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1. 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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2. 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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3. Anemone Memory


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

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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. Woven

 
What's on my desk today.

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11. Checkerberry Tea

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12. 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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13. Bespectacled

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14. Septemberings

 

 


The view from here.

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15. 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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16. 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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17. Garden's End


More patterns being painted at the moment.


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18. 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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19. Hot Ginger and Dynamite

 
I attended the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate this past weekend (you can see photos here and here). In light of that, drawing a flapper seemed apropos today.

And the subject line means I have to link to this. I remember watching that episode as a teenager, then proceeding to beg my piano teacher if she could track down said sheet music. Spice Girls? Pft. This was my high school jam.

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20. Yodelayheehoo

 

Something I drew for this week's Spoonflower challenge, "Hiking." This week's theme uses a specified color palette that's pretty far removed from anything I'd typically choose. That said, I actually liked dealing with color constraints and enjoyed the challenge.

Full disclosure: I would totally wear a pair of shorts like the below alpine maid is wearing. Mmm hmm.
   

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21. Maine Mountains

 
Sorry for the slow updates. It's been busy here at the moment with work and I'm also trying my darndest to soak up every last bit of Summer. Here's a pattern I drew a few weeks back, inspired by childhood's spent camping up in Northern Maine. I miss listening to loon cries and campfires more than you can possibly imagine.

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22. "The Ghost is Me"

 
 Listening to this made me draw that.

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23. Green Leaves

 
Something I started for fun recently. It's big (well, for me) measuring 30 inches high and I'm having the time of my life painting vines and leaves and every green thing I can think of.

And I just posted an about/FAQ page on the sidebar. There's information about illustrating digitally, commissions and other assorted items. If there's a specific question I didn't cover, just let me know and I'll try to pop it in there. Hope this helps!

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24. The Red Shoes


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

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25. 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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