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Holiday Bazaar 2017

by abby on November 15, 2017 | Comment

children's art
{Our colorful booth!}

Happy November!
I’m getting into the holiday spirit already. I got a little help from hosting this year’s Friendsgiving for our close group of friends. Nothing like a gathering people you love around a table with good food to put yourself in the right state of mind.

And now there’s more holiday happenings coming this weekend—it’s the annual HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the Rochester Museum & Science Center! AbbyDora Design will have a booth on the Mezzanine level (606 on the map).

    Here are the details:
    FRI NOV 17 5-9pm
    SAT NOV 18 9:30-5pm
    SUN NOV 19 11-4pm

Our table will be filled to capacity with as much color as we can fit! There will be framed and panel original art, matted fine art prints of all sizes, unique holiday cards, and many other paper goodies, too!

OH! And when you stop by, ask me about the new artwork I’m creating on right now. And maybe, just maybe I’ll share a sneak peak with you.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Anniversary and News

by abby on September 7, 2017 | Comment

number 8 with paint tubes

September is starting off with a bang of confetti. My company just celebrated our 8th anniversary! (check out my happy dance on Instagram). I can’t quite believe it’s been that long, but time flies when you are doing something you love, right?! My heart is full and I want to say thank you to all who has supported me and AbbyDora Design over the years. Here’s to a great 8th year!

I also wanted tell you that this year AbbyDora Design will not be at Rochester’s Clothesline Festival. It’s a little painful, but after 3 years in a row, we needed a break. But don’t be too sad, because we will be showing at November’s Holiday Bazaar at Rochester’s Science Museum. I’ll be sharing the details and maybe even a sneak peak of new art closer to November.

Newly Published Picture Books

by abby on August 24, 2017 | Comment

Abby Dening is sitting with picture books she designed in her lap
Eeeee! I received a present in the mail yesterday. A whole box filled with picture books that I designed! I’ve been designing books for 13 years and it never EVER gets old to see your creativity and hard work get transfered from screen to a beautifully bound book. I do love all formats of books, but I’m partial to a printed picture book.

children's picture books designed by AbbyDora Design

This group of books is published by Two Lions which is an imprint of Amazon. All the books are currently available, so check out the titles on-line, at a book store, or at your local library! To help you here are the titles: DUCK AND HIPPO IN THE RAINSTORM, DUCK AND HIPPO LOST AND FOUND, I AM NOT SCARED, BROBARIANS, SPLATYPUS.


New Happy Thoughts Quote Print

by abby on May 26, 2017 | Comment

I Love You a Bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck print

Hi Friends!

My grandmother and mother used to say this phrase to me growing up: “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”. Are you familiar with it?

For many years, I thought that this was the full quote, until 11 years ago when I met my husband. One night he said to me: “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…and a kiss upon the cheek!” What? There was more? The fact that he a) knew the quote and that it was special to his own childhood won him points and then b) he knew the ending, well, I took this as another sign that he and I were meant to be together.

Now fast forward to this Spring. It’s been a hard few months as I lost my grandmother who was a creative force and a mentor. I recently felt the urge to use this quote in an art project. At AbbyDora Design, we have a HAPPY THOUGHTS print collection. These are prints that offer visual inspiration and positive intention. The “I Love You a Bushel” quote fits right into this collection and I’m pleased to say I now offer the quote in the colorful design above and in a blue palette. Both designs are now available in our Etsy Shop.

Big hug,

RIT Spring Craft Fair

by abby on March 30, 2017 | Comment

Can you sing the song about these frogs?

I wanted to let you know that I’ll be at RIT’s Spring Craft Fair this Friday March 31st from 9-4pm.

We’ll be celebrating Spring with all sorts of Spring-themed artwork. Like what you ask? Speckled Frogs and Yellow Ducks!

children's art print

Baby Animals!
children's art by Abby Dening

Mother and baby giraffe with alphabet

And there will be many more pieces too, but you’re going to have to come by our table on Friday or visit our Shop.

Whole-Hearted Living

by abby on January 9, 2017 | Comment

watercolor purple and red heart

Happy 2017! I hope your first week of all the new year went well. At the start of a new year, I like to reflect on where I am in path for my career and my life. So, I recently rewatched a TED TALK by Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. It’s a worth your 20 minutes, I promise. It’s very inspirational. Brown hits several great points, but there’s one in particular that I latched onto. In this talk she defined the word courage slightly differently than the modern definition:

“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”

Please read that quote again.

This view of courage brings its meaning back to inner strength and authenticity to one’s self. This courage is about hearing the whole story. Your story includes your strengths and your struggles. The good and the bad. The joy and the fear.

Another way you can describe these types of courageous people are whole-hearted folks. They live with their full heart and accept imperfections.

I’ve decided that, “whole-hearted” is my word for 2017. I am going to embrace myself whole-heartedly. Will you join me in this mission? Let your entire self be seen and live with a whole heart.

Spread the courage!

Art Heals

by abby on November 15, 2016 | Comment
Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Mother Rabbit and Daughter Star Gazing | Mixed media on paper

Art heals the troubled soul. That’s what I’ve been saying lately. And this week, I’m focusing on preparing for my first holiday show of 2016, the HOLIDAY BAZAAR at the Rochester Science Center and Museum, so I can help make the world a more beautiful and loving place.


Holiday Bazaar table for AbbyDora Design

The practice run of our display table.

Our display table will be jam packed with artwork to make you and your child or grand child smile. I promise! Interested in attending this show and support local upstate artists? Here are the details:

2016 Holiday Bazaar

FRI November 18th 5pm-9pm
SAT November 19th 9:30am-5pm
SUN November 2oth 11am-4pm

Rochester Museum & Science Center
AbbyDora Design’s Table
Main building (bldg #1)  in Space #606, on the Mezzanine
(use the back stairs to reach the mezzanine level)

children's print sale

OH OH OH! There’s more! It’s time for me to clear out space in my studio, so this weekend I will be offering special SALES on select prints and original art! The earlier you arrive the more you are going to save! Oh yeah.



A Gift

by abby on September 30, 2016 | Comment

Abby Dening children's art

Happy Friday and Happy Fall!

After a whirlwind month, I’m taking some time off to relax and re-energize. Before I go, I want to share with you a gift I received earlier this week from Mrs. C, who is a major AbbyDora Design supporter.

I’m always so touched when I have clients who return again and again to purchase my artwork. At this year’s Clothesline Festival, Mrs C shared that she has 8 of my children’s art prints in her house! Truly amazing. I am so touched.

AbbyDora Design prints and cards

I know after I sell a piece it goes out into the world to be enjoyed on walls, but I rarely get to see the final framed product. This week Mrs. C graciously sent me several photos of my framed art in her house.

Abby Dening animal art

Didn’t she do a great job at grouping and framing the prints? I love the deep teal painted walls because it really makes the color of my art pop.

What else can I say? I’m all smiles.

Big Thanks!

by abby on September 14, 2016 | Comment

photo of AbbyDora Design booth at Clothesline Festival in Rochester

Wow—what a great weekend!
Thank you to all who came to the AbbyDora Design booth. I enjoyed meeting everyone. There were so many wonderful stories shared with me last weekend about where my artwork is located and enjoyed.

I’m honored to know that my art is in:
teacher and administrator’s offices
children’s bedrooms
children’s bathrooms (you know those whales, ducks, and frogs need their water!)

It’s just amazing. I’m fulfilling my job by spreading joy and color!

Clothesline 2016 is Coming

by abby on August 29, 2016 | Comment

Memorial Art Gallery art show postcard

Hi all!
I’m happy to announce that this year I’ll be back at the Memorial Art Gallery’s art show, CLOTHESLINE FESTIVAL! I know I’m not the only one who’s hoping for beautiful sunny skies and warm weather for the art-packed weekend.

This 400+ artists art and fine craft show is taking place on September 10th 10-6pm and September 11th 10-5pm . There’s live music and local restaurants and food trucks, too. It’s a great time to transition into Fall and start your holiday shopping.

Our booth will be located in the same spot as last year:

(near the University Ave and Goodman Street entrance)

Keep your eyes open for our bright green and blue banner and a tent filled with colorful children’s art (originals and fine art prints) and paper goods for all ages.

children's art prints and note cards

I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!