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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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Monday, October 31, 2016

Trick or Treat...?!?

Hi all and a very happy Halloween...
Hope it's full of many treats and no tricks...

Have fun!  

...and please save the date for our NEXT EVENT

...our Merry Artists' Showcase at 
Sunday, November 13th

Hope to see you there... 
xo Jen

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

a peek at BlytheCon UK....

I made a quick but memorable, 3-day trip to Edinburgh earlier this month...

With the studio of Scottish jewelry designer, Lynsey Walters for my column in "Where Women Create" on the agenda (and more on that soon) I was also able to attend BlytheCon UK...

...all I can say is...WOW!
Capturing such a dynamic event was a challenge...and while I have oodles of images to edit and share, the format and personalities were all new to me...but a peek at an event like this one must be shared in a timely fashion.

So I am thrilled to share a collection of images prepared by writer, editor and photographer -- and Blythe devotee -- Rosanna De Bellis.

Many thanks Rosanna for the opportunity to share your signature-style collages...I appreciate you being a guest blogger/photographer and allowing me to give a peek into this wonderful world that you've invited me into with open arms and much beautiful enthusiasm...
 I was truly overwhelmed...
 There was a vast array of talent and styles showcased by the designers and artists who shared their art at the event...
Incredible...and yes, I could not help myself, I had to get some new outfits for my own Blythe doll...
 Some folks' have a dedication that goes far beyond the miniature fashions and customized art dolls!
I really enjoyed everyone I met...from the sales floor to the Voo Doo Rooms after party - there was talent and style and many friendships to be found...

Thanks to all for the warm welcome into this artful community.
You can find Rosanna on Instagram @rosannadebellis 
and more things Blythe on her account

More on the taking of this photo soon!
xo Jen

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

exciting news...and WELCOME SASHA

I wanted to share some lovely news...
we have a someone new among the ranks of the Earth Angels Featured Artists

Each designer toy creation is a sweet surprise laden with detail... 
When I asked Sasha to share a little about herself with readers, here's what she said...

 I started to make toys when I was 8 and was rather successful. I always had my own pocket money, I traveled a lot and was featured in TV programs about handmade stuff. 
When a teenager I had other interests and forgot about toy making.
"Relapse" happened to me 9 years ago when I wanted to make a handmade gift for my friend. I made a teddy bear and then I couldn't  stop!!! I worked in the office that time so I had to give up job to make toymaking my main occupation. 
I love to experiment with materials, colors, size, shapes, characters...

I especially love her pieces featuring the "Napoleon Hats"!
...and I am definitely partial to her petite creations...there's a sure charm in them...

Here are some other faves...
Thanks to Sasha for sharing her talent...I am loving all that she has made for us to share on the site...and we are hoping for more SOON!!

I am thrilled and honored to welcome her!

...and stay tuned for more designs from this talented young, Russian artist

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Event NEXT WEEK...Hope to see you in Stone Mountain

Our fall season is in full swing 
and the next event is just around the corner...
Hope you can catch the Art Girls' RoadShow when we visit Stone Mountain next week for our annual appearance at the Atlanta Country Living Fair!!!

October 21, 22, & 23, 2016 

"Country Living Fair" - Atlanta

Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, Georgia

See the pages of the magazine come to life at the southern edition of the Fair, now in its 6th 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 Lucy Farmer, Sue Parker, Laura Putnam and Letty Worley...

Featuring Earth Angels LIVE!
 Tickets & Directions on the show promoter's website

 Hope to see you there!
xo Jen

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