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by abby on December 27, 2012 | Comment

gouache abstract painting

Are you ready for the new year? I am! The the start of 2013 means we all can clear our plates and begin a new. Of course, many of us do this by making a few New Year’s Resolutions. D and I are going to add 1 vegetarian meal a week to our dinners. I’m on the look out for tasty vegetarian recipes. ( Do you have one in your recipe collection? Please share it!)

children's illustration

Professionally, I want to play around more with my watercolors and gouache paints. I want to be daring! I’ve always admired loose watercolor paintings where they layer drawing with washes. I’d like to see if I can add this technique into my art and make it my own.

abby kuperstock watercolor

The Happy New Year painting above was created by cutting up one large painting and arranging it into another piece of artwork of smaller paintings. Cutting the painting into smaller ones makes it easier to be daring with your marks and color choices. I love the feeling of letting loose and just allowing my inner voice to instruct me on what color to add next. Hopefully with repetition I will become more confident and use these techniques in my next series of illustrations. 2013 here I come!
Happy New Year!

What goals do you have for this new year?

Merry Celebrating

by abby on December 20, 2012 | Comment

Bird ornament
{This is our bird ornament called Scooter. We have the tendency to name things!}

It’s finally here—the start of the long Christmas weekend! Whoo-ooo! D and I are heading even more north to spend the long holiday weekend with his family. We are both excited to start the festivities and continue on the traditions (like warm homemade sticky buns on Christmas morning—yum.)

Of course, our own home is decorated for both Chanukah and Christmas. We already celebrated Chanukah earlier in the month and our own Christmas will be happening when we get back from traveling. It’s a true Christmukah at our house. As a bit of fun, I thought I’d share a few snap shots from around our house.

Garfield ornament

As you know I have a soft spot for Garfield, so of course he’s on our tree! Our tree is a great blend of traditional ornaments and fun, playful ones. It’s amazing how your tree shows the personality of its couple or family.

cookie cutter ornaments

Yep, those are Chanukah cookie cutter ornaments! I wanted to add a touch of the “festival of lights” to our tree, so I came up with the idea to hang my menorah and dreidel cookie cutters. I think it looks great and love the blending the two holidays.

And speaking of blending traditions this picture book:

holiday picture book

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, is a wonderful story that shows how one family blends and respects both Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations. Does your family blend traditions too? I’d love to hear what you do!

I want to wish you a VERY merry week of celebrating with family and friends. And I hope you are as content as a snowman sitting in a dish of red and green M&Ms!
abbydora design holiday fun
{Yes, that would OUR candy dish. Isn’t he cute?}

Christmas Mitten Cards

by abby on December 17, 2012 | Comment

Nuestras Manos

My green and red Christmas Mitten Holiday Cards have been the best-selling item in my shop this holiday season. Yay! (You never can guess which item will be the most popular). These cards caught the eye of Alex from Nuestras Manos, a store based in southern California that specializes in vintage and handmade goods. Their store is in a REALLY COOL vintage camper!

Abbydora design christmas cards
{Photos were supplied by Alex of Nuetras Manos}

Their store name translates to Our Hands, so you can see why the Christmas Mitten cards were a great match for their store. The Nuetras Manos shop is very new, so be sure to spread the word to all your friends and family out west that they should definitely stop and check out it out!

The green holiday mittens cards also got the attention of LaTonya Shaw founder of Kurbuhaun.com, a site that promotes handmade goods and artwork. Today she’s featured my Green Mitten Card in her blog called: HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT HANDMADE GREETING CARDS. LaTonya explains how a well designed handmade card can become the gift in itself and that the card should match the person you’re sending it to. “With a bit of creativity, you can turn a card into a great gift. Select greeting cards that leave a little space for you to write a personal message. Words have the power to turn a gloomy day into a wonderful day.” Amen! All it takes is a little time on your end to include a thoughtful handwritten note and there are sure to be smiles on both ends of the mail.

It’s not too late if you haven’t sent Christmas cards yet. It’s the holiday season which means that your card can arrive after the 25th without worry. Plus, many of my holiday cards are now on sale!

What’s the most memorable card you’ve ever received?

Sharing A Holiday Hug

by abby on December 13, 2012 | Comment

holiday hug

I’m going let you in on a secret…I’m a big Garfield fan. This strip is one of my favorites! Doesn’t it just make you smile?! Garfield has a great way of sharing life’s truths with you. My other favorite Garfield truth that’s perfect for Christmas and Chanukah: “It’s not the giving. It’s not the receiving. It’s the loving.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. So, in all of this holiday craziness, I’m sending you a holiday hug to help you regain your composure, exercise your smile, and to feel your heart.

Pass this one to anyone who need a hug too!

Join me at RIT’s Winter Craft Fair

by abby on December 11, 2012 | Comment

funny handmade holiday cards

Want to send unique handmade holiday cards this year? Or maybe you’d like to gift some artwork to a loved one? Then you should absolutely stop by the AbbyDora Design table at RIT’s Winter Craft Fair this Friday Dec. 14th. Here are the details:

RIT WINTER CRAFT FAIR
(ON CAMPUS IN THE SAU)
FRIDAY DEC. 14TH
10AM-4PM

This craft fair showcases the wares from RIT’s own faculty and alumni. There’s a great variety of work: jewelry, sculpture, glass, cards, and artwork/prints. At my table I’ll be selling cute Christmas cards—both as box sets and individual cards. I’ll also have matted children’s illustration prints and my farm and wild animals on wood panels. I’ll also be selling (and signing!) copies of my Old MacDonald Had A Farm book. Finish up your holiday shopping this week at the RIT Craft Fair!

If you are local and interested in attending, you can find out more information and directions here. I certainly do hope to see you on Friday!

Holiday Gift Ideas

by abby on December 7, 2012 | Comment

children's art

Happy Holidays! How are you feeling? Stressed yet? Already finished your shopping? I’m in the middle of mine and so far I’m doing well. Not too much of a stress bunny. I’m a list girl, so as long as I have a list and can cross off items I’m a holiday shopping machine!

In case any of you are stuck on what to gift I thought I’d suggest a few art items available at the AbbyDora Design Etsy Shoppe. Ready to make your own list? Ok!

OLD MACDONALD CHILDREN’S BOOK
abby kuperstock

This Fall I self published my very first book, Old MacDonald Had a Farm. AND right now Lulu.com is having a 20% off SALE. It’s the perfect time to buy! All you need to do is enter the code: FELICITAS at check out.

Better yet, pair the book with a couple of FARM ANIMAL PRINTS ON WOOD PANELS.
kid wall art
dog ready to hang art
You can pick and choose the animals to create your own set. I can even add the child’s name to the animal print.

Perhaps your child or grandchild is more into WILD ANIMALS? I did a series of wild animal portraits too.
Lion Giraffe moneky art
CUSTOM NAME PRINTS
Personalize Butterfly Art

This year gift a personalized name print! Each print can feature a butterfly, ladybug, bee, or firefly and the child’s name. This could be a wonderful gift to a new mom and dad. AND these prints are ON SALE this month too. Each custom print is only $15!

Butterfly Ladybug Honey Bee

I hope sharing these gift ideas were helpful. There’s nothing like giving the gift of handmade artwork!

Happy shopping this weekend!

Hanging Out with Columbus

by abby on December 4, 2012 | Comment

D and I took a trip to New York City over the weekend and thanks to my best friend we got to experience a very cool public art exhibit. It’s an outdoor (but really indoor) installation by Tatzu Nishi called Discovering Columbus and you will soon see why.

This is what we saw when we came out of the subway:
Discovering Columbus

We were invited to climb the stairs inside the scaffolding.
The Living Room art

This is me admiring the view as we climb:
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And on the landing just before we step inside this is what we saw. Amazing!
nishi art
new york city 2012

And finally we stepped inside a newly constructed and fully furnished living room built around the stone statue of Christopher Columbus 75 feet in the air!
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This was the wallpaper:
mickey mouse elvis

You could sit on the chairs, watch a flat screen TV, and admire the amazing views out the windows.
abby kuperstock

I highly recommend seeing this artwork yourself! The city views alone are fantastic. You do need to reserve a ticket, but happily they are FREE. Yay!

Have you recently seen some amazing artwork? I’d love to hear about it.