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New Year—Themed Thursday

Out with the old, in with the new! To help start a new year off right here are some crafty calendars and day planners. My new years resolution is to have a "handmade" new year and some of these items will be a great beginning.


Make a Resolution and Break it immediately unless it is to buy crafts in the new year, in which case you should purchase this Keep Calm and Carry on Printable 2010 Spoof Calendar from Little Brown Pen.


It's nice to know that there are some crafters out there who do realize that everything is about me. And no calendar can best show this than the Birthday Countdown Wooden Block Calendar from Queen Vanna Creations. This sweet calendar gets rid of all those extraneous months and numbers and gets down to the important things....how many days till my birthday!


Who says a calendar needs to be paper? This delightful and comfortable 2010 Calendar Pillow by Le Papier Studio is an innovative and stylish!



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