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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Gather | A Holiday Tea

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I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving.

I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe.

Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier.

I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing.

I love the gathering!

I thought a holiday tea would be an easy and pretty way to share how gathering during the holidays doesn’t have to be a big event. It can be intimate invitations with some of your favorite people. Simple gatherings are some of the sweetest ways to tell those that you love how special they are to you. I would take an invitation to spend time together and to catch up over a gift any day! What about you?

This post is sponsored by HomeGoods. We found everything we needed at HomeGoods to create this beautiful and intimate tea!

We are giving away a $100 giftcard to HomeGoods! Please leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of intimate gathering you would like to create.  We will announce the winner next Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite and EASY recipes is Cherry Clafoutis. The kids make this on their own (and our Maddy made this one).

Cherry Clafoutis

1/2 stick butter, melted, plus more for baking dish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for baking dish
1 pound fresh or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar (we used Stevia)
Pinch salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk (we used half and half)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zested
Powdered sugar

Butter and lightly dust with flour (we used gluten free) a 7 by 5-inch baking dish
Add the cherries to the baking dish
In a bowl add sugar (we used Stevia), flour and salt and mix until blended.  In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and lemon zest until blended (if you have brandy on hand it is delicious with a few Tablespoons). Add all of the ingredients together and pour over the cherries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
Dust with powdered sugar if you wish.

 

If you love holiday tablescapes as much as we do I would love to have you check out our brand new (instantly available) online course Holiday DIY Tablescape with designer and artist Jen Wagner.  This course is $18 with lifetime* access.

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Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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Liz Marie Blog | Kindred Vintage | City Farmhouse | Love Grows Wild

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Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed

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Gorgeous Online Art Courses Coming in September!

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend! We have been creating, watching movies, stealing wild sunflowers from the side of the road and reading.  It has been exactly what we were needing.

I wanted to let you know about FOUR courses that are beginning this month.  I don’t ever think we have had such a rich line up in one month.  This is the perfect time of year to dive back into your creativity!

Hand-Forged: A Metal and Torch Soldering Jewelry course begins on September 12th.  This course is being taught by Stephanie Lee who is a pioneer in the  art of jewelry soldering.  It is an honor to have such a gifted teacher a part of our creative network and to have her bringing new techniques and projects to all of the artists in her course. The jewelry pieces she is teaching are gorgeous and perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry course begins on September 19th.  This course is being taught by well loved teacher Robin Dudley-Howes.  On trend and boho chic, learn Robin’s method to make these stylish crochet beaded wraps, NO crochet experience necessary! These fun pieces can be wrapped several times around the wrist or be worn as a necklace. These are addictive and so fun to make!

Studying Under the Masters for Kids begins on September 19th. This course is being taught by Nationally recognized homeschool teacher, speaker and curriculum creator Alicia Hutchinson.  This is the course that my kids and I are so excited to dive into this year!  This course is all about history, techniques, creativity and expressive play.  Whether you homeschool your children or not…this course will be incredible for the kids or grandkids in your life!  You can watch the course trailer HERE.

Paint Your Town: Mixed Media Urban Landscapes begins on September 26th.  This course is being taught by Jeanne Oliver.  We will become tourists in our own towns and open our eyes to the photography, sketching, architecture, people, cafes, painting, connecting, history and beauty right in front of us.  We will create abstract landscapes, work with sketching and watercolors, collage, image transfers, charcoal sketches and create mini works of art to create our own Paint Your Town journals when we are done. You can watch the course trailer HERE.

See you in class and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Do Your Kids Look Like This in The Summer? {So funny}

Even though we are getting slammed with rain here in Colorado I am told that summer is here!

This summer Courtney Walsh is back with all new projects in 2014 Summer Art Camp For Kids!

This online course begins on MONDAY!

Take a look at her hilarious trailer.

Tell me this doesn’t look familiar…

We have your boredom buster for this summer!

To read more or to register click HERE.

This course has lifetime access and it is $37.99

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”.

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Making Art With Children {Letting Them Lead}

My children have been surrounded by art supplies, art books, art on the walls and art museums their whole lives.

Sometimes what they really need is just the freedom to create.

When I put supplies out for my kids and then I walk away to do my own thing I feel that my kids rush through the process instead of really taking their time.

The best thing for me to learn as a mother when it comes to art is to help them practice and really look at what they are wanting to do.

When I sit down with them or talk with them while they create I feel like they are more in tuned to what they are doing.

My hands do not touch their creations.

My ideas do not touch their creations.

It is my job to supply the mediums, explore the museums, talk about works of art they love and don’t love, point out techniques and some suggestions for mediums and let them figure the rest out.

No right.

No wrong.

No suggestions unless they ask for help.

No picking up the brush and showing them how on their work. If they ask for technique help I show them on a separate piece of paper or canvas.

When they get frustrated I am honest about how sometimes I get frustrated and wish my art was at a different place and how we all just have to keep practicing.

I show off their work and display it proudly and we do it all again.

Last week was week one of Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits} and I studied under the work of Vincent Van Gogh.

Ben had such a fun week playing with paperclay and creating Van Gogh and The Postman.

We looked through different works of Van Gogh and he decided to practice using Starry Night.

When he thought he was done I encouraged him to put it aside for a day and look at it the next morning to see if he saw anything else he wanted to add.

He ended up working on it a few more times and really looking at his piece and Starry Night.

He said, “Mom, my painting doesn’t look just like Starry Night but I love it so much!”.

He was so proud of his sculptures and loved, loved, loved painting them while he looked at the originals for color ideas.

We have already dived into week two with Teresa McFayden studying under the works of Pablo Picasso.

I can’t wait to show you what creations come out of Picasso as our inspiration.

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Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist

Usborne The Children’s Book of Art

Vincent’s Colors

Van Gogh: Art Activity Pack

Van Gogh: Getting To Know The World’s Greatest Artists

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars

Katie and the Starry Night

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You can still register for Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This 6 week online art course is $62 and the videos are available for 2 years.

To register please click HERE.

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Registration has just opened for Lifebook 2015!

You can join 24 other artists and me for all of 2015 for a year a creative journaling, connection, encouragement, and creativity!

Come on over and check out all of the details and get ready for a creative 2015!

I hope to see you in class!

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If you are signing up through me I would just love to say thank you!

I can’t wait to see you in class and creative with you during my week in Lifebook 2015.

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