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...jen o'connor's...Artful Adventures & Daily Inspirations

I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

...this is Blythe

...some of you know her already...
 
 ...some of you are new to her presence...she seems to be everywhere these days!
...this is Blythe...she's so much fun to photo...so alluring...so captivating...



I met her the first time at age 4...yes, I had the original when I was little...
and I am still captivated by her.

She is a dream to photo...
and the clothes are just the cutest!

We've begun to sell customs with many thanks to Ilaria and Cecilia!!!!

...and accessories and Letty's Party Pets and Teddy Treats...
and it's been a wonderful ride!


These are peeks at some of the many images I have shared to Instagram this year... you can see more at 



...and there are oodles of amazing posts to Instagram from those who have surrendered to Blythe as their muse...

AND...If you don't already follow 
@dollytreasures  -- please do -- and more on Eileen Lam soon! And you can peek at her Blythe books here...



xxoo to my soul sister, 
Rosanna De Bellis, for re-kindling 
 my relationship with her with the generous gift of my green-haired girl...Darcy...

so...this is Blythe...she's so much fun to photo...so alluring...so captivating...but even better...the artful -- and oh so playful -- community that surrounds her is amazing... more peeks on some of my fave peeps in the Blythe World soon!

xxoo Jen

Monday, November 6, 2017

...if you're a fellow artful entreprenuer...or want to be one...

...if you're a fellow artful entrepreneur...
or want to be one...
I hope you'll consider giving my column a read.

Jo Packham has another absolutely stellar magazine --  Where Women Create: BUSINESS 

...and I could not be more proud to be included...

Part II of my column 
"Paying Your Bills with Your Passion" 
is out on the journey of to artful entrepreneurship...

I hope you'll consider picking up a copy of the latest issue and reading it...
(find it on my site or Jo's site if it's not at your local newsstand or sold out in Michael's, Lowes, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, etc)


Thanks to all of you for your encouragement to share my experience in the filed of handmade and my expertise in small business development...

Working on the column is pure joy for me...as is working with the many artists I have be fortunate to manage, coach, do business with over the years...


xo Jen



Thursday, November 2, 2017

HAPPY COLOR = Goldfish Marmalade

...oh this is happy stuff...
 ...we've been able to add 
creator of Goldfish Marmalade designs - to our stable of featured artists....
and I could not be more thrilled and truly honored to be working with her!
 ...each one has the most fetching of color palettes...
and is beautifully made...
 Kimberly's talent is sure and bright...and she is a wonderfully fun person, too!  Hopefully some of you met her when she joined our crew at the Country Living Fair 
in OHIO 6 weeks ago...
Pop over to her page on the site to take in all her deliciously colorful works on wood... her wonderful prints start at just $18...and with our current coupon for 15% off (use FALL15 at checkout this month) that's a lot of style and happy color for the price....

...more on Kimberly soon!
xxoo Jen

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

...a very happy halloween to all....

TRICKS or TREATS... 
enjoy it all 

xo Jen

Monday, October 16, 2017

...my column is on the newsstands...are you an Artful Entrepreneur???

...many of you don't know that my formal training is in Urban Planning -- yep -- even have the Masters and the Professional License (AICP) -- 
but that may not seem to match with what I do everyday with Earth Angels Studios...

But it does! It does!  Why??? 
My specialization in Planning is in small business economic development... that means, I know how to help business grow through garnering sales, how they market and how they position themselves within the economy as makers and manufacturers...

So now -- instead of working with food and fashion liked I used to in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn when I lived in Queens -- I work with handmade and have since I started my dabbling in 1994 as a hobby business...

I went full time into Earth Angels in 2000 when I had my first kiddo and have not looked back.... 

Soooo it' really nice for me to have the opportunity to come full-circle and share my business development know-how in a four part series called 

"Paying the Bills with Your Passion"

A huge thanks to Jo Packham of 
for the opportunity to write this new column on artful entrepreneur....

Part I is on how to turn a hobby business 
(yes, just like I did) into a legitimate one...with research and evaluation of the market and your goods!






You can read the entire article in the July issue... 
 
....and the October Issue has just hit the newsstands with Part II  of my column -- more on that soon

...and hope you can catch these pieces if they are relevant to you as you start or grow your own handmade business....

xo Jen

Monday, October 9, 2017

BLYTHE -- quick question answered in images!

I was recently on the phone with an old friend and long time, passionate doll collector....HI MAGGIE!

...she had never really looked at Blythe and the realm of custom Blythe dolls...
and she was not sure what all the fuss was about!

So, I thought I would quickly post a few images here that came up on a google search -- some before and after customization pics -- that I had sent along to her... (sorry, I cannot credit the 3 images to follow to the photographers, if these are your shots -- let me know so I can!)
Anyway....here are these same images to show you -- in just a few pics -- 
what the artists who customize do...
 
they sand, and carve, and paint, adding custom eye chips, gaze correction and more..
 
I am astounded at what they do to a base/stock doll...Maggie was too...there is a lot going on here in the realm of Blythe that deserves attention and celebration!

Thanks to all of the custom artists for applying their talents to the medium of Blythe...

 
AND if you want to be kept in the loop on all Blythe customs as they arrive from the artists' studios, just
t email me at Jen@EarthAngelsStudios.com

 
I am smitten with the many faces of Blythe and hope -- even if she's not your thing -- you can appreciate what the artists do...
 
xo Jen


...a peek at the Spring Soiree...loved our visit to Canandaigua!

OH MY 
this never got published...
YIKES

here is a long overdue peek at our 
Spring Soiree in Canandaigua...

I sure hope we get to visit Nancy Wiley's amazing shop again soon

~~~

A HUGE THANKS TO ALL THE ARTISTS WHO ATTENDED

xxoo 
and keep scrolling for more peeks
More BLOG posts coming soon!


















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