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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.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Diana Card's series of Halloween paintings have put me over the edge and I am lost in candy-filled thoughts...
I confess...I am obsessed with trick or treating and thoughts of the candy pouring in next Saturday...Thankfully I have kids to legitimize my incessant ringing of doorbells and I live in a town where it is big to do.
When I was little my sister Vickey was the Queen of Halloween and must have felt much the same as I do now...16 years older than me, she dragged me house to house for hours and then we hauled our loot home to weigh it on the scale.
I wish I could remember a pound count, but I can't; it's lost in a haze of childhood memories so thick I can brush them away with my hand and confused in the tussle of candy wrappers and sticky chocolate hands. And I suppose, Vickey, this is all your fault!
Annie, Michelle...I still haven't grown up...Bellerose at Halloween was heaven, and perhaps Warwick just might be the same for my little ones.
As ever, I will be sure to blog about Halloween in Warwick after the merry night has come and gone...in the meantime I will be pining for the sea of Hershey's miniatures, Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls, and those cute little square Snickers sure to roll in...
smitten with trickin' and treatin'
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A big thanks to Paul -- our fearless webmaster - for all the recent updates to the website...he's loaded the site with new arrivals, fall treasures and oodles of goodies.
...as for me, I have been having fun going through all the new arrivals and choosing my favorites...I'm going to share the images below as well links to the site to share the latest offerings...
Here's what's new:
Debbee Thibault...including a new "From the Vault" page where will be posting rare and retired pieces...
Cheryl Kuhn ...
A big THANKS Paul for all the hard work, and a BIG thanks to the artists who have been hard at work creating the art we love to share with you...
xxoo Jen O'Connor
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Great news! Issue # 5 of Jo Packham's "Where Women Create" magazine has arrived.
This just might be the best yet -- indeed they do keep getting better and better!
This issue features two of Earth Angels' artists...jewelry designer and creator of wearable art, Dara DiMagno and potter Jill Wiener, aka The Earthgirl..
Here are a few images of Dara's shoot...the magazine will have oodles more...
And here's a peek at Jill and her space on the day I shot her wonderful barn studio...
If you haven't yet reserved your copy of Issue #5, please email or call and I will get one out to you...they are $14.99 + shipping.
Thanks Jo for yet another wonderful wonderful publication -- it's utterly inspiring and I am so thrilled to be a part of it...
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It really was a night we'll never forget...often these annual gatherings of the Mild Zanie Check Society roar upwards of 100 people -- ...indeed, last year we made merry on all 3 decks of the Yankee Ferry on a sultry summer evening.
This year was something different, a very special gathering, just 23of us...We sat as friends at one long and gloriously adorned table and feasted on lobster, enjoying the wonderful chance to chat with fellow aficionados of Victoria & Richard's design and style.
Charlotte was my date and it didn't take very long for her to pal up with Felix and Wittika -- Victoria and Richard's grandchildren. When they weren't lowering the candy bowl but it's sock festooned pulley, they were doting on Mr. Brown and Pinky, the most seafaring dogs I've ever met.
Victoria and Richard excel at decoration, embellishment and theme --they are masters of design and I adore them and their creations. Their company and design business is now called "Victoria & Richard Emprise" -- most of you know they sold MacKenzie-Childs some time ago and now their designs are available only through Emprise...Their Emprise creations -- are as lush as ever, astoundingly whimsical, exceedingly well made, and of course, festive and full of graphic folly, color play and texture. Victoria says she is really loving the jewelry she's designing -- and I do too!
Here are some images of their floating showroom just off the gangplank, I nabbed a few fun necklaces, a prototype pin and a bracelet for someone special on my Christmas list.
You can read more about Victoria & Richard on their website (stay tuned because they are re-doing it as I type this) website and in Jo's book Where Women Create, as well as in Issue #1 of the magazine. Thanks again to Jo Packham for introducing us and allowing our circles of friends to collide. Click this link to an older blog post showing the Yankee Ferry during the day --
And of course, a big dose of gratitude to our hosts for the magic --it was a wonderful night. We can't wait to visit again soon -- Charlotte and Wittika had the best fun playing in Grand-mere's dressing room! Charlotte has not stopped talking about all the frocks you've made Victoria, the gowns and all the color and texture. (And when she dyes her hair a rainbow of colors, I'll know from whence the inspiration came!)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I just got off the phone with Debbee...we had another one of our late night conversations and we are cooking up some great plans for her next event with Earth Angels (save the date 12/5 at "Paris to the Moon" in Costa Mesa, CA)
BUT in the meantime, I had to write and give you fair warning. Debbee has asked that I give you a "LAST CALL"...several of our Earth Angels' exclusive editions are almost sold out. Both Debbee and I know that many of you have had these pieces on your wish lists for some time, and now is the time to order; less than 10 of each remain available in the editions.
Debbee truly works hard to bring her creations to life and into the hands of her collectors. Each of Debbee's pieces has a tale to tell, and it never ceases to amaze me that Debbee is so willing to share with us her inspirations, style and stories.
These soon to be gone exclusives are among my most treasured to date...
This is our logo piece, Debbee created this for us when we began to work closely together and Debbee experienced the full spirit and connections among the Earth Angels artists...Our Exclusive Earth Angel - Here she is in all her glory, teddy and cupcake in tow, always ready for a party and those red boots! Pure whimsy and high spirits, Debbee has honored me with a portrait girl, our logo interpreted her fabulous style, thanks Debbee. This was an exclusive edition of 75, about 10”, and only 6 left available...
Debbee created this piece after she played with Charlotte and heard about our fairy mailbox...The Garden Fairy Exclusive – Here is a wonderful Garden Fairy done by Debbee as an Earth Angels Exclusive, pink and regal, she stands guard over all the fairies in the garden with her magic acorn around her neck and pretty bloom and bees in her arms, a sweet and gentle pink with a touch of sparkle (as shown and optional), she was an exclusive edition of 75 just 8 remain available, 16”...
Thanks to you Debbee for the fab pieces...and your wonderful friendship too! see the web page for details on the soon to be gone editions and more exclusive Debbee has done for Earth Angels.
And here are some of my fave pics of Debbee with her pals at her most recent event, The Country Living Fair.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Do you believe in Monsters? Hmmm..seems like Valerie Weberpal surely does!
This is a peek at her newest creations -- her second series of one of a kind monsters -- and they are fabulously funky and not so scary. These first appeared on the scene last spring in full color and in her classic pillow-like forms. At about 22" they are made from found, recycled and re-purposed textiles and trims -- she never uses a pattern. And yet again, the artists are on the leading edge of style and trend...
Maurice Sendak's monstrously famous, classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" will be released as a major motion picture later this month...get ready!
In the meantime, I'll be choosing some of my own monsters to move into my house. I am thinking, Valerie's monster creations might look wonderful on each of my boys' beds and they just might scare away the nightmares too!
More pics of her work via email if you'd like to see the rest of the wild things she's just sewn...
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Amazing, but true, Pat Murphy has just launched a blog! You can read Pat at
She's musing about her work, her collections, her inspirations and more...so please give her new blog a whirl and lend Pat your support in BLOG land.
Also STAY TUNED!! Pat's got some wonderful fall treasures in work for the Annual Murphy Bears Halloween Update. Be sure to tune in to see the new works and updated website
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