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1. Freya Blackwood’s Books Make the Perfect Gift

It’s true. You can’t deny it. Freya Blackwood‘s art is so exquisite that whether it’s for a Christmas or birthday gift, or a ‘just because I want it’ gift, every household should own a piece of her talent. And of course, coupling with superb artists of writing makes purchasing decisions all that much easier. Two […]

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2. happy birthday to this legend!!!

starry eyed mickey
12x12 acrylic on canvas
i debated whether or not to *share* this on my blog (as you won't find it on my website or my public facebook page) because it's disney and we all know how disney is with their characters/copyrights (rightfully so). however...

after some dark days recently in the world (and the fact that it is this legend's birthday today) well, i thought i would brighten up the times with some COLOR and HAPPINESS! i mean c'mon, how can you not SMILE when you see Mickey Mouse?! :)

***{i am NOT a fan of painting other people's characters, especially so spot on, for obvious reasons although i know people do it all the time. this was a special request from a friend who is a HUGE Mickey fan. my head is overflowing with ideas for my own work so therefore i am NOT taking commissions for things such as this. anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me for something special...be it a custom painting or drawing. i'd be more than happy to accommodate you.}***

this guy though...not too shabby for 87, eh? ;)

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3. Beartime Stories

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4. Birthday Muffin book is Coming to ipad

Illustration work is completed for "Birthday Muffin" written by
author, Marcia Trimble.
A deliciously yummy cupcake adventure for the sweet toothed!
(ipad app coming soon)    

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5. always thinking about CAKE....

there's always room at the top...for a hug!
12x12 acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 
with my birthday coming up in a few days, well i have CAKE on my mind (but that wouldn't really distinguish it from any other day of the week)...

anyhoo, here's a little flashback friday to this sweet treat from last November...'cause even Hello Kitty deserves to eat CAKE on her birthday! ;)


now...GO EAT CAKE!!! :)


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6. Piñata Birthday Party!

by Patrice Barton
From I Like Old Clothes, by Mary Ann Hoberman, Knopf, 2012

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7. a birthday celebration....

painting tiny dots...
©the enchanted easel 2014
almost done!

...'cause every good cat costume needs a pretty red bow.
©the enchanted easel 2014

perhaps someone has tapped into my Mally Beauty stash...;)
©the enchanted easel 2014

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8. 2014 Thurber Birthday Gala

Each year we gather with a few hundred of our closest friends to celebrateSONY DSC James Thurber’s 120th Birthday. Thurber House friends and supporters gathered at The Westin Columbus around for drinks and appetizers, followed by dinner, and of course, birthday cake. Our wonderful host, Wayne Lawson, made sure that the “laughter” portion of our mission was a big part of the evening with his charm and wit. As the role of the host is often to make sure that everyone knows each other, he asked our new Executive Director, Jennifer Gregg, a series of questions to give the crowd an idea of who she is and what she likes (yes, cheesy chips came up… more than once). She also had a surprise for the audience in the form of Golden Tickets that a handful of lucky guests found under their chairs, each of which held a gift certificate to the upcoming series of our 2015 Evenings with Authors.Dan Zevin1

The evening moved forward with our featured guest, Dan Zevin, the winner of the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Zevin’s book, Dan Gets A Minivan, Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad, is the hilarious account of how he discovered and coped with the changes in life that come with being a father. His stories were accompanied by hilarious home movies, and passages from his book.SONY DSC

Last but not least, a party is not a party without gifts! Thanks to the generous contributions from organizations and businesses around the city, many guests took home prizes that ranged from wine, to hand made ceramics, to a great adventure at the Columbus Zoo.

Special thanks also to our corporate sponsors (listed below), The Westin Columbus,
The Ohio Arts Council, GCAC, and The Columbus Foundation!

Crane Group
Friends of The Ohio State University Libraries
Huntington National Bank
Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University
Park National Bank
Phi Kappa Psi, In Honor of Norm Spain
PNC Bank
State Auto Insurance
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
The Westin

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9. my couch is now complete!

there's always room at the top...for a hug!
©the enchanted easel 2014
so loving these throw pillows courtesy of fine art america.

visit my shop here http://fineartamerica.com/products/there-is-always-room-at-the-top-for-a-hug-nicole-esposito-throw-pillow-14-14.html to pick up one for your little one....or for your not so little one! ;)

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10. forward...launch!

As announced on Friday, I'm embarking tomorrow on a birthday month poetry challenge inspired by fellow Piscean Laura Shovan's February Poetry Projects (if you haven't, check out three years' worth here, here and here).

I got to thinking about the word "MARCH"  and all the other great words that end in -CH.  I realized that I have a particular fondness for words that end in -ch; they show up in my poems again and again.  So I'll be stretCHing myself to post five -CH poems weekly throughout March.  I'm allowed one previously published per week, but most will be brand-new.

Please join me in this CHallenge, poetry friends!  If you can't write with me every day, maybe you'll share your one or two per week, or your five-in-a-row, or your favorite poem by another author including the -CH word of the day....I welcome your participation, however you choose to do it!

I'll post my poem each evening, and you can send me yours by email or by leaving it in the comments for that post.  I'll round up as we go and on Sunday mornings, and at the end of the month there will be a PRIZE for the "StretCHiest MarCHer" who contributes the most poems!

To get us started, here's a poem from my first book, Squeeze: Poems from a Juicy Universe (2005).  I'm hoping this will encourage the crocuses that I know are out there straining against two layers of frozen snow!


Crocuses are rocketing
            inch by inch
                   out of the crumbled earth

the yellows aim for the sun
the purples push          toward deep space

         and inside
little astronauts in orange suits
    cock their ruffled helmets
                                toward spring

Heidi Mordhorst
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And here is the collection of -CH words, one muscular verb for eaCH weekday of MarCH, that I'll be using to enriCH my little patCH of the Kidlitosphere with as muCH poetry as I can.  It should be a cinCh, but if I find I'm parCHed of poems and miss a day, then ouCH--but I'll reaCH in and try again.   Don't believe me?  Just watCH!

Forward...MarCH CHallenge: Dates and Words

2 march
3 stretch
4 twitch
5 punch
6 fetch

 9 preach
10 sketch
11 smooch
12 pitch
13 arch

16 inch
17 lurch
18 botch
19 lunch
20 hatch

23 clutch
24 crouch
25 snatch
26 perch
27 quench

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11. Happy 99th Birthday to Beverly Cleary

Beverly ClearyHappy birthday to a living legend.

In celebration of the day, here is a recap of all my posts about Saint of Yamhill from last year, when I re-read many of her books.

A Realization

Homesick for Klickitat Street and A postscript

Spunky Girls (Ramona), Ramona, Relatability, and SerendipityHenry Huggins

Mr. Henshaw


Filed under: Miscellaneous Tagged: 99, beverly cleary, birthday

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12. A Rainbow Is A Rainbow!

A rainbow is a rainbow, 
with whom you ride it is all that matters! 

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13. Happy Birthday Dear Toad

From TOAD EATS OUT, by Susan Schade and Jon Buller, Random House, 1995.

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14. Happy Botday!

BIRTHDAYBOT by Patrick Girouard

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15. Draw Tip Tuesday - Personalized Birthday Card

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

I hardly had any time to make this week’s Draw Tip Tuesday, but since it’s my birthday today , I thought I’d do a real quick one, with a festive theme!
If you happen to have ran out of wrapping paper and need some, make it yourself y filling a whole page, or use this exercise to make a personalized card.

Whatever you do, Make Awesome Art!

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16. Birthday Art

Birthdays in my house are an occasion to create original cards and invitations.  Here is some of my art from birthdays past.

Steven James Petruccio

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17. Birthday

Theresa Brandon, www.theresabrandon.com,

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18. Birthday for A Little Princess

Some years ago I was asked to step in to illustrate " A Little Princess"  for Penguin Books because the original artist commissioned became ill.  I had just finished " SHARKSI" for them so this was a pleasant departure.

" And what a party it was."
from  A Little Princess

Steven James Petruccio

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19. Kickin' off my 30s with a SALE!!

Visit the shop here.

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20. Personalized Book in English

We will publish new world wide Meon Book site recently.

The titles of books are translated to English. You can change titles as you like. Our fantastic illustrations will be accepted well.

Personalized Book Meon Book

We will expand globally, and deliver happy gifts for birthday, anniversary, new baby,  christmas and weddings.

Please vist.

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21. Peek-a-boo it's for you; a collection of vintage greeting cards

I adore vintage greetings cards so finding this collection rather made my day!  The cards were given to a little girl called ‘Briony’ between her birth on the 28th December 1946 and her second birthday in 1948. As much as I love these, I can’t keep everything (as Terry is happy to remind me) so these are listed for sale on my website.  If you would like further details, please follow the links. I'm always happy to reduce prices for job lots.

Peek-A-Boo -  unused miniature greeting card. This adorable card is a little creased but other than that it's in perfect condition. The wording inside reads 'It's for you'.

Congratulations to Baby and you. This delightful die cut card features a baby in a crib surrounded by flowers. The verse inside reads - rejoicing in your happiness, sincerely wishing too that life and love may always bless your little one and you!

Happy Landings. This pretty card was produced in 1946 as part of the Victor and Mabel Evershed range. It was given to Briony on the occasion of her birth on the 28th December 1946. Inside reads - Congratulations! I hear the great Little Person has arrived. It's signed by Vi and Eric with every good wish. Hand coloured flowers at the bottom of the card and a pink ribbon bow. The illustration is signed 'LP' there is a little browning to the centre of the card but is otherwise in good condition.

Tom Tom the Pipers son stole a pig and away he ran, over the hills and far away to wish you luck on your first birthday.

Good luck from Tom, good luck from me for this and every year, may life be bright as bright can be and bless you, baby dear!   If you look closely you might spot the farmer chasing after Tom. These tiny details really bring the card to life.  

For Baby's Very First Birthday Super greetings card from 1947. "Creeping here and reaching there, bright eyes searching everywhere, may your eager heart find, too, this Happy Birthday wish for you!" With hand written message "Love & kisses, darling from Auntie Tubby." Sweet black and white image on the inside of a baby with a teddy, toy dog and rattle.

Birthday Wishes now you're ONE YEAR OLD today! Lovely card given to Briony on her first birthday in 1947. Delightful verse inside reads - Everyone knows, from your head to your toes you're a Darling! So this will convey fond love, and the very best wishes of all, to greet your first birthday today. Hand written greeting 'From Gerda To Briony x' .

Two original vintage gift tagsTwo of the prettiest little gift tags you are ever likely to find.  Both are used, and both were attached to parcels given to 'Briony' for Christmas 1947.  The first shows a hand coloured rabbit with a red bow and a lovely fluffy white tail. The message on the card reads To Briony with lots of love from Barbara Merry Christmas. The other shows a windmill with the words To Dear little Briony from Nellie with love. I'm sure it would be very difficult to find two others quite like these.

Hickory Dickory Dock Part of the Alpha Series made in Britain. Folding nursery rhyme card 'Hickory Dickory Dock the mouse ran up the clock! The clock struck one the mouse ran down! Hickory Dickory Dock. Many Happy Returns! Message reads - With love & kisses from Gillian xxx. Pretty colour illustrations inside and out.

Here is Teddy watch him run Charming die cut card "Here is Teddy watch him run to greet you on the day you're one" produced by G. Delgado, London in 1947. Message on back reads ‘With lots of love and kisses'  Single sheet die-cut card.

 A Christmas Smacker Delightful die-cut card featuring a smiling 'sailor' duck. Card stands 6" tall. I just love this happy smiling chap in his sailor outfit.  There is a sweet verse, inside - Here's a LUCKY CHRISTMAS DUCKY! He's really quite a "QUACKER" - For he's bringing you a CHRISTMAS HUG and a great big CHRISTMAS "SMACKER"! The card was given to Briony in 1948, but the handwritten greeting just reads "with love from Nicolas"

Peek-A-Boo - I see you!

Thank you for taking the time to look at some of my vintage greeting cards, there are many others in stock here

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22. Themed art - Birthday

I'm not sure if I've posted this one before, birthday images are a bit thin on the ground in my work. It's from Tim Wynne-Jones' The Boat in the Tree  (Front Street, 2007 - now Boyds Mills Press).

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23. Themed art - Birthday

It can be so very hard to wait....

Tara Larsen Chang, Watercolor on paper
(also featured on my newly updated website: www.TaraLarsenChang.com)

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24. Birthday sketch

A quick sketch I did to wish a friend a Happy Birthday...
June Goulding

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25. apples, stars...and cake

©the enchanted easel 2014
...because cake is always important! ;)

{a piece of my painting in progress...to be released on november 1st in honor of a special character who is turning the big 4-0. *hint*-she's a girl dressed in a cat costume. not quite sure i get that, but i love her anyway. ;)}

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