Counting the Days

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At our house, December 2009 was a blur of working, crafting and traveling. Somehow, in all of the excitement and frenzy of the holidays, the 31 days of 2009′s final month felt more like 13 days. There just never seemed enough time! That must be why, almost a full week into the new year, we are just now getting around to replacing all of the calendars in the house. In past years, I have always grabbed a big, glossy shrink-wrapped calendar from the big-box bookstore, but this year I am looking for something different. Because we are going to have to live with it for the next 12 months, I want something unique, clever and, of course, eco-friendly.

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I love the graphic simplicity of this oversized calendar by fabric designer Jan DiCintio of Daisy Janie. At a whopping 17×22” when hung, there is plenty of room to keep my little family organized. The top portion includes big, blank blocks to fill in with all sorts of reminders – things to do, people to call and stuff to buy. Each month is bordered by an original black and white design, created by Jan herself. Leave it as-is and let it quietly compliment your décor, or break out the colored pencils and make it a one-of-a-kind. The calendar, which is finished off with a sturdy wire ring binding, has been offset printed using soy ink on a FSC & Ecologo Certified, 100% post-consumer, processed chlorine-free recycled cover stock.

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This “Perpetual Paris” photo calendar by Little Brown Pen is more than just a way to keep track of days – it’s a large-scale artistic statement for your wall. Made up of 49 images of Parisian chalkboards, license plates, doorways, bottles and monuments, the pages of this perpetual calendar are held together with special photo clips, forming a stunning collage which you re-arrange at the beginning of every month. Since it is not date-specific, you can use it for years to come. Très bien!

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What makes this cute calendar by Orchard & Brown an eco-friendly choice? By printing it yourself, you reduce packaging materials and shipping resources! How’s that for smart? Once you have purchased the calendar from Orchard & Brown, it will be emailed to you in high-resolution PDF format. Simply print it off (on eco-friendly paper, please) and you are ready to enjoy the adorable, original illustrations as you count down the days of 2010. The file is set up to print 2 months on a standard page and can be printed as many times as you like so that you can easily create calendars for your friends and family, too!

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There’s something about this tea towel calendar by One Canoe Two that has me absolutely smitten. Perhaps it is my love for all-things letterpress that draws me to it. Or maybe it’s the charming collection of sketches of everyday objects that adorn each month – they’ve managed to include ALL of my favourite things; from tools to scissors to vegetables! Either way, I think I have to have this for my kitchen. This calendar has been professionally printed on tightly woven 100% cotton and is a fabric version of the 2010 letterpress calendar! It is sewn in a red zig-zag stitch and hangs sweetly from its dowel and twine hanger. Once the year is up, I think this piece of wall-art could easily be transformed into an adorable toss-cushion, making room for the next edition.

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