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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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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the stroke of midnight...she'll arrive!

 She'll be here at midnight...dressed for the ball...
 ...and dressed in rags...
 ...laden with detail and the inimitable style 
of the artist who's ventured into storyland 
to bring Cinderella to life....
 at the stroke of MIDNIGHT ON 5/1 
...use code CINDERELLA at checkout 
for Free Shipping until 5/17 (the date of our event...)

Join us to celebrate with Nancy Wiley on 5/17 in Canandaigua, NY with "Tea at the Castle"
included in the attendance price: 
signed first edition of the new Cinderella book, gourmet treats & regal refreshments, and a special shopping opportunity 
and artful browsing and presentations. 
Hope you can join us...
xxoo Jen

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello Monday...hello color hello!

 Hello Monday....hello pretty spring time things...what a treat to have color and art around me cheering me on while I play catch up, 
meet deadlines and face some tricky scheduling challenges! 

Hello new week...I am ready for you!
 What a treat it was to pass through Sanford, FL and the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery on our way back from an annual visit to Disney...and who was there? Someone I have wanted to meet for sometime. 

Theresa Disney...such talent, such style. 
Her paintings make me happy and it was a true treat to see her work.
I love watching an artist create.

 Hello simple lines and colors.

 Hello to things in work...something so interesting about an unfinished piece.
 Hello Monday...
Hello happy colors and spring flowers.
Hello happy art.
Hello happy kids -- we needed that vacation.
Hello spring sports and busy days at the fields.
Hello getting through a ton of paperwork and chores...never done never done...

Hello new friends...
Hello to you all.
Have a super week whatever you are up to.
xxoo Jen

Thursday, April 24, 2014

...time to celebrate with tea and Cinderella

I am so excited to share the news with you...
We've got a very small and special event planned for May 17th in Canandaigua, NY and I sure hope some of you can make it to celebrate with me and Nancy....we'll be serving tea, lemonade, some spiked punch and of course, many decadent sweets...
Skippy Doodle Designs' Sue Parker will also join us...
And we will have a wonderful selection 
of special treats and shopping too!

My friend and Earth Angels' artist, Nancy Wiley is an uber talented illustrator and artist, she's gone and written ANOTHER book...
this time it's "Cinderella"...
To celebrate this new foray into Storyland...
we're having "Tea at the Castle" SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, May 17th from 2-4pm with special guests:
Nancy Wiley, Sue Parker and ME!
Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens is an amazing location...

& if you can't make it don't miss the chance to pre-order the book, dolls or tickets with FREE SHIPPING...use code CINDERELLA at checkout

just take a peek at how amazing it looks...

Hope to see you there! More details on our EVENTS PAGE xxoo Jen

Sunday, April 20, 2014

a Happy Easter wish to you and yours...

May your holiday be peaceful and joyous...

...and filled with chocolate bunnies!
xxoo Jen

ps...some of you know of my addiction to old postcards and paperies...well, we've had a certifiable sugar rush and loaded more than 100 antique postcards to the ephemera pages ...see them all here
ALL are shipping free (standard domestic shipping) with SUGARRUSH until 5/1...and you can use that code site-wide-- a great treat!

Monday, April 14, 2014

hello Monday, hello peek at where we've been (TEXAS) and oh my where are we going!

Hello Monday.
It seems like I am still running on the inspirational vapors and fumes from my recent trip to Round Top with artist friends Letty Worley and Laurie Meseroll. we attended the "Grand TEXAS Opening" of Holly Kuhn's new venue for her renown decor and antique shop "Old Glory Antiques".

It was an amazing trip...a challenge for sure to do so much in so little time. To travel, set up and be gone in just 72 hours. But I am so glad we did it. 
It was wonderful to get some quality time with Jo Packham and so many of the amazing women she gathers through her community for food, art and business magazines. It was amazing to work with Holly Kuhn. And Texas and the event, well I loved it all. THANK YOU HOLLY! Just look at her new space...and the amazing things she sells...

And while there were loads of photos posted to Instagram and Facebook, I wanted to share a few here on the BLOG....of Holly's space, our showcase, and what it was like for us to be there...

So hello Monday and hello taking a peek at where we were, and thinking about all the adventures this crazy business has brought my way.

Hello to being able to work with friends, to learn from them, and to make it work.
Hello to trying something new, this was the first time we could make it to Texas and it was wonderful to be a part of the grand Spring Antiques Week phenomenon.

 Our display was in the front two's a peek...


And some of my fave new arrivals....


I am already looking forward to next Spring.

Hello BBQ, yes we had some really good food while we were there.
( I really need to wait 'til next Spring for BBQ that good and that dinner at Royer's was the tops!)

And speaking of spring, we're doing our Spring Cleaning and inventory this week. Did you catch the 15% OFF sale with SPRINGCLEAN at checkout???

 Hello much to do! And then some more!
Hello new art to post to the site...hello taking photos and more photos of all there is to share.

Hello to Laurie and Letty -- they did an amazing job and worked so did Oliver, thanks for all you did to make the trip possible!

Hello old friends, hello new glad we found you both in Texas. Hello Gina, Hello Celeste, Hello Lori, Hello Ki, Hello Sandy!

Hello to all of you...and have a super week.

xxoo Jen


Friday, April 11, 2014


It's time for SPRING CLEANING and a treat for you too!

(sorry, Debbee Thibault excluded...)

NOTE: as usual we're doing our annual spring inventory next week, so NO shipping next week, AND limited email and social media updates...So stay tuned for more news after Easter.
xxoo Jen

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

something new and special to share from Laurie Meseroll....

New Works to share from painter Laurie Meseroll are here and I am completely smitten with them...

She's just back from Texas with a new body of work inspired by a pastel palette, the prairie landscape,
and an encounter with Magnolia Pearl...

prices starting at $40


& we're offering FREE standard SHIPPING with code LaurieLOVE at checkout until 4/15

And thanks to Laurie for these amazing new originals,it's an honor to share them with you 
xxoo Jen

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