Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day.

I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that.

I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day!

Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find for my dearest people.

I used to hate it so much when I would ask my mom what she would want for her birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day. She would always say nothing. Girl, I will tell you what I want!  In all honesty though…I find myself asking my kids for very simple things that I love about who they are. This year I asked Maddy to write me a letter, Ben to write me a song (he wanted to) and for Jack to compose me a piece on the piano (this is like breathing for him).  These are the things that usually make me a puddle of tears on the floor and make me forget that Ben and Maddy were exchanging insults a few moments earlier.

Maybe you want to include a little something extra with that letter, song or composition. If so, this post is for you!

1. Cashmere. Enough said. I love this shop and have so many daily household and luxury items from them.

2. It is hard for me to buy a purse when we make them and I have a closet of vintage ones BUT I would gladly accept this if anyone wants to get it for me.

3. This is an oldie but goodie but I have three and I use them each week, they will out last me, I will pass them onto my kids and they are just so dang pretty.

4. Everyone month I get a new record from the Magnolia Record Club. I have been introduced to so many new artists that are now on regular rotation.

5. While I was in Paris Maddy and I went to the most beautiful perfumery. As soon as I stepped into the shop I was surrounded by a visual masterpiece from packaging, decor, scents and intentional curating.

6. I LOVE this bike. I don’t have it but I have been keeping it’s picture around hoping that will change.

7. I love to have friends and family over and nothing gathers people like a fire pit. I think this one is so beautiful from Terrain.

8. We have a Nepresso in the kitchen and another one in the studio and it feels like a special treat each time I make one. This is a splurge but so fun!

9. I own several pieces of ceramics from Erin Clemmons and each piece is a work of art.

10. When I want to send a friend or family flowers this is the company I use because of their attention to detail. Who can resist the vintage grain sack? Not me!

11. I just finished this book and promptly suggested it to my mom. I am pretty much obsessed with Malcolm here and believe a good book is always the perfect gift.

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Give The Gift Of Art! | Print It Out and Wrap It Up!

If you are looking for the gift that will truly impact 2017 for someone that you love then I have the perfect gift for you!

We are offering our gift certificates that can be applied to one of our 78 online courses, private art instruction, business consulting, online shop and even one of our upcoming workshops in our studio!

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To purchase a gift certificate for yourself or for a friend click HERE.  We will email you the printable gift certificate within 24 hours.


If you have been wanting to create in person I have three opportunities coming up:

Coming together and creating one on one with other artists is one of my favorite things. I have three children at home and my heart is to be with them so it is only the most special studios and opportunities that bring me away from my own studio.

In person I am able to connect in a whole different way than online and we are able to work one on one on your art and even where you want your art to go. The intimacy that a live workshop offers is priceless to me and I hear that back from other artists also. It is always a growth experience for each artist teaching and the artists gathering together.

#1. This coming February I will be traveling to North Carolina to teach at the Donna Downey Studios! This is such a treat for me to be at Donna’s studio but to also be teaching along the East Coast! I know I get asked often to make my way to the East Coast so I hope this makes many of you happy!

THREE DAYS of us sketching, laughing, connecting, sculpting and going away filled up and ready to take what we have learned and discovered about ourselves and investing it into our own work. I love this part of live workshops!  I just walk away filled up and inspired in my own creativity! I hope you join me!

You can make payments (hello!) and start your 2017 with a creative gift for yourself! 


#2. Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things.  For all of you lovers of adventure, history, art and travel…this is for you! Join me in April 2017 for The Living Studio Along The Seine!   Imagine exploring and creating in France!


#3. Cobblestone walkways, candlelight dinners with pasta that melts in your mouth, hikes to castle ruins with Lake Como and the prealps as your backdrop, dips in the pool, rides around Lake Como in a vintage motor boat, the smell of Jasmine as you walk throughout the village, the best espresso of your life as you take a break in the afternoon and watch the locals, late afternoon showers that cool the village down and the breeze blows through your apartment window and evenings of good food, laughter and wine glasses raised high.  Did I mention we make art too! Bellagio, Italy is truly one of my favorite places on earth because it is slow and inviting, the village embraces you like no place I have ever been, the beauty is hard to even wrap your head and heart around and your whole pace comes to a halt as you just enjoy the simplest and most beautiful parts of life.  To come to Bellagio, Italy and to explore and create is one of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself.  I know that if you give yourself the gift of Italy that you will feel the same wa

It is my honor to have been invited back by Laura McCollough to teach again (this will be my fourth time) at her truly luxury Art & Faith Creative Retreat.  This year my good friend Stephanie Ackerman and I will be back together to teach art when we are not off exploring Bellagio and the surrounding villages.

Come and hear some of the details.  REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE JUNE 24 – JULY 1ST, 2017 ART & FAITH CREATIVE RETREAT!


Whether online or in person I look forward to creating along side you in 2017!




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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

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Teen Boys and Men {that don’t feel last minute}

If you still have special people on your list and you haven’t been able to find that perfect gift for them I hope this list will help.

I LOVE gift idea lists and I am hoping you do too!

I wanted to start with the teen boys and men because they are harder for me to shop for (and maybe you feel the same).


1. Clarisonic for men.  Boys like to take care of their skin too and will pretty much do anything necessary to not have acne. At least this one looks cool!

2.  We love clothes in this home and Kelly blames me for our kids being into fashion:-)  I love that they each have their own style and really love expressing themselves through their clothing. It is fun to see this side of them. Vans is a long standing tradition because Kelly grew up going to the skate parks in California.  Jack was wearing baby vans and now really loves their clothing too.

3. Instant cameras are fun for everyone and this style is awesome for boys

4. Music is a huge part of the kid’s lives just like it was for most of us growing up (and even now).  These allow everyone to listen without driving the other people in the house nuts!

5. My kids love having things to do with their friends and family besides tech. Having fun games around just makes it that much easier.

6. Soft tip darts are the perfect accessory to any teen bedroom. Sure the wall is a little beat up around it but safer and less messy than the metal darts I grew up with.  My little sister MAY have gotten one of those rusty metal darts stuck in her leg.  May.

7. This portable charger is pretty much a must for everyone in your family!

8. We probably have more beanies than we can count around here but we are still drawn to them wherever we go. I am a sucker for them too.  The plus is that it doesn’t matter if you are having a bad hair day:-)

9. Last year we got Jack a leather journal and a really nice pen (and this is something he asked for).  Everyone deserves something beautiful to sketch in or a place to collect your thoughts.

10. A turntable is just plain fun! We have a few in our home and we love trading out our favorite vinyl with each other.

11. My friend Alexis got all of my kids wearing Stance socks way before they were popular.  Now printed socks in all brands are everywhere and we tease Alexis that she needs to tell us what trend is next.

12. Bluetooth speakers are easy, portable and lets you share your music wherever you go.

13. Our Jack is one of the best dressed boys we know and joggers are one of his favorite pants.

14. Never Summer Longboards are guaranteed to get your boy away from the computer and out on the roads.

15. Each of our children started piano in first grade and within the past few years Jack has also taken to the guitar and has an incredible teacher.  I know he loves the easy of taking his music with him anywhere.

16.  Last year we bought Jack a midi keyboard so he could start composing and recording his music.  This definitely has a learning curve but it has been a lot of fun.

Jack wants to make sure that you know he also loves video games 🙂 and here are his top games: Call of Duty Blackops III, Star Wars Battlefront III, Minecraft.

  1. Be warned that when you get your husband a fitbit that he will compete about everything physical activity.  You have been warned.

2. My husband is tech all the way and he installed the Nest heating and cooling controls in our home over a year ago and it is amazing. I have to agree with him. We can even control the temperature from our phones while we are away.  We have saved money on heating and cooling too.

3. Rechargeable drill. Enough said.  Your husband will love you.

4. Sonos speakers are the coolest. We have different ones throughout the house. It allows everyone to play their own music and playlists wherever they are in the house. Another thing that I would never have without a techie husband.

5. As a couple of entrepreneurs in this house we love this magazine subscription. This is a good gift for any business owner/dreamer in your life.

6. The portable charger again. Sorry. You need one.

7. My husband loves to run and this makes listening to your music on your phone so much better than holding it the whole time.

8. I may not understand it but boys love toys and my biggest boy LOVES drones.  This was his gift a few years ago and it is a blast.

9. A little pricey but Kelly wears them all of the time and often on his runs.  They are super comfortable and I even have the girl version.

10. We all have a vice right? Well, we love coffee and this makes one bad ass cup. It is true. There was no other word that was appropriate. I am sorry mom.

11. I have the earbud version of these and they save me all of the time. They are sound canceling headphones and it allows me to travel on a plane and sleep, work at a coffee shop and actually think and sometimes at home write when kids are loud and crazy all around me. Priceless to me.


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