Artist Spotlight — Rachel Grant: Weaving the Past with the Present

Image from Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Grant to our family of contributing artists. Her gorgeous work is featured in our new 2019 wall calendar Women Who Rock Our World. This calendar is one part homage to female scientists, artists, writers, activists, athletes, and leaders and one part call to action. Each month highlights one revolutionary woman’s inspirational words paired with breathtaking original art and a short biography.  Regarding her extensive work on the calendar, Rachel said, “It was fascinating to work on. So much inspiration in these women’s stories.”

Here is a bit more about her process and what inspires her wonderful work:

Rachel GrantI am an artist and designer based in “The Potteries,” the creative county of North Staffordshire in the middle of England. I work in mixed media — including acrylic, gouache, and collage — bringing them together digitally in my design work to create detailed, textural compositions that convey a sense of warm nostalgia, whilst retaining a fresh, contemporary feel. My artistic practice is grounded in the meditative process of painting with a keen interest in both history and trend. I am inspired by the aesthetic conversation between past and present. Collecting and studying vintage ephemera, patterns, objects, and images in order to interweave historical references with current and upcoming trends in a wide range of markets. Although the subject matter, medium, and end product may vary, my overall aim is to capture an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Quiet, still moments in an otherwise chaotic world.

Being an introvert I am a real home bird, I like to grow vegetables, bake bread, knit, and watch films snuggled under crochet blankets. I yearn for flowers, fresh air, and the sea. And I listen to music all day — every day!

I sell my original artwork and prints in my Etsy store and exhibit occasionally within gallery settings across the UK.

Visit Rachel’s site to see more of her work.

Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar


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Introducing Our New Calendar Titles for 2019

It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to introduce nine new wall calendar titles for 2019. Click each image below to see more info about each one or browse our full selection of over 75 calendars on our website

This Land Is Your Land 2019 Wall Calendar

Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

Now and Zen 2019 Wall Calendar

The People's Yoga 2019 Wall Calendar

Super Foods 2019 Wall Calendar

Wild Woman Rising 2019 Wall Calendar

Stoic Meditations 2019 Wall Calendar

Save Our Sharks 2019 Wall Calendar

Bird Brains 2019 Wall Calendar


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2018 — 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. It was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, and March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC, it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC (708 AUC), giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed in honor of Augustus. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
8/1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
8/6 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
8/15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
8/22 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

See download tips and system instructions below:

Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that 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: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that 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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Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing — Part 2

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes. Tim Campbell is our VP Director of Sales.

Thirty Years and Thirty One Words

Listen to what anyone says
as though it were the last words
of a father to his son.

Listen with that much compassion,
and you’ll never feel jealousy
or anger again.

This was the first quote* I ever chose for an Amber Lotus calendar, nearly 20 years ago. On the one hand, that means I can only speak to 20 of the 30 years of Amber Lotus’s history. On the other hand, the transformative power of that quote has never left my mind, and it has informed all my subsequent text choices. I use this quote as a guiding hand precisely because of the profound spiritual instruction that it offers in just 31 words. Reading this passage every day for one month can become the start of a revolution. Thanks to our beloved contributor, Jane English (Tao wall calendar), we refer to our calendars as a book you read one page per month. Through his modern-day interpreter Coleman Barks, Rumi also says, “Whenever someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hand.” Month by month our effort is to light that candle.

When drops of water fill a vase
it is neither the first drop that fills it
nor the last or any drop individually…

These verses from the famous Tibetan mind training text Wheel of Sharp Weapons describes the history of Amber Lotus. That history is continually made and remade drop by drop, action by action. Amber Lotus was founded in 1988 by western students of the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. While we are no longer focused exclusively on Tibetan Buddhist causes, we honor our origin with our efforts to practice Right Livelihood, which I interpret as doing the most good with the least harm. To that end, Amber Lotus has planted 750,000 trees since 2008, and we’re on our way to 1 million and beyond. I’m happy to say that Amber Lotus is carbon negative. Each year, the trees we have planted offset our carbon footprint more than 40 times. It doesn’t do to make too much of our present efforts, and it’s true to say we still have work to do in the environmental department. Internally, we are taking steps to become more and more paper-free.

As Amber Lotus enters its fourth decade, and I enter my sixth, we will strive to listen with compassion to our customers, authors, artists, reps, friends and each other, and to take mindful care of each drop we add to the vase that is our shared planet.

* Excerpt from “Dying” from The Hand of Poetry by Coleman Barks


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Midweek Mindfulness — Heart Sutra

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2018 — 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. It was named by the Roman Senate in honour of Roman general Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis, being the fifth month of the 10-month calendar.
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)
22 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

July Free Desktop Wallpaper

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It’s Here… The Geninne Zlatkis 2018 – 2019 Planner

Geninne Zlatkis 2018-2019 planner

New for 2018-2019… the Geninne Zlatkis On-The-Go planner. We’re so excited! We love Geninne and her delightful feathered friends. Read more about Geninne and her process.

  • 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
  • 17-month calendar — August 2018 through December 2019 — perfect for school and academic planning.
  • The perfect gift for creative inspiration.
  • Uplifting graphics by Geninne D Zlatkis guide you through the weeks.
  • Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
  • Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
  • Wire-O binding offers lie-flat ease and convenience.
  • Inside pocket for storing receipts and mementos.
  • Extra lined pages to record notes and reminders.
  • Elastic band closure.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.

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Artist Spotlight — Robert Sturman: The People’s Yoga

The People's Yoga 2019 wall calendar

Image from The People’s Yoga 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by Robert Sturman. Click for more info.

To celebrate Yoga Day, we’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — The People’s Yoga.

Experience the global connection of yoga in these striking photographs that highlight the serenity of stillness within the hustle, bustle, and grit of modern living. Dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman captures everyday people and yogis from around the world in dynamic moments of this ancient practice. A woman stretching into Scorpion pose in Manhattan; a group of musicians paused in Standing Backbend in Bulgaria; and a police officer meditating in uniform before a Ganesha mural in Venice Beach, California, are just a few of these portraits of quiet strength and everyday life. Continue reading