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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, August 30, 2011

HAUTE HOT CAKES - this thursday ALL new



oh wow oh wow...my pal Caramia Visick has an amazing new line...totally new and wonderful, reverent to the vintage chic style she loves,

In fact she's called her new works her "VINTAGE LINE"...
here's a peek but tune in Thurs night for all the details, or email for a sneak peek...



They are very fresh and fun, but very different to her iconic "Hotcakes Designs".....

I am thrilled we'll be the first to showcase it here on our weekly "Artists Spotlight" ...a BIG thanks to Caramia for this wonderful opportuity to share her creations.

TUNE IN here on Thursday, 9/1 to see the latest! You can expect carved pieces, hearts, a lock, a cameo, birds and florals....total wow...

xxoo Jen

Sunday, August 28, 2011

boys will be boys



I've learned that boys will be boys, but I was willing to give it a go. As we made plans to re do and expand the boys' room by converting an unfinished "bonus room"/attic-like crawl space to additional bedroom space, I thought I would try to involve my 6 and 1o year old sons in decorating their room.

While I suspect they may have been more motivated by the accessibility of their toy storage bins than the placement of the furniture and bedding, including them in the process made this room truly theirs.
Working within a budget we used all re-purposed and found (yes, truly found as one of the almost matching desks came out of the garbage...) furniture, we managed a space for them that offers open play area, and plenty of tucked away bins for toys ad the next season's or sized clothes...

Like so many of us who love our homes, they welcomed the chance to have some of their favorite things around them...and these things -- in color and texture -- became the palette for the room...

More shots of the space and the how to will follow in a 2012 issue of one of my fave magsCottages & Bungalows, but I had to share a peek at some of my fave nooks...and objects in their space...








The resulting space is one they use and love, play in and yes, decorate...occasionally with dirty socks, and always with those bits of Legos...

...and I can vouch for anyone out there, there is simply nothing more painful than stepping on one of them in the middle of the night in bare feet...


xxoo Jen O'Connor

Friday, August 26, 2011

link with love



...there is something new and wonderful you need to know about. Consider. Do.

I love

Launched back on 6/10...I heard about this just a few days ago...why ever am I not the very first to know???!! But anyway...Please consider posting this badge to your BLOG...

Here's a message from their site...

"It is our goal to inspire positive change in the way art, photography, design, words, music, film and ideas are shared on the internet. We believe that intellectual property needs to be handled with love and respect. We believe in the goodness of people. We believe in the power of the internet. We believe that Maya Angelou was absolutely right when she said "when you know better you do better."

We need your help. We need your support. Learn more. Spread the word. Post our badge on your sites to show that you LINK with love.

This is just the beginning.



Ok got all that? K? Good!

Now go to their site and grab a badge in your fave color and post it...(I like the apple green one!) and remember, next time you link to a photo or a site, do it with love...

That's the spirit!

xo Jen

Earth Angels

Thursday, August 25, 2011

lucky #13 MURPHY BEARS Artists' Spotlight WebShow

TOTAL WOW...glorious new ted and wee birdies too!

...thanks to Pat for these exceptional creations...this is a wonderful "Artists' Spotlight" sharing her talents and latest creations...as well as a few SALE treats too...Scroll down for details and how to SHOP...


SO HERE WE GO!!!!...We are LIVE and thanks for stopping by our 13th Artists' Spotlight & WEBSHOW to celebrate the wondrous creations of talented Pat Murphy and her "Murphy Bears"....

Pat -- along with the help of her wonderful hubby, Tom -- creates a fanciful array of inspired soft sculptures; each pays homage to the artist's love of old toys and vintage playthings. Her reverence for antique textiles always shows itself in her work and her skills and talents as an artist are notable. The look of her work just sends me! Pat shares her creative genius in each bear, hare and critter; each has a special magic. Can you tell I love her creations...and the artist too!!!

Enjoy browsing the offerings below ...if one of them speaks to you...just email me to order at Jen@EarthAngelsToys.com OR call me from 8-8 NY time at (845) 986-8720...More creations by
Pat can be seen on her page on the site...

AND KEEP SCROLLING BECAUSE there are details for a HUGE SALE (up to 50% off..) at the end of this post! OHHH AHHH...

NEW WORK NEW WORK NEW WORK NEW WORK
Doodle and Her Bed – a sweet little babe of a ted with her bed and toys, one of a kind with all vintage accessories and loads of charming flourishes, 7" ted, $245

Sunny - SOLD
Clara – this charming lass has all that I love in a ted, and is utterly laden with Pat's inimitable stylish details…her gentle face sends me, she wears a charming vintage dress and carries a darling old leather purse, millinery blooms adorn her ear, one of a kind, 18", $420


Dorsie - SOLD
























Firefly - SOLD


























Fern - a lovely needle felted birdie sits atop a vintage egg cup, one of a kind, 8" tall, $140























Raspberry - SOLD






































Lura - a sweet and dainty 9" ted, one of a kid she wears a melange of vintage whites, so dear, $235
















































Thyme - 24" SOLD















































Mavra - SOLD

























Phoebe - SOLD


NOW AS FOR THE SALE...

SALE SALE SALE SALE ...on retired designs.....only one of each in stock, unless stated otherwise...
THE itEMS BELOW Are AVAILABLE AT HUGE SAVINGS OF UP TO 50% OFF!!!

Sweetie – a lovely 12” ted one of a kind and laden with charms! Dainty dress and millinery blooms are lovely, WAS $245, NOW $155
Rachel – a lovely 12” ted one of a kind and laden with charms! Sweet dotty romper with aqua touches, WAS $245, NOW $155
Carrah - 16" one of a kind mohair ted, a charmer, with a lovely woolen sweater, WAS $295, NOW $238
Bunny Hopsalot – 16” to the top of his polka dotted lined ears in wonderfully nubby soft grey mohair, he wears a waistcoat of deep purple and carries a paper basket of vintage and retro goodies, he looks wonderful with or without his paper top hat, an edition of 4, WAS $245, NOW $122.50

Fooky Cat – SOLD

Tomato Girl Plum – this cutie blends woolen felt, crochet work, ephemera and vintage trimmings and notions, about 4” tall and 7” wide, WAS $145, NOW $82

Rollo Rabbit Blue – one of a kind hand felted whimsy, darling bunnies sport paper ears, pin keeps adorned with vintage trims and goodies, 6”, WAS $140, NOW $88

Bella Blackbird – a festive edition of 3 pieces, a wonderful one of a kind birdie dear, laboriously hand felted of wool roving, appointed with vintage details, stands on wire legs with loads of tiny detailing, one of my faves, a sweet face! 8”, WAS $110, NOW $68 each

Jack-Jack o’Lantern Yellow – hand felted textile, pieces and sewn than appointed with roving wool and more felt appliqu├ęs, found object bases, 8", each one of a kind and WAS $95, NOW $58

Stuart – a dashing felted squirrel made from roving wool he stands atop a found vintage apple base, 7", one of a kind, WAS $140, NOW $80

Viola – A wonderfully sweet little gal, with all Pat’s signature style that I adore! Hand-dyed lavender mohair bear with aged felt pads. She wears a hand-made cotton dress trimmed in old lavender ric-rac. She proudly displays her vintage/new remembrance bouquet set in an old silk-thread wooden spool. A "Mother" heart is attached to spool, with A "Buffalo Merry Times Club" pick to makes you smile!, 12”, edition of 4 bears available exclusively through Earth Angels, WAS $240, NOW $155


THANKS TO PAT FOR THESE FABULOUS CREATIONS....
and to you for stopping by to browse her latest work and show your support for our artists...

Our "Artists' Spotlights" and weekly webshows are something we wanted to do for Summer 2011...this is our chance to celebrate the talents of our Earth Angels artists...each week they are working to present original art made for this venue...they hope to share what they do, inspire and bring good cheer with their great art.

What a wonderful grouping of original work! If anything speaks to you, please call me at 845-986-8720 from 8-8 NY time to order or email me at Jen@EarthAngelsToys.com


CALL OR EMAIL ME TO ORDER and
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xoxoxo Jen
Earth Angels
xxoo Jen
Earth Angels PS....if you missed the recent spotlights on Ashley Carter, Barbara Strawser, Jennifer Lanne, Melody Elizabeth, Laurie Meseroll, Cheryl Kuhn, Valerie Weberpal, Debrina Pratt and/or Nicol Sayre-- we've left them up here on the BLOG pages -- just scroll back in the BLOGroll or click the links to see the offerings...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

by the way...I think this...




It occurred to me that I am very opinionated, it may have occurred to you too...

So just to be clear, these are all my opinions, and as such, my BLOG is AD FREE.

This means that what I like I really like, I am not paid for my efforts or enthusiasm, or to love a product (...though at times I wish i was!!! let's be clear we all got those bills!!!).

If I am a cheerleader to endorse something it's all me baby...all my lovin' free o' charge....
If your option differs to mine, that is cool, because of course it is my opinion not that of a "sponsor" or "advertiser that paid me to love on them"...you get yours, I get mine. It's all good.

Read more or consider noting that your blog is AD FREE at www.adfreeblog.org

Now about giving credit where credit is due....The site was created for those of us that like to say what we like, and why we like it just for the heck of it. The site was created by Keri Smith, a talented and fellowly opinionated maven... and I first saw the button on Door Sixteen...oh my do these gals all have such style...

If you want to keep it about art and not ads...please consider posting to your BLOG too...

K??? yes??? Cool!!

xxoo Jen

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

...watch out for BEARS!


how wonderful...this THURSDAY, 8/25 we will feature the work of my wonderful friend and super talented soft sculpture artist, Pat Murphy and her Murphy Bears on our weekly "Artists' Spotlight" webshow...

Tune in for teds, critters and all things wonderful in the realm of mohair...


We will be featuring new work AND sale items...thanks in advance to Pat for making this possible....

Until then...WATCH OUT FOR BEARS...hares, other critters and all of those cuddly wonderfully vintage look creations that come from the Murphy Bears studio in Ann Arbor, MI....

xxoo Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels
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