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A Gift for 2011

Can you believe 2010 is almost over? I swear one moment it was June and I was planting tomatoes in Seattle and the next thing I knew it was December and I was planning a new garden in Portland. To help each of you ring in the New Year in style, I am excited to offer a little gift from me to you: a desktop wallpaper with a calendar for each of the upcoming months.

I hatched this idea last summer and I asked the lovely and talented Anne of Anne Bryant Creative to illustrate the calendar.  Anne, who happens to be a gardener, graphic designer and lovely-things-maker, happily agreed. We settled upon the theme of modern homesteading and then she set to work creating 12 bright, cheerful, and entirely fun illustrations for the calendars. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. As you can see, January features birds and you can expect to see bees, chickens, and gardens in the months ahead!

I’ve posted links to download the January calendar below and I will be putting up each subsequent calendar on the 25th of each month. Anne kindly created three different files sizes, so all you need to do is choose the size that best fits your monitor and then click on the link below—the file will automatically download to your computer and then you can set it up as your background image:

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Anne also turned the images from the calendars into a set of 12 notecards with matching stickers. The cards are so cute and they come in an adorable drawstring cotton bag. You can find them at Anne’s Etsy shop.

I hope the calendars inspire each of you to create your own happy little homestead, whether it is in the city or the country. Best wishes for a merry New Year!

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17 Responses to “A Gift for 2011”

  1. 1
    Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    I was just looking for a new desktop image. It is darling. Thank you.

  2. 2
    Sally Says:

    Thank you so much! It’s great to have a calendar on my desktop, and it will be fun to have a new image each month. Have a great New Year!

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    NW Nature Nut Says:

    This is so nice! I will link to you at my blog.

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    Elaine Says:

    I absolutely love this desktop calendar! So cute that she made matching notecards. Thank you so much for this year long gift, Willi and Anne!

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    Pam Says:

    Thank you, Willi! I have ordered the notecards as well. Happy New Year–the year of your book!!

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    tom | tall clover farm Says:

    I don’t know, if I had a calendar I may just be more organized and timely. Hmmm, I guess I could give it a try. Happy New Year! Tom
    .-= tom | tall clover farm´s last blog ..Merry Christmas From My House to Yours =-.

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    Margaret Says:

    The calendar is lovely. I’d love to download it…but it’s not working! Am I too late, did Anne remove the link? Thanks Willi!

  8. 8
    Willi Says:

    The links are all fixed up now! Thanks so much for your patience!

  9. 9
    Pam Says:

    Willi, Again I say “Thanks!” I mentioned ordering a set of the notecards, and they are awesome! In fact, I have already ordered a second set for a friend. Thanks to you and Anne for your combined enthusiasm and creativity!

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    Miriam Says:

    Love it, love it!! Thank you! :D

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    Anne Says:

    Thank you to everyone for the nice compliments on my illustrations and for Willi for giving me this fun opportunity. I hope you all have a happy 2011! :)
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Merry Christmas &amp Happy New Year! =-.

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    Laura Says:

    This is great. Thank you

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    Anita Says:

    Thanks Willi and Anne – I adore the January calendar – Happy New Year!

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    Scott Weber Says:

    This is too cute…I never use other people’s stuff as my desktop pic, but I’m making an exception for these…thanks!
    .-= Scott Weber´s last blog ..A Year in the Life – Lilium Black Beauty =-.

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    Gareth at InkUp Gallery Says:

    What a great calendar, love that and very useful too, excellent designs by the way.

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    Laurrie Says:

    Is the February calendar posted? You mentioned each calendar would be available on the 25th of the month for download, but I wasn’t sure where to find it. Will it be posted here? thanks! I’m using them for my wallpaper background and love the designs.

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    beef austin texas Says:

    The one who wills is the one who can.

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