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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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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

California here we come!!!

...we're leaving on a jet plane tomorrow for our event!

Thanks in advance to our host, fashion maven Phyllis Swanson who once again will offer us her avant garde clothing and decor destination as the location for our annual "heART of Winter" - WEST....
“Phyllisophical” is located in old town Tustin, California...in Orange County
191 E. Main Street, Tustin, CA.
...click this link to her stylish site...her store just makes me want to play dress up!

OUR SPECIAL GUEST JO PACKHAM of "Where Women Create" & "Where Women Cook"...I love you Jo and cannot wait to see you!!!
Featured Earth Angels’ artists include: Debbee Thibault, Jennifer Lanne, Laurie Meseroll, Debrina Pratt, Melody Elizabeth Doyel, Krys Kirkpatrick, Lynsey Walters, Leslie McCabe, Nicol Sayre, Hotcakes, Nicole Bowen, Derby Blooms, Jody Battaglia, Valerie Weberpal and Cheryl Kuhn among others whose work will be presented in this fabulous setting for festive shopping and the savvy browsers’ enjoyment.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE...
Visit http://www.shopphyllis.com for directions and more info on our wonderful retail host.
This will be our second time as guests of this renowned retailer and the first in her FAB NEW and EXPANDED LOCATION!!!
Don’t miss us on our annual jaunt to Southern California!

I cannot wait to see all our friends and customers out there...I have been going to CA at least once a year for the past 12 years and it is always a treat to see everyone...renewing friendships are the best part of the trip...

xxoo Jen
YES...if you read our schedule you see we are home on Sunday to then head out once again to our event on Friday & Saturday, 12/9 & 12/10 at Schuyler Pond Home & Garden in Saratoga, NY...more on that soon!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

in the Tri-State Area??? Don't miss the SIS BOOM SALE!



My wonderful friend Jennifer Paganelli -- the design diva behind SIS BOOM fabrics -- is opening her home this weekend for her semi annual SALE!!

Do not miss the chance to be there!! I am headed to CA myself or I would!

Here's the info:

SIS BOOM HOLIDAY SHOW
THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY
40 East Meadow Road, Wilton, CT

Painter Barbara Strawser will be Jennifer's special guest...
...some paintings from Barbara currently on our site...

Look at these lovelies...and you need her new book...she will have copies at the event, or email me...I have some too...

Tell Jennifer I sent you her way and give her a hug for me...I mis that lady...we won't be able to see each other until after the crush of the holiday season...
xxoo Jen

Monday, November 28, 2011

SALE - Cyber Monday

....yes there is a Cyber Monday Sale...

exclusive to our BLOG readers...and those of you on Facebook ad Twitter too!

...take 20% off your order for any items on the site from 7am - midnight NY time...
TODAY ONLY
SHOP SHOP SHOP and take 20% off your order

Details:
...if we have to special order the item for you, we cannot guarantee Christmas Delivery
...Sorry, No Layaways on purchases less than $750 for this sale...sure on large items we can still work a layaway...
...All sales final...
...Yes we will charge shipping and handling...
...Only exclusion....Nicol Sayre's work...sorry about that....

And please have alternate choices to your items as things will go quickly!

HOW TO ORDER????
Browse the site and simply Email the list of your item/s to me at
Jen@EarthAngelsToys.com...
OR call me 8-8 NY time (845) 986-8720..
...if you catch our machine leave all your details...the lines will be ringing...

Happy Shopping...

xxoo Jen

Sunday, November 27, 2011

knit from friendship...


I have watched my friends knit for years...much like watching that big "Zamboni" scrape the ice on the rink, or the waves crash to the shore, I have been entranced watching Anne sit on my couch, sleeves, then sweaters emerging from her hands at the needles. Kathy has had a bowl of knitting projects on her coffee table for as long as I can recall, I have touched but never queried...

I was happy to let the craft remain a mystery until last week when I drove Jane, Anne and Kathy down to a wonderful knitting shop...
It's a mystery no more!!! I am entranced with the pattern play and the odd way in which the knots slide onto opposite needles never leaving the next stretch of wool too far behind...an ever emerging line of whirls...

The OCD takes over as I do a row and then another...ahhh Jane, you are right, it is meditative...
now if only I could manage more than 5 minutes or a few rows before the end of the day, but that will have to be enough...I predict 3 years to make a scarf...


I think it might really be all about the yarn...just look at the colors and textures...deep sigh of longing....

Thanks to Kathy...
...and Jane...
....and of course Anne...who was power shopping for her next project and could not be caught on film!


Here's where it all started...Sharon's fabulous shop in Westwood, NJ..."Creative Knitworks"...

I love that Kathy forgot two of her knitting books there...that means I will just have to drive her back there to pick them up and have a prowl around...Kath, can we think of a better excuse to make a dash down before the holidays...

See an old dog can learn new tricks...
xxoo Jen

Here's Sharon's schedule:

Open Topic ($100 for 4 sessions, $200 for 10 sessions)

You choose the topic: learn to knit, crochet, improve your skills, start your first sweater, finishing, learn new stitches or any other topic related to knitting or crocheting.

Monday Evening

7 PM – 9 PM

Thursday Morning

9 AM – 11 AM

Thursday Aft

4 PM – 6 PM

ThursdayEvening

7 PM – 9 PM

Missed sessions can be made up during one of the other class sessions.

Drop In (pick your own subject) with Sharon $25 per session; no registration needed.

Sunday

Ongoing

10:00 AM – 12:0 PM


Beginning Needlepoint $50 for 1 person, $75 for 2 people


By appointment

1 1/2 hours

Mon - Sat

Beginning Crochet with Sharon $50 for 1 person, $75 for 2 people

By appointment

1 1/2 hours

Mon - Sat


Private class $50 for 1 person, $75 for 2 people


By appointment

1 1/2 hour

Mon – Sat

Friday, November 25, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY SALE


...who am I to deprive you of another "Black Friday" sale???!!!
SO TODAY only...

ORDER ANY AVAILABLE ITEM ON THE WEBSITE take 10% off
(special orders included....)

OR EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!

OR ORDER ANYTHING FROM THESE ARTISTS...
TAKE 50% off the PRICES MARKED!!!!

Yes, some items are already on sale so this is a real treat!!!
TAKE 50% off anything posted to these pages:










No Door-busting needed, BUT YOU NEED TO EMAIL your order, if we have your items we will let you know...EMAIL ME AT JEN@EARTHANGELSTOYS.COM

Alternative choices encouraged since we sell so many one of a kind items...

INCLUDE YOUR CREDIT CARD FOR PRIORITY SERVICE....

...I sure do hope we can add some treats to your Santa Sack....

Fine Print: YESes and NOs....
NO, layaways or prior orders are not eligible...
YES, we will charge shipping and handling...
NO, we do not accept returns or exchanges on sale items...

See you 'round for line-free, stress-free cyberspace shopping...
xxoo Jen

Thursday, November 24, 2011

enjoy the plenty

Fond wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to each and every one of you...
May your hearts be as full as your belly on this, my most favorite of holidays...

xxoo from a very grateful girl,
Jen

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sisters on the Fly

By now, many of you have heard about the "Sisters on the Fly"...I had read about these festive, peripatetic spirits, I had dreamed about owning my own vintage trailer and wandering about on junking jaunts with gal pals, I had....screeech!! That is SOOOO not happening now, I have 3 little ones, but hey a girl's gotta day dream...
Once again I encountered these wayfarers in Atlanta -- it seems the Art Girls' RoadShow and the Sisters cross paths here and there...They were ensconced in a campout at the Country Living Fair...what fun...peek at their set-ups...









Here's what the Sisters say about themselves....

We have more fun than anyone! We invite you on our outdoor adventures with travel trailer caravans to the most beautiful places in the country. Our sisters like to share tips on buying and restoring vintage trailers, they know that once you see all the fun fly-fishing, riding horses, camping, eating, and laughing, You just might want to join the Cowgirl Caravan on its next ride.

Now, doncha wanna drop everything and get out there with them??? Me and Sue have big plans....Read more about SISTERS on the FLY:

Appaloosa Journal It began as a simple fish story by freelance writer Marianne Love

Even Oprah

is captivated by these free wheelin' gals...click this link to see the article in her mag from June 2011


And in the meantime, I love their style and appreciate their inspiration factor. How can I now love that these women are braving it in new place and learning and doing what they want to do.... you go girls...

xxoo Jen O'Connor...
oh and yes, I joined their sister hood to learn more about them and catch their vibe,
I've got the vintage wagon and that will just have to do for now!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

yes...we will be having a BLACK FRIDAY SALE

YES!!! We will be adding to the mayhem and magic of sale shopping.

You can expect bargains and treats and yes...
Details will be posted at 12:01 AM on Friday morning...


xxoo Jen

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How Harbor Grey changed my life...


Do not miss Jane Dagmi's color chats. Jane speaks color as a language, weaving in texture and style with a perception for living within a space.
A recent post features my thoughts on an affordable and relatively painless kitchen re-do...
Here's a link to read her post...Jane has loaded it with tips and her sense of style and called it


aka ...how a paint called "Harbor Grey" changed my life....



Peek at Jane's color sense and follow her "Color Chats"...


Thanks for including me Jane...miss you gobs and cannot wait to get to FL in March for our event in Sanford....can we lure you to catch all the colors of the "Art Girls' RoadShow"????

xxoo Jen
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