i've discovered a few really awesome calendar things lately. it's getting to be that time of year, as scary as that is! as proof - i bought my 2011 slingshot the other day, and folks are out and about selling PIVOT's annual Hope and Shadows photography calendar, though i haven't picked mine up yet.
if you're familiar with spoonflower (a website that digitally prints custom fabric, very cool!), you're probably familiar with their ongoing themed contests. their current contest is tea towel calendars, like the vintage tea towels that you find stashed away in your grandma's drawer, but in much better colours than that 70s harvest gold!
Cynthia, who is one of the founding members of the new Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild, and whose art i've been a huge fan of for almost 10 years now, has a super cute design in the contest, and i'm crossing my fingers that she wins, and it'll be available for purchase!
super cute, right? i'm so impatient, i want to know which shades of kona the colours match so that i can start piecing a border for it - i'm that determined to buy it!
there were a few others that i really liked. i tried to only vote for ones that i could see myself actually buying - it can be overwhelming, with 10 pages of designs to vote for, and so many of them are so darn cute! but i resisted, and only voted for three over all.
the other two were this awesome beards and whiskers calendar, which i think would make the perfect gift for some folks i know,
and this gorgeous 2011-1938 calendar. the image of a double wedding ring quilt made up of 30s inspired reproduction prints is amazing - brilliant idea, and a very modern looking quilt (yet more proof that the modern quilt movement is a throwback!)
go vote for your favourites! (one of which will hopefully be cynthia's... no pressure!)
i've also fallen in love with Nikki McClure's 2011 calendar. her papercuts are so incredibly gorgeous, it would make me so happy to look at them every day.
all of the months are amazing, but you know i love spider webs, so i'm particularly enthralled with october.
and then i came across this free calendar that you print yourself, with over 30 super cute owl pictures to choose from. i can't pick just 12, it's just not possible. i'll have to make 2 calendars, obviously!
i really like how there's such a variety of art styles. these are a few of my favourites -
go make your own!
so all of this begs the question - how many calendars does one person really need? i think 3 would be okay - one by the computer, one in the kitchen, and one by the sewing machine. right? anything more than that might getting excessive....