the weepies + chalk typography. such a good combination.

Cough, cough, cough. Cough. Cough. Apparently, that's how I say 'hello' these days. On top of my lifelong cold (i was born with a cold. yes, seriously.), I've been feeling a little under the weather lately. It's not so fun.

Thankfully, there's copious amounts of apple cinnamon tea in the cupboard and a plenitude of gifts just waiting to be wrapped. Plus, I've got an awesome sister who will venture outside with me to take photos, even when it's three-pairs-of-socks weather. I like her.


ps. any good book suggestions? this sickly girl is in desperate need of some reading material.


  1. I hope you feel better soon! Tea is always good. I'm a huge fan of Agatha Christie, but if you're not a murder mystery person, that's definitely understood.
    I'm drawing a blank for any other suggestions... which is odd because I WORK at a library, for goodness sakes. ;)

  2. Sorry you're sick...reading is def. the thing to do when you have a cold (either that or blogging). Anyway...I don't know much about your reading tastes..I really enjoy old books (usually written before 1970). So here's my list, hope you enjoy some of them.

    Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss (can find online)

    Love Comes Softly/Seasons of the heart series' by Janette Oke

    Ready or Not by Norma Johnston

    The Betsey/Tacy Series/Emily of Deep valley by Maud hart Lovelace

    Elsie Dinsmoore/Millie Keith Series' by Martha Finley

    Jessie Wells/Helen Lester/Tip Lewis and His Lamp (Found online)

    The Five little Peppers Series by Margaret Sidney

  3. Love that wrapping in the first photo!

    And the weepies - always excellent.

    Now books! Obvious suggestion, but have you read the Hunger Games? Super addicting.

    Also, I went through a big Madeline L'Engle kick one winter. I had read "A wrinkle in time" a long time ago, but I really loved her other books like a severed wasp.

    Lastly: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  4. the weepies <3 <3 cannot thank you enough for that music recommendation.

  5. also, any John Green books are amazing. besides that, my favorites are the Perks of Being a Wallflower, I Am the Messenger, The Book Thief, Bird by Bird, Jellicoe Road, & the Catcher in the Rye. just a few.... ;)

    ps. love the hipster triangle in your favicon. ;)

  6. What a beautiful post. Loved it.

    Hunger games! seriously, you should read 'em! They are ahamzing.

  7. i think that God made the weepies just especially for us. seriously. also, your art is stellar. how on earth do you do that? book suggestions.. hmm. janette oke? wait, that was already listed. gr. i have offically drawn a blank. also, your wrapping skills are quite good! i'm considering doing something like this for Christmas. great post :))
    -jocee <3

  8. Hope you get to feeling better, Abbey!
    Book suggestions? I agree with Carli Nicole, definitely the Elsie Dinsmore Series. Such a charming book set and a wonderful author.
    Stepping Heavenward has been a wonderful read too!

  9. Your pictures are stunningly gorgeous (az uzual!). Hope your cold disappears soon! Hm, some of my favorite books are Jane Eyre (best fiction book ever, in my opinion!), Great Expectations, The Blue Castle (also on my top list), and Little Women. :)

  10. Beautiful photography Abbey! I am so sorry you are feeling under the weather.

    Some great books to read are: Pride and Prejudice (Just make through the first two chapters and you will be fine! ;)) Hittite Warrior, God King, Cleopatra, Emily of new moon, and anything mark twain is awesome!

    You should also check out on youtube 'Wive and Daughters.' I don't know about you but I am a bit of a sucker for old fashioned movies. :)

    Let me know if these help!


  11. So sorry you're feeling under the weather. Hope you feel better soon. I'll be praying for you.

    I agree with Carli Nicole, The Five Little Peppers is a great read. ;)
    I also love Little Women, and The All of a Kind Family series.
    The Lamplighter books are a fave as well. Here's the website, You can also buy on Amazon for cheaper.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  12. :) I love the weepies!
    good books? If you're up for a long read, I suggest practically anything Tolstoy. It's absolutely heavenly. His writing reminds me of an evening by the fire. Also... practically anything by Eva Ibbotson. She writes just SO perfectly.
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  13. Sorry you're feeling under the weather, I myself am just coming out of a cold. It's that time of year!

    I second The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm not usually one for books written as letters but this is wonderfully written.
    I also love the Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson, a wonderful mix of everything. History, adventure on the high seas, love, finding one's self.

  14. all of those pictures have my heart. especially the first and last ones. love.
    sorry that you're feeling sick! hope you get better soon sweetpea:-)

  15. Your work is beautiful, friend. And I'm jealous of your crafty skills. ;) Have you read The Book Thief? My favorite book ever. Hope you're feeling better soon! xo

  16. ps. as a fellow typography loving/creating girl, love your chalkboard. ;)

  17. your pictures are just lovely m'dear. That chalkboard is stunning <3

    if you haven't read Anne of Green Gables, you ought. That book has made me cry and laugh out loud.


  18. Lovely pictures, Abbey! You're starting to make me want to pull out my camera and photograph everything within sight. ;)

    As for book recommendations, I would say:

    -Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - It's one of my new favorites. Plus, photographs are incorporated throughout the story. :D
    -The Night Circus - Another new favorite...stories spanning through different decades in the 19th and 20th centuries around a circus that only open at night.
    -The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Long name, yes, but a very interesting read.
    -Little Women - my all-time favorite classic. I also recommend the 1949 and 1994 movie versions, too.

    And The Hunger Games if you haven't read them already...very addicting and stunningly written!


  19. Abbey you're amazing. Even when you're sick you're amazing! I need a chalkboard wall in my life.
    I second Eva Ibbotson--fab.
    And A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, or some of his short stories. I just read Gods In Alabama too and that was brilliant.
    And The Book Thief. Forever and ever, amen.

  20. hmm...weepies + chalkboard art: most certainly one of the top combinations in life. so beautiful, abbey! i hope you feel better the meantime, read CS Lewis in between the novels. i'm a sucker for fiction, but reading his books a little at a time is great :)

  21. Someone already said Little Women, but I'm reading that right now and I'm loving it! Other suggestions.... The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (a short but sweet read) and SummerHill Secrets Seiries by Beverly Lewis. :) And just for fun, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, both by A.A. Milne.


  22. Ever read Room by Emma Donaghue? I started a couple days ago and haven't been able to put it down. It's wonderful. I highly recommend it.

  23. i am still head over heels for your shoes (though sadly i'm no size seven, sniff sniff!). also, the fact that you can draw/write so well with chalk amazes me. i wish i were half as good as you, ha!
    as for books, the help. obviously. ;) and educating alice is wonderful too.
    feel better soon, love!

    twin sister.

  24. Hope you feel better!! I really like Ann Rinaldi's books and also the Boston Jane Trilogy by Jennifer L.Holm. =)

  25. I'm sorry you're feeling under the weather! Get bette in time for Christmas! I haven't been feeling well either. I've had this cold for two weeks, but it's almost gone!!!

    And book... hmmm.... you've probably read the Hunger Games so I'm gonna recommend the Shack and all the Christy Miller books by Robin Jones Gunn. They are kind of elementary but I LOVE THEM. I get so connected to the characters. They're amazing.

  26. That package is so lovely. Oh, and can I have your boots? They're amazing. :)

  27. Love the chalk typography and the wrapped package - lovely.
    You need to read Skellig, by David Almond. It's a short book, but beautiful.

  28. Admittedly, I'm not much of reader, but earlier this year we had to read "Tuesdays With Morrie" in school and I absolutely loved it! It's a great book with some great life lessons! Hope you feel better soon! :)

  29. Yes, the wrapped package is really cool! It is definitely appealing because it follows the rule of thirds.
    God's World Under A Lens

  30. Gracious, you just have the cutest blog ever!!! I was just outside, walking around in the falling snow, and I came inside, sat down with some coffee, stumbled upon your blog and actually read every single one of your that creepy? Possibly, but I enjoyed every moment of it. You are so talented!


  31. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES. Oh my goodness, I am swooning right now. <3

  32. that present!! it is for me!!!! thank you oh so much lovely :)

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