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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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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

such nice news...Wee Forest Folk in Print


I love that I was able to feature the so well-deserving Petersen Family & Wee Forest Folk in my column "The Business of the Studio" in this issue of Where Women Create magazine...
 
I think it's incredible to still be an artful soul in old age, and to think and move creatively in business...
This was a special day...I went to shoot the story and found so much more...

 It's impossible not to fall in love with 97 year old founder, Annette Petersen when you encounter her, sitting and working with her was an incredible experience...
 Her family is everything and they create together...
three generations of artists with one vision...
I appreciate them all...Willy, Donna, Bonnie...




It's even more impossible not to fall in love with all they create....by hand...in Massachusetts...


 The new issue of  

...and to see what comes from the many hands of the Petersen Family...CLICK HERE

And a huge thanks Jo Packham 
for making this all possible...
xo jen
 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Yoo hoo to 100 Year Old Maker GRAM TESS and Skippy Doodle Designs...

Do you know these amazing women?
Here's Sue Parker and her 
100 year old Grandma Tess -- 
her assistant
 at Skippy Doddle Designs!
They have a wonderful bond and share a love for making things....


Both agree, it's a fine thing to make something useful...
 ...and perhaps there's nothing finer than to find the humble worth in old bits and cast aside lovelies and make them anew...

Sue truly does just this with her 
 Skippy Doodle Designs...
and yes, Gram keeps busy and useful herself by sitting with Sue, cutting, sewing a bit...
 
She loves how Sue collects so many little things and then celebrates them in her wondrous pin keeps, charming pin cushions and all sorts of notion-y fun...
and we do too!

Just take a peek at these latest arrivals and you'll see what I mean.
 (...here's Gram working on sachets and pin keeps for the Nashville show... 
you will see her work tagged GRAM 100)

 
 I love that she is still sewing...
I love that she taught her granddaughter to sew so many years ago...

Sue makes things for fun, to bring her pieces, and to celebrate her love for re-purposing cast off things...

I hope you agree with me that her work is wonderfully sweet...Her Gram is proud of her and would tell you all herself if she met you!!!



Most of Sue's  pin keeps are $28 & $48 and come in two sizes... we've just loaded a wonderful new batch to the site...


And small pin cushions start at just a few dollars each...


Sue...I celebrate you and your style
...you know I admire you AND Gram!!!

xxoo Jen

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

we'll be in NJ on MAY 15th...come see us at "Bogwater Jim's"...SAVE THE DATE!

...we are in the throes of our 
BUSY BUSY SPRING events schedule...

...and it's time to SAVE THE DATE 
for our Sunday, May 15th 
appearance at "Bogwater Jim's" 
at the 
with our hosts Karen & Don Kihlstrom...

This is the 1st of 3 events we'll be hosting in Lafayette, NJ this year.  
 It's my fave place to antique and hunt for loot, and each of our events will feature a selection of Earth Angels featured artists that are a match for the design savvy and offerings of our host....

At this event you'll be able to catch new works from Laurie Meseroll, Caramia Visick of "Hotckaes", 
Jocelyn O'Gorman, Valerie Weberpal, 
Angela Moulton, KBD Designs 
and a few more surprises...including works from the newest Earth Angel...
Sandra Evertson of "Relics & Artifacts"

Sure hope you can JOIN US....

But in the meantime...take a PEEK at the AMAZZING offerings and LOOK of Karen & Don's Shop...


I want everything in the store...

Karen has the best eye and combines textures and colors in her inimitable style!
 There's always lots of wonderful and funky groupings curated by Karen...
 And LIGHTING galore...
 ...with oddball chic and femme additions tucked in and about her wonderful grouping of furniture...



This place is super easy to get to, 
but if you NEED DIRECTIONS... CLICK HERE

Thanks in advance to these wonderful friends for making this appearance possible...

I am a grateful girl to be able to plan something fun & festive and to work with friends... 

SEE YOU THERE ON SUNDAY, MAY 15th!!!
More details on the events page of the site

~~~Jen~~~

Thursday, April 14, 2016

...will we see you in Tennessee NEXT WEEK?

Sure hope you can catch us at the Fair...
NEXT WEEK
April 22, 23 & 24


For details and directions, tickets and more info, visit 

...can't make it to TN...catch us at another Fair...

...or catch us at one of our 
Art Girls' RoadShow appearances & events!



Hope to see you there!
xo Jen


 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SANDRA EVERTSON...event 4/23 at the Country Living Fair..."Relics & Artifacts" POW WOW

...this is a guest post from my friend, Sandra Evertson...
 
Ok, so I’ve realized something recently… I really do love what I do. I am totally, irreversibly, undeniably, hopelessly in love with the artistic life. Art is passion translated by creativity through many different mediums. Art speaks to us and feeds our souls. For me the entire process just makes me happy and feels so good. From the moment an idea pops into my head, to discovering an antique treasure that will be the birth of a new craft blank, to adding the finishing touches to a piece I’ve long thought about and desired to create. 

I’m held captive until I come across the next oddment that speaks to me and tugs on my heartstrings. The best part, the part that connects you to kindred spirits who share an admiration of all things handmade and wonderful is finding your tribe. That group of people who understand you, who accept you, who love what you love….who just get it. No explanations necessary, now that really is pure bliss.
 
Jen O’Connor founder of Earth Angels Studios is a lover and great supporter of the handmade life. A chance encounter years ago brought us together while working on Jo Packham’s Where Women Create magazine. We’ve been friends for a long time. I am happy to announce a collaboration with Jen and Jo for Earth Angels Studios. 
 
Jen will have my line of RELICS & ARTIFACTS® matte resin craft blanks along with some of my finished original pieces offered for sale at the upcoming Lebanon, Tennessee Country Living Fair. We would like to extend a special invitation to our Tribe members and all of you who create with RELICS & ARTIFACTS®
Come to our Pow Wow Show and Tell to share your creations with us in person. We’d love to see what you’ve been up to! There will also be a Giveaway held during the Pow Wow! It's a wonderful opportunity to meet Jo Packham in person, share your creations and studio stories with her!


Jen and Jo invite all retailers and makers to take an up close and personal look at the versatility of this innovative collection. 

The R&A resin is unlike any other product, with an eggshell like finish that brings to mind tactile antique plasterwork. Just holding a piece in your hand ignites the imagination. Wholesale inquires welcome! Join us for a day of celebrating creativity, personal style and treasuring beauty.

 
THANKS SANDRA!  and cannot wait to do this with you and for you... xxoo Jen

Monday, April 11, 2016

swoon-worthy works from Angela Moulton had me at hello

....there are times that art stops you in your tracks.  

 
 it was just that way...
 

FULL STOP AND WHO IS THIS...
THESE ARE INCREDIBLE...

and I am so totally thrilled to be working with her to bring you her art...
 


They are so heavily pigmented, so saturated with joyful color, so wonderfully unfettered... 

I am completely captivated by them.
Angela works in oil paints on archival gessoed birch plywood panel and canvas...
And while her birds first caught my attention...
there is so much more to what she paints
...from cows and pigs....



to donuts and macaroons, and assorted sweets


 
...florals too...




her brush makes them fair play and her sense of color ensnares them...

Keep a keep eye on the site, these are posting to the site and going almost as quickly as they arrive...
This is just a peek at some current offerings and more are on the website 

A huge thanks to Angela for sharing her style...
she deftly captures the textures and hues of her subjects adding more color to our world…
and I am grateful
xo Jen 




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