August and Everything After

August the Mermaid by AugustEve on Etsy

Happy August everyone! I’m so happy to be through my busy July and back online with you all! Although it’s been a rainy summer, today has been HOT! It was 102 at 1pm, and I’m still chilling out with a big ol’ glass of ice water at 9pm!

August is one of my favorite months.  For starters, my birthday falls right near the beginning. I’m pretty big on birthdays – I love to be able to celebrate with the people I love. Plus, presents are always good!  The whole month feels to me like a warm summer evening.  You know, those evenings when you’re sitting on the porch, it’s the first part of the evening, the day’s work is done and all that’s left is to relax. 

Although it feels like a contradiction to say it, I also love the anticipation that comes with August. It’s back to school time! Now, I don’t have kids, and I haven’t really gone “back to school” in ages, but years of conditioning means I can’t stay away from the school supply aisles this time of year. Not to mention the fun, trendy college dorm things at places like Target and IKEA. Since I really don’t have a reason to stock up I limit myself to just a few school-ish items. Usually a notebook and markers will scratch that itch.

One more reason to love August? It’s officially (in my mind) time to start planning for Christmas! After my birthday I start the planning stages of Christmas in earnest. I’ve already come up with my “theme” for our gifts and some new ideas for decorating, and by the end of the month I’ll be crafting away! 

I thought I’d share a couple of prints from AugustEve on Etsy, who also has a great Day of the Dead Etsy shop, FlowersOfTheDead. The sunny mermaid above feels like summer to me. And I really love this print below. My mind has been so filled with ideas lately and I’m sure some of them will take flight, just like that red bird!

A Happily Broken Egg by AugustEve on Etsy

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