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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, January 26, 2015

you never know what's up her sleeve...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...it's time to bring you all up to speed on 
some new pages we've added to the site...
 
you see ...we never know what to expect from Laurie Meseroll, and that's ok, because her work always exceeds expectations! 
So we are really thrilled to add a TREATS page 
to her website offerings at Earth Angels Studios...
 So hello Monday and hello to original art at treat prices....pretty ribbons, festive things...and petite paintings on enamel...love these...
Hello tiny fairy paintings...these are so dear, 
and irresistible at their treat prices...
Hello to these wee busts...we're packing these to take to our event in Florida next month...if they don't sell before then!
Hello happy wintery days...they feel crisp and clean and I am fighting to be more organized about the to dos...and fitting in the fun...
Hello lots of skiing...
 ...and HOT CHOCOLATE...
Hello to you all and have a super week...

...hope this one's a winner
xxoo Jen






Thursday, January 22, 2015

YEP, you need to save these dates....

...hey there, we really hope you can 
join us at some of our events this year...

The Art Girls' RoadShow is coming your way...
So save these dates for the 2015 year...
and catch us for great shopping, meet the artists, learn more about handmade and -- of course --  
all around general festiveness!
and stay tuned...we're trying to add events in Colorado & California, too!

...hope to see some of you in FLORIDA for our 9th annual "heART of winter" and 5th visit to the  

See the EVENTS PAGE for more info...
xxoo Jen


Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello Monday...HELLO EVENT NEXT MONTH IN THE WORKS!!!

...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...Now, how about some hellos...
 
 hello Monday...feels like the year is underway and we are moving forward, and through it...and well, it really is 2015! (not used to typing that yet!)

 have been muddling through the calendar and getting 
the dates for our events in my new little datebook 
(yes what a Luddite...I still actually use pen and paper and carry a date book) 

 So HELLO 2015 and HELLO to big plans for the Art Girls' Road Show 
(more on that SOON!)

AND I WANTED TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT...
we'll be heading south SOON
so save the date for our 5th Annual Appearance at 
Friday, 2/27 & Saturday, 2/28
....211 East First Street, Sanford, Florida...
(see the events page of the site for more details and info)
We totally love our time there, and we are honored to be invited once again to visit and share the art and artistry of these featured Earth Angels artists:
Laurie Meseroll, Jody Battaglia, Letty Worley, Nancy Wiley, 
Jocelyn O'Gorman & Nicole Bowen  ...among others tba....

So hello Monday and hello FLORIDA SUNSHINE! 
With all the snow around here, I cannot wait!

Hello old fashioned ideas and new goals...somehow they seem to go together

hello new plans

hello Florida...we'll be there soon

hello 2015...hoping you'll be a happy one for all!

more soon... I am missing my photo files...I am on a borrowed pc right now, and need that new Mac to get you more photos and such....

xxoo Jen


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sis-Boom and Barbara Strawser Part 2 of 2....FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH!

...on Monday we took a quick peek back at the holiday open house of my wonderful and talented fabric designer friend Jennifer Paganelli of Sis-Boom....

The chain of friendship extended from Jane Dagmi to Jennifer and then Jennifer shared her style and savvy and yes, even her friendships with me...
This unraveling of relationships and connections is a certain magic...
Jennifer has Barbara Strawser's works around her home and has been a dear friend to Barbara for many, many years...

So, shortly after I visited Jennifer for the first time and feel in love with Barbara's works,
(search this blog for Jennifer Paganelli and peek at the many older posts...) I started to work with talented folk painter, Barbara.
 But it has been some time -- too long in fact -- 
since I have seen Barbara to buy her work from her...
she is quite old-fashioned and does not do email or digital images 
so I have to see Barbara to pick up paintings and she lives hours away...
so happy day! We got to spend some time together, once again, thanks to Jennifer Paganelli!!!

 a peek at her simple watercolor box...
and some papery supplies...she makes such magic from such humble things.

 Here are some of my faves...these are happy stuff....
and we are honored to feature Barbara 
as January's "HOME PAGE FEATURED ARTIST"...





Thanks to you Jennifer for bringing Barbara and her magic into my world...

 

xxoo Jen



Monday, January 12, 2015

hello Monday and HELLO SIS-BOOM!

...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 and Hello to my long-overdue peek at Jennifer Paganelli's amazing holiday open house...please tell me the new year is for catching up on all my undone to-dos from 2014!!!


Anne was visiting and we made the jaunt to Westport to see the Sis-Boom headquarters in all it's holiday finery!  As your peeking at these images, be sure to know that there is a Spring Open House in the works and you DO NOT want to miss it!

 Jennifer creates the most amazing array of lovelies with paper and vintage loot as well as a good dose of her lush and colorful fabrics....
 This is happy, glitzy, hue drenched holiday decor and we loved it!

Here's Anne from Australia peeking about...she took a lovely pinwheel pillow home in the suitcase and took the unofficial long distance award for making the trek from Melbourne to shop Sis-Boom...
and yes, she would tell you -- it was worth it!

You cannot miss it next time...just look at this festive loot!
HELLO COLOR!
HELLO STYLE!
HELLO SIS-BOOM!
 hello happy toys...
 Hello happy corner of color...
I want to scoop you up on this dreary, winter's day...
 Hello pillows...I confess an addiction for you. My 12 year old daughter asked me, quite seriously, why I insist on putting soooooo many pillows on my bed. I have no good, justifiable reason...do we need one for what we like in decor???

 Hello Jennifer Lanne...recognize that day bed above...

 Hello fabrics galore...you can find Jennifer's arrays of textiles at soooo many fabric shops...if you are a quilter you might know them already!
Hello to my sister, Roseanna (on right)...glad you made the trek too!

 Hello Anne, I miss you...March will be here soon for sure! WHEW!
 Hello to my little niece Maebh...she is quite the shopper!
 Hello Pete...you might just make the world's best pizza....
Hello to you all! Hope it's a good week for you...

Leave some hellos...and xxoo Jen

Friday, January 9, 2015

...snow day! and where I have been...

So I've been a bit absent from social media...

See what happens when you break your phone 
AND 
lose the use of your beloved mac laptop in the same week?!?!!!!
Sigh...

A new phone is here -- getting used to it...
AND a new computer is on order....waiting waiting waiting...

Can't post any pics...they are on the now defunct computer and phone...cannot log into facebook because well, I would need to actually remember my facebook password, ok if you don't they send you an email, but you need your computer for that because it's on the old email that you had, like 10 years ago, and well, that doesn't come to your new phone...sigh.

So I have been taking a forced technology break, the kids have been sick, 
and now we have a snow day.

Nothing like a few unplanned challenges to get you going on all those projects that were not at the top of the list but all of a sudden they are since you cannot do the ones at the top of the list since you cannot get to your PHOTO FILES!!! arragh hurrumpft. and so what...

It's not too bad...and I will resurface soon!

In the meantime, I am off to make a snowman.

xo Jen

Monday, January 5, 2015

a white new year...hello white frames from Sugarboo...

...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'm dreaming of a white new year...there's snow in the air.
AND
...I am loving these new white frame works from my pal 
Rebecca Puig at Sugarboo Designs...
had to share a peek...
Shannon just uploaded them to the site HERE

Hello to doing inventory!!! ALL WEEK LONG...
(watch your email for the sale note on clearing some older loot out of here...) and welcoming some new designs as we make room for what the artists have in store for 2015.
These new white frame works are among my faves....it's tough to share them all...or even my faves...they are all pretty cute, uber fun and totally cool....
So hello Monday and hello newness and crisp white...you feel clean and cheerful starting the new year off...
Hello artists...I love seeing what you have up your sleeve for the new season...your art and style inspire me everyday.
Hello to my walls...these new creations have me wanting more of you, or at least needing me to move things around a bit -- change it up -- and add some of this Sugarboo style to my rooms. I am thinking I have room for that Chocolate Lab White Frame shown just above in my mud room!
Hello to making better decisions...each and every day...and feeling wiser....
Hello little bird...I promise I am listening!

Hello kiddos headed back to school today...
wish the break from the schedule was a bit longer. Loved those lazy days.

Have a super week and leave some hellos....

xxoo Jen
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