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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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Sunday, December 17, 2017

...have you encountered Colleen???

If you don't already know the work of Colleen Attara...
I hope you can encounter it soon...
I say this because her art speaks to me in in such a deeply personal way...


...so, it was nothing short of a true honor and unfettered joy that I visited Colleen at her studio to photograph her space and profile her for my column in Where Women Create magazine...
 Thanks to Jo Packham for the opportunity to share more about Colleen and her artful business in my column, "The Business of the Studio"...
 Colleen finds beauty in castoffs, words and recycled goods...she creates art and teaches...she is so very gifted.

You can read more about Colleen in the new issue...the cover looks like this:
Thanks Colleen...for allowing me to encounter your art, your space, and to share more about your business journey.

....you are a treasure to me...
I miss you and hope to see you soon...
....in the meantime, I am keeping your art and good vibes close
 xo Jen





Monday, December 11, 2017

...it's time...I have to ask

It's time for me to ask you to  

I love the BLOG, I love being able to have a voice and tell a story. And back in -- was it 2005??? -- I can remember being thrilled to sit and pour it all out -- images and companion text -- to tell you about whatever I was thinking....

But, as a visual person, Instagram gives me an opportunity to do that - quickly -- and so much more frequently...


I can share snippets and peeks...at my day...at my work...at my life...
a way for me to show you what I am up to when I don't have time to post to the BLOG...

So if you are not already among the folks following me -- and you read this -- please consider following me....

AND if you think I should be following you.... tell me and leave a comment on my Instagram page...

thanks ... and yes these are recent posts...just a peek!



xo Jen

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

...my feature in the new issue....congrats to Julie Arkell...



...seeing artists at work 
and sharing that magic...

It's days like these I am firmly reminded just how much 
I love my job...

...and how much I love the artful souls with whom I work to share what they make...not just by selling their creations via my shop, but by sharing what they do in my photos and writings.
 ...it's days like these when I am able to share what I love, that I perhaps treasure my handmade life the most.

 xo to Jo Packham for the opportunity to do a piece on Julie Arkell in the new issue of Where Women Create magazine...

 ...and of course, a huge thanks to my long time pal across the many miles....thanks go to you, Julie Arkell, for sharing your style, your artistry and a peek at your utterly amazing studio and workspace...
I've worked with Julie for about a dozen years now, selling her art on my site...and her work brings me such joy...it's has a certain magic....


The cover of the new issue 
looks like this...

 

Hope you can pick up a copy and enjoy a browse...there are so many great stories in this issue...
xo Jen




Friday, December 1, 2017

just sayin'...we are...we can...we hope

Just a bit of news...

We are now processing 
PayPal on the site...
via our secured checkout...in addition to standard credit card processing...
Just trying to get the word out as many of you have been 
emailing us about this checkout option...

AND...remember...
we're offering 
FREE domestic shipping 
through 12/25 with code GIFTSHIP 
 at checkout as a little holiday treat...

xo Jen

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

...please save the date for 
our NEXT EVENT...it's coming soon!

 We're heading to Wilton, CT on 
Fri, 12/8 & Sat, 12/9 
with Jennifer Byrne Paganelli and her Annual Sis-Boom Holiday Open House
This one will be special for many reasons...we'll be raising funds for relief in Puerto Rico...
 
...and this is the LAST SHOW EVER 
at Jennifer's home in CT...
 
Stay tuned for more news
and SAVE THE DATES! 
Special guests: me and EarthAngelsStudios.com, Susan Pozarycki Parker of Skippy Doodle Designs and Christie Ruiz of Christie's Quilting Boutique...
 Hope to see you there...

 xo Jen


Friday, November 24, 2017

YES there is a SALE this weekend!!!

SHOP SMALL this holiday season!

 ...and YES there is a BIG SALE UNTIL MONDAY>>> keep reading!
so we ask for your continued support of handmade as you enjoy the holidays.
 

(sorry no WFF or layaways)

Please enjoy all we have to be thankful for this season 
and many thanks from me to you!



 
 
 
xo Jen

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I am a Grateful Girl...Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

Here's wishing you a day full of goodness and gratitude.
...this is my favorite holiday...no pressure, no presents....
and I don't even like turkey...
But I love just being together.
I am a grateful girl, blessed with a family and appreciative for all my friends and the many people in my life I have met through my artful business...
including you.
 
Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Thanksgiving. For those of you in a time of challenge, I offer prayers for peace...
 
xxoo Jen

Friday, November 17, 2017

...this is Blythe

...some of you know her already...
 
 ...some of you are new to her presence...she seems to be everywhere these days!
...this is Blythe...she's so much fun to photo...so alluring...so captivating...



I met her the first time at age 4...yes, I had the original when I was little...
and I am still captivated by her.

She is a dream to photo...
and the clothes are just the cutest!

We've begun to sell customs with many thanks to Ilaria and Cecilia!!!!

...and accessories and Letty's Party Pets and Teddy Treats...
and it's been a wonderful ride!


These are peeks at some of the many images I have shared to Instagram this year... you can see more at 



...and there are oodles of amazing posts to Instagram from those who have surrendered to Blythe as their muse...

AND...If you don't already follow 
@dollytreasures  -- please do -- and more on Eileen Lam soon! And you can peek at her Blythe books here...



xxoo to my soul sister, 
Rosanna De Bellis, for re-kindling 
 my relationship with her with the generous gift of my green-haired girl...Darcy...

so...this is Blythe...she's so much fun to photo...so alluring...so captivating...but even better...the artful -- and oh so playful -- community that surrounds her is amazing... more peeks on some of my fave peeps in the Blythe World soon!

xxoo Jen
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