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Friday Giveaway: Rainy Showers Bring Fall Flowers

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It’s been raining here in Brooklyn all week. I don’t know about you, but I sure need a pick-me-up!

Luckily this week we’re giving away one of artist Jenn Bell’s Pansy or Echinacea Wall Hangings– made of copper, glass, and enamel, and a sure to keep the flowers blooming year round.

I talked to Jenn for a few minutes this week about how she creates creates her handmade pieces.

“There are daily accidents that turn out to be gorgeous,” says Jenn of her creative process.

What does she mean by that?

“… As I’ve grown up I’ve realized that you have no idea where each day is going to take you and rolling with the punches makes everything better. I’m incredibly hard on myself, so I have pieces all over my shop that I have deemed unacceptable. Friends come over and just randomly point and say, “I like that one.” So I take it to a show and someone else likes it. Sometimes making art seems to be this balance of listening to your gut and ignoring it all at the same time.”

Here’s Jenn at work in her studio.

And the lesson this week is that it’s quite alright to give yourself a break every now and then.

Leave a comment below to win one of Jenn’s beautiful handmade wall hangings, and let us know what you’re doing this weekend to give yourself a break.

As always, you can leave a comment on our Facebook wall, or tweet @uncommongoods to triple your chances to win.

Written by julia

Julia is the Community Outreach Manager.

75 Comments

  1. zanvia

    These are so unique…I love them! I love how the colors she chose play off the copper. Very very nice!

  2. mrkaboom

    those are really nice. theyll look great on my wall.
    im going to go shopping this weekend for a break

  3. Russell

    These are beautiful; and I would love to have it on my wall! I am spending my weekend painting birdhouses, gardening, playing with the dogs & doing some home improvement projects! Enjoy your weekend too Jenn! ~Russell

  4. Jessie

    I work a lot this weekend, but I think my new husband and I are going to go in search of hot cider and doughnuts – the most wonderful fall treat!

  5. Ashley

    Love love love these… I have been shopping on your site most of the afternoon for holiday gifts.

  6. Lizabeth Simonson

    My plans for the weekend w/two boys: FIVE soccer games, TWO baseball games, one sleepover birthday party and one basketball practice. All starts at 7:15pm Fri. night. Ends at 5:30pm Sun………..I’ll be ready for Mon. to get here!!!!!!

  7. Laura McGregor

    Beautiful work! This weekend = apple picking and cider tasting in the gorgeous New England fall weather!

  8. kellie kimbrough

    oh, those are so pretty! i will be visiting dc and then unpacking from moving last weekend on sunday.

  9. kimmie

    These are gorgeous!!! Daisy is without a doubt the most beautiful flower in the world!!! Love the work!!!
    Tomorrow celebrating breast cancer awareness month and national card making day by making cards at a breast cancer event!!! :)

  10. Corie

    This weekend I’m babysitting my beautiful niece, Violet and my mom is coming in to town for a visit and staying with us.
    Should be loads of FUN!

  11. Audra Carlson

    These are amazing! I’m in Ct and it has been a rainy drab week here as well. So this weekend I am shaking outta this lame funk by making bright art works. I think I might focus on owls, maybe some mixed media owls I have been saving scrap paper from other crafts. Again these are so pretty!

  12. Lena

    going to a detention center to spend some time with kids from broken families and planning to have lots of rest after this crazy week.
    nice job with those!

  13. Raquel

    I love it when innovative ppl contribute to the world’s beauty with their creativity. Plans for this weekend very simple house work and more unpacking. ;)

  14. Courtney

    Lovely artwork! This weekend my baby is staying with his favorite Aunt to give Mom and Dad a chance to roam the city streets, searching the antique shops and flea markets for the perfect new home decor.

  15. Kerry Feiman

    Going to The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Co, the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. We are taking a ghost tour and planning on having a great time.

  16. Anne

    Love it–”Listen to your gut and ingnore it at the same time.” Words of wisdom to those of us occasionally in an artistic rut. On Saturday, I’m going to the University of Toledo Homecoming Parade, and on Sunday a soy-wax printing workshop. (To un-rut.)

  17. Karla

    these are beautiful – I would love to win one!
    This weekend I’m participating in a local art and music festival called Arts Goggle in Fort Worth, Tx – can’t wait!!

  18. Deanne Ross

    Heading to DC for Crafty Bastards on Saturday
    and then it’s Philadelphia Swap-O-Rama-Rama
    on Sunday. A weekend full of arts & crafting!

  19. Shanelle

    I own a small bakery and we have market this Saturday so most of my weekend will be spent there. Sunday I plan to put on sweats and watch a movie with my hubby while snuggling my little baby!

  20. Christina Huber

    Don’t have much in the way of relaxing on the schedule, but maybe a movie and a glass of wine! :)

  21. Jennifer

    Love these wall hangings! I’m taking my mother to a horse show for her birthday this weekend.

  22. Kimer

    These are just delightful! Seeing it made me smile.

    I am off to Atlanta for a ‘working’ intimate gathering/retreat for owners of small-women-owned businesses. Hope I packed my corkscrew!

  23. Jessica Wells

    Gorgeous flowers! To give myself a break, I’m taking my fiancee to see a panel discussion on “The Case for Gay Marriage.” YAY!

  24. Shalane Hampp

    This weekend is my Colleges Homecoming weekend! We have an “Across the Decades” theme with our Womens Basketball Team float being Avatar.”Lady Hardrocker Basketball is the future!” We also have our Football game as well as my teams first “official” practice of the season Sunday!

    Shalane dee <3

  25. Pat

    I love copper and have many things made with this metal in my home. I’d love to add these beautiful plaques!
    If the weather clears up I may go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Chili Pepper festival!

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