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Picture Book Month

by abby on October 28, 2011 | Comment

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November is Picture Book Month! That’s right, those beautifully, illustrated printed children’s books are still important for literacy and still needed in our lives. I bet you can name your own treasured picture book from your own childhood without hesitation. These books need our support!

This international movement to mark November as Picture Book Month was founded by a group of motivated authors and illustrators: Dianne de Las Cases (author & storyteller), Katie Davis (author/illustrator), Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator), Tara Lazar (author), and Wendy Martin (author/illustrator).

The plan of November is to highlight a daily post from a picture book champion to explain why he/she thinks picture books are a vital part of our society. The founders are doing this because a world where solely digital children’s books are available isn’t the right solution. Printed picture books offer their own unique benefits to early literacy education and cognitive development. Don’t believe me? Try sitting with a young child and reading a printed picture book. I bet you the early reader will ask you questions and pose comments beyond the narrative. Why? Because a printed book allows them to pause, reflect, and think for themselves. The early reader becomes the active component to the book. Sitting together reading a well crafted, printed picture book can truly be a magical experience.
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Join the celebration and enjoy an old favorite book or see what’s new and exciting in the land of printed picture books.

Paper Holiday Goodies

by abby on October 25, 2011 | Comment

Playful paper goods has hit the holiday season! This year in addition to my holiday cards I are offering a wonderful selection of holiday garlands and ornaments.

Add a touch of color to your tree, banister, or even store window with these paper garlands. Each one features its own decorative paper pattern and palette. Several of the garlands even feature metallic gold and silver papers! All the garlands are assemble with love and care in my studio.

Merlot and Gold Garland – 9 Feet
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Midnight Blue and Silver Garland – 9 Feet
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I also have garlands that feature original illustrated patterns. There are candy cane stripes, whimsical pok a dots, and even the a winter snow shower created with hand drawn snowflakes of all shapes and sizes.

Holiday Stripes & Dots Garland – 8 feet

whimsical christmas garland

Snowy Day Garland – 8 feet
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AbbyDora Design also is offering paper ornaments in a variety of papers and patterns too! Not wanting to waste any of these beautiful decorative papers, I used the remaining circles and created one of a kind paper ornaments. These ornaments are also a lovely touch to the top of your wrapped holiday gifts.

Victorian Holiday Ornament
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Winter Wonderland Ornament
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Silver Bells Ornament

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Candy Cane and Pok-a-dots Ornament
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There’s so much more holiday fun to be seen in my Etsy Shop. Don’t be shy. Take a moment and get those creative holiday shopping lists going!

Holiday Market Thank You

by abby on October 19, 2011 | Comment

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Thanks to all who stopped by the AbbyDora Design booth at last weekend’s Holiday Market. The weekend was another successful art festival with lots of “oooohs” and “ahhhhs”. One lady visiting the booth said it was a “Whimsical Wonderland!”. Love that description!
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All the items found in my booth are now available at my on-line Etsy shop. Here is a taste of what is available in my holiday card section. Don’t be shy to browse around in other sections too!

Don’t forget that Thanksgiving is coming. Maybe this year you will want to send Thanksgiving cards too?
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I love variety, so I’ve created notecard sets that give you several designs in one box set. Of course, they are each available in their own single design box set as well.
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winter holiday cards

Stay tuned to see more holiday themed paper goods—there are snowflake paper garlands and ornaments coming!

Notecards, Garlands, Prints Oh My!

by abby on October 11, 2011 | Comment

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Get a jump start on your holiday shopping by visiting the AbbyDora Design booth at Rochester’s Holiday Market THIS WEEKEND!

At the AbbyDora Design booth you’ll see a great selection of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chanukah note cards. There also will be handmade paper garlands and ornaments to add touches of the holiday season to your Christmas trees, banisters, and mantles. In addition to the new holiday products, I’ll have prints of my children’s illustration and a whole selection of cards for birthdays and other reasons to celebrate. Send a smile with an AbbyDora Design card!

Here are the details:
October 15th & 16th
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
Fair & Expo Center 2695 E. Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY
$5/person, free to children ages 12 and under

The Holiday Market showcases over 100 local artists and is a great fundraiser for the Junior League of Rochester. All the ticket proceeds from this event help support the Junior League’s GIRLSrock! program, which benefits the lives of girls in the Rochester community.

I hope to see you there!

Hip Hip Hooray

by abby on October 4, 2011 | Comment

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Balloons, garlands, and smiles—oh my!
Today I’m celebrating my birthday and wanted to share with you a few of my favorite birthday cards and garlands created here at AbbyDora Design. Send someone you love a smile on their birthday with a unique birthday card!
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