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1. Tea and Toast


Bits and bobs, sketchbook things. December, I'm liking you (if for no other reason than I get to hear "Snoopy and the Red Baron" on the radio).

  
 Otherwise?

*I made these cinnamon rolls yesterday. Granted my version ain't going to win any beauty pageants, but they sure do taste fine. Bonus: they're grain-free AND sugar-free.

*I have the mermaid tea towels up in the shop! If you don't see any, I have plenty to keep re-listing, so no worries. And if you want one reserved, feel free to holler at me.

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2. 'Tis the Season

 

Because it's almost that time of year, here's some tags I made for your gift wrapping adventures.

  
Fine print: you'll need a PDF reader to open these. Before printing, I recommend fiddling with your printer settings so that it's at its highest output quality (especially if you choose to run these on card stock). Feel free to print as many as you like for personal or educational use. Hope you like 'em!

 

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3. Wild + Free

 
There might be snow and slush on the ground, but I finally finished the last bits of the wildflower print I started work on this past Summer.

But enough with flowers. I need to start thinking about a Christmas tree...

Happy Friday!

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4. Mr. J. Gooseberry

 

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5. Podcast-tastic

 

Like most freelancers, I end up listening to a lot of podcasts. So I thought I'd put together a list of a few of my favorites.

1. After the Jump: Hosted by Design*Sponge's Grace Bonney, After the Jump is a terrific resource for freelancers, creatives, small business owners and the like. A balance of interviews, tips and how-to's, it's definitely given me a lot of food for thought.

2. Serial: When I first heard that This American Life was doing a spin-off, I'll admit I was skeptical. But Sarah Koenig's made a convert of me and I'm counting down the days until each new episode. What I really love about Serial is the way it takes a story and disassembles it, examining all the bits of information we typically zoom past in this soundbite age. Caveat: Season 1 deals with a murder, so heads up if you're someone who listens to shows with kiddos around.

3. BBC Radio 4 Extra: You guys have no idea how much of this I listen to. For reals. I'm a sucker for radio dramas, so Radio 4 Extra is my auditory Shangri-La. Modern book adaptations, classics in serial form, sci-fi, it's pretty much all here. And speaking of the BBC...

4. Desert Island Discs: Stranded on a desert island, what tunes would you take along? Desert Island Discs poses this question to a terrific range of guests, everyone from politicians to actors, humanitarians to academics. You can also search for shows where the "castaway" choses a particular artist (and yes, I did listen to every show where the castaway chose the Talking Heads).

5. Smart Creative Women: A treasure trove of interviews with women in a wide range of fields, everything from surface design to quilting to illustration and more.

And what else? I figure This American LifeRadiolab and All Songs Considered are a given for most people, but if you don't listen, get a move on ASAP. I don't listen as frequently to How to do Everything and 99% Invisible, but when I do, like 'em a lot. And if you have the slightest interest in comics, Jerzy Drozd's Comics are Great podcast is top notch.

Whew. So what did I miss?

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6. Thirty Fathoms Down

 

Things I am painting/stitching lately. I'm also dusting things off and getting ready to pop a few new prints up on Etsy. That should be all good to go the day after Thanksgiving, cross my heart.

What else, what else?

*Some real nice words about OMG: The Spell Bind over on the Disney Nerds blog.

*I saw Murder on the Homefront the other night and it ain't half bad. Granted the plot's a little thin, but oh goodness, the costumes. Seriously. Hats, wraps, teetering heels, even down to the acid yellow knit vest Lennox Collins sports, it's all a visual treat.

*I'm on pie duty again this year, which begs the very important question: what's your go to Thanksgiving dessert?

Happy weekends!

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7. The Granite State

 

Playing around with type and paint today. New Hampshire, you sure know how to pick a state motto.

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8. Anemone Memory


It's 45 and drizzly out, so I'm going to paint anemones instead, m'kay?

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9. The Forest Clearing

 
A little detail of a print I'm working on at the moment. There's watercolor there, colored pencils, bits of washi tape and a smattering of digital color tweaking. To quote Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet."

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10. The Mysterious Identity of the Masked Mademoiselle


A little something for All Hallows' Eve. Hope your plans tonight involve something seasonally apropos. I caught a showing of Nosferatu the other night (CREEPY) and I'm currently imbibing pumpkin flavored coffee (DELICIOUS), so it's safe to say I'm feeling sufficiently October 31'ish at the moment.

Happy Halloween!

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11. Two Thousand and Fifteen

 

Something I drew for this week's Spoonflower challenge to design a 2015 tea towel calendar. I'm planning to print up a few of these and will have them in the shop right after Thanksgiving.

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12. The Big Apple

 

 



 

Last week I was in New York for a whirlwind 48 hour visit with my sister. I've never been before and whoa Nelly, what a city.

Highlights?

*Meeting the nice folks at Disney Publishing, which was a real treat.

*Breakfast in SoHo at Sant Ambroeus.

*Visiting the top of the Empire State building.

*Seeing Matilda.

*Not doing a face plant on the subway. High five, self.
   
 Also, this was fun. I'll catch you for real next time, Brooklyn.

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13. Plate-itudes

 

Plate painting is fun. And by fun, I mean I am now gripped with a desire to paint ALL THE PLATES.

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14. Chartreuse Chemise

 
More imaginary things I would wear (i.e, opera pink oxfords please and thank you).

And before I forget, The Spell Bind, the next in the "Oh My Godmother" series comes out in a couple weeks (more on that soon). In the meantime, go to here, where there's a Goodreads giveaway of said book going on.

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15. Woven

 
What's on my desk today.

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16. Checkerberry Tea

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17. Halloween Stickers - Free Printable

 
Hey, hey, October! Because Halloween's 'round the corner, here's a free printable for some spooky stickers. I've sized them to fit Avery's sticker paper, but you can always print them out on regular paper and glue them to what have you. These could also be fun printed on fabric transfer paper, added to t-shirts, trick-or-treat bags, etc. In short, have fun and enjoy!

   

 For personal, school and library use only, please. Copyright Abigail Halpin, 2014.

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18. Bespectacled

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19. The Red Shoes


Things I would wear if fit, money and the time-space continuum weren't such a buzzkill.

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20. Chelidonium

 
I'm a seasonal curmudgeon, wincing whenever the praises of autumn are sung too early (read: August). I like fall as much as the next person. But I like summer too, even the scraggly, overgrown bits that are everywhere right now. So I'm forgoing pumpkin-flavored everything to soak up the last of the season (read: swimming, flip flops, open windows at night and the end of the blackberries).

And speaking of summer, one thing I've been working on over the course of the past few weeks is painting a New England wildflower a day. I'm hoping to make a print when I've finished up, so let's see how long the blooms last. And while we're on the topic of prints, I just popped "The Bibliophiles" into the shop this afternoon.

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21. Appledore Island

Something small I painted this week because I needed to draw the sea. She's going up on Etsy come Monday, but for now she's set aside to dry and dream.

And happy weekend-ing!

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22. Garden's End


More patterns being painted at the moment.


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23. Days and Weeks


I started working on a 2015 calendar this week and here's the current month in bloom. Also: how are there only three months left to the year?

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24. Moonglow Mystery

 
I'm in the middle of reading the Lord Peter Wimsey short stories right now, ergo, I have mystery on the brain.

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25. Septemberings

 

 


The view from here.

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