Sunday, January 2, 2011


Time. Days and weeks and months. I put up my new Mary Englebreit calendar as I do every January by my little desk. I love the sayings she chooses and of course I love her artwork.I always take the old calendar down and add it to my pile in the closet. For awhile I thought I'd do a wallpaper border with all the pictures. I just cannot seem to get rid of them. They also remind me of things in the past. But I'm looking to the future now and counting the days and weeks. Son went off to college this morning and I won't see him until June. It's really hard and I'm missing him already. He goes to an out of state school and it's too costly to fly him home for short breaks. So I will keep busy-I've got my list and my projects and piano lessons to teach. And keep looking forward! And I will try to to "carry laughter with me where ever I go" .
What ever will I do with this pile of ME calendars? All ideas are welcome. I'm linking to ME Monday for the first time with Cherry Chick.Have a wonderful Monday!


  1. Well...I could lighten your closet space and store them at my just sayin!!

    I am so sorry..I know you are hurting..I will keep you in my prayers..and I know you will be okay!!

    Hugs to you my friend..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  2. What a wonderful collection. I'm sure you will come up with an appropriate use.

  3. I know! I hate to throw them away! Now I can only share what I did with the page a day ones several years ago. I cut out little pictures and borders and other details and I decoupaged them onto cabinets, bookshelves, tables, etc. in my classroom. Of course, I could only do that on furniture I purchased for my class, not school furniture. Believe me, my kids knew who Mary E. was by the end of the year!

  4. Lovely collection
    ★ Happy New Year ! ★
    May all your dreams come true

  5. Happy New Year! The calendar pictures are great and I can see why you don't want to throw them away. Do you have room to take several of them and frame them (individually)and then hang as a grouping on a wall?
    I have one son in college (my only child) and he doesn't go back until mid-January. He attends school out of state too so we don't get to see him very often. Quite an adjustment being empty nesters this year.
    Have a great week.

  6. I also decoupaged cutouts from old calendars. The stiff paper lent itself to a successful adhesion on kids furniture. I covered the top of a kids table (a huge hit and then sold at a yard sale for much more than I paid for the table) - cute on youth chairs, little chairs, etc. Her drawings are so appealing to kids. My 2 year old grandson is having a "love affair" with Ann Estelle and her stories. JV

  7. I can never throw away my old calendars either! I choose a new one each year that has great pictures, and I always intend to frame them, and I never do. So I have a pile of them too. I'm contemplating just throwing them away, but don't you DARE throw away your ME ones! I like the idea of maybe decoupaging a small table. And painting the legs red!
    Happy Monday!

  8. Girl, we need to get together for a cup of hot chocolate and commiserate about our babies flying back to college! :( Mine left Thursday and I won't see them till May and I miss them so much already! I save all my old calenders too and I usually by 2 or 3 a year. Love the pictures, I always refer to them when I'm painting. Have a great week, Nan

  9. Leslie...I'm so happy you have joined us this week for ME Monday! I don't know if you caught my earlier post showing all of the ME calendars that I have saved over the years. What I found out is that I can "upcycle" my calendars! Like this year I am using 1994 because it has the same days. Unless it turns out to be a leap year...hmm?? I'll have to check on that. I've, also, used a number of the calendar pages on my Mary Engelbreit computer armoire in my office. Don't know if you ever saw that before??? Pics are on my Flickr page and you can see all of the old calendars stuffed in there, too!
    It seems almost "sinful" to throw out anything with her artwork on it, right??
    Thanks for sharing with us all and getting those ideas flowing.

  10. Hi Leslie,

    My daughter gave me this calendar for Christmas. I did an collage art project once with the little ME calendars; I'll scan it and make a post about it sometime soon. All I know is that they are impossible to throw away.

    You might like my new post today ... ME stuff and chickens on my hutch. Thank you so much for stopping by yesterday and leaving a comment.

    Before you know it, your boy will be back home ... time flies when you carry happiness!


  11. Oh have an incredible calender collection! Lots and lots of wonderful graphics!!!!! Lucky you!!!!! I tore mine apart and kept the ones I wanted. They are in a file in my file cabinet.....:)

  12. You do have an amazing collection of Mary's calendars. I've got some too. Just can't part with any of them. Just pulled out the new one I purchased for this year. It's the desk top version with individual pages for each day.
    Have fun with these what ever you decide to do. ~ sarah

  13. I took an envelope template and placed on calendar page, how best to use design to make cute as can be envelopes, for Birthday cards, etc. Very easy to do!!

  14. I keep all my calendars too! I use a lot of the pictures to decorate my display case and kitchen at work. So very colorful. With the desk top versions, I cut out the picture and send them in inner school mailings taped to the outside. I hope they cause a smile to whomever receives them. Kit

  15. I know what you mean about favorite calendars and anything Mary Englebreit. I always hang on to the ME cards, etc. that I receive. Have never done anything with them, so they wait. :)

  16. Hi Leslie,

    I complete my post just now of how I reused some of my ME stuff, if you want to check it out.

    Take care,