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Happy Chinese New Year

So this year is apparently the year of the rat – the inspiration for today’s doodle. Here’s a few facts about Chinese New Year There is no set date for Chinese New Year: According to the Lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is on January 1st and lasts until the 15th (the full moon). Unlike western holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving , when you calculate … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year

New Year, New Start

Happy New Year! 2019 was a good year but I’m really looking forward to 2020.  In the past 12 months my husband and I have celebrated some big birthdays, we sold our house and we moved over 200 miles up North so after several decades are back in the North East of England. So 2020 we’re looking forward to some walks on the beach, more … Continue reading New Year, New Start

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2020 Calendar: On Trend Colours

For the last few years I have created a load of downloadable calendars, mainly because I still like to have a physical calendar in the house to catch arrangements my husband and I have made to meet with friends or as a reminder of friends and family birthdays so I thought I’d create a few different format designs for 2020. The first – probably one … Continue reading 2020 Calendar: On Trend Colours

February Calendars – Free Downloads

A kick and punch – it’s February!  So what do we have to look forward to – well here in the UK probably the continuation of freezing temperatures and an extra 10 minutes of defrosting the car in the morning but also Valentine’s Day (14th); Chinese New Year (5th); World Cancer Day (4th); Time to Talk Day (7th); National Pizza Day (9th); Random Act of … Continue reading February Calendars – Free Downloads

Wishing Everyone….

a very happy new year! So 2019…. apparently this is the year of Earth Pig, starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020 with the lucky colours of red, yellow and white. In January it will be 150 years since the birth of Rasputin May will mark 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci In July we’ll be celebrating the 50th … Continue reading Wishing Everyone….

Simple Christmas card design

As we’re heading towards December I thought I’d share some Christmas card designs in case you’re thinking about making your own cards. This modern Christmas tree  design must be one of the simplest to create so if you have a lot of cards to send its perfect for making large volumes and you don’t need many supplies. There are two different ways to make the … Continue reading Simple Christmas card design

Coney Island, Baby!

Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!

Día de Muertos: Day of the Dead

Day of The Dead

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos or sometimes known as Día de los Muertos)  is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, but also in other countries around the world, in particular the US. It is a three day celebration of past families and friends, beginning on October 31st, and ending on November 2nd. On All Hallows Eve, children make an altar to invite … Continue reading Day of The Dead