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JenBowles
by the ocean, Massachusetts
Girl Friday, Mom everyday. Artist, writer, blogger, beach lover, Boston sports fan since birth
Interests: Art including Mixed Media, Painting, & Assemblage, Interior Design, Travel, Gardening, finding good Junk
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In addition to creating Altoid tin Nature Boxes, I recently made two driftwood sailboats as a long delayed baby/first birthday Happy Spring gift for a little cutie with a nautical themed nursery. A great excuse to bust into both my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Jen Bowles Design
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I have approximately 372 empty Altoid tins in my studio, thanks mainly to my Dad. 372 may be an exaggeration, but I certainly have plenty. I've pinned several Altoid tin crafts on my Inspiration for Creating board, including this Nature... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Jen Bowles Design
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A few years ago my mom bought me a vintage typewriter at a yard sale. $5 for a 1960s era Smith-Corona Galaxie 12...not a bad score. The ribbon was clearly on it's last legs, though it seemed to be in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Jen Bowles Design
I have plenty of supplies and have Art Journal-ed in the past, but I'd love a creative kickstart to start a new journal. Great giveaway, thanks for offering!
Bedspread and lamp came from Target. Pin board spray painted Apple Green (American Traditions brand I think) :-)
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Yes, you. {Mussel shell from Nantasket Beach, hand cut text from vintage book} Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Jen Bowles Design
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{mixed media Valentine canvas: collaged book pages & layers of paint} Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Jen Bowles Design
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Like, literally. If only actual Peace On Earth was as easy as adding fun-tak to the bottom of some Scrabble letters and sticking them on top of a vintage globe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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While pie may be the traditional dessert for Thanksgiving, there are certain folks among us that do not care for pie (ahem, all of my children & Uncle). Typically Nana volunteers to bring a yellow (or Funfetti if she's feeling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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There's a reason why my mom is known as Mrs. Blossom. She is a master gardener, a seasoned speaker on all matters horticultural, and a flower lover. I'm pretty sure she's never met a dahlia she didn't like. For Autumn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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I had a lovely metal arbor at the entrance to my fenced garden. My mom got it on clearance years ago for $3.90 (90% off, yo!). I put it together myself and then Bobby Law helped me stake it in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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With all the fab colors we used for Ebby's birthday party, the idea of making a rainbow crepe paper streamer photo backdrop (as seen on...Pinterest) was pretty much irresistable. We are fortunate to have a random metal arched arbor positioned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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It's official. I am the parent of a 16 year old. A permit-ted by the Massachusetts RMV to drive 16 year old no less. And that's all she wants to do...but that's a story for another day. This past Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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This looks like fun! SEWN from MAM on Vimeo. Registration begins on June 15th, more info here. Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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Back in February I started the Brave Girls Soul Restoration online class and I'm happy to say that while I haven't completed all the projects, I'm still plugging along. Journaling is a big part of the class. We aren't art... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. To make a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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Last week I was lucky enough to visit Charleston, SC with my mom (along with a special guest appearance by My Cousin Laura). The plan was to escape the cold, gray days of early Spring in New England and enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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I had such good intentions of crafting Valentine gifts this year. Then I got a late start and then the Blizzard of 2013/Nemo hit and we didn't have power for 5 days. Before the lights (and heat) went out, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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A few months ago, I pinned this adorable teacup repurposed as a suet feeder for birds: Source: tuinieren.nl via Jen on Pinterest I actually made a whole bunch before Christmas and gave them as gifts. I did however hold a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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One of my favorite pieces of art that I've made and is actually on display in my house is a collage hanging in our Hall of Woof: The main image is a vintage flash card and the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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I haven't yet made the time to sit down and formally write out a list of resolutions or goals for 2013, but I do have a few floating around my head. Go to more museums. Eat more fruits and vegetables,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at Jen Bowles Design
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Whilst in NYC, I of course made time for a visit to Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center. I mentioned previously that I saw a display there that warranted its own post. And here we are... Yes, that's an entire (faux) wall... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Jen Bowles Design
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We pick up the story of our NYC adventure just as we're leaving Central Park and heading to The World's Most Crowded Greatest Toy Store. As if the wall-to-wall people all day weren't enough of an indication, having to wait... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Jen Bowles Design