The first year I made a fabric calendar, we were exhibiting at a local holiday market. A customer happily came up to our booth so excited to see a tea towel calendar like the ones her mom collected when she was a kid.
Since then, it's become a tradition for me to design an annual tea towel calendar. Personally, my mom never collected tea towel calendars, but I always loved seeing them in thrift stores, and hearing people reminisce about their mom's or grandma's collections is really heart warming.
Designing a calendar is also pretty fun and mindful. I think about the year and what I've been working on, and include bits and pieces of that into the design. Looking back on past years', I remember the trip we took to Edisto Island in July, planting our veggie garden on what seemed the coldest day in January, and sitting by the fire pit in December.
In the 2017 calendar, I included bits of the new repeat patterns I've been working on, Heuchera and Ginkgo. Our kitty Maisie (the namesake of Maisilene) still follows me everywhere I go, so she makes an appearance twice in the 2017 design. I also wanted to learn to knit, so I was hoping that would be me sitting by the window in early January. Turns out I haven't taken up knitting yet, but hey. :)
The 2018 calendar was a fun one to design. It was a windy year and I felt like we ate lots of ice cream.For 2019 - I felt like getting a little grungier with the design. I didn't edit my drawings as much as I usually do. The theme is about our relationships and being true to ourselves.
As always, our work is hand printed in our Athens, GA studio on sustainable and stain resistant hemp and organic cotton. Inks are heat set so you can wash and use daily if you like. Washing cold by hand or in a gentle wash will help to preserve the life of the print.
I hear from a lot of folks that they display the calendar throughout the year and then use it in the kitchen the following year. The perfect way to use a tea towel calendar. :)