Fancy Lassies Early Registration| Brand New Online Course with Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is back on our creative network! We are so fortunate to gather some of the most incredible artists around and we are honored to have Kate back and this time teaching how to make her whimsical girls!

Kate is one of the most extraordinary artists that I know and I have no doubt that you will leave this course with so many new ideas that you can incorporate into your own art!

Fancy Lassies with Kate Thompson |

In this class, we will be creating fanciful girls using watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. These girls are created in a somewhat whimsical way but with some understanding of a more realistic approach. There will be exercises in creating a more realistic portrait which we will then use and abstract to something more fanciful.

I will show you how to make little watercolor paper books where we will explore techniques, prints and color ways. This will be a wonderful record to rely on as we work on more finished pieces.

I will then guide you as you start working on your own girls. I do have templates to download for you to practice the painting techniques. I then demonstrate how to draw the girls that we will then transform into fanciful creatures with very different personalities.

I demonstrate how to draw a portrait using charcoal. I then layer the charcoal drawing with watercolors and white acrylic paint. We will then paint watercolor and acrylic roses to garnish her face.


Watercolor paper, watercolors, paintbrushes, acrylic paints, milk paint, matte medium, gesso, charcoal, stabilo, mechanical pencil




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This one week course with 4 hours of content has lifetime* access and will begin on September 11, 2017.  The early registration price is $28. To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions about the course please email us at

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at (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 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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Gift Giving Guide 2016

I don’t like to buy something just to buy something!

I love when I can find the perfect gift for the people I love BUT sometimes it is hard and I could use some help.

Today our creative team has put together some ideas for the girlie girl, the guy in your life and from small businesses you may want to support.

Jeanne Oliver’s Guide Guide for the Girlie Girl

I love to give gifts that I would like to receive. Give me all the books, coffee and cozy gifts! These are all items that I have and LOVE!  These are also items that I use all of the time you will know that these gifts will be well used.

Coziest handmade chunky blanket. Pure yumminess!

My go to place for handmade artisan pottery is Chris Taylor. Each piece is beautifully made and goes with everything. I love to mix and match and it is a gorgeous gift.

This shop is brand new and I just bought way too much BUT check out these marble and wood coasters! Hello!

This is the warmest and cutest hat I own.  Who doesn’t want to walk around town with a big fury ball on the top of your head? I thought so.

It you know a creative woman than this is the gift for her! Awesome book that is inspiring and encouraging.  Beautifully made and represents all of us.

Nothing makes me happier than to support another artist and this leather tote is handmade from a local artisan that mixes the finest supplies and design. Bravo!

This lotion is also from another local artisan and it is not only an excellent product but her packing puts it over the top!

When you need to take your French press up a notch! Beautiful and functional.


Jen Wagner’s Gift Guide for Guys
Having an excuse to spend money on my husband is such a fun part of the holiday season for me! But let’s be real for a second, men can be very difficult to shop for. So I love spending time looking around to find things he normally wouldn’t buy for himself, but also things that are practical that he’d love and appreciate. He loves great design, minimalism, and leather (you know, man things I guess), so I scoured the internet to find a list of a few things that he and many other men may love to receive this Christmas!
Leather Jacket from Leather & Cotton
Warm Socks from J Crew
Mixology Set from West Elm
Playing Cards from West Elm
“Work Hard” Poster from Schoolhouse Electric
Leather Watch from Instrmnt
Mobile Charging Station from Amazon
Ethically Made Leather Boots from Oliberte
Wood Peg Bike Rack from Etsy

Here’s my list of 9 great local small businesses. All of these
businesses feature either handmade gifts or are local small businesses
in Colorado.

To find your own local small businesses, just head to a craft fair,
market or artisan boutique in your area. Be prepared to spend a bit more
than you might normally spend on gifts because you know that small
businesses are making their goods with their own hands- not mass
producing them and that costs a bit more.

To shop from my favorite small businesses, just click the link and tell
them I sent you!

1. Canned Goods
Canned Goods is one of those awesome give-back companies that we all
love! They upcycle tin cans AND give 1 can of food for every piece of
jewelry sold to a homeless shelter! Win/Win/Win!

2. My Sweet Honeybee Soap
I met Cindy when we were both just getting started building our small
business dreams and I’ve not only fallen in love with her, but I LOVE
her soaps. It is all we use anymore. The smell is heavenly and of
course, it gets us clean.

3. Hygge Life
I posted about my favorite blanket in my fall finds, but I feel it bears
repeating- the Turkish blankets and towels from Hygge are to-die-for!
And did you know Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) describes the feeling of
finding true joy in life’s moments- big or small. The blankets are my
favorite, but I love the towels, too!

4. Mutts and Mittens
Dog Lovers Unite! Shannon makes dog collars right here in Denver,
Colorado! Why give your dog a boring old collar when he or she can be

5. Give’r
This one is (mostly) for the boys and men in your life. The guys at
Give’r think you should “give’r all you got; go for it” and the attitude
of excellence shows in their awesome product line. Their leather gloves
(which you can customize with initials!) are a high quality gift that is
built to last!

6. Voormi
This one is for my husband. He is o.b.s.s.e.d. with Voormi. He loves
anything high quality that is made in the USA and that’s Voormi in a
nutshell. These guys create and manufacture all weather gear that is
built to last. All of their wool is from the Rocky Mountain region and
all products are made in America. Get the outdoorsman in your life a
gift with meaning that will last!

7. Sword and Plough
I’m a sucker for bags and semi-regularly present my case for a new bag
for special occasions. It’s just one of my “things”. Anyway, this local
company does good on so many levels! They repurpose military surplus to
make all of their products, they employ veterans AND they give back 10%
to veteran programs. They have lots of wallets and other smaller gifts,
but also- BAGS!

Sometimes a snazzy tee shirt is the best gift. This Colorado based
company sells some radical shirts and hats for men, women and children.
If you or someone you know loves, lives or belongs in Colorado, get them
one of these shirts! I got my brother one this year in hopes that he
would finally figure out how rad Colorado is and move here.

9. Sage 8 Studio
One of my favorite gift giving traditions is a special ornament each
year for my kids. Last year I bought what is now known as the “best
ornaments ever”. Sage 8 takes slices of pine, bettlekill and other wood
and hand creates amazing ornaments. She also has gorgeous art that
combines bright colors and the beauty found in nature using wood as her

If none of these companies have what you are looking for, you can always
Shop Shabby for some awesome alpaca products.

Happy gifting! I hope you can truly enjoy the beauty of giving this
holiday season!


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The Journey of Letting Go {My Brand New Art Course and a Giveaway}

The Journey of Letting Go {Creating Beauty from Ashes} begins April 8th!

This is a brand new four week e-course.

I am so excited to get all messy again with all of you!

We will play with…


*Coptic Binding


*Journaling Prompts

*Art Technique Prompts



*Mixed Media Girls


*Digital Art




*Art With a Dremel

and so much more!

I love to connect with women through art and I am so excited about the theme of the course.

I love this quote by C. JoyBell

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”

I hope you join me for uplifting discussions and art that will guide us through our creative journey.

Here is the fun giveaway part!!!!

I am giving away 10 spots in the new course!

The other part of the giveaway (my favorite part ) …..I will be giving away $300 worth of art supplies to one of the 10 course winners!

Registration is open on our CREATIVE NETWORK or you can register on my WEBSITE.

{you will be instantly in the course if you register and pay through the Ning site}

To enter the drawing for a spot in The Journey of Letting Go all you need to do is to leave a comment on THIS post.

For additional chances you can:

*Facebook about the course with a link to this post

*Pin the course or this post on Pinterest

*Tweet about the course

*Blog about the course

{come back to this post and let me know each time you do one of the above for an additional chance to win}

Each week I will give sneak peeks into the projects will be doing.

I can’t wait to create with you!!!!



 Leave a comment on THIS post to be entered for the course and the art supply giveaway!

Each time you post of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or your blog please come back here and let us know for additional chances to win.

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Let Them Be Little {Little She Giveaway}

When Maddy was little it was always so easy to find beautiful and sweet clothes for her.

When see reached size 7 it became significantly harder to find those clothes that just a year ago had been plenty.

There are definitely stores that do better than others but it is obvious that when your little girl reaches size 7 that main stream wants her to dress 13.

Girls grow up fast enough that I have no intention of rushing anything!

I love a company that embraces a little girls heart and provides merchandise that is well made, beautiful, stylish and age appropriate.

While I was selling and teaching at the last NaDa Farm Sale I was able to get a sneak peek at Beth Quinn’s new “Little She” line.

She has created a whole line of jewelry just for little girls and it is so lovely in every way!

I wanted to snag up the whole line for Maddy.

Beth was so kind and gave a beautiful necklace to Maddy that says, “Sweet Girl”.

She loves it!  Seriously…it is a treasure to her.

I am so excited to tell you that Beth’s Little She line is NOW AVAILABLE!!!

You can find the whole collection HERE.

Beth has generously offered one of YOU a necklace for your little girl.

(all photos provided by Beth Quinn)

Thank you Beth for creating beautiful, quality pieces that both the mom and little girls love.

Just leave a comment on this post to be included for the giveaway.

It you would like extra chances just put it on your Facebook page, twitter or blog and then come back and provide the link.

Good luck!


I wanted to also remind all you local girls that I will be selling at the  Horseshoe Market THIS Saturday, August 6!

I will be at booth 14.

Print out the below coupon and you will receive 20% off any one item in my booth.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful!

Hope to see you there!


Just ONE more thing…promise!

Last night I started a fan page on Facebook.

I would love to have you check it out, like it and be the first to know of sales, coupons, new releases!

Click HERE.


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Local Class {Mixed Media}

I wanted to let you know that I will be teaching a mixed media class on August 14 in Colorado Springs.

It will be a three hour class with everything provided and you will go home with a completed piece on canvas.

I will be teaching how to make my girls and even if you have never painted before I promise that I always give step by step instructions and make it easy to follow along.

If you are interested in taking the class please reserve your spot by calling Lucy and Louise Atelier at 719-635-2077.

It is $45 for the class (you will pay at the time of registration) and it will be held at the Lucy and Louise shop from 2-5pm.

If you are in the Colorado Springs area you will want to check out the shop for the whole weekend.

To celebrate 10 years of business they will be having a trunk show, fashion show, yummy treats, champagne and the art class.

I hope to see you there.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the class.


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Look at how pretty Lisa Leonard looks in our Luella dress!





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