Brand New Mini Course |Instant Abstract + Frame

 

It is Friday! That means the weekend and extra time and…
 
If you have been wanting a gorgeous abstract painting on that perfect wall in your home but don’t want to spend a ton of money you will love my news! When I first saw that Jennifer LeBrun O’Brien had painted her own piece for her gorgeous home and popular DIY and decor blog City Farmhouse (go right now if you haven’t ever checked her out) I asked her right away to share it on our creative network. Lucky for us she said yes!
 
Jen and I have been friends since she lived here in my old neighborhood in Colorado. Many years ago she moved back to where she grew up and she took all of her gifts and passions and has created an incredible blog and business out of it. Jen has excellence in everything she puts out into the world and that is why I am so excited about this mini course.
 
Because this online class is a mini course it means it is available RIGHT NOW, it is two hours and you have lifetime access AND it is only $18! I love that we have started to offer these mini courses right at the weekend so you can dive in, create and also have affordable options to grow your own gifts.
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We have another INSTANT ACCESS mini course and this time it has been created by lifestyle blogger and designer Jen O’Brien of City Farmhouse!  You have probably seen her work all over Pinterest, on other blogs and in the pages of your favorite design magazines.  Jen is teaching Instant Abstract + Frame | A Mini Course and you don’t have to wait at all. Come on over!

In this mini course we will be exploring color, scale, composition and texture to create a large abstract painting for your home. We are going BIG with this piece to inspire you to conquer fear, find joy in the process and to make a meaningful connection. I will share my own experiences with art and how reflection allows me to dig deep to uncover art that is honest & raw and intentional. We will use wood, basic house paint and some unexpected tools to craft this original work. In addition we will make a simple wood frame to complete the piece.

 

 

 

2 hours + INSTANT ACCESS + lifetime* access + $18!

Come and watch the course trailer…

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class,

Jeanne

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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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Life In Season | A Book Review

 

Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful things in my lifetime to see creativity have a platform and to be validated.  I needed it. Maybe you did too.

 

 

Recently my friends Vanessa Hunt and Heather Patterson of At the Picket Fence blog published their first book called Life In Season | Celebrate The Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home. Their blogs are filled with DIY, decor and heart. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that their first book reflects all of that and more. I expected it to be more amazing projects but what has left me with tears each time I have read is the transparency and vulnerability that these pages drip with. Each time I have closed a chapter I have sat with the most grateful heart that I had the moments to read their words, reflect upon the heart of God, to connect once again with women I adore and do see that we all have the same brokenness. I don’t know why we need to be reminded of that. I don’t know why we sometimes think we are the only ones broken and when we see it in others it actually makes them more beautiful…and it does for us too.

 

I love a good surprise and this book is that. This is the book I am reading each morning with my devotional because their words last long after the page. Yes, I will try the recipes and projects but the sweetest surprise is the heart of who these women are and their heart for each one of you when you read the pages.

An excerpt from the chapter Scars

“…Are we capable of seeing the scars in our lives in this way? As trophies of that fight we have won, to be displayed proudly. As memorials to what we have conquered in our own lives.

Can we identify with Jesus as He held out His scarred hands to His beloved disciples, as proof that He was alive? Can we see our scars as reminders of a victory over sin and not something to be ashamed of?”

 

It is just beautiful! The whole book will inspire, make you laugh, cry and encourage you as you love well those around you.  It shares the truth that there is rich joy in all seasons of our lives.

You can read more or order HERE.

 

 

 

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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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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.

 

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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Advanced Hand Lettering Begins Monday {Come and take a peek}

One of our most popular classes last year was Intro To Hand Lettering with Jen Wagner and I am honored to tell you that she is back with a brand new course!

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Join Jen this coming Monday (June 13th)  for Advanced Hand Lettering!

Don’t let the name intimidate you!  This is just a new course with more technical instruction and all new projects!

I know hundreds used the last class to grow their art, business and more and I know this newest course will be no different.

It is NOT required to take the first Intro to Hand Lettering to take this new course.

The Details:

In Advanced Hand Lettering, we will dive into how to create beautiful lettering using multiple mediums (brush, calligraphy nib, brush pen, digital, water brush, and pen/pencil), from each individual letter to forming words, sentences, and adding decorative elements. We will also spend some time discussing composition, different styles, and how to make what you’ve envisioned a reality! Following the teaching portion of the course, you’ll use what you’ve learned with 7 fun projects (Lettered Globe, Wall Mural, Serving Tray, Yard/Event Signage, Large Poster, Gold Foil Lettered Pillow, & Digitized Poster). I’m so excited to really dive deep into the details of lettering with you!

Meet Jen:

Jen Wagner is an artist living in Castle Rock, Colorado, who has always been passionate about creativity and learning. From a young age, Jen began teaching herself different forms of art – from piano to drawing and graphic design. Passionate about people, Jen has spent the last several years finding ways to create artwork that encourages and inspires others in their day-to-day lives. She now designs web, print, typography, and other media for multiple marketing firms around the state.

The registration price for this course (4 + hours) is $48. All videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

To register or read more come over to the course page.

 

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”.

*as long as we manage this site

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It’s The Weekend | Concrete Planter

I’m gonna be honest – working with concrete intimidates me! But with all the concrete home items trending, I was determined to figure out a way to imitate the concrete look without having to dive into figuring out real concrete. The result? A super clean, cheap alternative to the expensive concrete planters you see in Target and West Elm!

What you’ll need:
Plastic planter w/ detachable drip tray
Paint brush
Grey paint (I used a Behr paint sample in “Anonymous”)
White acrylic paint
Sea sponge
Paint tray
Water
Valspar gold spray paint (optional)
Drop cloth

Step 1:
Paint your plastic planter in the grey paint you’ve chosen. Make sure your shade is close to the concrete color you’re trying to imitate. Let dry completely.

Step 2:
Dilute your white paint with water. I added about 2x the amount of water for the amount of white paint used.
Step 3: Lightly dip your sea sponge in the white water, wipe off the excess in your paint tray, and lightly dab onto your planter in a random pattern, working from one side to the other.* Let dry.
*Mine looked horrible when I started – so much so that I thought this project was a bust. But you just need to keep going! The longer you lightly dab your sea sponge, the more complex texture will develop across your planter.

Step 4: Remove drip tray and lightly spray paint with your gold color (hold paint can 8-12 inches from the surface and paint using sweeping movements across the surface). Going over your tray lightly will give it a more organic texture. Let dry & reattach.
Step 5: Plant your favorite succulents or flowers, water, & display for everyone to see!

 

This post was by contributing artist Jen Wagner.
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It’s The Weekend | Mid Century Plant Stand

Thank you for joining us for the new series It’s The Weekend!  This series will be hosted by Jeanne Oliver or contributing blogger and artist Jen Wagner.
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