Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Painting the stories for Trimble Manor and Pincushions for sale...



  "Pippity Trimble lives in a stately old, brick and timber Manor, in the center of a vast and lovely garden. Here, the foxglove grows the tallest and the pink tea roses bloom in abundance."
So begins the first story of our mouse and her house.

  You may remember Trimble Manor... I spent nearly 2 months building it for this little mouse.
Although, in the stories, the house was built in 1680, and PIPP's time is the 1890's.


The Manor is as much a character in this new set of books as is Pippity herself.
It rather defines her life as a quite fastidious and opinionated mouse-person.
 I'm moving quickly along with the paintings and hope you will enjoy seeing glimpses of them as I go.
 Back to the brushes and watercolor.....

UPDATED:
 PAGE one is painted...
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  PART 2 PINCUSHIONS
  I've had some inquiries on Facebook about my Pincushions 
 These are still available at the moment.... but I am taking them to a show next weekend.
 If you are interested in purchasing one, just email me at jeri@hopalonggreetings.com 


26 comments:

  1. Dear Jeri - Such a delightful post. It is always wonderful when I visit you...inspiration abounds here. Your talent is amazing friend. Hope you are having a great day. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, inspiration is a good thing to spread around. I get a lot of mine from the gardens.

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  2. Oh yes yes I will enjoy this as you go along and then purchase a whole set!!! Delightful.

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    1. Charlene, This set of books will be smaller than My others, which will take a good deal less time to illustrate. Chances are pretty good that I'll have at least 2 of the books available before Christmas.

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  3. Outstanding!
    It is such a joy to see Trimble Manor outdoors. It brings the stories to life.

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    1. May, Timble Manor must belong in the garden, for Pippity is head gardener here.

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  4. Lovely, Jeri. I hope all the critters are fine-and of course the humans too!

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    1. Debra, All is well, the geese honk a hello!

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  5. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Jeri Landers, you weave dreams into wee thatch cottages and teeny tiles on roofs. YOU ARE MY KINDA GAL!

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    1. Anita, We cottage dwellers think alike!

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  6. Trimble Manor is beautiful! and I love Pippity! Jeri, I don't know how I've missed so many of your posts. I've been sitting here looking back...all the way back to the peacock post. Everything about your place is amazing. I love the stone wall. I love your hand made animals, oh and the black and white sheet you've recently made, I don't remember her name without going back, is adorable. Wish I had just a tiny bit of your talent! :)

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    1. Hi Henny Penny! That Sheep is my Beatrix,I love that gal. Good to see you here, and I do believe that you have quite a bit of creative talent yourself!

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  7. Love the house! Have you done anything to the inside of it yet? Look forward to seeing more of your creations in the future !!

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    1. Natascha, I've done nothing inside the house. I will have to finish the rooms for the Second book in the series, as the next story's illustration take place inside. I do have wallpaper and furniture and pots and pans... lots of wonderful little rugs ( made by my friend for Pippity!) Oh well, one thing at a time. I hope to build PIP a garden shed in the future, especially since I drew one in the book.

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  8. We've had an influx of mice lately which I'm not thrilled about. But that house, and foxgloves, and....oh how delightful it would be to be Pipperty.

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    1. We have a mouse ( where there's one, there's a dozen). It's too bad they're so cute, but husband says "MOUSETRAP!"
      Pipp is a lucky little homeowner,indeed. She has no need to bother the humans which such a dwelling as hers.

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  9. Pippity- my computer is changing it.

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  10. I wonder if it is possible to shrink down to Pippity's size so I can move in. I cannot tell you how much I love Trimble Manor. I know, I will just send Bebe over! She can take photos and send them to me. She has had her bags packed for some time.
    Your illustration is so beautiful, Jeri. This is a must have book. I can't wait until it is finished..
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
    fondly,
    Penny

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    1. Penny Please do send Bebe, she is always welcome in the Hollow. I know Pipp and Bebe will be fast friends! Besides, Pipp needs someone to help her weed... Afterwards they can sip lemongrass tea and eat raspberries. Hey, we have a new baby in the family... I will send you a pic.

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    2. Jeri,
      A new baby in the family you say? Oh yes, please do send a pic or two or three!

      I know Bebe would enjoy helping Pipp get rid of those nasty weeds.
      Should she bring her wheelbarrow? Oh my, she loves lemongrass tea. Thank you for traveling to Nowhere and your warm wishes.


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  11. Timble Manor is truly amazing! I look forward to watching your story come to life. ❤️

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    1. Cathy, Having the actual Manor House in front of me for inspiration helps keep the enthusiasm going. As you know through your own illustration experience, it takes so much time and dedication to actual get to the finish line.

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  12. Can't wait to see what Miss Pippity gets up to in her lovely house and garden! is she a little English mouse? I am imagining her having tea and biscuits in her beautiful garden :)

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    1. Starr, OH yes< she is absolutely an English mouse, I could do her voice for you right now if you were here. Just imagine a high pitched, but teeny tiny voice saying " I don't normally allow uninvited guests in my courtyard.... just don't dirty my sidewalk!"

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  13. I have loved watching this house come to life and looking forward to Miss Pippity's adventures. Of course, I adore all the rabbit pincushions. ;)
    Hugs!

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  14. Michelle, Good to see you here. Pipp has some humorous stories to tell, it makes me laugh to read them...

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