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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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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A painter's place...

Painter, Jennifer Lanne's home is as fetching as her work. Serene and lovely, it's filled with lush and charming details. She layers objects with the same abandon as color in her works. The results are utterly tactile, and they beg a closer peek into her realm where dishes sit in birdcages, old toy cows fill bookcases and birds' nests perch atop ironstone pitchers. The style is her own merry blend of eras and textures; it is unexpected, gently elegant and yet, more than jsut a bit playful.

Here are some of my fave pics from a recent visit...browse the images below for a bit of a tour of her kitchen, den and living room. I will blog on her studio soon! It's another fab place and space...ahhhhh...

Thanks to Jennifer for always sharing her home with me...I go and never want to leave. There's enough to look at to keep my ever busy eye stimulated and enough comfy pillows to beg me to linger.

Love that fab and sassy style that's all you Jennifer! And, you make a mean "dirty snowball"...

xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cupcake King of the World doesn't take much to make a birthday memorable for the 4 foot and under crowd...A sunny day, some cupcakes and a few good pals makes a merry, frosting-encrusted, splash-happy summer's day...

Happy 5th to the Cupcake King of the World and thanks to the tribe of fun kids who really showed us how to parrrr-TEEE!!!

I think the grown ups should have taken over the water-slide, but that's another story...

A Very Merry Un-Birthday to you all...
xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Next Issue of PRIMS in the works!

Great news...the next issue of the fab new magazine, "PRIMS", is IN THE WORKS and expected on October 1st!

Thanks to Editor in Chief, Jenn Jackson for her willingness to go beyond dolls in this next issue, celebrating folk art as well. We've just finished shooting some images at her request and we wanted to share a peek at some of the additional artists and mediums to be explored in issue #2 of this great new mag...

Laurie Meseroll and her mixed-media "Mud-Cakes" paintings...

Debbee Thibault and her paper mache works from "Debbee Thibault's American Collectibles"...

and...Pat Murphy's "Murphy Bears"...including her mohair and needle felted soft sculptures...

Stay tuned for the arrival of this issue and email me at to pre-order or call 8-8 NY time (845) 986-8720

ALSO a LAST CALL on the inaugural issue...just 10 copies are in stock at the original price of $14.95 + ship

Chat soon
xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fun at the Fair

...the artists have been to town...the August edition of the NY International Gift Fair has just closed, but not before I was able to sneak in and catch the new and noteworthy designs from some old friends and to scout some fab new artistic talents that will soon share their artful creations with Earth Angels...

Jo Packham was in town as well, scouring the Fair, spotting the talent, catching the vibe and visiting with friends...Here are some of my fave pics of the day we shared...

Elaine of "AT-CHOO" creates fanciful jewelry and bottles...we've known each other for some time and I was glad to see what's new...Her work will soon be posted to the site -- the Alice Bottle, hand cast silver rings and linen cuffs are my faves. AND, Elaine will be at The Creative Connection Event, so be sure to seek her out if you will attend...(Watch for a post on Elaine soon~~~)

Gal Pal and WWC featured artist, Nicole Heller came along for the day. Here she is with Donya of "Metal Monk"... Donya creates fanciful, textured and oh so divine necklaces and earrings from felt, vintage findings, buttons and more...We expect a special selection of her work in a few weeks...I have a few on my personal wish list! (Watch for a post on Donya soon~~~)

Here's "Elements" creator and artistic genius Jill Schwartz with us...Jill's new work will arrive in October...and I promise you, it will be well worth the wait...the new line is very Jill, but very different in subtle ways, using layers and tonal colorplay to tell its tale.

I adored meeting Rebecca of "Sugarboo"...Our webmaster will soon post her offering to the site and you should get ready for a visual treat of words and style. (Watch for a post on Rebecca soon~~~)

And of course, the diva of sparkle, the queen of glitter, Ashley Carter the talent of "Goldbug Studio" made the day more fun as she ever is prone to do! Crowns donned we took in what was simply, the best, most dynamic most fanciful booth in the show...(Watch for a BLOG post on new work from Ashley soon~~~)

Caramia of "Hotcakes" had a festive selection of new necklaces, bracelets and rungs...I ordered gobs and will share more images soon...thanks to Caramia for the fun and funky creations...

Karin is so LA, an illustrator and design maven, her clothing and leather work really send for news on her uber cool wrist cuffs and a T shirt that transcends its defining title...(Watch for a post on KBDDesigns soon~~~)

It's been two years since we've seen Lynsey Walters at the fair! So fab she was in from Scotland to share her newest creations...I adore Lynsey and her work too...we'll be posting her latest to the site soon!

Wish you all could have been there to take it in!

Stay tuned for posts on what's coming this way from Rebecca at Bugaboo, Elaine at AT-CHOO, Donya of Metal Monk and Kat's KBD well as updates on the new work from Lynsey Walters, Ashley Carter, Caramia Visick and Ashley Carter...

Jen O'Connor
Earth Angels

PS We also spent some great time with Nancy Soriano, but so sorry Nancy, how ever did i miss snapping a picture of ever-chic you? We'll have to remedy that at The Creative Connection Event next month!

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