New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Create Magic: A Coloring Book by Katie Daisy

Katie Daisy coloring book for adults

Photo by Maggie Jane Cech

create-magic-sampleDownload a sample page from Create Magic: A Coloring Book by Katie Daisy and share your work with us on Facebook!

Spark childlike wonder as you color your way through a journey of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, hot-air balloons, and other visual delights from beloved illustrator Katie Daisy. With each illustration she revels in the joy of everyday life and her love of nature invites you along to color, be present, have an open heart, and see the magic in the world. Quotes in Katie’s signature lettering style are sprinkled throughout, ready for you to apply your own color palette so they can spring to life.

Katie invites you to share in the adventure:

So much of my artwork is inspired by my childhood summers living among the wildflowers, fireflies, and birds of the Midwest. These warm days were spent swimming in the creek, gazing at puffy white clouds, and plucking four-leaf clovers from the grass. There’s a type of wonder and magic that exists through the eyes of a child. I believe that we can still experience this wonder and create magic, even in our adult lives. I try to make it a priority to notice simple beauty and live in awe of my surroundings every day. We live such fast-paced lives that it’s absolutely essential to take daily moments of gratitude and savoring. Stop for a moment to admire the gorgeous scenery around you. Feel the breeze on your skin. Take a nap in the grass. Sleep with your windows open. I invite you to slip into a daydream as you color.

It is my greatest hope that this coloring book will help you notice all the beauty that surrounds you. I encourage you to use color intuitively. Allow yourself to be free. Use this time of coloring to escape from any stress and anxiety and become centered again. Creating has been so healing for me, and I know it can be for you too. I’m so happy we can collaborate in this way.

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Artist Spotlight — Geninne D Zlatkis

We’re thrilled to welcome Geninne D Zlatkis to our family of contributing artists for our 2017 line of calendars. Geninne’s delightful folk art–inspired illustrations will set your spirit aloft throughout the year. She combines stamping, collage, watercolor, and a bold use of color and texture to create the charming birds featured in our Feathered Friends 2017 wall calendar.

Feathered Friends 2017 wall calendar by Geninne D Zlatkis

Geninne is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. She lives in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, at 7,000 feet above sea level with her husband, Manolo, their two sons, and an adorable Red Heeler mix named Zorro. She was born in New York, but shortly after her birth, her parents began traveling around South America, where she lived in seven different countries and attended several English-language schools. After studying architecture in Chile for a couple of years, she moved to Mexico City and switched her focus to art. Geninne works in a variety of media, including watercolor, ink, and pencil. She also sews and embroiders and loves to hand-carve rubber stamps. Prints of her watercolors can be found at her online Etsy shop. And she shares gorgeous images of her work and her home in the desert on Instagram. So many cute images of Zorro ❤️

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Happy 90th Birthday to Thich Nhat Hanh

Greeting card artwork by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin.

Greeting card artwork by Nicholas Kirsten-Honshin.

For almost 15 years, it has been our great honor to share the words of wisdom from beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Our hope has always been that our calendars and greeting cards will serve as helpful tools for people in their everyday practice to live more mindfully. His words inspire so many to find deeper meaning and to cultivate more compassion. As many of you know, Thay experienced a stroke in November 2014, and he has made remarkable progress toward improved health since then. Please join us in wishing him a happy 90th birthday (October 11) and continued wellness.

❤️ Much gratitude for the wisdom he shares with the world and his work toward peace.

Coming in 2017 — A new film about Thich Nhat Hanh

With unprecedented access, Walk With Me goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose – to transform their suffering, and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road in the USA, this film is a meditation on a community grappling with existential questions and the everyday routine of monastic life.

As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ pursuit for a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Celebrate Chrysanthemum Day

Photo by Joe deSousa.

Photo by Joe deSousa.

The ninth day in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, “Chong Yang Jie” is celebrated as the Double Ninth Festival and Chrysanthemum Day. Chong means “double” or “repeat” and yang means “bright, vital, active energy.” In 2016, it falls on October 9 in the Western calendar which is unusual and very cool!

Celebrating Chrysanthemum Day

Revered for its simple perfect beauty and medicinal properties, the gorgeous and highly regarded yellow or golden chrysanthemum (“chu” in ancient Chinese) is rich both in color and symbolism of long life and enduring luck, love and success. It’s also believed to ease the burdens of a difficult life when you wear an image of it or keep them displayed in your home. Some Feng Shui masters also believe it has the power to fight addictions. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — October 2016 — Free to Download

October brings us leaves in splendid colors, the bounty of the harvest season… and trick-or-treaters. OoOOooooOooooo

Free October 2016 desktop wallpaper from Amber Lotus Publishing

Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. See download tips and system instructions below.

Mac Users: Ctrl+click the image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Right-click the image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.

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2017 Calendars Now Shipping

Featuring Pema Chödrön, Mark Nepo, Chris Burkard, Kevin Horan, Geninne D Zlatkis, Kinuko Y. Craft, and more. 80+ titles from which to choose!

2017 calendars from Amber Lotus Publishing

Halloween — Day of the Dead — Sugar Skulls

Day of the Dead 2017 wall calendar

Image from our Day of the Dead 2017 wall calendar. Constant © Kristy Patterson-D’Anna & Andrew D’Anna. Click image for more info.

Halloween, falling as it does on the start of the darkest time of the year, focuses on those who have departed. In the United States, on October 31, the emphasis may be on ghosts, monsters, and scary pumpkin faces, but in earlier times, and in other cultures, this is the time to honor the dead.

In Mexico, indigenous customs mingled with the Spanish Catholic celebration of All Souls’ Day on November 1 (“Halloween” is an abbreviated version of All Hallows’ Eve), during which people pray for those who have died. The resulting holiday, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a joyful celebration of those who have died. Continue reading

Mabon: Autumn Harvest

As a calendar publisher, we immerse ourselves in information about all kinds of holidays and their related traditions. Changes of the season are especially ripe with many celebrations around the world. Today is the Autumnal Equinox also known to some as Mabon. Here’s a bit more about Mabon:

Celtic Mandala

Image from our Celtic Mandala 2017 wall calendar featuring artwork by Jen Delyth. Click for more info.

Archaeological findings of prehistoric cultures in the British Isles reveal that important festivals observed the year’s equinoxes and solstices. In ancient history, Celtic peoples observed these days as the four Quarter Days: Ostara (Vernal Equinox), Litha (Summer Solstice), Yule (Winter Solstice), and Mabon (Autumnal Equinox). Today, Wiccans and Neo-pagans, who draw many traditions from Celtic culture, retain the Mabon tradition. Some communities refer to the day simply as “autumn harvest” or “autumn sabbat. ” Continue reading

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21 which is also the opening session of the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first official observance of the day was in September 1982.

At the United Nations the day is marked with a special message by the secretary-general, who then rings the Japanese Peace Bell and invites people throughout the world to reflect on the meaning of peace.

“Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, 2016 Continue reading