Hello October!

*UPDATE: this wreath is now available in my store here.

Here is October, the month of pumpkins! At last, mornings are chilly, nights are frosty but the autumn sun still warms nicely during the day. This is one of the most beautiful times of year, so I am presenting you with one of the most cheerful calendars I’ve ever created. The different shades of yellow will cheer you even if you are sitting in a neon-lit office on a rainy day. All you need to do is download it.

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Edith Holden gives some background information again, although the superstitions of the month seem a little less witty than usual (not Edith’s fault I’m sure). Still, I’m sharing them!

By the Slavs this month is called “yellow month” from the fading of the leaf. To the Anglo Saxons it was known as “Winter fylleth”, because at this full moon (Fylleth) winter was supposed to begin.

By the 1st of March the crows begin to search
By the 1st of April they are sitting still
By the 1st of May they are flown away
Creeping greedy back again
With October wind and rain.

As good October and a good blast
To blow the hog, acorn and mast.

Things to be happy about

  • knitted sweaters
  • hot tea
  • pumpkin soup
  • candles
  • colourful leaves
  • Halloween buzzing

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6 inspirational posters to start the school term

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Even the most hardworking chaps need a little motivation from time to time, but sometimes even those make “new year vows” in September who don’t always produce top marks in all subjects (that’s the way, keep to your promises!)

However, it is not only those who start school who might need motivation, so I have put together a set of 6 inspirational posters to download (PDF, JPG), so you can start afresh this “new year”. For the backgrounds I used my own paintings from the repeat pattern challenge. You can print the posters in A4 or use them as book covers or stickers.

I hope you are full of energy and enthusiasm, and start this period with great elan. After all, “September is the new January” :)

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Hello September!

Wow, at last autumn has come!!! A new month, a new downloadable calendar to share with you. Chestnuts and grapes were the first things that came to my mind when thinking about September, so you can now have them on your desktop background surrounding this month’s calendar.

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September has always meant a fresh start to me – much more so than January, perhaps not unrelated to the start of a new school term. I am not at school any longer but the start of autumn still fills me with the feeling of re-birth: the heat waves are over, and at last they are finishing the road constructions that turn Budapest upside-down every summer :D

Edith Holden keeps up her fascinating information about months, but it seems that September is not full of folk observations.. She only mentions:

Plant trees at Michealmas & command them to grow,
Set them at Candlemas & entreat them to grow.

She also mentions that although September was the 9th month according to the Julian-calendar, it still retained its name of seventh (according to Roman calendar).

Things to be happy about this month:

  • fresh starts
  • grapes and plums
  • warm days and chilly nights
  • some more shooting stars
  • autumn colours rolling in

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Repeat pattern challenge

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“I don’t have time” is one of our favourite excuses for not being creative or do art. Actually I am just as guilty at this as everyone else, and as I’ve been going through a particularly lazy period I decided to do a little art challenge.

For one week I sat down with my sketchbook and brushes every single day to do a repeat pattern. Sometimes they were utterly simple, other times they needed more time to complete – but mainly I did what came naturally. Here are my experiences in the form of a visual (and verbal) diary.

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Hello August!

*UPDATE: this wreath is now available in my store here.

August is here, time to share with you a new downloadable calendar. I’m happy to say I still haven’t melted away and August brings the glimpse of autumn, so I can see a tiny bit of hope at the end of the tunnel (after all we’ve survived 2/3 of summer already). Nevertheless, there are still things to be happy about in August.

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Edith Holden provides some interesting information again. In Nature notes of an Edwardian Lady she says:

“August received its name from the Emperor Augustus. He was not born in August, but during this month his greatest good fortune happened to him: As July contained thirty-one days and August only thirty; it was thought necessary to add another day to the latter month, in order that Augustus might not be in any respect inferior to Julius.”

I still enjoy her collection of her monthly observations, here are a few related to August:

“All the tears St. Swithin can cry, St. Bartholemy’s mantle wipes them dry.”

“St. Barthalomew (August 24th) brings the cold dew.”

“If the 24th of August be fair and clear then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.”

Things to be happy about this month:

  • endless amounts of icecream
  • FRUIT! All kinds!
  • colourful nailpolish
  • sky-gazing for shooting stars

Looks like I’m gonna have a fab August (my birthday is coming and I’ll spend a well-deserved vacation by the sea), hope you will also enjoy this last month of the summer.

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Hello July!

It is hard to believe that half of 2016 has already gone and we are entering July. To tell the truth I’ve never really been a fan of this seemingly endless month of heat waves but this is the first time in my entire life that I actually work in an office during these 31 days, and strangely enough, I look at the experience with anticipation (at least I won’t boil in my own room but have an air-conditioned work space).

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According to Edith Holden “This month was originally the fifth of the year, and was called by the Romans Quinctilis, the latin name of Julius was given in honour of Julius Caesar, who was born in this month.”

In Nature notes of an Edwardian Lady she also mentions some British phrases related to July which I absolutely enjoy:

“St. Swithin’s Day (July 15th) if it do rain, for forty days it will rain”
(Funnily enough, we also have a Hungarian saint who brings 40 days of rain, but his day is 8th of June)

“St. Swithin’s Day if it be fair, for forty days ’twill rain nae’ mair”

“A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon, a swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.”

“In July shear your rye.”

I hope you guys will enjoy this month’s downloadable calendar of pommegranades and olives, as – to me -these represent the tropical climate we live in, here in Central-Europe.

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Hello, June!

*UPDATE: this wreath is now available in my store here.

I’ve come across some really great “calendars” latey. I don’t mean those blank ones that you are supposed to fill in but those which tell you all sorts of different things about months, special anniversaries, events of nature and things like that. I’v been really taken with one by Hungarian János Xántus, and also the lovely Nature notes of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden. So I thought I’d share a little of these secrets I learned along with my downloadable calendar.

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Ovid assigns the name of this month to Juno; others connect it with the Consulate of Junius Brutus.

The principal days observed in this month are

June 11th: St Barnabas
June 24th: Midsummer Day
June 29th: St Peter

Quotes of the month:

“Mist in May and heat in June
Brings all things into tune.”

“A dripping June keeps all in tune”

“Barnaby bright, all day and no night”

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Seasonal poetry

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
            Here shall he see
            No enemy
But winter and rough weather.
Who doth ambition shun
And loves to live i’ the sun,
Seeking the food he eats,

And pleased with what he gets,
Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

William Shakespeare – from ‘As you like it’