July here is beginning as June ended…with a lull in the dependable rain and the heat settling in. I am in my summer home-rhythms of early morning enjoyment of the outside and the hour or two of open doors and windows, before it is time to close them, draw the curtains (never entirely) and take the hours unhurriedly…

I’m spending most of my waking hours in the studio, working on the new printables and the school year Daybook collection. There is, of course, much more to learn and figure out than I imagined, so the work goes slowly, but steadily.

It feels like a gift that my work is seasonally-oriented, keeping me focused on the cyclical, rooted bits of life. That feels especially important when so much around us, even when we try to be careful with what we take in, feels untethered and often troubling.

So the daylilies blooming against the old white fence, as they always do, and the first monarch butterfly emerging from the first chrysalis adorning our house are where I center my attention…if only for brief, appreciative moments. Those moments fill something inside me that I draw from when I need to. Those sorts of moments are what I will focus on when I create the desktop (and phone) wallpapers I plan to create for you going forward.

A lovely reason to visit on the first of each month (ah…a new rhythm!) with something useful and beautiful for you to find. There will be a calendar on the desktop one…much prettier to reference than usual computer calendar when you need a glance at the month. And I am finding since I made this for myself a few days ago that it makes me want to tidy up my desktop more often than usual to experience more peace when I see flowers, field and sky.

free Wild Simplicity desktop calendar at www.lesleyaustin.com :: queen anne's lace

free wild simplicity phone wallpaper from lesleyaustin.com

Since I’m new to all of this, do let me know if the downloads don’t work for you. It has worked for me to click the image to open in a new window, then either drag it off or right-click to download, then add to your desktop/screensaver photo folder.

Wishing you a July full of pleasure and rest,