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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, February 24, 2014

HELLO MONDAY & HELLO FLORIDA HERE WE COME!!!

...hello Monday...it'sgonna be a big week and I need to get ready for you!

The Art Girls' RoadShow is off to Sanford, Florida for our wonderful annual appearance at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery for our "heART of winter" - SOUTH art show and shopping experiences... (details are on our events page)

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be packing my bags 
and heading to sunny Florida at this time of year...
It's been so cold and snowy here in NY.  
I hope you'll join us if you can...I adore downtown Sanford and all it's cool and funky renovated buildings. This one hosts the Gallery...
Hello new week...hello list of things to do before I leave.
Like mailing out a few more of our event postcards to remind folks to be there!


Hello new little floral suitcase from the clearance rack at TJ Maxx gotta love that! The old one was just retired after many years of service!

Hello leftover chocolate, it's not just for breakfast anymore. 
I think my chocolate consumption has been off the charts this month.

Hello kickboxing...have been at it for almost 2 years now and still love it. 
(see comment on chocolate and necessity for said exercise above!)

Hello needing more quiet afternoons with the kiddos...
I  don't love the rush around these days.

Hello laundry, hello dishes, hello packing orders and all the little things to do before I leave on this adventure!

Hello to all of you and have a super week whatever it is you are up to...leave a comment and let me know...
xxoo Jen

so nice to share this sale...15% off all jewelry and accessories





Jewelry makes me happy... 
a SALE makes me even happier!
Use code WHYNOT15 at checkout 
to take 15% OFF
ALL Jewelry & Wearables 
TODAY & TOMORROW ONLY!

(we're talking more than 1,600 handmade and vintage lovelies!)

or click any image below for more details... 
xxoo Jen O'Connor
...meet me and the artists in FLORIDA this week...details here

Thursday, February 20, 2014

a glimpse of magic

I've known Julie Arkell a long time...
long enough to know that she doesn't quite see 
the world the way the rest of us do.  

She sees it in colors and textures that feel like they are left over from a childhood, but not just the  childhood of her own lifetime, but one that is older and sweeter in memory that hers and mine put together...
 
The beautiful thing about an artist creating...
I believe it far surpasses the object they create; 
the beauty is in their capacity to share the way they see things with us. 
And in that glimpse you can catch the whiff of magic.

 As ever I am honored and thrilled to share Julie's work with our customers and her collectors...at this point, Julie's work is harder than hen's teeth to get from her...she is so busy teaching she does not have as much time to creat as she -- or I -- would like. But I love that she share her talents...did you see the recent article in PRIMS featuring Julie?? It was a treat...

It's just been loaded with some wonderful works we have to share...some even at promo pricing, which is nice for us to be able to do...

 
 these two sisters are my personal faves...I want a bunny-eared hat like this!
 ...of course this 3 piece set takes the cake...
 ...and her brooches are fab too...
...thanks Julie for sharing your peek at the planet...
I adore it as much as I adore you...
 xxoo Jen


Monday, February 17, 2014

hello Monday and WELCOME to "leighelena"...I am so excited!

Sometimes you have to appreciate making a little mistake.

Hello Monday and thanks to a happy accident, I met the wonderful gals of "leighelena".

I was at the NY Gift Fair and I intended to go visit some peeps at booth 7520...
if you know the Javits Center -- a 4 City block wide convention center with never ending aisle upon aisle -- you can imagine me transposing the numbers and heading to booth 7250 in error...

Well there you have it! A happy mistake, and I found the cuffs I've been hunting for since I stopped working with another artist about a year ago that made fab cuffs -- but that's another story for another time!

So hello Monday -- let's take a peek at the week, looking forward and looking back and see what's in store!
 
Hello to "leighelena" of Austin...
 Hello Kat! Love working with you! 

It was love at first sight with her wonderful leather and hide cuffs 
and the fab hand-cast jigsaw closures...

Hello amazing cuffs...these are the wide ones...they came in stock first...but there are little sweet, thins ones too (coming soon)
Just look at them all...LOVE!
 And here's an image of Leigh...Hi Leigh!

Hope to see you soon! We're heading to Texas in March so we're hoping Leigh can join us for the Grand TEXAS Opening of  Old Glory Antiques' Pop Up  in Burton on 3/28-3/30 to share her creations....

 I am always amazed at how much talent is out there...Leigh started making jewlery at age 5...her mom is a renown enamelist and as a little girl, Leigh attended art shows and craft fairs with her mom, learning the art of handmade from an early age.

In 2005 she launched her business and I am completely tickled we'll be working together to bring you her work...I adore it, the way it looks, the way it feels on the wrist, and the way it is made...I have been wearing one of her stingray cuffs for almost a week now, and I forget that its' on my wrist until someone else admires it....
 

 Here are my current faves...."Cloudy Stingray Rose"...




 ..."Vintage Desperado"...which is a one of a kind....
 ...her bestseller is pretty amazing too, it's the "Golden Black Stingray"...
 ...and I love the chic dots on her classic "Polka Dot"...Kathy tried this one on and she's right, it makes me want summer, and white t-shirts and BBQs!

Thanks gals for making a long, hard, cold and wet trip the the Javits Center full of such a wonderful surprise...cannot wait to share what you do at our event in Burton, TX at Old Glory Antiques  in March!
Hello new gal pals!
Hello new talent!
Hello new week...I am almost ready for you...there's been SO MUCH snow, I am really, trulybehind on so many things to do...so hello to playing catch-up!

Hello "Winter's Tale"...this new movie is based on one of my fave books...did you see it yet? I want to but they may botch it and break my heart...

Hello to playing in the snow with the kiddos...we have become expert snowball makers, fort builders and Snowmen pros!

Hello to shipping our boxes to Florida...our event at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery is COMING SOON...we'll be there 2/28 & 3/1...will we see you there???

Hello to all of you and have a super week!
xxoo Jen

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy hearts day...happy Valentines to you...

 Happy Valentines Day to you...
Here's hoping it's a sweet one
full of love & chocolate...xxoo Jen

Monday, February 10, 2014

hello Monday and a little thanks to Mistress Fate

...everyone once in a while I like to give 
old Mistress Fate a look in the eyes and say thanks.

So...Hello Monday, and today seems like a great day to do that with some nice news to share and a fresh new week stretching out before me...
A very long time ago, let's say 199-2001 give or take -- I really cannot recall -- I had a very bad headache when was trying to pack up from a show.  
I was a mess, and this nice gal came along and helped me get my things into boxes as she waited for a friend to finish her shopping.

There are some really wonderfully kind, generous good people in the world and on that day I met one... All these many years later, that nice gal has become my dear and true friend...Sue Parker.
 She is one special lady, kind, generous and a truly creative spirit...
just look at the adorable little studio she's created for herself in a spare bedroom...it's here she gets her creative on and makes wonderful pincushions, paper follies and charming notions...

She has helped Earth Angels to grow with those helping hands and now we are even lucky enough to share her Skippy Doodle creations on our site.

So how cool is it that fate put her right there in front of me when I needed her, and she was willing to help...

So Hello Monday and hello to fateful meetings...

Hello nice press for Sue and her designs in the latest issue of "Make It Vintage" from Beckett Media of California...

 Hello a little dose of cuteness...
 Hello using old things in new way....
 Hello to holding special friends close...

Hello new week...can we say goodbye snow?? 

Have a great one whatever you are up to...it's time to pack for our Florida event and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to a little work time in the sun, and fitting in a little fun too.

See the events page if you are near Sanford, FL 2/28 & 3/1

xxoo Jen


Saturday, February 8, 2014

something sweet from Lisa....25% off today & tomorrow


Thanks to Lisa for the wonderful opportunity to share her "heartfelt" style & creations 
with you at 25% OFF 
today and tomorrow only. 
THIS IS SWEET!

Just use SWEET25 at checkout and take 25% off EVERYTHING & ANYTHING 
(including SALE items).

Thanks Lisa for this wonderful opportunity to share your work at such a special savings...I appreciate you, all you create, and all you do for Earth Angels Studios...
cannot wait to see you here, 
in Warwick in March!
xxoo Jen


Friday, February 7, 2014

will we see you soon...we're heading SOUTH!!!

We'll be making our 4th trip to Sanford, Florida in just a few weeks.
I cannot tell you how much I adore this event 

February 28 & March 1, 2014“heART of winter” - SOUTH

The Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery211 East First Street, Sanford, FL

8th Annual Artists Showcase 
Friday, 2/28 from 3pm-7pm
Saturday, 3/1 from 10am-4pm


 Here's the promo postcard/ad you may have seen...


The folks that come to see us share a love of handmade and folk art and the gallery is just a wonderfully exciting and energetic place to visit if you can make it over.... and the town is wonderful to explore too!








Sure hope to see you there...
Details are on the BLOG -- click here to go to the events page...

xxoo Jen

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

...a SURPRISE SALE...today & tomorrow... DO NOT MISS THIS...

...ohhh it's a "surprise sale" love those!!
...if you are on our email list you got a note this am...
but we also wanted to share this with our BLOG readers...xxoo

Note: 
All in-stock items will ship on 2/6 via standard shipping.  If you need this item as a gift by 2/14, you must mention this when you order, 
if it is not in stock, and shipping will be delayed we will advise you immediately.
ENJOY a little sweet treat...
xxoo Jen

Monday, February 3, 2014

all that glitters...Hello Monday

I am a sucker for sparkle, smitten with it really...

I remember glee at the induction of the word "bling" into the official Oxford Dictionary with the annual "new words of  2003" not from its Hip-Hop origins, but as a devotee to glittery things...
So hello Monday and what a week it was...I am finally able to share just a few pics, a mere peek at my pilgrimage to Tinsel Trading in its new sweet and petite shopping location on Lex and 63rd...
I was there to get some image for my Business of the Studio column in Jo Pakham's Where Women Create magazine...
And I loved every sparkly, vintage minute...
(...and how cool was it that afterwards -- and though briefly -- I could meet my friends and Earth Angels supporters, Bonnie & Loren...some of you know them as our amazing Earth Angels CA ground crew!!!)
 Look at this wall of trims, I might drool...

 Here are some of Wendy Addison's new designs tucked among the magic....
 These were my faves, vintage beret labels...I wanted them ALL...


...ahhh I am still in the afterglow of the glitter....

So....Hello Monday and hello adventures, I drove through freezing rain to get to Tinsel Trading and yep, it was worth it...

Hello to making our worlds sparkle with what old and found...

Hello artful friends,  put this on your list of must sees when you are in NYC...
 
Hello Wendy Addison and Marcia Ceppos...see you next week at your workshop/studio to get the rest of the shots for this feature....

Hello to life at home, and lots of baking and movie nights...they are the winter treats...

Hello to all of you have a super week...what are you up to???

xxoo Jen
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