I love calendars. I have my digital workhorse calendars through google and my iPhone, my photo wall calendar that I use as a kind of scrapbook for the year, a dry-erase wall calendar so the kids know what's going on, a paper desktop version so I can scribble notes and grocery lists, and decorative calendars of all sizes sprinkled everywhere from my desk to the refrigerator. Today is all about calendars.
This week Spoonflower has been running their annual tea towel calendar contest. It should come as no surprise that I love a tea towel calendar just as much as my other calendars. With the perfect blend of practicality and beauty, it's right up my alley. I'm so glad that the Spoonflower contest generates enthusiasm for the tea towel calendar, a little something from the past with a modern edge. Here is my entry, "A Vintage Year," for this year's contest:
First I did a series of drawings of vintage objects you might discover at a thrift store, flea market, or antiques store then I filled each object with a fun little pattern. It was a really fun piece to create because I love these kind of treasures from the past. My tea towel calendar fits perfectly on a fat quarter of Spoonflower's linen-cotton canvas and it will be available for purchase in my Spoonflower shop in the next couple weeks. I'll also be selling a finished version of this tea towel in my Etsy shop by the end of the month. I'm considering printing up some paper prints of this calendar as well - let me know if that's something that would interest you. You can also check out my front door tea towel design from last year (third place winner in the Spoonflower contest), which I've updated for 2015. That one is available to purchase now.
When all those objects in my tea towel needed patterns I liberally stole from the other calendar I've been working on: my 2015 desk calendar, "Year of Flowers." This one measures 5x7 inches and is printed on sturdy paper stock. Each month has a different colorful and seasonal floral design. My desk calendar is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop, but there are a limited number available. You can choose to get a silver binder clip to hang your calendar or a clipboard for display/hanging. Coming up with twelve different designs was a challenge, but so much fun, and I'm thrilled with the finished product.
It's hard to believe we're almost about to turn the corner on another year! I hope you enjoy my designs for 2015.