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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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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween... this festive holiday...
pumpkins, candy & playing dress up!

Hope your day is filled with all treats and no tricks...
...and here are some fave vintage postcards that celebrate the season with retro style...just how I like it!

We've got our own family traditions for the holiday to savor...trick or treating in town and then my brother's chili...
Enjoy your day whatever you are up to!

xxoo Jen

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Time to bring on the artful bling!

It's time to peek at what's new from Elements by Jill Schwartz...

 Her new creations were just posted to the site 
and this artful bling is worth a peek!
Created in Great Barrington, MA they are laden with lush details and a certain retro glam style....I love them all.

Here are my current picks for fave necklaces...
I might have to treat myself to one, I am just not sure I can resist any longer!

And here are my fave earrings....

Thanks to Jill for being so wonderful to work with over the years...
it's an honor to sell this truly talented woman's work.

xxoo Jen

Thursday, October 22, 2015

FREE SHIPPING...time to get yours

...oodles of artful goodies...and tons of jewelry...

ENJOY FREE Standard Shipping SITE-WIDE with code
FREEFAIRSHIP at checkout until 10/27 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

...EVENT THIS WEEKEND...we're in Atlanta for The Country Living Fair

...we're in Atlanta and setting up for the 
Atlanta Country Living Fair as this blog posts...

Sure hope you can join us...

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Friday & Saturday – early bird admission & show specials at Earth Angels tent 8:30-10am

More details on the events page of the site...

xxoo Jen

Monday, October 19, 2015

...a madness for minis...Torquay Pottery

 ...this blog post is adapted from a piece I just prepared for "The Collector" ...the members' magazine of the North American Torquay Society.  
I am hoping by sharing it here on this blog, I may generate more interest in the Society and our beloved Torquay Pottery... 

Anything that can be held in the palm of the hand has a certain playful, toy-like charm. My madness for small things and minis began a long time ago. 

I was the little girl that lovingly decorated the dollhouse made for me by my Dad (Jim Graney fellow Torquay lover and NATS member), dreaming that one day, I would have my own home to decorate. I loved tiny things…and still do.
Look above at the image of a display within a display filling a tiny doll house sized hutch within another hutch…these are all less than 1” in height. 
(Look at the large dresser tray peeking out from behind the display for scale)

But most of my minis are the size of these below....

none of these items is more than 2.5" tall...

 The mottos on the minis are those short and sweet adages that speak with such common observation. With little space on the surface to decorate, the quips and mottoes are direct and often the ones cited most within our vernacular.

Here are a few on a shelf that Sue Parker gave me...

 and some more in a tiny cupboard...I love that I can fit them in here and there!

Conversely, I love the HUGE grand LARGE pieces of my collection, but as the shelves fill — even as I move and play and re-do arrangements in cabinets — I can never say there is not room for one more mini. Indeed I have had a tough time passing up any I have had the chance to buy. They are a wonderful, tuck-in size and I love them for being small, affordable and utterly adorable!

What’s also fun is that they get me to look at patterns and shapes I would not otherwise pursue.  You can see among these photos a variety of patterns not elsewhere in my collection…the cockerels, cottages and even tiny toby jugs and the only commemorative pieces I have in my collection.

As a toy collector as well, they seem to blend in well with my other displays.  The tea sets make great companions to Jody Battaglia's folk art monkeys sitting in a child’s hutch in the guest room.

And I owe a big thanks to my great gal pals, Kathy Nuttall and Kathy Collins, for the find of my new wall hanging “mini shelf”. 

We found it in a booth at Brimfield and it wasn’t until I got it home that I realized how perfect it was to host them all. I am grateful that they encouraged me to buy it and lug it through the fields back to the truck.

 Well worth it! I had had the minis among some different cabinets before, 
and now have my faves in one place... 

You can learn more about Torquay Pottery at the upcoming NATS CHATS at the Country Living Fair... see the BLOG post of 10/9 for full details...

...xxoo Jen...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

SAVE THE DATE...the Atlanta Country Living Fair is COMING SOON!!!

  •  ...we'll be on our way to Atlanta soon!

    Hope you can catch the Art Girls' RoadShow during our annual appearance at

    The Country Living Fair!

    October 23, 24, & 25, 2015 

    Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, Georgia

    See the pages of the magazine come to life at the southern edition of the Fair, now in its 5th year

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

    Friday & Saturday – early bird admission and show specials at Earth Angels tent 8:30-10am

    Featuring the art of ALL of the Earth Angels Studios' featured artists and appearances by numerous artists festive shopping and the savvy browsers’ enjoyment.

    Special Guests include Jocelyn O'Gorman, Letty Worley, Sue Parker, Jody Battaglia, Laurie Meseroll and more to be announced
    ...stay tuned
    Featuring Earth Angels LIVE! 
    daily demos and chats
    ...and daily entrepreneurial chats
    "Lemonade with Letty"
    and "Can I Sell It?" 
    with Earth Angels' Owner &  Founder, 

    Keep an eye on the BLOG and be sure you are on our mailing list to get complete event details. See for tickets.
  • See you there xxoo Jen

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

a treat...NO trick...SALE...15% OFF

...time to say BOO (and thanks) to you
...with 15% OFF...a treat no tricks!
shop the site and checkout with coupon code 15BOO
& we'll take 15% OFF your order NOW through 10/17

sorry, no layaways or prior orders and certain exclusions,
quantities are limited so order soon...and all sales are final
Enjoy xxoo Jen

Monday, October 12, 2015


Thanks again to Country Living Magazine 
& Stella Show Management for the 
 to two of our friends/fans/followers
to come see us at the FAIR....
Winners are:

Dianne Claire Prather

Nancy Canfield Naylor

Please email your snail mail address ASAP to me 
and I will post your ticket.

MORE DETAILS ON THE FAIR & our Art Girls's Road Show Schedule were posted to the BLOG on 10/9

Thanks so much to all who entered!!!
Hope to see you all there!!!

xo Jen

Friday, October 9, 2015

Earth Angels LIVE! NATS CHATS and more... coming soon to the Atlanta Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain

....I sure hope some of you can make it to catch the Earth Angels' "Art Girls RoadShow" 
& The Country Living Fair 
in Stone Mountain -- just outside Atlanta --  
on October 23, 24 & 25.

This event is really something else...a wonderful opportunity to see the pages of one of our very favorite magazines come to life... with loads of vintage and antiques, fabulous handmade and other wonderful goods....

You can spot the Earth Angels Studios' tents as soon as you enter the main gate... 
we are the largest vendor at the event
 and we have a small tent next to our "store and artists' showcase" mega-big tent where we host demos and chats 
to share our know how and expertise.

As promised, we're sharing our schedule with you early... we know some of you have limited time at the Fair and want to be sure 
to catch a certain artist or topics...

Here we go:

12:30 pm…NATS CHATS…
What Is Torquay Pottery?
Why is this vintage folk art collectible so hot NOW…
Meet experts on Torquay Pottery…and other enthusiasts, authorities and members of NATS (The North American Torquay Society) to chat about this potter -- profiled by Country Living Magazine as "What's HOT in Collecting Vintage" in April 2015...

2 pm …sit a spell & sip a cool drink…
“Lemonade with Letty” Join renown soft-sculpture artist Letty Worley as she shares her artful business journey; how she turned her passion for vintage objects, sewing skills and a penchant for re-using old things into her business in heirloom goods.

3:30 pm…Chat Time…
Can I Sell It?
How ready are you & your craft for the handmade marketplace…Bring your craft or art to show & tell with handmade industry expert, Jen O'Connor, Founder & Owner of Earth Angels Studios and get immediate feedback on the sales potential of your creation and business tips.

On-Going…Artist Demos
…browse the tent and see Earth Angels’ artists at work creating items exclusive merchandise at the Fair…visit with the artists and learn more about their artful style and folk art creations

Earth Angels LIVE!  
Formal Demos - Friday & Saturday
Floral Designer & Paper Artist Jocelyn O’Gorman of “The Painted Fern” -

Creating seasonal decorations and paper follies with vintage ephemera and found trims

Soft Sculpture Artist & Author 

Jody Battaglia of "Fun Town"
Bringing storybook characters to life from felt & signing her new book

Earth Angels LIVE!  Demos - Sunday
Soft Sculpture Artist & Author 

Jody Battaglia of "Fun Town"
Bringing storybook characters to life from felt & signing her new book 

Up-cycling maven Sue Parker of 

"Skippy Doodle Designs"
Crafting seasonal paper ornaments and follies with found, recycled and vintage goods.

Hope to see you there!!

Get your tickets

Also nice news...
Ree Drummond will aslo be a special guest at the Fair... I know Ree through Jo Packham and she is a treat to watch demo... congrats to Ree on on new book!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4 chances to win FREE PASSES TO THE FAIR

...we are giving away 2 passes to the Atlanta Country Living Fair...want one???

Comment on this it on either or both of my Facebook pages and like it on Instagram...

Hope to see you there...

ALL DETAILS FOR THE FAIR can be found on our EVENTS PAGE and at 

xo jen

ps 2 winners announced on 10/12

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