Friday, January 31, 2014

Bobbins and Keys Available Now, With Free Shipping in February!

I have a thing for old metal parts and pieces, and keys and sewing machine bobbins happen to be two of my favorites.  The ones in this photo have been altered by the addition of a handmade lampwork glass bead that was created directly onto the metal.  They've become extremely popular among collectors, and I never seem to have more than a few of them at any one time on hand in my studio.

So, I decided to use every minute of our snow-filled week in North Carolina to create finished necklaces from these beauties.  For the first time ever, I've listed every single one of them in my online store, and you'll find a great selection there for a limited time.  

Also, between now and the end of the month, if you'll enter the code 'February2014', you'll receive free shipping on all of your online purchases from Jean Skipper Originals

Thank you!  And I hope that you'll be as inspired by these pieces as I was while creating them.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Where On The Worldwide Web Will I Find Jean Skipper Originals?

On the Internet, you'll find Jean Skipper Originals by visiting the websites that follow:

You'll find a visual sampling of my work on My Website.

To purchase from my existing body of work, please visit my My Online Store

I'll attempt to tell a few of my stories and present a small slice of my view of the world on My Blog (That's right, you're here!)

On Facebook, you'll find my business page at Jean Skipper Originals.  Please "Like" me on this page, for updates regarding my show schedule, class opportunities, recent work, and special sales. 

On Facebook, you'll find my personal page at Jean Kessler Skipper.  Please "Friend" me if you'd like to stay on touch on the personal side of life.  (I welcome you to join me on both of my Facebook Pages, as I'm working to eliminate the business overlap between the two.)

For brief descriptions of my work and life, in 140 characters or less, you'll find me on Twitter.

For a visual glimpse of things that inspire and amuse me, you'll find me on Pinterest.

In 2014, I'll be teaching in Stamford, Connecticut, at Art Is...You, Your Mixed Media Art Retreat.  You'll find my class information here.

And finally, in 2013, I co founded a company with Jodi Ohl and Penny Arrowood.  These women are amazingly talented artists and even better friends.  Our company is called ReMePlease click here for more information about ReMe Retreats and Other ReMe Happenings.

Whew!  This seems like a lot, and yet I'm sure that there are others too.  If you're seeking a custom creation, a specific piece that you saw in person at a show or gallery, or the answer to a burning question, please contact me anytime by email at .

Thank you again for your support.  It's helped me to find the courage to live my dreams, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Words of Wisdom From a Vintage Tea Towel

Everything in moderation.
Even tea towels!
Hi.  My name is Jean, and I'm addicted to vintage tea towels.  No brand new terry cloth for me!  I'll choose a brightly colored printed flour sack towel or a lovingly hand embroidered one every time.  And don't even get me started on my fondness for towel sets! 
Years ago, my collection began with like-new beauties that were given to me by my Mother.  She'd had them for years, and she kept them safely tucked away in her cedar chest or in the buffet in our dining room.  Some she made herself, in anticipation of being married one day.  Others were shower gifts.  Interestingly, I don't remember actually seeing any of these towels in our kitchen.  I do remember gathering them around me occasionally on a rainy afternoon and marveling at them.  I use these towels every day now; it's my way of honoring them.

Stay hydrated.
Since acquiring my family heirlooms, I've slowly added to my collection.  Garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores are my regular haunts, and my heart skips a beat when I spot one across the room.  Through the years, friends and family have also generously contributed to my habit, with one of my most unexpected additions being a colorful days-of-the-week set that arrived in the mail from my cousin, Sharon . 

Man cannot live by bread alone.

My friend, Theresa, covets her towels for the noble purpose of making homemade pierogies.  (It's the way her Grandmother made them too.)  And recently I learned that my artsy friends Amy Smith and Jodi Ohl share my love of linens.
The images here are all a part of a beauty that Amy gave me last year.  It was a "just because" kind of surprise, and it even had its original tag.  As we begin the new year, it hangs on the front of my stove and serves as a reminder to make one positive decision at a time on the road to good health.   Thank you again, Amy! 

Danger Ahead!
Make a good decision.

Everything tastes better with
a cherry on top.


Say cheese!
One ounce at a time.
Mushrooms are an excellent choice!
Especially when they're
sauteed in butter.  ;-)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Where In The World Will I Find Jean Skipper Originals?!?

Here's to a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2014!  At this time of year, my heart overflows as I pause to appreciate all of the blessings in my life.  Personally, I'm thankful to be surrounded by the love of friends and family.  Professionally, I'm forever grateful that I've been given the opportunity to make my living as an Artist.
Life in this business moves and changes quickly.  With that in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an updated listing of the galleries and boutiques that represent my work.  This doesn't begin to describe the people behind each of these establishments!  They're warm, welcoming, and witty; and I promise that a visit to any of them will leave you with a smile on your face and a longing for a return trip.  

These dear hearts have also been infinitely patient with me this year as I navigated a variety of family challenges, and they mean the world to me.  Many of their businesses offer an internet shopping experience too, so be sure to visit them online by clicking on each of their names.  

Currently, you'll find my work in the business locations that follow:
Artestry Hideaway (New Location Behind Clawson's Restaurant!)
129 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC, 28516 , (919) 244-7354

Artful Living Group
112 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC, 28428, (910) 458-7822

Blue Horse Market 
3196 Vass Carthage Road, Carthage, NC 28327, 910-9492996

Blue Pelican Gallery
57762 NC HWY 12, Hatteras, NC, 27943, (252) 986-2244

Books to Be Red
34 School Road, Ocracoke Island, NC, 27960, (252) 928-3936

Hands Gallery
543 West King Street, Boone, NC, 28607, (910)262-1970

Just Be
358 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, 27401, (336) 274-2212

Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts
113 South Howe Street, Southport, NC, 28461 , (910) 457-0957

NOFO@The Pig
2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC, 27608, (919) 821-1240

Pea Island Art Gallery
27766 State Road 12, Salvo, NC, 27972, (252) 987-2879

Plum Crazy Boutique
1180 Duck Road, Duck, NC, 27949, (252) 261-1125

River to Sea Gallery
225 South Water Street, Chandler's Wharf in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC, 28401, (910) 763-3380

So Me Artisan Wares and Jeweler's Studio
3394 Saxonburg Blvd., Suite 530, Glenshaw, PA, 15116, (412) 767-8818

Swank Coffee and HandmadeMarket
232 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC, 28387, (910)692-8068

Vintage Cottage (Formerly Circa Gallery)
150 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC, 27203, (336) 736-8015

Opportunities with additional venues are also in the works, and I'll update you here as these new relationships are established.  If you know of a business that might benefit from representing my collection, please contact me anytime at or by leaving a comment here.  I'd love to hear from you!