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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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Thursday, February 22, 2018

...a dolls' dressmaker...peek into her world

I totally adore Hilary Wagstaff and all that she creates...
 ...so what a true treat for me to dedicate my column to her in the latest issue of Where Women Create  
that's JUST hit the newsstands...
 Hilary has a 
finely tuned personal style... 
the clothing she creates for Blythe dolls shows that she's at the top of her craft -- with an aesthetic that makes her creations clearly identifiable as her art.  
Her story and style were a natural match for my 
"Business of the Studio" column...
 
...her wee fashions send me...
tiny embroidered details, finely fitting frocks.... but above all that...Hilary has a wonderful story of her business and how it happened...
how fab that she's shared her story!

A huge thanks to Editor in Chief, Jo Packham of Where Women Create for the opportunity to celebrate Hilary and her Moshi Moshi Studio 


 A peek at her studio space shows her empirical nature and her dedication to order, a love of vintage fineries,
and a nod to texture...

I was thrilled to be invited to photograph her studio space last year in Penarth, Wales.

 You can follow Hilary via her facebook page...HERE
and....you'll find a link 
to her etsy page there...
 she's on Instagram as @hilarywagstaff

Thanks Hilary for sharing your story and style! Your creations are fabulous, your business journey noteworthy and I am so grateful to know you through the wonderful Blythe community!

 xo Jen

Friday, February 16, 2018

London event next week...SUPER EXCITED....

...hi all...

I'll be heading to London next week ... 
I am super excited to once again participate in the fab HUGGLET's WINTER BEAR FEST...

along with special guest and featured artist


 


AND
AND AND
!!!

...I'll also be doing several photo shoots for Jo Packham's Where Women Create magazines...STAY TUNED for just a few peeks and intel about these exciting shoots... be sure to follow me on instagram at @jensearthangels


Will I see you in London again??? 
So many friends there that I am super excited to see...
Hope so!! 


 Stay tuned for more peeks!
xo Jen

Saturday, February 10, 2018

paying the bills with your passion...part III..take note of you're a creativpreneur!

Some of you have been following my column in Where Women Create: BUSINESS
 called...
"Turning Your Passion into Your Paycheck"
If so -- TAKE NOTE -- Part III has just dropped onto the newsstands and it's packed with tips and tools for MARKETING YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS...

...many of you don't know that my formal training is in Urban Planning -- yep -- even have the Masters and the Professional License (AICP) -- 
but that may not seem to match with what I do everyday with Earth Angels Studios...



But it does! It does!  Why??? 
My specialization in Planning is in small business economic development... that means, I know how to help business grow through garnering sales, how they market and how they position themselves within the economy as makers and manufacturers...

So now -- instead of working with food and fashion liked I used to in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn when I lived in Queens -- I work with handmade and have since I started my dabbling in 1994 as a hobby business...

I went full time into Earth Angels in 2000 when I had my first kiddo and have not looked back.... Soooo it' really nice for me to have the opportunity to come full-circle and share my business development know-how in this four part series called 

"Paying the Bills with Your Passion"

(you can catch the prior columns -- Parts I & II --
 in the July and October issues...)
 
A big thanks to Editor in Chief, Jo Packham, for the opportunity to share my experience and know-how in this column...

It's been a joy for me to work on these articles to encourage artful entrepreneurship.




You can order copies of the magazine HERE

And thanks to all for your support of my work at Earth Angels...

xo Jen

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dolly Treasures! A total wow and congrats to Eileen Lam!!!

The new issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS is out and I am totally thrilled to share the news of talented Eileen Lam's feature...



 Eileen's artistry is noteworthy...she photos her beloved Blythe dolls in the most charming of settings and streetscapes!

She's built a beautiful business -- and published two books -- of her photographs...
I was honored to photo her at work and share her story in a feature I produced...





Thanks to you Eileen, for sharing your style and talent...your work brings me such joy and it was an honor to share it!

And thanks to Jo Packham for the opportunity to celebrate Eileen and her work!

AND do follow Eileen on Instagram at 
@dollytreasures
or on Facebook!
 
xxoo and enjoy a browse of her images... 
they are a hoot!
Jen
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