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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, February 28, 2012

...the sweet Italian in WWCook!!!

...congrats to my friend and long time Earth Angels fan, folk art diva Rosanna De Bellis, on her utterly divine and oh so pink feature in the new issue of Where Women Cook....

The peek into her kitchen is sugar dusted and laden with hand made and oh so artful goodies...

If you did not get a copy of the new edition yet, do...every page is delish...


Congrats too go to Jo Packham on the most fab issue to date...both Jo and Rosanna will attend our11th Annual Spring Soiree in Saratoga, NY on May 19th & 20 to sign the magazine....

Congrats ladies and cannot wait to see you both there!
xxoo Jen

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sis Boom Visit


Some of you recognize the living room of my friend Jennifer Paganelli's home and studio...
she is the design genius behind Sis-Boom fabrics...
I adore her fab sense of style and loved the excuse of a trip to visit her in Wilton, CT needing to drop something off that I had been storing for her since we travelled together to the Country Living Fairs...(and yes, Jennifer will be there with us once again...)

Jennifer's fabrics and projects roam across her home...take a peek...

Here's a peek in her showroom where she just finished her work on her next book...."HAPPY HOME"...this new book will be out May 1st and Jennifer will attend our annual "Spring Fling" as a special guest along with Jo Packham -- to promote this fab new publication...




I love that lamp!
Pillows galore!


Here's a peek at her daughter Katie's room -- can I go back in time and be a teenager and move in???!!!
Just look at the piles of lush magic in her studio...old wallpapers, paper and fabric and loot galore...boxes - bins - and odd piles of vintage lovelies...



And don't you wonder what she'll be up to with these piles of supplies in her sunny studio...

And here is George...Kathy wants to be President of the "George Fan Club"...
Thanks for a great day gals...
Jennifer - it's my honor to call you friend and to work with you on so many great projects and events...

And if you have not yet visited Jennifer's site, please do - get on her mailing list and catch her spirited and oh so colorful and vintage vibe...

AND hey Jane Dagmi!!!! I will never forget that it was you who brought us "Jennifers" together xoxoxo

xxoo Jen

Friday, February 24, 2012

Insta Friday...BAM BAM...or where have my feet taken me this week?!?

I feel like this week hit me over the head...BAM BAM...drive 20 hours overnight to FL...
BAM BAM...have some Disney FUN for 3 days
...BAM BAM...drive home again and in between get some other fun things...and alas a whole lotta work done...

It was one of those weeks that came and went...BAM BAM BLAM-O! Here's a peek...

The kids woke up and they were in St. Augustine....our Nation's oldest city -- yes folks were there and settled by 1513 -- and one of my faves...well worth the trip to walk on the walls at the Castillo de San Marco early in the day...

Here we are...
What a treat it was to have Liv with us for a day...there's this amazing feeling to love your own childhood friends' children...and to know them...
...and to have them love each other too...
And of course, it's great to have a hubby that's loves "Mexico" at Epcot...
...and still my fave...whirling around on the CAROUSEL!!!
Oh, and just a wee bit of a MAJOR UNDERTAKING...we have begun a re-do of the website for a re-launch later this year...the fellas at AP-Logic are amazing and thorough and my oh my is this a whole lotta work or what? But it will be worth it I am confident -- after all Paul built the site now back in 2000!!! Think we are overdue???
If you know any males aged 4-13 you likely know what a "Bey Blade Stadium" is too...that said, you now have a key visual reference for just how large my cat is as well.
And that weekly trip to the library brings in all back into focus....
more soon...and hope you had a wonderful week whatever you were up to...
xxoo Jen

Monday, February 20, 2012

visit "The Nest"

...a new little shop has opened in Glenside, PA...

Me and Kath are always up for a junking jaunt... Recently we popped down to Philly for the day to visit Gwyn Ennis -- her college friend. Gwyn has just opened a sweet little shop called "The Nest" and it's laden with oddball goodies that beckon a closer look...


Here's a peek at some of the vintage loot...




























Here's the info...Gwyn is not on line but do stop in of you are in the area...there's a charming coffee house and sandwich shop at the train station just down the block and more antiquing nearby...
Good Luck Gwyn, Ihope to come see you again soon!
xxoo Jen O'Connor
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