It’s time for the June 2018 Desktop Calendar! June just may be the best month of the whole year. I’m not just saying that because it’s my birthday month 😉 It also happens to be the birthday month for a number of Lars team members! Who else has a June birthday? Why is June so great you ask? Warm days abound, flowers are all in bloom, days are long, and I spend all the time I can in the garden. We hope this month’s illustration puts you in the mood for all things floral!
We selected our current apartment while we were still living in Denmark. Because we hadn’t seen it in person before we moved in, we didn’t quite know what we had to work with. A garden wasn’t necessarily on my list of things I “had to have”, but I was so pleasantly surprised to find that I had a little bit of garden to work with once I got here. Our landlords do a phenomenal job at keeping it up, but they said I could add in some of my own flower selections. That was 5 years ago. I have since been bit by the gardening bug and consider it one of my most (and few!) hobbies that I have outside of work.
This year I wanted to make it more colorful than years past and in honor of Craft the Rainbow our new book and this little board book that I read to Jasper nearly every day (here) , I created a rainbow container garden for the front porch. I only added them in a couple of weeks ago so they haven’t had time to flourish yet, but I thought I’d post about it so you can get started to and then we can watch them grow together and keep each other updated.
Here are some things I’ve done to get it going and a list of flower divided by color that you can add to your garden: Read on →
I am extremely excited about our June book club pick! When you think of fashion icons, the subject of this month’s book may not at first come to mind, even though she has become one merely through her own personal love of clothing and fabrics. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon gives us a glimpse of this eccentric, vivacious woman – and her closet! Full of witty sayings, career advice, and colorful photographs, this book shares Apfel’s philosophy on life and what has made hers meaningful. If you’re not already familiar with Iris, you’ll soon fall in love! We hope you enjoy this fun, easy read as you begin your summer! Follow along with us at @larsbookclub and stay tuned for artwork later in the month. Enjoy!
Chances are you’ll recognize her work, but if not, Lisa Congdon is a fine artist, illustrator, and designer you’ll want to get to know! I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s work for years. It’s bright, cheerful, and inspirational. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she is the author of over 7 books! Her illustrations were featured in one of our last book club books, “Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History.” Getting a later start in the art world, Lisa is an amazing example of following your dreams and working hard for them. Make sure you download the book art she illustrated for us inspired by our very own “Craft the Rainbow!”
We hope you enjoy this inspiring look into Lisa Congdon’s creative process!
Are you going to be watching the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tomorrow? Coverage starts at the crack of dawn here in the US–5:00 a.m! Anyone setting their alarm clocks? I’m reminiscing about the last Royal Wedding when I was actually among the spectators! But if you’re celebrating in the comfort of your own home, we’ve put together a This Girl: Royal Wedding Edition. It’s a compilation of things that will make your Royal Wedding experience the best one possible. What to make, what to wear, what to buy–we’re covering it all! And make sure to check our new online shop to see all our Royal Wedding goodies!