It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I compile a calendar each year using photos I took in the previous year. I'm holding off sharing this year's calendar until the recipients have had a chance to open their packages -- in the mail now folks, hold on! But I did want to share two things. First, Garden Rant has kindly compiled a list of garden-related crafts available for purchase (like calendars and note-cards) here. When they asked for submissions a short while ago I decided that it was time to actually stock the CafePress shop I created years ago. Be forewarned that if you click overto the CafePress shop you will see this year's calendar and ruin the surprise, mom and dad! But there are some nice note-cards for sale there that would make good holiday cards.
The other thing I wanted to share with you is my current decorating project. I still have to clean my bedroom and get all my clothes organized. The only surefire way to get me back there is to start a project in the room so I'm in there during the day instead of late at night (when Lee really doesn't like me bombing around, he has this strange need for sleep). Which brings me (slowly) to the titular leftovers. We've been emptying the fridge bit by bit of leftovers. The pork-loin yielded two meals, one of which was pork-fried rice -- yum! But these leftovers are the portrait-oriented photos from the past few years that I love, but couldn't work into the landscape-oriented calendars.
But that's the only time that worked. So I had a bunch of photos in a folder on my desktop awaiting inspiration. It finally struck this evening as I browsed Ikea's website for new food canisters and came across these really inexpensive simple frames:
At $.99 for 4 frames I could go nuts! They're 4x6, but I initially thought they were 5x6 and cropped 12 photos to fit. I'll have to recrop to 4x6, but here's the old version in an arrangement I might like:
I haven't quite decided if I will hang all 12 or not. I'll probably wait to see how they print on my new wireless printer (switch if you haven't already -- I feel so liberated!) before deciding if all will go up. And they will be over the bed in place of a row of framed Dali postcards. I love the postcards because I bought them, the frames, and the black construction paper they're mounted on with my sister years and years ago. I remember that great day of shopping and crafting when I look at them, but I think it's time for a change. I might find another spot for one or two of them, but I will definitely be keeping them all. I will share more as this project progresses, including how I am going to manage hanging all those little frames in straight rows!
UPDATE: Now that I realize that the frames are 4x6 (and have a bunch of them), I went back and re-cropped the photos properly. Some that I hadn't used because 5x6 didn't work, do now. Still won't hang them all, but here's what I'm considereding now:
I think I see a few I'll eliminate right away!