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Downloadable August Desktop Calendar

Downloadable August Desktop Calendar

Sometime last year I started changing my desktop wallpaper pretty regularly. Then this year I started searching for calendars so that I would always have the month on my desktop. But I want them to be cute. And I want them to fit on my desktop. And I want my desktop paraphernalia to not block the cuteness. So last month, since I couldn’t find one that I actually liked, I made my own. Just like that. I sent it to Cathy and then we had matching desktop calendars for the month of July.

She asked me if I was making one for August and so I asked her what she wanted. She was a little vague. I blame her for my indecision. I made three because I couldn’t decide. And just for fun…here they are for you. You can download and use them yourself. I’m not promising this as a monthly thing but if I make one I’ll post it here.

Our regular harvest seasons seem to be about two weeks ahead this summer so here’s my homage to some of the beautiful harvests folks are bringing in. (These are not my photos, sadly. Maybe that will be my next step.)

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If you’d like to download, just fill out the form below, then click on the image you choose. A new screen will open and with the high resolution image. Right click on it and you can choose to save or simply make it your desktop image from there. Enjoy!

Spring Term & Summer

Spring Term & Summer

It’s summer. Glorious summer. [Insert show-tune music about summer here.] Seriously. I don’t remember being this excited about summer break when I was a full time student. But wow, did I need it this year. It’s taken me a little longer than I anticipated to come up for air. I’ve gone back and forth on my health…nothing serious or scary…but it turns out that if you have, you know, practically NO vitamin D in your body for an extended amount of time (did I mention I live in Portland?) you feel really, really, really tired. Like you could take a nap at 8.30 am tired. But I’m taking some supplements and plus it’s summer (did I mention that?) and I’m figuring out my &#*$ food allergies and it’s also summer. So I’m feeling better. More energy. Less tired. And the sun is shining. Hallelujah.

But what I really wanted to tell you about was my last term at Mt Hood and one of my favorite projects. So enough about vitamins and eating plans and summer. Here’s the project…

First of all, do you know Spoonflower? If you don’t, if you are at all creative or crafty or just like to imagine being creative or crafty like I sometimes do, you want to check it out. It’s a site where you can upload your own design and have it made into fabric. Think of the possibilities! And the good news is that lots of other super-creative people are already using the site and you can choose from their designs too. They print fabric and wallpaper and gift wrap.

The reason you have to know about Spoonflower is that they have weekly contests and my super clever instructor gave us an assignment to create a repeating pattern according to the specs for one of their contests. It was called Cosmic Voyage. Other than that you just had to come up with an image that said Cosmic Voyage to you and create it in a repeating pattern. Pretty fun.

To accomplish this I started by searching for other patterns or images that I liked. You can see my gathering of ideas on my board on my Pinterest. (Cleverly named, Pattern Ideas.) Once I had a plan, I sketched the individual pieces that would make up my pattern. Here’s a scan of some of my sketches.spaceman sketch rocket sketch

After that I drew them in Illustrator and the fun began! I love how working digitally allows you to play with colors without having to start over. Or how it allows me to say this tail fin works better on this rocket or I want to stretch the whole thing out or… So that those sketches became these images.

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The final steps were to create a background and then to create a repeating pattern. Here’s what that ended up looking like:

patternI didn’t win the contest. (Bummer.) But I loved the project. It was one of the first that successfully translated from my brain to the page. We did a couple more activities with our patterns that I’ll show you tomorrow. It was a super interesting process and really useful. I’m thinking I’ll be making some new contest entries in the future.

And if you want to make something with this fun pattern…I don’t know, giftwrap? pj’s? a bedspread for a boy’s room? You can purchase it here.