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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, December 30, 2013

...goodbyes are really hard...xxoo to you Debbee!

...Debbee Thibault retires tomorrow...
I really cannot believe it...we've worked together for 11 years.

So I wanted to let you know that you will see much of Debbee's pages and offerings disappear off our site today and tomorrow as we sell the last of the creations....
The good news is that, after 12/31 we will have some offerings still coming in...including some artist proofs and From the Vault pieces...so do check back BUT...
THIS IS A YOUR LAST CALL ON ALL EDITION & EXCLUSIVE PIECES AT 2013 LIST PRICES....

A BIG thanks to Debbee for the honor of working with her all these many and wonderful years. I will miss her in business,
 but I am grateful we will stay close in friendship. 
xxoo Jen

...oh so merry and nice...HELLO MONDAY!

Hello Monday!!
'tis STILL the season...
and it's still 2013, so let me play catch up on a few things before the new year rolls in!

I love this time of year...I want it to last, to let the sweet moments linger. And the decorations all about me seem to hold those memories and moments close from year to year...

So...it's nice to see so many of my fave decorations in print...and the creations of some of my fave artists too! Thanks to Cottages & Bungalows for the feature in the December issue.
Thanks to Jickie Torres for the fab chance to share a peek at decorating in my house this year...
Cottages & Bungalows saluted the "Joy of Toys" with a peek at my fave tips and treats for decorating with beloved and handmade objects from Jody Battaglia, Nicol Sayre, Letty Worley, Debbee Thibault, Stacey Bear, Sue Parker, Pat Murphy, Pat Castka and Leslie McCabe...oh la la do these gals have a merry style worth noting!


 More new press from 2013 can be seen on the site's recently updates PRESS PAGES...



 



Hello to great press!!! (....and a BIG Thanks as ever to the wonderful editors at Beckett Media who allow me to share my style and home...)

Hello to whatever makes you happiest!
 
Hello to keeping those things around you that make you happy...

Hello to decorations...I want to enjoy you a few more days before I tuck you away...

Hello to 2014...I know you are coming soon but I might not be quite ready for you!!

Hello to you all...are you ready for a new year???
 
xxoo Jen

Saturday, December 28, 2013

start 2014 in style....a nice little SALE on Maruca Designs

Time to share a little news about a sale we are currently hosting...
Start 2014 in Style & SAVE 25% on ALL 
Maruca Designs Purses & Accessories until 12/31
with code BAGIT25 at checkout

...that means these made in Boulder, CO with American-loomed textiles bags start at just $7.50!
Pretty cool, eh?

Here are some of my fave shapes and patterns...




...note the new 2014 designs are shipping in January....Enjoy! xxoo Jen

Friday, December 27, 2013

such a honor....finally...

I knew the work of Nancy Wiley long before I could call her friend...
I can remember speaking to her over the years always enthralled with her creations....her talent and style sure and true.

Her art is just wonderful, with a soulful depth to the expressions of her characters and a clear love of childhood, old playthings and fairy tales.
It makes me happy just to see it...

When I look back on the 2013 year in business I have to confess I am utterly tickled and entirely grateful that Nancy and I could finally work together.

And I wanted to say a thanks to her and encourage you to keep an eye on her pages.  She has a new book coming out this Spring -- some of you know and love her Alice and Red Riding Hood books....so stay tuned for more from her on "Cinderella"...



I cannot wait for more of her magic....
among my current faves are her "petite busts"...each is one of a kind and $80...
See them all HERE....

Thanks Nancy and I am so very much looking forward to 2014!

xxoo Jen


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

merry wishes...Happy Christmas

...it's Christmas Eve...
My heart is filled with joy and 
many thanks for a wonderful year.

To all of you, many thanks for the appreciation of handmade, and more importantly, the friendships we share. You make my business possible, and in turn make it possible for the artists 
to create and share their talents with us all.

I want to send all my best wishes to you for a beautiful holiday.
May you be surrounded with love...
Merry Christmas and Happy 2014 
from our home to yours.

...with much fondness xxoo Jen

Saturday, December 21, 2013

...head whirling..snow falling...Christmas coming...Debbee retiring...

...what a whirlwind the past few weeks have been... 
I have been everywhere but BLOGland...
and there's big news to share...
We've had snow days, a beautiful big Country Living show, kids home from school sick, boxes coming in and boxes going out...

...and among all this hustle and bustle, 2 of my kiddos' birthdays and all the regular joyful Christmas stuff...oh and I am a retailer.

SIGH. No, double sigh...

So I have missed posting and I have much to share and I do promise to catch up.

I do have some big news to share, for those of you who have not yet heard....my wonderfully talented, beautiful and amazing friend Debbee Thibault is retiring on December 31st...

I know, I cannot believe it here it. After 18 sensational years in business she has decided to retire...and it is well-earned. But oh my, will she be missed.

Those hoping to add pieces to their collection can order via the site until 12/31...at that time, all her offerings will be removed from the site, with the exception of pieces we have in inventory.
 ...there are some oldies and goodies surfacing...



 ...the above ornie is on sale, and the below peppermint snowman is Debbee's LAST Holiday Exclusive...
just 3 are in stock and we have him at a promo price too!

 ...and of course my all time faves...2 of our special Exclusives...


We also are hoping Debbee will share some more of her ooaks and artists proofs with us, so if you love Debbee's work keep a close eye on her pages of the site, especially the "From the Vault" and "Exclusives" pages....

Back to work here...playing elf...presents to sort, wrapping to do...but more soon. And hoping all your preparations for the holiday are chugging merrily along...

MORE SOON...xxoo Jen


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

save 25% OFF for Cyber Monday... HELLO MONDAY!

Hello it's Cyber Monday!!

Yep, we've got a great sale going on all day long...

Shop before noon NY time and take 25% OFF with code CYBER25

Shop after noon and until midnight...
take 20% OFF with code CYBER25
(sorry, but we cannot include Debbee Thibault's creations...)

Enjoy a browse and a bargain... and HELLO to all of you

Hello leftovers.
Hello making list and checking it twice.
Hello gifting season.
Hello bargains...
 Hello just a few more days until our Tarrytown event.
Hello renting a truck and packing.
Hello to all of you!
xxoo Jen
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

yes, it's our Black Friday SALE 25% off...

Yep!!!
 It's time to shop the site at 
25% OFF
(11/28 and 11/29)
order and use code BFriday25 
at checkout and save big time.

(Sorry to say, Debbee Thibault's items are excluded from the sale.)

Enjoy the treat and thanks for shopping with us! 
xxoo Jen


Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Hello Monday

...as this beautiful holiday approaches...
please know just how thankful I am for you.

So hello Monday and HELLO THANKSGIVING!!

I am so very thankful for my family. 
They are everything to me...

Hello to all my wonderful friends, you are a treasure in my life.

Hello
 and thanks to you...I have a business I enjoy, a wonderful circle of interesting and artistic friends and the very best customers on the planet.

... let's give some hellos and a shout out about the SALES that go as side dishes to Thanksgiving and the gifting season...

Hello Black Friday Sale that starts Thurs...order site-wide anytime on Thursday or Friday  
(excluding Debbee Thibault) 
and SAVE 25% with code BFriday25 

Hello cranberry sauce...I should eat more of that stuff year round it's so darn good.

Hello to a full table and many blessings.

Hello to all of you and enjoy your holiday....

xxoo Jen


Friday, November 22, 2013

this guy's got it going on at Galvanic...so worth the trip.

So did you ever walk into a store...one of those shops where you literally want EVERYTHING. Well "Galvanic" -- a fresh face on the Washington Street Pedestrian Mall in Cape May, NJ is just that....

But even better the 24 year old owner -- Ryan Platzer --  bought and gutted and restored the building that hosts his shop with funds earned working as a fisherman and licensed sea captain. Really.

Interviewed in "Exit Zero" here's what he said:
“I have no interest in a basic, generic shop with chrome racks in the center,” he told us. “I want a shop that’s going to excite people when they walk in the door. That’s where the name, Galvanic, comes from. It means to have an electrifying effect.”

And it delivers...
 
Here's a peek. 
I can only encourage you to make the trip if you are in the area. The racks are filled with American brands and fab gear and clothing from small design houses.  Yes, perfect for all my 20 and 30-something nephews, but so classic and so well edited -- and well-made -- are the offerings that when the 65 year old gent donned a shirt and jacket off the rack, he looked fab...and Micah nabbed a shirt that is sure to be his very fave.

With brands like Iron & Resin, Third Army, Rewined, Woolrich and Stanley, this little nugget of a men's wear store has a lot to share...I have mentioned this shop and the pioneering young owner to the editors of FOLK magazine...
he's a natural for a profile and a more in depth look.

 


Ryan also hosts artists for gallery events...here's hoping we can make a trip and celebrate his style and entrepreneurial spirit.

We met Ryan's Mom on Sunday...we told her she has a great kid. He works hard and I can wish him every success...it's a rare thing to meet someone so young, with such innate talent...

xxoo Jen

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

our next event...please join us...

Sure hope you can join us at our next event 
12/6, 12/7 & 12/8 in Tarrytown, NY...
See the pages of the magazine come to life in this inaugural Holiday Event at beautiful Lyndhurst Castle.
More info, event details and tickets available at StellaShows.com and on our EVENTS page...
 
This is a special shopping event presenting a unique selection of 100 vendors from the Country Living Fairs selling gifts, jewelry, art, home decor and more. Indoors on the grounds of the Lyndurst Mansion overlooking the Hudson in Tarrytown, NY. 

Friday noon - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm


Shop so many wonderful holiday treats!
Hope to see you there...

xxoo Jen
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