Free Printable Calendar – July 2015

Welcome July, which brings us the long, hot days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the “dog days of summer.” Such a great time of year to pick raspberries, go to farmers market, spend a day at the beach, go kayaking, go for a bike ride, see some live music, enjoy dining outside.

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

July 2015 printable calendar

Here are a few tid-bits about July:

• The birthstone for July is the Ruby
• The zodiac signs for July are Cancer (June 21 – July 22) and Leo (July 23 – August 22)
• The flower for July is the Larkspur or Water Lily

Holidays and special days include:

• July is National Blueberry Month
• July is National Ice Cream Month
• July is National Hot Dog Month
• July is National Picnic Month
• July is National Pickle Month
• July 1: Canada Day
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 14: Bastille Day

 

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!

Terri

Pages From My Sketchbook

I’ve been busy working on filling up more sketchbook pages these days. I usually have several pages in progress at any given time, which is why it seems like it takes me longer to finish a single page. Too many ideas to keep up with!

sketchbook page zinnias

sketchbook page locust frondssketchbook page moss

sketchbook page framed daisyI am always inspired to draw all sorts of things I find in nature – moss growing in the grass and ferns spreading across the forest floor on the trails. Sometimes I just start to doodle shapes to see where that leads. I do love to fill up a page with repeating pattern. So then I like to fill in the corners and empty spaces with a few of the swirls I love to draw.

sketchbook doodle lacey medallion sketchbook doodle lace medallion

In order to fill up more sketchbooks this year, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to draw a lot more lately. My goal is to never stop drawing! I’m hoping to develop a fun set of surface patterns/fabric designs with these illustrations, so stay tuned!

Terri

Courthouse Steps Tote

I am so excited to share my new tote with you today! I’m especially proud of this project because I haven’t done a lot of sewing lately, and I made up the pattern as I went along.

front of courthouse steps tote

I started out making a courthouse steps block using a color palette of bright blues and greens. I was originally inspired by my friend Michelle’s block. I was planning to just make this one block and turn it into a mini quilt. At this point the block measured about 13-3/4″ wide by 12-3/4″ high.

courthouse steps quilt block

Then I remembered the fun Melting Snowball Tote by Anna Maria Horner, which is a tote constructed around an 18″ quilt block. That further inspired me to turn my single quilt block into a tote. I used velveteen fabric for the back and voile for the lining and inside of the straps.

back of courthouse steps tote lining of courthouse steps tote

I am determined to start using more of my stash more this year, so this was a great project for that.

Terri

Stats:
Solids: Kona.
Prints: mostly from the True Colors collection.
Lining: voile from the Little Folks collection.
Backing and Straps: velveteen from the Loulouthi collection.
Batting: in my stash.
Notions: thread, magnetic snap.

In the Garden Lately

Views from our backyard and gardens from June.

garden gate

June gardensmy backyard

backyard and patioClose-ups.June Garden CollageI was excited to find a Monarch caterpillar hanging out in our butterfly weed patch. And the butterfly weed is going to flower soon!

Monarch caterpillar

We’ve had rain storms every few days, which provides a moist climate for mushrooms and moss throughout our gardens. Yet I can still find something as dainty as this decaying leaf.
dainty decay

I love the way flowers look when the flower bud is forming.

coneflower in progress

Even our spirea shrubs have beautiful flowers and colors.spirearosey roseIt’s pretty amazing out there!

Terri

Tutorial for Pocket Size Sketchbook Cover

I’m excited to share a tutorial for another sketchbook cover and zipper pouch with you today! This cover is for a pocket size Moleskin sketchbook, which measures 3.5″ x 5.5″. I also made a medium size (9″ wide by 6″ high) zipper pouch to store the sketchbook and a few drawing tools. Click here for a printable PDF of both sketchbook sets.

pocket size sketchbook and zipper pouch

See this tutorial for additional step-by-step pictures.

Materials:

  • Fat Quarter fabric for Outer
  • Fat Quarter fabric for Lining
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • 9” Zipper for medium size pouch
  • Elastic: 6” piece
  • Pocket size Moleskin sketchbook 3.5” wide x 5.5” high

Pocket-Size Sketchbook Cover Cutting Instructions:

  • Outer Fabric: 8-1/2” wide x 6-3/8” high / cut 1
  • Lining Fabric: 8-1/2” wide x 6-3/8” high / cut 1
  • Inner Flaps: 3” wide x 6-3/8” high / cut 2
  • Fusible Interfacing: 8-1/4” wide x 6-1/4” / cut 1
  • Elastic: 6” piece / cut in half for two 3” pieces

pieces for sketchbook cover

Preparing:

Fuse interfacing to wrong side of Outer Fabric with hot iron.

Fold Outer fabric in half the short way to find the center, and mark with a pencil. Fold one 3” piece of elastic in half, place loop above center line into the fabric (raw edges of elastic will stick out past raw edges of Outer fabric), and stitch in place. Repeat for second piece of elastic on other side of Outer fabric, placing second piece of elastic below center line, and stitch in place.

sewing elastic on pocket sketchbook cover sewing elastic on pocket sketchbook cover

Fold right side of left flap under 1/4” twice on long 11-1/2” side and top stitch two rows of stitching. Repeat for right flap, folding left side.

sewing flaps for pocket sketchbook cover

Assembling:

Lay raw edges of flaps on top of Outer fabric, right sides together. Place Lining fabric on top of Outer fabric and flaps so that right sides of Outer and Lining are together (flaps will be sandwiched in between), and stitch all the way around using 1/4” seam allowance, leaving an opening to turn right side out.

layers for pocket sketchbook cover

Turn right side out and press. Hand-stitch opening closed.

pocket sketchbook cover

Fold the cover in half, matching up the elastic loops. Finger-press a crease at the fold where the spine of the sketchbook will fit. Stitch a seam along crease to create a spine in your cover.

sewing spine on pocket sketchbook coverspine on pocket sketchbook coverSlide your Moleskin sketchbook into its new cover and insert your favorite drawing tool into the elastic loop to close the cover.

pocket sketchbook cover

Zipper Pouch Cutting Instructions:

  • Outer Fabric: 9-1/2” wide x 6-1/2” high/cut 2
  • Lining Fabric: 9-1/2” wide x 6-1/2” high/cut 2
  • Fusible Interfacing: 9-1/2” wide x 6-1/2” high/cut 2

See this tutorial for additional step-by-step pictures.

Preparing:

Fuse interfacing to wrong side of both Outer fabric pieces.

Assembling:

Fold Outer front fabric piece in half to find the center and mark with pin. Fold the zipper in half to find the center and mark with pin. With zipper pull on left side and face down, position zipper over right side of Outer fabric, using those center pins to align, and pin zipper.

adding zipper to zipper pouch

Put a zipper foot in your sewing machine and stitch zipper onto Outer front fabric.

Position this Outer front piece face down over one Lining piece, right sides together. Pin, and stitch along that stitching line from previous step.

Position your piece-in-progress over the back fabric with the Outer fabrics facing each other, right sides together, pin and stitch. (Zipper will be face down in between.)

Align your piece-in-progress over the final Lining piece with the Lining fabrics facing each other, right sides together, pin and stitch.

Open your zipper all the way. This is very important so you can turn the bag right side out and through the zipper opening when you’re finished with the assembly.

Lay out your piece-in-progress so that the Outer fabrics are right sides together, and your Lining fabrics are right sides together. Pin all the way around, leaving a space in the bottom center of the Lining for an opening where you will turn the bag inside out.

sewing together zipper pouch

Stitch all the way around the bag, starting at the bottom center of the Lining, and ending about 3 inches from your starting point (leaving an opening at the bottom). Feel free to trim off excess ends of zipper to reduce bulk.

Turn right side out and press. Stitch opening closed. Fill with your favorite drawing tools.

medium size zipper pouch

pocket size sketchbook and zipper pouch pocket size sketchbook and zipper pouch

Happy sewing and sketching, my friends!

Terri

Note: Because I create with human hands, my cutting is never perfect. My sewing is never perfectly straight. My circles aren’t perfectly symmetrical or even. And I always have threads to trim. Please don’t mind my imperfections  ;) This is just a fun tutorial I’m excited to share with you. I’m sure there are many ways to make these sketchbook covers or zipper pouches; I’m just sharing my concept and process here.

Pages From My Sketchbook

It seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared pages from my sketchbook. Life has gotten super busy lately, with lots of great design projects and family road trips.

One of my favorite sketchbook prompts this time of year is to just look out my own windows for inspiration, since our gardens have turned lush and wild with plenty of sunshine and rain.

sketchbook-mini flowers

I was inspired to draw inspired by signs of spring and summer – tiny bouquets, maple tree flower clusters, vinca vines, crab apple blossoms, feathers found in the grass, violets growing throughout our yard. Sometimes I like to fill in the corners and empty spaces with a few of the swirls I love to draw. I am excited to digitize these illustrations and add bright pops of color inspired by nature.

sketchbook page of crab apple blossoms sketchbook page of maple budssketchbook page of vinca vines

sketchbook page of feathers sketchbook page tall grass blowing in the wind

In order to fill up more sketchbooks this year, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to draw a lot more lately. I’m hoping to develop a fun set of surface patterns/fabric designs with these illustrations, so stay tuned!

Terri

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