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From My Sketchbook: August Theme

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 August, I’m going with a new theme centered around the beach since we’re planning a couple trips to local beaches in August.

sketchbook page for August doodles

Stay tuned for progress!

Terri

 

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!

Terri

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!

Terri

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!

Terri

 

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 stamps.post 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

sunflowers at farmers market flowers at farmers marketsunflower at farmers marketfresh veggies  at farmers market

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

Terri

 

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.

Terri

 

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