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About Amber Lotus Publishing

Amber Lotus Publishing is an independent publisher of mind body spirit themed calendars, greeting cards, journals, books, and wisdom decks. We create products that illuminate the sacred dimensions of everyday life — healthy lifestyles, mindfulness, and earth awareness. Sharing the diversity of world cultures and sacred traditions as well as the inspiration and beauty of the natural world is our passion.

Hygee: Savoring Winter

Image from our Present Moment 2018 wall calendar published in partnership with our friends at Sounds True. Photo © tomertu. Click for more info.

Hygge (pronunced HOO-gah) is the Danish way of embracing winter that embodies loving connection and ease. Dwelling. Savoring. Slowing down. Making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, special, and beautiful.

I love how this philosophy mirrors the Taoist, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine paths of being in alignment with the season. With winter being so yin (cold, dark, wet and damp), it’s a time for deep rest, relaxation and restoration. We can balance this with some strong yang chi — fires, light and warmth!

Here are some simple ways to create your own at home experience of hygge…

  • Slow down and really relax! Take a nap by the fire. Turn off our phone, tv and computer and connect. Share food, music or poetry with loved ones without distraction. Watch the sunrise or moonrise. Enjoy pure “being” and presence!
  • Create warm, cozy spaces — use faux fur throws, flannel sheets, soft sweaters, slippers, a blanket tent and so on.
  • Decorate only with what you love. Go natural and organic by hanging fresh or dried tree branches and fresh flowers or greenery in every room.
  • Illuminate with soothing light. White candles in clear glass jars. Mirrored sconces. Fairy lights. Fires in the fireplace. White paper star pendants.
  • Savor comfort. Love your favorite people. Create comfort and shelter for yourself and others. Cuddle with your cat and dog. Light a candle at breakfast. Take a hot bath. Stick cloves in a fresh orange.
  • Create sacred sanctuary and community. Enjoy the good and simple life. Savor the present moment. Walk in the woods. Have a bonfire outside. Make snow angels.
  • Eat warm foods — soups, porridge, congee, stews. Drink hot chai, tea or cocoa. Enjoy artisan chocolate or chutney. Bake bread.
  • Declutter. Simplify. Be content in simple things. Enjoy BEING instead of doing!

Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.


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2018 Calendars — Art for Everyone

 

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Artist Spotlight — Katie Daisy: Painter and Wildflower

Katie Daisy 2018 wall calendar

Image from the Katie Daisy 2018 wall calendar. Click for more info.

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Daisy to our family of contributing artists. Our Katie Daisy line currently includes a wall calendar, coloring book, and best-selling on-the-go planner.

Working in watercolor and acrylic paint as well as mixed media materials, Katie strives to capture the magic and beauty of a life lived in harmony with nature. She sells her high-quality prints through her website and Etsy shop, and has licensed her work for a wide-reaching variety of products.

Some of her notable clients include the Oprah Winfrey Network, Pottery Barn, Spirituality & Health magazine, Target, and Chronicle Books.

Here’s a bit more from her website about her inspiration and process:

Photo by Charlotte Dupont

How long have you been making art?
I’ve been making art for as long as I remember! When I was a little girl, my mom would always have her purse stocked with art supplies so I could create wherever we went! I’d draw on the back of placemats in restaurants, and was always doodling on homework, etc.

I didn’t have any art classes until my freshman year of high school. It was then that I really spread my wings and dove into painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. I owe so much to my high school art teachers Mr. Dobbs & Mrs. Mock for helping me develop my own style.

What inspires you most?
Mostly nature, but here is a short list of specifics: Goldfinches, meteor showers, old books, coffee shops, sunflowers, old growth forests, poetry, things with wings, open roads, creek swimming, cumulus clouds, honeybees, wild strawberries, summer thunderstorms, abandoned farmhouses, Big Sur, moon phases, purple clover, prairie grass.

Tell me about the early days of Etsy.
Wow, has the land of Etsy changed so much! In 2009 I created a print with the words “You are My Sunshine.” It’s very different from the work I do now, but something about it resonated with so many folks! It was almost overnight that this print gained popularity and was featured on multiple big blogs like Decor8 and Under the Sycamore. I owe so much of early success to design blogs.

Most of my notable clients have found me on Etsy. I think that the platform is the perfect place for art directors to source fresh, creative talent. Keep your shop stocked with a variety of goods and images!


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Katie Daisy Celebration

Use coupon code DAISY during checkout at amberlotus.com to enjoy 50% off the 2018 wall calendar, coloring book, and on-the-go planner. Code expires 11:59 p.m. (PT), Friday, December 15, 2017.

 

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — December 2017 — Free to Download

December is the twelfth and final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is the seventh and last month to have the length of 31 days.
Flower: Narcissus
Birthstone: Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic)
1 – World AIDS Day
3 – Advent Begins
7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
10 – Human Rights Day
12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)
13 – Hanukkah Begins (Jewish)
21 – Winter Solstice
21 – Yule (Pagan/Wiccan)
25 – Christmas
26 – Boxing Day (Canada, UK)
26 – Kwanzaa Begins (African American)
31 – New Year’s Eve

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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2018 Calendars for Everyone on Your List

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Cultivate Gratitude with a Thank You

What are you grateful for? How do you practice gratitude? We love this list of 5 “Thank Yous” from Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. shared on the Psychology Today website. He suggests that we use this as a simple checklist to build our sense of gratitude which in turn will allow our sense of well-being to flourish. Continue reading

Giving Tuesday — Planting Seeds of Kindness

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is an annual opportunity for everyone to commit to supporting a charity that speaks to your heart. Support can come in many forms — some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to share the good works. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Barbara Dziadosz Loves to Cook and Draw

The Kitchen Art 2018 wall calendar features the charming illustrations of Barbara Dziadosz. The lighthearted 1950s-style illustrations featured in this calendar lend a retro feel to today’s whole-foods movement. Bright colors and fresh textures showcase imaginative food combinations that will have you experimenting with even your tried-and-true recipes — and will encourage you to include the most important ingredients of all: joy and love. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — November 2017 — Free to Download

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fourth and last month to have the length of 30 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar.
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz or Citrine

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian)
1 – Day of the Dead (Mexico)
2 – All Souls’ Day (Christian)
5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
7 – Election Day
11 – Remembrance Day (AU, CA)
11 – Veterans Day
12 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
20 – Universal Children’s Day
23 – Thanksgiving

Free desktop wallpaper for November

See download tips and system instructions below: Continue reading