Beachy Boho Chic, Electric Color, and Girl Power

First things first. The joy you see embodied above? That’s my friend’s driveway last Thursday night. Yep. Some of us feel Saturdays have monopolized FUN far too long. And frankly, with my age, North Korea, and a genetic inability to suppress cancerous tumor growth, Sweet Brown and I simply do not have that kind of time…ya know?


A pop-up art party (“Free Up Follies”) rolled into town by way of a surfer’s dreamride, carrying only the cutest vintage-inspired cargo: handmade wearables and whimsical work by artists Jenny Sweeney, Melissa James, and Maddie Reasoner. If we must say bonvoyage to summer, this is my kinda send-off.

You may be familiar with artist Melissa’s amazing photography and abstract paintings spotlighted on Hello Lovely. Melissa was as colorful and comedic as ever, self-deprecating about her inability to wear Yves Saint Laurent lipstick (makes her feel too Carol Burnett…you maybe had to be there).

Maddie and I share a passion for baking, and we talked forever about: her process for growing sourdough starters, the brilliance of shipping container homes, and how gratifying it is to grow your own vegetables. Years ago, I taught this creative to make baby chocolate brioche and country sourdough in the big French Country kitchen I especially miss on baking days, which is to say, daily.

What a delight to meet Jenny Sweeney, whose signature style is as colorful, beachy, and boho happy chic as it gets. It was my pleasure to chat with Jenny about her success in the stationery industry and flight from corporate life to creative liberation (with room for the freedom and folly her soul needs). The heartwarming creatures she paints don’t just exist in her imagination–some of them breathe the air on her mother’s farm! Her authenticity sparkles and shines as brightly as the psychedelic-saucy colors in her favored happy palette…thank you, Jenny, for sharing your heart, your 4-legged blanc d’ivoire baby Mick, and for not hightailing your bitchen bus outta Dodge when this blogger unapologetically lapsed into blogspeak* and enlightened you about the term ‘monetize.’ Oy.

*for non-bloggers, blogspeak is the auditory equivalent of speaking in tongues…I am a repeat offender (and still weird but nice).

Here’s what I took away from this pop-up art show with kindred spirits:

Art heals if we let it.

We truly are…all of us…just walking each other home.

Happy colors can wake up and illuminate weary souls.

It’s good to let your heart be light, even on a Thursday.

Boho Chic Art Party; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

Enjoy these images from the art show and Jenny’s home and do visit

Jenny Sweeney Designs and Melissa James Studio!

Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
White-modern-farmhouse-with boho-chic-art-party-by-Hello-Lovely-Studio
Boho Chic Art Party; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Handmade Vintage Cuffs (Jenny Sweeney); Photo: Melissa James Studio
Handmade Cuffs by Jenny Sweeney; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

Are we surprised that this is what Jenny Sweeney’s studio looks like?

Jenny Sweeney
Jenny Sweeney
Jenny Sweeney’s Happy Boho Chic Home
Charming Colorful Home of the Artist Jenny Sweeney
Vintage Boho Chic Home of Artist Jenny Sweeney
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Art by Jenny Sweeney; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Handmade Wearables by Jenny Sweeney; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Boho Chic Art Party; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Boho Chic Art Party; Art by Jenny Sweeney and Melissa James; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Boho Chic Art Party; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio
Boho Chic Art Party; Painting in Center is “Oh, Hey, Hi”; Photo: Hello Lovely Studio

Can you feel the love in the work and from the hearts creating it?


This should squash any rumors Hello Lovely can’t tolerate color, oui?

Peace to you right where you are.


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    • michele
      September 18, 2017 / 11:39 am

      You would have loved it Cindy! Just the happiest bunch of powerful artsy women. 🙂

  1. September 18, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I can totally feel the love and did I mention my first boyfriend had a bus like that ..? ✌️

    • michele
      September 18, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Is he still alive? I need it. hahahaha 🙂

  2. September 18, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    It was such a gorgeous evening with new kindred spirits. We left Lori’s home with our hearts full! Thank you so much for sharing our little wandering gypsy art adventure in such a colorful and kind way. You are truly lovely and we are full of gratitude.
    Let’s meet at the bus again soon.
    Peace, love and ridiculous fun!

    • michele
      September 18, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Hi Jenny! Gypsy adventures with happy girls are always the best! xox

    • michele
      September 19, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Me too! But I’d also like to visit you and peek at yours since it’s working magic, beautiful soul. 🙂

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