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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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Monday, September 1, 2014

hello Monday...hello September...

...hello Monday and time to take a peek at the week...
there's big doings here getting ready for the start of school, the crush of the impending schedule and the fall events of the Art Girls's RoadShow.


I am sad the summer is over...sigh...it always goes too quickly. But we did fit in the fun and the adventures and the family time, and I am grateful.

So hello to the new season that's afoot!
I am working on the fall events, fall plans, fall...fall...fall.
 
Hello fall events. Catch the details HERE...

Hello to all of you and sure hope to see you when we are in OH, GA & CA...

Hello fall themed ads....

 Hello to looking ahead to cooler days...rich fall colors...holidays and more.


 This is my favorite of the new ads you'll see in some of my fave magazines (Where Women Create, PRIMS, Romantic Homes, 
Cottages & Bungalows, Vintage Holidays and more)....

I love all the coolness after the heat of the past few months.


Hello to you! have a super week

Sure hope I see you some of you when 
we are out there this fall at these big gatherings! 


xxoo Jen

Thursday, August 28, 2014

love this lineup...so much talent

...as I get ready to do yet another show...another event...
I cannot help but look back over some of the hundreds....
yes, hundreds I have done over the years.
I did my first show for Earth Angels in 1994 ...
I had already done so many antique shows with my folks, 
but my very own first show was in '94 with the help of my friend Hillary Brown -- thanks again Hill...and I suppose this is all your fault!

Then in 2002, the year I was pregnant with Charlotte (who was born that December...) I did 36...yes 36 shows and appearances. Hard to believe there were actually that many to do across the country...antique shows, craft shows, convention showrooms, doll & bear shows, showcases, art parties and more...

Sigh...lots of memories...so many wonderful customer friends, so much talent out there to encounter and share, so many incredible handmade things, treasures and adventures for the Art Girls' RoadShow.

Among my fave things in all these shows are the lineup shots we do...
 Here are just a few of my faves. 
Can you recognize any of the events among these pics???


Sanford, Florida....

Minneapolis, Minnesota...

Columbus, Ohio...

Rhinebeck, New York...

 Saratoga, New York...
 
 Petaluma, California...

Saratoga, New York...
 

Lafayette, New Jersey...

Warwick, New York...

 San Luis Obispo, California...
 

Atlanta, Georgia...

Hudson, New York...

 Atlanta, Georgia...

Warwick, New York...

Hope to see you at on of our fall events!
Catch the calendar of appearances HERE!

xxoo Jen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

have you seen this...nice press in 2 of my fave mags

It a wonderful thing to share good news...

There are 2 nice features that I've just had published 
in 2 of my fave magazines...

You see, in addition to running this business,
(and running around like a crazy person some days...) 
I do a lot of editorial work on a lot of different magazines...
writing and or photographing about 25 pieces per year...
You can see all my PRESS here on the PRESS PAGE of the site.

But I also like to share the nice news via this BLOG...

Here's a peek at the piece I did on painter Jennifer Lanne in Flea Market Decor...

 


Congrats to Jennifer, it was a treat to celebrate her style.

And how fun is this...I photographed and wrote a piece for the Dutch magazine Daphne's Diary...on wonderfully talented Debrina Pratt.



...of course I cannot read this Dutch version...but I have seen the English proof and again, what a treat to be able to write and share images of the art and artists that inspire me.

A big thanks to the editors of these and all the magazines that come to me for contributions...it's a joy to be able to write and photo the artists of Earth Angels Studios and to have the opportunity to feature their style, talents and artistry...

Thanks for letting me share this nice news, and congrats to the artists on the well-deserved celebration of them!

xxoo Jen

Monday, August 18, 2014

hello DOG DAYS SALE hello Monday...

...it's the dog days of summer...
 
hello Monday and hello to keeping cool...
I'm trying to with a bit of a sale...

shop now and take 10% OFF SITE WIDE
...no exceptions...
now through 8/20
use code DOGDAYS at checkout

so hello to browsing the site...
 
hello to new new things and rethinking decor, 
collections and art...the impending change of season always does this for me...
 
hello to sitting in the AC when I need to be doing inventory...
 
hello to needing to get school supplies soon, but I just cannot bear the thought of the Fall schedule...

hello to cool drinks and taking it all a little bit slower in the heat...

hello to all of you...have a super week
xxoo Jen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

save the dates for our fall events....WOO HOO they are coming soon!

It's time to mark those calendars 
and save those dates....
We'll be headed Columbus & Atlanta SOON!
You can see the events page for more details
and tickets are available at StellaShows.com

And sure hope to see you there!!
These are our among our most fabulous and most treasured events and shopping experiences. Hope you can join us for the fun...

xxoo Jen

Monday, August 11, 2014

hello Monday...hello Polka Dots & Happy Stuff

Hello Monday. Let's take a peek at my week and what's new...

I'm thinking it's the the summer and 
the lack of schedule that's making me happy. 
Long summer days.
No plans.
Yes, still work and chores and life...
but the not having to be someplace at some time is just about perfect for me.

And I am happy too, because I have such nice news to share.
Congrats to Jo on another amazing issue!
And...
 
It's also great seeing good things happen for good friends....this is happy stuff.
So hello Monday...and hello to the feature in the new WWC 
on my friend Jennifer Murphy, 
the founder and creator of the Polka Dot Club.
 
I've worked with Jennifer for about 12 years....
I adore her creations, I've collected them personally and 
I've sold them on the site for years and years....

I admire her talent and I was thrilled to be able to feature her in my column "From the Studio" (thanks Jo Packham!!!) 

Hello to celebrating sure and certain talent...
and hello and thanks to those that share their talents 
with us through their amazing creations....

Hello to Jennifer's sweet handmade toys...
... with outfits to boot!

 Hello handmade bears
these are the heirloom playthings I wanted 
for my kiddos when they were small...
 Hello to things to cuddle...
 Hello to all of us who appreciate handmade....and support the industry...
Congrats again to you Jo & Jennifer!!!
XXOO
...you've made the week sweeter for me...

Hello to summer...can I stretch you out...

Hello to long, lazy days in the sun.

Hello to leaving dishes in the sink and taking a walk after dinner instead.

Hello to watching movies with the kiddos on the back deck.

Hello grill...I forget how to use the stove.

Hello to all of you...and have a super week...
xxoo Jen

Thursday, August 7, 2014

love summer reading??? then we'll give you free shipping

Love summer reading?
It's time to share a treat of an offer for the website....
 
Order any book or magazine 
&
we'll ship your entire order FREE
with code BOOKMAG all month long
 


Don't forget code BOOKMAG at checkout for
FREE STANDARD SHIPPING until 8/31 
 
Note, your order must contain a a book or magazine for us to ship it free...Thanks!

xxoo Jen







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