Thinking of You Week 2019: Make Someone Smile

Thinking of You Week (September 23 – 29, 2019) is just around the corner. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a greeting card with a handwritten note can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage more meaningful connections and caring interactions throughout the year.

While greeting cards are often sent to friends and family, this fun week encourages us to reach out to other special people in our lives—a favorite teacher, important public servant, emergency room doctor, nursing home resident, mail carrier, and the barista who always remembers how we like our coffee. Embrace the challenge to create a wave of happiness and make someone smile with just three little words: “Thinking of You.”

Once again, the US Postal Service (USPS) is supporting the event with a Thinking of You postmark. Last year over 500 million residences across the US saw the commemorative postmark on first class mail during the month of September.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — September 2019 — Free to Download

September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months in the oldest known Roman calendar.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Sapphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
2 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
2 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
8 – Grandparents Day
8 – International Literacy Day
10 – Ashurah (Islamic)
11 – Patriot Day
13 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
17 – Constitution Day
21 – International Day of Peace
23 – Autumnal Equinox
23 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
29 – Navaratri (Hindu)
30 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

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Artist Spotlight — Kelly Angelovic: Girl Power

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We’re thrilled to welcome Kelly Angelovic to our family of contributing artists. Her vibrant artwork and hand-lettered declarations of female empowerment encourage all women to be bold, strong, and confident as a tidal wave of momentum is galvanizing sisters around the world to rise together.

“Working as an illustrator lights me up — it makes my soul sparkle. I am grateful every day (even the hard ones) to have the opportunity to follow the whispers (and bellows) of my heart and soul.” — Kelly Angelovic

Kelly Angelovic’s path to illustration and graphic design began after majoring in business at University of Colorado and then studying graphic design in Seattle. Since establishing her studio in 2008, Angelovic has specialized in hand-lettering and surface-pattern design. She loves experimenting with editorial design and book illustration. Her work can be found on products by Papyrus, American Greetings, and Peaceable Kingdom, but her line of uplifting paper goods holds a special place in her heart.

Angelovic lives in Colorado with her family. When she’s not playing in her studio, she can often be found with her family enjoying all that their home state has to offer.

Shop her collection of calendars and greeting cards on our website.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2019 — Free to Download

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Formerly named Sextilis, it was originally the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar. It became the eighth month around 700 BC, when King Numa Pompilius added January and February to the beginning of the calendar year; he also made the month 29 days long. Julius Caesar later added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC, giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed to August to honor the great triumphs of the Roman Emperor Augustus.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
5 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
11 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
12 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

Free August 2019 wall paper

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Artist Spotlight — Terry Runyan: Dogs and Cats Galore

Feline 2020 Wall Calendar

Image from our Feline 2020 wall calendar featuring artwork by Terry Runyan. Click for more info.

We’re delighted to introduce a collection of wonderfully whimsical wall and mini calendars by a new member of our family of contributing artists. Terry Runyan combines cheerful colors, quirky shapes, and lively patterns to create her playful designs. These joyful illustrations and expressive animal portraits are a blend of retro and contemporary styles, elegance, and humor.

Terry Runyan is a visual artist and creativity coach who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She loves all animals, and her artwork always includes a gathering of furry, feathery, and fishy friends. She works in a variety of media, including paint, collage, drawing, digital, and video.

After a long career as an in-house illustrator for Hallmark, Runyan now runs her own business, creating art and videos, presenting webinars, and leading classes to help others explore their creativity. She sees art as a way of connecting and communicating with others. Inspired by everything she sees, particularly her cats, Runyan follows that inspiration and finds that both her art and her life are always full of surprises.

She enjoys sharing her journey and insights on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Learn more on her website. See Terry’s full line of stationery products on our website.

Calendars by Terry Runyan


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Lughnasa — Celebrating the Harvest

Image from our Celtic Blessings 2020 wall calendar featuring artwork by Michael J. Green. Click for more info.

Lughnasa or Lughnasadh is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. In Modern Irish it is called Lúnasa, in Scottish Gaelic: Lùnastal, and in Manx: Luanistyn. Traditionally it is celebrated on August 1, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Lughnasa is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Samhain, Imbolc, and Beltane. It corresponds to other European harvest festivals such as the Welsh Gŵyl Awst and the English Lammas.

Lughnasadh is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and has pagan origins. The festival itself is named after the god Lugh. It involved great gatherings that included religious ceremonies, ritual athletic contests, feasting, matchmaking, and trading. One of the most prominent gods in Irish mythology, Lugh is portrayed as a warrior, a king, a master craftsman and a savior. He is associated with skill and mastery in multiple disciplines, including the arts. He is also associated with oaths, truth, and the law.


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July is National Ice Cream Month

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Photo by Lynn Karlin featured in our Super Foods 2020 wall calendar. Click for more info.

Mmmm. Ice cream. There are endless ways to enjoy this frozen treat — in a bowl with berries, on a cone with sprinkles, with exotic ingredients like blue cheese and olive oil, or simply with a spoon straight from the tub  — just let your imagination roam. Ice cream has a magical appeal during the summer months, so on July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law two resolutions — one declaring July as National Ice Cream Month and the other declaring the 3rd Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day.

The National Day Calendar website has some fun facts about this beloved treat:

  • Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in cool underground chambers known as “yakhchal,” or taken from the snowfall that remained at the top of the nearby mountains.
  • It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
  • Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson all enjoyed ice cream.
  • 1813 – First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
  • 1832 – African American confectioner Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Philadelphian Nancy Johnson received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
  • 1920 – Harry Burt put the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. Below is that recipe provided by the Library of Congress. The transcript is word for word for ease of following along.

Ice Cream RecipeIce cream
2 bottles of good cream.
6 yolks of eggs.
1/2 lb. sugar
mix the yolks & sugar
put the cream on a fire in a casserole, first putting in a stick of Vanilla.
when near boiling take it off & pour it gently into the mixture of eggs & sugar.
stir it well. put it on the fire again stirring
it thoroughly with a spoon to
prevent it’s sticking to the casserole.
when near boiling take it off and
strain it thro’ a towel.
put it in the Sabottiere
then set it in ice an hour before
it is to be served. put into the
ice a handful of salt.
put ice all around the Sabottiere
i.e. a layer of ice a layer of salt
for three layers.
put salt on the coverlid of the
Sabotiere & cover the whole with ice.
leave it still half a quarter of an hour.
then turn the Sabottiere in the
ice 10 minutes
open it to loosen with a spatula
the ice from the inner sides of
the Sabotiere.
shut it & replace it in the ice.
open it from time to time to detach the ice from the sides.
when well taken (prise) stir it
well with the Spatula.
put it in moulds, justling it
well down on the knee.
then put the mould into the same bucket of ice.
leave it there to the moment of serving it.
to withdraw it, immerse the
mould in warm water,
turning it well till it
will come out & turn it
into a plate.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2019 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally called Quintilis (for the fifth month of the 10-month Roman calendar), July was renamed by the Roman Senate in honor of Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
14 – Bastille Day (France)
16 – Guru Purnima (Hindu)

July 2029 Desktop Wallpaper

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