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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, November 30, 2009

It's Sis Boom Time!

While I am in LA at our "Paris to the Moon" event, my pal, Jennifer Paganelli -- founder and design maven of Sis Boom -- is hosting her annual Holiday Open House.....



December 3rd, 4th and 5th
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

If you're not joining us on the West Coast - I hope you can make it to Connecticut! Be sure to look for all the things I wish I was there to buy among the stacks of irresistible Sis Boom pillows...and let Jennifer know that I miss her! and that I sent you to enjoy her colorful brand of festive decorating and her savvy celebration style.

The event is held at her home:
40 East Meadow Road
Wilton, Connecticut 06897
(203) 761-0442


Click this link for directions


Wish I could be in two places at once Jennifer! I will miss this annual extravaganza...
xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Peace and Plenty



May your Thanksgiving be a happy one filled with loved ones...

Wishing you peace and plenty this season...and a million thanks to all of you for your support and friendship.

xxoo Jen

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Handmade Pledge



If you have already taken the handmade pledge -- give yourself a nice pat on the back and ignore the rest of this post. You rock!

If you have not yet taken the hand made pledge...please think about it.

It's a simple pledge to buy handmade and give handmade.

A basic,
good,
all around nice thing to do.

...so what are you waiting for...
Visit www.buyhandmade.org
xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

Friday, November 20, 2009

winter wonders


Artist Jennifer Lanne has turned up the heat in her barn stove and she's been at the paints again...

A wonderful new crop of winter themed wonders have arrived in time to help celebrate the season...



We'll be emailing details to those of you on our email update lists and keep an eye on the site for these and more postings of new works on Jennifer's page...

Enjoy the coming cheer.

xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Save the Date - CA Event


We're heading back to LA in just a few weeks
for the WINTER EDITION of our
"Tour de Art"....

Darren Calkin will once again host Earth Angels' "Tour de Art" at his fab shop PARIS TO THE MOON in Costa Mesa...

SO SAVE THE DATE!
to come meet the artist and see their creations...

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th
10am - 4pm



PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

DEBBEE THIBUALT
NICOL SAYRE
DEBRINA PRATT
NICOL BOWEN
LAURIE MESEROLL
LESLIE MCCABE
CHERYL KUHN
DARA DIMAGNO
JENNIFER LANNE


See the events page of the site for more info...
Kathy has started to price and pack up some treasures from the Secret Lab, and the participating artists are hard at work with new creations to share.

We hope to see you there -- this is a wonderfully festive and intimate event where the artists have time to visit with collector and art enthusiast friends and I get to enjoy my CA pals..

until then...
xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mud-Cakes are here...


A new batch of truly wonderful works have arrived from Laurie Meseroll's Ohio studio...

Among them are some of the dearest florals and fairies I've seen her create. These new works are laden with color and texture, and each incorporates detail and intricate work, along with surfacing...all of the things that are such a part of the inimitable style Laurie has developed over the years.

Thanks Laurie, for this glorious grouping of new portraits and florals. It's completely impossible for me to choose a favorite.

xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

PS - Michelle plans to email images to everyone on Laurie's special email notification list -- if you are not on that list and need to be included in the update - let me know. These works will also appear on her page.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Don't Miss - Friends in Christmas


...this wonderful event will be held this Saturday in West Virginia.

I am heartbroken I cannot be there -- but hope you can make it to see some of my favorite artists and shop for their wonderful creations.

See the Friends in Christmas website for full details and directions.

Here's a list of participating artists:
Kitty Babendrier
Stacey Bear
Allen Cunningham
Dara DiMagno
Paul Gordon
Leslie McCabe
Jill Wiener -- the EarthGirl

...and if you can make it -- say hello to them for me!
xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jill and the High Line


I had been hoping to get to The High Line since it opened this past summer. Bonnie and Loren were the first to tell me about it when they experienced it on a visit from LA -- ever the explorers! And Jill, who lives just a few blocks away is a regular.

As a licensed urban planner, these types of adaptive reuse projects really thrill me. I respect the ingenious use of long dormant industrial sapce, and the conversion of underutilized facilities via public access initiatives. As a native of the City -- I treasure that they re-define space to spawn community, recreation and public use.

I have never seen this better done anywhere than on The High Line...

From their site -- a bit of history for context:
The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

Now, here it is today -- no longer a rail track it's a park that hovers above the City.

Here are some of my fave shots we grabbed on our stroll...they'll give you a sense of the style and scale of the space...

The park makes no excuse for the view it offers, the still derelict elements it moves past, or those vistas not typically scenic. Instead, its charm is proffered as an atypical public space for the taking of those that appreciate its merits...


The walk way meanders, gently moving users from left to right down a random path, peacefully elevated above the din of the streets. The walkway is striated with swaths of old rail, and wild with insets of free roaming weeds and wildflowers.

Here's a map of Section One -- this redeveloped section of the old rail line runs from 14th - 20th Streets, but in the future, the park will extend all the way to 34th Street...


If you find your feet in Manhattan, make time to hit The High Line...and grab lunch at the Chelsea Market (between 15th and 16th Streets)

Jill I am so glad we did.
xxoo Jen
Earth Angels


PS...Jill Claster -- my dear friend and tour guide -- has just published another book, Sacred Violence. In it she explores the European Crusades to the Middle East -- her long time passion and field of expertise.

Many congrats to you on this Jill, and I cannot wait to read it!

xxoo Jen

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Teddy my love...


Heidi Steiner's heirloom teds send me...they are finely made and appointed with charming and oddly sweet vintage accoutrements...old trims, antique dolly frocks, and found fabrics. Their expressions are winsome, captivating and oh so dear.

I adore the latest grouping she's sent us and I had to share some glam shots of my fave pieces...

(...yes, these should be posted to her page soon and watch your email if you are on her update list...)

Thanks Heidi, as ever, for sharing your artistry with us. As some of you know, Heidi was one of the very first artists to become and Earth Angel...and it's been a long and wonderful relationship with fabulous teds arriving over the years and then sent on to so many appreciative collectors' homes...

Cheers!
xxoo
Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

PS Read more about Heidi on her festive and fun BLOG "Heidiland":
http://www.steinerbears.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

This is Halloween...


Warwick loves Halloween...there are those towns that go big for the 4th of July, others might embrace the Christmas Season...but our town -- we've got four wineries and orchards and pumpkin patches immeasurable -- so it loves the autumn, the harvest, and with it that candy riddled, costume donning, and oh so spooky...Halloween.

...how lucky for me that the kids love trick or treating as much as I did when I was a little kid. They love to costume and beg for treats...but first -- along with the rest of the town, we assemble at Village Hall and follow the Honor Guard and oodles of sirened vehicles to parade down to Railroad Green.

The strut down Main Street is a rag tag assemblage of personalities, fairy tale characters and all manner of attired beasts and beauties....but it does get us in the mood. The crowds linger at Railroad Green for costume judging...but not us!


We have our priorities straight and head for the houses on Oakland Ave, Oakland Ct and Welling to ring those bells. (Our final destination is always the colorful and candy stocked home of our great Earth Angels gal pal, Jane G!)

This year, we had 18 members of our family out there workin' it for candy with some very good friends in tow. Along the way we meet a ton of our friends and neighbors, school buds, along with my hubby's childhood pals and their kids(he grew up here in Warwick...)


The rain never bothered any of us...what a wonderful evening...Thanks Candeas, McCabes, Cotters, LaRoccos, Mihalicks and Graneys for making it so...

Hope you enjoyed your holiday too...

xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

ps -- look at this shot from Charlotte's haunted tea room...

...and here's my niece and nephews later that evening in a second round of costumes as the Peanuts Gang for trick or treating...

They looked great!
xxoo Jen
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