a new move

We are getting all settled in the new house. Painting, unpacking, decorating, savoring.   This move has been a lesson in life about faith, trust and manifestation.

Let’s rewind to just over two months ago… my loving hubby and I were having a long look at our budget, bills, list of house fix-it projects and by all accounts we could not figure out a way for us to move.  We had been working hard to pay off everything so all we’d have left was a house payment.  It was a wonderful thing to not have all the payments but for the moment we were cash poor.  So we debated and decided the safe thing to do would be to list out all the projects we needed to work on and we’d spend the next year working on them and saving up as much cash as possible for a down payment.  We got to work that weekend and fixed some exterior things on the house.  It seemed fine for about 48 hours…

I sat with the feelings I was having and tried to identify what wasn’t sitting right.  I realized we were choose fear instead of going for our dreams.  We were playing it safe instead of taking a leap.  So I made a conscious choice.  I started packing boxes.  That night I shared my feelings and Bruce agreed. We decided that we would do whatever we could in our power to make a move happen and if it was meant to be for this summer then it would happen and if it was meant to be that we wait a year then that would happen.  We just needed to do all we could.   That week we continued working on our list of house projects.   I happened to post  the picture online of our packed boxes sharing our intention to move.  My lifelong best friend let me know of a house that would be perfect for us.   So we scheduled a showing that weekend and came to see the house on the hill.   We both knew immediately that this was our home.  It was what we’d been looking for over the past years, the yard, space, buildings all were a perfect fit for us.  All being finished enough that the house was move in ready but still enough character to the home that we could continue to do projects and add our own special touches.

We let the seller know that we wanted it and since he is a friend he agreed to hold it for us until our house could be sold. AMAZING.  So we were able to spend the next 3 weeks getting our house ready to be on the market. I was so grateful for family coming over and helping us paint, plant flowers and borrowing us a few things for staging.  It all worked!  We listed it and it sold in 2 days.   The buyer for that house wanted to be in it by the end of May and thankfully we had a new home to go to.

Pictures of the old house once we got it staged:

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So my friends, here we are.  Living in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley area in Wisconsin.  We can see Minnesota off in the distance.  We are learning more about this amazing community we are getting to be a part of here in Osceola and loving it.   Here a few pictures of the new house:

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This is the ugly peacock / chicken coop, remember how creepy, dirty and ugly it is now…  next summer it’s on the list to transform it into one of the coolest guest bunk houses ever:

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So that my friends is our story of our spring miracle.  What seemed impossible and we had no way to figure it out, we surrendered, trusted and worked our asses off and somehow here we are.  🙂

Sending love and support to every one of you for that impossible dream in your life!  And also to myself that I can remember this life lesson for the other areas where I have big dreams that seem out of reach.

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Thrifty Thursdays – Pallet fun

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I am amazed at all the awesome things people do with pallets.  I’ve read some incredible blogs about people who have done entire floors of them and they look amazing if done right.  Pinterest is a super fun place to check out more ideas.

When I got my art studio last year I needed a cost effective, fun, artsy table solution. One that didn’t seem intimidating to paint on, drip on and felt like it fit in my studio.

My awesome hubby helped me build a table and shelves. I wanted to share.

You can find free pallets behind buildings; just ask them first.  Almost always they’ve told me to help myself when I’ve asked.  When using pallets also do some research, some are made with toxic coatings, so do an online search and there is plenty of info on what to look for to make sure they’re safe to be in your home.

 

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After I closed the studio I painted the table white so it’s be a bit more neutral:

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I also sell a prints mounted on pallet boards.  It’s been a really fun way to showcase art with a urban/upcycled feel:

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Enjoy!  Happy Creating.

 

2013 New Class Schedule Announcement!

It’s here!   The class schedule for Jan – early April 2013. Join us at the Noelle Rollins Art Studio and Classroom just north of Minneapolis, MN for a  soulful, fun informative class.  Great excuse to gather the ladies together and get out and try something new.  You can register for these classes now by either clicking on a picture above or go to:  Soulful Art Classes    Hope to see you there! **Noelle

 

Sat. Jan. 5, 2013 10am – 12noon – Vision Board Class – As we begin this new year lets put our intentions and goals on paper. Learn how to create a vision board and tips for manifesting the life you want. We will scour through magazines (supplied) and use those images that resonate with who we are and where we want our lives to go. $10 per person.  Register Here

 

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Sat. Jan. 12, 2013 10am – 12 noon – Yoga Art – I am that I am – This class you will learn the techniques and brushtrokes used to create this artwork. We will also add the powerful message, “I am that I am”. Learn more about how I interpret this powerful message and how it can be life changing.$35 – 11”x14” or $45 – 16”x20” – includes supplies and canvas Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 7-9pm – Wine and Coffee Art – You can choose your choice of 2 coffee themed canvas or 2 wine themed canvas. These vibrant and fun pieces will look great in your kitchen or dining room when you’re finished.

$30 include2 – 8”x10” canvas and supplies.   Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, Jan. 19, 2013 10am-12noon – Crossroads – We are between the calm and the chaos in our lives. This bold, fun artwork is full of reminders to hold our heads high as we work through changes and different times of life. You will learn techniques to create the background and can create it to match your décor or mood.

$35 – 11”x14” canvas or $45 – 16”x20” Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 12-2pm – Mother and Daughter Crossroads – Schools out and this is an unbelievable bonding time for a mom and teen/tween daughter. We are between the calm and the chaos in our lives. This bold, fun artwork is full of reminders to hold our heads high as we work through changes and different times of life. You will learn techniques to create the background and can create it to match your décor or mood.

$50 – pr. of 11”x14” canvas or $60 – pr. of 16”x20”       Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Glass Painting Class

 

 

 

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 7-9pm – Wine Glass or Beer Glass Painting – We will apply a frosted layer to our glasses and then apply metallic swirls and uplifting phrases and words of your choice.

 

Class options: 2 beer or 2 wine glasses is $22 or 4 beer or wine glasses is $26.   Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, Jan. 26, 2013 10-12noon – Cardinal Welcome Sign – We will paint a vibrant red cardinal on a branch with the background color of your choice. I will teach tips on painting the writing also.

$25 – includes supplies and 8”x10” canvas         Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 6-8pm – Connection – We will work on the techniques to create a fun. Flowing background and drawing this couple in a loving joined meeting. You will be able to customize the background to match your décor.

$45 for 16”x20 or $60 for 24”x30”.            Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 1, 2013 7-9pm – Backwards Family Portrait – This will be great for your family wall or as a gift for another family or grandparents. We will collage or paint the family heads from behind of each member of the family. This will be so much fun! $25 include 6”x12” canvas and supplies      Photo Coming Soon – Register Here

 

 

Saturday, Feb 2 & 9, 2013 10am-12noon – 3D Floral art (2 sessions) – This class will teach you how to do layers of glazes, florals and touches of 3D flowers in the artwork. You will be able to use these skills on other pieces of artwork, walls and more.

$80 includes 2 sessions and all supplies to make this artwork.    Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 6-8pm – Wine Glass Painting – Grapes Wine Glasses – Set of 2 wine themed grape bunch glasses. We will walk through step by step to create these fun glasses. $22/ 2 glasses or $26/ 4 glasses     Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

Pencil Face Drawing Class

 

 

Sundays, Feb 10, 17 & 24th and March 3, 2013 5-7pm – Face Drawing (4 sessions) – We will walk through the face step by step and learn to draw with pencil. Week 1) Proportions, shading. Week 2) Eyes, Noses Week 3) Mouths, Chins and Week 4) ears and hair. You will need a drawing pencil kit that includes a range of 6H, HB and 6B pencils. (Check Michaels, Walmart or Dick Blick).   $80  –  You can Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2013 3D floral class preview

 

 

 

Sunday, April 14 & 21, 2013 6-8pm – 3D Floral art (2 sessions) – This class will teach you how to do layers of glazes, florals and touches of 3D flowers in the artwork. You will be able to use these skills on other pieces of artwork, walls and more.

$80 includes 2 sessions and all supplies to make this artwork.            Register Here

 

 

 

 

 

What are people saying who have taken classes with us before?

I  loved your classes, both were such fun experiences.  It was such a fun activity to do for our MOMS night out too, everyone was able to put their own inspiration into their work and spend time in the company of great women!  I love your focus and themes that you have brought to your studio and your classes.  All ages and walks of life can find comfort and easy as they step into your studio and create.  You also have a way of making the not so creative souls find their own creativity too!!!  Thanks so much for the wonderful experiences, I know I will be back or more!      Darcy
Noelle’s new studio is fabulous and fun!  I went to a class last week and went home with my own painting – and I can’t paint!  But, indeed, Noelle had a special way of teaching through meditation, reflection, and new insights that she shared.  As a result, my messy start to art with dark, disjointed, and wildly placed paints turned into a beautiful fall day with brightly colored flowers and trees with leaves falling all around the bench I envisioned as Noelle talked us through the painting process.   I’ll be back for more classes soon!        Charity
I had such a great time taking your class a few weeks ago!  I haven’t painted in over ten years, so was pretty sure my painting would look like my 5 year old’s work.  But it turned out beautiful, and I was so inspired by the night!  The fun, the laughs, just letting my creativity take over… it was wonderful!  You were a fantastic teacher and it was so much fun to spend the evening in your studio.  Thank you!!        Bonnie
I attended two of Noelle’s painting classes and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!   Her spiritual take on life is a breath of fresh air.  She was positive and encouraging.   I’ve recommended her Soulful Discoveries class to friends. -Kathleen
Noelle’s “Crossroads” painting class was amazing!! I have never thought of myself as an artist but this class changed the way I look at myself!! This class provided 2+ hours of fun and friendship and opened up a whole new world of creativity for me!  – Brenda

You can register for these classes now by either clicking on a picture above or go to:  Soulful Art Classes