I didn’t belong.

I don’t know but I did it.

I am good and I don’t have cancer.

I have a beautiful life in all of the big ways but I don’t want to stop doing those little, fun, silly, brave, crazy things that make life…life!

I don’t want to NOT do things that I really want to do because someone else talks me out of it or because it may not be practical.

I don’t want to not do things because of the opinion of others and what they think is acceptable or lovely.

My heart is in the right place so obviously the things I would want to do wouldn’t be hurtful to others of myself.

I feel like that call that day in the middle of Arlington National Cemetery woke me up to being more me, more spontaneous and more silly.

What have you been really wanting to do and something is holding you back?

If it won’t hurt you, won’t hurt others and is not against your faith…what is holding you back?

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}

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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:-)