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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, November 24, 2014

hello Monday...Happy Thanksgiving...

Hello Monday...
it's this week...my most treasured of holidays.
There's nothing quite like celebrating 
all that we have with our family.
I am a grateful girl.

Hello to all of you and wishing you the many happy blessings of the season.

Hello cranberry sauce...I adore you.

Hello to harvest...let's enjoy this special time...I don't even think about Christmas decorating until a week before Christmas...

Hello to the reminding myself...what's the hurry...the 12 Days of Christmas start AFTER Christmas...
I want to enjoy the afterglow of the holiday...
not be rushed to squeeze it all in by Christmas Eve!

Hello coming holiday season...
may you be merry and bright. As a retailer, I get to be part of the gift giving traditions...and I encourage the gift of handmade...from your hands or others.

Hello to all of you and enjoy your celebrations this week...I am thankful for you!

A very Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!

xxoo Jen

Thursday, November 20, 2014

...and have you seen Wonderland?

Nancy Wiley stepped out at the Country Living Fair inviting us into 
Wonderland with her new series of paintings....


 Nancy is a certain talent moving between mediums, but forever telling stories.  

She paints, she makes dolls, she writes books...
and I am grateful to work with her to share all that she does 
with our customers.
 The recent Alice series speaks directly to me...I have a sure affection for Wonderland, and this series captures it.... 
Details are on the site....but take a peek here...

 





 See Nancy's latest Alice dolls too...
Thanks Nancy for this wonderful journey into Wonderland...
She says her next series will explore Cinderella's realm...
I cannot wait to see it!!!

xxoo Jen

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello Monday...hello Home Page...Hello what's in store...

HELLO MONDAY...time to realize it's ALMOST 2015!!!!! TIKES!!!!

 Hello Monday...while I am saying hello to the new week,
 I am also starting to think about the end of the year.
Hard to believe it's December and 
I am already working on 2015 plans and events....

When you run your own business, you wonder what works best to make your business a better one.

Which ads of mine work best and in which magazines...Where Women Create, PRIMS, Cottage & Bungalows, Romantic Homes...
Flea Market Decor... etc etc..???

 

Does the BLOG work?

Does social media work...Pinterest, Instagram, facebook, twitter...and so on...?

I do them all, and I wonder what "works best" among them.
How do I get the word out there on what's new and what's happening...
Sometimes you think none of this matters...sometimes you feel like it all does.

That said, it is a true treat when someone meets me out of context to my business world (Hi June Cole, Hi Allison Wells...) and when they ask what I do, or I give them my card and they say..."...wait a minute...I recognize that ad...or, "....I know your ads!"...well let me tell you. This keeps me going.

So Hello Monday. 
Hello to keeping on...hello to maintaining what I can do and making it better...
Hello to you...and what more can I do to get Earth Angels out there???

Hello new ads for the season...I love these two (thanks Teresa at Fox Print...)


Hello Home page that changes every day...well almost every day...
I skip one or two here and there...but there's 
always new items on sale and ready to be featured...
Here are some of my fave #FEATUREDFOUR from recent weeks...






Hello new things to unpack and post for the holiday shopping season.

Hello to finally being caught up -- kinda sorta -- 
from the Atlanta Country Living Fair...

Hello to all of you...hope whatever you are doing this week works for you and feels good and productive...I need a whole lotta that around here.

Hello Monday....hello!
xxoo Jen

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Annual WEB SHOW & SALE...11/14-11/16

THIS IS BIG...
we're beating that Black Friday & Cyber Monday Rush and offering you 30% OFF 
FOR EARLY BIRD SHOPPING...
11/14-11/6
OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY WEB SHOW & SALE
3 Days - 3 Discounts
30% OFF 11/14 
25% OFF 11/15
20% OFF 11/16

Shop the ENTIRE site 11/14 at 30% OFF 
(and yes, 11/13 for you BLOG readers!)
with coupon code HOLIDAY30 at checkout

Shop the ENTIRE site 11/15 at 25% OFF 
with coupon code HOLIDAY25 at checkout

Shop the ENTIRE site 11/16 at 20% OFF 
with coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout



Read the terms please...
YES, SALE ITEMS ARE INCLUDED
but sorry, no prior orders, pre-sales, special orders, or layaways are included...
and all sales are final. No exceptions...
That's it...so what are you waiting for?
xxoo Jen 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Welcome to Fun Town! JODY's BOOK!!!!

I am so excited about this....
my friend and Earth Angels' artist, Jody Battaglia has just announced the 
long-awaited release of her first book...


I am totally thrilled that Jody has been able to see this very personal project through to completion...
it has been many years and innumerable hours in work..
.and --given the sneak peek I have had of the proof -- was well worth the wait!

Her book features a charming cast of her hand-sewn toys...and we meet characters as wee Ginny (second from left) explores Fun Town and encounters its residents.  Jody has photographed her characters like this one upon backdrops she's also made...

I hope you'll consider joining Jody among the streets, shops and places of Fun Town...we'll be shipping her book free all month long....
just order with code JODYFUN at checkout. The book is 104 pages and $30, and yes, it's totally loaded with full color photos and it's on quality paper!
We will be shipping the book at the end of November, as soon as it arrives in from the printer!
 
You can also, take a peek at Jody's latest toys here...
She's created some of the characters from the book 
AND some wonderful new exclusives just for Earth Angels...
like Chloe Cupcake...


 ...and Silly Snoozil...

These and all her wonderful creations are also shipping free 
(domestic/standard shipping) 
with code JODYFUN at checkout...

Thanks Jody for including me in your journey to Fun Town!
You know I owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude...
I would not be in business without you!
xxoo Jen

Monday, November 10, 2014

hello Monday...THANK YOU VETERANS....

Hello Monday...

It's time to say thanks to every veteran for their service.

There is no us....and no U.S. without them.

Thank you to them for their service.
Hello Monday...

Hello traditions of gratefulness.

Hello taking a moment to be glad for the here and the now...
and to know where it came from.

Hello so much to be thankful for today.

Hello to all of you...let's celebrate the Red, White & Blue.

Hello to catching my breath and facing this week...it's going to be a busy one!

xxoo Jen

Thursday, November 6, 2014

...fond FAIR memories...thanks GEORGIA!

...we had an absolutely wonderful show in Stone Mountain
 at The Country Living Fair... I really appreciate all of who made it 
possible for us to be there...and who made it a success...

Thanks to to Country Living/Hearst Publication and Stella Show Management for the opportunity to present Earth Angels LIVE! in our demo tent on the main green and for the opportunity for me to present an entrepreneurial chat on the Main Stage for those of you starting or trying to grow your handmade business...

Here are a few of my fave images below...

Here's fabulous Sue Parker of Skippy Doodle Designs....I did some major Christmas shopping of my own and many people on my list are receiving her treasures! Also, none of this would be possible without Sue...she drives the truck with me and mans the register..she's my treasured right hand...

Nancy Wiley strutted her stuff, and a fab new batch of painting AND dolls...
total wow! And Nancy gets both the Long Distance & Good Sport Awards...she rode the truck all the way down with us...
it was a treat to have her company and talent with us!

Here's Jody Battaglia....our fave toymaker who has added author to her resume...we are so thrilled to be taking orders on

 Here's our wonderful Nicole Bowen with her amazing softies...
Nic gets our award for comic relief...every show!

 Letty Worley is always at the front of the tent, her warm welcome and can-do attitude keeps us all going! Her talent and style inspire us all!

 Dear Jocelyn O'Gorman seems to have avoided the camera again...
we love you Jocelyn and treasure kindness and sensitivity you bring to the tent...watch for more on Jocelyn in PRINT SOON...
she'll be featured in the 
next issue of Where Women Create!!! WOO HOO!!!



Here are the 3 Musketeers! Laurie Meseroll and her bestie Letty Worley and Laurie's daughter, our ACE Earth Angels assistant...SOPHIA BRAKE


A big thanks to Laurie for demonstrating and painting ALL weekend...
her new work will be posted soon!

Here's Sophie...this girl can sell art like none other...she was raised in the business and knows her stuff!  
 ...thanks to you Sophie for all you did at the event!!!


 A special thanks to Marsha Hunter, Ann & Rebecca Hulse and Robin Barrows & Co....Having old friends among the crowd provides the most amazing of emotional support...I treasure you all....




You can see more from the artists on the site...and use code SHIPmeFREE until 11/11 for free shipping on all we have to offer from these talented women 
with whom I am so proud to work...
Thanks Atlanta...cannot wait to see you next fall! xxoo Jen
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