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1. Stitched Up

If you made it to Salmon Falls Open Studios this weekend, it was swell to meet and chat. Thanks for coming by! In between visitors, the above embroidery is something I spent some time stitching. Speaking of which, my mother and I are organizing a beginner embroidery class for after the holidays. If you're in the area and interested, feel free to drop me a line for more information.

And before I forget, Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

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2. Elks and Echinacea

A pattern I'm finishing up at the moment.

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3. Novemberings

Life lately has included illustrating book covers, a Tweed Ride, a whole lot of The Great British Baking Show (see above) and rose tea. So that's that.
Also, goodbye foliage. You outdid yourself, Mother Nature. Fist bump.

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4. Gather Round

Finishing up a card illustration so that she can go winging her way off to the printer's this week.

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5. Kitchen Things

I recently took Elizabeth Olwen's "Pattern Design: Bring Your Artwork to Life on Products" class on Skillshare. It's my first Skillshare class and I'm definitely hooked! Anyhow, I chose for my project to design a range of kitchen goods -- here's how it all turned out.

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6. Days, Weeks, Months and Years

I finally finished up the 2016 tea towel calendar I've been working on! I'm excited to get stitching on these in the coming weeks.

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7. Halloween Coloring Sheets

Oh what the hay, Halloween only comes once a year, so I decided to whip up some PDF coloring sheets. There's two designs included here: the pumpkin celebrants (above) and the mysterious lady (below). Happy coloring!

Free for personal, classroom and library use only, please. Abigail Halpin, © 2015.

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8. Things of a Seasonal Nature

I haven't had a chance to create anything eerie or terrifying for the season, sadly. Assorted projects, "Alfred" and various other things are claiming my attention at the moment. But, fear not (or fear if you want to, I mean, it is October). In the archives here, one can find:

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9. An Autumnal Addendum


Here and there, this and that. I've been working on two book covers lately, staying busy with that. In the meantime, here's what's occupied the spaces in between.

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10. October

Overnight the trees have turned and when I open my eyes in the morning, the first thing I see is a swamp maple gone brilliantly red. And now all I want to do are paint those autumn colors, capturing all of them (or at least as many as I can lassoo) before they fade.

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11. Vera

A quick sketch of DI Vera Stanhope to end the week. I'd tried watching the first episode of Vera a few years back, but ten minutes in, found it too bleak to go further. I recently gave it a second go with another episode, though, and am quite glad. Vera's fashion sense and policing are unorthodoxly delightful and I could stare at the Northumberland scenery all day.

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12. An Armful of Octopuses

A cephalopod-centric pattern I made this week. Working on this, I kept wondering what the collective noun for a group of octopuses was. The internet regretfully informs me that none exists. Sigh...

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13. Maidenhair

A small pencil drawing I just popped in the shop.

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14. September

Owing to the fact that Labor Day's come and gone, I'm finally admitting that autumn is nigh (even if my flip flops claim otherwise). There's something about September, though, that lights a fire under you to get stuff done and I've hit the ground running this week.

I showed a snippet of the above on Instagram the other week. I've got a ways to go still, but I've begun adding color and here's a preview. I'm thinking of maybe turning her into postcards?

Also, what are your favorite books as of late? Bonus points for good Fall reads!

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15. Begonia Blooms

It's a Mod, Mod World...

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16. Star Island


I spent the past weekend on Star Island for Gatsby on the Isles. A 1920's themed shindig, it's a real delight full of top notch company, sharp dressing and hot jazz. I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked, but here's a few snaps that I did manage. The top two are of the Oceanic Hotel (as well as a few revelers) and the bottom is Sunday's sunrise.

And I brought my sketchbook, too. Here's a small sketch I made of Smuttynose Island.

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17. St. Honoré

A hat tip to the fictitious island of St. Honoré (because I just finished reading A Caribbean Mystery).

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18. Girls Who Wear Glasses


I'm knee-deep in summer-ing at the moment. There's been the requisite swimming, some mighty fine cold brew and nights spent reading late, as it's too hot to sleep (not that I'm complaining, mind you).

In addition to things of a seasonal nature, there's been plenty of experimenting going on. I'm finishing up some stickers (see above), working on pins and making assorted things for the shop and fall Open Studios. I'm getting ready to burn a screen, hopefully to print up some tea towels (fingers crossed). And I'm sketching new things, playing with different media, using some downtime to stretch myself creatively.

So all in all? I give Summer a solid five stars.

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19. Summer Sketched

This and that in my sketchbook. It's been awhile since I've drawn purely for fun, so yesterday called for coffee out and some time to doodle. I have all sorts of ideas I want to tackle in the next few weeks, now that my deadlines have eased up. Topping that list, paradoxically, is taking some time to recharge my batteries, in the interest of introspection and experimentation. And in keeping with that, I'm hoping to update this space more frequently while the time allows. Huzzah for Summer!

And speaking of Summer, if you'd like a way to keep track of your warm weather reads, I made this handy printable book list last year.

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20. Round and Round


I turned this...


...into this.

I've almost finished sewing up some infinity scarves and should have them in the shop by end of this week. They're made of a rather delicious organic cotton knit and truth be told, I am having an awfully hard time not keeping one for myself. The muggy temperatures, however, are dissuading me from any such theft (rest assured).

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21. South by Southwest


I'd painted up some odds and ends for a new pattern, then got a bee in my bonnet to turn it into a plate design. I was in Texas last weekend and my head is full of new palettes, places and plants. Case in point, above. See also, below.

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22. Greenery Gathered


Urns and ferns. Say that five times fast.

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23. Front Street


A new print I finished up today. It's watercolor, pencil, collage and a bit of digital tweaking.


* We've got loads and loads of new pages over on the ongoing "Alfred" comic, in case you missed it this past spring.

* I'm enjoying obsessed with this book about artist Eric Ravilious.

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24. Coffee and Tea

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25. Teacups and Tangles

Monday sketchbook-ing.

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