October calendars

I won’t reveal a great secret in saying that autumn is my favourite season. There is nothing more wonderful than taking long walks among the flaming colours of nature – which I’m going to do the next couple of weeks so you might see a little less activity round the blog. However, if you are not that lucky, there’s still no reason to feel bad: I’ve painted a little October onto your screen in this month’s calendar. If you’d like to see this calendar in print, just sign up to the newsletter below, I’ll send you the printable version of these calendars at the beginning of every month.

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 October

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

Natural paints – tea and coffee

Natural paints - tea and coffee

Those of you who have knocked over wine glasses or have dropped cherries on your white shirts will know from experience that nature has provided us with plenty of pigments. To put it more commonly, these things leave ugly marks on textile. And on paper…

I have long been toying with the idea of trying the different natural pigments that painters of the past used, or to learn what is the biology behind the Milk Maid, for example, but I haven’t had the opportunity to delve into this complicated subject yet. So for the moment, I stayed on safe grounds and decided to experiment with a cup of tea and coffee.


Back to school – downloadable garden-themed planner

A day in the garden - downloadable planner pages

For stationery-geeks like me, the beginning of September is definitely cause for celebration: ‘back to school means’ that all shops are full of beautiful notebooks and planners. However, if you are so keen on stationery like me, you might be inclined to criticise each and every product: nothing is exactly the way you’d want it to be.

Obviously, the Filofax and bullet journal craze has not left me untouched, but in the end I decided I needed my time and creativity in other fields than decorating my planner. Nevertheless, I still love a beautiful planner, so I (too), have made my own.

Blogging, illustrating, even going to school can be tough while you do a full-time job, and it needs a lot of organization to avoid being overwhelmed. It often happens that I get last minute tasks or comissions, so I have to be flexible, while I don’t want to neglect priorities like this blog either.


Book review – Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady

Book review - Nature notes of an Edwardian Lady

Edith Holden’s notes about nature have already come up last year as side-notes to my downloadable calendars. However, I thought that Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady deserves an entire blogpost.

Apparently, it is a habit of mine to bump into beautiful works of British illustrators somewhere abroad (like I did with In and out of the garden). I came across this book in Sweden, more precisely, on the bookshelf of a friend I was visiting – and she was generous enough to give it to me (Thank you so much! <3).

Edith Holden documents her observations of 1906, and adds seasonal quotes and poems by well-known (and less well-known) poets as well as her own beautiful illustrations of birds, plants and forest animals. (Obviously I was drawn to this book, as I am rather responsive to literature as well as art…).