MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2012, WRITE IT DOWN!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Time, as they say, waits for no one. This is why it is best to make the most of every minute of the day, write everything down, and check things off your list as you go. Ha! Like that really happens. Maybe in a perfect world. Well, we can all kick off the New Year with a bang and try. Here are some calendars to help you make every minute count. Let me know how that works out for you.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Boddington
If you live to be Inspector Clouseau's American counterpart, perhaps Mr. Boddington's Criminels du Monde Calendar will help you to be a better sleuth.


Photo courtesy of Linda and Harriet
I can't help it, I just love what Linda and Harriet create, their letterpress papers are so creative and unique. Their new calendar is filled with patterned pages that do double duty as postcards!


Photo courtesy of Cavallini and Co
Horticulturalists will appreciate the lush blooms on Cavallini's Botanica Calendar. They capture a botanical bounty that will seem like a fresh bouquet every month. Through Calendars.com.

Photo courtesy of Kate Spade
What does the coming year hold for you? What's in the cards? Kate Spade's graphic wall calendar of punchy fashion and lifestyle shots will keep you in the red.


Photo courtesy of Connor Paper
With tentacles too numerous to count, this Connor hand - stamped golden Octopus Calendar will change color depending upon the season. The sheer amount of tentacles and the fact that you can see them all still has me awe-struck.

Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll
Engraved gilded script lavishly enhances Dempsey and Carroll's desktop easel calendar. It adds a bit of formality and is a great gift for a work friend to use at the office.

Photo courtesy of Thornwillow Press Historic designs figure prominently in the Thornwillow Press version of the easel calendar. Their motifs are perfect for those that appreciate the past while moving forward.

Photo courtesy of The Printery
The Printery has engraved gold motifs from pagodas to fish and their easel is nickel.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong
You can't go wrong with a classic like this on your desk. Mrs. Strong's easel and calendar pages will keep you counting the days on posh papers with beautifully engraved motifs.



Photo courtesy of Paper Source
Hand blocked designs with old school charm like this happy octopus with school of fish make the Paper Source Art Grid Calendar a darling choice.

Photo courtesy of Snow and Graham
Snow and Graham's calendar has lots of space to write away, plus their flowery designs and bright colors are cheery.


SETTING THE SCENE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos Courtesy of Rizzoli
Event planner to the cognoscenti and daring, Preston loves to use flowers by the yard. In Preston Bailey Celebrations: Preston Bailey Celebrations: Lush Flowers, Opulent Tables, Dramatic Spaces, and Other Inspirations for Entertaining by Rizzoli, he wows and amazes with an oversize format and lush photos. In case you want to raise the bar on your flower arranging, you are in luck.
A Flower Tree with dangling crystals and orchids is part of a fantasy world that Preston creates. Caution: this is not found in nature!
A white peacock of flowers---top that.

For your own holiday design fantasy, glitter and gold go a long way.
Photo courtesy of Goldbug Studio
A ladybug in gold foil is a cute addition down the center of the kids table for Christmas dinner. It would also make a good party favor. From southern company Goldbug Studio.

Photo Courtesy of Kmart
The Martha Stewart Everyday Modern Celebration Gold Glitter Starburst Ornament has a festive firework effect. It is from Kmart and a total steal

Photo courtesy of Garnet Hill
Glitter Bird Ornaments with a feather tail can go on a tree branch or mantel. Get yours at Garnet Hill.

Photo courtesy of Paper Source
If a clean and simple Parish Hadley- loved Moravian Star is more your style, then the craft paper ornament from Paper Source is a good option.

Photo Courtesy of Kmart
Martha Stewart Everyday First Snowfall Gold Glitter Leaf works well tucked into a bow on a present.

Photo Courtesy of Paper Source
Preston makes paper creations for events. Add a bit of DIY this holiday by making a Poinsetta Wreath from Paper Source.