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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, April 24, 2017

woo hoo Lucy! Congrats on piece in WWC

I am long overdue in saying a hearty congrats to LUCY her fab piece that appeared recently in Where Women Create magazine...

The days are escaping me, no the MONTHS are escaping me, and it seems like a forever ago that I met Lucy via phone when she reached out for business development assistance...

Her salvage business and re-purposed jewelry line were developing in multiple directions and she needed to focus, make some tough decisions and move forward in the right direction...

She surely has!
Love that she has made such great strides and loved that I could help celebrate this in print!
...Lucy has done incredibly things in sharing her style and her work goes so far beyond creating wearable art for her business, "Lucy's Inspired" 

It was great to be able to dedicate my column -- "The Business of the Studio" -- to Lucy!

 Her "Inspired to Give" project is explored in the article in depth and this brings me joy...hope you can read more about it in the magazine...
 Thanks Jo Packham for the opportunity to celebrate Lucy and her artful entrepreneurship...




You can see more of Lucy's creations on our site...

Thanks Lucy...it's a treat to work with you
...and an honor to know you...
xo Jen


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

...so little and SOOOO BIG...Welcome Christie Jones Ray

Eliza the Mouse is a tiny little friend 
from Rose Water Cottage in Franklin, TN
She is small and sweet, but she has some very big stories to share with all of us...
 
But it's a very big deal that Christie Jones Ray -- her creator -- has joined the ranks of our Earth Angels Featured Artists...

Welcome Christie!!
xxoo
Christie is an exuberant and sweet, author/illustrator I met just more than a year ago in Round Top, TX...
She has a dozen books celebrating the adventures of her Eliza the Mouse and her friends Sugar Lump, Baby Mouse and Rosebud...
Her work is lovely and gentle...
it makes me want to pause to celebrate the little things, the everyday things, that add kindness and beauty to your days...
Welcome Christie...
You can see her creations HERE

 Each book is laden with lush illustrations and Christie's artful calligraphy...

 ...my current favorite title...
 ...but I love them all...


And I will be sharing more news on Christie's expanding adventures with 
Eliza AND with Earth Angels...

 
It's both an honor and a pleasure to do business with Christie and to celebrate her story and style! 
xo Jen

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

...HAPPY EASTER...and SPRING is finally here...


Happy Spring...it finally feels like it is really here!!!
 all that snow in March just held winter over a few extra weeks here in New York...

...but I can see the daffodils coming up, forcing their happy, yellow color around the yard...so yes, SPRING is here and with it...EASTER!

I hope the new season is filled with glad days and good memories...

I've been enjoying a few days off with the kiddos and it has recharged my batteries...

The season feel fresh and happy...
and full of promise...so I am excited that Easter will arrive this weekend and give us a chance to be together.
I love celebrating Easter with the family...

...and I will share a peek at that soon. 
 
I am cooking for us and
I'll be decorating the table in all the colors of the season...with bunnies, and paper grass and wee CHICKS galore...

Speaking of chicks....I love antique postcards...
here's a peek at some of my Easter-tide faves...





So Happy Easter...Happy Spring...
enjoy the new season, however you celebrate it!
xxoo Jen

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

a peek at our recent SANFORD appearance...

...we all love our annual trip to the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery...

so many old friends to see there...and we always make some new ones too.

..and yes, Blythe was a special guest this year...


 


I love to see what Jeanine has upon all the gallery walls...the space is an inspiration...




And here's a peek at some of our displays...loved all the loot we could present to our customer friends in Sanford...


 



 Thanks to all the artists who attended too...always wonderful to have time with the Art Girls...
 

And thanks too to Ace Art Girls' RoadShow Roadie, Teresa...you're the best Teresa... xxoo





Thanks to Jeanine and her gallery manager, Bailey, for all the support and allowing us to invade their space for a few days!

And best of all...hang out with LOUIE!!! 


We hope to shake things up a bit and make our 2018 appearance more wonderful...stay tuned for more on that!

xxoo Jen

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SALE! ANNUAL BIRTHDAY SALE



YEP! 
Time for my annual BDAY SALE...
25% OFF with code MYBDAY25 
at checkout...
no WFF, no layaways, 
or prior orders

 
...ENJOY

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

...OUR NEXT EVENT...SAVE THE DATE!


 It's time to save the date for a very special event...

Our "Spring Soiree" with TRUE LILY
in Canandaigua, NY
hosted by me and Nancy Wiley!
WOO HOO!!!

Friday, May 5th - 4pm-7pm
Saturday, May 6th - 10am-4pm
...coinciding with the wine walk!

We'll be doing an artful shopping pop-up -- 
that's free and open to the public -- 
AND an BRUNCH & Chat (more info on that below)

 We've done several events and appearances over the years with Nancy, and each one has been quite special...

Nancy has amazing talent and style, and we like working together to celebrate the 
style of artists we admire...
 
 Attending will be Sue Parker, Letty Worley, Jody Battaglia, Jocelyn O'Gorman, Cheryl Kuhn & 
Valerie Weberpal

These artists -- and more -- will prepare a group of art and handmade to present to attendees for their browsing and shopping pleasure....
Expect some special creations.

 ...while the shopping event is FREE, there is a fee associated with the limited space BRUNCH and Entrepreneurs' chat with Jen O'Connor


Reserve here for your brunch and seat at the lovely "Simply Crepes" restaurant -- just doors away from "True Lily".  

Your fee will include a full brunch of fresh crepes, scrambled eggs, applewood bacon, hand-cut fried red potatoes, chilled grilled veggies, fresh fruit and sweet vanilla cream as well as a chat with Jen and a presentation on turning your passion into your economy and the journey to Artful Entrepreneurship. 

SPACE IS LIMITED...
and your SEAT MUST BE BOOKED in advance... 
11:30am -1pm
(use coupon code NANCY at checkout so that shipping is not charged on your order) 

...and of course the shopping event is free and open to the public...
Thanks in advance to Nancy for the opportunity to work together...

Hope to see you there on Friday & Saturday -- 
May 5th & 6th!
xo Jen





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