Studio Christmas Tour

I had hoped to get the studio simply decorated for Christmas in time for our Holiday House Walk Tour earlier this week but that just didn’t happen so we are sharing it now.

We are loving this space so much and what it means for me but also Kelly and the kids.

This is where I create, have meeting with our creative team members, meet with clients, read, study, tinker, have cocktails or coffee with Kelly and hang out with the kids.

It has just become an incredibly fun extension of our home.

I don’t like to get too fussy with the holidays and decorating and I believe less is more.

Welcome to the studio!

Thank you for coming on over to the studio and if you would like to see more images of the studio I recommend the following posts…

The Studio That Love Built {before and after photos}

Our First Live Workshop In Our New Studio {come and check out the photos}

 

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Acts of Service Advent Tree

For the past few years we have used our Acts of Service Advent Tree during Christmas and I always get a lot of questions about it.

Even though this post is an oldie I still think it is worth sharing again!

This idea originally came to me while I was watching Anne Marie’s Twig Tree video in Home for the Holidays.

She was creating a small twig tree to hang on the wall and I knew right away that I wanted to make it big and hang acts of service off of it.

We sat down as a family and we started brainstorming things we could do as a family.

I typed all of the acts up in Word and printed them out.

We cut the acts of service into strips and folded them over to get them ready to stuff into the stars.

Our stars are made from craft paper using a star template I found online.

We (my mom) started to sew them all shut with the acts of service inside but my machine was driving her NUTS so I told her we could go with Plan B.

Always have a Plan B.

For half of the star we glued them shut with a glue stick (only getting glue around the edges to keep the glue off the acts of service) and we used a white gel pen to make thread marks on the outside.

It worked for me and possibly saved my mom’s sanity.

If you are going to hang the stars as shown …make sure that whether you sew or glue them shut that you include the end of the string in the star before you close it.

I then just randomly hung the stars on the twig tree.

I hope to do this each year as a family because

1) who needs more candy each day through December

2) who doesn’t need more times in their lives to think of others and find fun ways to show kindness

As much as I love, love, love the month of December if you are not careful it can turn into just shopping, eating too much and sugar comas.

I feel like each time we so something like this we take a huge exhale, slow down and focus.

I am thinking we will keep it up year around and have weekly acts of service.

I will let you know.

Thank you for asking about this and thank you Anne Marie for inspiring this project.

 

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Our Christmas Home Tour from 2015

***THIS POST IS OUR HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FROM 2015**

Please come back tomorrow for our Christmas Home Tour for 2016

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How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address?

The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known.

We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and this year will be the biggest exhale of all.

The sweetest way to honor a home that we have loved so much (and that has loved us right back) is to just slow down and love each other even more.

I hope you will give us some grace this year for the house walk as we unexpectedly found a property, placed our home on the market on Thanksgiving day and have had showings ever since until today.

I made the very conscious decision to choose peace, family and simplicity instead of stress.

I highly recommend it:-)

We have simply decorated our home for Christmas in preparation for packing and moving.  I hope you will indulge me as I share some of my favorite holiday decorating from years past with some of the new photos from this year.

Merry Christmas!  I hope you are able to take an exhale too and just take the time to be with the ones you love the most.

Kelly is incredible and her decor is so inspiring.

Welcome to our home…

I am loving my deer and branch antlers from Joss and Main! The kids love it and it goes perfectly with the simple decor and natural elements that we love to decorate with.

We all decorated the tree last night and shared some of our favorite Christmas memories from this house.

Don’t you just love home? It is truly one of the most beautiful words.

At least we rewarded the kids with s’mores for the long days of painting, cleaning and pretty much not allowing them to live in our home for the past few days.

The tray is from Joss and Main and is the perfect size!

Some of my favorite images from previous holiday housewalks!

I am excited to make the new house our home and to share it with you along the way!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

My family wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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It is truly a lifestyle network with courses about home, cooking, bee keeping, art and so much more!

Come on over…

Coming January 4, 2017 is our new FREE series Salt + Light.

Some of your favorite creatives and bloggers will be joining me for this FREE series!

Come on over and read all about it. We would love to have you join us!

You can pre-order the devotional now that will compliment the study!

To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), my Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

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

To register for Salt + Light

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

2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Salt + Light

4) Click on Salt + Light

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

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 4, 2017

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Gather | A Holiday Tea

***The winner of the $100 HomeGoods giveaway***

Cherise Sweet commented:

GORGEOUS Jeanne! I would love to host Christmas gathering where we have a coffee and hot chocolate bar and make gingerbread houses…With the table decorated like yours!

To claim your giftcard please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. Congratulations!

This giveaway is now closed.

 

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I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving.

I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe.

Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier.

I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing.

I love the gathering!

I thought a holiday tea would be an easy and pretty way to share how gathering during the holidays doesn’t have to be a big event. It can be intimate invitations with some of your favorite people. Simple gatherings are some of the sweetest ways to tell those that you love how special they are to you. I would take an invitation to spend time together and to catch up over a gift any day! What about you?

This post is sponsored by HomeGoods. We found everything we needed at HomeGoods to create this beautiful and intimate tea!

We are giving away a $100 giftcard to HomeGoods! Please leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of intimate gathering you would like to create.  We will announce the winner next Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite and EASY recipes is Cherry Clafoutis. The kids make this on their own (and our Maddy made this one).

Cherry Clafoutis

1/2 stick butter, melted, plus more for baking dish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for baking dish
1 pound fresh or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar (we used Stevia)
Pinch salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk (we used half and half)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zested
Powdered sugar

Butter and lightly dust with flour (we used gluten free) a 7 by 5-inch baking dish
Add the cherries to the baking dish
In a bowl add sugar (we used Stevia), flour and salt and mix until blended.  In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and lemon zest until blended (if you have brandy on hand it is delicious with a few Tablespoons). Add all of the ingredients together and pour over the cherries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
Dust with powdered sugar if you wish.

 

If you love holiday tablescapes as much as we do I would love to have you check out our brand new (instantly available) online course Holiday DIY Tablescape with designer and artist Jen Wagner.  This course is $18 with lifetime* access.

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Come and check out the other bloggers and their spaces dressed up for the holiday!

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Dear Lillie | Jeanne Oliver

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Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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Liz Marie Blog | Kindred Vintage | City Farmhouse | Love Grows Wild

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Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed

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Holiday DIY Tablescapes | INSTANTLY available course just opened

Good Morning!

We are so excited for the holidays that are around the corner and you have been loving the instantly available courses SO Jen Wagner created Holiday DIY Tablescapes: A Mini Course just for us!

 

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This instantly available mini course features 10 beautiful and fun DIY projects to help your tablescape stand out this holiday season. We will play with hand lettering, gold foil and recreate some of the trending items you are seeing in the stores.

 

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Having friends and family over is one of my favorite things and when I can add a bit of my personality and style into my entertaining I love it even more.

I invite you to join me for this fun and easy tablescape mini course. I wanted to create something that would allow you to dress up your holiday table but also make it easy to go from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond.

Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful and it is actually a lot of fun if we can take the pressure off of ourselves and create warm and inviting spaces for our friends and family. Making things look pretty is a lot of fun but making your guests feel loved and special is the best part.

-Jen

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This course is instantly available right now!  To read more or to register click HERE.

This course has lifetime access, is 1 hr and 30 minutes in length and is $18.

 

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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

Come and Check Out My Curated Sale With Joss and Main! {come and also enter our giveaway}

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**

The winners of 2 complete online class packages worth over $1500 each are:

Everything is so you Jeanne. I love the black bar cart as we’re getting ready to redo a few things in our living room to make it easy for entertaining and more cozy.

 

Angi eharis commented:

Loooove everything about your home and your style, always seems so real, I think that’s why we identify with u and because your so darn cute and a great teacher! I have followed your site for a while, taken classes with u and your dtr, I really like u as a teacher. My fav in your house is gonna be the couch, I am obsessed with couches as I am looking for a new one, happy holidays to all! Aloha, angi in hana

To claim your online courses please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.  Please make sure you are registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com to make the process so faster.

Congratulation!

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I am so honored to announce that my curated sale with Joss and Main has just launched!

The whole sale is inspired by our home and style and we are so giddy about it!

For the next week you can see images of our home, read the interview with some of my decorating and lifestyle tips and also find products that compliment our style.

Thank you Joss and Main for being drawn to our “cozy, vintage, artsy” style.

As long as I can remember I have been drawn making home beautiful. The older I have gotten my heart has evolved to want home to be so much more that lovely to look at.

Home is now all about the people that live in this home and the people that will also come through the doors.

A home that is well lived in and well loved is so much more beautiful than a picture perfect space.

I hope that when you look at our photos that you see a space where art is made, music is played, books are read all cuddled up and people are loved. So loved.

Welcome to our curated sale!

 To celebrate we would love to give away TWO complete packages of every course on our Creative Network!

We have over 50 free and paid for online courses available and each package is worth over $1500!

We have onlines courses about decorating, the holidays, hand lettering, doll making, mixed media, painting and so much more!

**The winners will be announced on December 29th and will have until January 10th to claim their giveaway item**

 

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us one thing you loved about the curated sale.

For additional chances to win:

* Share the curated sale on Facebook

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* Blog about the curated sale

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know.

This giveaway will close on December 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST.

The winner will be announced on December 29, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing, taking courses, sharing your creative lives and allowing us to do what we love!

 

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Merry Christmas! {free printable tags and poster}

Thank you for another incredible year creating and journeying together!

2016 has so much goodness promised already and I can’t wait to grow together as artists and individuals.

It is such an honor to stand beside you and create this creative life together.

Thank you!

We have created a small gift below of gift tags and a poster that perfectly proclaims how my heart feels about the gift of Christ.

Please download your free tags and print and share with those you love.

Merry Christmas!

To download your free pdf click HERE

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To download your free pdf click HERE

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The print would also make the perfect gift framed:-) Just an idea if you are last minute shopping.

If you would like to learn to create your own hand lettering gifts come and check out our Intro To Hand Lettering!

These are not to be used for re sale, these have been created exclusively for Jeanne Oliver Designs and all copyrights belong to Jen Wagner

To see more from Jen Wagner click HERE

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