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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, April 29, 2013

hello Monday...and Skippy Doodle Doooo!!!!

Hello Monday....it's gonna be a great new week and I am ready for you!

Like so many of you I work hard and do the mommy-juggle every day. 
Some days I do it better than others, and sometimes I wonder just what am I doing and why am I doing it...and then dome nice news arrives...

Say, "Hello", to my friend Sue Parker of Skippy Doodle Designs...
Did you catch her and her adorable studio in the brand new Where Women Create?? 
Most of you know I work as an editor for several magazines so it's a true treat to be able to do a piece on someone I treasure and admire...

There's 8 fab pages on her and her space!


Looking back through the photo files, here are a few from the shoot.



Don't you want to just dive into those piles of supplies in her cozy studio???
Way to go Sue!!!
See our PRESS pages for more shots...


So hello Monday, hello week...

Hello to weeding and cleaning out the herb garden, we've got more herbs and veggies to plant after 5/17 our frost dates...

Hello plans to make for upcoming shows in San Luis Obispo, CA & Rhinebeck, NY...more on them soon!

Hello pollen season, I have a little boy whose eyes are red and runny.

Hello to an enthusiastic 10 year old's report on Florence Nightingale, we've heard so much about this amazing health care icon, we're calling her Flo in this house.

Hello to delivering all those Girl Scout Cookies!

Hello...and wait a minute, I though it was the season finale of "Once Upon A Time" last night...and I was ready to be left hanging...and we've got a new episode next week...the kids are addicted!
 
Hello week...I am ready for you!

Hello to all of you...
xxoo Jen


Friday, April 26, 2013

You said. "Yikes!"...we said, "Sure thing."

Some of you had difficulty sumbitting your sale orders on-time,
so sure thing we've extended the sale for you....
Order today with code WHYNOT25
and you're all set with that 25% off until midnight.
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Again, thanks and much apprecaition.
xxoo Jen

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

...she's in print! Gotta love that Letty!

I am totally thrilled for my friend, Earth Angels' artist Letty Worley...
I love that talented girl! It is so uber cool to see her oh so artful, and one of a kind heirloom soft-sculpture creations and purses among the pages of the current PRIMS....
WAY TO GO LETTY!!
It was a true treat to work on this piece with Letty and PRIMS editor-in-chief,  Jenn Jackson; it;s great to see her get some week deserved attention for her fab work among the pages of such a great nationally circulated art magazine....
Like the article illustrates, her work is fresh, something familiar in its use of vintage oddities and glories but totally unexpected in her charming interpretations....

 You can see more of her one of kind lovelies and her new frostings on-line....HERE

Thanks to all the wonderful editors and customers who made this success possible for Letty!

xxoo Jen








Monday, April 22, 2013

Diana's Painted Stories...

Keeping our blog readers in the loop 
on a current website sale featuring Diana Card.
Her prints & originals are 20% off...that means prices start at $5.60...

Who can resist a treat at that price?
Quantities are limited so see details below...
20% OFF paintings & prints this week
with code DIANA20 at checkout until 4/28
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CLICK HERE TO SHOP
HER PRINTS AND ORIGINALS

xxoo enjoy and thanks Diana for the fab new works!
Jen

hello Monday...the to do list of a cat

Hello Monday.
See this guy...look how he spends his days...I admit I am more than a bit jealous sometimes.

I want to savor the week...so Hello Monday, I want to take this week to go slow and steady and I want to be glad with what I can get done, 
as opposed to being frantic about all I still have to do...
Hello Monday...last week melted away and I am facing deadlines galore. 
Not really sure how it's the end of April, but it is. That means  2 major events in 6 weeks, Rory's First Communion in 3 weeks, and all that end of the year stuff for school that you really don't want to be rushed. 
So I am going to slow it down a bit and think like a cat -- 
I do wonder how their to do list would read???

Trying to help my kids do the same...more one step at a time and pace themselves....HELLO homework!

But at the same time, hello to taking time to hug the kids a little more is a good thing, reaching out by phone or email to someone is a good thing, and making the time -- finding the minute --  to do so is something I need to do more...

Hello Boston, I am praying for peace and healing...

Hello to good surprises....we had some new friends drop by unexpectedly...it's amazing how you can stretch a dinner andanother old friend rang my doorbell ....and while the schedule was thrown out the window...it was all good.
 So hello week...hello to the little things that make me happy like seeing my kids learn -- this week we had projects on Florence Nightingale and Pioneering on the kitchen table.

Hello cute straws and napkins and my favorite mug from Barncandy on etsy. It doesn't take much to make me smile and this did it this week...

Hello to soccer season in full swing. My kids all like to play defense...

Hello garden center, we need to get some plantings going here. Rory wants to plant his veggie garden again so if anyone has recipes for giant zucchinis -- HOLLER!

Hello to you all...Hope your week goes where you want it to...

Hello and wow, Mother's Day is around the corner...
did you shop yet?
Use coupon code SHIPITFREE to get a gift sent free to anyone on your list. 

Hello week, I am ready for you!
Now where's that to do list?!
xxoo Jen


Thursday, April 18, 2013

it's a Haute Spring

...she's really done it again!

Caramia Visick has a new crop of designs she's release for Spring 2013 and I am smitten with her new brooches and her necklaces that echo lucite and Bakelite and all that fantastic plastic with great retro style.
Take a peek and note, to celebrate her style we're offering 20% off orders for her designs through 4/21 with HOT20 at checkout...
 
Here are some of my faves and thanks to to Liv for being a great model! We had fun showing off the new creations when she visited.


Our agreed upon fave is the new 5  leaf and floral necklaces from the Vintage line...

 The new brooches and pins are a lapel's new best friend....

 I love the chunky amulet bracelets too...
 ...and of course her classic chunky black bead designs are an all time classic....
Love the new creations Caramia, and love having them here at Earth Angels to share with our customers, fab spring fashion inspiration!

And remember we're offering 20% off through 4/21 with HOT20 at checkout

xxoo Jen

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

whew to taxes and 15% off today...

...today is your last chance to take 15% off with TAX15 at checkout...

Enjoy a browse and a special hello to all that's new from KBD of Los Angeles...


 xxoo Jen


each Spring....that Debbee...

Each spring my amazing and talented friend Debbee Thibault creates one, or two, or sometimes three pieces in honor of all mother's in her signature hue of warm lemon meringue....
This year she has left me gobsmacked with the trio...the kids helped to do the photos for the site... 


This busy momma never turns down helping hands....
This is my personal fave...The Angel of Loving Care...
And Charlotte's too...


Rory of course likes the one with the dog,

You can see more details and order HERE
...and don't forget to use DEBBEELOVE at checkout to take 10% off your order for her creations this month....

xxoo Debbee and Cheers and much love to all those wonderful Mom's out there....

xo Jen

Monday, April 15, 2013

hello Monday...a view from the top

Hello Monday...Hello from New York.
 
...it's amazing how friends help you see the world differently and appreciate different things...even your hometown.
Hello Monday. It's a new week and I am ready for you.  It was wonderful to have my dear friend Anne visit from Australia last week, and now it's back to business...but we miss you Anne. Come back soon...
Hello to playing tourist in my own town.  I hadn't been to the top of the Empire State Building in such a very long time...and I live right here...what was I thinking!?!

Hello beautiful, big, bold New York. I love that you change and grow each day.
I think the view has changed as much as I have in the many years since I took in the view, but it's all good....


What a treat to sneak in a quick trip to the top. I shot gobs of images. 
(Ben at FOLK will be getting some so stay tuned for more on NYC in the next issue)
 Hello to strangers falling in love with the view, and the moment and the breeze...

 

Hello icons.
 Hello to my fave...The Chrysler Building....
Hello sunshine and spring. 
Soccer is staring up and the shorts just might come out of the drawers sooner than expected.  GOODBYE winter....cya!

Hello to you all out there...what's in store for you this week???

xxoo Jen
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