Creativity Takes Courage {Kimberly Taylor and The Grow Hope Foundation}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now!


For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners.

You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes Courage.

This month I had the joy of interviewing my good friend Kimberly Taylor.

Kimberly is the founder of The Grow Hope Foundation and I am honored that we had this chance for her to share her heart on family, passions, Africa and creating hope.

I have been friends with Kimberly for over five years now and she never ceases to amaze me with her knowledge of gardening, cooking and photography.

Her style is comfortable, timeless and welcoming.

She is a friend I have laughed and cried with, traveled with and dreamed with.

To see her bring her passions together and create something that brings her joy and blesses others is pretty incredible to see.

The Grow Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people around the world improve their circumstances through education and a helping hand.  Whether it is a loan to begin a sustainable business, bringing in wells to communities with no access to clean water, educating parents on nutrition and hygiene to prevent the spread of disease in their children or hands-on instruction in how to improve sanitation by building better latrines, we want to make a difference.  With your help we can give those in need a helping hand, so that they can create a better future for themselves and their children on their own.


To watch the video you just need to be registered at (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Kimberly’s video:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!

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Join The Celebration {Huge Online Class Sale and Giveaways}

When we reached 10,000 members on my creative network I wanted to do something really big to celebrate! Once we reached 10,000 members I started asking some of my friends to celebrate with me and they have offered up so many beautiful giveaway products that I am so excited to share. Before I could even do this post we are now almost at 11,000 members that are connecting and taking online classes on! Can you believe this?! This growth has occurred in less than 1 ½ years and we hope you will love this celebration post and all we are offering.

I wanted to do something that thanked all of you for making it such a huge success and celebrated a big milestone for us as a small business. I am not great at celebrating and seem to just move on to the next task and that is something that Kelly and I are really working on this year. We want to stop and celebrate what the Lord is doing with our business, family and friendships.

We have so much good stuff here that I can’t wait to share!

1) For the next 48 hours we are having a huge, huge, huge sale on the online courses.

Every. Single. Course is on sale 50% except the just released Creative Girl: Then Land of Light and Shadows and any course that has not launched yet.

Click Here to see all of our courses

(All of the courses that are on sale have already been marked down and you do not need a code)

2) We are giving away 5 giveaway packages of every class in our network! That is 5 giveaway packages worth over $500 each!!

3) We are giving away a $200 Dick Blick art supply gift certificate!

4) We are giving away prize packages from some of my creative friends!

Here are the beautiful products that my sweet friends are giving away to some lucky readers…

Becky Strahle of Farmgirl Paints is giving away one of her leather cuffs. I own a bunch of these and wear one everyday! Her shop JUST reopened for the next 7 days and you have to go and check out her inventory.

Tiffini of House of Belonging is giving away one of her awesome (so awesome) t-shirts!  This shop is also where I get so many of my large signs around my home.

{Photography by Lissa Whitlock}

Kimberly Taylor is giving away one of her measuring sets from her shop Tiggy and Grace! I love her pottery that is handmade by her husband Chris. We own many of their pieces and use them all of the time. These pieces will be used again and again in your home.

Jennifer Rizzo is giving away a set of six of her classic tea towels. I love Jen’s designs and you will be excited to know that she has a Christmas DIY and décor book coming out this fall and our home will be featured!

Paige Knudsen is giving away a pair of cow horn earrings (I have these and LOVE them) and a beaded bracelet. Both pieces are from Noonday. I love this company, their products and what they stand for! You can check out more from Paige’s shop HERE.

Marian Parsons is giving away something from her vintage stash to one lucky winner! Marian is the author of Inspired You and the creative genius behind the Miss Mustard Seed paint line.

(This photo is only a sample of an item that Marian will be giving away)

Wendy Brighthill is giving away one of her gorgeous prints. I have admired Wendy’s art for so long and love the direction her new art is going. You can find more of her work HERE.


Maria of Dreamy Whites is giving away a two vintage grain sack pillows from her stunning shop! Maria has just moved and is currently renovating their new home with her husband. If you love a good makeover I encourage you to follow the process on her blog and Instagram account.


Lisa Souers is giving away a piece from her jewelry collection. Lisa’s work is an amazing mix of vintage and industrial. You will love to know that Lisa is creating a bunch of new pieces just for me from my collection of vintage treasures from around the world.

(This is not the exact piece you will receive. This is just a sample of Lisa’s work.)

To enter to win our online class packages, Dick Blick gift card or one of the products above please just leave a comment on this page telling us what you want to celebrate about today! It can be big or small. We want to celebrate with you.

For additional chances at the giveaways you can…

* Facebook about our online class sale and celebration

* Pin this post to Pinterest

* Talk about the sale and celebration on Instagram and use the hashtag #jeanneolivercreativenetwork

* Blog about a course you have taken on the network or the sale and celebration

* Share this post on Twitter

 Each time you share about the sale or this post please come back and let us know.

Kelly and I wish we could just have a huge BBQ and invite you all over to thank you for making the site such a success. We started this site as a way to share my thoughts about using your gifts and to make art together. It has become so much more than that! The site has now become a place to take online classes about art AND home. It has evolved to include so many other artists, mediums and techniques. This site has become a place to watch free videos and to be inspired by the free series Creativity Takes Courage! Just typing all of this brings tears to my eyes because all of this is so much more than we had dreamed.

I always tell everyone that Kelly is my dream maker. He has always stood beside me and been my biggest cheerleader. He supports my crazy ideas and believes I can do anything and that my ideas won’t fail. As much as I boast that Kelly is my dream maker the true dream maker is the Lord. Every dream I have was planted by him.

What I love about this community is that every person that takes one of our courses helps to support that dream and the dream of other artists. I watch you all encourage each other through the courses and lift each other up. Your words and actions have become the dream makers to others too. Don’t ever take that lightly. That is good stuff!

I hope you will continue to love the site and the courses we offer. We have so many good courses coming to you this year and hope they are just what you have been wanting to grow your own gifts and to connect with a more creative life.

Thank you!. Truly!

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Tiggy & Grace {Let me introduce you}

{Photo source Lissa Whitlock}

Tiggy & Grace.

The name alone makes me smile.

Not too different than the friend behind this new business and adventure.

{Photo source Lissa Whitlock}

Kimberly Taylor has such a beautiful style whether she is practicing her photography, making a meal for her family, feeding her chickens or caring for her garden.

{Photo source Lissa Whitlock}

Kimberly seems to effortless do so many things beautifully but it looks that way because she is using her gifts everyday.

Her life is a reflection of her heart and what matters the most to her…..and that is home, family, friends and travel.

{Photo source Lissa Whitlock}

Her style tends to be drawn to clean lines and natural fibers.

Her style has expanded to now include her first pop up shop….Tiggy & Grace.

{linen apron}

Her shop is a beautiful collaboration with her husband Chris.

Chris is the artist behind all of the pottery and Kim has designed the apron and napkin line.

{linen napkins}

Each item is used on the farm and is a part of their day to day life.

I own a few pieces of Chris’ pottery and they are some of my favorite possessions.

{white bowl twenty-three}

You guys know how I love a good story and each piece holds that.

I love supporting small business because so many of you have supported me and that made all the difference!

I love buying local and supporting local artists.

I am actually just giddy to have the honor of introducing Tiggy & Grace and all the beauty this shop holds.

I can’t wait to see how Kimberly and Chris grow their business and use their gifts!

Go say hello and maybe you will even find a piece that shares a story with you.

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

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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The Last Sneak Peek {Tomorrow it begins}

It has been so easy to jump up and down and tell you all about the four other hosts of Creatively Made Home.

In fact, I smiled the whole time I wrote about them.

Kimberly Taylor

Sara Duckett

Jennifer Rizzo

Tracey Leber

It is a little harder when it comes to yourself and maybe that is why I saved myself for last:-)

If you have followed my blog for awhile you know a few things about me:

I love my family, I love to create, I cherish my true friendships, I have deep faith and I delight in my home.

I love the details.

The details make everything yummy.

I shared last week what I really hope for each of the women that take Creatively Made Home.

{If you haven’t read it I hope you take a moment to read it…especially if you think this course will make you feel worse about your home}

Thank you to all of the women that sent me amazing emails letting me know how much that post meant to them.

It truly was written just for you!

The above link is my heart for the course.

I think as women we have the honor of making our homes the places of comfort, full bellies, laughter, safety, beauty, memories and so much more.

It is an honor.

It is the details that make life lovely.

It is the little things and not usually the big things that hold our hearts.

And because I am a sucker for the pretty parts of life too, the creating and the loving on my home….

Here is a peek at the creative projects that I will bring to Creatively Made Home (this is just a peek though)….

I will talk about:

*My personal journey with my home and family

*My design influences

* How I found my own style and how I began incorporating it

*Share favorite recipes and photos of my home

*Have a live, online discussion with members of the course to ask whatever they wish about my style, home, passions.

*Share 10 project videos in different areas that are true to how I incorporate my creativity and passions in everyday living.

A peek into my project videos…

I will show step by step directions on how you can alter your own lamp shades and make little changes (for next to nothing) that will make a huge difference in your rooms.

I will also show you all the ways in my home that I have incorporated the vintage linens I love so much. I don’t know if there is a room that I haven’t found a way to use them or put them on display.

I love decorating with old family photos and one of my most precious possession is the vintage silhouette of my late father in law when he was a little boy.  I found it in the bottom of a box and literally gasped with joy when I came across it. I can’t wait to show you how you can make your own silhouettes and how to even incorporate them into gifts for your families.

We have a lot of food and chemical allergies in this home and that put me on a mission to make sure that I wasn’t adding any toxins to our home.  I hope you will enjoy learning how to make your own natural cleaning projects (you probably already have everything you need in your pantry).

I am honored by all the women that have already joined Creatively Made Home and are anxious for the course to begin tomorrow.

You can still join the course.

You can even come and check out the site even if you are not registered for the course.

It is going to be an incredible, creative community.

One last reminder of what you will find in the course:

* Live discussions with the hosts each week

* We will take one of YOUR rooms each week and all five hosts will give design suggestions for your space

* Each person registered will get a simple entertaining e-book.  This will be for you to download and keep forever.

It will have recipes, photos and stories that will inspire you to open your homes and not worry about everything being perfect.

* Over 50 project and decorating videos.

* Real discussions videos about our homes, finding your style, finding contentment with what you have, true hospitality and so much more.

* Photos, photos, photos!

To register click HERE.

To see our new site click HERE.

We can’t wait to share the course with you.

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Farm To Table {Sneak Peek}

I am sure you all know someone that you admire how they can make so many things look easy.

Maybe even effortless.

I believe that when we see someone in their element that is when we see an effortlessness.

It doesn’t mean they haven’t practiced or worked hard.

They have most likely taken their natural interests, read, practiced and grown their innate interests and gifts.

When I was putting together the other hosts for Creatively Made Home (CMH) I wanted women that were using their gifts to bless their families and others.

I wanted women with distinct styles.

 Kimberly Taylor is one of the five hosts of CMH and I am so excited today to give you the first peek into what she will be sharing with all of you!

(Can I just add that I found myself smiling throughout all of Kim’s videos.  She is that adorable and real.  It doesn’t hurt that she is one of my closest friends).

Kimberly lives on a few acres outside of Seattle.

She has chickens, gardens, berry bushes, a horse, sheep and she makes it all look dreamy!

I admire so much of what she does and how she does it.

I love how much she uses her land and how she is learning to use this land to it’s full potential more and more.

It was an amazing reminder to me that just because I am not on acreage doesn’t mean that my land is not full of self sustaining potential.

Because of just knowing her, being at her home and even watching the videos that you will get to see….I have big plans for my smaller yard!

Here is a peek at what Kim so beautifully brings to the course (this is just a peek though)…..

Kim will talk about:

*Her personal journey with her home and family

*Her design influences

*How she found her own style and how she began incorporating it

*Share favorite recipes and photos of her home

*Have a live, online discussion with members of the course to ask whatever they wish about her style, home, passions.

*Share 10 project videos in different areas that are true to how she incorporates her creativity and passions in everyday living.

A peek into her project videos

Kim will have three different videos about harvesting from her land and how to enjoy it all winter long.

She will also talk about how to harvest seeds from your favorite plants and how to add to your garden naturally and cost effectively.

She will talk about food, herbs and flowers.

She will have videos on raising chickens and the different chickens they have added to the farm and the eggs they produce.

This is something I was dying to learn more about!

Kim will share some of her recipe staples and extras like ricotta cheese and yogurt.

She will also be sharing about a few of the special things they create on the farm just for guests to take home with them.

I loved these videos and know it will get your creativity going for yourself and your family.

Keep in mind that this is just a little peek.  There is so much more that Kim will be sharing!

All of Kim’s projects were really about using what is around you, simplifying your life and having a home that is always open to friends and family (and even the unexpected stranger).

You will love, love, love the lifestyle that Kim brings to the course!

I chose four women to join me in this five week, online course that have very different gifts so there is something for everyone and bits of knowledge for everyone…..but there is a common thread of hospitality.

There are only three more weeks until Creatively Made Home begins and we can’t wait to have you join us!

The website is new and the community aspect will be even better than before (and our community is what keeps people coming back)!


A few words about the course…

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

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

I know that so many want to make their homes beautiful but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start….so they do nothing.

I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that has nothing to do with how much you spend.

I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day.

Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate.

It is time to exhale and delight in your home.

It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you…not what is inside your home.

Our desire is that this five week online course will change how you see yourself, your home and your family.


We are excited to make this course not just about the videos but also about connecting with each of the hosts and connecting with each other.

To read more about the course go HERE.

FAQ are answered HERE.

To register you can go HERE or pay below!

We are so giddy to get started.


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Registration Now Open For Our Brand New E-Course!

We are so excited to share with you our brand new e-course!

We can’t wait to share this journey with you.


When I was a little girl I would play house.

I would hang clothes on the line, pat my baby doll’s back, set a small table with care and decorate “my house”.

For as long as I can remember I wanted nothing more than to be a mom and to have a home of my own.

As a new wife I had all of these ideas of how a good wife made a home.

I had examples in magazines and on television that promoted a life that I tried so desperately to follow and accomplish.

I had the most perfect parties and the most perfect pantry.

There wasn’t a speck of dust to be found.

I must have been doing it right.  Right?

Then my babies came one after another.

It didn’t take me long to realize that the perfect home was not as important as being a good mom.

It also didn’t take too long to realize that my perfect home was making my husband miserable.

I was still a young mom and wife when I figured out that my home was not becoming all the things I truly desired.

I wanted my home to be about the people, nothing about the perfection and still about the pretty!

So all those years ago I made a choice to change how I loved our home and how better to love the people in it.

This is my journey to creating a home that reflected my heart.

This is a journey about a woman and her friends that still play house but this time it is more fun!

Join me and some of the most creative women I know for Creatively Made Home.

I chose each of these women not only because of the beautiful homes they create but how they have incorporated their truest joys in everyday life.

Each woman has a style and story all her own.

This is a five week online course that will be hosted by

Tracey Leber

Sara Duckett

Kimberly Taylor

Jennifer Rizzo

and Me …..  Jeanne Oliver

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

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

I know that so many want to make their homes beautiful but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start….so they do nothing.

I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that shouldn’t have to do with how much you spend.

I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day.

Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate.

It is time to exhale and delight in your home.

It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you…not what is inside your home.

Our desire is that this five week online course will change how you see yourself, your home and your family.

* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from not only the five teachers but other creative women.

* Each week we will take a room from one of YOU and all five women will give their suggestions telling you how they would transform the room with their style.

* There will be 50+ project videos.

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

* There will be written tips from each woman telling you how she starts a room, picks paint, fabrics, etc.  You will learn where to start when putting your own home together.

* Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the five women.

* Videos that truly reflect what life is like in each of their homes.  The stuff that life is really about.  Believe me it has nothing to do with the perfect table setting.

* Each woman will share their own truthful journey about how they started making their home a reflection of their hearts.

* Each person registered will get an easy entertaining e-book to download.

It will contain go to recipes for beautiful and easy entertaining (they do go together), photos of table settings that take the stress out of having people over, favorite drinks and so much more (and their funniest entertaining story).

* There will be a private Facebook group to connect with other class members.

* There will be a once a week live discussion with one of the teachers!

* You will get printables and pdfs to keep and use again and again.

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 house with us.

Class begins October 22.

Registration is now open!

Early registration price is $48 for the next two weeks.

After August 6 the price will go to $58

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