Make This Your Creative Summer!

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Summer to me means putting the school books aside, stopping all lessons of any kind, vacation, pool days, dinner on the patio, s’mores at night, books read and the ease of creating art wherever we are going!

If you have been a part of my The Living Studio retreats or you follow the FREE online video series…you know that I encourage everyone to carry a portable studio with them so you have no excuse not to practice and create.  I know this has changed so many things for me about not waiting for the perfect time (won’t happen), enough time (no excuse…you are already waiting for someone.  Might as well sketch while you wait) and the best supplies (stop buying more supplies and use what you have).

This summer we have THREE incredible mini courses coming up that will make THIS your creative summer!

** Starting on June 1st is Pattern Play! **

Guys, for some of you THIS course could be a game changer!  Can you imagine taking your doodles, paintings, creative ideas and learning how to turn them into fabrics, patterned papers and more!  Learn how to use Photoshop to take your art to the next level and beyond.  Bari J is a licensed artist with years of experience and beautiful ideas to encourage YOU to take the next step.

 **Starting on June 8th is Nature’s Canvas **

When I first saw what artist Tania Bain was creating and then leaving for others in the woods to find and appreciate I KNEW she had to teach on my creative network!  This is the heart of what art is all about.. I have to tell you that THIS has me sooo excited to take some of my favorite woods in our area and make them even more special with art by the kids and myself.  Won’t you join us in enjoying nature, creating in new and creative ways and then the pure joy of leaving them for others to find too!

** Starting on June 15th is 2015 Summer Art Camp for Kids **

Artist and author Courtney Walsh is back this summer with ALL NEW projects and even special projects just for boys!  With an easy supply list, fun step by step directions and art projects that kids WANT to make…this will be your summer go to when the afternoon rains come or when everyone needs a break from the sun!

These courses are for you and for you to share with your children and grandchildren.

These are one week (easy to accomplish) courses that are affordable and FUN!!!

I hope to see you in class!

Jeanne

2015 Summer Art Camp for KIDS!

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Summer brings with it the promise of sunshine, long, lazy days and a slower, simpler pace we’ve all been craving. But, if you’re a mom or grandma, it might also bring with it two of the most dreaded words in the English language:

“I’m Bored.”

Enter 2015 Summer Art Camp for KIDS! A brand new online art class for ages 5 – adult that will allow kids to cut, glue, paint, watercolor, sketch, collage, create and stretch their creative wings, all the while kicking boredom to the curb.

Author and paper artist Courtney Walsh will take kids on a guided journey through each of the five mixed media projects, encouraging students to think outside the creative box as she leads them through each step, breaking it down in a way they will easily understand and follow.

This online course is the perfect way to bond with your child, so feel free to get in on this artsy fun, save projects for rainy days or do them all in one week, the choice is up to you! Let’s have a creative summer together, shall we?

*The class will include 5 projects with art videos start to finish. This year we are bringing in more projects for BOYS too!

*Each course will have a supply list and templates

 

To register or to read more click HERE.

 

How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day {and a huge giveaway}

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I think when it comes to Valentine’s Day we are pretty chill around here. Maybe it is because I don’t like people telling me what to do and when to do it.  I can be annoying like that.  When it comes to LOVE…I am all over that!

 

 

We are quirky, may dance a little too much and often make up songs throughout our day that sometimes resemble rap (and they are not good).  We laugh a lot and spend a lot of time together because these people within these walls are the ones I love being with more than anyone else.

 

 

I sure don’t need a special day to love on my family but sometimes it is nice to have an extra reason to remind people what makes them so special.

 

 

My husband Kelly is the one that makes sure we are all OK.  He protects us and takes care of us.  He makes sure we have breakfast in the morning and hot coffee ready for me when I wake up.  He believes that my ideas are incredible and that none of my ideas fail (which sometimes they do).  He wakes up early to do devotions with me and prays over our kids at night.  He is kind and good and believes in the best in people.  He is fiercely protective of me and will be the first to come in between me and harm (of any kind).  He is fun and adventurous!  He is my best friend and the one I always choose first.  He is a total hottie and he tries to use his dimples to get his way.  He loves the Lord and desires to honor him.  He is everything that I always dreamed of.

 

 

It is easy to take the ones we love the most for granted and everyone loves to be reminded every once in awhile that they are pretty amazing…even if it is with paper hearts:-)

 

 

 

 
 

 Courtney’s brand new book!

I’m excited to participate in the #shareyourheart campaign and especially excited because you have a chance to WIN a pretty awesome prize! All you have to do is find Courtney on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/courtneywalshwrites), and SHARE the Paper Hearts Book Trailer with your friends…Then enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below! That’s it, easy as pie! 

For bonus entries, create your own paper heart and share it on Courtney’s wall and tag your post with #shareyourheart 


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Get The Look {Week Three}

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Welcome to week three of “Get The Look”.

Each week I will be showing different women wearing clothes from my last collection in their own way.

You can see the previous posts HERE and HERE.

I am loving the outfits that each woman is putting together.

It is fun to see personalities come out in how people wear their clothes.

The first outfit is by Jill Hinson.

Jill has fabulous style and she is an incredible decorator.

I really like how Jill layered the Audrey French tunic over denim.

{Jill is also sporting a leather cuff from our shop}

The next outfit is from Courtney Walsh.

(Courtney is wearing the Betty ruffle tote)

I really appreciate that Courtney took the time to tell a little bit about her outfits.

She is a writer by the way:-)

“I took two different outfits. I did one in the dress with leggings and a belt and then I did one in something I’d go run errands in, or go get my kids from school. Jeans, black turtleneck, cute shoes and plain silver jewelry is 100% me…but it’s boring…so I think the ruffly purse really spices it up. It’s like, even though the foundation of my outfit is nothing special, the purse makes it so much more interesting (and cuter!) It’s like getting an adorable look without trying too hard.
The dress I would wear for something a little more special or dressy. Again, I’d put it with simple silver jewelry (this bracelet was one a friend got me for my book launch and I love it!)…it’s totally understated, but I think that kind of classic look is more me.”.

Courtney looks great belting the Louise dress/tunic and wearing it over leggings.

I recently wrote about Courtney and her new novel HERE.

Lara Blair is next wearing the Louise dress/tunic.

Can you tell she is a professional photographer?

I love, love, love the leg warmers peeking up from her boots!

It makes me smile to see Lara pairing the tunic with a red scarf.

Whenever I see something red…I think of Lara.

I am a little giddy to show you the next photos because she is so cute and LITTLE.

I adore seeing little ones in anything from my Little Jeanne line.

Last week I showed you the outfit put together by Tracey Leber.

This week I get to show you photos of one of Tracey’s beautiful daughters.

Caighton is wearing the Lila Peasant Dress.

Could she be any cuter!

I smile every time I see these photos and her little horsey purse and cowgirl boots.

Thank you Caighton for being such a beautiful model:-).

Thank you to all the beautiful women that allowed me to include them in this week’s series!

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Please submit photos to us of YOU wearing our clothes.

If we pick your photo you will win a $100 gift certificate to my shop!

Send your photos to jeanneoli@hotmail.com

This week the winner is Liz Turner.

Thank you so much Liz for submitting your photo and you look gorgeous in the Luella!

Contact us at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

Send in those photos!

You can find all of the dresses seen in this post in our SHOP.

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Pin It {and the winners}

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Pinterest.

I am addicted like so many others.

I have to set a timer or I will get lost into the Pinterest vortex.

I have seen it written that someone was freebasing Pinterest…funniest comment to date!

Seriously, I have to have kiddie restraints put on me or I will waste too much time.

I had the privilege of hearing Ben Silbermann (the creator of Pinterest) speak on a panel last year at the Altitude Design Summit (Alt).

This past January I heard him again as the keynote speaker at Alt.

One year has made a huge difference in the world of Pinterest.

Pinterest is a game changer.

It is fun to see someone’s creative dream change the way we can organize beauty and then go on to create ourselves.

“Pin it” is becoming a common saying.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite “pins”.

Freebase the beauty:-)

Join me for one of my boards…… “Vintage Style”.

All sources can be found on my vintage style board HERE.

  

What are you pinning?

I would love to see.

You can find me HERE.

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Winners!!!

The winner of the new novel by Courtney Walsh is…..

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Kara Rosenberry commented:

Hello Jeanne! The snow was lovely wasn’t it! I too didn’t mind leaving my house for almost two days and did some reading and movie watching. I would love to win that book or the class with Teresa— so pick me, pick me!

Great new items in the shop too by the way!

 

and the winner of the new ecourse by the incredible Teresa Sheeley is…..

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Marilyn Johnson commented:

Thank you so much for the chance to win. I so want to take the class and I will read Courtney’s book! Thank you so much Jeanne. I am loving that scarf and the camera bag also!

Congratulations both of you and thank you to Courtney and Teresa for such generous giveaways!
Kara and Marilyn please contact me and I will give your information to Courtney and Teresa.
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For all you girls that wanted to win Teresa’s e-course I have some good news for you.
First, you can sign up THIS week only for $50 instead of $75 and secondly, you can enter HER giveaway that she will have on her blog for a spot in the class.
Good luck!

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Call Me a Blabber Mouth {but there IS a giveaway}

A Sweethaven Summer

I have so much to tell all of you this morning.

We had an amazing snow storm this weekend (2ft) and we all had so much fun playing in the snow.

We went sledding a few times, yummy hot cocoa was made and the boys made an awesome snow fort.

I love being home so being snowed in for a day or two doesn’t matter to me.

Now that the snow is melting I can move away from the sleds and tell you guys a few fun things.

First up is that we have some new things in the shop!

We have a new Sadie (made with vintage fabric), clutch (made with vintage fabric) and a spanking new infinity scarf (that looks AMAZING with the Audrey dress too}.

All the new items are limited edition.

All new items can be found in the SHOP.

Also, I am happy to tell you that we have more Natalie Camera Bags in stock!

This will be the LAST run of the bags.

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Now that shop news is covered I can tell you about a wonderful book I read this weekend.

This weekend I gobbled up Courtney Walsh’s new book, A Sweethaven Summer.

It was sooo good and I got to bed around 1:30 am each night because I couldn’t put it down.

This is the first time that I have read a novel written by a friend.

It was a different experience and I was actually a little nervous as I was reading.

Nervous for Courtney. But I didn’t have any reason to be nervous for her….it is amazing and an incredible first novel.

I can’t wait for book two in the series to come out.

Come on Courtney….can’t a friend get an early copy?

This is so good that I want to give away a copy to one of my readers.

Leave a comment on THIS post and I will pick a winner later this week.

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My friend, Teresa Sheeley, has an exciting new e-course starting on March 19th!

Registration has already begun.

Let me give you a little peek into the course.

Presented to you by:

Teresa Sheeley & Kayla Johnson

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Making Something Beautiful is all about living your art dream.  If you ever had ideas or dreams of going off to art school and living the artsy life ~{ MSB} will give you that feel.   Our goal is to make this experience for you to be just like stepping into art school for the first time.  Even if you are an experienced artist this course will be fun and informational for you too, as well as the opportunity to give you inspiration plus let you give back some helpful advice to the class.

This course will focus on what you would find if you were going to art school.  Introduction to various tools of the trade; drawing, painting, color, technique and even art history.  Learning about tools, different paints, technique and color are such important aspects to any medium you are drawn to.  It’s good to know why things work the way they do and even where they originated from.  Having these skills will only enhance where you are in your life of art.

You will receive weekly videos of instruction and assignments.  We will offer all kinds of support through the Facebook page, Flickr sights and our one on one help.  We will strive to create a very artsy aesthetically pleasing community.

ALL THIS INSTRUCTION WILL LEAD YOU UP TO A FINAL PROJECT TO BE PLACED IN OUR ART SALON TO SELL.

ART SALON:  Popularity of the art salon was originated in France beginning in the 1700’s.  The salons would exhibit pieces of art from floor to ceiling usually in someones home.  Many famous artists got there start participating in an art salon.  Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse just to name a few were very present during the art salon era.  Probably one of the most famous salons were in the home of Gertrude Stein in the early 1900’s.  

COURSE OFFERINGS:

This is a FIVE – WEEK course.

Week 1:  Important drawing techniques and instruction.  Learning tools for drawing.  Introduction to different papers and how this all blends together to give you the best techniques. Learning about light source.

Week 2:  Nudes, figure drawing and complex shapes.  Grid drawing and thinking BIG!!  {Week 2 also will be your first critique week}.  **Critique is an option; if you would prefer not to join in this, no worries. More on critiquing later.

Week 3:  Still life – painting – intro to color, materials, oils & acrylics. Painting using just 3 colors.

Week 4:  Plein Air painting – Watercolor & gouache introduction and more. Mixed media. {Critique week}

Week 5:  ART SALON – The art salon will be a website set up for virtual touring of your work.  We will be encouraging you throughout the course to think of a final project that you would like to put in the show. You have the opportunity to sell your work; plus make the money back that you put into the course.  This is a great way for you to invite your family, friends and strangers to view  your work.

Doesn’t this sound amazing?

You can read more about Teresa and her daughter HERE.

The best part is that Teresa has generously offered to give one of YOU the gift of taking her class.

All you have to do is leave a comment in THIS post to be entered.

Thank you, Teresa!

I know that someone will LOVE your beautiful course.

I will be taking it and I hope you will join me.

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I have to also tell you about this new workshop by Christy Tomlinson and the Guilded Girls!

They have a beautiful new workshop that is starting before Valentine’s Day but the projects will go way beyond the day of love.

You can find out more and sign up HERE.

This class is full of so many beautiful projects that you can make for yourself or give as gifts (the best kind of gifts if you ask me)

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More more thing:-)

Kimberly Taylor and I started a fun photo series for the month of February.

We are capturing the lovely in our lives with our phone cameras.

We would LOVE for you to join us “Finding the Lovely”.

OK, that is it.  I swear.

Have a beautiful Monday and don’t forget to comment on THIS post for a chance to win a copy of A Sweethaven Summer and entry into the art workshop, Make Something Beautiful.

I am done.  Really.  I have nothing more. At all.  Nothing.

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