Saturday, March 3, 2007

a small sweet world!

 

 
A little while back I took one of my regular visits over to Amy Inspire Co.'s blog and saw some home photos that were in league with The Wonka Chocolate factory, the good parts of Oz, Alice's Wonderland,  Never Neverland, and Amelie's little world. Instantly, I saved the photos to my "Favorite Things" folder. The photos were of Amy's friend's home in Italy. I've seen pics from my friends' visits to Italy and they were always images of stone walls and espresso bars. And I watched the winter Olympics and saw nothing like this...is this what goes on behind closed doors in Italy???
 
Well, two days later I get an email from a gal named Rosanna asking me about shipping costs to Italy. I don't have to tell you guys how small this world is...and I know how small it is too...but still, I was floored to find that the person who created this wonderland that I fell in love with was now contacting me about my stuff!Very cool. Aaron was in the city that day and I kept sending him emails with giant letters and exclamation points. His buddies could see my huge fonts over his shoulder and asked "who the heck is sending you those big pink emails?"
 
So, long story short. We hit it off with Rosanna and have been doing stuff for her since, including some really fun custom collage works of her adorable daughter and those mini dollhouse pieces I blogged a little while back. Above are the latest pics sent from Rosanna's wonderland. Look up "Supporter of the Arts" in the dictionary and find her picture. She's got stuff by Ashley Carter - Goldbug Studio  , Laurie Duncan of  Happyas a Lark Designs Missy Balance's Mohair Circus, Nicole Ellison of  Raggedy Old Annies,the great Lisa Kaus , the masterful Dee Foust...the list goes on. She's also pals with the incredible  Nicol Sayre and Jen O' Connor of  Earth Angels Bears, Dolls & Folk Art  (as seen in the photo above). In Fact, look in your March 2007 issue of Country Living magazine and there's a pic of Rosanna on the very top right corner of page 100, well her necklace and fab outfit anyway(her face was cropped). She traveled from Italy to attend Jen O' Connor's Spring Fling, which is a whole other story that you can read about in CL. But in brief summation: Jen O' Connor is a goddess in the world of independent artists...her yearly events showcase the best and brightest in all of folkart, not to mention her dazzling online gallery earthangelstoys.com!! We love Jen!
 
Gosh, I just looked back at the past few paragraphs and Rosanna's ears must be ringing. Well, I've got a reason for bringing all this up. It's a good thingto turn the tables every once in a while and switch the focus from the artist to the collector. There is a wide and wonderful spectrum of collectors out there. Ranging from the obsessed, 'fill-every-open-surface-with-wonder' types (myself included in there) to the 'gotta- have-it-even-if-I-just-get-one-to-put-in-my-cube-at-work' types. To us makers of the stuff it's both these types and everyone in between that make our world go 'round. I mean, that's the whole point of letting this stuff leave my apartment via this blog. When we finally get around to building a website a key focal point on the site will be a page featuring home photos from collectors. We love those so much and will put out a call soon for pics of how you live with your art.
 
Well, it's warm in Jersey, super warm. If it's like this tomorrow morning we're hitting the trails at the park. It's been so long and I can't wait to get back in the woods. I could go on and on about walking in the woods...it's like vitamin C, Prozac, Richard Simmons (haha), and creative rocket fuel all rolled into a granola bar!
 
Oh man, I got something in the mail I can't wait to show you guys. soon.
Enjoy your day!! xoxo Jenny
 
p.s. Don't forget to leave a comment on our Easter Art Squared give-away post!!
be sure to include an email address!!
good luck!!




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20 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny-
    Fabulous read and the most amazing photos-Jen of Earth Angels has told me more than once that she is an amazing collector of all things pink, and her place is divine. Such eye-candy! Here is my own pitch for all you folks in blog world. Check out the fab article in this months issue of Country Living on Earth Angels Toys- then go to the website! One of the best places to shop besides Jenny's of course- xoxo

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  2. wrensnestdesignsMarch 3, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Absolutely incredible pictures!! Your artwork fits in so perfectly with all the pink and white goodness!! It must be amazing to see know your work is all the way over in Italy! I love Earth Angels and Nicol Sayre is my favorite!! Those pics have inspired me to try some yummy wool cupcakes! Thanks for sharing them!

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  3. Oh Jenny! Thanks for showing those wonderful pix of Rosanna's home! I saw the ones on Amy's blog, but these are even better! I was so excited to see some of my pixies! And all the other artists that I recognize, including your absolutely fab art. It such an honor to have my pixies next to art from everyone I've admired for so long! And to finally see a pic of Rosanna is so fun too. I too, am so appreciative of customers like Rosanna who make me feel so great with their support and compliments.  Someone needs to do a layout of her house in their magazine, the eye candy is endless! Laurie:)

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  4. How sweet it is!!! Love these pictures. So inspiring! Didn't see my favorite chenille cakes by crazycakes though. She sells on etsy now http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=103816&order=&section_id=&page=1

    Thanks for the great eye candy...literally!!!!
    Kari

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  5. seasiderosegardnMarch 4, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Wow- talk about eye candy!!  I love all the amazing art she has and the way she displays it! That doll on the chair is SO cute! I hope my home looks something like this someday- full of such wonderful art!
    Michelle (seaside rose garden on flickr)
    http://rosegardenromantic.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love all these pictures!  How fun to see your art displayed so far away!  Missy's little bear is so cute in this setting as well.  Somehow the lighting seems to just make eveything glow, like we're transported to a heavenly place to view the items!  I've got to learn that lighting trick.   OH, and I left a comment for your Art Squared but I forgot to leave my email! it's HWOODRED@AOL.COM

    Happy Day!

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  7. I love all these pictures!  How fun to see your art displayed so far away!  Missy's little bear is so cute in this setting as well.  Somehow the lighting seems to just make eveything glow, like we're transported to a heavenly place to view the items!  I've got to learn that lighting trick.   OH, and I left a comment for your Art Squared but I forgot to leave my email! it's HWOODRED@AOL.COM

    Happy Day!

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  8. WOW...this is soooooo amazing!  Do you have a close up of the dolls with their hands under their chins on the cake plate?  I would love to see a close up of those...they look adorable.  Are they for sale?

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  9. wow i love all those pictures those are amazing
    i'm new in here and i'm sure i'll be back very creative!!!
    emily

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  10. Unbelievable...
    I don't know what else to say about those pictures!  She decorates how I dream.
    So glad that I found you, your work and your blog.  I love, love, love it!
    You do what I wanted to find in this world - something other than "vanilla", to quote you:)  Thank you for doing the giveaway - my email address is jeffnheidi@earthlink.net - you're so kind!
    Will be making a purchase in the near future, too - have to narrow down my favorites for my pink and black kitchen!  Thanks again!

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  11. Oh how beautiful everything looks! And your work fits in so perfectly! So very sweet!!!!

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  12. *sigh*  Yes, THAT is the beautiful Rosanna!  Isn't she UNBELIEVABLE?!!  Thank you so much for posting these pictures.  I even see little glimpses of the aprons I made her nestled amongst the goodies.  Yiiipppppppeeeeeee.  To see them displayed with the creations of such talented artists, such as yourself....well, that just makes my heart happy!  :)
    All the best to you~
    Kim

    hendrickskim@hotmail.com

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  13. WOW!!  Those pics are AMAZING!!!  All my favorite artist's goodies are overflowing from her home!  I'm in awe!  Just beautiful.... and so inspiring!  Thanks for sharing!  :)  Heather

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  14. ahh, thank you Jenny! I am just in awe as I sit and absorb this  breathtaking series of pictures! I am in awe! What a fabulous collection! I wanted to invite you over to my blog for a read about my bear history (her-story actually) and I would like to know your address so that I can send you a little something that I made for you. You can use an email link on my blog or email me at Flickr- thanks, kim

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  15. ahh, thank you Jenny! I am just in awe as I sit and absorb this  breathtaking series of pictures! I am in awe! What a fabulous collection! I wanted to invite you over to my blog for a read about my bear history (her-story actually) and I would like to know your address so that I can send you a little something that I made for you. You can use an email link on my blog or email me at Flickr- thanks, kim

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  16. How do you keep thinking of new things - oh I wish I could have your
    creativity for just 1 day ~ the lovelies I would make! Thanks for sharing your
    beauties with us! Nancy N.

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  17. Oh My Gosh!! How beautiful!! I want to live there!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.

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  18. Hi,
    I love love love your Easter Treasure you are giving away, well I love all your things and I am sure there would be nothing I wouldn't enjoy. You make the most amazing things.
    deezie
    have a great day:)

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  19. Hi Jenny!
    I found your blog a couple of months ago. I'm always visiting but never leaving comments. Today I finally decided to sign in to AOL, so I can leave a comment.
    I'm always in awe at the pictures and alll the eye candy. They certainly put a smile in my face and the links to other blogger's art and sites give me the chance to discover new inspirational and creative people. It's always nice to visit you!
    http://monicaandrade.blogspot.com

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  20. Lovely photo beautiful eye candy to be seen , but this Italian house doesn't look like other Italian houses  it looks more like your Amercian houses. .would love to meet this Rosanna.
    ciao crafty joan in italy

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