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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, May 20, 2015

...this is a giveaway....TICKETS to the RHINEBECK COUNTRY LIVING FAIR!!!

THIS IS A TICKET GIVEAWAY for the Rhinebeck Country Living Fair...woo hoo!!!

...thanks to Stella Show Management Company, Earth Angels Studios is giving away 2 tickets to the Country Living Fair....

Want to enter to win??? 
Just leave a comment here or on instagram or facebook (or in all 3 places!!!) 
for your chance to win ONE of these tickets. 
Yes, there will be 2 winners....

And we hope to see you there...this is going to be another amazing event and a great chance to catch the Art Girls' RoadShow at Earth Angels LIVE!
(demo schedule will be announced soon...)

Winners will be announced May 25th 
on the blog and facebook...
we'll then need your address to mail your ticket.

Good luck!
xo Jen

Monday, May 18, 2015

hello Monday...hello Torquay Talk...

...hello Monday posts are something I have been doing for some time now linking up with my friend Lisa Leonard and her fab-u-lous blog...
feel free to leave your BLOG link in a comment...how about some hellos...
 
 Hello Monday...
I love when the different groups of people I know through collecting and sharing art, handmade and vintage collide...

It's almost impossible for me not to mix business with pleasure...
you see I work so hard, and I do what I love....
how could I not adore the kindred spirits with whom I work and 
share a love for handmade and old things???

So hello to my NATS (North American Torquay Society) and TPCS (Torquay Pottery Collectors Society) friends joing to Art Girls Roadshow 
in TN last month!  

A big thanks to Hearst/Country Living & Stella Show Management for the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful antique pottery and its contributions to 
surface decoration, folk art and handmade of today...
 
 Hello pretty green, faience pots...
As some of you know, I have been addicted to collecting Torquay pottery for many years...i got my first piece at age 17...here's a link to that story...

Hello pretty hutch of pots that sits behind me as I type this...

...and hello to my friends Brenda & Ian Kimber who made an appearance at the Country Living Fair in TN a part of the recent US tour...

Here are Brenda and Ian arriving...all the way from England...
ok they did not travel by golf cart from England...but the Stella and Hearst staff sure did welcome them with an escort when they arrived at the ground of the Country Living Fair...

It was a tremendous honor to have Brenda -- joined by her friend Kathy Collins (on left below) -- former president of NATS -- on the Main Stage to share her incredible wealth of knowledge...and present the history of the potteries 
and give us a glimpse at the artistry and crafting style 
that has had such an incredible impact on contemporary design.
 
The slides from Brenda's talk...are below...
she very graciously has allowed me to publish them here...
Thanks to Brenda for compiling this power point..and for sharing her knowledge of British Pottery...

Hello to collecting what we love...

...hello to making friends through sharing a passion for art and handmade

...hello to the adventures we have in hunting up antique loot
 I am just back from Brimfield...woo hoo..

...hello new week...I am almost caught up from the TN Fair...but not quite...and now I am already working hard to get ready for the NY event which will be June 5-7...details here

Hello to learning more....
Have a peek at the slide below ...and if you are interested in learning more...
here's a link to the NATS site:
http://torquayus.org/
and thanks to NATS for hosting the daily NATS CHATS at the Fair...we had several enthusiastic collectors attend and I hope they join to organization to learn more and swap pots...

hello all my wonderful friends with whom I am lucky enough to do business

Have a great week all...
xxoo Jen


























Monday, May 11, 2015

let's celebrate style....HELLO MONDAY

..hello Monday posts are something I have been doing for some time now linking up with my friend Lisa Leonard and her fab-u-lous blog...
feel free to leave your BLOG link in a comment...how about some hellos...

Hello Monday...

I can hardly breathe here.
 Drowning in chores and to dos...but you know what???

It's all great stuff...
so I pause for a minute. Catch my breath and keep chugging.

Besides now I can go in the garden...ahhhh...
hello herbs and pansies already dug in...

Took my mom Rosie to the garden center with me...she was having a great day. Some days...are not so great with dementia...
but it was a fun trip, and I loved every minute of being with her. 

So hello to putting aside what you think has to be done 
to grab those moments...
 
...and hope it was a happy mother's day for all...

Helloooo Monday...I am off to Brimfield this week for some quick meet ups with antique dealer friends in from England and NATS friends Kathy and Lyn...

Hello new art posting to the site...love these busts from Nancy Wiley...


...and these toys from Jody...

Hello friend...it was great to spend a few hours with Laura Putnam of Finding Home...this is one special lady...here's a shot of her from last year at Rhinebeck...she brought be flowers, I love her forever!
She's up to some exciting new things with maple syrup....
hmmmm...more on that soon!


Hello assembling the work crew for this year's

Rhinebeck show...Luke, Sue, Harold, Allie, Charlotte AND SOPHIE (!!!!)

are on board...WHEW!!!


Hello summer...it's been in the 80s all week...
thought it might be spring for more than 2 weeks!
NY seems the land of extremes this year!


I am thrilled to be doing some pro bono entrepreneurial consulting with a really cool Family Circus from TN!  I also had a great chat with a food manufacturer, a jewelry designer and a talented woman in home decor...
this adds to my already full plate when I do this, but I love it...


Hello to The Painted Fern...we are celebrating her style with 20% off with code JOCELYN20 at checkout until 5/14...





Hello to all of you and have a super week, whatever it is that you are up to!!
xxoo Jen

Friday, May 8, 2015

...a peek from the TN Fair...and many thanks...

Did that really happen...did we really just do that?

This is often how I feel when we come back from a major event...and quite honestly, I am wondering...why didn't I take more photos?!?  
The booth looked amazing, the art was beautifully displayed, 
and the gals were wonderful...
Where are all the pics I usually shoot????
It was a new venue, we had a new booth, the dog ate my homework...
all sound like reasonable excuses for the lack of photos, 
but truthfully we were just all working so hard (and having a great time of it) that taking my normal gazillions of phoots just...slipped...

So here are just a few pics...just a few...and I promise to take more images in Rhinebeck for the next Country Living Fair June 5th, 6th & 7th
 (will we see you there????)







There was a tremendous amount of appreciation in Tennessee for the original creations and handmade that we showcased...this was wonderful to experience!

Thanks to all who made the event -- not only possible -- but an amazing success for Earth Angels and our featured artists.  

Thanks Heast & Country Living magazine
Thanks Stella Show Management
Thanks Betty Lyn Walters-Eller
Thanks to the artists who attended....Nancy Wiley, Jody Battaglia, Sue Parker, Valerie Weberpal, Jocelyn O'Gorman, Letty Worley & Laurie Meseroll

A BIG BIG BIG thanks to all of our wonderful customers who came to visit and support us...especially Tina!

...and a very special thanks to the design team at The Painted Fern... 'nuf said!


 Hope to see you next time....
we've got details on the events page...

 xxoo Jen




Monday, May 4, 2015

hello Monday and The Painted Fern is Celebrated!

...hello Monday posts are something I have been doing for some time now linking up with my friend Lisa Leonard and her fab-u-lous blog...
feel free to leave your BLOG link in a comment...how about some hellos...

 Hello Monday...Do you believe in love at first sight?  
Well I do...that's pretty much how I felt when I first saw Jocelyn O'Gorman's work.  It has a magic all its own that truly shows the talent of the creator. All paper and whimsy and full of folly, it has a sure and certain style...  

From that first day I saw her work...and truly became smitten....we've been working togetherand we've grown in respect and admiration...and friendship. 

So it's a real treat to share that  she's in the new issue of Where Women Create magazine.  This feature on her work is so well deserved, I am totally grateful to Jo Packhm for recognizing Jocelyn's art, her style...her know how AND her business savvy!

CONGRATS JOCELYN!!!!  This is a well deserved honor!!!

So fab to see her a part of this new issue...
Here's the cover and a peek at the few of her feature's pages...you'll have to nab the mag to see the rest of the truly wonderful spread and story.



Hello Monday...hello love at first sight.

Hello to trusting your instincts!

AND HELLO JOCELYN!!! and CONGRATS!!!


 sigh....so much to do after the show and around the Secret Lab and house this spring...I am motivated this week to get in gear!!

Hello to reading the road signs in life, sometime your need to change your route to get further down the road...
(....that's a Jody Battaglia expression and she is so right about that...)

Hello mountains of catch up work from the show....
there's as much work after a show as before an event!

Hello new booth for the Art Girls' RoadShow...watch for us in Rhinebeck strutting our new fixtures and furnishings and thanks to our special friend who designed and built this for us....

Hello spring sports...3 kids in 3 directions and 4 teams...we are rolling with it. 

Hello to this great weather...
love it.

Hello to all of you...and Hello Monday.

xxoo Jen

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