What's old is new again . . .
Mixed media backgrounds . . .

Ken Oliver at home in Newburgh . . .

There is a special announcement at the end of this post.

But first . . . 

Judy, Nancy, Timi and I had a great day visiting with the talented Ken Oliver in his new hometown of Newburgh Indiana. That adorable town is the cutest Norman Rockwell-esque town I've been to in a long time. Friendly and inviting with amazing architecture, we wanted to walk around and take in the history of this river city.

But first . . . a visit to Ken's way-cool apartment. To say his new residence is charming is an understatement. Think early 1900's, 2 floors including his attic artist loft, filled with beautiful collections and antiques. And he's not finished decorating as he just moved there a few weeks ago. I'm a little green.

Take a look for yourself:

Ken and Nancy N sitting on antique chairs in Ken's 2nd floor apartment.

There is a staircase behind them that will

take one from the street level to Ken's.

Love that original brick wall.

Ken 1

This gorgeous (working) wood fireplace is on the opposite wall.

I think the star in the brick means

a crafting genius lives there.

Ken 2

 Be still my heart . . . the pieces Ken has are so perfect for this space.

  Ken 3


Ken 4


Ken 5

From the living room you walk through a short hallway

that displays these beauties.

See that slat board on the right wall? It's authentic worm wood!

The staircase behind the wall clock leads to his studio.

Ken 6

The kitchen:

Ken 7

and then the bedroom (no photos there - sorry).

From the bedroom, you walk through a doorway

that leads to a wooden deck

complete with reading chairs, a birdhouse, herbs, tomato plants and more.

Ken 8


Ken 9

Then, the pièce de résistanc

Ken's studio:

Ken A

Ken and Nancy N at Ken's work table with all that delicious natural light flooding in.

There's a beautiful view of the Ohio River from those windows.

Ken B


Ken C

After a tour of Ken's we enjoyed lunch at 

Edgewater Grille

along with their delicious homemade bread.

Ken D

What a wonderful weekend with friends.

And now (drum roll please) . . . 

Pretty Possibilities with Prima

Join Ken Oliver @ For Keeps Sake

Saturday, July 12

1 pm ~ 4 pm

  Ken D

for an exciting mixed media tag class

created especially for 

For Keeps Sake customers

with brand new products from Prima.

In this class you'll create 4 beautiful tags using

Prima's gorgeous recently released

Stationers Desk paper line.

Plus you'll get to try out Prima's leading edge

Color Blooms Spray Mists.

This will be a really fun hands-on class that combines

paper crafting with mixed media techniques

taught by an expert.

Explore the possibilities of Prima as Ken

guides you through techniques.


Reservations required.

Limited Seating

Make your reservations by calling

For Keeps Sake Paper Arts & Rubber Stamps

St. Louis MO


Workshop Fee: $30



Lee Ann Barrett

That fireplace is amazing! Thanks for sharing these pics, Nancy. Sometimes it is easy to forget that those in the spotlight are 'real' people too!


Oh wow!! All looks amazing! If only I loved closer, would love to do that class!!!


Oops, I meant lived not loved lol, though.... ah well better not continue that sentence....


Thank you for this beautiful insights! Ken is the most adorable crafter I have ever met, and his friendly personality is unique. Your homestory made him even more real to his fans. Hugs, Baerbel


What a wonderful day with great friends! Love the history that flows from Ken's home. So nice of you to share your day!


This inside view says it all - Ken is so talented and just a pure soul. His many ways of expressing himself are a special treat and we are so fortunate to have him back in Indiana. He shares the wonders of the world with all of us. He is a treasure!

Eileen Hull

So funny- I took similar pics the next day at Ken's. It was so nice meeting you all! Eileen

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