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2013 Spring Colors

by abby on February 25, 2013 | Comment

spring color trends
{image from Pantone}

It’s quite a problem at this point—I’M SO READY FOR SPRING I JUST CAN’T STAND IT!
I want those warmer days, brighter sunshine, and amazing Spring colors!

Above I’ve enclosed 2013 Spring Color Trends as told from the color gurus, Pantone. Pretty, right? I’m loving the vivid green of Tender Shoots and the bright yellow of Lemon Zest.

Did you know, too, that it’s Pantone’s 50th Anniversary this year? Happy Birthday Pantone! Thanks to Lawrence Herbert (founder of Pantone) we now can clearly distinguish one color from the other all the way around the globe by simply referencing a numeric code. Pretty darn cool.

What Spring color are you digging?

Friday Fun: Silly Hats

by abby on February 21, 2013 | Comment

This is Not my Hat

Yesterday I received 3 FANTASTIC photos of our book giveway winner, Kirk, with his copy of THIS IS NOT MY HAT in a variety of…..hats! They were so much fun I certainly wanted to share them with you all.

This is Not my Hat

A kermit hat! I so want that hat. Apparently this hat was “borrowed” from his wife. Where have I heard this before? I couldn’t resist.

abbydora design giveway

Ha—a helmet! Thank you Kirk for sending these photos. I know John Klessen’s picture book went to a great home. A home filled with all sorts of hats! Happy Friday!

What fun will you do this weekend?

Thinking Spring

by abby on February 19, 2013 | Comment

mother's day art

To fight the winter dull drum I’m thinking Spring and bright colors. Last Sunday afternoon (while D was cooking venison stew-yum!) I created a bunch of colorful paint doodles. The goal was just to create as many ideas as I could. These doodles will be scanned and turned into new Spring themed: Mother’s Day cards, thank you notes, and who knows what else! It might seem chaotic on the page, but there are lots of possible designs on those 2 watercolor blocks— just you wait and see!

I also couldn’t resist adding one more touch of color to my studio…
yellow potted daffodils

These potted tiny daffodils make me smile each day. I’m so ready for spring!

How are you fighting the winter gray?

One Day Left To Enter!

by abby on February 12, 2013 | Comment

This Is Not My Hat

Quick reminder that there’s only today and tomorrow to enter to win this book! International Book Giving Day is this Thursday (FEB. 14th) and our winner will be announced that morning at 10am.

I really want you to have the chance to win, so don’t delay! Go to the AbbyDora Design Facebook fan page and click on the “Win this Book” Tab.

Good luck!

Valentine’s Day Fun

by abby on February 8, 2013 | Comment


Valentine’s Day is less than a week away! Do you know how you will be celebrating? When I was young, one of my friend’s would host a Valentine’s Day party. I have such happy memories of those afternoons eating red heart jigglers (remember those from Jello?) and playing silly games.

I think it was those positive thoughts that inspire me to create my red and pink heart cupcake toppers. Don’t these hearts make you smile? They instantly made your cupcakes look fun for both kids and adults! And the best part they work for either store bought cupcakes or homemade. Whoo-ooo! If you want a delicious chocolate cupcake recipe check out the Magnolia Bakery one here.

Looking for a few other Valentine’s Day ideas?
Try this hot chocolate recipe.

See a great collection of funny Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

This video shows you how to say I Love You in a foreign language.

Don’t forget to enter the PICTURE BOOK GIVEAWAY happening on FEB. 14th at 10am!
book giveaway

You could be the lucky winner of this book! Simply click on the book and then on the “Win this Book” tab on our Facebook fan page.

Have a great weekend and stay safe and warm!

International Book Giving Day GIVEAWAY

by abby on February 4, 2013 | Comment

donate a book to a child

Did you know that February 14th is also International Book Giving Day? It’s a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible. What a great idea!

To help this worthy cause, AbbyDora Design is offering a book giveaway! This year’s 2013 Caldecott Medal winner was THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen. I have a copy of this fabulously, funny book to giveaway to 1 lucky winner.

To enter simply click on the book below to be taken to the AbbyDora Design Facebook Page. Click on the “Win This Book” Tab. LIKE the AbbyDora Design Page and then in 3 steps you’ll be registered to have a chance to win THIS IS NOT MY HAT (a $16 value).

picture book giveaway

If you share the contest with your Facebook friends you’ll have more chances to win because shared giveaway wall posts count as EXTRA ENTRIES. Whoo-ooo!

The Winner will be selected by random drawing from all valid eligible entries received. The grand prize drawing will be on February 14, 2013 at 10 am EST. I will be emailing the winner and posting it to our Facebook Fan page too.

This book deserves a good home. Good luck!