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Six Ways to Survive the Holidays

By | December 7th, 2016|everyday things|

Six Ways to Survive the Holidays from Penelope Dullaghan on Vimeo.

I’m so excited to share this sweet little video about six ways to survive (and enjoy) the holidays! I partnered up with The Hands Free Revolution (she’s amazing – read her stuff!) and my friends at SALT Project to spread good cheer as we start the most wonderful, and sometimes stressful, time of the year. Hope it makes you smile!!

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Mental Illness

By | December 4th, 2016|everyday things|

mental illness, illustration by penelope dullaghan

I did this illustration for Illustrated Impact – a month-long giving campaign that brings awareness to organizations doing good in the world. I chose to highlight The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) because I think it’d be hard to find one of us who doesn’t know someone dealing with a mental health condition… depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD to name a few. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to help or even where to begin looking for resources. And NAMI provides a beacon in this darkness. I wanted to do an illustration that spoke to the overwhelming feeling of helplessness, but offered a bit of hope that support is there.

Visit www.nami.org/ to donate (got $5?) or tell your own story to support millions of people who face mental illness every day.

A huge thank you to Illustrated Impact for doing this campaign this month. You are a light!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

By | November 24th, 2016|everyday things|

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! This morning Veda and I wrote down 10 things we’re grateful for. Here’s my list:

1. work that brings me joy and builds connections.

2. my good health.

3. slow mornings reading at the table with coffee and my favorite breakfast (ezekiel raisin toast with sharp cheddar cheese).

4. gray days that give permission to cozy up on the couch and look out the window.

5. friends that bring over full baskets of goodies and smiles.

6. hand-written letters from my pen pal.

7. grapefruits in the winter.

8. making cookies with Veda – and for the first time baking felt effortless.

9. tv shows that grow compassion and understanding (I’m thinking of “Call the Midwife” – a show I’m loving).

10. you. I am so grateful for every like, kind comment and supportive gesture you reach out with here. Thank you!

If you’d like to say something you’re grateful for also, I’d love to read it!


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Collection #1 launch!

By | November 15th, 2016|everyday things|

penelope dullaghan, collection 1 launch

Hi friends! It’s finally here! I just launched my little first collection on Etsy. And I’ve got butterflies.

Many of you have been encouraging me to do this for some time – and I thank you so much for the push. It started with making patterns, then getting three of them printed, dreaming up fun products, partnering with my seamstress mother-in-law to make them come to life, then getting them to you. I really hope you like them!

I have beautiful aprons, zip pouches, napkins, etc all with 3 fabrics I designed. There are very limited quantities of each so I could test these new waters safely.

Many, many thanks to all your support of my tiny art adventures. Please visit my shop and check it all out!


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Live Happy with gratitude

By | November 4th, 2016|everyday things|

I love the concept of making gratitude a habit to stay positive and remember how blessed we are. So when Live Happy art director Kim Baker emailed asking if I’d do an opener and spot illustration about being thankful, I jumped at the chance to put art to that idea.

My favorite tip from the article: Ritual #2: Write down three positive things you’re grateful for before bed every night.

We do something similar to this in our household. When we put Veda to bed we talk about our “rose, thorn & bud”. The rose is the best thing that happened that day, thorn is the worst and bud is something we’re hoping for. I really like it because sometimes we’re so busy getting dinner ready, finishing chores and living life that chatting about our day gets pushed aside. So it’s a quiet time of reflection that I look forward to. :)

Oh yes, the illustrations:

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

live happy magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan live happy magazine

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pattern giveaway on Design*Sponge!

By | October 24th, 2016|everyday things|


Suuuuuper excited that Design*Sponge is featuring free pattern downloads from me each day this week! This is the first one – inspired by the colors I spy on my autumn walks. I think these will make great wallpapers for your devices. :) Big thanks – and a hug – to Grace and Caitlin for supporting and sharing my work! xo

Grab the first pattern (bigger, and offered in vertical or horizontal) here: http://www.designsponge.com/2016/10/free-pattern-download-from-illustrator-penelope-dullaghan.html

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What will Indy look like in 200 years?

By | October 21st, 2016|everyday things|

Pattern is a magazine championing fashion and “maker” communities in Indianapolis. For their most recent milestone issue, they asked eight local illustrators for their interpretations of what Indianapolis would look like in 200 years. Here’s my take on it.

pattern magazine, penelope dullaghan

pattern magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

pattern magazine, illustration close up, penelope dullaghan

pattern magazine, illustration by penelope dullaghan

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