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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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Friday, June 29, 2012

peek at the first week of summer #25 Insta-Friday

Hi there all and hellllooooo summer...
Linking up with the gals at Life Rearranged for a peek at the week in cell phone images.

I love that this exercise makes me pause, and take a look at the little and the big things that have filled each week...

Thanks for stopping by....and here is #25

...hip hip hooray...we are getting ready for the patriotic festivities we host...
our annual Family & Friends Reunion is this weekend -- more on that soon!  

(and yes, yes...I love all of Laurie's flags...)

A trip to this fab rescue center...

And we came home with Finn McPurr...

We tried to get to the drive in but it's been raining in the evenings...


Target has the most amazing stuff, at present I want ALL THEIR HANGING SIGNS, each of which sports a summer theme...

 With animals on my mind, this lamp tempted me to feed my lamp fetish....I resisted...



You really can have a ball at Target...

Aidan styles a pillow, I really don't get the moustache thing by the way...


Rosie rocked these 6" heels...speaking of fetishes and issues...

My 81 year old mother insists on wearing heels everyday...Charlotte tried some on for size too...


A new little vegetarian juice bar opened on McEwen Street...

...so we gave it a try...
 

...so loving these wee purses by Melody... 

more soon...our cousins are here so we are off to enjoy them...
xxoo Jen

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

thanks to Bonnie & The Bug Man

I love the internet

I have decided if you ask, the answer comes...
...for those of you who are regular readers, this chap was in last week's Insta Friday post




...here is a note I just got


Hi Jen
 
Your little bug visitor is an eyed click beetle.  As luck would have it, my brother is an entomologist at the University of Maryland, so I sent him your photo for identification.  A link to his website follows if you want to know more about your new friend...enjoy!
 

Happy week~ Bonnie

Too bad I didn't capture the little bugger and get him to click!

thanks Bonnie

xxoo Jen

Laurie and the Secret Lab

......having the chance to watch an artist work always amazes me.
When talent moves from mind to hand through paint something really wonderful can happen.




Laurie Meseroll came to work in the Earth Angels "Secret Lab" to complete a group of mixed-media "Mud-Cakes" paintings...As ever, it is work we are both so very proud to showcase here at Earth Angels...


Here is something small and sweet in work....



And then completed...


Watch the evolution of the pieces in these images...
Look at this one she is working on... 


 Melissa popped over to see her too...


 And then here it is in finished form:

Here are another 2 in work....


And here they are finished after several days and many layers of her various mediums...


And look at this one...






I just loved watching her create, building story through color and texture as she worked...



And here are some more of the finished pieces...it's amazing how they move in color and form as Laurie adds layers...most of her peices have at least 15 layers, some much more...these are  some of my faves from her new collection....and more can be seen on the site....






...i love this one called "Mobile Abode" 


And this one is like none other and hosted in an antique frame... 

And of course, I adore her landscapes...

...and her florals too...

If you peek on the site you will see some more creations and be able to spot them in work on this post....


Thanks to Laurie for her wonderful work, she has promised to come back soon and finish the few pieces still here in work...

xxoo Jen

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Special...Lanne Landscape Love

...time for another Sunday Special...
Any and all Lanne Landscapes are 25% off  
Today - Tuesday as a treat...


I adore all of Jennifer Lanne's work, but her landscapes especially and well, it seems just the right thing to celebrate her style with a "Sunday Special"....

Click this link to her page to see THEM ALL ... these are just a sampling...

 Lazy Days - 16x20...

Pasture Trio - 24x24...

 Grazing Meadow - 12x30...

Just Off Mill Pond Road - 12x36...

And be sure to go on the site to see more LANDSCAPES...

...call me at 845-986-8720 from 8-8 NY time or email me at Jen@EarthAngelsToys.com to order...

xxoo Jen

Saturday, June 23, 2012

insta Friday #24 OOOHHH SUMMER....moving slow and moving fast!

A whirlwind of a week with the end of school and the start of summer...
How fitting that I am posting my Friday post on Saturday morning, I feel like the world is on "slow motion" and I am on "fast forward" but want to be on "play"......

SO LET'S TAKE A MINUTE to link up with Life Rearranged and share a peek at the week in cell phone pics...

...this incredibly odd bug had made an appearance...what is he???



Thanks to the editors of Romantic Country for the feature on Marie Pendley and her Derby Blooms...woo hoo Marie!!



Meet the Gnome Patrol...my brother's collection took over the counter on Father's Day...


Look at this sweet trio that was packed up for a customer on Thursday... 
I love all of Jennifer Lanne's florals...


We built this city...



...the cat helped...


...and then brought it to the dance...

CONGRATS to all the Park Ave kids "moving up" to Middle School...



We hit a BBQ joint, but the kids were there for the pinball...


...ohhh fave new thing on the planet...thanks Hayley for the intro to "White Chocolate Seltzer"...
divine and calorie free...

...these flowers are growing like weeks in my veggie garden...anyone know what they are called???

I have enough un-read magazines to read one a day until the end of the year...
and yet they keep coming...and I love them ALL...

And I just keep looking at this piece called "Clouds Fly By"...

hoping for long, slow and sweet summer days...

more soon xxoo Jen
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