Annual Family Calendar

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Every year for the past 13 I have created a family calendar. It is a 13 month calendar sinceĀ I normally do not finish it until January – that would be because of all the Christmas orders and the busy holiday season. This year was a bit different in that I received a stack of ornament orders at the end of December, but I somehow managed to complete my calendar before the end of the month! Yay!

I kept it simple this year:

  • I used some of the photography of one of my sister-in-laws, as well as my own. She and my brother are around the farm at different times of the day and year than I am and she captures some great pictures.
  • With 23 nieces and nephews – I pulled from this past year’s images and created a sepia closeup of each.
  • I added a scripture per month.
  • 19×13 inch matte 2-sided photo paper.
  • HP large format printer

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Needles

Years ago I met an amazing woman who was to become a close friend and confidant. She was a regional director for an international IT consulting firm. Her career accomplishments were impressive (the drop jaw type of thing), so you might be able to imagine my astonishment when I first saw this laptop toting, international project manager extraordinaire, during a weekend visit, whip out her cross stitch needlework and cozy up by the fire. I guess I thought that was a “country” thing. I came to discover it is actually a family thing. Laptops, smartphones and leather briefcases can’t stop that.

Her mother’s vintage needlework…

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Her own cross stitch pieces tend to be large and detailed…

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And her daughter has also picked up the love.

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I enjoy seeing women pass down their joy of needlework from generation to generation. Some of my own nieces are showing an interest, and I find that exciting.