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theblackapple
Illustrator/Writer/Rabbit
Interests: rabbits, children's book illustration, sea monsters, old dresses, luna moths, apples, cats, painting, sewing, birds, buttons, pineapples, strawberries, polka dots, stripes, calico, stripes, swans, t-strap mary janes, tom waits, renee french, adrian tomine, dan clowes, richard sala, knee socks, real letters.
Recent Activity
It was never on purpose, but they just started showing up. : )
Toggle Commented yesterday on Meanwhile at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thanks so much Megan! :D
Toggle Commented yesterday on Meanwhile at (Inside A Black Apple)
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We've decided that everything will be so diffuse nowadays...little bits here and little bits there, scattered all over the internet. When I'm not here as much, I'm somewhere! These are a few photos from Twitter (@MsEmilyApple) where I check in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at (Inside A Black Apple)
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These bright and crisp postcards just came back from the printer, so we've begun sending the little balloon baby out into the world. And...I got my first bound copy of Wonderful Things (and the Dream Animals board book edition, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
The rose in the top photo is David Austin's "A Shropshire Lad" & highly recommended. : )
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A new bunch of English roses have started to bloom, so even if things are a little fried and already too summery for my liking, there are new roses to go visit every day. The peachy gold one (never enough... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
It's a funny side-note that this painting looks so different now! : ) The show opens in October at Land Gallery here in Portland (where I showed Lost on the Midway & The Deep Green Sea work) Thanks for asking! I've been showing snippets here & there on Twitter.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)
Go for it! (Re: cutting into Liberty) You deserve it! I'm trying my best to be an enabler. As for closure - it's cut quite loose, so it just slips over the head & gets its shape from cinching up the waist ties.
you are so sweet to remember this tradition ; ) Thank you!
You know I'm still a messy little tumbleweed at heart. ♥
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I've sewn up this year's Liberty dress (I've actually made a few so far, from fabric I squirreled from the Liberty store...maybe more on those in another post?) So technically, this is one of this year's Liberty dresses. You can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I've wondered about that one! Maybe that's on the 2016 list. : ) Love all this rose chat! ♥
Toggle Commented May 31, 2015 on Outside In at (Inside A Black Apple)
I *love* to nerd about about David Austin roses anytime, any place! Carding Mill was my first one, so it'll always be my favorite. It's also such a wonderful grower -- not too big, not to gangly. She is a little bit of a delicate one, a bit of a sitting duck when it comes to black spot here in the PNW, but that's an issue (to some degree) with almost all of them. A Shropshire Lad is the most vigorous grower and bloomer I have (my total is up to 10 different David Austins as of this year.) I've planted four because it's just so great! Wollerton Old Hall (Jen mentioned above) is also a favorite. The most delicate milk-glass pinky white, super voluptuous. Jude the Obscure isn't a great grower for me, but the blooms are INCREDIBLE (when they come.) Just perfect apricot beauty. I also have Comte De Champagne & Munstead Wood -- both are super vigorous & lovely & a nice change from the pinks & peaches that dominate my garden (Mustead Wood is the ultra-dark burgundy rose in one of the pictures above.) I'm trying Gentle Hermione, Crown Princess Margareta and a few others this year & I'm excited to report back! I get very excitable about the roses, as you can see. ; )
Toggle Commented May 29, 2015 on Outside In at (Inside A Black Apple)
Yay Jen! Yay WOH! : )
Toggle Commented May 29, 2015 on Outside In at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Kitchen flowers are one of my favorite things. When I'm digging holes deep enough for rose roots in the March cold, covered in mud, I think of that. Of walking barefoot on May grass, filling a jar with flowers to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Thank you! Dream Animals is getting a board book version on this same release date (August 25) and I *think* Day Dreamers may get it the following year? Not sure. : )
Thanks so much everyone! :D
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I was wondering about when to spill the beans about this newest book. It's out at the end of August, which is still a little while away, but reviews are already coming in so...I feel like it's time to introduce... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I feel like I'm forever getting the hang of juggling all these behind-the-scenes things and not vanishing from the face of the earth (the internet-earth) completely. I've grown used to the waiting, to the long lead times for everything --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
Aw, thanks Jen! I hope you & *your* fleurs are doing well. I had my first rose of the year last week (Wollerton Old Hall, one of my favorites) but so far, that's the only one. We planted eight new roses bushes (some duplicates, some new) this year -- now the David Austin total in the garden is up to 10 different varieties! :D
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on It Won't Be Too Long... at (Inside A Black Apple)
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before the book these bebes belong to is out! This Summer. I can't wait! In the meantime, we'll just have to hang out with this little crowd. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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I've gone back to the sea for a project I'm working on and my mermaid heart is very happy about it. I can't wait to share more as I'm able to! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)
SO good! Such a full, beating heart to that one. I'm so happy to hear of somebody else reading it. I bet you're missing those sisters! I missed them for weeks afterwards. ♥
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)
The Bloody Chamber is probably her most famous & beloved book - it's a collection of short stories that re-imagine famous fairy tales (and I think there's actually a link to it my book list in the sidebar.) It's spectacular & one of my favorite things in the world, but be warned that it's also quite lurid & decadent & full of teeth in its way. I think her style might be a bit divisive: people either fall under its spell or are left cold. Wise Children (mentioned above!) and The Magic Toyshop are both really enchanting & probably the most accessible of her novels. Nights at the Circus is lovely too, but my favorite novels are the two above. There is another collection of short stories (I think her short stories are where she shines most) as well as a lot of nonfiction writing as well. And now I'm getting carried away! A. Carter makes me that way. : )
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on In Progress at (Inside A Black Apple)