April 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Celebrate Earth Day with us: Help us plant another tree!
In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, we at Amber Lotus are upping our commitment to plant more trees with a little help from our friends.
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Amber Lotus has always been supportive of environmental awareness and mindful living and promoting inspirational ideas through the pages of our calendars. We were one of the first calendar companies to use recycled paper and were an early member of Green America. We started our program of offsetting our tree usage and carbon footprint by planting trees and contributing funds to NativeEnergy. We continue that initial focus by using FSC certified paper and partnering with Trees for the Future. As of today, Amber Lotus Publishing has planted more than 330,000 trees with Trees for the Future. You can help us reach our goal of 5,000 more with your LIKE.
More about Trees for the Future
Trees for the Future is a nonprofit agroforestry resource center that helps communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia restore tree cover to their lands. TREES has planted 93 million trees since 1989; Amber Lotus Publishing has funded the planting of at least 330,000 trees through the Trees for the Future organization. In addition to removing CO2 from the atmosphere, these trees help restore degraded land, reverse deforestation, improve soil quality, and augment local standards of living. We are proud and honored to be an active partner in their tree planting program.
Trees for the Future celebrates 25 years of tree planting based on the understanding that the health and welfare of the land is directly related to the health and welfare of the people. With nearly a third of the world’s population living in poor farming communities, and farming being responsible for 80% of the deforestation across Africa, Latin America, and Asia, rural poverty is not a singular issue. It stems from environmental degradation and feeds social ills that create a cycle of hardship and dependence. TREES planting program is designed with three critical elements in mind: people, their profit, and our planet (3Ps) - their triple bottom line. To succeed in meeting this triple bottom line, they are focused on a scalable tree planting strategy – the forest garden approach – which generates sustainable economic, social, and environmental benefits. Read more about Trees for the Future here. (www.treesforthefuture.org)
Below is a preview of our 2015 environmentally focused calendar titles. Available in July 2014 at http://www.amberlotus.com or your favorite bookstore or online retailer.
April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
The best of Raw food – or any food, for that matter – is the sourcing of high-quality, seasonal, local (when possible), organic ingredients.
Frisée and Fennel Salad
6-8 cups frisée lettuce
1 small fennel bulb, thinly shaved
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
½ cup roughly chopped
Delicately toss all ingredients with desired amount of dressing until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with extra walnuts, cranberries and dressing if desired. Serves 4-6.
¼ cup balsamic or cider vinegar
or any good-quality vinegar
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh basil
1 cup olive oil
Whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice and basil. Add olive oil
and continue to whisk until dressing
is emulsified. Add salt and pepper
These gorgeous veggies are paired with delicious, accessible recipes by well-known master raw food chef and best-selling “cookbook” author Matthew Kenney. http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com
March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
This month we are so pleased to chat with Denise Gallagher. She is a wonderful, creative addition to the Amber Lotus greeting card artists. Here is some insight into her whimsical world of illustration.
Amber Lotus has a Q & A with Denise Gallagher
Tell us about your artwork?
I am an artist, an illustrator, and a graphic designer. I worked as an art director in the advertising industry for twenty years before starting my own graphic design and illustration company in 2013. I thoroughly enjoy graphic design, but my true passion is illustration. My illustrations begin as pencil drawings to which I add color, layers, and textures digitally. My subjects are often rare animals, plants, flowers, and bits of ephemera such as pieces of string, teacups, or skeleton keys. My work has been called whimsical, dark, and sophisticated.
What do you do for inspiration?
I find inspiration all around me – in music, nature, literature, and fine art. I am fascinated by vintage etchings of unusual animals and old fairy tales. Sometimes, though, all I need to do to get inspired is to take a long walk or to spend some time in a dusty old bookstore. I find that if I keep my eyes and ears open, inspiration will find me.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
One of my favorite pieces is a triptych titled Wrapt, which I created for an all-female artist show called “Grace and Ritual” at the Los Angeles gallery iam8bit. Wrapt is my commentary on the joy and pain of motherhood. I poured a lot of emotion into its creation, and it is filled with imagery that is deeply meaningful to me.
I also illustrated a book of twelve Aesop’s fables, which I used as a gift for clients and friends as well as a promotional piece. It was such an amazing project, from researching the fables to imagining and illustrating each one. I was immensely proud of the end result.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a piece for this year’s “Grace and Ritual” show with the theme “Hidden.” I’m thrilled with how it is coming along. Having the freedom to dig deep emotionally for these gallery pieces is especially fulfilling and almost cathartic. They are experimental and intensely personal. I’m also doing some illustration for children’s television. It is playful and colorful and whimsical and enchanting. I love the special kind of magic that emerges when illustrating for children.
What are you doing when you’re not creating?
When I’m not creating, I am enjoying life with my husband and seven-year-old son, Oliver. From making pancakes and having impromptu living room dance parties to attending symphonies and festivals, our life is a wonderful adventure!
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I make elaborate pancake art – a tradition begun by my mom. You can see some of them here: http://www.prettypancake.tumblr.com
Where else do you sell your work?
I have an Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/DGIllustration, where you can find prints, greeting cards, and framed art. For professional commissioned work, you can contact my reps at Those Three Reps, those3reps.com.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
I always dreamed of being an illustrator. Realizing that dream took a lot of hard work and patience. If you have a dream – whatever that dream may be – work your hardest to achieve it. Do your research. Carve out time to devote to that dream and work at it often. Use social media to reach out to others and to get feedback and encouragement. Keep at it. Keep your chin up and realize that a smile and a good attitude go a long way.
Where else can we find you?
You can visit me on my website, DeniseGallagher.com, on Facebook as Denise Gallagher Design and Illustration, on Behance as Denise Gallagher, and on Twitter as @denisegallagrrr.
Here is a sneak peek at Gallagher’s Holiday Cards that will be available in this year’s Boxed Sets.
March 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
This is your opportunity to strut your stuff – and your chickens’ .
Be one of 12 featured coops in this beautifully photographed treasure
of unique coops and their feathered inhabitants.
Submit 3 to 6 digital snapshots (500MB or smaller) of your backyard bird sanctuary to Amber Lotus at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted Entries will:
• Enjoy a professional photography shoot of their coop and hens
• Be featured in the calendar
• Receive a print quality portrait of their coop for personal use
• Be awarded with six copies of the 12″ x 12″ calendar featuring their coop
Featured coop owners agree to:
• Be available for a two-hour professional photo shoot in late July or early August
• Provide a clean, fresh coop on the day of the shoot
• Provide a short statement about their coop and hens
Visit our 2014 Calendar to see what we’ve featured in the past.
2015 City Chickens and their Coops
Here is a preview of what’s coming next year:
All our featured coops are photographed by Susan Seubert.
March 6, 2014 § 1 Comment
Plant garlic whips as soon as the ground can be worked for spring harvesting. Begin feeding onions and garlic in mid-spring, offering high-nitrogen fertilizer every 2-3 weeks to encourage bulbing.
(Scallions and bunching onions don’t need it.) Regular watering in summer ensures plump, welfilled cloves of garlic and shallots and fat, round onions. Reduce watering in midsummer to encourage bulbs to ripen and develop good keeping qualities.
excerpted from the 2014 Organic Kitchen Garden wall calendar – Tip by Ann Lovejoy
February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Look back on the old year and gather its lessons in your memory.
Look ahead to the New Year and honor its gifts. Above all, participate in the eternal Now.
50% Off Wall Calendars – Now $7.50
Musings on Memory
The philosopher Plato taught that all knowledge is remembering. In Greek mythology, memory is personified by Mnemosyne. Born of the union of Gaia (the Earth) and Uranus (the Sky), she is the mother of the nine Muses, goddesses of art and literature and the personification of all knowledge.
Mnemosyne is also known as the goddess of time. Before the written word, knowledge and lore were preserved through memory. The collective memory of the people held their history. Before the first written calendars, our ancestors marked the days by the revolution of the sun, and the passing year and changing seasons by the moon, just as we do now with Amber Lotus calendars.
50% Off Engagement Calendars – Now $8.50
50% Off Mini Calendars – Now $4.00
Our calendars are printed on FSC certified Mixed Source paper, which comes from a combination of well-managed forests and recycled materials. We also plant trees to offset our impact on the environment.
Amber Lotus Publishing has helped plant more than 330,000 trees through our partnership with Trees for the Future (TREES). TREES has rehabilitated environments across the globe by planting nearly 93 million trees since 1989. You can start the new year knowing you have helped plant trees for the future
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February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
The 2015 edition of the best-selling Environmental Art Calendar will be available to purchase July 2014 — this will be our 8th year for this title. Andres Amador, Manolo Paz, and Sylvain Meyer are just a few of the artists that will be featured.
NEW – Check out this wonderful access to our Environmental Art Calendar Archive and links to information about each featured cover artists: Bob Verscheuren, Patrick Dougherty, Martin Hill, Nils-Udo, Jason de Caires Taylor and others.
View all the Calendar Covers with links to the Artist’s latest projects here!
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