listed sold my first batch of 2013 Sewing Calendars in my Etsy shop. I didn’t even get this post written before they had rushed out the “door”. I only ordered a small batch to start with to do a “quality control check”. I like to make sure everything prints out nice and crisp. Everything looked great on my end, so another batch has been ordered. I have a listing up for pre-orders (and they are selling as I type this) and those will ship the beginning of next week (if not sooner). I will most likely do a few batches, but I wont do many so be sure to order while you can if this is on your wish list.
The calendars a “mini” size and measure 3.25” x 2.25” – the perfect size for your wallet or a small space on your desk. They are printed in a professional lab on Kodak Professional Endura paper and have a nice sheen that resists fingerprints quite well.
I have the year lightly printed in the background behind the days and the corners of the prints are nicely rounded. I think this helps them to stay nicer if they will be handled a lot. I find the squared off corners tend to look ratty very quickly, especially if it’s something you are putting into a pocket and pulling out often. I also like to fill the top portion with the photo, so that maybe later down the road, after the year is over, those photos could be made into some sort of photo collage for your wall. Or how about this little challenge, use the photo each month to inspire you to do something creative: in May, why not learn to do some hand applique? And June, how about some thread embroidery on your machine? After the month is over, use your photo to journal what you did that month. You know how I love journaling.
I was too swamped to release last years calendars, but the 2010 calendars had a nice sleeve around them for shipping. This year I felt a gingham ribbon tied around them was quite fitting. It fits the charm of the cover image I think.
I’m shipping them in small zip-top bags so they are nice and protected and ready for holiday gifting. That will be slipped inside of a bubble mailer so it gets to everyone safe and sound. Shipping is open to everywhere US mail reaches and I did my best to estimate shipping accurately domestically and internationally. I love releasing these each year and even thought about doing some other crafty calendars as well (stitching, yarn, everything-crafty-related…kitties on quilts anyone?). Get a jump on your holiday shopping and find the calendars here.