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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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
....just as we're unpacking from our recent event in Florida we are already re-packing and getting ready for our big trip to Spring Antiques Week in Texas!
Yeeehaw! We're heading to Round Top and giddyup to SAVE THESE DATES to see us as the special guests of Holly Kuhn at the Grand TEXAS Opening of her Old Glory Antiques Pop-Up in Burton....we'll be there 3/28-3/30...but Holly's Pop-Up will be open from 3/27-4/3...do do catch it!
Thanks to Holly Kuhn for the invitation...I am over the top excited about this opportunity to work with her...It's been a long time in the works thats for sure!
Holly and I met through Jo Packham in 2010 when I sat down next to her at a breakfast at Jo's "Creative Connection Event" -- and well...that started things! Funny how those chance meetings build into something so much bigger...
Holly...it's an honor to be working with you this Spring!
Joining us will be Jo Packham, Laurie Meseroll, Letty Worley Leigh Elena Navarro and more Earth Angels artists too! They're preparing a special showcase of art and handmade to share with everyone who can attend...and do ke
ep an eye on the BLOG, facebook and your emails for sneak peeks!
Please mark your calendar to make it to Burton
(just 7 miles north of Round Top)
and we sure hope to see you there...
I am hoping I can fit some vintage loot in my suitcases to come home with me...Holly has the most amazing selection of treasures and goodies (I hope to visit her Colorado venue someday too)
See you in TEXAS!!!
Monday, March 3, 2014
For the past four years my Art Girls's RoadShow has taken planes, trains and automobiles and made the exodus from colder parts of the art-loving realm and descended upon Jeanine Taylor's glorious (sunny and warm and utterly charming) folk art gallery in Sanford, FL.
Hello Monday and HELLO SANFORD...thanks for the truly wonderful,
Southern hospitality you extend to us.
We feel treasured when we come to visit, and I love this trip.
...you know it's something truly special when you are sleep-deprived and writing this from the floor of the Orlando airport and you are already looking forward to the next time you can be here with more good memories from an amazing show of talent, style and folk art!
A heartfelt thanks to Jeanine Taylor and her gallery manager, Mary Shaw for making this event possible. Thanks to Robin Marks for hosting us too!
Hello Monday and getting back into the swing of things at home...but first, here's a peek at the event...
Fabulousness from Jocelyn O'Gorman and "The Painted Fern"...AND great news Jocelyn will be at the FAIR IN RHINEBECK WITH US (can you tell I am excited!)
The wonderful and uber talented Nancy Wiley was able to make the trip to FL for the first time...
My fab friend Valerie Weberpal and her Harvest Moon critters were here once again...
Lucky us, the ever festive and fun Nicole Bowen was able to make the trip too! I love her new cupcakes and soft sculptures -- we'll be posting these on Tuesday!
Lovely Laurie Meseroll made the trip once again...she has never missed this event, and is much-appreciated by the local arts community...
And here's our Letty Worley...Letty was too busy keeping me in line for me to get many shots of her....watch the site for some new work to be posted soon, Letty has been selling out these days!
As ever we love to do our "line-up" shot for posterity!
But oh no! There is not a decent image in there of our oh so wonderful, helpful, lovely and much-treasured assistant SOPHIA BRAKE!!! Hello Monday and hello Sophie and THANK YOU FOR THE AMAZING JOB YOU DID!! Sophie was too busy working for me to snap her...next time Soph...
... and some peeks at the other loot on hand too!
So hello Monday...
Hello suitcases to unpack.
Hello to getting ready for my annual tax appointment next Sat...sigh.
Hello to my kiddos I missed you.
Hello to Michelle Sylvia, she sent me a surprise in the mail..that sweetie!
Hello Texas...we'll be there soon for our next event with Holly Kuhn and Round Top!
Hello Spring...please tell me you'll be here soon!
Hello to all our friends in Florida...See you next year in Sanford, I miss you already!
Monday, February 24, 2014
...hello Monday...it'sgonna be a big week and I need to get ready for you!
The Art Girls' RoadShow is off to Sanford, Florida for our wonderful annual appearance at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery for our "heART of winter" - SOUTH art show and shopping experiences... (details are on our events page)
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be packing my bags
and heading to sunny Florida at this time of year...
It's been so cold and snowy here in NY.
I hope you'll join us if you can...I adore downtown Sanford and all it's cool and funky renovated buildings. This one hosts the Gallery...
Hello new week...hello list of things to do before I leave.
Like mailing out a few more of our event postcards to remind folks to be there!
Hello new little floral suitcase from the clearance rack at TJ Maxx gotta love that! The old one was just retired after many years of service!
Hello leftover chocolate, it's not just for breakfast anymore.
I think my chocolate consumption has been off the charts this month.
Hello kickboxing...have been at it for almost 2 years now and still love it.
(see comment on chocolate and necessity for said exercise above!)
Hello needing more quiet afternoons with the kiddos...
I don't love the rush around these days.
Hello laundry, hello dishes, hello packing orders and all the little things to do before I leave on this adventure!
Hello to all of you and have a super week whatever it is you are up to...leave a comment and let me know...
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
I've known Julie Arkell a long time...
long enough to know that she doesn't quite see
the world the way the rest of us do.
She sees it in colors and textures that feel like they are left over from a childhood, but not just the childhood of her own lifetime, but one that is older and sweeter in memory that hers and mine put together...
The beautiful thing about an artist creating...
I believe it far surpasses the object they create;
the beauty is in their capacity to share the way they see things with us.
As ever I am honored and thrilled to share Julie's work with our customers and her collectors...at this point, Julie's work is harder than hen's teeth to get from her...she is so busy teaching she does not have as much time to creat as she -- or I -- would like. But I love that she share her talents...did you see the recent article in PRIMS featuring Julie?? It was a treat...
And have you seen her pages on the site...
It's just been loaded with some wonderful works we have to share...some even at promo pricing, which is nice for us to be able to do...
these two sisters are my personal faves...I want a bunny-eared hat like this!
...of course this 3 piece set takes the cake...
...thanks Julie for sharing your peek at the planet...
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sometimes you have to appreciate making a little mistake.
Hello Monday and thanks to a happy accident, I met the wonderful gals of "leighelena".
I was at the NY Gift Fair and I intended to go visit some peeps at booth 7520...
if you know the Javits Center -- a 4 City block wide convention center with never ending aisle upon aisle -- you can imagine me transposing the numbers and heading to booth 7250 in error...
Well there you have it! A happy mistake, and I found the cuffs I've been hunting for since I stopped working with another artist about a year ago that made fab cuffs -- but that's another story for another time!
So hello Monday -- let's take a peek at the week, looking forward and looking back and see what's in store!
Hello to "leighelena" of Austin...
Hello Kat! Love working with you!
It was love at first sight with her wonderful leather and hide cuffs
and the fab hand-cast jigsaw closures...
Hello amazing cuffs...these are the wide ones...they came in stock first...but there are little sweet, thins ones too (coming soon)
Just look at them all...LOVE!
Just look at them all...LOVE!
And here's an image of Leigh...Hi Leigh!
Hope to see you soon! We're heading to Texas in March so we're hoping Leigh can join us for the Grand TEXAS Opening of Old Glory Antiques' Pop Up in Burton on 3/28-3/30 to share her creations....
I am always amazed at how much talent is out there...Leigh started making jewlery at age 5...her mom is a renown enamelist and as a little girl, Leigh attended art shows and craft fairs with her mom, learning the art of handmade from an early age.
In 2005 she launched her business and I am completely tickled we'll be working together to bring you her work...I adore it, the way it looks, the way it feels on the wrist, and the way it is made...I have been wearing one of her stingray cuffs for almost a week now, and I forget that its' on my wrist until someone else admires it....
Here are my current faves...."Cloudy Stingray Rose"...
...."Whip Snake & Rose"...
..."Vintage Desperado"...which is a one of a kind....
...her bestseller is pretty amazing too, it's the "Golden Black Stingray"...
...and I love the chic dots on her classic "Polka Dot"...Kathy tried this one on and she's right, it makes me want summer, and white t-shirts and BBQs!
Thanks gals for making a long, hard, cold and wet trip the the Javits Center full of such a wonderful surprise...cannot wait to share what you do at our event in Burton, TX at Old Glory Antiques in March!
Hello new gal pals!
Hello new talent!
Hello new week...I am almost ready for you...there's been SO MUCH snow, I am really, trulybehind on so many things to do...so hello to playing catch-up!
Hello "Winter's Tale"...this new movie is based on one of my fave books...did you see it yet? I want to but they may botch it and break my heart...
Hello to playing in the snow with the kiddos...we have become expert snowball makers, fort builders and Snowmen pros!
Hello to shipping our boxes to Florida...our event at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery is COMING SOON...we'll be there 2/28 & 3/1...will we see you there???
Hello to all of you and have a super week!
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