Hello August!

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.

Hand-painted wallpaper calendar free download

Edith Holden provides some interesting information again. In Nature notes of an Edwardian Ladyshe 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.


5 illustrators I follow


There are so many talented illustrators out there that often I feel very small and feel like giving up the whole thing, but there all those others, who make me want to grab my equipment and start creating right away instead. I’m now sharing a list of some of my favourite artists and why I love their work so much.


Starry sleeping mask – DIY do’s and don’ts


You might know by now that my family and I are big fans of sleeping masks. By now I have sewn several of these practical pieces, but during the making of this latest piece I had to admit that I still haven’t learned from my mistakes: it has now become a kind of tradition that every time I sew a sleeping mask, I get two outcomes: one I screw up, the second becomes as nice as planned. So the time has come to write down all my experiences for my benefit as much as yours, so before sewing the next one I can get back here and read through, instead of wasting time and material on a failed attempt.

A bit of background info: why?

I sewed this particular piece for myself as I lost the old one in a hostel during my various  wanderings in Britain last autumn. I didn’t need this normally essential accessory during the dark months of winter, but by now summer is searing and I have trouble sleeping after 5 am (no shader or curtain on my attic windows, but all the more sunshine).

As for the design: I connect constellations and galaxies with a summer night so deeply that by July my fingers were itching to create something starry, so there was hardly a question as to how my sleeping mask would look like