So, what do you do with pictures from an old calendar? You So, what do you do with pictures from an old calendar? You make 3D paper stars, of course! Well, to be honest, I had never thought of such a thing until a dear friend sent me a photo of what she had done with my 2021 calendar. She made double-sided 3D paper stars to hang in her granddaughter's room. I was delighted! Such a great idea!
She was kind enough to share the instructions and send a few more photos, and I'm passing them on to you. If you do try this, please let me know! Or, if you have used my old calendars in other creative ways, I'd love to know about that as well.
I'm just so pleased that the images have found a second life.
Thanks so much, K and J! (And W, too!) (^.^)/
3D Paper Star instructions: https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/3d-paper-star.html
I'm running a little late this year but the 2021 calendar is finally ready! I plan to place my order on December 1st so, if you are interested, please let me know by November 30th. You can find out more about the calendar in the menu above. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can email me directly or use the contact form available in the menu above.
This is a different shot of the same anemone that is on the front of the 2021 calendar. It's an anemone that I grew from seed. Yes, I'm as surprised as you are! (^.~)
Whew! Several weeks ago I suddenly realized I was behind on my 2020 calendar. It has been a bit of a scramble to get up to speed but now it's ready! Please visit the 2020 Calendar page if you are interested. Thanks!
The flower on the front of the calendar is frangipani. Several years ago, after a wonderful day of exploring Singapore, I searched for a place to rest my weary feet. I came upon a bench and there, to my amazement, saw this...
I just mailed my very first calendar order that was placed on this website using a credit card. While this may not seem like a very big deal, it is for me! Here's why.
When I first started selling calendars last year, almost all of my orders were in person. However, a few people asked for other options and so I quickly figured out how they could order using money transfers. These were all friends and none of the orders were going overseas so it was easy to sort it all out.
However, this year, there was interest from overseas. What to do? I wasn't quite sure but, regardless of the solution, it soon became clear I was going to need a website. So, off I went. Oh, what a learning curve! Oh, so many abandoned efforts! Oh, so many mistakes! Oh! Oh! Oh! Well, you get the point! Things finally came together on my third try and although this website isn't perfect, at least it does what I want it to do.
After setting up the website came the challenge of figuring out all the various payment options. That took some creative thinking but I'm happy with the results and I was pleased to find that I could set up a secure credit card paying option through Weebly, the host of this website. That took a lot of fiddling but slowly, through trial and error, it all came together. I was so relieved when everything was finally completely ready to go. Whew! What a lot of work! (You have no idea...)
So, the website was finally ready to go public. It should work, right? However, believing it should work and it actually working are two very different things. One of my biggest concerns was whether the credit card order process would work as it should. If not, then all the blood, sweat and tears (and cursing, cussing and gnashing of teeth) to set everything up would be in vain... But it wasn't! It worked like a charm! As smooth as butter! Easy-peasy!
And so that's why today is a big deal. It all works! And it works well! My very first credit card order has gone off without a hitch and now I can rest easy! Yes!!
Now, please excuse me while I go do a happy dance around my living room. (^.~)/
(A huge thanks to M.S. for placing the first credit card order. Bless you!)
Toad lilies are in season and I have several growing in my garden. The name always makes me laugh, but I love the flowers no matter what they are called! This is from last week.
Whew! It's been a little busy around here lately! I've been fussing around with spreadsheets, opening boxes, inserting calendars into envelopes, writing messages on cards, and...well, it's finally all done! After several months of planning, and creating, and organizing, the calendars are ready to go on their way. The first set will go out tomorrow and although I'm a little wistful as they leave, I know they will find good homes.
Safe journeys, little calendars!
May your monthly offerings brighten the hearts of others.
I'm a photographer based in Osaka, Japan. I love to take photographs. I like to share.