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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Home for the Holidays SALE!

One of my most popular online course is Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}.

This three week course is all about the heart of home and how to make the holidays all about the people you love.

I wanted to offer this beautiful and rich course at a 50% off discount for the next 48 hours.

For the next 48 hours you can get this course for $34 (regularly $68)!

This course is no longer live and is INSTANTLY available!

*There are 65 videos. 30 project videos and 35 discussion videos.

These are 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

You will have lifetime* access!

Course Description:

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

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 families.

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 slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

I promise you that this course will help you look at your home, your traditions, your family and opening your doors in a whole new way!

Won’t you join me in Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}?

The teachers in this course are some of your favorite bloggers (or they are about to become)!

Here is a peek into what you will create in this INSTANTLY available online course.

I am so excited to open my doors to friends and family again this year!

Just seeing these photos makes my heart skip a beat and makes me excited to love on those in my life in sweeter ways all year long.

To read more or register click HERE.

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1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course? We currently offer 75 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”. If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

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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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Modern Farmhouse Bedroom {Simple + Christmas}

The weather is getting cooler and I can’t help but want to fluff our home, bring out the comfy blankets, put music on and have something simple and yummy on the stove.

The holidays are around the corner and I like to keep things simple but cozy and welcoming.

I want more than anything for family and friends to feel loved when they are in our home.

I love simple and natural in our decorating and I love to add greenery or simple white flowers, candles, pull out our favorite books, make our favorite recipes and bring in the pillows and blankets that encourage staying longer and relaxing. When I was younger I had boxes and boxes that I would get out during the year but now I find the simplicity to fit my personality the best.  When the world can feel busy I like our home to be a place of calm.

I have felt so honored to be included in Ella Claire’s Farmhouse Holiday Series and throughout the fall posts  I have been blow away by the beauty and warmth that the other bloggers bring to their homes.

This week it is all about sharing your bedroom dressed up for the holidays. Our bedroom is where we find ourselves watching movies, giving back rubs to the kids, putting the fire on, nap taking and it also serves as an extension of my office. This has given me a warm, comfy and quiet place to write. I hope you share with me how you love to dress up your home during the holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Birch Lane and their beautiful area rug truly pulled our space together in this new home and makes it feel so much cozier! We love it and Kelly loves that when he gets out of bed he doesn’t step onto cold wooden floors:-)

Come and checkout the gorgeous bedrooms!

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Farmhouse Holiday Bedrooms

Love Grows Wild | Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Craftberry Bush | Liz Marie Blog

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Dear Lillie | Jeanne Oliver | French Country Cottage | Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Farmhouse Holiday Series

City Farmhouse | Rooms For Rent | Kindred Vintage | My Sweet Savannah

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Holiday Tablescape Ideas

One of my very favorite things in the whole world is having people in our home and feeding them well.

One of the ways I try to make the meal special is the simple details I put into the tablescape.

I rarely need to buy much and try to use what I have but make it special just the same.

I love to mix and match my dishes and to also pull elements in from the outside.

Here are some tablescapes from the past few holidays…

 

Remember to use what you have and to have fun with your decorating!

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Arsty Goodness Begins Today {come see the projects!}

The 12 Arsty Ornaments of Christmas begins today!

To read more click HERE.

To register click HERE.

Here is a peek at the video projects!

This course is full of such creative teachers.

Here is the line up:  Teresa Collins, Jenny Doh, Christy Tomlinson, Jeanne Oliver, Margie Romney-Aslett, Amy Tan, Julie-FieFan Blazar, Maggie Holmes, Junelle Jacobsen, Tamara Laporte, Alisa Burke and Chrissy Garder.

See you in class!

This is my project.

I am teaching how to paint a woodland girl wall hanging and ornament.

You can also register below!

See you in class.

 

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Sneak Peeks {Week One}

I can’t believe that the first week of Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays} is almost here!

Only TWO more days!

I wanted to share just a little, tiny sneak peek of week one.

Week one will be all about decorating for the holidays.

Besides all of the decor project videos there will also be videos from each of the teachers, videos about their favorite holiday memories and even videos about when things didn’t go as planned.

Tuesday morning the course will begin!

Join us and start loving on your home, friends and family with new inspiration this holiday season.

Meet the teachers…

{You are going to freak out}

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:-)

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.

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.

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

The course is available for two years!

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

Join me and eight other creative bloggers for interviews, decorating, gift giving and cooking videos.

This course will change how you love on your friends and family this holiday season.

I also hope it will change how you love on your family day to day.

To read more click HERE.

To register click HERE.

You can also pay below.




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I wanted to also let you know that we have new cuffs in the shop.

Yummy!

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