Oh! I am so excited! For nine years, I have had the fun job of writing The Herbal Calendar for Tide-Mark Press. And even though I am not new to this writing thing (I’ve been writing for 18 years!), it is fun to get the first calendars in the mail. Well, it is here…2009 is now available in stores, online and by clicking the little calendar photo on the right side of my blog. (If the photo button isn’t working, you can just CLICK HERE TO LINK TO THE CALENDAR ON AMAZON.)
It features seasonal gardening information, recipes, crafts and homemade lotions/spa treatments using FRESH from the GARDEN ingredients. (Tons of fun!)
It is illustrated by my dear friend, Peggy Turchette, who also illustrates book covers (like The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by mystery writer/blogger Susan Wittig Albert), seed packets (Botanical Interests) and many other fun gardening stuff. (More info on Peggy below).
The calendar is meant to be enjoyed throughout the year, giving you inspiration and information each month. Then at the end of the year, you can cut up the calendar to save any recipes or information for future use. (My best compliment is when someone tells me they cut up their calendar! It means they wanted to save the information. Nice!)
More about the artist, Peggy…
With each calendar, I hire an artist to do the artwork to illustrate and compliment my writing. Tidemark has always let me have full control in choosing the artist (whom they pay). I work very closely with this person for several months as we colaborate on the illustrations to go with my garden information and recipes. I have worked with many talented artists this way.
For the last six years, I have hired Peggy Turchette as my artist. All of my artist have been incredibly talented, but Peggy and I just "clicked" when we started working together. I not only love her style of illustration, but she is also an avid gardener herself. When I talk to her about gardening issues, she "gets it". Although we have never met each other in person, (She lives in Colorado and I in California) I feel like we are old friends.
For more information about Peggy and her work (including greeting cards and gift wrap), visit her website here.
I realize that people have 1000′s of calendars to choose from, but if you are a gardener and you choose to spend a year with me (figuratively speaking), I think you will have a great time. There are some delicious recipes including a blueberry-lemon verbena coffee cake and lavender shortbread to die for! Trust me, testing the recipes made me gain 6 pounds!