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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

...some thing new from Eliza....

A sweet treat of a new book is on the shelf...
Congrats to Christie Jones Ray on her new title...
Eliza at Rose Water Cottage

Grammy and Eliza prepare for a move to a tiny Victorian, Rose Water Cottage. How will she fit in, in the city, after living in the country. Grammy eases her anxious mind, and says, "You may be a Cottage Mouse. We will have a garden of lovely flowers, enjoy our tea sets and tea parties...and All will be Well."


  I love to peek at artists while they work...
Christie's illustration, calligraphy and 
story telling just send me...

She's a true friend and that makes it even more wonderful to be a part of her artful business journey...
 Stay tuned to hear more about Christie and 
her Eliza the Mouse...I love them both!
 ...more titles are in work featuring an ever enlarging cast of characters from the 
heart and mind of Christie...

You'll meet 
"Sugarlump" a wee mohair party pup 
created by Letty Worley...
"Rosebud" a middie Blythe custom dollie 
AND Lula Kate (stay tuned for many images)
a sweet Blythe from Italy created by Cecilia Fioravanti of Jolly Roger Dolls...

I love that Christie invites us into her world and shares her style...

Thanks Christie for doing what you do...
it's a treat to work with you!

You can find all of Christie's books and creations 

xxoo Jen

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

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