Free Printable Calendar – August 2015

Welcome August, which brings us the last of summer days in the Northern Hemisphere. I’m excited to spend a little down time relaxing at the lake and on the beach.

Click here to download your free printable calendar for August 2015.

August 2015 printable calendar

Here are a few tid-bits about August:

• The birthstone for August is the Peridot
• The zodiac signs for August are Leo (July 23 – August 22) and Virgo (August 23 – September XX)
• The flower for August is the Gladiolus (and also the Poppy)

Here are a few random, unique days in August:

• August 1: National Mustard Day
• August 2: Friendship Day
• August 3: National Watermelon Day
• August 15: National Honey Bee Day
• August 16, 1977: Elvis Presley died
• August 25: National Banana Split Day
• August 28, 1963: Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech

I left room on the calendar days so you can record meetings, appointments or special days. And there’s a column on the right side to keep your notes and to-do list for the month. Hope you find these free printables useful and fun. Happy Summer to you!


From My Sketchbook: July Doodles

In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’m having fun coming up with new drawing prompts, so I’ve been trying to sketch A LOT more lately. One thing I’m doing is a monthly calendar, but instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.

For the month of July I continued to find inspiration in our backyard and neighborhood. I managed to keep up each day and each week so this month was fun to doodle.

I’m already working on a new layout for August. I’ve been anxious to start a new theme centered around the beach since we’re planning a couple trips to local beaches in August. Stay tuned for the next month of doodles!


Click here to see my January doodles

Click here to see my February doodles

Click here to see my March doodles

Click here to see my April doodles

Click here to see my May doodles

Click here to see my June doodles

Small Patchwork Projects

Some weeks, when life gets busy, all I have the time or motivation for are small patchwork projects, which can be equally as satisfying as larger, more complicated projects.

I recently make this silly pin cushion tube with a strip of leftover scraps. It fits perfectly right in front of my sewing machine so I can just pull out the pins, stab them into the pin cushion and keep going without missing a beat!

pin cushion tube

I made this Good Neighbors fabric patchwork over a recent weekend retreat, and then…

Good Neighbors patchwork… I turned it into a fun thread catcher basket, which is fast and easy to whip up.Good Neighbors thread catcher basket Good Neighbors thread catcher basketI have a growing list of new, larger patchwork projects in the works, from new tote bags to quilts, so it’s nice to work on smaller projects in between. Happy sewing!



Field Notes: Farmers Market

It was cool to see the US Postal Service at the Saturday farmers market with a display of artwork celebrating American farmers markets on its farmers market office display at farmers marketpost office artwork at farmers marketAs usual for the middle of summer, there’s always lots of bakery, produce, plants and flowers to see at the market, as well as great people-watching while sipping an iced coffee.

flowers at farmers market

flowers at farmers market

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Hope you’re making time to go outside and enjoy summer!



Pages From A New Sketchbook

In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to draw a lot more lately. My goal is to draw something every day.

I just started a new sketchbook, which is always exciting. Since the first page can be intimidating, I decided to go big by illustrating a fancy frame, which was fun. But then what to do next…

sketchbook  page 1 fancy frame

… fill it with a variety of tiny butterflies fluttering around inside!sketchbook first page

Since I was on a roll with the fancy frame, I drew three more small, fancy frames on the next page.sketchbook fancy frames

and then I filled those frames with little doodles, giving them a looking-glass feeling. A fun experiment!sketchbook page 3 fancy frames

Time slips away when I’m working in my sketchbook, especially when I have a steady beat going in the background. As you can tell, I’m passionate about drawing and creating beautiful art and surface patterns. Since I’m on a roll,  I think I’ll keep going.



Hexagon Tote

I’m excited to show you the new patchwork tote bag I made at my annual retreat.

hexagon tote

I was inspired by this tote, so I fussy cut 4″ hexagons from a variety of floral fabric scraps. I zig-zag stitched the hexagons together, which isn’t perfect so don’t look too closely at some of the points. ;) I fused the hexagon patchwork to interfacing and stitched 1/4″ away from the seams with a variegated thread.

I modified my own pattern I created for my Artist Tote, made a flat bottom instead of a gusset/side walls, and made the handle a tad narrower. I used voile from my stash for the lining and pocket. And I stitched a random zig zag on a solid for the back, which I love doing. It measures about 12-1/2″ wide by 9″ high. After making a few tote bags lately, I decided that a 26″ to 28″ long strap is a good length for me.

hexagon tote back hexagon tote lining hexagon tote flat bottom

So fun to make and carry new tote bags these days!


Field Notes: Summer On the Bike Trail

We have a great bike trail near our house, so it’s become a new routine to go for a long bike ride on Sundays when we’re in town and the weather is nice. We also like to turn it into a field day of identifying all the wildflowers, birds and bugs along the way.
bike riding the trail

bike trail

We found milk thistle, wild phlox, pasture rose, ox-eye daisies, common milkweed, golden alexander, queen anne’s lace, a big ole feather, lots of bees, chipmunks, red admiral butterflies, cabbage white butterflies, cardinals and red-winged blackbirds.trail scenic views

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It’s always a fun day on the trails! Hope you’re making time to go outside and enjoy summer.


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