Calendar 2012 Giveaway!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year and what it might bring.

It has become something of a ritual for me to hang a calendar in my kitchen on the first day of January. I like to make a note of birthdays, appointments for the dentists, meetings, exhibition dates etc and store them where I can see them, in a place where I spend lots of time which for me is next to the kitchen sink!

This year I will be hanging a copy of my calendar, which is now in its fourth year, and plans are underway to reprint again in 2013. I have one copy of "A Gardener’s Scrapbook Calendar 2012" to give away so If you would like to take part all you have to do is tell me what your New Years Resolution will be and I will choose a winner on Tuesday January 10th.

My resolution is to spend more time in the fresh air and less sitting at my computer, not so easy when the weather is dull, wet, cold and grey like today.


  1. My New Year resolutions:

    -Spend less time at the computer
    - Try and use time for myself, as I give two full days to charity work, soletimes three.
    -Go and and enjoy walks to watch nature more closely.

    Happy New Year to you!
    Dominique xx

  2. Right... New Year's Resolutions:

    - To walk more - in the fields, on the beach, well, anywhere;
    - To take loads more photographs;
    - To start buying Christmas presents earlier;

    Happy New Year!

  3. My New Year Resolutions

    - Keep happy and positive every day
    - Enjoy every moment
    - Smile more

    Thanks for this great giveaway!!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Hi Valerie, Happy New Year and wishes for a wonderful 2012.

    My New Year resolution is.......not to make a New Year's resolution, he he.

    Your calendar is beautiful. Whereas the 2012 calendar hanging in my kitchen is unusual (or bizarre) in that it features Australian pubs! x

  5. A very Happy New Year to you, Valerie. Your 2012 calendar is beautifully designed...could a calendar be too lovely to write notes on? Perhaps such a calendar would inspire better handwriting!

    I do like the sound of all your resolutions, and my own for 2012 will center around the extra free time I will soon have. Next month, I will begin to have a four-day work week. Those extra hours are to be devoted to seeing more of my friends, doing much more drawing and painting, returning to traveling.

    From this vantage point, 2012 is looking very, very good. xo

  6. My resolution for 2012 is to find joy and beauty in each day. I believe the world has happiness to offer us and sometimes we are just too busy to see it. I'm going to slow down, record the days and enjoy each one.

  7. Lovely..

    and my new year's resolution is..to be ME..

    Have a wonderful day...
    T.D and Company

  8. Lovely calendar! I'm not much for making New Year's resolutions but I do have a couple this year...I will learn to use my camera in manual mode instead of taking the lazy way out and shooting in auto and I will learn to use my potter's wheel to make bowls that are actually symmetrical!

    Happy New Year to you!

  9. My goals for the new year:

    -Grow more of my own food for my family and others.

    -Be in the now, and mindful.

    -Love often, appreciate always.

    -Connect to all beings in nature.

  10. What a pretty calendar Valerie. Like you I have one in the kitchen to put things like engagements, birthdays etc. on - otherwise I would nmever remember a thing.

    My resolution - just to walk more - over the last few weeks I have got out of the habit and feel seriously in need of exercise.

    Happy New Year.

  11. Such a beautiful blog, and a beautiful calendar.

    New year resolutions:
    to bake more
    to create more
    to meditate more
    to commune with nature more
    to learn how to knit and crochet
    to be kinder to myself, and to stress less

    Wishing you a very happy new year, and the first day of the rest of our lives. - June

  12. Happy New Year, Sweet Friend!
    Your calendar is beautiful :) Never thought to hang my calendar next to the sink! Great idea! Things wouldn't creep up on me as quickly :)

    Resolution... to jump back into life. Four years of caring for my mom was meaningful, needful, important~ but I didn't keep up
    with me :)
    Wishing you and yours happiness and love~

  13. Valerie - you are truly a gifted artist. Inspired by all you do. My New Year's resolutions are to pray more, exercise more, and talk less (be a better listener). Happy New Year!

  14. My New Years resolution is to survive, get rid of the health issues and get on with the joy of living.
    I love your work and would love to win your calendar.
    May 2012 bring joy and happiness to you and yours.

  15. I tried to leave a comment earlier - so I hope this isn't a repeat! I don't make New Year's Resolutions - but I do make New Year's plans - and my plan this year is to worry less about things that aren't really important! More time spent for making art - and just "seeing" the gifts in front of my steps!

  16. My New Year's Resolution is to walk! I am just home after double knee replacement surgery on December 13th and being in a rehab hospital until December 28th. I'm working hard on all the exercises and things are going better than I had hoped. I can see that the old arthritis pain is gone, though I still have pain from the surgery. Still, things seem to be better day by day. For several years I've not been able to walk more than a few steps, and now I can see the end of that in sight! So, my resolution, my joy, is to regain my life on my own two legs. I'm sure your calendar would help me record my success in this direction!

  17. My new year resolutions is to be happy and positive each day of 2012.

    Thank you for your beautiful calendar giveaway. We would be so lucky to win it!

  18. Hapyy New Year to you dear Valerie!
    My New Year's resolution is to spend my time more wisely. For me that means less time in front of the computer and more time in solitude in my studio. I hope to accomplish this!
    all the best,

  19. To live healthier more active lifestyle by exercising and eating smart! Enjoy more of life and try to be happier with more positive outlooks.

  20. Happy New Year Valerie!

    Your calendar is lovely and I think it would look great on my wall.
    Your resolution of spending more time in the fresh air is one I would like to put into play and also to spend more quality time at the computer rather than wasting precious time.
    Your calendar reminds me that I must spend more time in the garden and my ultimate resolution is to spend more time concentrating on my art work.

  21. My main resolution is to blog more (I've been a very sporadic blogger until now!). Lovely to find your blog :)

  22. Happy New Year Valerie, I hope it is blessed with good things.
    That beautiful calendar is a treasure and a keeper, so here goes with a resolution or two for 2012:

    - to enjoy some music and dancing
    - to avoid ridiculous overexertions
    (no more moving 60lb bags of gravel and the like)
    - to paint more, blog more, and vist lovely blogs more.
    - write more letters to dear friends.

  23. Happy New Year Valerie. Lovely calendar. The only resolution this year is to work very hard for my thirft shop charity, Visiting Nurses/Hospice House. They provide a great service, and I have fun volunteering at the shop with other caring people.

  24. Resolutions scare me - they're too definite, hehe. I do have intentions though...

    "Improvement" being the first and foremost. To be a better artist, friend, wife, mother, etc. To better balance my time (especially online). To experience a cross country road trip with a friend. To get healthy, and do without the cane as much as possible.

    Thanks so much for offering this beautiful calendar!

    Wishing you a Happy 2012!

    ♥ Carolee

  25. My New Year's resolution is to keep working on my blog to make it a success!

  26. I also want to spend less time in front of the screen but I do love catching up with those like you.
    Your calender would grace anyone's kitchen! Hope you're keeping warm and dry...

  27. Oh, my goodness gracious! How lovely! My resolution--and I stopped making these things over a decade ago--is to start drawing again. Physical therapy is making it possible. So, I am making a resolution that I intend to keep. I bought new pens two days ago. The idea of being rewarded by sharing my resolution makes me more determined.

    I used to love sitting in the backyard with a sketch pad and a Mason jar of pens, pencils, and a kneaded eraser. Today I sat outside in the warm sun, dreaming of drawing the sunflowers. Now I will.

    Even if I don't win, thank you for the inspiration.

  28. So glad I came across your beautiful blog-
    I hope to work more in my studio -not just organize.
    I want to try to put things away so it stays cleaned up!
    But not worry too much about the clutter because it's more important to do my artwork!

  29. My New Year Resolutions

    - Keep happy and positive every day
    - To do yoga every day
    - Spend less time at computer

    Happy New Year to You!
    Trudy (from Hungary)

  30. What a beautiful new year's resolution you have there: I think fresh air (closely seconded by knitting) is the best remedy for most things.

    My resolutions? I haven't put them in to words yet but my inner mind is whispering loud and clear: flourish creatively! I have little time to call my own (like most people) but I would like to get a book project underway this year and I have my first craft fair too.... All very exciting.

    Thank you for giving us this giveaway opportunity.


  31. Your calendar is beautiful! Shopped around online for it, but it looks to be sold out. I'll need to be an early bird for the one you create for 2013 :) The 2012 goal I really need to set for myself is to be better organized. Making that happen doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but in the long run, it would sure make things less stressful. I hope to make more time to create, take better care of myself, & to be kinder towards others. Wishing you the best in the new year!

  32. awesome resolution
    outside with fresh air, wandering, exploring saying hello

  33. Hi Valerie,
    Like you I want to be out more, sketching in the countryside.
    Also to spend more time stitching if that's possible!
    The weather has been lovely the last few days, cold but sunny, great for long walks.
    I best get off the computer and enjoy the sunshine!
    Have a great 2012.
    Love Michala x