Those were the days, my friend.

January 7, 2009

We’d thought they’d never end.

With 2009 in full swing and resolutions afoot, I turn to that most transitory of decorative-yet-useful items: the calendar.

Sure, it’s great to have around during the year — how else are you going to remember Fat Tuesday? — but, unless you possess one of those fancy woodblock cals, or you use a blackboard or something, you’re stuck with an ostensibly useless collection of Brat Pack photos and/or goobery office cartoons once December rounds itself out. Too bad. Nothing to do but send Molly and Judd to the recycling bin. Right?

Wrong! After observing a coworker’s despondency over having to pitch her 2008 vintage Seattle postcard mini-calendar, I had an epiphany: Why not reuse these iconic Seattle images? There are cards to be crafted, gift tags to be affixed. There are home decor vignettes to be designed, bookmarks to be wedged between pages. Yes, Smallers, there is life in aught-8 yet!

My calendar slice ‘n’ dice started last weekend, when my Sir and I were invited to a friend’s boat for dinner. His host gift? The topside snapshot: A half-pint of Vanilla Hot Cocoa mix, sporting a small (and Small) card cut from the Italian movie poster calendar my Momsie gave me. La dolce vita, indeed.

What calendar pics will you refresh?


5 Responses to “Those were the days, my friend.”

  1. Grant Wagner said

    You know, as a interesting geeky woodworking project, I could do a white board calendar with a built in digital picture frame…

    All your favorate pics, no paper wasted, and the wonderful freedom of the white board…. Yummy.

  2. Tea said

    What a cute host gift!

    Thought of you today when I saw this–a trend forecast for 2009. Number 3 is: “smallchitecture.”

    A very happy 2009 to you!

  3. The Choir said

    When I was younger and a graduate student with various office spaces that changed every two years, or every three or so, I often used old calendar pictures, cutting them into various sizes and shapes and laminating them. I used them to decorate liberally my spaces/offices–being laminated, they tape up easily onto walls, and then they can be removed without in any way ruining or destroying them. Then after I was tired of them, I made the smaller ones into refrigerator magnets (sticking business-card-sized flat magnetic sheets to the backs) and gave them away as gifts. Lamination–the great unsung archival technique–and ahhhh, sssniiffff, the smell of hot plastic in the morning!

    On another note, I often used (much to the chagrin of friends) old, unwritten-on calendars as my main home calendars, just affixing a nicely lettered post-it note over the “January” when it was actually June, etc. Every calendar will almost always have proper “day’ed” months that can be switched for other months, but it is best to do this “anno-switcheroo” with with calendars lacking seasonal pictures, or your friends will say, “Why does your calendar say “July” but have a picture of a snow-peaked Vermont barn?” But at least this way, you can reuse your favorite old calendars for years and years.

  4. Every year, my sister in law makes a calendar with pictures from the previous year. We take the pictures that were in the calendar and cut them out and frame them. It’s our way of getting pictures of our family and reuse an old calendar.

  5. Grant: Geek chic, of course. Such a brilliant idea. Though I’m not so much for the white board — unless I can get nontoxic, refillable markers. Do those exist?

    Tea: I suppose that means Living Small is on-trend for 2009. And their number 1 trend forecast, credit crunch couture — that is, wardrobe refashioning — is very Small as well. Thanks for the link.

    Choir: Good idea, and good reuse. I understand that there are places on the internet that tell you what years have corresponding days, so you’ll never have to calculate again.

    mrfroehlich: What a great idea. Family photos are sometimes hard to come by in hardcopy, what with all this flickring and shutterflying going on.

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