A Brand New E-Course {and a giveaway too}

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Last fall I launched Creatively Made Home {creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living}.

 

I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home…..you, family and friends.

 

I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.

 

My heart was to create a course that encouraged women to open the doors of their home because of what was inside of them…not just what was inside their homes.

 

It became a course on creating beauty through the details and the blessings of hospitality.

 

I am so excited to announce that we are now launching Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}!

 

Join eight of my friends and me as we celebrate loving on your home, friends and family through the holidays.

You are going to freak out over the line up of teachers…

Edie Wadsworth {Life In Grace}

Jennifer Rizzo {Jennifer Rizzo Designs}

Cathy Penton {Cathy Penton Designs}

Carol Spinski {Raised In Cotton}

Andrea Fowler {Keeping It Cozy}

KariAnne Wood {Thistlewood Farms}

Jennifer O’Brien {City Farmhouse}

Anne Marie Klaske {Na-Da Farm Life}

and me:-)

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I want this course to be a reminder of what you bring into your home, your family and the beauty that your life and gifts bring to those around you.

 

You will be encouraged as you hear honestly from each woman about the times things did not go as planned during their holidays.

 

You will hear honest discussions about their own journey of hospitality.

 

You will walk away inspired as you hear about the traditions and special moments from their childhood and how they create special moments with their families today.

 

You will be able to watch beautiful videos with gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes.

 

We all want to create authentic moments with our friends and family.

 

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

 

My hope is that this course will help you to slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

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What Is Included

* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from the nine teachers.

* There will be 30+ project videos.

 

These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating.

·      Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women

 

*Supply lists and PDFs for each project

 

*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course

This course is about loving your home, loving your family and blessing those around you….and having fun doing it.

 

If you have taken my other courses you know how much I put into them.

This course will lavish you with ideas, beauty, inspiration, joy and encouragement!

 

Come and play with us.

Registration is open NOW and you will have access for over one full year!

 

 

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Let’s talk about this giveaway!!

I am giving away 10 spots in the class (and each winner gets an additional spot for a friend).

That means I am giving away 20 spots in my brand new e-course!

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post telling me what makes you feel special during the holidays.

For additional chances to win you can…

*Blog about the course

*Facebook about the course

*Pin the course to Pinterest

*Tweet about the course on Twitter

Come back and tell me each time you do one of the above for additional chances to win.

I can’t wait to see you in class.

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For the next week you can get the course for the early registration price of $48.

On August 26th the price will go to $58.

When you register you will have access to course for over one full year!

 

 




Introvert {extrovert}

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{all photos from a recent trip with friends to wine country}

I used to think I was an extrovert.

What I am discovering is that I am an introvert (AKA hermit) and an occasional extrovert (AKA party animal).

Every 2-4 months or so I will get together with friends here in the US.

Sometimes it is for business (teaching a class etc) and sometimes just for fun.

If you read my blog you might think I am extremely social, travel a ton and spend lots of times with friends.

The truth is that it really means I see a friend every 2-4 months.

Truth!

When I am home I like to be in my pajamas, do school with my kids, hang out with my family, make art, tinker with my house, drink too much coffee……

I think you get the picture.

I don’t leave home.

I have come to appreciate that I really love home.

Love my family.

Love running a business.

Love my pajamas (they are cute and from Anthro if that makes it any more acceptable).

When I get together with friends it fills my cup back up.

Sometimes I hadn’t even realized how much I needed a break (or to actually wear clothes that don’t stretch).

I spend 2-4 days with good friends, laugh (really, really hard), eat good food, wear clothes other than pajamas, talk about our goals, eat more good food…..

I then come home, cuddle up with my family, get back into my pajamas (that I now have to wear because I ate too much good food), make art, make dinners, take walks and feel full.

Content.

I may not interact with anyone else for months:-)

I used to feel bad that I didn’t want to do things every night or that I wasn’t always going here or there.

I dreaded that kind of social life.

I have come to appreciate that this is me.

It is OK.

I love being home, creating, being with my family and occasionally doing things that require makeup and publicly acceptable clothing.

I never understood that being too social wears me out and drains me.

I didn’t realize that just the right amount of playtime fills me up, surges my creativity and makes me a better wife and mother.

Are you an extrovert, introvert or a little of both?

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I would love for you to watch a short video about my new art course.

I hope to see you in class.

{it starts in less than 2 weeks}

The Journey of Letting Go Trailer from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.

To register click HERE or HERE.

My Cup Runneth Over {the perfect break at the perfect time}

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My Grandma Jeanne would look around the room at her large family, raise her glass, smile and then say, “My cup runneth over”.

That is all she needed to say.

We knew exactly what she meant and we felt the same thing.

It was an abundance of heart and love.

It was that overflowing abundance that is often very hard to put into words.

I find myself saying my grandma’s sweet words more and more.

We have been working so hard on the new Creatively Made Home e-course.

Our mornings are slow and relaxing with the kids and doing school.

When other kids start coming home from school that is when I start to work.

During a course our evenings and weekends are full of editing and pulling everything together.

Soooo……to have a trip scheduled to see my friends in the middle of a course AND to leave for a weekend and leave my sweet husband to edit all weekend by himself (with children) …..

Let’s just say it was hard to get all of my responsibilities done to leave and ready for Kelly to take over.

It is really hard for me to leave my family sometimes but the best way for me to really relax and not work is to leave the house.

My husband knows this and that is why he wanted me to go.

My husband travels all of the time and he is better about taking bike rides with his friends etc.

Me…I have to be pushed out of the house.

I don’t even realize how much I needed the time with my good friends until I am on the plane heading home and my heart is full of abundant love.

I feel refreshed and ready to love on my family better, more creative, more focused.

This past weekend was the perfect break at the perfect time.

When I got home at 9pm I had to stay up way past midnight to get the course up for the next day but it was worth it.

Even today I am going over all of the sweet moments, good talks, laughter, incredible food, cocktails and the blessing that I have in dear girlfriends.

My cup runneth over.

If you are the kind of person that has to be pushed out of the house I hope your spouse knows this.

Tell them…it is much easier to leave when they are the ones kicking you out into the world to play:-)

 

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Summer Soiree Party Pics {wish you could have been there}

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{Beware…HIGH photo content}

I have been wanting to have a summer party with some of my local friends for years.

I knew the only way I would actually follow through was to invite some of my out of town friends to join us.

You can’t bail on a party when people get on a plane to come.

I threw out the invitation to some of my favorite gals that lived all over the US and hoped that someone would be free.

Lucky me that some were.

Once I had friends coming from out of town I began sending out invitations to local friends.

Not evites:-)

Real stamps were used in the making of this party.

It was such a fun night of good food and drinks, wonderful company and even cuddling up at the end of the night and having an outdoor movie.

I didn’t take any photos this night but luckily some of my friends are wonderful photographers.

Enjoy a glimpse into our night.

I would like to add before we begin.

Learn from me.

Do NOT try and get ready 15 minutes before you company come when you have been sweating all day like a pig.

You will NOT look your best. Ever!

Carry on…..

{the big splurge for the party was to hire the Funky Brewster to make all of our lattes and cappuccinos..yum}

As the sun set the beautiful glow of the candles and the white lights on the trees made the most beautiful light.

Everyone grabbed another latte or hot chocolate and we got ready for an outdoor movie.

With blankets keeping us warm we watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

It was a wonderful night.

About 35 of my friends were able to make it and it make me feel so content to be surrounded by such amazing women.

Lucky for me the party went the whole weekend because of my out of town guests.

Tracey, Traci and Jen had traveled to see me and my dear friend, Amy Jo, was able to hang out all the next day.

{All photos were courtesy of Tracey, Traci and Jen…thanks guys}

We shopped, ate good foods, watched movies, talked and laughed and laughed some more.

All of my kids slept on our bedroom floor and generously gave up their bedrooms for my special guests.

My husband kept the kids busy and gave me the sweetest gift of time (uninterrupted) with friends.

It was an amazing time and sweet time with friends.

I am blessed.

I wish I could have had each one of you at the party.

On a parting note….

{Anyone else curious why my face looks all jacked up and Tracey still looks beautiful??? hmmmm}

I don’t care that there is snow on the ground {I am showing you this post anyways}

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Snow is covering my town, rooftops and weighing down our tree branches right now.

I live in Colorado so it will be fall again in two days I am most positive!

There are so many things that we do that I don’t take the time to show you.

I can get pretty behind in sharing photos for the grandparents (you didn’t think this blog was just for you?:-)).

So, even though I can barely type right now because of the blinding reflection from the snow…I am going to show you these photos anyways.

Every year since Jack has been three and Maddy was a baby we have met friends or family to go berry picking.

It marks the end of summer for us.

We drive about 45 minutes north to a small, organic farm and eat more than we bring home.

This year my sister and her children met us and my neighbor and her little girl.

Welcome to Berry Patch Farms….

{My Maddy with her cousin}

{Heading out to the strawberry field.  I love how they love each other}

{Don’t even ask me why I got THAT look! Seriously! }

{Notice the empty container but I know the belly was full}

{Ugliest pig of ALL time!  I MAY give up bacon…MAY}

If you live local to Berry Patch Farms you will have the most gorgeous day playing at the farm!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Laughter and tears {girl’s trip}

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I got home on Wednesday night really late.

I had just gotten home from a four day getaway with friends.

My friend Christy had put a little group of her closest friends together.

Lucky for me…some of her closest friends are girls I love too!

We all rented a house in the mountains of Utah.

We didn’t have a plan.

That is good because all we really did was sit around in our pajamas and laugh, cry and then laugh some more.

(When we were eating at Bluebird I spit my water all over the girl across the table.  It wasn’t my fault. Really.  Margie is insanely funny.  One of the funniest people I know.  I would like to plead my innocence one more time.)

There was a lot of laughter.

My stomach hurt at times because we were all laughing so hard.

When we first got there we thought it would be a good idea to go to the grocery store.

We couldn’t agree on what to buy so we all bought our own food.

We bought too much!

We also stopped at Walmart so we could buy suits to use the hot tub.  They asked me to stop taking photos…I guess they thought we were going to upload photos to People of Walmart….

We worked on a little creating but for the most part we just talked.  Talked some more and then talked again.

There may have been a spontaneous photo shoot in the middle of town….just saying that it MIGHT have happened and the locals might have thought we were crazy. Just maybe!

More photos to come.

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I am so happy to announce the winner of the $200 gift certificate I am offering to Christy Tomlinson’s online mixed media shop.

The winner is Rachel from Cupcake for Moose.

Congratulations. Please email me and we will figure out all the details!

If you are not the lucky winner remember that Christy has offered all my readers 15% off her shop.

Just use the code ARTLOVE2 at checkout.

Blogger Get Together {this weekend}

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It is almost here!

I am looking forward to hanging out with those of you that have signed up for the local blogger get together!

We will meet at The Barn (here in Castle Rock) at 6:00 this Saturday night (April 2).

The Barn will be open JUST FOR US until 7:00!

At 7:00 we will head to Sienna, across the street, for dinner.

I know this will be a wonderful time for us all to get to know each other better.

If you still want to come just show up at The Barn @ 6:00…..we would love to meet you!!!