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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Specials and More!

Just a quickie message to let you know a couple of cool and things going on:

Today is the last day of my 2 day special in my Etsy shop,

"Spring Give Me a Break!!"     Save 15% through today on your entire purchase:

Remember to use the coupon code "SPRINGBREAK" to take advantage of the  sale.

Crazy Crazy to think I've been waiting months and months for April to arrive as it's chock full of cool things that I'm doing including a vacay with my Momma , stepfather and boys:

Heading to the beach just cuz for a week to take a break before some of the craziness begins for the next several months.

After returning from the beach I will have just a couple of days to spare before I head out to Art is You Dixie for 3 days of workshops I'll be teaching including :
My Gelli's Heart:

and Pod Tastic

Click the images to go to the workshop page!

This is my fourth year in a row working with Art is You and I'm so honored to be paint slinging and having a big time with all the wonderful peeps that will be attending the event this year again. 
We still have some spots available if you want to grab you 'boots and brushes' and join us!!

Take a look at what they have to offer by clicking here!

There's lots more to share so I'm going to have to do a part two to this post on upcoming happenings...stay tuned!!! There might even be a giveaway included!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Memorable Month.

 I've been a bad blogger lately....mostly because I've been on the go non stop it seems for the last few weeks.

It's time to slow down so I can remember it all and share a bit of what's been happening before we (I) forget.

The first week of March was spent having a big time in Saluda, NC at the wonderful Random Arts shop.  3 classes,  tons of talented students that I just LOVED immensely (I learn from them as much as they do from me), and a great time had at my hostess's lovely home (Phyllis Peterson).  
Looking forward to coming back next year. I'd love to see the mountains when Spring is really in the air!
The first day it rained. The second day it snowed, third day it was 60 last day it was 70.  Gotta love NC weather!!

 Students from my first day of classes, "Angelic Inspirations"
Love all those smiling faces! AND super cool we had a Mr. in the mix:))
 As soon as I got back from Saluda I started working on a new class that I'll be unveiling soon featuring some super cool abstract techniques on a specialty surface.  I decided to 'try out' my ideas at a demo I was scheduled to be at along with several other talented instructors and demo artists who work with Jerry's Artarama up in Raleigh.  We all spent last Friday morning teaching an assortment of students who won the honor to have a day immersed in the arts from around Raleigh at a special program hosted at the North Raleigh Christian Academy. You never know how kids are going to react to what you do or show them...but I had no trouble at all getting them to participate. THEY loved playing around with some of the techniques I showcased as did the teachers who chaperoned. 
It's such a great feeling to be able to share what you do to those who are also enthusiastic about the creative process!
This week I've been working on tons of orders for the East Coast shops that will be needing a restock soon and had to take a breather today and step outside to take a look at some of the blossoms that are starting to pop up around the yard.

It's my favorite time of year....that's for sure. We are awakening from a long winter's nap full of vigor and readiness for what good things are to come with the rebirth of the new season.
 I've been in a strange mood lately. Contemplative and quiet.  Full of ideas I was listening to a talk on Memory.. a closing line caught my attention.
"If you want to live a remarkable life, you need to be the type of person to remember.". 

Yes. I am guilty of having a poor memory. 
Am I just rushing through each passing day without remembering details?
Am I too lazy to remember things? 
Unfocussed or hyper focused? 
I'm going to try an experiment to be better at remembering, even documenting things.
 I don't want to jinx myself but I'm going to do my best at carrying this through for the next year.
I'm over letting the days slip through my hands without remembering to look up.

How about you?

 Look up and remember each day is a gift.

Have a remarkable life. It's never too late.


Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

Join my Funky Little Cityscapes  online class and get your color on!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Blog Hop Concludes! Winners announced!

What a wonderful 4 weeks of  discovering how all of the ReMe hosts and organizers (Jodi Ohl Jean Skipper, and Penny Arrowood)  interpret our motto and mantra, "Rest, Relax, and Renew".
The added and unexpected bonus was hearing from YOU and all of your ways our readers  infuse these three things into their creative and personal world.  Well done everyone!  I think we ALL learned a lot from the blog hop!

I'm sure you are anxious to hear who won our grand prize...
The winner will be announced over on the ReMe Blog...stop over there to see who the lucky one is.

The winner of the reproduction print on my blog from last week is:

Lucky number 6: 

Giggles said...
Beautiful work so full of whimsy and favorite!

I am going to write and create....

Hugs Giggles

Congratulations Giggles!! Simply send me your address at and I will send your  print out to you ASAP!

Thank you all again for joining in on the fun, we appreciate you taking a part of the launch of our dream come true in creating artistic and creative retreats with YOU in mind.  ReMe.  Stay tuned for more exciting events coming in the future!

Friday, February 28, 2014

And One Final BIG BIG Giveaway!!! Check Out What's New~

Wooosh....can it be Friday already? I feel like the week is just beginning when in reality it is coming to a close and we are heading into  what promises to be a beautiful weekend. Well, beautiful is a matter of one's perception, the weather cast aside, our weekends and days for  that matter are what we make of it.  If we manifest beauty, I wholeheartedly believe it will come to be.  What is that you are doing to enjoy life in your down time?    Visiting the beach?   Playing sports? Hanging out with friends?  Infusing some creative time into your routine? Going to a show?  Cooking a great dinner?   All the above?   Whatever it is, take time to live and really just enjoy life. now onto the 'biz'ness of this post!

Myself along with my creative business partners over at ReMe are doing one last major giveaway for our blog hop where the winner is going to  take home 3 fantastic prizes, including one of my original paintings.
6x12 mixed media acrylic painting "Let The Sun Shine"

To enter to win this painting and the rest of the goodies in our amazing prize package from all the instructors at ReMe Retreats,  stop over to the blog and make your comment there! 

As many of you may know, I create a series of paintings called "Funky Little Cityscapes" and have a
have a class showcasing those techniques so as an added bonus for this weekends blog hop, I am also offering a giveaway of a print of one of my beach or waterway paintings, Sunset Beach.   To win an 8x10 reproduction of this painting, leave a comment and tell me one or two things you are going to do this weekend to Rest, Relax, or Renew yourself.   Drawings go through Sunday evening and will be announced this Monday morning.  Good Luck!!

Did you miss these posts?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blog Hop Winners and a FREEBIE for everyone!

Hi everyone!  Jodi here with the results from the 3rd week in our ReMe blog hop.   I'm a day late and apologize! I got  wrapped up in trying to fix some technology issues with my new computer that have consumed me for the last couple of days. Don't you love when things like that happen?  It's (kinda) all good now, so lets not wait any longer before we announce the results!!!!

And the winner for the prizes on Sweet Repeats is:

Blogger Myra said...
Your blog, like your art.... beautiful.
12:09 PM

Congratulations Myra!!! Send me your address at and I will get your goodies out to you!

And the winner for the giveaway on ReMe is:

Shared on my FB page.

Congratulations Tori!!


Congratulations to both of our winners and thank YOU to everyone who joined in our our first ever blog hop for ReMe! We are excited to bring to you a variety of events in the future, some destination getaways in a creative and relaxing atmosphere and soon to come, shorter one or two day workshop offerings in and around the Carolinas.
As a thank you--please stop by my Tutorial page on my website for a FREE collage sheet to use in your personal journals.
Stay tuned for our final stop on the blog hop where all of the instructors are joining in for one BIG giveaway, coming this Friday, February 28th! Believe me, you are not going to want to miss it!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Lots Going On! Special offers, Giveaways and New Classes!

Oh my goodness...TGIF! What a crazy fun week! 
Unlike last Friday, there is no snow on the ground  this week and I actually wore shorts when I went to the pool for my swim (which was much needed after a few days respite  from the gym...not really intentional,  as they were doing maintenance on the pool). In the meantime, I walked laps around my  Okay ya, not so much.    It has been a busy few days,   with lots of cool things happening which I've been working on behind the scenes.  Today, I wanted to share with you a few (okay a lot) of the creative events and specials for you to participate in over the next few weeks and in the upcoming months.
First up, I will be back at the wonderful Random Arts in Saluda, NC March 7-9th for three fun filled painting and collage classes:  Angelic Inspirations, Pods-Abilities, and Texturize This.   In addition to the workshops, Jane has a super cool mixed media art store and a new addition of artsy clothing to choose from.  Hope to see you there!!!!

 Registrations are filling up so reserve your spot today  by emailing Jane at:  For more info, please check out the Random Arts Calendar of Events.

 Some of you may or may not know  that Art Is YOU...will be in Memphis this year, April 28-May 4th, and I am joining them for the first time at this "Dixie" event for 3 paint splattering fun- filled classes! I have new cowgirl boots,  tons of new projects for my students (and prizes of course), samples for the students to play with and more.  Here's the BIG short term, limited time and amount offer...there are a FEW (12 as of yesterday) coupon codes for my classes that you can get $60.00 off of your registration.  This is HUGE!!
You can order other classes in addition to mine if you like, but you MUST act fast because this coupon code won't be available long.
                                              How to get your discount?  

Enter code; JODI (all caps) in the Event Code Box on page 2 of our registration form.

I'll also be working the  Art Trunk show Wednesday evening, April 30th from 6-9, offering lots of fantastic, colorful goodies to bring tons of happiness to your home.

Other Big NEWS....

Create NJ 2014 just opened up their registration and I'm so excited to be heading back for my 3rd year this July!

I'll be teaching 5 classes and vending at their Artist Faire as well.

Registration JUST opened up so be sure to hurry on over to sign up for one of my classes or any other of the 27 talented Art Instructors  that will be offering a variety of  of mixed media fun!
Mini City!

I will also be at Create Chicago in August (registration opening soon)!



On Thursday,  I held a fun seminar on the web, AKA a webinar on "How To Get Started Teaching Online Workshops" for Cloth Paper Scissors. This class was jam packed full of information, if you have a desire to learn more about this exciting extension to traditional teaching,  it's not too late.  
You can receive a download of the event by registering today!

My next event on the same topic will dive into editing videos among other useful behind the scenes information.  Feeling overwhelmed? Allow me to help you find your way!!

(More info coming soon on the next event, be sure to check back HERE or on my Facebook page to stay up to date).


As if that isn't enough color and fun for you, I have MORE!

It's week 3 of the ReMe Blog hop!  It's my turn to talk about "Renew" .  Don't miss out on the 2 part article as you can win some really great prizes, including a 10x10 original painting by me!

 To view part one of the article, click HERE!


Believe it or not, there are more events and activities planned this year but for now, I will leave you with this thought as a student had a question  this week on when they should put their creative work out into the universe.

My answer was Today.

"A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault." -John Henry Newman

I'm still learning and growing every day. If I waited until the time was 'right' or until I was 'established, perfect, had enough..etc'....I just can't imagine where my life would be now. 


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Renew...The Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello and Happy Friday EVE my friends! 
Yes, I am a few hours early for once in my life!!!!!
Normally our blog hop posts go live Friday but all of us at ReMe wanted to get the party started a little early and celebrate with you!

                     Welcome to Week 3 of the “ReMe” Blog hop! 


  Over the last couple of weeks we have met 2 of the instructors and hosts for ReMe Retreats. Jean Skipper and Penny Arrowood ,   have taken us on an insightful journey, showing   how the ReMe motto:
Photo courtesy of Jean Skipper's Originals
                                                                "Rest, Relax, Renew"
 applies to their personal life and how it will apply at our destination retreat in Ocracoke.  Through our musings we hope  you can truly see how our motto, is actually a mantra that can feed one’s life and creative muse in many ways (personally and professionally).  If you didn’t get a chance to visit their blogs during the hop, please stop back when you have a chance as both Jean and Penny really dug deep and poured their heart into their posts.  BTW…I have a couple cool prizes to give away as well... so read on and find out how you can enter to win!

   For those of you who don’t know me and are stopping by from a link that led to another link,  allow me to introduce myself! My name is Jodi Ohl, and I am one of the instructors and founders of ReMe Retreats. I wear a lot of hats on a day to day basis from taxi cab driver (okay carting my 13 around to his various practices, friends, school, entertainment), to maid…haha…sometimes I feel like one…to full time artist, business woman, teacher,  and of course my most important role as a Mother to 2 boys, ages 13 and 19.   I’m also a single parent who never knows if she is doing things right or enough of the right things.  Admittedly, life gets amazingly rough as often as it is smooth sailing because of my own personal doubts and worries (insecurities more than likely). I can go from zero to homeless in about 60 seconds. When I’m at that point of no return or recognize the signs that I’m going there, I know I need to incorporate some self-love into the mix. That's where my word, "Renew" comes into play. Truthfully, I am a very positive person. I want you to know however,  that even the most positive or energetic people need to reel it in from time to time and simply breathe, refresh and well, renew.

 I am going to talk a little bit about how I “Renew” myself while in the midst of running my home, and business, and still stay (somewhat sane). So thank you for joining me in this little ‘musing’.

                                 My Top Ten Tips for ‘Renew’ing My Inner (and Outer) Self:

    1. Change up your routine.   We all get into a rut running mindlessly at times going through our day to day routine. If you change just a little bit of that routine, you will be amazed at how it can give you a new perspective on your daily activities.

   2. Get some sunlight and feel the wind on your face.  Maybe you are already an outdoors person but if not,  there is a lot to be said about just feeling the sun on your skin for a few minutes each day.  I truly believe in the winter blues, I used to live in the snow belt where sun is few and far between for 6 months every year. Now  that I work from home and live in the South,  you would think that it’s easy for me to get outside and enjoy fresh air every day, and it is…IF I make time for it! 

       3.  Exercise.  Okay so this is one where I am re-discovering the benefits of daily exercise. Without a strong body, it’s hard to have a strong mind.  I’m still a work in progress, believe me, but I feel much more capable of handling life in general than I did say 6 months ago when I started to re-incorporate exercise into a daily or somewhat daily routine.  Bonus, I've lost 10 lbs and several inches...just wait to the summer baby...just wait;)

    4. Swimming. This goes along with #3 but even if you hated exercising,  being surrounded by water and just floating or doing laps,  it almost encases you and transports your mind to another time. I can’t explain this to you in any other way but to say that it is one place that I feel unplugged for a little bit and incredibly peaceful. Lucky us, our first retreat is on the Outer Banks in Ocracoke Island...not sure if will go swimming but the same transportation to another world happens when my toes hit the sand or I see and hear the waves of the ocean lapping onto shore.
(no picture in my swimsuit..sorry. I know you are disappointed ;)

    5.   Drive. I love to drive and it doesn’t have to be to anywhere in particular, however once I’m heading out on the open road (back roads are best whenever possible), I try to take in what’s around me and get lost in thought. Even better if I (or we) find a cool little shop or a local dive restaurant that only the locals know about with the best food/books/trinkets/treasures to be found...or even a drive to a scenic look out that you shouldn't miss if time allows.  Totally renewing to me.


Read On for the Rest of the Story and a chance to win ANOTHER Giveaway!!!
 Here's a sneak peek at the ReMe blog giveaway:

 (an original painting I created especially for this blog hop).

For stopping by my blog  you can get one entry into my personal giveaway of two of my 

Renew pieces:

"Renew" everyday inspirational ornament, and a "Renew"  Sweet HeART Magnet

Simply comment here and tell me one way you find a way to Renew in your life.
I can't wait to hear what YOU do.

Don't forget, stop over to ReMe for the rest of my tips and another chance to win a 
10x10 original painting!!!!! (Share this post or ReMe's post for an extra entry, just come back and make a second comment to let us know you shared the love!)