A Cool Autumn Breeze





95 responses to “A Cool Autumn Breeze”

  1. Michael Cargill Avatar

    It’s like a girly version of The Snowman.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      What’s that? Like Frosty? with the corncob pipe?

  2. missemmalou Avatar

    To be a child! I love Chrissy’s imagination!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :) The swings were so great for escaping into a daydream.

  3.  Avatar

    I can feel the autumn breeze now…mmm pumpkin-flavored things.

  4. Chatter Master Avatar

    Absolutely brilliant.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :D I love autumn. The cool air is so motivating!

  5. sj Avatar

    Cocoa instead of the cider for me, please!

  6. hebe in dc Avatar

    Just delightful. I love the geese looking down at Chrissie. Another beautiful post.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I love/hate Canada geese. They are so pretty, but so big and mean.

  7. barbaramattio Avatar

    What a wonderful blog. I loved it very much. Hugs, Barbara

  8. mskatykins Avatar

    Nicole, I think this absolutely one of your best so far! Fabulous! :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :D I loved making it.

      1. russelllindsey Avatar

        I agree! I think it is one of your best thus far too.

        Please keep them coming! I’m glad you have so much fun making them.


  9. skippingstones Avatar

    This is the most awesome thing ever!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! Thanks! I guess you really love autumn, too?

  10. Dounia Avatar

    This is fantastic, as always! I love the artwork, but I also love how so many of your posts remind me of when me and my sister were kids! :D

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I’m happy to hear they can be so evocative!

  11. muddledmom Avatar

    I LOVE this! To be a kid again. That really is how it felt.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I love making these because I feel like I get to slip back in time for a bit while I work.

  12. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    Ah–loved this one! The colors, the pumpkins, the memories of being a kid again.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! All the seasons have their own palette, but I love fall’s the best.

  13. sleepycathollow Avatar

    :) Love it! I still love to go on the swings at the park and playgrounds!

  14. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown Avatar

    I’m always so impressed how tapped in you are to a child’s mind! It’s perfect, as always.

  15. Michelle Gillies Avatar
    Michelle Gillies

    That was so much fun! I need to go out and find me a swing to swing on. ;-)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes, I highly recommend it!

  16. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} Avatar

    As with every post, I love this!!! You have capture the best essence of childhood. So glad I found your blog!

  17. Sara Avatar

    This is just adorable. I look forward to your posts and reliving childhood again. Your artwork is lovely and the stories they tell are sweet, and usually hysterical. Thanks!

  18. Ashley Edits Avatar

    I really, really, really love this one.

  19. Emily Avatar

    Beautiful story–the pictures say it all. :)

  20. Loni Found Herself Avatar

    This is the best thing I’ve seen all day. And I even received notification of a forgiven parking ticket. This beats that. :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! Are you sure? Parking ticket forgiveness seems a rare and beautiful thing!

  21. towerastextiles Avatar

    Gorgeous work and a lovely memory :) I love the ducks.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! They were fun to make. I love when I have just the right paper :)

  22. The Pencil Pirouette Avatar
    The Pencil Pirouette

    aaah… i actually closed my eyes with her and felt her lightness! brilliant!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s such a good feeling to be swept away by

  23. speaker7 Avatar

    Perfect! That’s exactly how it feels to swing…except now that I’m older, it mainly makes me feel sick.

  24. Le Clown Avatar
    Le Clown

    The Middle Sister,
    Fantastic. Dude(tte), your art would make such a beautiful banner for A Clown on Fire…
    Le Clown

      1. Le Clown Avatar
        Le Clown

        …And you laugh…
        Le Clown

        1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar
          Nicole Smeltzer

          What do I do? What kind of illustration? Will a simple Clown on Fire suffice, or should it be something else?

          1. Le Clown Avatar
            Le Clown

            It’s my way of saying I’m a big fan of your blog, and art. Don’t take Le Clown’s passive aggressiveness too seriously, even though I’d die for a banner by you… Die being a big word as I do love my life, but I’d probably get a few more gray hair… In a good way…
            Le Clown

            1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar
              Nicole Smeltzer

              Oh well, you weren’t around when I made everyone’s avatars, and I’m afraid I’ve already started working on it.

              1. Le Clown Avatar
                Le Clown

                So I should tell my kids they should be all excited for their dad?? Please say it is so!
                Le Clown

                1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar
                  Nicole Smeltzer

                  Ha… that sounds sarcastic, but check your twitter.

  25. Diane Henders Avatar

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for the past year, and it’s long past time I told you how much I enjoy both your artwork and your imagination. I just love this post – particularly the flight with the geese and the “surprise” ending. :-)

  26. publikworks Avatar

    Love the hair and the joyous abandon.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I love moving hair. It’s so fun

  27. Emily Avatar

    I remember one time, I was at the park near my high school (I think it was at lunch time or after school or something), and a private-school group came in. One little girl started swinging on the swing on her stomach, like Chrissy is doing, and the teacher snapped at her to “sit on the swing properly, or don’t use it at all.” Some adults just don’t remember what it’s like to be a kid.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      She would have hated to see me swing! My favorite was standing on the seat to swing.

  28. Shannon Avatar

    My sister and friends sooooo used to do this. For hours, I remember. It never took much to keep us happy. Depicted beautifully with paper and cut-outs, as usual.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :) It’s a nice way to pass time!

  29. Monica Avatar

    Luv the scarecrow and the pumpkin patch

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! My husband just put a horrible, scary scarecrow in our yard yesterday. I’m worried it’s going to give our elderly neighbors a heart attack.

  30. 5kidswdisabilities Avatar

    What great artistic and creative skill you have! (LOVE the colors!)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it!

  31. Marie Avatar

    I simply love it! So sweet and poetic!

  32. britawan Avatar

    love it! She’s me!

  33. LA Avatar

    i love it! and swings make me so happy, even at the age of 23

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s so peaceful…

  34. Clip Snark Avatar

    Love this! I love the geese looking back at Chrissy like, “Who are you?”

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! It made me laugh when I made it. Yes, I often laugh at my own jokes.

  35. monicastangledweb Avatar

    Oh, how you make me pine for my childhood. What lovely pictures!

  36. dpbowman Avatar

    I was just showing my 6 and 4 year old girls this the other day! I get a little dizzier these days, but hey, ain’t that the point? ;)

  37. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    One of the best yet!

  38. Angie Z. Avatar

    This is absolutely enchanting, Nicki! You absolutely nailed it on the swinging motions. And what kid didn’t want to believe he was flying? I am in love with this post.

    In other news, I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a while — like a whole entire week. So long that I tried to type in The Middlest Sister and my browser didn’t recognize the name but instead pulled up The Middlest Sister @ Blogspot. I kept scrolling through the homepage thinking, what is this? What has Nicki done to her site? How long have I been away? What the hell is going on?

    I’m so glad I found you.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hi Angie! I haven’t been commenting much lately because I am concentrating on my manuscript and trying to fill out my illustration portfolio, but I stopped by Childhood Relieved to see What the… Friday was. But it was NOTHING! What the…?? :D My own browser has taken me to that blogspot blog once or twice, and it is jarring. This is not my beautiful header. This is not my beautiful life. Well, how did I get here?

      1. Angie Z. Avatar

        Oh cuh-rap. I was hoping no one would notice the absence of last week’s WTF.
        Those are easy posts to slap up there but my excuse is I got waaaay behind in putting together my 3 year old’s birthday party that day. It was family-only for crying out loud. But I still had to make a meal and a cake from scratch. Why must I torture myself so?

        The good news is I accidentally ran across the worst music video (and, no, it’s not Once in a Lifetime) that I’d never seen before and I’m anxious to share it this Friday. Stay tuned.

        Manuscript? Portfolio? Exciting!

  39. pegoleg Avatar

    What a lovely lift of autumn memories! The scarecrow looks concerned on the downswing, but no worries – she’s just gathering steam for the next flight.

    A manuscript? How exciting! Best of luck, Nicki.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar
      Nicole Smeltzer

      Thanks :) It’s a graphic novel I’ve been tinkering away at, featuring the girls of The Middlest Sister. I’m on my 8th draft, haha… the 9th coming soon, no doubt.

  40. Granny Avatar

    You have a stunning ability to capture a moment, a mood and an entire state of mind in a way that transcends language even when you do use a few words. It is a pure joy.

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  42. Winn Avatar

    I love the lyrical quality to this. This is my favorite one so far. Autumn is my favorite season and my best memory of it is breathing in that cool air as you head out the door. How I miss it …

  43. under the skies of arkansas Avatar

    wow this is a real swinging post

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  45. becomingcliche Avatar

    How did I miss this one? I love it! That’s two new Middest Sisters in two days for me. Best week ever!

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